Posted on November 04, 2019 by Erick Rios


Frames and Stretchers and Art Delivery Van are once again partnering and participating at The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn. We're providing expert packaging, white glove delivery, and museum-quality framing for your art fair finds! Take advantage of this complimentary VIP ticket which provides you entry to the fair all weekend. You'll enjoy admission to Thursday evening's Private Preview as well as entry to the fair all weekend, Thursday, November 7th - Sunday, November 10th.


While visiting the show at The Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, drop by our booth and say Hi! We'de love to talk to you about what we do!

Our team Erick, Gabriel, and Miguel at TOAF

Posted in Art Handling, The Other Art Fair

Unique Gilded Mats for A Vintage Movie Poster or Your Art

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Alison Pierz

 Thomas Crown Affair Vintage movie poster custom framing
The completed framing project with walnut molding and gilded linen mat

A water gilded mat board beautifully sets off this vintage movie poster for The Thomas Crown AffairThe artwork from this 1968 Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway classic (remade years later with Pierce Brosnan) suggested a design bridging mid-century modernism and contemporary aesthetics. We chose a hardwood walnut frame with matching splines for the molding and created a truly unique mat based on the customer's request. The complete design also included 99% UV protection Conservation Clear acrylic and a backing strainer or support brace. 
Walnut splined corners custom frame gilded gold leaf mat
Details showing the walnut splined closed corners and the gilded linen mat

Frames and Stretchers is currently the only fine art framing studio in New York City offering a selection of custom color acrylic mats with an option of gilding with precious metal leaf. Conventional color mats are generally made from wood pulp paper as opposed to cotton rag which is the choice specified for archival grade framing. Archival cotton rag mats are acid-free and so are acrylic mats. This means your artwork is protected from discoloration and becoming brittle over time. We can create an acrylic mat in nearly any color you wish! The choices include solid colors, contrasting bevels and even gilding. Because these are completely custom fabricated you can bring in your own paint swatches and we're happy to match.

A selection of color acrylic mat samples with matching or contrasting bevels

When our client came to us with a collection of vintage posters including this and some Star Wars gems, they were interested in the gilded bevel mat idea. We came up with a variation on the acrylic that harmonized nicely with the warm walnut wood. The end choice was an ivory colored linen set off with a 24-carat gold beveled mat. 

Frames and Stretchers is continually seeking out and employing innovative ideas in custom framing materials and design. We hope you'll come visit one of our studios soon to see what we can create for your work of art!

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3 Warhol Prints Get Frames and Stretchers Treatment

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Andy Warhol Queen Beatrix Netherlands
Warhol's Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands reframed in our studio

Andy Warhol is the undisputed master of Pop Art and Frames and Stretchers recently had the opportunity to frame 3 works by the superstar artist. His portrait of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is in his signature silkscreen portrait style. The other two are a pair of his later abstracts. All three came from collectors who had them previously framed. The royal portrait was a simple matter of re-hinging and reassembling the frame. The abstracts, however, offered the opportunity for us to design a stunning steel frame. Each piece was hinged on archival cotton rag mat board and the abstract pieces were protected behind Optium Museum Plexiglass.

Andy Warhol abstract print custom steel frameOne of the abstract prints framed and a detail of the steel molding with detail

Warhol began his career in commercial art during the 1950s and this likely contributed to his interest in popular culture. Along with his famous soup cans and Brillo boxes, he screen printed numerous celebrity portraits. Some of the most famous include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Chairman Moa. The piece we worked on is from a signed edition and part of his "Reigning Queens" series created in 1985. The others in the series are Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. A collector who's recently moved to New York from the Netherlands asked us to refresh this piece that was originally framed in the UK. 

Warhol installation
The two abstract prints installed by Art Delivery Van

During the 80s Warhol also produced a group of abstract screen prints. Although not quite as iconic as his pop art portraits they demonstrate the artist's diversity. Many of these works were included in the recent Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. After we framed this pair of prints in custom brushed steel frames we entrusted them to our partners at Art Delivery Van. The team then transported and installed them in the happy collector's home.

Posted in Andy Warhol, Steel frame

Frames and Stretchers Celebrates 4 Years During Clemente Open Studios!

Posted on May 09, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers is celebrating our 4th Anniversary and we hope you'll join us!
We'll be featuring the work of Frames and Stretchers team members Miguel Trelles and Xolo Cantillo and simultaneously hosting our annual Community Talent Showcase featuring actor and artist Gilberto Diaz Flores.

Our celebration will take place at our Lower East Side location during the Clemente's annual "Open Doors Open Studios", 
Friday, May 31st from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 1st from 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Clemente Open Studios 2019
The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is hosting its 23rd annual building-wide Visual & Performing Arts event, "Open Doors Open Studios", on Friday, May 31st from 6:00 - 9:00pm and Saturday, June 1st from 4:00 - 8:00pm. This year’s event will feature five floors of visual and performance art plus theater, film, dance and musical events. All events are FREE and open to the public.
Miguel Trelles will be showing works from his continuing "Chino-Latino" series in his studio. Xolo Cantillo will be showing works from his current "Outside the Cube" series. 

Miguel trelles paintingA recent painting by Miguel Trelles

"Outside the Cube" is about the naturalness of things. Taking wood as the main element in his new project, Xolo bases his focus on the need to be able to contemplate everything as an infinite range of posivilidades (causes and effects).

Xolo Cantillo sculpture
Xolo Cantillo's sculptural work

Community Talent Showcase

Gilberto Gabriel Díaz Flores is a Puerto Rican artist with a diverse creative background. He studied art at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao while completing a degree in Industrial Chemistry. He first exhibited at the UPR-H and more recently had an exhibition called “6480 in NYC” at Teatro Latea (in the Clemente) in which he showed his first works done in NYC after moving from P.R. in 2013. Gilberto is also an actor and singer.

Gilberto Gabriel Díaz Flores
Gilberto Gabriel Díaz Flores and his painting
Please join us!

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Gondek's Deconstructive Pop Art Pops in Acrylic Colors!

Posted on May 08, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Artist Matt Gondek‘s Deconstructive Pop Art style provided the perfect inspiration for these two acrylic frames so we got right to work! Frames and Stretchers currently has the technology to design unique acrylic moldings in a variety of shapes, colors, finishes, and patterns and the bold color fields and patterns in these images suggested the looks. 

Gondek The Simpsons Acrylic frame street artTwo comic inspired works by Matt Gondek in our acrylic frames

The pieces we framed are "Miami Panther" and "Nuclear Family". The first depicts a reclining Pink Panther character on a yellow sofa smoking under a palm tree. We worked with the turquoise of the tree and the panther's pink. Because we have the ability to add patterns we employed an abstract floral that echos the stylized smoke rings. "Nuclear Family" is a portrait of an exploding Simpson family. The yellow of the Simpsons and turquoise accent suggested the colors. Radiating yellow lines echo the composition's explosion. All of our acrylics can be produced with either a clear or frosted finish and we chose clear to highlight the richness of the color in the silkscreen prints. 

Gondek Contemporary art acrylic frameUp close corner views showing the details of the frames.

Matt Gondek is a Pittsburgh native who currently works out of Los Angeles. A self-taught artist, he began creating comic book style compositions at an early age. A stint as a graphic designer for a clothing company led to his briefly owning his own boutique. Gondek's signature style of deconstructed pop culture icons developed from an initial exploding Mickey Mouse drawing. His work can be viewed as street murals and on gallery walls and is represented in Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK. He's also represented in collections in Sweden, Germany, Paris, Canada, and Brazil.

Posted in Acrylic Frames, Gondek, Gondek Pop Art

We're Offering You Complimentary Tickets to The Other Art Fair Brooklyn!

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers and Art Delivery Van are once again partnering and participating at The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn. We're providing expert packaging, white glove delivery, and museum quality framing for your art fair finds! Take advantage of this complimentary VIP ticket which provides you entry to the fair all weekend, Thursday May 2 - Sunday, May 5th.

The Other Art Fair BrooklynCheck out the vibes of the art and crowd at TOAF!

This is our second appearance at this highly popular fair where artists represent themselves and meet directly with the public. Presented by the internationally renowned Saatchi Art, TOAF is a must see for any art lover! See130 talented independent and emerging artists with artworks at affordable and accessible prices, each carefully selected by a committee of art world experts.


While visiting the show at The Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, drop by our booth and say Hi! We'de love to talk to you about what we do!

Our team Erick, Gabriel and Miguel at TOAF this past fall. 

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Repairing the Damage: Our Master Conservator Puts an Heirloom Back Together

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Water painting seascape gilded frame art restoration
The fully restored painting and frame

In need of art restoration? We've got you covered. Imagine you've got a precious family heirloom, that becomes horribly damaged. That happened to this beautiful seascape which a client brought to us with an extremely large tear in it. Fortunately we were able to reassure them that we could make it good as new!

Smashed broken torn painting art restoration
The large tear through the center of the painting prior to restoration

The Frames and Stretchers team has a master art conservator on hand. Like all of our craftspeople, Julia Rivera is an amazingly talented artist in her own right. But we use her talent to help restore artworks to their former glory. Julia is a Bronx born New York native who studied at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Puerto Rico. She also received her MA in 17th century painting and restoration at the Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy. Her art has been exhibited widely and is included in numerous international collections. 
Julia's impressive credentials include having worked in art conservation and restoration for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So we knew we could count on her to fix this problem. 

Art conservation art restoration
Conservator Julia Rivera working on the unstretched canvas

Luckily the torn out piece of canvas was available for her to reattach to the rest of the painting. After adhering it with an archival adhesive she then had to painstakingly paint back in the areas along the seam and achieve a perfect match! Once that was done a fresh piece of canvas was attached to the back to create a seamless finish. Meanwhile, other members of our team worked on repairing minor damage to the ornately carved gold frame. The final step was refitting the painting in its original frame. The end result was fantastic and the client was overjoyed!

Posted in Art conservation, Art restoration, Seascape