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Frame shop for special items
Can anyone please refer me to a good frame shop? I'm looking
for a great frame selection and quality work. The people can
even be mean if the first two criteria are met!
I've done framing through Michaels for smaller,
not-too-important pieces, but I have some things that are
unique and very special to me that need higher quality
attention. Price is a consideration, of course, but I'd
consider paying more for wonderful work.
Thanks for your suggestions!
Not yet framed
Raymonds Custom Framing is a reasonably priced frame shop on
MacArthur in Oakland. They are open Tuesday through Friday.
They do not accept credit cards. They do a wonderful job and
can give you suggestions if you ask. They look closed
sometimes because of the bars on the door but ring the bell
and they will answer. They do a great job and it is worth
it! I have had many pictures and three dimensional art
pieces framed by them. Here is the address:
3914 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94619
Happy Customer of Frame Shop
Just recommended for a similar request above. Bartertown
Framing - she's great! L
1645 Hopkins St
Berkeley, CA 94707-2712
Jim Storey is an artist in his own right who does framing
with the 'eye' of an artist.
Jim's 'assistant,' Larry, has been doing framing 'forever,'
Over a period of many years, Jim and Larry have:
- restored old frames, when the frame itself was important,
- repaired damaged frames,
- built new frames, artistically and well,
- always completed their work for a fair price, and
- are fun to deal with, every time!!!
We're glad to recommend Storey Framing!!!
I had a very good experience with this
shop...http://www.framersworkshop.com/ . It's in Berkeley.
I had a somewhat valuable, fairly large painting on a canvas
that wasn't stretched/framed and I felt that they really
understood how to do this properly and were quite helpful
when I was trying to figure out the right frame and look w/o
spending nearly as much on the frame as I paid for the
I highly recommend Storey Framing on Hopkins Street in
Berkeley. They are old world craftsmen, careful, exacting
and do high quality work--and very nice guys as well. Mat
Tom of The Art Loft in Montclair has an amazing eye for his
craft. Sticker shock will send you reeling but you won't
regret it in the end. For these unique and special pieces,
splurge. The resulting enhancement of your art will fill you
with happiness whenever you look at them for years to come.
Galleria Scola on upper Grand Ave is a custom framer. We
have been pleased with the selection of unique frames they
have in stock. They are skilled, professional framers, and
the quality is second to none. Their prices are not cheap,
but for a quality frame that will last as long as the
artwork, it is a good value. Their address is 3646 Grand
Ave, and the phone is(510)451-3525. I think they are closed
on Sundays. Stuart
Sticks on Solano Avenue does excellent work and they are
nice, too! Anonymous
Simple framing for art posters
Hi there, does anyone have a recommendation for places where
I can buy frames for posters in the Berkeley to Richmond
area? I was quoted $100+ for one poster by Sticks on
Solano--their work is great, but I was hoping to spend half
of that per frame as the posters themselves are not high art
and are standard sizes that might fit in a readymade frame.
Simple molding in black or natural wood or metal is what I
am looking for. The more solid Ikea frames might work, but
it would be great to support a local framer. Thanks! Cheap
The cheapest way to get a great looking framing job is to go
to Ikea, buy an appropriately sized frame (a little larger
than your artwork), and then go to Michael's and get some
custom matting for under $10. I've done this many times --
the pieces end up looking like they were professionally
framed but for a fraction of the cost. Cheapo art fan
Try Bartertown Framing in downtown Oakland. She does a great
job and is very reasonable. L
Pam deWitt of deWitt Gallery and Framing in Point Richmond
does excellent work, is easy to get along with, has tons of
experience and very honest. You can call her 236 1401, email
Pam@Jimdewitt.com or check out the website. I've worked with
Pam for years and recommend her highly. Sydney
My elderly mother is moving back east and has willingly
given up most of her possessions. At this point she does
not need a moving unit but has a few special things
including some framed art. Is there a place in the east bay
or sf that anyone can recommend to have them packed (maybe
crated) and sent? Heather
I use Norton Fine Art Handling in Emeryville to ship my
paintings that are under glass. They will build the wooden
crate and ship anywhere. It's not cheap, but they're great.
Atthowe Fine Art (Oakland) and ShipArt International (SF)
are two reputable art shippers. Tell them you want the art
on a shuttle, and have the dimensions on hand. Also
important to note if there is glass as opposed to plexi
glazing. Soft pack is the cheapest option, then travel
frame, then crate. In a fine art shuttle you may not need to
pay for the more expensive options. Valerie
We have never mailed framed art but I know that the Berkeley
Packaging Store specializes in shipping art. I've seen some
AMAZING and quite valuable art there when I've been shipping
my mundane items. They're located 1625 University Ave., 2
blocks east of Sacramento.
Quality Framer for Valuable Artwork
I am hoping to get some recommendations for a quality framer in the
Oakland/Berkeley area who can work with old/damaged/valuable artwork --
specifically large travel posters from the 20s and 30s. Any suggestions are
The Framer's Workshop on Channing at Telegraph is a very
knowledgeable about framing old art pieces and every thing
else. They have been in business for over 30 years. I have
worked with many framers in my life but TFW is head and
shouders above the rest. Both Jeff and Kirstie are great
to work with.
Smith Andersen North is excellent, they do high-end framing
for many galleries and museums and for the public as well.
Framer Needed for Archival Engraving
We were fortunate enough to recently inherit a beautiful 19th century
engraving. It needs to be framed and we want to find a framer who has
expertise in working with old pieces of art. (Discount places just
won't cut it this time.)
Any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks.
We've had good success with Berkeley Framer's Workshop (off of
Telegraph). They have an amazing selection of frames and a ton of
knowledge about how to protect artwork (UV glass, etc.). It is
pricey as many of the custom frames are imported. Sometimes there
are coupons for ''free labor'' in the Berkeley Monthly. We've
been very pleased with all of the framing we've had done there
(from large art pieces that my husband's grandfather drew nearly
100 years ago to art photographs).
Framer's Workshop fan
Getting pictures/posters framed
Does anyone have any recs for a good place to get pictures custom
framed? I live in El Cerrito and am looking for a good place in
or near El Cerrito/Albany or Berkeley.
Check out The Glenn Custom Framing at 7027 Stockton Ave. in El
Cerrito, or call 558-1078. Kathy, the owner, has a wonderful eye
for helping you choose just the right color and shape of framing
material to match the artwork. We have had her frame a French
tapestry, a huge map of London, a Day of the Dead drawing and
even clunky supercomputer components and the results are
consistently beautiful, adding interest to the total piece. She
is not the cheapest, but her work is worth the price. She's also
active in the community and has owned her own business for 25
A happy repeat customer
My daughter is an art major and I wanted to frame some of her
art. Any recommedations for inexpensive places with a lot of
choices on frames, etc?
A few months ago, I ordered some custom wood frames, with
mattes and plexiglass (they don't do glass) from
framesbymail.com. I'm thrilled with them. They were about a
third the price I've paid in a frame shop. I was hesitant
about getting plexiglass, but was surprised to find that I
really can't tell that it looks any different from the things I
have framed with glass (and it's quite a bit lighter). You
might want to give it a try.
Framing a painting on unstretched canvas
I purchased a painting on a piece of loose unstretched canvas that you could
just roll up and put in a mailing tube.
I am wondering what would be involved in getting this ready to hang and if
stretching it properly would be too much for an ''ordinary'' framing shop?
Is there a framing shop that specializes in this sort of thing?
We would greatly appreciate suggestions and advice.
North Berkeley Frame Shop does a good job. It's a mom & pop type shop and
I have had him do almost everything in our house. He does a better job on
the corners than most framers. Makes it blend / match...he is aesthetic
and competent about it. He did a few crumbly old things for me and they
look GREAT. Its on Shattuck X Virginia or so...
I like going there.
Anyone have a favorite framer?
I have several modern lithographs that I'd like to get framed.
Anybody have a favorite framer whose taste and technique you
admire? I'm looking for clean, modern lines and materials for
these pieces, as well as excellent work at reasonable prices.
Sticks on Solano Avenue did a great job with simple elegant
frames for my Japanes-style wood cut prints.
Barbara Anderson at 2243 Fifth Street in Berkeley is great. She does a lot
I highly recommend Raymond at Fast Frame in Berkeley (on
Shattuck close to University Ave) for high-quality work. He's
great at his work and will listen to what you want (and he is a
really nice person, too).
Framing can get rather expensive, but on the other hand, often
you get what you pay for. Anyone have recommendations about a
reasonably priced, quality framing shop in the Berkeley area ?
I highly recommend Fastframe in Berkeley (1975 Shattuck Ave).
Very high-quality, guaranteed, work. Artist-friendly, family-
They're not in Berkeley, but Cheap Pete's in Walnut Creek is
excellent! I go there for all my framings needs. They are way
more affordable than say Aaron Brothers and super hepful. Its a
bit of a drive, but worth it.
cheap pete's fan!
try North Berkeley Frame at 1744 Shattuck. i found them to be quite reasonable.
Try Sticks on Solano Avenue. Not as expensive as others are.
Good work. Nice selection. Nice and professional staff.
Do-it-yourself framing shop?
I used to live in Oregon where we had lots of do-it-yourself framing shops .I need a
recommendation for one in Berkeley where I can take my grandson to frame a photo of
himself for a mother's day present for my daughter. I am looking for some place that
is child friendly, where I can get help and have a nice experience with my 10 year old
Go to The Framer’s Workshop. We have used them for years. We usually have them do our custom
framing now because they do such great work, but when the kids were young, we did lots of do it
yourself frames there. The staff there would give us crayons and mat board for the kids to draw
with. When they got older, they got involved in the framing work with us and we had lots of fun.
It’s a good family outing if you plan something simple enough for the kids to participate in.
Bear in mind that the do it yourself part is really just assembly with help. They cut and join
the wood, and cut the mats and glass. The staff there are great. It is family run, and they have
been there for decades.
Try the Framer's Workshop on Channing in Berkeley - www.framersworkshop.com
Can anyone recommend a good framing shop? I have collected some
very old pictures of my family. I would like to get them framed
to put up along my staircase. However, I would also like to find
some way to identify who these people are without having to take
down the picture and read on the back of it who they are. Has
anyone ever had this done?
Thanks for any help on this.
Sticks is a fantastic frame shop on Solano Avenue in Berkeley.
I just had them do a photo collage for me and it turned out
beautifully. Maybe what you want to do is make small labels for
each photo and have a separate cutout below your photo to
identify who is pictured. I'm sure they could do that. Good
luck with your project.
Would anybody recommend good but reasonable custom framing
Lars Lucker has a shop ''North Berkeley Frame'' at 1744 Shattuck
in Berkeley near Francisco I think. He does nice work and he is
reasonably priced. He does all the work himself and is very
More expensive is Jim Storey who does beautiful work. His shop
is ''Storey Framing'' on Hopkins a block east of Monterey Market.
They have both framed many prints for me and always have good
try stoll in berkeley. my neighbor recommended them to me. I
have only used them once for a small frame but the man was
knowledgable and very helpful. Not cheap but very worth it.
I really like The Glen, a framing shop on Stockton in El Cerrito (cross
street Ashbury, right across from the 7/11). The owner, Kathleen, has a
great eye, will make suggestions if you want, or just let you pick out what
you like. She has lots of frames to choose from, and her prices are
reasonable. She does all her own work and you get your pieces back
Looking for a reasonably priced framing store in Oakland or
Berkeley that does high quality work framing for family photos.
I've seen the previous posts which seem outdated and higher
I'm a local professional photographer, and there are a couple of
places I recommend my clients use for the images I create of
their children and families. The first one is Babara Anderson
Framing on Fifth St.(near Bancroft) in Berkeley. Barbara is a
true artist when it comes to framing, they have excellent
options...but it is more expensive.
When clients are looking to save some money, I recommend a shop
in Oakland called Raymonds. It's on MacArthur Blvd. south of
Park a few blocks (531-3277). The do good work for fair prices.
Not the highest quality frames and not a lot of options, but
better than off-the-shelf frames.
Remember to ask for UV protected glass, because you can diminish
the life of photos significantly without it.
Hope this helps.
Check out Raymond's on MacArthur near High Street. (It's on the
east side of the street.) They are reasonably priced and do
Frame shop near Berkeley?
Here's a frame shop recommendation in North Berkeley:
We had a couple of good experiences with the place on Solano Avenue (north
side of the street, on the first or second block west of Colusa). They
did a beautiful job with some needlepoint and helped us out with
suggestions for hanging a picture.
My guess is that other places might be cheaper, however. You may be able
to get them to match another shop's lower price (the proprietor was fair
and quite helpful).
We really like Bosco on College near the intersection of Claremont Avenue.
The stop is a family run business and they do really great wrok. While it is
not as cheap as the frame-it-yourself shop a few doors down, the workmanship
cannot be beat!
I've heard that Sticks gallery on Solano Ave in Albany/Berkeley does good
work; used to be called the Weir gallery. We had framing done at Dow and
Frosini on Claremont, which was good, but expensive.
I would like to recommend that you take your frameable items to The Glenn
on Stockton in El Cerrito... it is across from the 7-11. The owner's name
is Kathleen Glenn and she does great work. Her shop is full of examples of
the different kinds of things she has done. She has a great eye and is
happy to help you out for as long as it takes to pick your frames and mats.
Her prices are as good or better than you would get at those framing places
in the mall, and she brings so much experience to the job that it is worth
The best and the cheapest that I have found is Kitty at De Novo Design in
Berkeley near 4th St. Her phone number is 528-8488. Photographer Nan
Phelps uses Kitty for all her framing. She is a lovely person to do
Sorry to be late on this. Storey Framing on Hopkins (by McGee, just east
of Monterey) does ultra-fine work, though of course they are not cheap.
Take your very best things there. Nice folks too, with excellent ideas.
(We rec'd a gift certificate for a wedding gift - quite a few years ago
now. It's the only reason we have anything framed at all!)
We have all of our framing done by Barbara Anderson Framing, down on 5th
Street at Bancroft. Phone is 848-3822. They are absolutely the best -
museum quality work. Of course it's not cheap, but if you have artwork
you care about, this is the place to go. My husband became convinced
that our then four year old daughter's paintings were every bit as good
as many abstract pieces in museums, so he gave her some watercolors and
some high quality paper from Amsterdam Art, and took the results to
Barbara Anderson to frame. It's hanging in his office, and it looks
As for posters and such, years ago Reprint Mint on Telegraph did an
adequate job, but don't know how they are now.
I have all of my framing done at Raymond's,
3914 MacArthur, Oakland.
They are a fraction of the cost anywhere else.
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