Beautifully Framed Vintage Maps and Art of Oakland

Beautifully Framed Vintage Maps and Art of Oakland

Our custom framed vintage maps of Oakland are unique. We have three exquisite giclee reproductions of the following three maps. First, we have a bird’s eye view artist’s rendering of Downtown Oakland during the 1880’s. Lake Merritt is certainly different in shape in those days than it is now. The print is in a sepia tone with a double matting picking up on the warm taupe tone of the rendering. A warm toned silver picture frame moulding enhances the finish product. The rendering is available both framed and unframed. Secondly, we have a larger map of the combined cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda, circa 1904. This map shows very little development east of the current highway 580. That area was just tracts of open land. The matting compliments the blue green tones of the map. The burnished and ribbed silver picture frame has a very turn of the century antique look to it. Thirdly, we have a great tract map of the city of Piedmont, turn of the century. This was before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake so little development was done in eastern Piedmont. Some very familiar names owned large tracts of land which is now upper Piedmont. The framing of this piece is a simple but antique styled frame.

Our custom framed vintage maps of Oakland are unique. We have three exquisite giclee reproductions of the following three maps. First, we have a bird’s eye view artist’s rendering of Downtown Oakland during the 1880’s. Lake Merritt is certainly different in shape in those days than it is now. The print is in a sepia tone with a double matting picking up on the warm taupe tone of the rendering. A warm toned silver picture frame moulding enhances the finish product. The rendering is available both framed and unframed. Secondly, we have a larger map of the combined cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda, circa 1904. This map shows very little development east of the current highway 580. That area was just tracts of open land. The matting compliments the blue green tones of the map. The burnished and ribbed silver picture frame has a very turn of the century antique look to it. Thirdly, we have a great tract map of the city of Piedmont, turn of the century. This was before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake so little development was done in eastern Piedmont. Some very familiar names owned large tracts of land which is now upper Piedmont. The framing of this piece is a simple but antique styled frame.

Dazzling Custom Framed Mirrors, One Of A Kind

Dazzling Custom Framed Mirrors, One Of A Kind

Not all people want the same framed mirrors offered by the big box stores and discount furniture monoliths. Most of these frames are made out of particle board or molded plastic. One must choose from the limited offerings of pre made framed mirrors in either style, finish or size.

We create unique one of a kind custom framed mirrors for our clients, offering the finish they are desiring, the style they are looking for and most importantly, the exact size their wall space requires. We can offer thousands and thousands of custom framed mirror combinations. Frame mouldings can be stacked on top of each other to create unique styles which are truly one of a kind. We just finished a mirror frame where the outer mirror frame was covered in a rich texture olive wood veneer from Italy and the inner frame under the lip of the outer frame was also an Italian import of brightly colored wood chips arranged in the famous marquetry pattern that are done in the Sorrento region of Italy.

We supply all of your mirror needs with 1/4″ plate glass mirrors with or without beveled edges. We also offer three grades of new antiqued mirror again, with or without beveled edges.

Not all people want the same framed mirrors offered by the big box stores and discount furniture monoliths. Most of these frames are made out of particle board or molded plastic. One must choose from the limited offerings of pre made framed mirrors in either style, finish or size.

We create unique one of a kind custom framed mirrors for our clients, offering the finish they are desiring, the style they are looking for and most importantly, the exact size their wall space requires. We can offer thousands and thousands of custom framed mirror combinations. Frame mouldings can be stacked on top of each other to create unique styles which are truly one of a kind. We just finished a mirror frame where the outer mirror frame was covered in a rich texture olive wood veneer from Italy and the inner frame under the lip of the outer frame was also an Italian import of brightly colored wood chips arranged in the famous marquetry pattern that are done in the Sorrento region of Italy.

We supply all of your mirror needs with 1/4″ plate glass mirrors with or without beveled edges. We also offer three grades of new antiqued mirror again, with or without beveled edges.

 

 

Summer Has Arrived And So Have New Picture Frame Selections

Summer Has Arrived And So Have New Picture Frame Selections

Believe it or not, even picture frames and picture frame stores have seasons. We are now entering the Summer of picture framing, only three weeks away. Already feels like summer with the current hot temperatures. what do people frame in the summer? We can start by framing all of those recently earned degrees from our college graduates. Some people put the certificates into cheap ready made picture frames. We have all been in professional offices where the framed art and certificates are in cheap picture frames and terribly faded. The professional drives an expensive automobile to look successful and wears an expensive suit but the degrees look like garbage.

Summer is also the time when everyone travels. The most common purchase on our trips is art. A lovely piece of art associated with a great and relaxing time can be greatly enhanced with a beautiful matting and lovely suited picture frame. We have created frames for all kinds of travel art. Oil paintings, watercolors, photography and prints. All are stunning when properly custom picture framed. Whether one chooses a gold frame, a stained wood frame, a silver frame or a white washed frame, all these picture frames can greatly enhance the look and the value of the art as well as preserving the art.

Believe it or not, even picture frames and picture frame stores have seasons. We are now entering the Summer of picture framing, only three weeks away. Already feels like summer with the current hot temperatures. what do people frame in the summer? We can start by framing all of those recently earned degrees from our college graduates. Some people put the certificates into cheap ready made picture frames. We have all been in professional offices where the framed art and certificates are in cheap picture frames and terribly faded. The professional drives an expensive automobile to look successful and wears an expensive suit but the degrees look like garbage.

Summer is also the time when everyone travels. The most common purchase on our trips is art. A lovely piece of art associated with a great and relaxing time can be greatly enhanced with a beautiful matting and lovely suited picture frame. We have created frames for all kinds of travel art. Oil paintings, watercolors, photography and prints. All are stunning when properly custom picture framed. Whether one chooses a gold frame, a stained wood frame, a silver frame or a white washed frame, all these picture frames can greatly enhance the look and the value of the art as well as preserving the art.

Believe it or not, even picture frames and picture frame stores have seasons. We are now entering the Summer of picture framing, only three weeks away. Already feels like summer with the current hot temperatures. what do people frame in the summer? We can start by framing all of those recently earned degrees from our college graduates. Some people put the certificates into cheap ready made picture frames. We have all been in professional offices where the framed art and certificates are in cheap picture frames and terribly faded. The professional drives an expensive automobile to look successful and wears an expensive suit but the degrees look like garbage.

Summer is also the time when everyone travels. The most common purchase on our trips is art. A lovely piece of art associated with a great and relaxing time can be greatly enhanced with a beautiful matting and lovely suited picture frame. We have created frames for all kinds of travel art. Oil paintings, watercolors, photography and prints. All are stunning when properly custom picture framed. Whether one chooses a gold frame, a stained wood frame, a silver frame or a white washed frame, all these picture frames can greatly enhance the look and the value of the art as well as preserving the art.

Believe it or not, even picture frames and picture frame stores have seasons. We are now entering the Summer of picture framing, only three weeks away. Already feels like summer with the current hot temperatures. what do people frame in the summer? We can start by framing all of those recently earned degrees from our college graduates. Some people put the certificates into cheap ready made picture frames. We have all been in professional offices where the framed art and certificates are in cheap picture frames and terribly faded. The professional drives an expensive automobile to look successful and wears an expensive suit but the degrees look like garbage.

Summer is also the time when everyone travels. The most common purchase on our trips is art. A lovely piece of art associated with a great and relaxing time can be greatly enhanced with a beautiful matting and lovely suited picture frame. We have created frames for all kinds of travel art. Oil paintings, watercolors, photography and prints. All are stunning when properly custom picture framed. Whether one chooses a gold frame, a stained wood frame, a silver frame or a white washed frame, all these picture frames can greatly enhance the look and the value of the art as well as preserving the art.v

 

 

Picture Frames And The Midcentury Modern Millenials

Picture Frames And The Midcentury Modern Millenials

Every custom picture framer is up against the same design issues with millenials. millenials by in large are totally design conditioned by the box stores and their interpretation of what picture frames should look like. Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Ikea show catalogs full of picture framed art with white mats and either black or white frames. Everything looks the same and all of their home interiors look the same. This is SAFE design saying “I have no idea what I am doing but it sure is easy to follow the pack and be accepted”. Take a look at the beautiful example of a lovely frame on the oil painting attached to this blog. Would this oil painting be enhanced with a snow whit linen matting and either a black or a white frame? Be honest, of course it wouldn’t! A properly and lovely designed custom picture framing which suits the art will look that lovely and has a timeless quality to it.

The design trend of the all black and white picture frames is just that, a trend.. In a few years, everything framed this way will have a dated look and will either be reframed or thrown out. The majority will no doubt be tossed as they are classified as disposable art.

Every custom picture framer is up against the same design issues with millenials. millenials by in large are totally design conditioned by the box stores and their interpretation of what picture frames should look like. Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Ikea show catalogs full of picture framed art with white mats and either black or white frames. Everything looks the same and all of their home interiors look the same. This is SAFE design saying “I have no idea what I am doing but it sure is easy to follow the pack and be accepted”. Take a look at the beautiful example of a lovely frame on the oil painting attached to this blog. Would this oil painting be enhanced with a snow whit linen matting and either a black or a white frame? Be honest, of course it wouldn’t! A properly and lovely designed custom picture framing which suits the art will look that lovely and has a timeless quality to it.

The design trend of the all black and white picture frames is just that, a trend.. In a few years, everything framed this way will have a dated look and will either be reframed or thrown out. The majority will no doubt be tossed as they are classified as disposable art.

What Picture Framers Did In The Old Days

What Picture Framers Did In The Old Days

It has been many years since I grew up in the custom picture framing business. My father’s shop was in East Oakland on MacArthur Blvd. between 108th and 109th avenues. Back in those days he operated custom picture framing with no more than 50 moulding corner samples to choose from. One fancy one was a three inch wide ornate gold pattern moulding sample imported from Italy. It retailed for a whopping $3 a lineal foot. today a half inch wide black frame costs $15 a lineal foot. Times have changed. Today, most framing stores have over a couple thousand moulding corner samples to choose from. In my father’s day, matboards were made in only white, cream and black colors. To create a selection of colored matboards my father had about 10 quarts of different colored wall paint and he would roll the wall paint onto white matboard to make 10 different colored matboards.

He had a stock of different raw mouldings which he did different finishes on. There was a real limit to what wholesalers carried selection wise. Framers had to be extremely creative.

It has been many years since I grew up in the custom picture framing business. My father’s shop was in East Oakland on MacArthur Blvd. between 108th and 109th avenues. Back in those days he operated custom picture framing with no more than 50 moulding corner samples to choose from. One fancy one was a three inch wide ornate gold pattern moulding sample imported from Italy. It retailed for a whopping $3 a lineal foot. today a half inch wide black frame costs $15 a lineal foot. Times have changed. Today, most framing stores have over a couple thousand moulding corner samples to choose from. In my father’s day, matboards were made in only white, cream and black colors. To create a selection of colored matboards my father had about 10 quarts of different colored wall paint and he would roll the wall paint onto white matboard to make 10 different colored matboards.

He had a stock of different raw mouldings which he did different finishes on. There was a real limit to what wholesalers carried selection wise. Framers had to be extremely creative.

It has been many years since I grew up in the custom picture framing business. My father’s shop was in East Oakland on MacArthur Blvd. between 108th and 109th avenues. Back in those days he operated custom picture framing with no more than 50 moulding corner samples to choose from. One fancy one was a three inch wide ornate gold pattern moulding sample imported from Italy. It retailed for a whopping $3 a lineal foot. today a half inch wide black frame costs $15 a lineal foot. Times have changed. Today, most framing stores have over a couple thousand moulding corner samples to choose from. In my father’s day, matboards were made in only white, cream and black colors. To create a selection of colored matboards my father had about 10 quarts of different colored wall paint and he would roll the wall paint onto white matboard to make 10 different colored matboards.

He had a stock of different raw mouldings which he did different finishes on. There was a real limit to what wholesalers carried selection wise. Framers had to be extremely creative.

Picture Frames in Oakland Made From Solid Acrylic

Picture Frames in Oakland Made From Solid Acrylic

We have an exciting new line of picture frames call Nova Frames. These picture and mirror frames are the most exciting new creation in the picture framing industry. The acrylic picture framing manufacturer has 4 foot by 8 foot sheets of solid acrylic in either 3/4″ thickness or 1″ thickness. The framing acrylic is optically clear and will never yellow or darken. They cut out the center hole and cut in the rabbet so your picture does not fall through the frame opening. These frame holes are cut to the frame requirements down to a fraction of an inch. The width of the picture frame can be anywhere from 3/4″ wide up to 6″ wide. They also offer 9 different picture frame shapes, including a round picture frame. The picture frame can be either optically clear or sanded on the frame face. One can have a pattern laser cut into the frame for added interest. One also has the option of 64 different colors to choose from for their frame. The frame manufacturer also allow up to 3 different colors to be choosen. There is a frame lip color, a frame pattern color and a frame field color.

We have an exciting new line of picture frames call Nova Frames. These picture and mirror frames are the most exciting new creation in the picture framing industry. The acrylic picture framing manufacturer has 4 foot by 8 foot sheets of solid acrylic in either 3/4″ thickness or 1″ thickness. The framing acrylic is optically clear and will never yellow or darken. They cut out the center hole and cut in the rabbet so your picture does not fall through the frame opening. These frame holes are cut to the frame requirements down to a fraction of an inch. The width of the picture frame can be anywhere from 3/4″ wide up to 6″ wide. They also offer 9 different picture frame shapes, including a round picture frame. The picture frame can be either optically clear or sanded on the frame face. One can have a pattern laser cut into the frame for added interest. One also has the option of 64 different colors to choose from for their frame. The frame manufacturer also allow up to 3 different colors to be choosen. There is a frame lip color, a frame pattern color and a frame field color.We have an exciting new line of picture frames call Nova Frames. These picture and mirror frames are the most exciting new creation in the picture framing industry. The acrylic picture framing manufacturer has 4 foot by 8 foot sheets of solid acrylic in either 3/4″ thickness or 1″ thickness. The framing acrylic is optically clear and will never yellow or darken. They cut out the center hole and cut in the rabbet so your picture does not fall through the frame opening. These frame holes are cut to the frame requirements down to a fraction of an inch. The width of the picture frame can be anywhere from 3/4″ wide up to 6″ wide. They also offer 9 different picture frame shapes, including a round picture frame. The picture frame can be either optically clear or sanded on the frame face. One can have a pattern laser cut into the frame for added interest. One also has the option of 64 different colors to choose from for their frame. The frame manufacturer also allow up to 3 different colors to be choosen. There is a frame lip color, a frame pattern color and a frame field color.

We have an exciting new line of picture frames call Nova Frames. These picture and mirror frames are the most exciting new creation in the picture framing industry. The acrylic picture framing manufacturer has 4 foot by 8 foot sheets of solid acrylic in either 3/4″ thickness or 1″ thickness. The framing acrylic is optically clear and will never yellow or darken. They cut out the center hole and cut in the rabbet so your picture does not fall through the frame opening. These frame holes are cut to the frame requirements down to a fraction of an inch. The width of the picture frame can be anywhere from 3/4″ wide up to 6″ wide. They also offer 9 different picture frame shapes, including a round picture frame. The picture frame can be either optically clear or sanded on the frame face. One can have a pattern laser cut into the frame for added interest. One also has the option of 64 different colors to choose from for their frame. The frame manufacturer also allow up to 3 different colors to be choosen. There is a frame lip color, a frame pattern color and a frame field color.

Picture Framing In Oakland Earthquake Country

Picture Framing In Oakland Earthquake Country

Picture framing in Oakland, California presents a completely different set of picture framing challenges than lets say picture framing in Duluth Minnesota or picture framing in New York City. Picture framers in Oakland California have to consider the numerous earthquakes that happen on a some what regular basis. We do a lot of picture frame repair for months after a shaker. People like to set their picture frames on the fireplace mantel or on a table and lean the frames against the wall. Guess what happens when a shaker hits? The picture frames slide off and hit the floor. The clients bring in their picture frames with shattered glass and crunches on the frames.

There are numerous techniques which need to be done to picture frames in earthquake country. First and foremost, onle frame with acrylic instead of glass. A good picture framer will offer you abrasion resistant acrylic. No more scratches from cleaning. Acrylics will not discolor and offer a 40% to 99% ultra violet filtering properties. Even if you don’t live in earthquake your art deserves acrylic in the picture framing to safeguard the value of your art. If your picture frames are glazed with glass, then it is time to change out the glazing to acrylic.

Secure your art to the walls with molly bolts and hangers with tea cup clips. Make sure your wire is not under strength.

Picture framing in Oakland, California presents a completely different set of picture framing challenges than lets say picture framing in Duluth Minnesota or picture framing in New York City. Picture framers in Oakland California have to consider the numerous earthquakes that happen on a some what regular basis. We do a lot of picture frame repair for months after a shaker. People like to set their picture frames on the fireplace mantel or on a table and lean the frames against the wall. Guess what happens when a shaker hits? The picture frames slide off and hit the floor. The clients bring in their picture frames with shattered glass and crunches on the frames.

There are numerous techniques which need to be done to picture frames in earthquake country. First and foremost, onle frame with acrylic instead of glass. A good picture framer will offer you abrasion resistant acrylic. No more scratches from cleaning. Acrylics will not discolor and offer a 40% to 99% ultra violet filtering properties. Even if you don’t live in earthquake your art deserves acrylic in the picture framing to safeguard the value of your art. If your picture frames are glazed with glass, then it is time to change out the glazing to acrylic.

Picture framing in Oakland, California presents a completely different set of picture framing challenges than lets say picture framing in Duluth Minnesota or picture framing in New York City. Picture framers in Oakland California have to consider the numerous earthquakes that happen on a some what regular basis. We do a lot of picture frame repair for months after a shaker. People like to set their picture frames on the fireplace mantel or on a table and lean the frames against the wall. Guess what happens when a shaker hits? The picture frames slide off and hit the floor. The clients bring in their picture frames with shattered glass and crunches on the frames.

There are numerous techniques which need to be done to picture frames in earthquake country. First and foremost, onle frame with acrylic instead of glass. A good picture framer will offer you abrasion resistant acrylic. No more scratches from cleaning. Acrylics will not discolor and offer a 40% to 99% ultra violet filtering properties. Even if you don’t live in earthquake your art deserves acrylic in the picture framing to safeguard the value of your art. If your picture frames are glazed with glass, then it is time to change out the glazing to acrylic.

Picture framing in Oakland, California presents a completely different set of picture framing challenges than lets say picture framing in Duluth Minnesota or picture framing in New York City. Picture framers in Oakland California have to consider the numerous earthquakes that happen on a some what regular basis. We do a lot of picture frame repair for months after a shaker. People like to set their picture frames on the fireplace mantel or on a table and lean the frames against the wall. Guess what happens when a shaker hits? The picture frames slide off and hit the floor. The clients bring in their picture frames with shattered glass and crunches on the frames.

There are numerous techniques which need to be done to picture frames in earthquake country. First and foremost, onle frame with acrylic instead of glass. A good picture framer will offer you abrasion resistant acrylic. No more scratches from cleaning. Acrylics will not discolor and offer a 40% to 99% ultra violet filtering properties. Even if you don’t live in earthquake your art deserves acrylic in the picture framing to safeguard the value of your art. If your picture frames are glazed with glass, then it is time to change out the glazing to acrylic.

 

What Framed Art Do We Have In Our Oakland Frame Store?

What Framed Art Do We Have In Our Oakland Frame Store?

We have a lot of beautifully framed art in our store. Picture framing and picture  frames is a fun profession. We have a great collection of framed art relating to our city of Oakland, California. The first offering is a large cut out map of Oakland and Berkeley, California. The cut out is done by a laser cutting computer operated machine. The entire cutout is black in color. The picture frame on the Oakland, CA cut out is unique. We floated the cut out between two pieces of glass in the picture frame. We then backed the picture frame with an off white matboard. The cut out floats to the front of the picture frame and casts a shadow onto the matboard backing.

Next we have a classic framed David Lance Goines poster of The Oakland Symphony, done in 1983. The poster floats on a matboard and is surrounded by a sage green duppioni silk matting. The picture frame moulding is of a soft gold tone.

We also have a reproduction of an artist’s rendering of Oakland, CA circa 1885. Lake Merritt sure had a different shape then. There are large tracts of undeveloped land around Lake Merritt and farms. We used a soft warm gray matting in the picture framing  and a warm toned silver frame which picks up on the warm tones of the sepia toned artist rendering.

We have a lot of beautifully framed art in our store. Picture framing and picture  frames is a fun profession. We have a great collection of framed art relating to our city of Oakland, California. The first offering is a large cut out map of Oakland and Berkeley, California. The cut out is done by a laser cutting computer operated machine. The entire cutout is black in color. The picture frame on the Oakland, CA cut out is unique. We floated the cut out between two pieces of glass in the picture frame. We then backed the picture frame with an off white matboard. The cut out floats to the front of the picture frame and casts a shadow onto the matboard backing.

Next we have a classic framed David Lance Goines poster of The Oakland Symphony, done in 1983. The poster floats on a matboard and is surrounded by a sage green duppioni silk matting. The picture frame moulding is of a soft gold tone.

We also have a reproduction of an artist’s rendering of Oakland, CA circa 1885. Lake Merritt sure had a different shape then. There are large tracts of undeveloped land around Lake Merritt and farms. We used a soft warm gray matting in the picture framing  and a warm toned silver frame which picks up on the warm tones of the sepia toned artist rendering.

Picture Frames in Oakland, CA Get Better After Las Vegas

Picture Frames in Oakland, CA Get Better After Las Vegas

Just returned from the West Coast Art & Frame Show at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. This is where picture framers and picture frames strut their stuff. This picture frame show is an annual event held in Las Vegas the last week in January each year. The weather was ideal considering how cold Vegas can get in January. Picture frames and picture frame ideas were everywhere. New lines of picture frame mouldings were exhibited by numerous picture frame moulding wholesalers. everything from traditional frames to modern frames were on display. Tom, Celeste and Sabrina ordered a large selection of picture frame and frame mouldings to add to our extensive collection. custom picture framers always need new frame mouldings to show repeat customers so the same items are not being shown again. Picture framers do have their favorite picture frame mouldings and they have a tendency to show them too often. We ordered a lot of new Italian designed frame mouldings with inlayed marquetry in vivid colors. Shiny lacquer frame mouldings were also ordered. We added at least 6 new frame patterns to our popular Economy Collection of frame mouldings.

 

Just returned from the West Coast Art & Frame Show at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. This is where picture framers and picture frames strut their stuff. This picture frame show is an annual event held in Las Vegas the last week in January each year. The weather was ideal considering how cold Vegas can get in January. Picture frames and picture frame ideas were everywhere. New lines of picture frame mouldings were exhibited by numerous picture frame moulding wholesalers. everything from traditional frames to modern frames were on display. Tom, Celeste and Sabrina ordered a large selection of picture frame and frame mouldings to add to our extensive collection. custom picture framers always need new frame mouldings to show repeat customers so the same items are not being shown again. Picture framers do have their favorite picture frame mouldings and they have a tendency to show them too often. We ordered a lot of new Italian designed frame mouldings with inlayed marquetry in vivid colors. Shiny lacquer frame mouldings were also ordered. We added at least 6 new frame patterns to our popular Economy Collection of frame mouldings.

How Important Is A Clean Picture Frame Store?

How Important Is A Clean Picture Frame Store?

I can’t tell you how many times a picture frame mpulding sales rep has told me that I have the cleanest and most organized picture framing store of all the picture framing stores they call on. Cleanliness is a sign of organization and proper care for the customer’s art in our store for picture framing. Every piece of customer’s art to be custom framed has an assigned storage location where the art is securely stored. We have never misplaced a piece of customer’s art in our 43 years in business.

When your picture frame  store is clean, there is a total reduction in the number of art handling accidents  and soiling of customers art left in my frame store for framing. how many shops have knocked over a cup of coffee on to a customers art print which they left to have a picture frame put around it? A lot. A sloppy store is also sloppy in the back workroom.

I can’t tell you how many times a picture frame mpulding sales rep has told me that I have the cleanest and most organized picture framing store of all the picture framing stores they call on. Cleanliness is a sign of organization and proper care for the customer’s art in our store for picture framing. Every piece of customer’s art to be custom framed has an assigned storage location where the art is securely stored. We have never misplaced a piece of customer’s art in our 43 years in business.

When your picture frame  store is clean, there is a total reduction in the number of art handling accidents  and soiling of customers art left in my frame store for framing. how many shops have knocked over a cup of coffee on to a customers art print which they left to have a picture frame put around it? A lot. A sloppy store is also sloppy in the back workroom.