REPRESENTING FINE ARTISTS SINCE 1980
Custom Picture Framing - Museum Quality Standards
Serving the Annapolis area community with quality workmanship,
preservation materials, broad choices of styles and price,
combined with experienced design advice
McBride Gallery offers conservation framing services for original oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, diplomas, antique prints, photographs, golf balls, papyrus, needlework, duck stamps, and giclees to name just a few of the great variety of items we have experience framing. . . .
Good custom framing starts with proper materials and good design. We have experienced staff who have designed framing for over 30 years. We recommend selecting colors and styles that enhance, but do not overpower the artwork. Creativity is the fun part! Come enjoy the process of framing a treasure you wish to preserve. We have framed the typical to the unusual: many paintings, diplomas, and posters plus some unique items like a hole-in-one golf ball, christening dresses, sports jerseys, papyrus and even a violin! We love a challenge!
The goal for conservation/preservation framing is to use materials and techniques that will protect and preserve the item as closely as possible to its original condition. Below is a brief discussion of materials and techniques.
Plexiglas is often used by artists who are shipping artwork to shows across the country. Plexiglas is also beneficial for larger works of art because of its lighter weight. Plexiglas is available with UV protection and also with nonglare properties. See the Educational page for Care and Framing of Pastels for times when Plexiglas is not appropriate.
Protecting Your Art
Once the art has been properly framed, where it is hung in your home or office can either preserve or hasten deterioration.
2) Moderation and stability in both humidity levels and temperature are beneficial. Extreme fluctuations that occur in attics and basements are harmful.
3) An outside wall has more humidity than an inside wall. A fireplace has the most fluctuation especially if it is in use. If you have art over a fireplace, provide some space for air flow behind the painting by cutting a cork in half and placing it behind the two bottom corners.
4) Hang your art using two picture hangers. Not only does it secure the art more safely, but it will stay more level on the wall.
McBride Gallery offers a wide selection of fine original paintings, bronze sculpture, original graphics and custom framing. Other gallery services include gift certificates, portrait commissions, cleaning and restoration, certified art appraisals, art installation as well as art consultation services for your home or office.
Also visit our frame shop in Severna Park Benfield Frame and Art Gallery.
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:30, Sunday 12:00 - 5:30, Thursday til 9:00pm