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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mountains Edge Frames

Today I'm happy to feature a company owned by my friends. I'm sure you will love their story. From time to time I like to share information about framers, interior designers, furniture companies and artists I respect and regard highly. Please feel free to share this with friends.

Mountains Edge Frames HERE

Steve Whalen and Deborah Paris are the owners of Mountains Edge Frames.

Deborah in front of her lovely painting.

Steve at work on a new frame design.

Steve is an artist, having started his art career as one of the youngest combat artists ever to serve in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam war. He went on to run a full service advertising firm for many years. Deborah is a professional artist showing her landscape paintings in galleries, shows and events all over the country as well as online. Together they ran a gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a time and it was there that they began to help artists and collectors with framing needs.

Now based in northeast Texas, the business has evolved into a custom frame business- all frame moldings are designed, made and finished in their shop, and their frames are shipped to artists and collectors all over the country.

We are an artist owned company providing quality custom frames at affordable prices to artists, collectors and galleries. We specialize in handcrafted closed corner frames and other custom designs. Unlike imported ready made frames and prefinished moldings, our frames are completely custom made. We select the poplar or basswood, make the frames in our shop and then hand finish them. Our molding designs – both traditional and contemporary- are based on classic American frame designs, but are completely unique to us. We design and make all of our moldings in our shop.

Artists often underestimate the power of the proper frame to create an impression on a potential collector and to distinguish their work from other artists. The right frame can and should support the aesthetic of the work itself. More often than not, the frame in which the piece is purchased is the one it remains in. Historically, original frames selected by the artist add long term value and provenance to an artist’s work.

Collectors often contact us about framing for paintings they have purchased unframed or that are framed inappropriately. We help select a frame which not only works best with the style of that piece, but which will also fit in with the rest of the collection. We also assist collectors with ideas about how to make the most of their collections. For example, hanging paintings in groupings or salon style (stacked vertical with just a few inches of space in between) can create visual impact and cohesiveness in a collection.

We work with our customers to create a frame which will enhance each painting. Our customers often email us images so that we can suggest the molding and finish that will create a perfect presentation. We believe the purpose of the frame is to make the art look important- to enhance and compliment. It is an essential finishing touch.

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