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Every Frame
Tells a Story

Below are a few you've shared with us!


Carmelle Knudsen framed this copy of the Star Spangled Banner. The original had been in her family since 1914 wihen it had been used by a Congressional Working Committeefor the creation of the official version in 1914. The original was donated to Fort McHenry National Monument.

Man holds a framed artwork of butterfly in black ornate frame

Clay Akiwenzie framed a butterfly painting he purchased in New Orleans for his daughter: "The staff were so friendly and enthusiastic. My daughter, Celeste, 4, picked out the frame and it really came out beautifully."    

Man holds a watercolor with white mat and silver metal frame

Dan Hubbard came in to replace a broken piece of glass on a water color and told us this story: "I met the artist 31 years ago here at Framer's Workshop. She was framing another piece of hers and I was framing a wedding gift at the same table. She and I married thanks to The Framer's Workshop!"    

Man holds a picture of a black and white portrait in a white mat and black frame
Woman holds a frame that contains three photographs
Woman and child kneel next two three colorful framed watercolors

Alfred Marealle told us this story, "This is a photograph of my great-grandfather, Chief Marealle I, taken around 1814 in Tanzania, East Africa, on the foot of Mount. Kilimanjaro. He was the first chief of Chagga tribe, at age 20. I liked the whole process of framing. I learned a lot from Jessica who is great at what she does."    

Shawn Soderstein framed two special photographs and a wishbone that split evenly for the first year of her relationship. "We came in together to chose the mat, frame and fabric for behind the wishbone. We found the staff patient and helpful and got the look and feel we wanted.    

Kasey Garfinkel (age 6) and her mom, Ariana, framed three of Kasey's paintings. "I couldn't wait to see how they looked in a frame. I love art and painting! I like the frames at the shop. They're pretty and the people helping are very nice!"    

Woman stands around five of her framed watercolors, all in white mats and black frames
Woman holds a framed watercolor that has a teal mat and glitter red frame
Woman holds a large frame that contains the Science Times newspaper

Chloe Castro is an artist and objects conservator in Oakland. She framed several pieces of her works on paper, including Saint. "Even from walking in the door the first time, The Framer's Workshop was a joy! I didn't feel rushed when I was hemming & hawing over different color mat boards & was even encouraged to look at as many as possible. I can't wait to come back!"

Tamara Taves brought in a print, "Legend," by a Detroit based street artist, Flaco Shalom. She chose a red "glitter" frame and a light turquoise acid free mat. "I love that this print has found a festive place inside my world. The Framer's Workshop is magnificent. So much creativity. My artwork always looks unique and fabulous. Their service is brilliant!!"    

Sara Frucht is a local acrylic painter here in the Bay. "I have been getting my framing done at the Framer's Workshop for over 30 years and really appreciate their convenience, friendliness, helpful advice and the high quality of their work. It doesn't hurt that they seem to really like my paintings!"    

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