The Many Faces of a Frame!

When someone thinks of a frame, a plain wood box comes to mind most of the time. But framing comes in many shapes, sizes, designs, colors, variations, and more. And believe it or not, there are several different types of frames on top of the already endless amounts of regular framing moulding. Regular frames are just that – the typical frame that usually comes to mind when someone mentions a frame. Here at Frame Designs, we stock thousands (literally, THOUSANDS) of different framing mouldings that  you can pick and choose from- and there are over a million combinations you could …

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Featured Artist of the Month- Carol Haynes

Featured Artist of the Month Carol Haynes April 2017 Carol Haynes is a devoted artist, in all senses of the word. She frequently shows her love for pets and her faith in her artwork. The attention to detail she attends to in her pastel works is simply phenomenal, and many rave of her pet portraits. Carol frequently shows at Brush Strokes Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA. Interested in how Carol developed her love for art? Learn more about her in our interview with the artist: What is your favorite medium to work with? Charcoal has long been my favorite “drawing” medium. …

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5 Ways to Take Care of Your Unframed Artwork


 Do you have artwork floating around your house, in piles or shoved in random corners? Does it look something like this?   As a framing gallery, we have seen artwork in all sizes, shapes, and conditions. Some customers bring in their artwork in tubes, some in sleeves, some in plastic bags even…but the way your store your artwork is of incomparable importance. If improperly stored, the condition of your artwork can quickly become compromised.   Here are five tips to help you keep your unframed artwork in mint condition, from your friends at Frame Designs Gallery:   Storing paper artwork …

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Featured Artist of the Month- Nicole Hamilton

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FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH Nicole Hamilton March 2017   What is your favorite medium to work with? I love using charcoal for drawing because of the range of values and for painting I enjoy the rich buttery texture of oils. What is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration is seeing how light can make almost anything I see so beautiful. One of my favorite quotes from Aaron Rose states this perfectly, “In The Right Light, At The Right Time. Everything Is Extraordinary”. Could you describe the common thematic elements of your work? I am drawn to the details of …

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Featured Artist of the Month- Troy Howell


Frame Designs Gallery Artist of the Month February 2017   Troy Howell is an artist by nature. He claims his start began when he could first “grasp the concept of a pencil”. Troy’s work is generally described as being representational of an idea, but still realistic in essence. He credits his inspirations to be linked to music, and believes his work stands for “one man’s attempt at using a man’s creative impulses”. Read his full interview and artist bio here:   What is your favorite medium to work with?  Graphite and collage. What is your biggest inspiration?  Music. Could you …

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Featured Framing of the Week- Large Print


Every year around the holiday season, Frame Designs is presented with some rather interesting framing challenges. This year was no different. Around a week before Christmas, we were presented with a rather large challenge, both figuratively and factually speaking. A woman arrived in the shop with a print amounting to a whopping 58” x 88”, asking to receive it for a time- sensitive occasion around the new year. Such a large piece is not easily completed, and brings about many challenges of its own. For instance, because the painting was printed on paper, it would need the protection of glass …

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Artist of the Month- Olivia Sanderson


Olivia Sanderson has been a resident of Fredericksburg for her entire life thus far. In her art, she wishes to create an experience rather than a masterpiece. She has no favorite medium; rather, her favorite technique is to experiment with many materials and mediums. Her biggest inspirations come from the people around her. She credits her love for art to her outstanding art teachers, who challenged her to find her focus and passion for art. She also mentioned her admiration for several professors of art she was taught under, as well as the encouragement she receives from her fellow Fredericksburg …

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Artist of the Month- Ceebs


  Frame Designs Gallery Artist of the Month December 2016 Ceebs has been a fundamental member of the Fredericksburg art community for over 30 years, because what is a local art community without it’s framer? Cheryl T. Bosch grew up with two siblings whose initials were all CTB- thus, they were the Ceebs. Ceebs is an ambiguous name that knows no stereotyping or expectations. Ceebs’ felted art is whimsical and elaborated, while her portraiture is lively, and borders on hyper- realism. She draws inspiring from all around her- nature, people, techniques, and more. Even curiosity yields great works- sometimes, her favorite …

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Something We Have Never Seen Before…


This is a carved leaf, an actual leaf. Our customer brought in a set of two beautifully carved leaves. I had to find out more about them. I looked on the internet and discovered Chinese leaf carving. It’s an amazing art form that involves heat, alchemy and extreme precision. The video I watched showed people creating these beautiful scenes with needles. They held the prepared leaves up to the light and pierced in between the tiniest veins to create the image. I love that even in my 30th year of framing I’m still awed by the things we get to see. …

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November Artist of the Month- Johnny Johnson


Frame Designs Artist of the Month November 2016 Johnny Johnson is a Fredericksburg favorite. Originally from North Carolina, the artist is now one of the key artists in our growing community. He came from humble beginnings, in what he describes as an “unsophisticated background”. From an incredibly young age, he was frequently caught doodling in church bulletins, an action that he continued into his adulthood. Throughout his young life, Johnny had no art teacher in school, but a mentor that encouraged him to go to an art school despite the negative stigma on the major in those days.   His …

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