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Art Preservation
  • Do not store paintings in the basement or attic.
  • If your favorite print or document appears to be turning brown, it may need to be de acidified. Contact us at The Art Shop for professional advice.
  • Do not clean or remove discolored varnish from a painting with solvents or cleaners. Professional cleaning may be more affordable than you think. The Art Shop can handle virtually any cleaning and restoration project you may have.

Many people, when they come to frame something, ask for the K.I.S.S. principles - "Keep it Simple, Stupid." (Of course, they are too polite to call us "Stupid".)

We hear you. We understand you. And what's more, we agree with you. Whether it's an oil painting, a diploma or needlework, the art is the first thing one should see when entering a room, not the framing. The framing of a painting or print is a presentation of that painting or print to its best advantage. It should enhance, embellish and emphasize the picture. It should never overpower the subject.

When we design frames at The Art Shop, we first consider the elements of the art we want to emphasize or reinforce. We then decide how we will create the transition between the picture, the wall behind it and the room around it.

Understanding you, your personal taste and the way you live, helps us. This enables us to frame a picture not only in a way you will enjoy for many years to come but in the best way for the picture itself.


This is a question we are often asked.

Light is a blessing that allows us to see and appreciate color. It's also the very thing that can destory art. We can not see the damaging UV or ultraviolet light rays. It is the same spectrum of light that doctors warn about to protect yourself. Left alone not only will UV damage your skin but any artwork exposed to damaging sun light is cumulative and irreversable.

At Bay Art and frame all our glass used is from Tru Vue. The Glass they developed with a product Tru Guard ® UV Protection, a coating which effectively blocks out a minimum of 98% of all harmful UV rays.

Unfortunately, the sun is not the only source of harmful UV light rays. All light sources, whether natural or artificial, have some of their components in the ultraviolet range. The most drastic visual effect of exposure to UV light is the dramatic fading of colors - especially those colors that contain red.


Conservation framing is an important service provided by an experienced custom framer. Conservation framing protects your original artwork or other items with monetary or sentimental value.

The matting and the mounting are the two most important elements in conservation framing. If permanently mounted flat to a board, valuable paper artwork loses its value. It is considered damaged.

Your framer should instead use acid-free hinges so the artwork will "float free" on top of an acid-free backing. Conservation framing will cost more than regular matting and mounting, but it is a necessary expense if you value the artwork you are framing and wish to enjoy it year after year.


Improper matting is responsible for much of the damage to art on paper. Deterioration and discoloration are caused by the use of commonly available wood pulp mat board.

Only special conservation board is safe to use in framing art on paper. Even a small percentage of unprocessed wood pulp in the mounting board or mat may contain acids which "burn paper", causing the paper to turn brown, to become brittle and even to disintegrate when removed from the frame.

At The Art Shop, we use only 100% rag or alpha mat board which contains no acid. This will keep your artwork safe and your bevels from turning brown.


Mats serve a dual purpose:

Aesthetic : providing a visual "breathing space" between artwork and frame, wallpaper or paneling. Mats enhance colors within the artwork and can add depth and interest.

Two important rules of thumb:
. Mats should enhance, not detract.
. You should always frame for the piece, not for the room. Don't add a purple mat just because it is in the room! If there is no purple in the artwork, it will detract from it

Protective: Mats help to keep the artwork away from the glass. There needs to be room for air to circulate preventing condensation and mildew. Acid-free mat board prevents harmful acids from discoloring and harming valuable artwork.


There is no definitive answer to this question. Several factors should determine the width of your mats including size of the picture, number of mats used and size of the frame.

Generally, the larger the picture, the wider your top mat should be. Also, the more inner (accent) mats you use, the wider the top mat should be. When using several inner mats, it is generally more attractive to vary their widths.

Generally speaking, the mat should be wider then the frame. If mat and frame are the same size, the finished piece can look static. Mats serve as a visual breathing space between the image and the frame. If your mat is too narrow, it creates a distraction rather than an enhancement. Of course, these are general guidelines and there are always exceptions.

The designers at The Art Shop can help you determine what size will be right for your framing project.

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