Milestone event photography, black and white family pictures, artwork and even some collectibles all have one important thing in common: they look their best with a custom frame.
Choosing the right frame to maximize the impact requires focus on the item being showcased, explains Tracy Kilgour of Martin’s Framing. In fact, the best frames are barely noticeable because they are accentuating the art or artefact.
“Quality custom frames will look good without stealing the show,” says Tracy, who owns the business with Jeff, her husband. “We provide advice on the appropriate framing to bring out the best in each piece, whether it’s a beloved painting or a favourite sports jersey.”
Custom framing can also enhance the look and impact of movie posters, medals, historical maps and more. Martin’s Framing’s experienced team of diverse professionals can help design and produce the right frame for your needs.
Tracy’s background in graphic design and upholstery is bolstered by Donna Hollands’ woodworking talents, while Sue Rueger and Janice Feist are visual artists who have an eye for the creative. Most of the custom work is handmade on site at their store in downtown Bracebridge.
“Our team really enjoys giving our clients a full-service experience and the ‘wow factor’ when the job is complete.”
As well as making sure you have the right frame to the do job, Tracy and her team like to find out where a piece will be hanging. This helps them advise what type of glass – if any at all – is needed.
For example, glass with reflection control is best for areas near windows to prevent a mirror-like situation. On the other hand, conservation glass will protect your piece in very sunny spots by keeping out 95 per cent of UV rays.
Not only framing
The store also has an extensive collection of professional and amateur art supplies including oil and acrylic paints, pastels, brushes, quality canvases and much more. They keep their art supplies well stocked and competitively priced to give same-day service to the art community in Muskoka. They can also order items they don’t have upon request.
They have a gallery area featuring local artists, as well as 17 different historical map prints of Muskoka which come fully framed and ready to hang, or can be mounted in custom frames.
And, of course, all of them look great in the right frame.