We provide a picture framing service which includes knowledge of the best materials for protecting every type of artwork. On this page you will find information about framing materials that will help you understand how we take care of your artwork.
Summer Picture Framing
New moulding lines in for summer artwork.
Updated: June 21, 2011
20011-12 Fall Schedule
See the homepage for our fall schedule and the classes page for course discription.
Updated: Aug 8, 2011
MSA Photography Club
Come share your photos, network with other enthusiasts and learn something new. Call or email us for membership information.
Updated :Aug 8, 2011
Quality Materials to choose from.
Our gallery displays choices of picture frame moulding samples. The large selection of samples can be a bit overwhelmings but the Main Street Art staff will ask a few questions that will help narrow the selection so you can make the perfect choice to present your artwork. Our choices come from four distributers who supply the nations top mouldings. We have the newest home decor such as the "Biltmore" line or may we suggest the "Windermere" line for the high quality office decor. For the fun artwork and posters the lower price point of the "Tribeca" or "Confetti" lines may be the best. One of our favorite types of framing to do is for heirlooms and antique artwork.
All of our matting is acid free for the most protection of all artwork. Although cotton mats are considered museum quality, conversation and paper mats give a high quality protection. By definetion Museum matting is made of 100% cotton and therefore no acid existed, Conservation matting is a paper product but all paper has been treated to make them ph neutral while paper mats have a ph neutral backing to protect artwork.
Glass is the second most important choice in materials that you can make to protect your artwork. You must choose the right mats to touch your artwork, glass will protect it from outside elements coming in and causing damage. Glass is made with two levels of UV protection, that is 45% or 99% and of course that means two pricing points. First you can choose regular clear glass or regular non-glare which are 45% UV resistant, this means if you hang this artwork in a bright place, it will fade. The second choice and probably the best choice is the conservation line which is 99% UV resistant. This glass comes in 3 levels, conservation clear, reflection control and museum. In my opinion, conservation clear is the best bang for your buck on all artwork. You must remember that your framer (hoping it's us) has the best advice on the quality of materials needed for the type of artwork you are framing so talk to them and give them some insight on your project. Most frame shops have displays for you to look at before choosing, come by 1008 North Jackson St and look at ours.