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Frame Central Pearl Portland Art Framing

This shop that helps you display your art carries plenty of it, too.

Walk into Frame Central (1238 NW Davis St, 503-546-9087) and you’ll see lots of work for sale by up-and-coming local artists. The employees, who are artists themselves, believe in supporting art. An oil painter might help you choose the perfect thickness for your matte. A mixed-media artist can guide you through frame materials. An interior designer may talk to you about color complements.

“The neighborhood is really funky and artsy, so a lot of people who come in for custom framing have interesting artwork.”

“We love hosting a featured artist for First Thursday,” says store manager Natalee Beaudet. “That’s a great thing about being part of the Pearl community. Also, the neighborhood is really funky and artsy, so a lot of people who come in for custom framing have interesting artwork.”

Beaudet, who is also a film photographer, appreciates the science behind archival framing, which uses practices and materials to ensure a work’s longevity. Frame Central also offers options for clients on a budget, including ready-made frames and an efficient computerized matting system.

“We accommodate all sorts of people,” she says, “from a person wanting to frame their daughter’s art to a collector needing lavish finishes. Or even a hotelier requesting large quantities of frames.” –Ellee Thalheimer // Photo by Lili Boxer

 

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