Compiled by Susie Tommaney
The right setting or mount can make the finest gemstone sparkle and shine, and the same holds true for works of art. There’s an art to framing and it takes a keen eye to enhance that photograph, painting or memorabilia without deviating from its style or stealing the scene. Kari Schmidt of Cornerstone Framing & Design has a mobile custom picture framing showroom: a climate-controlled Mercedes Sprinter van. She works with designers, artists and the public, letting customers view the samples in their home or office with the correct lighting.
1. Cornerstone Framing's mobile showroom
2. Aromatique by Suzanne Seiler; frame by Cornerstone Framing.
3. Beatles record album artwork by Suzanne Seiler; custom painted frame by Cornerstone Framing. Cornerstone Framing & Design, 936-718-7009, www.cornerstoneframing.com
4. See what other techniques noted artists are using to frame their works of art.
5. Artist Katja Loher frames her videos in blown glass. Shown: How can one rest in a petrified forest? Anya Tish Gallery, 4411 Montrose, 713-524-2299, www.anyatishgallery.com .
6. Artist Cecilia Villanueva handcrafts her own frames, finishing the wood with oil and tea bags. Shown: From the "Pen and Architecture" series. Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, 713-522-2409, archwaygallery.com
7. Oil on mesquite by Alicia Tegg. Tegg Art Studio, 119 West Alamo, Brenham, 979-337-1179, aliciategg.com. Mesquite by Burton Millworks, 75 Memory Lane, Burton, 979-289-0517, www.burtonmillworks.com
8. Gathering at Midnight by Floyd Newsum, part of the permanent collection at Chris Shepherd’s Georgia James restaurant, curated by Nicole Longnecker Gallery. Photo by Jack Opatrany. Nicole Longnecker Gallery, 2625 Colquitt, 346-800-2780, longneckergallery.com. Framing by Cunningham Art Services, 2002 Kipling, 713-521-2463, cunninghamartservices.com
9. Artist Wayne Gilbert breathes new life into abandoned human cremains by incorporating them into his paintings, as shown in Metaphorical Silence (above). G Spot Contemporary, 310 East 9th, 713-869-4770, gspotgallery.com. The steel frame (above) with aged copper patina and stained wood fillet was built by Houston artist David Sisney of Asterozoa Studio, with additional work at Independence Metal Houston. Inquire at email@example.com
10. Warehouse Frames ‘n Gallery showroom features more than 20,000 frames, including a large inventory of mirrors and a picture gallery with oils and abstracts. Local builders, including Trendmaker Homes, use their products to frame master bath mirrors, or for floater frames around televisions in custom homes. Warehouse Frames ‘n Gallery (proprietors Don, Teri, Mark and Gregg Waheed), 3815 Fondren, 713-974-6000, www.warehouseframes.com