December 7, 2015

It is Christmas time at Belmar Frame & Art and Dali's gone Christmas:
He has pulled out his cards, put on his Santa hat and lit up his little white tree.

Wishing you all A Hali Dali Christmas and A Hali Jali Dali New Year!

November 22, 2015

A while back we were challenged to design a moulding for a customer.  The moulding that she loved, had been discontinued by the manufacturer and it was impossible to find anything like it, so we created our own for her.

At that time,
I thought it would be fun
to start creating our very
own line of
ready mades frames
unique to our

We are excited to introduce - Belmar Frame & Art's own hand crafted Ready Made Frames:

Limited inventory:  Available in a variety of sizes 5x5 up to 8x10.

November 9, 2015

Barnyards & Glory

Our newest installation.
will be on display from now until the 1st of January

Art by Nancy Walsh & Linda Watson

"Barnyard Morning" Pastel by Nancy Walsh

"Ruling the Roost" Pastel by Nancy Walsh

"Hen Talk"  Pastel by Nancy Walsh

"Roxborough Park Landscape" Pastel by Nancy Walsh

"Red Rocks Afternoon" Pastel by Nancy Walsh

"Colorado Cactus" Pastel by Nancy Walsh

"Old Barn out Back" Oil by Linda Watson

"Barnyard Storm" Oil by Linda Watson

"White Barn" Oil by Linda Watson

"Towhee on Wire" Oil by Linda Watson

Pet Portraits By Linda Watson


October 4, 2015

Why NOT to use Glass Sandwich Floats in framing

It seems to be all the rage to sandwich art or documents between two pieces of glass, with no matting, creating a see-through area between the frame and the art, showing the wall behind the frame.  Why?

Just so you know,  this is a framers nightmare and a big faux pas for your art!

So when you ask your framer to do this, if they are worth their salt, they should at least try to talk you out of it, and give an explanation as to why this is not a good idea!!

Has your framer ever told you that you should always use mats, or some type of spacing element to get the glass off of your art, photo, document, etc?  What happens to art when framed without the necessary spacing and two pieces of glass?

First off, your framer has no way of properly mounting the document to the glass, so he will either just lay it in and hope that it won't move (it will eventually slip), or put a two sided tape or glue along the top of the back side of the document.  This still does not guarantee it won't move, and definitely ruins the value of your art.  Not to mention the difficulty of taking it out, if and when you want to reframe it because you no longer like this look.

With temperature changes in your home or office, such as your art hanging in sunlight on the wall, summer to winter, air conditioning, the use of humidifiers, and heat temperatures fluctuating while using a furnace,  the environment in your home is continually changing.  Although making us comfortable, this makes our art contract and move and the glass sweat.  This is generally not enough to see the condensation, but is enough to get moisture into your art.  This moisture has no breathing room therefore creates a perfect environment for mold and mildew.

The darker spots on the left of this photo and
on the left of the paper tear
are mold spots. 
The funny thing (or not so funny thing) about mold is that it is alive.  A living, growing organism.
And once it permeates the paper, it is impossible to slow down without treatment.  Even then, you may never get it's growth in the paper completely stopped.

Have you ever bought a photo frame, slipped in a photo, set it on the shelf for a couple years,  and then decided to retrieve the photo to make copies and find it stuck to the glass and ruined?  Although it has been sitting on a perfectly dry shelf, with no water or moisture anywhere near it, somehow it got wet.  This is the condensation from room temperature changes.

This old museum lithograph, of the famous "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" oil painting created in 1907 by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was placed between two pieces of glass years ago.  The art had slipped from its original position, and needed to be repositioned.  However, the method of the previous framing proved to be detrimental to the work of art, causing condensation to form along the bottom side of the print.  This caused discoloration, mold, and the art to get stuck to the glass.  It actually was a good thing the framer did not tape or glue it to the back also--if this piece had been stuck on both sides (front and back) it would have been next to impossible to retrieve it successfully.

I offered to take this piece to a conservationist to see what they could do with it,  before attempting to remove it from the glass.  But after examining it with my client, she decided to let me remove it, and we decided to just cover any damage with a mat.  Having liked the piece, she still wanted to hang it in her house.  Although I did a fairly decent job (with the help of an employee holding the glass off while I released it) of removing the art without completely destroying the piece, you can see there was significant paper loss (above photo).

After giving this old guy a mold treatment, flattening it with humidity,  framing and covering the damage with matting, it now looks like this.  It is ready to hang and be enjoyed in my client's home, but what value it had has been diminished.

August 31, 2015

"ELEPHANTS & ROSES" a remembrance of Salvador Dali

This years fall window came out very nice, and was extra fun!!
featuring: "The Meditative Rose", "Swans Reflecting Elephants", and "Salvador Dali Les Elephants"


We choose to make his portrait three diminutional,
breaking it into several sections and
mounting the sections at different levels,
also varying the degrees of color on each one.
Kind of bizarre, much like Dali himself.

Taking old fillets, we made an Elephant,
 to go with the ones in his painting!!

June 20, 2015


Whats That?
It is our summer clearance sale. We have an entire wall of framed art that is 80% OFF. We have selected ready-mades and a few limited edition art (by G. Harvey, Bev Dolittle and even a piece by SHAG.) all for 50%OFF. We also have a bin of prints and sports photo's that are Free, YES FREE, with the purchase of a complete frame job for them. Come in and take a look. This offer will be until the end of August or while inventory lasts.

 Framed Art is 80% OFF

prints and sports photo's that are Free, YES FREE, with the purchase of a complete frame job for them.

limited edition art (by G. Harvey, Bev Dolittle and even a piece by SHAG.) all for 50%OFF. 

February 23, 2015

A painting comes to life

It is not always such a pleasure to work on a painting, as it was to work on this one.

This painting came to life as it was cleaned.

It was literally like removing a vail from this beautiful girls face.

The unknown artist captured her youth, but the years of dirt and grim had covered up her beauty.
It was a pleasure bringing her back to what he saw when he painted her.

She began to look very different.
As you can see in the examples.

The dirt had concealed the color of her eyes, the softness of her lips, the innocents in her face, the rosiness of her young cheeks.  It held the secret that her skin was fair,  her hair had hints of brown and blue highlights in it, and oh yes, she wore a dress of green color.

Yes this was a fair maiden indeed.

What a joy it was to work on such a treasure. 

January 23, 2015

Finding new talents, in dashed desires and determined spirits.

While designing for a customer, I showed her a red checker board frame hanging with my corner samples.  She loved it and it was perfect for the piece she was framing.  It went into my computer so I thought all was well.  While ordering it, I was informed it had been discontinued for quite some time with no stock available.

My customer wanted me to try and find some one who might have some.    After checking other companies that carried similar product, making a few calls to other framers, and having no luck, I was left with two options--a disappointed customer or figure out how to make it myself.  I opted for the second one and decided to give her what she wanted,  A CHECKER BOARD FRAME.

The making of a checker board frame and a happy customer.

Ready to cut

Spliced matting with
notched corners

We are looking forward to what we can do with this!!

Keep watch for a possible 'Belmar Frame and Arts'  new line of our own custom made frames!!