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Tips for Framing 150 Works of Art

Master framers Tiffany, above, and Kevin.


Frame donations neededEvery year, The Art League gets over 600 pieces of artwork generously donated for our Patrons’ Show Fundraiser. We also get about 150 unframed pieces that we need to mat and frame — so they’re wall-ready for 150 lucky patrons!

Tiffany and Kevin are doing the bulk of the framing this year. On Friday, we stopped by the Madison Annex to make sure they were keeping busy (which they were) and pick up some tips for framing.

Here’s what we heard:

#1: Wear gloves. Keep Band-Aids nearby. Don’t bleed on the artwork.


Safety first!

#2: Don’t forget the tunes!


Try the Spotify “framing jams” playlist.

#3: Invest in a good point-driver and acid-free materials. Oh, and an electric screwdriver.

Point driver

The point-driver (above) and electric screwdriver are big time-savers. And acid-free matboard and foam core keep the artwork looking good for years to come.

#4: Measure twice, cut once.

Measure twice

Always good advice, and doubly good with a project this big!

Thank you to Tiffany, Kevin, and all our framers for your hard work — and these tips!

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