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BlackBird Frame & Art has WNC's Largest Selection of Custom Framing & Most Experienced Staff

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Welcome to BlackBird - with Asheville's largest selection of picture framing options

 “As a former gallery owner myself I knew my standards were very high, but, in time, I found the excellence I sought, in BlackBird.  I wouldn’t trust my art work with anyone else now.  ”  -  Nancy Ackermann Cole

I'll never go back to craft store "discount" framing when BlackBird can create a beautiful piece of art for nearly the same cost. Your studio is a local treasure."Peggy D.

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We are Asheville's expert framers, designers & consultants offering quality Custom Framing for art, objects and memorabilia.  We have owned our framing business for 25 years, including the last 12 years in Asheville --- and our staff is the only one in the country that includes five Certified Picture Framers (CPF), the professional designation of the Professional Picture Framers Association. 

Your art & treasures deserve the advantage that can only be gained with experience and knowledge.


We Like Frames!

--- for a lot of reasons

We designed this ad - in fact we commissioned Marsha Hammel to paint this figure just for the purpose - to illustrate the impact of a frame on the presentation of your art.
Many paintings today are sold without frames, stretched over a thick strainer bar, a method known as a "gallery wrap".  It saves the artist and gallery the expense of framing and looks perfectly alright on a big white gallery wall with nothing but other paintings nearby.
But in the home, with lamps, rugs, furniture, draperies, etc, competing for attention, a frame gives your art its own space. and ensures its prominence in the room.  Where long-term preservation is important, a frame protects its edges from damage and supports the weight, preventing buckling and bowing of the canvas. 
Some people have compared the frame to the jewelry that makes a nice dress look even better. Others consider the frame a part of the furniture, extending its reach to incorporate the art more fully into its environment.  Whatever the reason, a well-chosen frame can be a thing of beauty itself that greatly enhances the art experience.


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 We're so excited to have this line of innovative Lucite frames available again!  We were one of the first frame shops in the country to offer these when they first came out a couple of years ago, but sadly, the man who developed this process fell victim to the recession.  Recently, though, another small firm bought his equipment and process, and is again making them available.  We have had more fun framing with these than with anything in recent memory.  Bright colors, for sure...but these also offer some opportunities to do some very subtle, ultramodern frames in soft grey tones and even clear finishes.  The frames can have distorted shapes with sides that widen or narrow at the middle. A number of pattern expand the possibilities beyond imagination, and lend the frames to some great designs for retro and mid-century modern styles.  Come see!


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MGExteriorLocated at 365 Merrimon Avenue, just 3/4 mile north of downtown Asheville.    

A century-plus building with plenty of free parking, and a framing design area that is unmatched in WNC. 

Picture framing choices include a greater offering of hand-gilded and carved period reproductions, WNC's largest assortment of fun, colorful inlays, fabric mats & liners, and more.  Experience the largest selection and most experienced staff, in a comfortable design space unrivaled in the Asheville area. 

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We are honored to present the work of a few of this region's finest artists in our gallery (click underlined links to pages on this website)


Original Prints

Andrea Starkey (woodblock), Laura Wilder (woodblock),


Peter Loewer (illustration),  J Nelson (mixed), Gayle Paul  (oils)


Jesse Lee (metals), Heather Spontak (pottery), Robb Helmkamp   (wood)


Doug Cavanah

Giclees and Reproduction Prints (Local Interest)

John Mac Kah, John Shryock, Ann Vasilik, Lisa Ringlespaugh-Irvine

BlackBird also carries a large selection of decorative prints and posters, and has extensive catalog and on-line resources.  Professional assistance is offered to search for art to decorate any style of home or office.




Express yourself, decorate

Home – Office – Business – Cottage – Cabin – Condo – Rental

Display, Preserve, & Protect

Preservation Framing of: Paintings – Prints and Posters – Photographs – Textiles – Memorabilia – Needlecraft – Keepsakes –  Children's Art – Mirrors – Documents – Diplomas – Collectibles

Showcase your Business

Designers – Architects – Artists & Photographers – Corporate Awards – Employee Recognition – Client Appreciation –  Professional Certificates

Find the service you need

Rush Orders – Commercial Projects – Delivery – Installation – Crating – Art Consultation – Artist & Designer Accounts – Contract Framing – Volume Orders

Full-Range of Custom Picture Frame Styles

Period Reproduction Frames - Arts and Crafts Frames - Solid Acrylic Frames - Inlaid Mouldings - Welded Steel Frames - Quarter-Sawn Oak - Gilded Frames - Carved Frames - Roma Moulding - Larson Juhl Picture Frame - Plein-Air Frames

BlackBird offers delivery & installation service to our clients and designers throughout Western North Carolina.  Our primary service area includes Asheville, Biltmore Forest, Weaverville, Fairview, Black Mountain, Arden, Fletcher, Candler, Enka and Leicester.  Other clients live in Hendersonville, Lake Lure, Mars Hill, Waynesville, Brevard and other areas of Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Transylvania, Mitchell and Madison counties.  For larger commercial projects, we can deliver to any area of North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Upstate South Carolina.

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Community is Important!

We count ourselves fortunate to be part of a vital and supportive community in Asheville.  And we're even more fortunate to offer a product that enables us to give back in a small, but hopefully meaningful way.
Click HERE to see some of the organizations we are honored to support.  Please visit their websites to explore and join in the good work being done by volunteers and staff of these great arts and community service organizations. 




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We're finally able to let you in on a decades-old secret of the trade.  For years, we've been able to order single prints for our clients from almost every known publisher of affordable prints, without having to meet their minimum purchase requirements.  How?  Lieberman's Gallery has provided this "clearinghouse" service to the trade.  Now, you can access that same database directly by clicking HERE.  You can search by a number of criteria, then choose your art and have it shipped directly to your home, or get free shipping by having it sent to us, where you'll also save $30 on the framing

And here's a great source of affordable high-quality giclee prints.  Artaissance offers thousands of images and you can print it any size you like on paper or canvas. Just click the logo below.






Looking for a Framer?

BlackBird has the most experienced staff of custom framers and the largest selection of frame options in the region.  Please visit our Framing page for more about our services, both residential and commercial.  CLICK HERE to see what some of our customers have said about BlackBird, and find answers to some of your questions about custom framing.

"I found a higher level of expertise and a better experience at a lower price than Michael's!  I feel comfortable leaving my beloved artwork in your hands."

Molly Dingledine, jewelry artist ,


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