BlackBird Frame & Art has WNC's Largest Selection of Custom Framing & Most Experienced Staff
Winners of the Popular Choice Award in the International Print Framing Competition at the 2015 Professional Picture Framers Association Conference
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.
"People who know framing won't go anywhere else." - Jim Norman, Photographer
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.
This past year, we entered the PPFA's annual print competition for the first time ever. This is a judged competition that begins at the local chapter level where we were honored (and surprised) to win First Place in the Carolinas Chapter competition last fall. But the biggest thrill came in January when we were named the Popular Choice Award winner, the result of voting by 4,600 peers and vendors who attended the PPFA's national conference!
In this competition, every entrant is given the same print to frame, and work is judged for design, technique and adherence to strict preservation standards. Our entry, shown here, may be a little "over-the-top" for most of our customers' orders, but it is, after all, a competition where an entry must stand out in the crowd. The frame is intended to highlight the print's whimsy, bold colors and barnyard theme while incorporating certain technical challenges.
We hope you appreciate and enjoy the spirit in which this piece was made, and thank you for sharing in our enthusiasm over the recognition.
We Like Frames!
--- for a lot of reasons
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!
Located 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.
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):
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
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.