Asheville's Expert Custom Picture Framers

 “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." - J.N., Photographer

Click here to see more customer comments about BlackBird.

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CPF LogoWe are Asheville's expert framers, designers & consultants offering quality Custom Framing for art, objects and memorabilia.  We have owned our framing business for 26 years, including the last 13 years in Asheville.


BlackBird is the only shop in the nation with

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 that kind of experience and knowledge.


PPFA Award


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 to win First Place in the Carolinas Chapter competition and subsequently, the POPULAR CHOICE AWARD winner at the International Print Framing Competition, the result of voting by 4,600 peers and vendors who attended the PPFA's annual 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.


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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 excited to present this line of innovative Lucite frames again!  We were one of the first frame shops in the country to offer these when they first came out several 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 even be made with distorted shapes - sides that widen or narrow at the middle. A number of patterns 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.    

Our own century-plus building with a framing design area that is unmatched in WNC.

Ample free parking, front & back

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 knowledgeable, experienced staff, in a comfortable design space unrivaled in . the WNC region

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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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Through October, stone lithographs by Vico Calabro & etchings by Graziella Da Gioz, two accomplished artists collaborating with Giancarlo Busato, a 3rd-generation printer in Vicenza, Italy.  

More information HERE

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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