Support Your Local Artists

Local businesses, local artists, local anything deserves your support because the both of you are in the same area. Just try it. Your #local area #artists need your support.

It is entirely too time consuming and not cost effective to take a bunch of pictures of your #artwork and hit the road trying to find supporters. We help #local #artists by partial sponsorship of #custom #picture #framing for their #art #shows. Support your local artists and your local businesses.

Spring is here

Spring is here with its beautiful lively colors and gorgeous days.  Now is the time to change the Fall season pictures over for the Spring season pictures.  Trade in the earthy tones for vibrant pastels to give your home decor a Spring refresh until the cool-down returns.

As good as your weakest point

Your artwork, just like almost anything in life, is as good as its weakest point.  You must be careful to make an even investment and avoid skimping on a valuable category, in order to maximize return on investment.  Good frame, good matting, good glazing (glass), good craftsmanship, and good care-taking = good appraisal valuation and good return on investment.  Slight any one of these categories and it could spell doom for your investmentPay for it once, do it right, and take it to real professionals.

Just So You Know…

Mat burn

a stain typically on paper, caused by prolonged exposure with an acidic mat board. Mat burn tends to have a darkening effect around where the window was creating a kind of framing effect.


Related Terms

stain; acidic

Synonyms in English

mat stain


Image of mat burn. Note the difference in color between what would be seen though the window and what was under the mat.


English mat burn


Mat burn creates a darkening edging around where the window of the mat was, but can also darken any area in contact with an acidic mat. Poor quality mats are created from paper with heavy wood pulp content, which is chemically unstable and acidic. As the mat ages, the wood pulp decomposes, releasing acid which migrates to absorbent paper below. Displaying and storing works in archival quality mats containing no wood pulp can mitigate this kind of damage.


Ellis, Margaret H. 1995. The Care of Prints. Altamira Press. ISBN 9780761991366

Mat Burn. AICCM. Visual Glossary. (accessed 16 March, 2014).

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