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Frame Your Memories

What would you save if you could only retrieve a few items from your home? Statistics show most people would grab at least one family photo. Our collective memories are imprinted in our brains, no doubt, but just holding an image in our hands brings forth a surge of reflective memories. Material images are a representation of all the nonmaterial things that exist within us. They offer peace of mind, and more importantly give a sense of who we are and where we come from.

Framing those memories is what picture framing is all about at Frantic Framers. We have been using the motto “frame your memories” for years. During these trying economic times, we have found that more and more customers are bringing in treasured memories to frame. It’s not the signed lithograph, or original oil painting by a famous artist that are the most popular items to frame, but grandfather’s WWII medals that have been in grandma’s bureau drawer for decades that are held as the most precious. The tickets from the big game become more special when paired with photos of that special day. And memories come alive when old photographs from the past are resurrected in a perfect complimentary mat and frame. Savoring these mementos means more today than ever before. With the ever-increasing surge of technology, it makes it easier to communicate with family who live far away, but nothing can compare to filling your home with images of those you love.

In the Gallery on our website, you will see examples of framed treasures. Peruse photos of our work and you will see why we are so proud to serve our customers no matter what they have to frame! As always, we look forward to preserving your milestones and memories for your homes and future generations to enjoy and cherish!

Autumn Returns

After Labor Day there are those that are thrilled to return once again to the routine that the Fall season brings, or there are those who revel in the memories of the unstructured Summer days just past. At Frantic Framers we belong to both camps. The month of August was a bustling month for us. We allowed ourselves to close on Mondays in July and August, and now we are open again. Today, our first Monday back, brought in many friends from the past. Kim Weineck dropped by to say hello and pick up a few art supplies. Kim, a former employee, is also a very talented artist and teacher ( Her amazing pastels continue to inspire us in many ways and encourage those of us inclined to create. A long-time customer and friend, Michael Moss (a local fine artist) also came by, up from his summer studio in Provincetown. Michael’s vivid color palette is always a delight to view ( Dottie Merrill came by with her lovely water-lily painting (a tribute to Monet) to be framed for a dear friend of hers. Dottie has taken art classes with Edwina Caci for many years, and has framed a lot of her wonderful work with us. Christine Schoettle, another fantastic local artist, came in to have several commissioned house portraits framed. Check out her work on or Etsy:

With the return of the Fall season, so too do the art supply lists return for high school and college students. Frantic Framers is always fully stocked with all the needs of students and professionals alike. And we can also special order any item you will need for your project or assignment. Please note that we have many items still left from our “End of Summer Yard Sale”, so come on in and check out what we have in stock.

We are also looking forward to seeing all of your summer vacation photos and art pieces ready and waiting to be framed! We are now open 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday – with extended hours on Thursday evening. See you soon!

Basic Black

Every woman needs a “little black dress” ready for wear, but when it comes to framing, that little black frame, (which is quite often the go-to solution) can be very lackluster. The great thing about going into a custom frame shop is the opportunity to choose from such a wide variety of framing options that include literally hundreds of colors, textures, and design. The black frame is an easy choice, but it’s not always the right choice for a piece of art or photograph. There are many things that should be measured when choosing a frame. Wall color, interior furnishing, and the scale and architecture of a room should be considered. After consulting with a framer don’t be afraid to explore all the possibilities.

For example, this plain black frame certainly works for this beach photograph, but another frame such as the one below could make this picture sing. The rough texture of this rock frame echoes the natural beach landscape in the image, and also creates depth. The material used is reminiscent of something one would actually find at the beach, which creates an atmosphere far beyond what a simple black frame could ever do.

In 2012, the black frame comes in so many interesting finishes that the narrow simple profile will soon be an antiquated choice. A newer approach would be to forget the description “black”, and consider the “dark” frame instead. Espresso, deep brown, and charcoal gray are colors that are more in line with today’s home. Even that very first picture frame, the plain black thin metal one that hung a treasured band poster can be reinvented with a textured hammered finish metal frame, adding new dimension and visual interest.

Janet’s Trip to Italy!

Janet has just come back from her trip to Italy, her first visit to this beautiful country filled with the masters of art and architecture. While on this trip Janet had hoped to meet the internationally famous (but local to Venice) artist Ugo Baracco. Over the years, Frantic Framers customers have brought in Baracco’s limited edition aquatint engravings and prints to be framed. As luck would have it, Ugo Baracco had just set up a display stand in front of Giardinetti Reali St. Marco’s Square for the tourist season and was exhibiting and selling his amazing work. Janet was ecstatic, and immediately made a bee-line for the display. Fortunately, Mr. Baracco speaks fluent English as he visits the US quite often. Needless to say, Mr. Baracco and Janet really hit it off. He was thrilled to know that Jan’s frame shop was not only familiar with his work, but had framed many of his pieces over the years.

Info on the artist – Ugo Baracco:

Ugo Baracco was born in Padova in 1949, into a family deeply rooted in the arts. In the early 70’s Baracco moved to Venice to attend the Academia delle Belle Arti. During his time as a student Baracco began painting landscapes and portraits, after while he began experimenting with etching, aquatint, aqua fortis and mezzotint, meanwhile perfecting his own printmaking technique.

Fascinated with the beauty of his surroundings he began studying the work of great Venetian artists such as Canaletto, Guardi and Piranesi, who were also moved by the city. Their traditional influence and masterful techniques are visible in his work, along with a great sensitivity to the Venetian landscape.

Baracco’s development as an artist not only stems from his studies, but also his exchanges with artists he met during his numerous travels to other countries. He has earned international recognition as a master printmaker exhibiting all over Europe, Canada, Asia, Australia, Russia, and throughout the United States.He has received many prestigious awards and his work is included in the permanent collection of the Italian Embassy to the United Nations in New York, along with many public and private collections.

Ugo Baracco is represented by the following galleries: Gallery 71 (, Montpellier Gallery (, and Arka Gallery ( to name a few.

What’s an aquatint?

Aquatint is an intaglio printmaking technique, a variant of etching.

Aquatinting is an original antique process. This method, entirely executed by hand, involves covering a zinc or copper plate with a wax-based substance. The design is etched into the wax with a sharp pointed tool exposing the metal. The plate is then put into an acid bath which corrodes the exposed areas. The degree of intensity is achieved by the amount of time the plate is exposed to the acid. The final etching is then printed on paper.

Like etching, aquatint uses the application of acid to make the marks in the metal plate. Where the engraving technique uses a needle to make lines that print in black (or whatever color ink is used), aquatint uses powdered rosin (an acid resistant in the ground to create a tonal effect). The tonal variation is controlled by the level of acid exposure over large areas, and thus the image is shaped by large sections at a time. Another tonal technique, mezzotint, begins with a plate surface that is evenly indented so that it will carry a fairly dark tone of ink, then smoothing areas to make them carry less ink and thus print a lighter shade; or, beginning with a smooth plate, areas are roughened to make them darker; or, these two techniques may be combined.



Color Forecasting and Creative Design

Color is one of the most important elements, especially in our world today. Color influences everything from the environment in which people live, including industrial products and packaging to fashion, food, and technology – as well as framed art. More than ever, color trend forecasts are important in selecting images and designs of framed art.

Because color is purely visual, it is necessary to combine it with form and design. This leads to a very definitive impact on the senses in a practical way. Did you know that color can be up to 85% of the reason that people decided to buy – whether it be clothing, furniture, to art and framing too?

For this year, the color is Tangerine Tango. “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it, ” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone  Color Institute. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”


Pantone annually announces a particular color as “Color of the Year”. This color is chosen to ostensibly connect with the spirit of the times. Pantone’s forecasts show up in markets across North America and impact buying decisions in consumer goods, from images and framed art to accessories, automobiles, fashion, and textiles.

[This text was written by Michael Pacitti and taken from Picture Framing Magazine, June 2012 Issue. ]

Happy 40th Anniversary to Us!

Hello world! Welcome to our brand new website designed by the amazing JSGD. We would like to announce that we are celebrating our 40th anniversary in business! With that accomplishment comes a big thank you to all of our customers past and a present for their faithful following. We are proud to be a family owned and operated business in the historic city of Quincy since 1972. To show our gratitude, receive $40.00 off any custom picture frame order over $150.00 for the next 40 days (May 22nd through July 2nd)!!

The customers at Frantic Framers are just the greatest. We are so thrilled to continue to offer the best framing solutions to all who visit us. Check out this fantastic poem that one of our customers, Admiral Duck, wrote for us when we moved from Hancock Street to Franklin 3 years ago:

Frantic Framers thought you should know,
for those appreciating art,
here’s where they go.
Going on thirty-seven years
and always looking ahead,
full supplies on hand
from that fine stroke brush
to that pretty pastel red.
Not going to far in saying
we’re South Shore’s best.
We have many customers
Who’ve already tried the rest!
Ever have that feel
that there’s art in you?
Just so happens we have studio art classes too.
Not stopping there -
Pictures and photos are held dear,
let our frames compliment them
and preserve them year after year.
Give us a visit -
Our location is brand new:
94 Franklin Street, Quincy
We go to the wall for you!!!”

Thank you so much again Admiral Duck! And thanks to all of our customers and the City of Quincy! We love you!

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