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Anatomy of a Family Heirloom


We’ve (nearly) seen it all in the realm of picture framing over the last 12+ years.  There have been WWII shadowboxes, children’s drawings and everything in between.  We love to hear the stories behind what our clients have chosen to custom frame.  And because we’ve personally tried to preserve our own family’s history through custom framing, it’s always a pleasure to do it for others.  Often the projects are more than family history, they are also a part of American History.

We recently had a client bring in an American Flag she wanted to frame for her husband for Father’s Day.  He had been stationed in Afghanistan and returned with the flag.  We are no strangers to framing oversize art, but at a size over 5×3 feet, materials are somewhat restricted.  The client chose a rustic frame from Larson Juhl  to enhance the weathered state of the flag.  Traditional mat board caps out at 60″x40″ and you’re sort of left with the choice of white or white, which would have made the flag appear dirty.  We ultimately used the oversize white mat and customized it, wrapping it with a 100% cotton duck canvas.  The canvas keeps the framing acid free and added a more appropriate color and texture to enhance the flag.  To mount the flag and give it the look of floating, we hand stitched it to the custom mat.  To finish the project and keep it preserved, we used TruVue Conservation Clear Acrylic Glass and an acrylic spacer to lift it off the flag.

It’s a great honor to have our clients trust us with their family heirlooms and we love that this piece will be treasured by their family for decades to come.







Mother’s Day!


Mother’s Day is right around the corner!  Impress her this year with a little planning.

Give us a call and let us help you execute your vision, or help you find one.  303-534-1331

Custom Framing Gifts

1st anniversary is paper!

1st anniversary is paper!


We recently had a client email us a Pinterest link (which might be Kendra’s favorite form of visual communication).  She had seen a really great idea for an anniversary gift for her husband and wanted to replicate it.  Being their first anniversary, paper was an obvious choice.

She had a specific font and size in mind, so we left the lyric printing to her and used our computerized mat cutter to make the initials and heart out of an archival mat board.  They were then raised 1/4 inch out from the lyrics paper to create some dimension.  To accommodate the letters, we added a spacer between the two white mats.  The piece was finished with a contemporary black frame.

The cool thing about this gift is that you can use wedding vows, poetry, a famous quote or in this case meaningful song lyrics.  It could even be done for a birthday instead of an anniversary and hung in a kid’s room.  Luckily, much like framing your wedding invitation, now the groom will never forget his anniversary.

It’s just a poster framing sale!


At least once a week someone walks through the door and starts the conversation with…”it’s just a poster, but”.  We get it and you don’t need to explain.  Posters might not have a substantial monetary value, but their emotional value can be priceless.  A favorite movie or band, the city you grew up in or an artist whose original work may be unattainable.  Growing up it was a Michael Jordan Air poster for Zack, Kendra had tacked an NKOTB poster to her wall and her favorite Mucha poster remains hanging in the house 12 years after framing it.  We still buy posters, especially for our 6-year-old Gunnison’s room.  People bring in posters with several sets of tack holes in the corners for each time they’ve moved, clearly it’s a permanent fixture.  By custom framing a prized poster, you’ll be able to dress up the fact that it’s just a poster and make it art for any room in the house.

So take the tacks out and bring in your favorite poster.  Through the end of February, all poster framing is 20% off.  Prices start as low as $85 for a drymount, laminate and basic custom frame.  Give us a call or stop in for a quote.



Propagation: New work by Phillip Faulkner

What is is it that drives art forward? Why is it that we never settle for the the present perspective in the pursuit of the artistic? How does one move the art canon forward, and how does that forward momentum dictate what is on the horizon for art?

Omaha native and long time Denver resident Phillip Faulkner seeks to answer these questions as he marries the contemporary painted mark with the mark of technology in his new show “Propagation”, a collection of paintings and collage with a heavy dollop of the digital to top it off.


Faulkner creates an artistic narrative that evokes a sense of the sublime. In an effort to constantly gather inspiration to him Faulkner uses the internet as well as his collection of vintage periodicals and books to create a treasure trove of inspiration. Taking bits and pieces of these inspiring images he removes them from their original context and places new emphasis on what was once mundane. Through the use of this found imagery, bold line and color, he creates environments that entice the viewer to step into scenes of Americana juxtaposed with hard lined geometric shapes, bold color and layering of media, in order to create a world that is strictly his own.


No stranger to the use of technology Faulkner employs it to set his paintings into motion. Using ghostly time lapse video projected onto a finished painting, we watch as the painting process unfolds. Multiple compositions appear and disappear as the digital manifestation of the artist hurries around a constant metamorphosis of the canvas. Melding contemporary painting and technology Faulkner has literally peeled away the borders of the two, allowing them to spill into one another in this collection of work.

“Propagation” can be seen at Anthology Fine Art Gallery, 635 Santa Fe Dr. Denver Colorado
The work will hang from July 19, through August 31, 2013.
Artist receptions on Friday July 19 6pm – 10pm and Friday August 2nd 6pm -10pm



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Denver Custom Framing

Zach and Kendra Custer have been custom framing for a combined 30 years in the Denver area. In addition to offering picture framing and portrait photography, their large gallery features local, emerging artists. Whether you're looking for affordable custom framing with superior customer service, a family portrait or a new piece of art, Anthology Fine Art is your one stop shop.

3419 S Lincoln St. Englewood, CO 80113

Tuesday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-5

Sunday and Monday by Appointmen