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PPFA Connect: Second generation at Barnel’s

Original article in Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) Connect February 2023 newsletter. Alethea Barras, CPF, manager of Barnel’s–The Art and Framing Gallery, in Lafayette, La., pictured here with one of her framed creations, is the second generation in the business, founded in 1985 by her parents Barbara and Nelson Landry. A math and home economics […]

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Live Series Alethea’s House Tours

Over the course of April, Alethea has graciously invited customers into her home, offering tips and explanations on art, framing and more. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Barnel’s went live on Instagram or Facebook, giving many people a chance to see what makes a house a home, and how to make theirs sing. We have been […]

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French Matting + Proper Framing

We recently reframed a lovely piece of art for a client, and wanted to share both the French matting process, and the importance of using proper framing materials. Here is the original artwork, with fading French matting. Improper materials, such as a paper mat, can cause damage to artwork.  Notice the acid burn from original […]

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Six Tips for Choosing a Frame

1. More than style Selecting a frame should certainly take into account color and a material . . . but also where the work will be displayed. Though we highly recommend framing to the style of the piece, and not the room, it is helpful if we have an understanding of the other works of […]

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floater frame

Floater Frames Add the Finish

Many times, clients will come by with a dilemma . . . they love their art, but it doesn’t seem to work in their home.  The reason is usually because a gallery-wrapped canvas is hanging without any framing around it. A floater frame creates the illusion that the artwork is ‘floating’ within the frame instead […]

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Masters shadowbox

Inspiring Shadowbox Ideas

What do you get a loved one who has everything for Christmas?   A shadowbox of personal memories makes an incredibly thoughtful and original gift . . . and we make the process easy at Barnel’s. Not sure where to start?  We always tell our clients to bring in ‘more than enough’ items based on a […]

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