There are some things that don't necessarily require a custom picture frame, and others that do. Original art, on paper or canvas, will always be better served with the use of archival materials and a carefully-chosen quality frame. Needlework should have proper blocking and stretching, never stuck on a sticky board. Objects should be mounted with care, not a hot glue gun. Anything valuable, whether fine art or family heirloom, deserves to be handled with respect, and preserved for future generations.
Damon Framing Studio of Vienna is owned and operated by Taffy Millar CPF, who was for many years shop manager and designer at Damon Galleries Ltd. This well-respected home of fine art and custom framing operated for almost 40 years in Vienna before closing in 2013, when the owner retired.
The outcry from the Gallery's many faithful clients persuaded master framer Steve Rigby and Taffy to open a new framing center, dedicated to continuing the tradition of fine framing and innovative craftsmanship. They were fortunate to find a place close to the previous location, ideally suited to their purpose, with plenty of parking. Sadly, Steve passed away suddenly in March of 2014, but his legacy of quality workmanship continues, since Ellen Harms CPF joined the Studio in May of 2014. An experienced and talented framer, she also carries on the fine tradition of hand-done French mats. This is a classic, traditional art done with watercolor and inks - this page has several examples of her precise and artistic work.
The Framing Studio is situated just around the corner from Church Street, next to the Pennywise Thrift Shop, in the vintage brick building with Cycle Chi and Body Grace yoga studio. The neighborhood is lively and eclectic, with a wide assortment of cafes and shops, as well as the historic Freeman House and the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Station and Trail.