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FLOATING FRAMES for PAINTINGS

PRESENTATION IS CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF ANY FINE ART EXHIBITION

Metropolitan manufacturers a line of wood floating picture frames specifically for painters. As a manufacturer we can offer you a wood floating frame selection. You can select from different profiles, finishes, depths, and purchasing options to match your budget and expertise.  We provide both a 3/8" and 1/2" face to provide both aesthetic and structural options for small to very large artwork. See framing advice for fitting instructions for attaching your paintings to the floating frame.

PRESENTATION GALLERY

View our customer gallery to get a better idea of the presentation style that is best for your work.

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  • John Borowicz
  • Ann Haaland
  • John Chang
  • Bayard Hollins
  • Helen Cantrell
  • Richard Kirk Mills
  • Elizabeth Geiger
  • Victoria Veedell
  • Ellen Glasgow
  • Carol Jean Rogalski
  • david-ridgway
  • John David Wisslerrev
  • Hazel Jarvis
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  • Kesler Woodward
  • clarence-morgan
  • michael-rich
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  • Artist:Connie Connally
    Gallery:http://www.lewallencontemporary.com/
    Website:http://www.connieconnally.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:unfinished
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    Connie Connally is a painter of both abstract and figurative work. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California where she pursues abstract paintings inspired by the coastlines and verdure of California as well as the lush landscapes discovered during her extensive travels around the world.
  • Artist:John Borowicz
    Website:http://johnborowicz.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:124
    Wood:ash
    Finish:13A black
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    This painting was in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The painting is of the artist’s youngest son Tadeusz. It measures 40" x 30"
  • Artist:Ann Haaland
    Gallery:http://www.thewiredgallery.com/
    Website:http://www.annhaaland.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:04 national gallery pickled white
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    This work is an acrylic mixed media on canvas. My paintings involve collaged elements such as handmade and Japanese lace papers, acrylic mediums, gold leaf and glass.
  • Artist:John Chang
    Website:http://www.johnychang.net/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:15 white opaque
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    John Chang’s East/West identity enriches his memory and brings flashbacks from lives lived in many places. Western and Eastern materials and techniques, Chinese ink painting, and the history of Abstract Expressionism are married in his mind. Life is a collage of more than marks and images for him. It is a vibrant shadowing of his real past.
  • Artist:Bayard Hollins
    Gallery:http://www.visionswestcontemporary.com/
    Website:http://bayardhollins.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:124
    Wood:maple
    Finish:15 white opaque
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  • Artist:Helen Cantrell
    Gallery:http://www.cooleygallery.com/
    Website:http://www.helencantrell.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:123
    Wood:ash
    Finish:05 pickled white
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  • Artist:Richard Kirk Mills
    Website:http://richardkirkmills.net/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:unfinished
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  • Artist:Elizabeth Geiger
    Gallery:http://www.grossmccleaf.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:124
    Wood:maple
    Finish:hand stained by customer
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    "Still life has been my subject of choice for 20 years, probably because it allows me to control the light, colors involved, and objects. I return to familiar things, most of them culinary, letting the drama and surprise come from the arrangement, vantage point or the paint itself."
  • Artist:Victoria Veedell
    Gallery:http://www.robertallenfineart.com
    Website:http://veedell.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:black with black interior
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  • Artist:Ellen Glasgow
    Gallery:http://www.atriumgallery.net/
    Website:http://www.ellenglasgow.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:35 natural cherrry
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    It really is just NATURE that interests me. I like vistas, strong horizontal lines broken by groups of trees or distant islands…coastal North Carolina and the Outer Banks. Edges where sky meets horizon and the mysterious habitat of the fence row and the open spaces of Northern Indianan with clouds or islands “floating” on the horizon continue to enthrall my eye. And reflections…Reflections in the water have been a mesmerizing subject for quite a long time.
  • Artist:Carol Jean Rogalski
    Gallery:https://www.asba-art.org
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:05 pickled white with black interior
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  • Artist:David Ridgway
    Website:http://www.davidridgway.net/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:cherry
    Finish:unfinished
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    I started painting using watercolor and tempera as a child and still like watercolor for travel studies. I currently paint in oil and acrylic on site and in studio. My work often is about the places where man and the landscape coincide. Dwellings, structures and other man-made objects feature prominently. A marine or foothills backdrop sets the stage.
  • Artist:John David Wissler
    Gallery:http://lancastergalleries.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:122
    Wood:cherry
    Finish:35 natural cherry
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  • Artist:Hazel Jarvis
    Website:http://hazeljarvis.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:122
    Wood:ash
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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  • Artist:Michael Beck
    Gallery:http://www.paulthiebaudgallery.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:13A black lacquer
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    Michael Beck has been exhibiting work nationally since 1972. As an early photorealist. He has exhibited with artists such as Robert Bechtle, Ralph Goings, Richard McLean, Robert Cottingham and Mel Ramos. In the late 1990’s his subject matter turned to single object still life. His new approach to still life impresses the viewer first with his skill at painting. But once drawn into the piece the viewer is led on a joyful visual journey of how paint and color are applied while simultaneously flooded with thoughts of our relationship to objects, and ourselves, as age renders us obsolete and discardable.
  • Artist:Kesler Woodward
    Website:http://www.keslerwoodward.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:05 pickled white /black interior
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    It’s all about light. It’s been a while since I looked hard at and thought about painting spruces against the sky, but something clicked in that moment, and I found myself musing not just on the spruces lining the way home, but on those which grow in profusion on the lower slopes of Chena Ridge, in the forest surrounding Creamers Field, and especially on those in the 2000-acre preserve of woods, ski trails, ponds, marshes, and fields that adjoin the University of Alaska campus. In memory, and soon in fact, I was back on the shore of Smith Lake in those woods, one of the places in Fairbanks I’ve most loved to paint.
  • Artist:Clarence Morgan
    Website:http://www.clarence-morgan.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:122
    Wood:maple
    Finish:05 pickled white
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  • Artist:Michael Rich
    Gallery:http://www.chacerandallgallery.com/
    Website:http://www.michael-rich.com
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:unfinished
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    While light, weather and atmosphere act as the impetus in my work, it is my aim to probe the depths of an inner space through meditations in light and color. I am searching through the language of contemporary abstraction, a deeper connection, an understanding of the consciousness of the present moment. The paintings themselves lie in the places between memory and new moments of discovery.
  • Artist:Hilary Eddy
    Gallery:http://www.rameyart.com/
    Website:http://www.hilaryeddy.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:ash
    Finish:unfinished with black interior
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    In looking at the real world with great attention, in fixing my gaze on reality, reality is transformed into a kind of marvelous dream, explains Hilary. I have gradually become passionately attentive to the most ordinary things that constitute the decor of my life. In my paintings I expose a new consciousness which observes and reveals hidden secrets that are there for us for the taking. We can find excitement in our everyday lives; see the wonders of light reflected, and colors to astound us as we sit in our homes, or as we walk in the garden.
  • Artist:Mary Hatch
    Gallery:http://www.buttonpettergallery.com/
    Website:http://www.maryhatch.com/
    Framing Specifications
    Presentation style:floating frames
    Profile:121
    Wood:maple
    Finish:01 clear lacquer
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FRAME WIDTHS/DEPTHS

1″ Face
The 1" face on this frame provides not only a more "substantial" look but is structurally stronger for larger work. It comes in 3 different depths and can be modified for non standard cradled panels. It is easier to join for customers who are assembling their own frames.
1/2? FACE
1/2? FACE
1/2″ FACE
The 1/2" face on this frame provides not only a more "substantial" look but is structurally stronger for larger work. It comes in 3 different depths and can be modified for non standard cradled panels. It is easier to join for customers who are assembling their own frames.
1/2? FACE
1/2? FACE
3/8″ FACE
The 3/8" face on this frame provides provides a minimal look. It is most often used on small to medium size work. It comes in two different depths which can be modified for non standard cradled panels
3/8? FACE

WOODS

Maple Maple
is our most popular wood. It is valued by museums and fine art galleries for its neutral appearance. Metropolitan Picture Framing clear lacquer and stain finishes are semi-transparent, allowing the grain of the wood to show. Our painted finishes are opaque and have seamless corners.
CHERRY Cherry
in its natural state has a light red color which makes the finishes have a depth of color that cannot be achieved on other woods. All woods will change color over time. Cherry gets darker giving it even a deeper concentration of color and grain. The wood is moderately heavy and hard. Cherry like walnut is more expensive than the other wood options we provide.
Ash Ash
is a very dense wood with a grain pattern that can complement or detract from the artwork. If the grain complements, it is a good choice because it is our least expensive option. Ash will vary in color and is not recommended on the clear and white finishes if consistency is important. It is most popular in our darker wood stains and charcoal and black finishes which will cover the inconsistencies.
Poplar Poplar
varies from light cream to yellowish brown, with occasional streaks of gray or green. Poplar is primarily used for painted or dark finished frames because of its color inconsistencies.  Poplar typically has a straight, uniform grain, with a medium texture.  Because Poplar is an inexpensive hardwood it is a good choice when price is a consideration.  Colors tend to darken upon exposure to light.

FINISHES

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PURCHASING OPTIONS

UNJOINED JOINED
Uncut Lengths Uncut Lengths
All of our frame profiles can be purchased uncut in lengths. They can be purchased unfinished or finished to order. Lengths vary from approximately 8 to 12 feet (most will be 10′). We will come as close to the footage on your order as possible. Note that UPS will not ship over 8 feet. When ordering you can specify cut 5′ and balance, 6′ and balance, 7′ and balance, etc. On larger orders we normally ship by truck and cutting the lengths is not necessary.
Standard Join Standard Join
Frames are cut to your specifications, glued, and joined with our wedge system from behind so there are no visible nail holes. All frames are then touched up and sanded before they are finished to ensure the highest level of quality.
Cut to size Cut to size
Frames are cut to your specifications with mitred corners. This option will require that you have a method for joining the frames. It is commonly used by picture framers and woodworkers who have their own joining equipment.
Matched Splines Matched Splines
Spline joints are used for additional strength and beauty. Because the spline joint offers a larger glue area, the joint becomes very strong. They are necessary on very large and or very thin frames. Matching splines use the same wood as the frame and are less conspicuous than the contrasting splines. Spline joints are often used with painted white, black and graphite frames to add stability to their seamless corners. With the painted finishes they will not be visible.
Cut to size w/wedges Cut to size w/wedges
The wedge system makes the joining of wood frames as easy as joining metal frames. The frame comes to you unjoined, but the mitres have been routed out from behind with a special machine. You glue the corners and insert a plastic wedge and use a hammer to insert it into the prerouted slot. This system will allow you to adjust the corners until they are aligned. See framing advice. This option is often used by customers who are ordering large or oversize frames and want to save money on shipping.
Contrasting Splines Contrasting Splines
Spline joints are used for additional strength and beauty. Because the spline joint offers a larger glue area, the joint becomes very strong. They are necessary on very large and or very thin frames. Contrasting splines are made from a different wood than the frame and are used primarily to complement the overall frame presentation. They are only noticeable on unfinished or lighter wood finishes. This option is less commonly used than the matching splines.

PACKAGING & SHIPPING

PROFESSIONAL PACKAGING. Plastic wrap or coadhesive is used for protection on all frames. On joined frames cardboard is banded to the top of the frame package for extra protection. Styrofoam corners or angles are put on the top and bottom of the frame package. All packages come in a custom made corrugated box. Boxes are then taped and banded for ease in carrying and additional safety.

SHIPPING ESTIMATES are difficult to give because prices vary by zone, size, and weight. Most orders over $500 that do not require expedited shipping or oversize shipping should not exceed 15% of the order. Note: Although we do not have minimum orders, handling & shipping charges will be high if just ordering one individual frame. This is especially true on larger frames due to UPS oversize charges. To minimize shipping charges on single large frames, we recommend purchasing them unjoined with our wedge system. See framing advice.