A Peerless Print Shop

Both homeowners and professional designers receive cutting-edge service at Providence Picture Frame.

By Danielle Raciti

The old adage rings true:

A picture is worth a thousand words. But what about the paper it’s printed on? The frame that surrounds it? Or the glass that protects it? Providence Picture Frame is the oldest company of its kind and the largest art and frame business in New England. They think of these details, so you don’t have to.

 An eclectic art and framing job polishes a high-end basement movie room.

An eclectic art and framing job polishes a high-end basement movie room.

A full-service print shop, Providence Picture Frame, founded in the mid-1800s, is known for its high standards and caters to a wide range of tastes, styles and preferences. From the smallest print, to the largest—40-inch-by-60-inch prints are common—the team preserves memories and moments worth capturing forever.

Using an advanced giclée process, they can take any image with individual rights—something you’ve photographed, a picture you’ve painted, a restored archival print—and either scan it or take a digital file and convert it to a print that will last up to 200 years. Now a one-stop shop, here work can be digitally repaired or reproduced using high-end digital printing at competitive rates. “We can take whatever image it is you already like and print that as is,” says owner Geoff Gaunt. “In addition to that, we also bring the full line of Photoshop and photo editing. We can change a color image to black and white or to sepia. Whatever it is to match the mood of the installation.”

A colorful and varied display in one of the Providence Picture Frame galleries.

A colorful and varied display in one of the Providence Picture Frame galleries.

With a top level of print offerings and good pricing, Providence Picture Frame has become a resource for interior designers, particularly when a client wants to keep a family-heirloom image in the décor of a freshly renovated space. “Designers can come here and say they want pictures converted, or that they need an image to be huge,” says Gaunt. “We can make all of that happen using their clients’ images.”

Keeping both frame and print in mind, Gaunt considers everything: the total size of a piece, plus the matte and frame, and where in the home a piece will be installed. “We can work out the whole equation,” he says. “It starts with the print. We print in reverse order. We have every tool imaginable and all the skills needed to make an image fit. We can print on canvas, metallic papers, on metal, acrylic. This helps designers get their vision done with real confidence. And installation is always offered—for our artwork or as a stand alone service. Designers really like that.”

At Providence Picture Frame, clients work with someone who understands artwork and what it takes to execute a gorgeous installation in a timely manner.

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