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Collector's View

Stephen Goldberg and Tim Kollatschny

We collect art and we love excellent design and craftsmanship. When we have a new acquisition we go straight to Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing. The registrar and the designers at SBFF are excellent! Their aesthetic sensibility is spot on. We love how they collaborate and  educate us when we are selecting frames. And we trust them implicitly with all of the artworks in our collection. We were recently thrilled with the framing of our Mel Bochner and our Sol LeWitt. Simply perfect!

Kelly Barnhart

The Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing team are meticulous at their craft.  Their perfect aesthetic makes for impactful and nuanced design applications.  They have been making my art sing for years. We are so lucky to have them in Houston.

Pamela Marquis
Marquis and Company International, Guidance for Collectors

I had a very tricky problem when I wanted to frame a piece of outsider art to hang in a space with a Milton Avery, a Henry Moore and a Picasso that Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing had also framed. After trying many beautiful frame samples, the designer at SBFF suggested an all but invisible solution that was a classic museum mount. It was perfect!

You don’t know what you are missing until you trust your pieces to the care of SBFF. The staff are beyond a pleasure to work with and extremely knowledgeable. In case you don’t know, all framing is not alike! At SBFF you will experience state-of-the-art framing and know your works are safe. Treat yourself and never look back!

Aaron Laine
CEO, Fixtures & Fittings, Inc.
Toilet Salesman, Art Enthusiast, Customer for life. 

The craftspeople at Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing are miracle workers, artisans, magicians, historians, curators and story tellers. They have the ability to look at the piece, ponder it for a moment and envision it in an entirely new way that enhances your art beyond anything you could have fathomed. Their re-framing allows the observer to see nuisances and perspectives not evident before.

Sarah Balinskas re-framed two, previously, unassuming Dorothy Hood watercolors from the 1980’s for me.  The original colored frames and mattes distracted the viewer from the pieces themselves. Once removed from the original frames, it was discovered that the pieces had extreme variations in color due to UV exposure. My master framer at SBFF suggested we show these variations (rather than cover them up with new mattes) as a representation of their story. The thoughtfulness and expertise they brought to the concepts for the re-frames created final products that far exceeded my expectations. The quality of the materials and craftsmanship they delivered for the framing was just as exceptional as the actual art.

As a design professional with meticulous attention to detail, I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want an artisan to build on and enhance the beauty for your art, go to Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing.

​Patricia Johnson

Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing designed a special display for a work by Lucas Johnson titled “The Two Marys.”  It is a fragile low-relief porcelain tablet about 1/4 inch thick “torn” in two unequal halves and all edges resembling the deckled pages of manuscripts.

A traditional solution would have been to mount the tablet in a protective acrylic box. That was more than I wanted to spend, but it also seemed too bulky for the delicate modeling of the tablets themselves. The designer’s inventive and happy solution to the dilemma of economy/safety:  a shallow armature support that backs the tablet halves and holds them in place with invisible secure tabs. The design allows the porcelain tablet to float freely – but securely. Exactly as a museum would have done it.  Thank you Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing!

Virginia W. Kelsey, AIA
virginiakelsey.com

Ingenious and integrity are the two words which best describe Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing! My client wanted to transform a painting into a folding screen to hide a pair of tvs.  First, they evaluated the painting to see if they felt they could morally retain the integrity of the painting while altering its presentation.  Then, came the ingenious way they creatively solved the technical challenges to implement the design while working hand in hand with all the parties involved!  If someone wants the best . . . I always say go to Sarah Balinskas!

Ben and Marion Wilcox

Sarah Balinskas Fine Frames is simply tops. The company and their superb team have created beautifully engineered and meticulously constructed habitats for our works of art on paper.

The collection of over 100 pieces continues to delight and astonish us.

Sandra Lucas, Founding Partner
Lucas/Eilers Design Associates
lucaseilers.com

My favorite Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing project is a small custom shadow box frame created for a simple sand dollar found by one of my clients on the beach.  It had great sentimental value, and was treated as a treasured work of art.  Small and large projects receive the same lovely attention to detail.

I have used Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing for everything from Twomblys to Old Masters.  The selection, direction and execution is always spot on.  Not only is their framing impeccably done, they are also helpful and resourceful.   They suggested and facilitated restoring a precious document to preserve it before framing, which made my client very happy.  And it seems as though their custom capabilities are endless.

Erin Dorn, Director
McClain Gallery
mcclaingallery.com

Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing’s emphasis on delivering class framing and museum hinging, in addition to precise, accurate information about the same, speaks to their respect for craftsmanship and art. They have regularly executed the highest quality framing jobs for our clients and the gallery. The emphasis on addressing each project in an archival manner is always a crucial part of the discussion.  Furthermore, the level of work that the shop advises on, from the number of elegant samples on-site to frames they fabricate in-house, is impressive.

They are my go-to for tricky custom frames and complicated requests. I’ve had them frame everything from a Francis Bacon painting, gallery inventory for fairs and exhibitions, to a small Valentine drawn by my husband–they handled each job with outstanding and enthusiastic care. They go above and beyond with each project, and I always appreciate their collaborative nature.

Collector's View

Stephen Goldberg and Tim Kollatschny

We collect art and we love excellent design and craftsmanship. When we have a new acquisition we go straight to Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing. The registrar and the designers at SBFF are excellent! Their aesthetic sensibility is spot on. We love how they collaborate and  educate us when we are selecting frames. And we trust them implicitly with all of the artworks in our collection. We were recently thrilled with the framing of our Mel Bochner and our Sol LeWitt. Simply perfect!

Kelly Barnhart

The Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing team are meticulous at their craft.  Their perfect aesthetic makes for impactful and nuanced design applications.  They have been making my art sing for years. We are so lucky to have them in Houston.

Pamela Marquis
Marquis and Company International, Guidance for Collectors

I had a very tricky problem when I wanted to frame a piece of outsider art to hang in a space with a Milton Avery, a Henry Moore and a Picasso that Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing had also framed. After trying many beautiful frame samples, the designer at SBFF suggested an all but invisible solution that was a classic museum mount. It was perfect!

You don’t know what you are missing until you trust your pieces to the care of SBFF. The staff are beyond a pleasure to work with and extremely knowledgeable. In case you don’t know, all framing is not alike! At SBFF you will experience state-of-the-art framing and know your works are safe. Treat yourself and never look back!

Aaron Laine
CEO, Fixtures & Fittings, Inc.
Toilet Salesman, Art Enthusiast, Customer for life. 

The craftspeople at Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing are miracle workers, artisans, magicians, historians, curators and story tellers. They have the ability to look at the piece, ponder it for a moment and envision it in an entirely new way that enhances your art beyond anything you could have fathomed. Their re-framing allows the observer to see nuisances and perspectives not evident before.

Sarah Balinskas re-framed two, previously, unassuming Dorothy Hood watercolors from the 1980’s for me.  The original colored frames and mattes distracted the viewer from the pieces themselves. Once removed from the original frames, it was discovered that the pieces had extreme variations in color due to UV exposure. My master framer at SBFF suggested we show these variations (rather than cover them up with new mattes) as a representation of their story. The thoughtfulness and expertise they brought to the concepts for the re-frames created final products that far exceeded my expectations. The quality of the materials and craftsmanship they delivered for the framing was just as exceptional as the actual art.

As a design professional with meticulous attention to detail, I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want an artisan to build on and enhance the beauty for your art, go to Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing.

​Patricia Johnson

Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing designed a special display for a work by Lucas Johnson titled “The Two Marys.”  It is a fragile low-relief porcelain tablet about 1/4 inch thick “torn” in two unequal halves and all edges resembling the deckled pages of manuscripts.

A traditional solution would have been to mount the tablet in a protective acrylic box. That was more than I wanted to spend, but it also seemed too bulky for the delicate modeling of the tablets themselves. The designer’s inventive and happy solution to the dilemma of economy/safety:  a shallow armature support that backs the tablet halves and holds them in place with invisible secure tabs. The design allows the porcelain tablet to float freely – but securely. Exactly as a museum would have done it.  Thank you Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing!

Virginia W. Kelsey, AIA
virginiakelsey.com

Ingenious and integrity are the two words which best describe Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing! My client wanted to transform a painting into a folding screen to hide a pair of tvs.  First, they evaluated the painting to see if they felt they could morally retain the integrity of the painting while altering its presentation.  Then, came the ingenious way they creatively solved the technical challenges to implement the design while working hand in hand with all the parties involved!  If someone wants the best . . . I always say go to Sarah Balinskas!

Ben and Marion Wilcox

Sarah Balinskas Fine Frames is simply tops. The company and their superb team have created beautifully engineered and meticulously constructed habitats for our works of art on paper.

The collection of over 100 pieces continues to delight and astonish us.

Sandra Lucas, Founding Partner
Lucas/Eilers Design Associates
lucaseilers.com

My favorite Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing project is a small custom shadow box frame created for a simple sand dollar found by one of my clients on the beach.  It had great sentimental value, and was treated as a treasured work of art.  Small and large projects receive the same lovely attention to detail.

I have used Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing for everything from Twomblys to Old Masters.  The selection, direction and execution is always spot on.  Not only is their framing impeccably done, they are also helpful and resourceful.   They suggested and facilitated restoring a precious document to preserve it before framing, which made my client very happy.  And it seems as though their custom capabilities are endless.

Erin Dorn, Director
McClain Gallery
mcclaingallery.com

Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing’s emphasis on delivering class framing and museum hinging, in addition to precise, accurate information about the same, speaks to their respect for craftsmanship and art. They have regularly executed the highest quality framing jobs for our clients and the gallery. The emphasis on addressing each project in an archival manner is always a crucial part of the discussion.  Furthermore, the level of work that the shop advises on, from the number of elegant samples on-site to frames they fabricate in-house, is impressive.

They are my go-to for tricky custom frames and complicated requests. I’ve had them frame everything from a Francis Bacon painting, gallery inventory for fairs and exhibitions, to a small Valentine drawn by my husband–they handled each job with outstanding and enthusiastic care. They go above and beyond with each project, and I always appreciate their collaborative nature.

Portfolio

Artist List

We have framed original works by these noted artists and many others

Mary Abbott
Ansel Adams
Wayman Adams
Josef Albers
Julie Brook Alexander
Carlos Alfonzo
Cyndy Allard
Helen Altman
Benny Andrews
Magdalena Fernandez Aniaga
Ant Farm
William Anzalone
Diane Arbus
Charles Arnoldi
Carla Arocha
Jean Arp
The Art Guys
Antonio Asis
Dr. Atl
John Atlas
Frank Auerbach
Richard Avedon
Milton Avery
David Aylsworth
Francis Bacon
Donald Baechler

John Baldessari
John Willard Banks
Walter Darby Bannard
Cara Barer
Gertrude Barnstone
Uta Barth
Jennifer Bartlett
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Romare Bearden
Vanessa Beecroft
George Bellows
Lynda Benglis
Billy Al Bengston
Bobbye Bennett
Thomas Hart Benton
Larry Bell
Forrest Bess
James Bettison
John Biggers
Banksy Bill
Amy Blakemore
Ross Bleckner
Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak
Mel Bochner
Alighiero Boetti
Mary Bonner

Derek Boshier
Louise Bourgeois
Nina Bovasso
Natasha Bowdoin
Bill Brandt
Brassaï
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Kate Breakey
André Breton
Lamar Briggs
Joanne Brigham
Peter Brown
Robin Bruch
Sandi Seltzer Bryant
Margaret Bourke-White
Fritz Bultman
Jerry Bywaters
Gareth Cadwallader
John Cage
Alexander Calder
Bob Bilyeu Camblin
Robert Capa
Leonora Carrington
Keith Carter
Sara Carter
Mary Cassatt

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Vija Celmins
Penny Cerling
Paul Cézanne
Marc Chagall
Mel Chin
Giorgio de Chirico
Winston Chmielinski
William Christenberry
Christo
Danny Clayton
Francesco Clemente
Alain Gerard Clement
Chuck Close
Thomas Colbert
Pat Colville
Bruce Conner
Joseph Cornell
Pedro Coronel
Rafael Coronel
John Cowan
Ann Craven
Ralston Crawford
José Luis Cuevas
Claire Cusack
Jamal Cyrus

Salvador Dalí
Henry Darger
Gene Davis
Stuart Davis
Stephen Dean
Jeff DeBevec
Edgar Degas
Elaine de Kooning
Willem de Kooning
Hugo De Marziani
Charles Demuth
Caroline Denervaud
Carlos Cruz-Diez
Richard Diebenkorn
Jim Dine
Maynard Dixon
Lois Dodd
Dornith Doherty
Jiří “Georg” Dokoupil

Kent Dorn
Arthur Dove
Rackstraw Downes
Leonardo Drew
Jean Dubuffet
Marcel Duchamp
Richard Dupont
Thomas Durand
Friedel Dzubas
Alfred Eisenstaedt
Jeff Elrod
Max Ernst
Ibsen Espada
Walker Evans
Louis Faurer
Gary Faye
Kelly Fearing
Andy Feehan
Tony Feher

León Ferrari
Perle Fine
Vernon Fisher
Tommy Fitzpatrick
Lucio Fontana
Walton Ford
Robert Frank
Helen Frankenthaler
Dana Frankfort
Janice Freeman
Lucian Freud
Pedro Friedeberg
Lee Friedlander
Francesca Fuchs
Barnaby Furnas
Sally Gall
Gego
Sam Gilliam
Joe Glasco

Joe Goode
Arshile Gorky
Adolph Gottlieb
Cleve Gray
Leamon Green
Martin Gremm
Red Grooms
Gunther Gerzso
Philip Guston

Allan Hacklin
Simon Hantaï
Keith Haring
Dana Harper
Marsden Hartley
Childe Hassam
Dan Havel
Joseph Havel
Katsumi Hayakawa
Rachel Hecker
Al Held
Martin Hennings
Robert Herrmann
Eva Hesse
Hickey-Robertson
David Hockney
Hans Hofmann
Alexandre Hogue
Mike Hollis
Carl Holty

Winslow Homer
Dorothy Hood
Ron Hoover
Edward Hopper
Dom Sylvester Houédard
Jacqueline Humphries
Allison Hunter
Clementine Hunter
Damien Hirst
Robert Indiana
Graciela Iturbide
George O. Jackson
Terrell James
Alexei Jawlensky
Jerry Jeanmard
Luis Jiménez
Jasper Johns
Lucas Johnson
Pam Johnson
Robert Joy

Donald Judd
Frida Kahlo
Wolf Kahn
Alex Katz
Ellsworth Kelly
Robert Kelly
Paul Kelpe
Michael Kennaugh
Rockwell Kent
Bradley Kerl
André Kertész
Kitaj
Paul Klee
Alexa Kleinbard
Ike Koenig
Ida Kohlmeyer
Lee Krasner
Yayoi Kusama
Charles Mary Kubricht
Barry La Ve

Wifredo Lam
Sarah Lamb
Dorothea Lange
David Larned
Toni LaSelle
Tom Lea
Russell Lee
Fernand Léger
Zoe Leonard
Lance Letscher
Robert Levers
Sol LeWitt
Roy Lichtenstein
Winston Link
Michael Loew
Bert Long
Robert Longo
Morris Louis

René Magritte
Vivian Maier
Christopher Makos
Tierney Malone
Robert Mangold
Julia Mangold
Sally Mann
Manual
Robert Mapplethorpe
Conrad Marca-Relli
Brice Marden
John Marin
Kerry James Marshall
Frank Martin
Libbie Masterson
Henri Matisse
Roberto Matta
Jan Matulka
Ralph Mayer
Dan McCleary
Mary McCleary

McDermott and McGough
David McGee
Blanche McVeigh
Carlos Mérida
Angelbert Metoyer
Will Michels
Melissa Miller
Joan Miró
Leila Mischer
Richard Misrach
Paul Mogensen
Jeremy Moon
Henry Moore
Katrina Moorhead
Ike Morgan
Morris Louis
Forrest Moses
Robert Motherwell
Stephen Mueller
Vik Muniz
Oscar Muñoz

Ruth Munson
Takashi Murakami
Kirstin Musgnug
James Nares
Angelina Nasso
Elizabeth Neel
Louise Nevelson
Barnett Newman
Floyd Newsum
Helmut Newton
Nic Nicosia
Kenneth Noland
Emil Nolde
Chris Ofili
Georgia O’Keeffe
Claes Oldenburg
Jules Olitski
Jim Olive
Demetrius Oliver
Kermit Oliver
Robert Onderdonk

Julian Onderdonk
Robyn O’Neil
Ruth Orkin
Gabriel Orozco

Kathleen Packlick
Carl Palazzolo
Luis Gonzalez Palma
Aaron Parazette
Maxfield Parrish
Jules Pascin
Robert Paulson
Richard Payne
Irving Penn
Carena Petrello
Francis Picabia
Pablo Picasso
Peter Plagens
Jackson Pollock
Larry Poons
Fairfield Porter
Richard Pousette-Dart
Ken Price
Forrest Prince
Maurice Prendergast
Evelyn Pustka
Kitty Rabinow
Christopher Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg
Man Ray
Frank Reaugh
Don Redman
Sarah Greene Reed
Ann Reese-Hernandez
Ad Reinhardt
Frederic Remington
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Chucho Reyes
Gerhard Richter
Miguel Angel Ríos
Diego Rivera
Larry Rivers
Ogden Robertson
Dario Robleto
Norman Rockwell
James Rosenquist
Susie Rosmarin
Diane Rudy
Ed Ruscha
Betye Saar
Sebastião Salgado

Porfirio Salinas
Bert Samples
Sigrid Sandström
John Singer Sargent
Julian Schnabel
Charles Schorre
Sam Scott
Beth Secor
Jonathan Seliger
Richard Serra
Joel Shapiro
Cindy Sherman
Julius Shulman
Matthew Simmons
Gail Siptak
David Siqueiros
Kiki Smith
Kimber Smith
Leon Polk Smith
Paul Solberg
John Sonsini
Al Souza
Everett Spruce

Gael Stack
Earl Staley
Theodoros Stamos
Ann Stautberg
Edward Steichen
William Steiger
Pat Steir
Frank Stella
LeConte Stewart
Alfred Stieglitz
Clyfford Still
Richard Stout
Paul Strand
John Sturtevant
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Billy Sullivan
Donald Sultan
James Surls

Rufino Tamayo
Yves Tanguy
Joe Tate
Rolla Taylor
Wayne Thiebaud
Mickalene Thomas
Frank X. Tolbert2
Shane Tolbert
Francisco Toledo
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Toyen
Michael Tracy
Bill Traylor
Patrick Turk
James Turrell

Richard Tuttle
Randy Twaddle
Cy Twombly
Robin Utterback
Jan van Goyn
Remedios Varo
Édouard Vuillard
Bob “Daddy-O” Wade
Kara Walker
Andy Warhol
Darren Waterston
Grace Weaver
William Wegman
Eudora Welty
John Wesley

Henry Wessel
Tom Wesselman
Corinne Michelle West
Edward Weston
Jean Wetta
Charles White
Sharon Willcutts
Casey Williams
Geoff Winningham
Garry Winogrand
Donald Roller Wilson
Terry Winters
Dee Wolff
Grant Wood
Robert Wood

Dick Wray
Andrew Wyeth
Jamie Wyeth
N.C. Wyeth
Zhang Xiaogang
Gao Xingjian
Purvis Young
Heimo Zobernig

“Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing’s emphasis on delivering class framing and museum hinging, in addition to precise, accurate information about the same, speaks to their respect for craftsmanship and art.”

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