Best Of Bostons North Shore, Editors’ Choice
“Equal parts frame shop and art restoration atelier, Oliver Brothers understands every aspect of customized work. Co-owner Mira Bishop serves as in-house frame designer, and is known for her inspired solutions and varied styles. By applying materials acquired from around the world, Bishop- a trained architect- devises frames for contemporary as well as antique artworks and mirrors. Special services include digitally created custom picture frame previews and home consultations- both intended as means by which to find the ideal frame for any given piece.”
Here is a LINK with photos.
National Competition Judging
Mira Bishop of Oliver Brothers will be one of the judges in an upcoming national custom framing competition “Champions of Conservation”. The competition is sponsored by the TruVue and will take place at the WCAF Expo in Lass Vegas, January 2016. Mira was the first winner of “Champions of Conservation” competition in 2013. For her work “Framing Art on a Napkin” she won first place “Best in Show” award.
22nd, Saturday 10 a.m.-6 pm and 23rd Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oliver Brothers and Target Cancer Foundation
location: Oliver Brothers Studio, 117 Elliott Street, #4A, Beverly, MA 01915
Join us in raising funds for rare cancers research. Rare cancers lack funding and basic research tools, and as a result, there is no treatments and a survival rate is poor. We will help raise funds for rare cancers research in two ways: when you buy a custom frame- we will donate 15% of the entire sale to Target Cancer Foundation and when you engage us to restore an artwork- we will donate a $100 to Target Cancer Foundation.
Target Cancer Foundation is changing the outlook for those fighting rare cancers by funding innovative rare cancer research, fostering collaborations between researchers, and raising awareness. You can learn more about Target Cancer Foundation HERE.
TaretCancer was founded by our life long friend Paul Poth, for whose cholangiocarcinoma there was no treatment or cure. Paul died in August 2009, but his mission continues in an effort to ensure that others diagnosed with rare cancers will have real treatment options – and a chance to live.
Best Of Bostons North Shore, Editors’ Choice
“Whether it’s an original Marie Cassatt, a novice’s first piece, or just something sentimental, the expert staff at Oliver Brothers will take the utmost care to frame it with finesse. Offering a huge selection of frames from around the globe- representing all manner of styles, finishes, liners, and mats- choice are the options. Digital imaging of custom projects allows patrons to visualize a frame’s potential fit with any given work. Innovative designs, in-home consultations, and restoration of antiques are just a few ways in which Oliver Brothers holds its top position in the industry.”
“Green Framing”, Art Business Today,a Fine Art Trade Guild publication, London, UK
by Mira Bishop
The Tesla Frame (or Green Framing) article by Mira Bishop has been published in the Art Business Today, a UK magazine. “My goal was to create a finished product that would satisfy my visual design criteria while at the same time honor Tesla’s legacy of innovation, his passion for giving back to mankind and his respect for Earth’s resources. ” Mira Bishop
The Tesla Frame is a simple flat moulding brought to life by imperfections and irregularities in the wood. While occasional wood knots add excitement, waves in the wood grain vary in strength, creating slight discolorations. This unique pattern contributes to the character of each frame. Both frames were unique with their own individual beauty. The story behind the re-purposed moulding, its originality, and the way it aesthetically complemented the posters was the solution I was looking for all along. You can read an entire article on our ART RESTORATION WEBSITE.
The primary purpose of picture framing is to show artwork well. Frames could also be masterpieces, standalone works of art, but it is possible with the combination of beauty and an idea to bring custom framing to a new higher level. The unity of design elements with a subject could result in creating something special and quite unique.
We are pleased to share with you an article about Oliver Brothers, just published in the 2014 Home Issue of Northshore Magazine. The article spans across seven pages. It starts with a description of our 164 year long history and then focuses on the business as it is today with descriptions of our art restoration and custom framing services. Here is the LINK to the article posted on our art restoration website.
November/ December 2013
North Shore Magazine-FABULOUS FINDS!
A Night to Target Cancer- Custom framing donated by Oliver Brothers, Boston Bruins jersey signed by the entire 2013 team. Target Cancer Gala, supporting cancer research and treatment. Cambridge, MA
Period reproduction gilded mirror donated by Oliver Brothers- All proceeds from this event will benefit Wake Up Narcolepsy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to raise narcolepsy awareness and fund medical research to speed diagnosis, improve treatment, and develop a cure for this debilitating sleep disorder.
July/ August 2013
The 2013 BEST of North Shore
Oliver Brothers Custom Framing
Editors’ and Readers’ choice
From The North Shore Magazine, August issue 2013:
“Stepping through the door of Oliver Brothers Custom Framing shop is akin to time travel. An extension of the oldest fine art restoration company in the nation, they have cared for pieces by the likes of Degas, Cezanne, Andy Warhol, and Andrew Wyeth. Framing services, a selection of historically accurate period and contemporary frames, and pick-up and delivery of large works are available.”
We would like to thank Rick Sedler, Linsday Lambert, Kiley Jacques and Sally Wigglesworth Cioffi of The North Shore Magazine, and all of you who took the time to vote for us. We also want to thank our dedicated and talented staff of Oliver Brothers Custom Framing. We are honored to be this year’s recipients of both Editors’ and Readers’ Choice awards in the category (custom) framing. Million thanks to all!
the New England Professional Picture Framers Association Award
Congratulations to Chris Spraker and Mira Bishop for winning the Best First Time Entry award at the New England Professional Picture Framers Association annual competition. More to come about an award winning frame for “The King”.
Picture Framing Magazine- Cover Page
Mira’s frame design is featured on the cover page of May issue of the Picture Framing Magazine. You can read her article describing a design process and fabrication of this beautiful award winning frame here
First Place-The Bella Creations design contest!
Congratulations to Mira Bishop of Oliver Brothers for winning the Spring Bella Creations custom framing design contest! We restored a black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe from the 1953 movie “How to Marry A Millionaire”, and Mira designed a custom framing solution. Her design is simple and elegant, an acrylic seamless custom frame to match Marilyn’s acrylic shoes. The black and white photograph is the center of attention and an undeniable focal point while the acrylic frame adds to an overall feeling of elegance.
Acrylic + Acrylic – A perfect frame for Marilyn Monroe’s black and white photo
A perfect match for her cool acrylic shoes – a cool acrylic seamless custom frame. 1953 black and white photo from the movie “How to Marry A Millionaire”, Marilyn Monroe as a pin-up girl. Signature with dedication: “To Peter, Love and Kisses, Marilyn Monroe”.
ART WORLD NEWS- Conservation Framing
“Mira Bishop of Oliver Brothers Custom Framing, Beverly, MA, the top grand prize winner”
Home and Garden insert in 28 Massachusetts newspapers
Gatehouse Media New England
“Refreshed and Transformed” by Charlene Peters
“You can visit Oliver Brothers and search through frames divided by different historical periods, from scoop frames in gold, white gold and reddish moon gold, to French and English replicas from top world museums, with detail similar to architecture.”
“It’s all about what each client wants, and right now, customers want Oliver Brothers creativity in design, as well as the assortment of frame possibilities available”
Oliver Brothers Custom Framing was nominated for 2013 Best of North Shore (BONS) Readers’ Choice Awards.
If you would like to vote and help us win, here is the link:
1. Click on the VOTE HERE and register 2. Frame shop category is under LIVE
Picture Framing Magazine, March 2013
2013 West Coast Art and Frame Expo and National Conference, Las Vegas, NV
“Mira Bishop of Oliver Brothers Custom Framing in Beverly, MA won the Best In Show award in Tru Vue’s Champion of Conservation Design design frame contest. ”
February 28, 2013
Nice article in Marblehead and Beverly Patch- Massachusetts newspapers
Local Custom Framer Recognized for
Creative Conservation Framing Design
International Custom Framing Leader Names As Winner in Preservation Contest
Life’s treasures are often found in unexpected places. More than 30 years ago, local custom framer Mira Bishop received a drawing on a napkin from a now famous artist. Having kept it all these years, she was inspired to preserve and frame in when entering the Tru Vue Champions of Conservation contest.
Bishop of Oliver Brothers Custom Framing, in Beverly, received Best In Show honors for her inspired solution to framing a treasured piece drawn on the most fragile of materials, a napkin.
The preservation framing expert was given the portrait more than three decades ago when she crossed paths with a future star of the art world. Having held onto the napkin over the years, she was motivated by the contest to create a framing solution that would not only preserve the delicate piece but also showcase it in a modern, minimalist fashion that allows the viewer to focus on the work itself.
The Tru Vue Champions of Conservation Competition asked framing professionals to submit written entries describing their vision for framing a piece that reflects and pays tribute to an individual or entity that represents the theme of conservation. The essays included what they would frame and why, how it would be framed and specific conservation materials they would use, including Tru Vue glazing products. Entrants also were judged on past work that showcased their design skills.
Oliver Brothers was established in 1850 and is the nation’s oldest and longest-operating art restoration and conservation company. offering museum-quality custom framing through Oliver Brothers Custom Framing.
ART WORLD NEWS
January 30th, 2013
Congratulations to MIRA BISHOP for winning
the Best In Show Design Award
in the combined voting category for the most online and show votes.
the award winning conservation framing design 2013, national design competition “Champion of Conservation Framing”
January 16th, 2013
The Salem News ” A beautiful tradition”
“Oliver Brothers, the oldest art restoration firm in the country, has been making paintings beautiful again since 1850.
Over that time, the firm has taken in paintings by Rembrandt, Degas and Cezanne — as well as Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer — then returned them to their owners looking good as new.”
“The quarters on Elliott Street feature display racks with frame styles from most major periods in art history, from the Italian Renaissance to the Hudson River School.
There are also frames made of unique materials, such as Peruvian leather, barn wood from Texas or pieces of buildings in New Orleans that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
“It goes through a chemical process to kill any mold,” said Mira Bishop, Greg’s wife, who handles non-restoration custom framing for Oliver Brothers.”
December 7, 2012
Congratulations Mira! Mira has been selected as one of four finalists in the design competition “Champions of Conservation Framing”, sponsored by Tru Vue. All four famed artworks will be exhibited at the WC Art and Frame Expo in Las Vegas, taking place the last week of January 2013, Photographs of the four finalists’ submissions will be available online as well . The winner will be announced at the Expo in Las Vegas.
March 24, 2012
Cover Story on the front page of
The Boston Globe
by Marni Kaufman Katz
“10 Secrets to a deep home cleaning this spring”
Greg Bishop, co-owner of Oliver Brothers Art Restoration and Custom Framing, counsels: “Keep artwork in stable environments with consistent temperature and humidity, and low light – light damage is irreversible.’’ Examine oil paintings for cracks, flaking, or waviness by looking closely straight on, and at an oblique angle, lit from the side. Check works on paper straight on, with magnification, for brown or black spots of mold. Use only a soft sable brush to dust oil paintings and gilt frames. Wipe wood and metal frames with dry microfiber cloths. Mira Bishop, who specializes in framing, warns never to use ammonia cleaners on glass or Plexiglass – it will ruin both. And never spray directly on the surface. Instead, spray a microfiber cloth and take care not to allow moisture between the glass and frame.
Picture Framing Magazine
Kikkerland Design Facebook Page /Larson- Juhl, Ideas and Inspiration, October, 2010
The Mona Lisa Clock, designed by Constantin Boym, manufactured by Kikkerland Design, floater frame by Rustic Creations- TX, metal leaf frame by Larson-Juhl
She is floating on barn wood from Texas!
This frame brings together two distinct materials – barn wood and metal – in one contemporary design. In crafting this frame, we drew inspiration from a clock design by Constantin Boym, where the classic image of the Mona Lisa keeps time with the modern twist of a revolving eye.
Just as the clock juxtaposes the realms of classicism and modernism, my frame juxtaposes materials from two different spheres. We often use barn wood, the predominant material of the piece, in floater frames in order to provide works like Boym’s clock with a solid background that will highlight the artwork. In this frame, we combine authentic barn wood that has aged in the back woods of Texas for ten years with polished Renaissance metal.
The warmth of the tree wood contrasts with the sharp tinge of the metal, and the combination results in an elegant but comfortable contemporary frame design. Earthiness merges with sophistication, making this frame a natural complement to many objects and paintings that blend the new with the old.
Find out more on our barn wood frames here