Custom Framing: Multiple Mats

Works on paper and photographs generally benefit from having a mat included in custom framing materials. A mat helps keep the piece in place, enhances the focal point, and keeps the glass from being directly on the artwork.

A simple way to add something special to a 2D piece is by using multiple mats. In the piece below, you can see how adding a few mats in different tones really draws the eye in to the piece. They accentuate the different tones in the artwork, as well.

Madonna Sculpture at Night - original art by Miranda Herrick

Madonna Sculpture at Night - original art by Miranda Herrick


Multiple mats can also be used to give more weight to a piece of framing. In this piece by Kevin LaJoie, he chose to mat his square photo as a rectangle, giving it a more substantial footprint.

Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, 2014

Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, 2014


Finally, an example of a double mat pulling out a detail from the piece it’s framing. Using the lower mat of two (or the bottom two of three, etc.) to pull out a color in the framed work is an excellent way to add a bit of something special to your framing. Even a map without a large variance of color benefits from having a tone pulled out from within it.

This thin dark line brings out the detailing of the map.

This thin dark line brings out the detailing of the map.


If you’re interested in getting a piece framed and using multiple mats, come by the frame counter and one of our friendly and knowledgeable associates will be happy to guide you through your options.

Custom Framing: Framing a set

Framing a set of work seems like it’s simple: pick a mat, a frame, and go. However, making a set into a cohesive body of work takes a bit of thought. It’s important for the framing to be complimentary to the work without overwhelming the individual pieces.

A gorgeous example of a well-framed set of work is Miranda Herrick’s Works and Days 2 series. Seeing the series of 365 drawings in the gallery is one thing, but how does it translate into a home or office environment? The answer is: perfectly.

As you can see, Miranda Herrick’s choice to frame her drawings in neutral-but not white-mats allow the drawings to stand out from the framing. The silver-toned frame adds an unobtrusive finish to each piece while making it easy to hang a multi-colored grid of her work. The clean, neutral framing draws the viewer in for a closer look.

Another great example of a series of framing is this set of small works by Lisa Taylor. This display was in our gallery for about a day before clients started snapping up her work, and it was a perfect way to show how multiple pieces work to create a singular display.

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If you have a series you’re interested in framing, bring it by the frame counter to see your options. Our design experts will listen to your ideas and bring them to life, or help guide you if you’re not sure which direction to go.

Custom Framing: Plexiglass boxes

We like to say that if you can get it here, we can frame it. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done, but we love a challenge and enjoy exploring framing options with and for our clients.

When it comes to three-dimensional objects, there are a few options for displaying them, including in custom plexiglass boxes. Plexi boxes are the perfect solution to display an object (or set of objects) in a way that showcases the entirety of the piece. Below are a few examples of plexiglass box framing.

If you’re looking to frame a three-dimensional piece for full display, come by the frame counter to see your options. As always, no appointment is necessary, and our frame designers are happy to guide you.

A new chapter for Bennett Galleries

Elizabeth Perkins - The new face of Bennett Galleries Nashville

Elizabeth Perkins - The new face of Bennett Galleries Nashville

Bennett Galleries has been a staple of Green Hills shopping for over forty years, and we’ve recently gone through a big change. Our fearless leader, Bill Bennett, has retired and is now spending his free time on the golf links.

It can be a bit scary to go through such a big adjustment. Luckily, the new owner is more than just a business person, she’s our very own Elizabeth Perkins, manager of Bennett Galleries for over two decades. Her knowledge of the customer base, as well as her experience in the art and framing business, has made what could have been a difficult transition very smooth.

Elizabeth’s boundless energy and can-do attitude are a wonderful compliment to her leadership skills. While much of the business is staying the same, there will be some natural changes that happen as time goes on and we settle in. While we do miss Bill, we’re so pleased he gets to kick back and enjoy retirement.

Come by the gallery and introduce yourself to our new leader, or, if you’re a familiar face, congratulate Elizabeth on her new business venture.