Macco of Bethesda Custom Framing

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Custom Framing in Bethesda

Macco of Bethesda is a privately-owned studio workshop specializing in archival custom framing and offering a range of specialized,  hands-on options rarely available from most commercial framing businesses. We still do things the old fashioned way including joining mitred frame corners with dowels, biscuits, glue and/or nails, hand-cut mats, hand-watercolour  French panels and lines with optional gilded and marbled decorated strips. We mount textiles/fabric art by sewing to cotton backing. We can alter frame profiles and finishes by painting, staining or retouching. Missing ornaments can be recast, recarved and re-gilded. We can also work within your budget to frame just about anything be it the kids’ third grade drawings,  a favorite calendar print, all those antique photos you’ve had stored in the back of your underwear drawer for years, and, of course, fine original art, prints and paintings. We have an excellent in-house inventory of length mouldings as well as hundreds of samples which can be ordered in a mere day or two. All work is done personally and in-house  by the owner, Barbara Rubin. We’ve been at this for a while - since 1949 -  and can provide references from half a century’s worth of satisfied customers.

Barbara Rubin is proud to announce that in addition to her other services, she now provides hand tinting of etchings. All tinting is performed to museum quality standards with archival materials.

Barbara is a member of the Society of Gilders and the American Institutte of Conservation.

Consultations are by appointment only which can be scheduled from 2 p.m. to late evenings, seven days a week. Macco is located two blocks behind the Farm Women’s Flea Market in downtown Bethesda.

Telephone 240-401-1613




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