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Employee Owner Spotlight: Peter Suzuki

Every month or two, we interview a different Bark staff member, and get their thoughts on the challenges and rewards of working at an employee-owned company. We hope you enjoy getting to know us! Employee owner name: Peter Suzuki Department/Position at Bark Frameworks: Special Milling / Woodshop Hails from: Kailua, Hawaii How long have you worked at Bark? Six years What did you do for work before you worked at Bark Frameworks? My last job was at New York Central Art S...  Read More

Posted on July 22nd, 2019

Employee Owner Spotlight: Phil Kennedy

Employee owner name: Phil Kennedy Department/Job at Bark Frameworks: Art Preservation (focuses on Mat Making) How long have you worked at Bark?: Eight years. Hails from: Massapequa, Long Island. What did you do before you worked at Bark Frameworks? Before Bark, I worked at a smaller frame shop in Manhattan which had a similar clientele - collectors, galleries, artists. I started out woodworking, and by the time I left I was doing on-site fittings. Prior to that, I worke...  Read More

Posted on May 30th, 2019

Employee Owner Spotlight: Keara Martin

Now that Bark Frameworks is employee owned, we wanted to reintroduce ourselves, one staff member at a time. In our first Spotlight interview of 2019, Marketing Manager Jennifer Clark sits down with Bark Frameworks welder Keara Martin. Employee owner name: Keara Martin Department/Job at Bark Frameworks: Welder in our Metal Shop How long have you worked at Bark?: A little over two years. Hails from: Long Island, NY. What did you do before you worked at Bark Framew...  Read More

Posted on March 12th, 2019

Employee Owner Spotlight: Eric Knutzon

This month, we sit down with Eric Knutzon, Design Director at Bark Frameworks.  Employee owner name: Eric Knutzon Hails from: Rural Colorado via California and Kansas City. How long have you worked at Bark?: Eight years What did you do before you worked at Bark Frameworks? I mostly worked for other picture framers in New York. I also did work in other art services: freelancing in graphic design, art handling, and art installation for galleries and collectors. After...  Read More

Posted on September 17th, 2018

Framing Torild Stray for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Recently, we worked with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to frame a large-scale work by Norwegian-born artist Torild Stray. Bark frame designer Paul Jordan worked with Lisa Conte, the Museum’s Head of Conservation, to frame Stray’s charcoal drawing on paper entitled “New York Metamorphosis." Created while working on the 85th Floor of the North Tower during a residency program in 1998, “Metamorphosis” depicts Manhattan as seen looking north fro...  Read More

Posted on July 18th, 2018

Employee Owner Spotlight: Mark Minevich

For the second interview in our on-going series highlighting our employee-owners, we talked with Bark Frameworks hinger Mark Minevich.   Employee owner name: Mark Minevich Department/Position at Bark Frameworks: Art Preservation / Hinging Hails from: St. Petersburg, Russia. I came to America at age 23, with my parents and brother. How long have you worked at Bark? For 31 years, with a brief break around 1998. What did you do before you worked at Bark Framewo...  Read More

Posted on April 18th, 2018

Double-sided Frames for Alex Katz Drawings

Recently, Bark Frameworks collaborated with Timothy Taylor Gallery in Chelsea to frame a number of works on paper for "Alex Katz: Subway Drawings” (the exhibition was presented in collaboration with Gavin Brown's enterprise), Apr. 27 - June 30, 2017. Alex Katz in his studio, 1964. Source: Getty Images   Alex Katz, who attended The Cooper Union in the 1940s, chose to develop his style by sketching subway riders and strangers in parks -- as opposed to the ...  Read More

Posted on December 6th, 2017

Framing a 17th Century Work on Parchment

Seventeenth century Dutch frame design is a subject we return to again and again. Framing art from this period offers our designers the opportunity to utilize our research into historic frames and presents some complex issues in the arena of art preservation. Rachel Danzing, a paper conservator in private practice who was previously Paper Conservator at the Brooklyn Museum -- and with experience at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery -- recently approached with ...  Read More

Posted on September 13th, 2017

Panel-making with Bark White Paper

At times, we frame oversized artworks that require a large, seamless panel to accommodate pass-through hinges, where the hinge material is literally passed through slots on a backmat, so that the work can be secured. In making the backing panel for these works, we use our 79" wide Bark White Paper, a special ultra-smooth white paper we had made just for us. First, 100% cotton rag board is mounted to Dibond. Rag board isn't made in sizes large enough for some of the art we ...  Read More

Posted on August 22nd, 2017

A Message from Jed Bark

Bark Frameworks is now entirely owned by its employees through an ESOP trust. For the past two years we have been discussing the prospect of creating an ESOP—an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and now we have taken this big step. I will continue working at the company on a number of projects and will chair the board of directors. Karl Thorndike, who has served as vice president for operations for the past six years, will become president and CEO of Bark Frameworks. Jed Ba...  Read More

Posted on February 2nd, 2017