Bark Frameworks

Employee Ownership

As announced last February in Vol. 8 of our Newsletter, Bark Frameworks is now an employee owned company (or ESOP). We have been preparing for this day for many years. The new owners are excited about this transition, to be taking on full responsibility and ownership for the work we do, and well prepared to carry on essential Bark Frameworks traditions: Sustaining close connections to the conservation profession and monitoring developments in the field; identifying and testing framing materials and techniques; constantly developing new designs; and attending to clients carefully and well. These practices have kept the company vital and will continue to do so.

Company founder and former President Jed Bark continues to work with us on special projects. Karl Thorndike is now President of the company. “The employees of Bark Frameworks are grateful for the opportunity to continue serve the art market as an employee owned company,” states Thorndike, formerly VP of Operations at Bark. “This transition of ownership is favorable for both our dedicated workforce and our clients, as it ensures the future availability of the high level of craftsmanship and care of artworks established by Jed Bark.” Every Bark staff member is dedicated to the company mission: to create frames of innovative design using materials of the highest archival quality, ensuring that your artwork is kept safe for years to come.

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