Bark Frameworks


Employee Owner Spotlight: Eric Knutzon

Posted on September 17th, 2018

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

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Mark Minevich

Posted on April 18th, 2018

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.

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Peter Suzuki

Posted on February 26th, 2018

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? Five yea... Read More

Panel-making with Bark White Paper

Posted on August 22nd, 2017

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... Read More

Framing Jen Bervin's Silk Poems

Posted on July 12th, 2016

“When life gets serious…..suddenly poems get very important.” – Jen Bervin


How do you frame the invisible? Brooklyn-based artist and writer Jen Bervin explores philosophical and poetic thought via minimalist works made using text and textiles. A 2013 recipient of a Creative Capital grant, Bervin recently completed a three-year project exploring the artistic, scientif... Read More

Building an Oversized Frame for a Paul Feeley Work

Posted on January 14th, 2016

After moving to our large shop on Grand Street in SoHo in 1978, we developed a specialty in framing very large works. When we acquired our building in Long Island City 16 years ago, we made sure to have all the space we would need to frame works of the largest size. Recently Garth Greenan Gallery asked us to frame a painting by Paul Feeley that was about 8’ x 1... Read More

Using a Degas Frame Design for a Work by Irma Stern

Posted on October 1st, 2015

We recently designed and fabricated a frame for the oil painting "Washer Women" (1925) by Irma Stern.

The frame that "Washer Women" arrived in.


The back of the previous frame. Note the canvas and stretcher protrude from the back of the frame, exposing the painting to damage and thrusting the frame from the wall. This was once a common framing practice.


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When Framing Damages Art: Mat Burn

Posted on March 19th, 2015

We were recently asked to re-frame a watercolor whose subject was the Hudson River town of Haverstraw, NY. The picture was painted in 1944, and was most recently framed in the 1960s.

Here is the watercolor in its previous mat and frame, from the 1960s. From a distance it looks fine, but when examined closely, it was clear that the matboard was made from highly acidic wood pulp, as were most mats from that time. We could see that the window mat had burned the edge of the ... Read More

Framing 3-D Objects: Rough Riders Belt Buckle

Posted on September 17th, 2014

We generally frame paintings and works on paper at Bark Frameworks—drawings, prints and photographs. However, we have the design capability and specialized craftspeople to frame almost anything. During our 45 year history, we’ve framed boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali, skateboards, Oreo cookies, an entire leg cast, and a wrought iron elevator door designed by Louis Sullivan. In this case, we were framing a much... Read More