Bark Frameworks


Employee Owner Spotlight: Keara Martin

Posted on March 12th, 2019

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.... Read More

Framing a 17th Century Work on Parchment

Posted on September 13th, 2017

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 Read More

A Message from Jed Bark

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

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 ... Read More

Frames for Three Degas Pastels, (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on October 7th, 2014

Framing for "Danseuse Buste, 1897"

Edgar Degas, "Danseuse Buste, 1897," unframed.

To frame the Degas pastel we discussed in our last Newsletter, we made a profile that was closely related to three drawings from his sketchbooks. As we noted, a few original Degas frames of this genre still can be seen. But there are no surviving examples of frames made from most of his drawings, and it i... Read More

Frames for Three Degas Pastels (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on September 5th, 2014

A recent Bark Frameworks job that involved framing three Degas pastels. This is Part I of a two-part article. Part II will appear in the October 2014 Newsletter.

Edgar Degas was an inventive designer of frames. In several of his notebooks from 1879-1884 appear some forty frame profile drawings of striking originality. But only a few of the artist’s frame designs appear to have migrated from the notebooks to the frame shop.  And since dealers and collectors... Read More

FRAMES + MEDIA: Gentlemen and Livery

Posted on September 3rd, 2014

Frames carry multiple messages. Around a work of art a frame can establish an emphatic border—the artwork is inside the frame/the world is outside; or it may act as an almost invisible bridge from the artwork to the wall and the room. The frame may have more to do with the décor surrounding it than the work of art within it; or a frame may serve as an ornate halo, bestowing honor or status on the work framed.

Frames appear in many forms in the media, especially ... Read More

Wandering Renoir Returns (with Frame)

Posted on August 6th, 2014

The exhibition “The Renoir Returns” opened at the Baltimore Museum of Art several weeks ago. The centerpiece of the exhibition, the artist’s “On the Shore of the Seine” (c. 1879), is a small landscape that was stolen from the museum more than 60 years ago. The painting was restored to the BMA by a federal judge after a woman, who claimed to have bought it at a flea market because she liked the frame... Read More