Museum Quality Framing & Art Services
Serving Southern California for 25 years.
Museum Quality offers the largest selection of frames and framing materials in Ventura County. We can custom frame just about anything at any size. Shadow boxes, collectibles, unique items, photographs, prints and originals are all handled and managed by the best designers and picture framers in the area. Come in today and see for yourself, the quality of our craftsmanship is simply unmatched.
“Without the proper frame, a painting loses 100% of it’s effect”, Eduardo Manet once remarked. Like most all artists and most serious collectors, Manet knew that the way a work is framed crucially affects how it is appreciated. In fact, framers perform one of the most overlooked but important tasks-setting into place the border between a work of art and the world. Their efforts can grab a pair of browsing eyes and direct their gaze into the very heart of the painting, drawing or photograph, often without the viewers even noticing.
Our friendly staff is composed of experienced framers and designers, always ready to assist you with unique ideas while respecting your budget.
Below is a bit out of Chucks latest book of memoirs. In this book he shares his experiences had with Jim Brent, owner of Museum Quality.
Heart Appreciation: Stories of Gratitude – by Chuck Trunks
(Jumping many of Chucks adventures to “My Holy Grail”)
My Holy Grail
(Note: This is a story about recognizing and accepting that the need for artistic expression can be so compelling
that any amount of suppression will only make it harder and harder to ignore. Like love, you need to be ALL IN
before you can truly experience the feeling. I fought it for as long as I could; but in the end, I had to
acknowledge her – as well as those who inspired and motivated me along the way.)
reproductions. Lucky for me, I found an amazing little shop only three and a half bike miles
away. Walking into Museum Quality Framing was like walking into a place where you’d want
to hang out all day, drink coffee, see what customers brought in, eavesdrop on conversations,
and generally distract the staff with your incessant questions and commentary.
Instead of shooing me out with the rest of the riffraff, the owner, Jim Brent, let me hang out
and even invited me to go behind the scenes and see his workshop which was on the other side of a
swinging door just off of the main showroom of displayed art and countless frame
samples. I felt pretty special seeing ‘where the magic happened’ because Jim had everything
you would possibly need to reproduce anything and frame it. This was a world that was very
foreign to me and Jim seemed more like a cross between the Mad Hatter and The Great and
Powerful Oz than a store owner. When Jim wasn’t sitting behind two giant computer screens,
he was tending to an oversized ink jet printer like a diligent drone scurrying around an
impatient queen bee or firing up the incredibly loud frame-making machine that seemed
everywhere at once. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Jim was freaking brilliant, and all
I wanted to do was learn from him.
A friendship ensued and I found myself being exposed to new media,
new ideas and new business. Soon, I was a regular at the shop and
business was rolling along for the both of us. Besides me, Jim worked
with many artists, some local, some far away – some famous, some
not so famous. It didn’t take long for me to figure out why Jim was so
popular. It turns out that the relationship between an artist and the
person who reproduces their work is not only critically important – it will literally determine if
you’re miserable or on top of the world that day. I can relate to this because there’s nothing
more frustrating for an artist than to see that the colors DON’T MATCH between the
reproduction and the original. Apparently, getting ink jet colors to match original pigment
color or computer graphics (color by light) is an art form in and of itself – and Jim was a guru.
When I think back on those five years I spent at Museum Quality Framing, I see Jim as Sam, the
bartender from the television show Cheers and me as Norm, the beer-swilling regular who
made the bar his ‘home away from home.’ But when I close my eyes and visualize what Jim
taught me, Jim’s shoulder always obliterates about a third of the mental picture. That’s
because I must’ve logged at least three thousand hours peering over it as he printed, framed,
and performed what looked to be sorcery with Adobe’s Photoshop on his ginormous
I had never really understood what computer graphics were all about until I watched Jim do
things in seconds that would take me hours and hours to do by hand. I was mesmerized by
the possibilities and felt like I had just stumbled upon the greatest secret that had been kept
from me my entire life. The lightbulb went on again, and suddenly I knew I needed my own
Apple computer. Jim and I used to joke that we had that enviable relationship immortalized
by roles played by Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the sports agent movie, Jerry Maguire.
We even went as far as imagining other artists complaining to their art reproduction guys by
saying, “Dude, why don’t we have that kind of relationship?” So, it’s probably not hard to
fathom that Jim accompanied me to the Apple Store to make sure I bought the right
And just like that, my upstairs spare bedroom started looking less like Grandma’s craft room
and more like a computer graphics lab. Gone were the cumbersome easels, messy paints, and
jars of brushes and pens. In their place, I had my new computer, a drawing tablet, a stylus, a
‘Photoshop for Dummies’ book (not kidding) and umm . . . that’s it! Wow. I could have had
guests stay in there and my setup wouldn’t be disturbed!