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The Framer's Workshop - Custom & DIY Picture Framing,
Oversize Printing & Digital Restoration

2439 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 • (510)  849–4444 • Hours: Mon, Tu, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10-6; Th: 10-8; Sun: Noon to 6
FIrst hour FREE Parking Above Our Shop! $2 per hour after the first hour, up to 4 hours.

 
Meet the Framers at The Framer's Workshop
Kirstie Jeff Michael
Kirstie: Co-Owner

Kirstie Bennett, is the co-owner and founder of TheFramer's Workshop. She and Jeff have won a number of awards, including the SF Chronicle Bay List Best Frame Shop 2008 and 2010, Constant Contact’s Best Newsletter Practices Award 2008, 2009, 2010, and the Oakland Tribune’s “Bay Area Best” for multiple years. Décor Magazine awarded her with the Best-E-Newsletter distinction in 2009 and 2010. See more accomplishments in this site's In the News section. Kirstie holds a B.A. in English and Art History from U.C.L.A. and earned a California Secondary Teaching Credential in high school English from the University of California at Berkeley.  She is also an educator for the Professional PictureFramer’sAssociation’s National Conference. Kirstie handles marketing and corporate art Kirstie's LinkedIn Pageand framing consultation for the business. “I am fortunate to have spent my working life doing what I love.”

Jeff: Co-Owner

Jeff Goldberg is co-owner of the The Framer’s Workshop. He joined the business shortly after it opened in 1977. He and Kirstie have built a life together centered around their family and the business. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing at The State University of New York at Albany and attended the Master’s Program in Counseling and Guidance at The University of Oklahoma. Before moving to California he worked as a framer in several fine art galleries in New York and was a shop manager at a high-end restoration gallery in Rochester. His background includes psychiatric counseling and a love of art. Jeff handles shop workflow and the financial side of the business.

Mike: Graphics Manager

Mike's earliest picture framing experience was as a part time job in high school. "Imagine cutting wood frame corners using a hand saw and mitre box! The corners were atrocious." Mike studied design at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago before moving to the Bay Area in 1973. He has worked at The Framer's Workshop since1977. Currently his primary duties involve maintaining our web site as well as all other advertising, printing and graphics projects. He is a fine arts painter with work in the permanant collection of the Oakland Museum and The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

Sara Dana Hugo
Sarah: Store Manager

Sarah has worked with us since 2003. She received her BFA from Skidmore College with a concentration in Fiber Arts and a minor in Asian Studies. As well as overseeing staff and store work flow, she enjoys creative framing projects. Her specialty is hand-wrapped fabric mats and designing specialty mats with the Wizard. The Thousand Oaks with a Water Fall fabric mat and Antique Israeli Coins with a hand-painted criss-crossing V groove, are just two examples of her skills. Sarah is also a creative designer of shadow box projects. She is currently working toward a certificate in Surface Pattern Design.

Dana: Assistant Store Manager

Dana joined our staff in November, 2012. He has a B.A. in modern literature from UC Santa Cruz. His degree encompases a liberal arts education, with an emphasis on trans-national/heritage literary movements arising out of 19th Century Russia. He is currently engaged in jazz performance and composition studies. Although new to picture framing, he has an excellent eye for color, design and detail. We're happy to have him as a new Framing Associate.

 

Hugo: Custom Framer

Hugo has worked with us since 2005 and had 12 years of custom framing experience prior to joining our team. Hugo handles the bulk of our custom framing work and frames all oversize projects. He is also a musician and works on event production with his production company, STEELOmusic.
Lee Sam Ashley

Lee: Framing Associate

Lee is new to picture framing but not to art. He studied Art and Design at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. After school, Lee lived in Greece for several months supporting himself through farm work, construction and carpentry when not visiting and sketching the ancient sites. He has lived in the Bay Area since the mid 1980s. As a painter, Lee is interested in archetypal mythological themes populated with contemporary super heroes. He paints in oil and acrylic on canvas stretched over tree branches, giving the edges a more irregular and organic feel.

Sam: Framing Associate

Samantha (Sam) has a BA in Art History from Pennsylvania State University, and is currently working toward her MA in Museum Studies/MBA at JFK University here in Berkeley. She has several years of picture framing experience in design, sales, cutting and assembly. She is delightful to work with and we're excited to have her on our team.

Ashley: Framing Associate

Ashley is from southern California and has worked in sales, design and custom framing for over 7 years. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton majoring in American Studies. Currently she is working toward her MA MBA in Musem Studies at JFK University. Ashley has a winning personality and a lot of creative ideas. We're happy to have her on our staff.

 

   
Jessica: Framing Associate

Jessica is an East Bay native and San Francisco State graduate. She has her Bachelors of Fine Art Degree in Studio Arts with emphasis is Ceramics and Printmaking. She also completed one year of study at L'Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze where she studied sculpture. She has extensive knowledge of Printmaking, with practice in Lithography, Relief, Intaglio, Screenprinting, and Collagraphic printing. She has been trained classically in painting, drawing, and sculpture. An excellent colorist with a joy for design, a true art lover, she puts passion and fun into framing.,

 

 


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