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Athens Art and Frame wins top award. – 2011-09-21

The Athens Art and Frame was recently honored with a Top 100 Art and Framing Retailers Award. This national award recognizes the most successful retailers in the art and framing industry, with special emphasis on growth, aesthetics and design and the use of technology.

The Athens Art and Frame is a local company that operates, The House of 10,000 Frames, Prince Avenue Gallery, Frameworks, The Dawg Pen, and Cups Coffee Café. For more information visit www.athensartgroup.com


Barker’s Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Business – 2010-10-21
Pam and Bruce Barker are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their business, Athens Art and Frame. The business was founded as the House of 10,000 Picture Frames in 1970 at 553 Prince Avenue.

In their 40 years of business, the Barker’s have seen many changes in the custom framing and art industry – mostly in terms of the quality and selection of mats, glass and frames. And while the 40 years of being in business is an accomplishment in itself, the Barker’s say they’re as proud of the 138 years of combined custom framing and design experience they bring to their customers.

Pam Barker started with the business in 1971, giving her 39 years and Bruce Barker started 26 years ago. Connie Massey joined the business in 1988 and earned the rank of CPF Certified Picture Framer, a national certification program. Lewis Stowe joined the company in 1994 after being in the framing industry for 20 years – giving him 36 years experience.

Lastly, Mark Beach came aboard straight from serving in the Gulf War in 1995. Today the Barker’s have three locations; the original Prince Avenue store, a location on Cedar Shoals Drive and a new location off of Epps Bridge Parkway, in front of Kohl’s.


New Preview System – 2010-10-11
For the last 40 years, Pam and Bruce Barker, owners of Athens Art and Frame have been dedicated to bringing their customers the highest quality products and innovations that the framing industry has to offer. Now the Barker’s have introduced a visualization system that takes the guesswork out of custom framing.

This frame preview software will show a customer precisely what the project will look like finished. The process starts with taking an image of the artwork, from and overhead camera, and loading it into the computer. The mats and frames being considered are also loaded into the program. Then the artwork can be viewed as a completed project.

Frames can be swapped out, mat widths adjusted and colors exchanged. The artwork can be seen framed with several different mats and frames at the stroke of a key so the customer can get a feel for which design is best. Final designs can be saved for future use or they may be emailed for approval purposes – making it a useful tool for designers and their clients.

The previewing system is currently available at their new location off Epps Bridge Parkway in front of Kohl’s


Now Now Offering Photo Restorations – 2010-09-21
Athens Art and Frame is now offering the service of restoring old and damaged photographs. They can repair pictures whether faded, stained, torn or missing pieces. People or objects can be removed from the photo or a background can be changed.

Photographs can be copied on archival paper so that each family member can have a copy, even if they don’t need to be restored. With a 40 year history of custom framing the staff at Athens Art and Frame are experts in handling works of art and photographs however delicate they may be.

In addition, they can remove the old photographs from their original frames and replace them after they are copied using acid free materials.

Visit AthensArtandFrame.com for more information and to see samples. Photographs can be dropped off at any of their three locations for free estimates.


GA FRAMER COMPLETES RE-CERTIFICATION COURSE – 2006-12-06
Connie Massey, CPF of the Athens Art Group, Inc in Athens, GA has updated her certification by participating in the Professional Picture Framer’s Association’s Re certification course. Re certification is the continuing education component of the CERTIFIED PICTURE FRAMER program. Initiated in 1986 by PPFA, the CPF program recognizes those framers who prove, through written examination, mastery of principles essential to both picture framing and meeting customer needs.

The recertification course was developed to ensure that framers maintain their CPF designation by covering the latest industry innovation and currently accepted framing concepts. CPF’s certified after 1993 are required to take part in the refresher course every four years to retain their status. The Athens Art Group is a local company that operates, The House of 10,000 Frames, Prince Avenue Gallery, Frameworks, The Dawg Pen, and Cups Coffee Café. For more information visit AthensArtandFrame.com


Athens Art and Frame partners with Larson-Juhl in a pilot – 2006-09-21
Athens Art and Frame is one of several partners who are involved in a pilot program with Larson-Juhl through Artaissance, an art publishing business.

Artaissance brings a unique offering to the marketplace. Artwork will only be printed when ordered, allowing the ability to offer variable sizing and the choice of canvas or paper for each image. Consumers can browse the art collection through an interactive on-line catalog and select the image, size and substrate according to their personal style, tastes and needs.

Payments are made through PayPal and artwork can be picked up at any Athens Art Group location. Artwork is guaranteed and shipping is free.


Office Consultations – 2006-03-21
The Athens Art and Frame now offers complimentary office consultations. The aim of the consultation is to bring the frame/art stores to those whose work days do not allow them time away from the office. The consultations also provide a one-on-one approach to a more personalized office design.

A member of the Athens Art and Frame brings with them catalogs and frame samples to better discuss specific budgets and decor options. The client can choose from a large selection of framed art, diploma frames, certificate frames, motivational posters, scenes of Athens, and sports prints. For continued ease, the art work is delivered and installed upon completion.


Dawg Pen launches retail – 2005-08-21

The Dawg Pen, a downtown Athens retail store owned by the Athens Art Group and specializing in University of Georgia merchandise, has expanded its sales efforts to the Internet.

The business has set up its own Web site at www.dawgpen.com. The Dawg Pen has posted a catalog of UGA-related products, from water bottles to wallets and lamps.


Barker’s Framed in Victor – 2003-03-15
Bruce and Pam Barker, owners of the framing shop House of 10,000 Frames and a number of other local businesses, are this year’s winners of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s H. Randolph Holder Small Business Person of the Year Award.

The Athens entrepreneurs, in business for 33 years, were honored at a Thursday luncheon at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. The award is named for the esteemed Athens radio broadcasting executive who died last year. ”It’s both an honor and a pleasure to accept an award from our peers for something we enjoy doing so much,” said Bruce Barker, standing before a crowd of more than 400 people in the Classic Center’s Athena Ballroom.

Other nominees for the award were Downing Barber, owner of Barberitos, an East Clayton Street restaurant; Myra Blackmon, owner of M. Blackmon Public Relations; Angelo and Lina Cortese, owners of Angelo’s Restaurant in downtown Athens; Cindy Karp of Cindy Karp Realty; James Komar, owner of Especially for You, a Comer bed-and-breakfast, and Full of Flavor, cooking classes; and Jim White, co-owner of Harry Bissett’s New Orleans Cafe in downtown Athens.

Randolph Holder Small  Business of the Year Award

Randolph Holder Small Business of the Year Award

The award recognizes creativity, ability to handle adversity, sustained growth and community involvement. In addition to House of 10,000 Frames, founded by Pam Barker’s father, the couple’s other business interests include Clayton Street Gallery, Framer’s Supply Co. and Cups Coffee Cafe. After accepting the award, the couple said they were just thrilled to be considered. ”We had some great nominees that all work hard and have great businesses,” said Bruce Barker. ”Athens is a great town,” said Pam Barker.


East side Coffee Cafe Ope – 2001-09-14

A new coffee house has opened on the east side of Clarke County. Bruce and Pam Barker of Athens Art and frame have established Cups Coffee Cafe at 1911 Barnett Shoals Road in the Green Acres Shopping Center.

Cups has moved into the space where Java Rocket coffee used to operate. Cups serves ”Seattle’s Best” coffee, a full range of coffee drinks, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothie drinks, flavor shots, baked goods and desserts. Cups is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m Sunday.


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