Framing Craftsmanship in Colorado Springs

Let Art & Frame Approach in Colorado Springs Protect Your Family Memories, Children's Artwork

Award-Winning Framing Designs

Life is a collection of memories. Birth. Childhood. Graduation. Marriage. Travel. Family. Collectables. Everyday Experiences. Snippets of life, captured in glorious works of art, explode our memories into a universe of color and emotion. As a custom picture framer, specializing in preservation techniques, you entrust us with your precious memories. You ask us to approach each piece keeping your memory in mind…keeping your style in mind. Whether you have a $70,000 original or the mother’s day card created by your five year old, your treasure will be treated with the greatest of care.

Over 3,000 Frames Styles

Do you seek quality? Are you inspired by excellence of craftsmanship? Do you love the beauty of the ornate? Or, do you seek pure and simple lines? In whatever direction your mind wanders, you will find just what you want at Art & Frame Approach. With over 3,000 frame styles to choose from, the perfect choice for your artwork is here. Our frame selections run from the finest handcrafted water gilded styles to the simple lines of quality metal frames.

Indulge your senses as we work together to create your unique frame design. Whether you are totally hands on, totally hands off, or somewhere in-between, our award winning design capabilities are uniquely suited to customize a special framing package just for you. A single piece of artwork can be framed in many different ways, each of them equally wonderful. Our goal is to explore your artistic passions so the finished piece reflects your individual taste.

Preservation Framework

You have looked and looked for that special piece of artwork; one that “spoke” to you. You knew it was right the moment you saw it. You have a cherished treasure from your past – great-great grandmother’s wedding photo, your father’s very first valentine, your child’s drawing. You love it. It should be protected. But, just framing it is not the total answer. It must be preserved for several lifetimes of enjoyment.

Is preservation framing important? ABSOLUTELY! Preserving art in the present condition is crucial for now and for the future. Art helps define our culture. Think of museums and the wonderful images they display. The glorious ceilings of the Sistine Chapel would not be here for our enjoyment today if not for preservation techniques. While the mother’s day card created by your five year old may not have the intrinsic value of Michelangelo’s David, it still warms your heart and recalls sweet memories every time you look at it. And, what about great-great grandmother’s wedding photo? It is important history not only for you, but for your kids, grandkids and on. Remember too, that any collectible maintains its best value when it is in pristine condition. Anything that changes your art’s condition reduces its monetary and sentimental value. Standard framing methods and materials permanently change condition and thereby cause damage and diminish value.

We Keep Up With the Latest Preservation Techniques

Preservation techniques are in a state of constant change. This is especially true with the advent of digital photography and inkjet printing. These new technologies require study and experimentation to find the appropriate ways to preserve artwork in its present condition. At Art & Frame Approach, we are constantly in pursuit of the latest techniques so that we understand new thinking on how to appropriately handle artwork. Continuing education, formal class work and independent reading, is expected. Therefore, we are prepared to advise you on how best to protect your artwork from damage for your lifetime enjoyment and generations to come.

Art & Frame Approach Preserve Treasures and Memories, Pictures, Photos, Artwork

About Art & Frame Approach


As a child, my mother used to tell me over and over, “There is more than one way to skin the cat”. Today, that is how we Approach the art and keepsakes you entrust to us for framing. Whether it is creating several delicious designs for you to choose from or figuring out a way to build housing for your treasure, we will find a way to accomplish the task and delight you with the result.

The most distinguishing characteristic of Art & Frame Approach is our passion to create beauty – in the design, in the quality, in your shopping experience. Our dedication to design gives you timeless art – a framing package that enhances and completes your artwork all executed with the highest level of craftsmanship.


Art & Frame Approach is a small woman-owned business. Originally established in 1984, the current owner purchased the business 18 years ago. Thanks to the loyalty and support of our customers, and their referrals and suggestions, we have continued to grow. Below are some of the kind notes and comments we have received.

Our Testimonials

Our Framing & Gallery Services

Framing Services

  • Artwork requiring special knowledge or skills
    • Pastels or Charcoal
    • Watercolors
    • Paintings on canvas
    • Needlework
    • Old and/or fragile artwork
  • Mirrors
  • Japanese Hinges
  • Shadowboxes to house three dimensional items
  • Specialty may cuts
    • Multi-opening
    • Custom shapes
    • V-Grooves
    • Ovals
  • Hand wrapped fabric mats
  • Foamboard folders to house and protect art for storage
  • Dry mounting
  • Specialty glass and acrylics

Framing Services

  • Canvas stretching
  • Frame repairs
  • Replacement of broken glass and other frame components
  • Mylar encapsulation
  • Rush Services
  • Free inspection of existing framed artwork with recommendations to better protect artwork if indicated
  • Periodic cleaning of framed artwork
  • Limited repairs of torn artwork
  • Finding and/or selecting artwork for you
  • Special order available
    • Oval frames
    • Flag frames
    • Ready made mirrors, picture frames, and decorative artwork
  • Referrals to Conservation Specialists
  • Security Hanging Systems
  • ….and more

Gallery Offerings

  • Original artwork
  • Original photography
  • Limited edition prints
  • Selection of pottery, gifts and tiny mirrors
  • Ready made picture frames

Examples of Our Work

For Sale

These items are for sale. Please click each photo to see a larger version for closer inspection. Please contact us for availability.

Our Colorado Springs Location

Located between downtown and Old Colorado City

Art & Frame Approach
1010 West Colorado Avenue, Suite A
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
Call: 719-578-9889

Monday – Friday: 10AM – 6PM
Saturday: 10AM – 4PM

Visit our Shop
Free off street parking right at our door. Doesn’t get any better than that!

Visit Our Shop

Bring in your treasured piece and we will help you design the perfect display to show it off!

Order by Phone or Email

Since our gallery items are all one of a kind, it is best to call or e-mail to check on availability. If you are seeking custom framing, we work with you via phone and e-mail. Just mail your artwork to us along with contact information. When the artwork is received, we will call and discuss your framing preferences. Three or four ideas will be assembled and photographed. We e-mail or text photos of our ideas along with close-ups showing frame detail to you. Our photographs are very accurate and this method has worked successfully with many customers.

Pricing and Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express or personal check. A 50% deposit is required at the time of the custom framing order, with balance due on completion of the work and before shipping. Prices do not include shipping charges which may vary according to size, weight and destination. We ship anywhere in the United States or Internationally.

Our Guarantee

We want you to be thrilled with your framing. If for any reason you are not, we will do whatever it takes to make it right for you. Return it within 14 days and we will redesign it for you at no extra charge. The new design must be of equal or lesser value. You pay only the difference if the new design is more expensive.

Our quality and craftsmanship are guaranteed for the life of your framing. We will repair or replace any portion of the project that exhibits a defect in materials or craftsmanship. If the artwork slips in the mat – 5 years, 10 years, 20 years from now, we will fix it – no charge! Coverage does not apply to damage caused by abuse, transportation, or exposure to the elements.