Atelier Renee, A Framer in Red Hook
Our Rural Restoration Blogger Carey Maloney, an interior designer who is a partner, with architect Hermes Mallea, in the M (Group), expounds on why Atelier Renee, in Red Hook, is such an outstanding place to get art, maps, and pictures, especially old ones, framed.
Many of the framers we’ve worked with over the years have had fine arts backgrounds. Renee Burgevin (below in her studio), a painter and printmaker, brings that sensibility to her work as a framer. She says she loves that her career allows her to work with and enhance other artists’ work. Her shop, Atelier Renee (formerly called One Art Row), is in The Chocolate Factory in Red Hook, the town where Renee, a Rhinebeck native, currently lives.
We love her work both for town and country. She has excellent corner samples—off-the-rack profiles and finishes. From the pictures above and below, you can see we tend to go for her distressed, subtly-aged wood and metal frames.
In the master bath in the city, I have a collection of photographs of classical sculptures all framed by Atelier Renee. (Clockwise from the large image at top left): Mercury/Hermes in an old wood frame with “old” rolled glass. I liked the original, discolored paper mount on the Adonis (upper left), so no matte and the frame is old copper. Next, Laocoon with his sons framed in oak with lots of grain. This next one is David framed in old giltwood with no matte, which accentuates the arched mounting. And finally, another David, this one framed in distressed veneered walnut, with the original paper mount and no matte.
Fortunately, Renee’s Chocolate Factory workspace allows her to handle large pieces. Hermes collects maps, and Renee has framed dozens for him. On a recent visit I noticed a work-in-progress for another client that I totally admire— a map of Columbia County that is approx 48” x 48“. She is mounting it on a board that is wrapped in a beige silk, so where there are holes and damage, the silk will show through. For the frame, she’s using old distressed wood with a subtle gilded detail, which is appropriate to the age and quality of the map. An old schoolhouse poster-quality map like this should be framed more simply than a hand-colored ancient one.
Like any other trade, the results are a combination of the supplier’s eye and his or her insight into the customer’s point of view. For us, she has framed everything from $20 school maps from the 1950’s to 17th-century Dutch maps, using materials ranging from raw ‘barn siding’ to highest-end water-gilded slick profiles. For some old images, she has even indulged us by using restoration glass—hand-rolled glass—for that 19th-century look.
There’s a fine line between maximizing an image and over-framing. That said, a $200 frame can turn a $10 print into a treasure. —Carey Maloney
Atelier Renee Fine Framing
The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Red Hook; 845.758.1004