Cool Things We’ve Framed Lately!

Cool Things We’ve Framed Lately!

Take a look below at our latest collection of Cool Things. These items were brought to us during the Winter of 2019-20. We hope you enjoy and are inspired by what can be done for you!

Carter Ave Gift Certificates

Carter Ave Gift Certificates

Carter Avenue Frame Shop offers gift certificates for purchase and they never expire! Gift Certificates can be purchased in-store or over the phone.

Custom Framing can be the perfect gift for so many events!

  • Weddings – Photos or shadowbox for wedding decor.
  • Graduations – Four years for the diploma? Make it look nice.
  • House Warming – Statement piece of art for the new wall.
  • Birthdays – Art and framing are wonderful for all ages.
  • New Job – Fill up that new office with something fun.
  • Retirement – Years of work – make something memorable.
  • and more!

Stop by or call now (651-645-7862) to get your gift certificate today!

COVID-19 Update – Open for In-Person Consultations

COVID-19 Update – Open for In-Person Consultations

Starting, Monday, June 8th, In-person consultations will no longer need an appointment. Carter Avenue Frame Shop is open from 10-5:30 on weekdays and 10-4p on Saturdays. During these regular store hours, you may stop by anytime that is convenient for you with no prior appointment scheduled. We ask that all customers be respectful to staff and one another in regard to social distancing. Additionally, customers will be asked to wear a mask while in the store.

No-Contact Business Options and private appointments will still be offered to customers that prefer not to have the potential of contact with others.

See our No-Contact Business Options.

Our staff will continue to follow the latest health directives by the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC and World Health Organization. We respectfully request that customers also follow those directives. This will include limits on the number of customers in our store at one time, locations marked in the store indicating proper social distancing, and requesting that customers wear masks if possible.

As a small business generally with only 1-2 staff members working at a time, we feel that we can continue our operation safely within the social distancing parameters. We will be wearing masks while providing service and are regularly sanitizing areas of use by staff and customers.

We sincerely appreciate your support and flexibility during these times. We are doing our best to create ways to provide you with the services you are used to, as well as to maintain the safety and health of you, our staff, and the community around us.

For any other information regarding our operations, please feel free to call us. 651-645-7862

Thank you,

Carter Avenue Frame Shop

Geometry Daily Prints

Geometry Daily Prints

In his project “Geometry Daily”, Tilman Zitzmann creates a new geometric minimal composition every day. These designs make wonderful prints for the home or office!

Here are just a few examples of his works.

“I love geometry. Lines, curves, rectangles, circles, triangles. They are a simplification of our real world, but also they’re building blocks. Geometry, like physics or mathematics, defines how our world is constructed. I find endless beauty in this construction. I see God in there.

These days our lives are filled with complex dependencies. Many strive for simplicity. Me too. I want to concentrate on the relevant things. That is why I like to focus on one idea and execute it straight-forward. No-fuss. To let it shine. Also for me as a creative, it is interesting to see how much effort I have to put into the artworks to make something unique, but also as simple as possible. This is not a restriction at all, it sparks my creativity.”

Tilman Zitzman is an interaction and graphic designer from Nuremberg, Germany. He works at the local Institute of Technology and teaches interaction design.

See more of Tilmann Zitzmann’s works at

Purchase your Zitzmann prints at Carter Avenue Frame Shop

New Art Available – Fall 2019

New Art Available – Fall 2019

We are pleased to share some of our new inventory acquired this fall from a variety of wonderful artists. Take a look below!

Familiar Favorites include:

  • Carlyn Janus
  • Beki Kilorin
  • Brett Varney
  • Martha Pfanshcmidt
  • John Baker
  • R. Keaney Rathbun
  • Tony Turpin
  • Stephan McMillan
  • John August Swanson

New Artist Additions:

  • Olga de Jesus Chuqui
  • Alix Stefan
  • Mark Davenport
  • Arnold Igor
Framing for the Holidays

Framing for the Holidays

As you begin planning for the holiday season, start taking out your various decorations, and making your lists, please remember to consider this about your framing…

Custom Framing Takes Time

Choosing a design for your artwork can go quickly, but the design process often takes 15-30 minutes. We know you are busy during the holidays, but please plan accordingly when making your visit to the store.

We do our best to get your art back to you in a timely manner, but we do need time to order materials and complete the framing process. Fortunately for you, our regular turnaround is about a week. Get your framing order in while there is still time!


Finding that perfect piece of art to frame for a loved one is awesome. If you need assistance shipping your art safely, we offer a “pack to ship” service that makes it easy.

For larger pieces, we recommend using acrylic rather than glass. Acrylic is lighter in weight and less likely to shatter. We also offer Optium Museum Acrylic which prevents fading, is shatter resistant, and eliminates glare.


When you are ready to start taking down your art and decorations, remember to store your art in a safe place. The ideal places for storage are dry, dark and temperature-controlled. Often the most convenient spots, like an unfinished basement, attic, or garage, are the WORST places to store art. Take care of your art, and it will last much longer!

Introducing Chelsea!

Introducing Chelsea!

If you have been in the store recently you might have already met her. We are thrilled to share with the rest of you that Carter Ave Frame Shop has added Chelsea to our team!

Chelsea moved to the Twin Cities from Milwaukee after completing her Bachelors of Studio Art at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She started at Carter Ave at the beginning of September and will be working full-time.

Chelsea has always been interested in art and completes her own works in her free time. She works with a variety of media and is not afraid to dabble in something new! She is learning the framing world very fast and brings a wonderful new eye to the design table.

Please welcome her and introduce yourself next time you are in!

Learn more about Chelsea and other Carter Ave Staff here

Dogfish Media prints are now available!

Dogfish Media prints are now available!

If you don’t know the name now, you’ll soon learn. Brian Geihl, owner and operator of Dogfish Media, has been doing screen printing and graphic design work in the Twin Cities for over a decade. His larger projects have included being commissioned by the Minnesota Vikings, creating concert posters for US Bank Stadium, and doing can and box labels for 612 Brew.

Fortunately for us, he also makes captivating (and affordable) screenprints that portray the feeling of Minnesota. Take a look below at the prints available and stop by our shop to purchase your own!

See more of Brian’s work at

Cool Things We’ve Framed Lately – Fall 2019

Cool Things We’ve Framed Lately – Fall 2019

You all keep bringing in cool things, and we keep doing our best to frame them to your liking. Here are some cool things we have done lately!

Michael is getting married!

Michael is getting married!

It has been a big year for Michael, having completed the purchase of Carter Avenue Frame Shop from Tim to become the sole owner. However, the biggest event this year for Michael will be his wedding day to his most lovely fiance, Rachael!

Michael and Rachael’s wedding is September 27th, 2019. Due to events surrounding the wedding, Carter Avenue Frame Shop will be closed from September 26th-September 28th. Regular store hours will resume on September 30th.

Michael apologizes for the inconvenience to you, our customers, however, he also notes that Rachael is totally worth it.

Photo was taken by Summer Street Photography