New Face at Carter Ave

New Face at Carter Ave

You might be used to seeing a similar face (or bald head!) between either Tim or Michael at Carter Avenue over the years, but we are always happy when we get to add a new one to the team.

With that said, we would like to introduce you all to Caleb, the newest member of Carter Ave’s team.

Caleb started with us at the end of July 2020. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studio Arts from Iowa State University. His primary mediums are traditional printmaking and acrylic painting. You can view his work on his website – As an artist, Caleb described himself as “always being framing adjacent and very excited to learn the ins and outs of the framing industry”. Caleb has an excellent eye for design and is very detail-oriented.

Outside of work and art, Caleb lives with his fiance in Uptown. He also is very fond of music, playing both guitar and drums. Caleb also considers himself a coffee connoisseur. Having previously worked as a barista for multiple years, he has a fine appreciation for the perfectly brewed beverage.

Normally we would ask you to introduce yourself next time you are in, but Caleb is so wonderfully outgoing he will probably beat you to it!

Cool Things We’ve Framed Lately – Summer 2020

Cool Things We’ve Framed Lately – Summer 2020

Sharing is caring! And we would like to share with you a few cool things that we have framed lately!

Amazing Transformation!

Amazing Transformation!

We love helping you find the perfect design for your art. What we might love even more, is helping bring new life to a piece of art you have loved for a long time!

That is exactly what happened to a recent customer. Mary brought in her wonderful watercolor that she purchased at the Edina Art Fair about 30 years ago. She has loved the art, but over time the framing had become very dated and distracting. After framing some other items with us, she finally decided it was this watercolor’s turn, and what a transformation!

Here is the original framing.

A large peach mat surrounding the watercolor with a worn and dated wood frame. The bright mat makes it hard to focus on the subtle colors within the image.

Here is the new finished framing.

Wow! What a transformation! The soft greenish-gray top mat blends to the background and allows the bright colors in the art to come forward. Look how much easier it is to see the flowers and the butterfly! Mary was thrilled to see new life in her art.

We are so glad to have worked with Mary and appreciate her willingness to share her framing experience with everyone.

Now it is your turn to bring in your old art and see what we can do for you!

See more Before and After images here.

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations Graduates!

Graduating from any level of life is a wonderful accomplishment.  Whether it was passing the first year of grade school or completing your masters, you have worked hard and grown in life.  There is no better way to share your achievements than to display them in a beautiful way!  Let us help you find the best framing option for your needs.

Whether it is a traditional diploma or a more unique graduation display, we can help you find the perfect framing treatment!

Don’t forget that it is never too late to appreciate and display what you or a loved one has done. We also frame vintage diplomas and certificates!

Stop in today and get your diploma on display!

See more examples of Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Celebration – by John August Swanson

Celebration – by John August Swanson

We just acquired a copy of “Celebration”, one of John August Swanson’s sold out serigraphs, and now it is available for you to purchase!

“Celebration” started as an acrylic painting. It focused on the many different types of dance that brought joy to John. The scene is lit with candlelight and starlight, which is done to help make the people’s beautiful garments glow. Later, John converted the image into one of his prolific serigraphs (pictured above). As a serigraph, “Celebration” contains 50 different colors. For each color, John had to draw a separate stencil, which is then turned into a silkscreen. Each color is printed on top of one another to build up depth and create a rich chiaroscuro of darkness and light.

Stop by our shop to see it’s beauty yourself or give us a call at 651-645-7862 if you would like to purchase the print.

Learn More about John August Swanson

No-Contact Business Options

No-Contact Business Options

As we continue to work through the “social distancing” parameters, we have put together some options that can fulfill your framing needs while maintaining the safety and health of both you and us.


We are offering scheduled appointments for customers through Zoom video conferencing. This will allow you to see framing options just as you might at an in-person consultation.


Any customer that worked on a design previously, and requested an order to be held, can drop off art to be completed in that design. Please contact us to verify your design is held in our system before dropping off art.


This might be for brave customers or customers who have worked with us previously. We will complete a design on your behalf, doing what we always do to make your items look the best they can!


Whether it is original art we have in stock or prints we can get from places like StudioEL, you can purchase art through us and never have to make a trip here! We can ship you the art or complete one of the no-contact framing options previously listed.


Gift certificates are available for any amount and can be mailed directly to you.


Drop off and pick up from our parking lot can be done anytime during our regular store hours (10-5:30p weekdays and 10-4p Saturdays). Call us when you arrive and we will come out with mask and gloves on to receive your art.

Home pick up and delivery can be scheduled for a minimal fee (cost is subject to the distance from our store). We will pick up and deliver your art at your doorstep. Carter Ave staff will not enter customers’ homes at this time.

Virtual Design Services Now Available

Virtual Design Services Now Available

Carter Ave Frame Shop will begin to offer No-Contact Virtual Design Services starting Monday, April 27th.

No-Contact Virtual Designing is aimed to provide you with the same level of customer service you’ve come to know and love about Carter Ave Frame Shop while offering a safe alternative to an in-person design process.


These consultations will be completed utilizing Zoom Video Conferencing (a free downloadable program). To utilize this service, customers must have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer with webcam capabilities. You must have an account set up to be able to participate in virtual design services.


Virtual Design Consultations will need to be scheduled. To schedule your appointment, please call us at 651-645-7862 or email ( with requested appointment times. Appointment starting times will be offered between 8am-6pm on weekdays and 10a-3:30p on Saturdays. When a consultation is scheduled, you will receive an email with a link to the Zoom Video Conference for that time and date. All items to be framed/consulted on must be dropped off/picked up prior to the start of the consultation.


Drop off and pick up will be available from 10am-5:30pm on weekdays and 10am-3:30pm on Saturdays without scheduling in advance. Customers are to call the store when outside and we will come out to collect the items or deliver completed framing. Drop off and pick up can be completed outside of designated hours with previously scheduled appointments approved by Carter Ave staff.


We will offer home pick up and delivery options for a small fee. The cost will be determined by distance from our store location. You will be called when we are at the location of pick up. Staff will not enter the customers’ homes.

You are also welcome to use your preferred shipping or delivery service to send items to our store. Please inform us if you are doing this so we can watch for your package.


Contact us for questions at 651-645-7862 or email (

We appreciate your support and flexibility as we continue to navigate best practices for service. We are doing our best to provide you with quality service while maintaining safety measures to keep you and our staff healthy.

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 – Mask Policy

COVID-19 Update – Mask Policy

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. We ask that all customers be respectful to staff and one another in regard to social distancing.

Mask Policy – Vaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter the building unmasked, but you are still welcome to wear your mask if they so choose. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear your mask for in-person service. All of Carter Avenue Frame Shop’s staff is fully vaccinated and will be working unmasked unless requested by customers to put a mask on during your interaction.

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.

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