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faces when they see it all come together,” she says. One of Wildman’s most unique offerings is the French mat, a specialty of Donna’s. She carefully mixes just the right shade of watercolor to comple- ment a piece of art and then applies it delicately to a mat. Next, she meticulously hand- draws straight lines to frame in the watercolor, creating an extra layer of detail to draw the eye into the work of art. For an even more ornate look, she sometimes cuts thin strips of decorative bookbinding paper and applies it between the hand-drawn lines. French mats are well suited for period pieces, she explains, such as botanicals, architectural pieces or maps. Wildman regularly serves


retail, corporate and designer clients. Willing and able to ac- commodate any need, Wildman Art Framing caters to com- mercial clients as well, framing series of artworks, mirrors and reproductions for hospitality and corporate settings. Wildman Art Framing’s conservation framing includes museum mounting, frame repair and restoration, and object and garment mounting, and Wildman always uses archival materials in each project. The Wildmans have framed every- thing from photographs and paintings to 18th-century tap- estries, Italian tilework and a kilt that once belonged to the Duke of Windsor.


Donna and David Wildman originally opened Wildman


Art Framing in a small carriage house next to an antiques store on Fairmount Street in 1991. Their specialist eyes for art and design earned them a wide- spread and respected reputa- tion. Within a few years, the Wildmans had outgrown their 800-square-foot showroom, and they moved to a larger space on Hi Line Drive.


Shortly after acquiring


Pettigrew, an upscale custom furnishings store, in 2010, the Wildmans moved both busi- nesses to their current locations adjacent to one another on Market Center Boulevard. As a testament to the quality of work Wildman Art Framing offers, repeat business is quite common. Customers not only return with new works of art and


relics, they also come back to Wildman to reframe pieces they had framed there years ago. “I’m on round three for some clients,” Donna Wildman says with a smile, explaining that it is common for customers to return to reframe their art when they are moving, remodeling or updating their home’s décor. “People love their art,” Donna Wildman says, adding that with a new frame, “it’s like a brand new piece.” 2


WILDMAN ART FRAMING


1715 Market Center Blvd. Dallas, TX 75207 214-741-7100


wildmanartframing.com


Krista Franks Brock is a freelance writer and editor in Dallas. Visit kristafranksbrock.wordpress.com.


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