About Us

BlackBird is an independent framer and art source founded by Pat & John Horrocks who started their business in 1990 and moved to Asheville in 2002.  For over 30 years, unmatched service to every customer and uncompromising integrity have always been the guiding principles.  We believe there is no substitute for sound advice regarding the art and its preservation, smart framing design, and good value for the work we do.

A Singular Distinction

More members of our staff are designated by the PPFA as Certified Picture Framers than any other frame shop in the country, exemplifying the commitment of BlackBird and our staff to professionalism.  CPF designees have met experience requirements and passed a comprehensive exam demonstrating knowledge of the craft, particularly on issues of preservation framing methods.

Why Blackbird?  …the longer version

Choosing a Custom Framer

Anyone can talk about the quality of their work, but really, how do you know until you try them? Finding out could cost you a small fortune.

No website can show you how good the framer is. You can’t feel the quality or appreciate the fine details of good framing through a computer. Subtleties of color and texture are lost. Pictures don’t show you the care that we take or the materials we use to ensure the preservation of your art.

Experience is the best indicator. Some things you don’t leave to a novice…even if you’re framing a $30 poster, your money can be wasted on poor design. And with valuable art or keepsakes, you should be concerned about the use of correct preservation methods and materials. That’s where experience matters, and…

We’ve Seen It All!  

Blackbird Frame & Art is a veteran crew of professional framers, winners of top honors at regional and international framing competitions. We’ve framed works by important artists, valuable documents signed by important people… strange things (from lava lamps to fax machines)… loads of rock star memorabilia like guitars, clothing and hand-scrawled lyrics…pieces of the Berlin Wall, sports jerseys, and on and on.

Best of all, we’ve been privileged to frame and preserve countless gems of children’s art, hard-earned diplomas and war decorations, keepsakes from weddings, births, special times…

Our framers have been trusted with people’s art and cherished objects not because of clever marketing but because of our reputation for quality, honesty and good design.  To see what some of our customers have said

What Our Clients Say