Where to find us:

We are located on the north side of Montauk Highway between Mark Anthony Rugs (in the big red barn) and what used to be The Star Room (and for you old-timers, The Swamp). We have plenty of our own private parking and the new traffic light by The Seafood Store makes pulling in and out a breeze.


New Hours: We are here 5 days a week. We schedule appointments Thursday through Monday from 10 to 5.

We are closed in the middle of the week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If that doesn't work, tell us what does.

We try to be accommodating whenever we can. Appointments are appreciated but if you just show up, we will help you if we can, or you may leave your piece and come back when it works for all of us.

We know it might sound a little hoighty toighty to ask you to call first, but hopefully you’ll understand, and then come to appreciate that we value your time as well as our own, and want to give you our complete attention when you’re here. 

We do house calls for a fee. We pick up and deliver as necessary.


Phone (631) 537-0012

More often than not, we don’t answer the phone when we’re busy. Please be kind enough to leave a message and let us know when you’d like to come by, or just stop by if it’s easy and convenient. You can always leave things next door with Mark Anthony if we are not here. They have a key and are well equipped to handle anything you bring. We will return your call as soon as we’re available.


Description of Services: We are a full service frame shop. We have a huge and fabulous selection of beautiful and unusual frames. We personally know and work with all of the best gilders in the business. We will use your frames. We repair broken frames and replace broken glass. We offer all of the usual framing options and much more. We stock a large inventory of materials, 5 kinds of glazing (both uv filtering glass and acrylic in regular and anti-reflective finishes) and a full line of lignin free conservation/preservation grade boards and framing materials. As you will see from my background below, we are well versed in all aspects of conservation/preservation (often called museum) framing.


My Philosophy about framing is simple. Ask a lot of questions. Figure out what the customer really wants and give it to them as best as we can. People come to us with all sorts of things they need done. I learned a long time ago that our job is one of a service business. We are custom manufacturers, bespoke if you may. Our customers are all unique, each requiring attention to their individual, specific needs. We want you to enjoy both the process and the final results.


Nina Bataller CPF (certified by the Professional Picture Framers Association), GCF (Guild Commended Framer)

Proprietor

And for a glimpse into my personal life, check out NinaBataller.com. There you’ll find my photographer alter ego.


About Nina- Credentials and Bio

My framing journey began in 1974 while working at The New Gallery in Huntington. My first project ever, was a large, original watercolor from the 1940's by Salvador Dali. It was beautiful and memorable and a great introduction to framing. I went on to work and train at Masterpiece Framers in Oyster Bay. There I learned the business from the inside out. In 1980 I opened Oyster Bay Frame Shop and worked there until I sold it in 1987.


During that time I became very active with the newly formed Professional Picture Framers Association. I went to the first ever gathering of 150 framers on the east coast in 1978 and watched the PPFA grow from it's humble beginnings. I was elected to the board of directors that first year and worked on the board in every position until I sold my store in 1987.


I was membership chairman for 3 years and in that capacity I came to know almost every framer in the NY area at that time. I made a lot of good contacts and met some of the best framers in the industry. I was VP in charge of programs and in addition to hiring the best and the brightest, I taught a number of workshops about conservation framing. I was president of the PPFA when I moved on.


After I sold my store, I got married, went to school for Interior Design and got my degree, proudly graduating at the top of my class. I moved east and in 1993 I came to East Hampton and set up shop again at 88 Park Place, in the middle of East Hampton Village.


I had eleven wonderful years there, during which time I renewed my relationship with PPFA, became one of the first PPFA certified picture framers in the country and was elected President of the NY Chapter for 7 years in a row. I was chosen to sit for the GCF exam one of the few times it was given in this country. I passed and am one of a small group of framers in the US, most of them educators, to have taken this International framing certification- at the time the most stringent and coveted credential available. Not long after I was invited to represent the framing industry and sit on the Board of Directors of FACTS, The Fine Art Care and Treatment Standards. The only international organization that addresses the issues of standards in the art and framing community. I still have that honor today, though I am no longer an active participant. I framed for the US Winter Olympics and have won a number of framing competitions.


In 2004 I moved my shop to Wainscott after my EH landlord sold the building and the new owner tore the place down. Anticipating that, I stepped down from my role in PPFA and I bought my current building on Montauk Highway. Though it was a more than a bit rough in the beginning, moving mid-season into a wreck of a building while continuing to work, most of my customers were patient with me. (I’m sorry Paul Jacobs, what was I thinking?) I've finally managed to clean the place up inside and the shop is running smoothly, though the exterior and the garden is still looking pretty rough. My work room is three times the size of the Park Place shop and my new showroom is fabulous. For years I have collected gorgeous frame samples and had them stashed in boxes, I finally have walls to display them.


I hope you will give me the opportunity to show you my wares and what I can do for you. After all these years I still love this business and hope that you will love what I do for you.

374 Montauk Highway

Wainscott   NY

11975

There I am, tucked back from the road, in the trees to the left of the red barn