Welcome to Applegate Gallery and Custom Framing

Quality Custom Picture Framing And Fine Art for Vienna, VA

Applegate Gallery & Custom Framing is a full service custom frame shop. Our framing is museum quality, all done on the premises. We specialize in unique designs and in framing unusual and hard to frame items. We use only acid free materials and UV protectant glazing. Whether framing a valuable original piece or a simple snapshot, we design your framing to best compliment your work and treat each piece as a treasure. We have years of experience framing original works by major artists and delicate, irreplaceable family heirlooms. Our training and certification with the Professional Picture Framers Association has prepared us to properly handle and preserve whatever you wish to frame.

In addition to custom framing, we represent local artists and have a large catalog of artwork to browse. We also offer photo and document restoration, custom digital photo to art, frame repair and bouquet preservation. We can facilitate any art restoration you need as well. Our design consultations are free and we are happy to look over your previous framing for you to check for any damaging materials.

Display & protect your cherished artwork by custom framing it with the professionals. We are committed to customer service, quality craftsmanship & preservation grade materials.

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If you’re looking for that perfect painting or print for your home or office, Applegate Gallery can help! We have local art sources for unique original fine art paintings & giclees.

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Our blog is filled with the latest framing news, gallery events, new mouldings, and framing stories & testimonials. Check out our latest post to see what’s new in the framing world!

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Applegate Gallery is moving!


After almost 15 years in business, I have decided to move Applegate Gallery from Vienna to a studio in our home in Sterling, Virginia, in May. I will still have all of the same equipment and the same award-winning designs and quality to offer. I will be seeing customers by appointment only.

The last day to place custom orders of finished corner frames and prisma frames will be March 17th and the last day to place all custom framing orders will be April 21st. The Vienna Location will be open through May 12th.

There will be a brief disruption of service while we move and the new location will be open in sterling on June 1st. I sincerely hope to see you there!

Thank you for your continued business!

25 Biscayne Place
Sterling, VA 20164

Moving Sale


While we are packing up to move, we will be going through everything in the gallery and taking inventory and there will be much that we can’t take with us.  We plan to sell a lot!  There is a great deal of framed artwork, joined custom frames in various sizes and framed mirrors that will be priced well below retail cost.  In addition, we will be selling both of our comfy chairs and the cool side table by our chair up front.  We’ll also be selling a great deal of electronics which can be bought now and picked up after our last day open including a small refrigerator/freezer, water cooler, computer, microwave, scanner, and laser printer.  We are selling all of our plants.  Lastly, We will be selling the Visionart system in the front of the store which conceals the slideshow tv behind a framed, signed and numbered, limited edition print on canvas.  Everything must go, we have no place to store things.  So please come by to see what is available and take advantage of great prices!

Local Framer Awarded



Sara Minarik Applegate, owner of Applegate Gallery located in Vienna, VA, has earned the prestigious MASTER CERTIFIED PICTURE FRAMER (MCPF®) designation from the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA).

This achievement permits Applegate to use the professional MCPF designation.

The MCPF exam is a rigorous test which consists of three parts. The candidate submits four framed articles including a canvas, a print, a textile and an object. These are to be framed to very high preservation standards. These framed items are taken apart and scored by MCPF Examiners. The candidate is also given ninety minutes to complete a fifth item at the test site, thus demonstrating a thorough hands-on knowledge of preservation framing. The final part is a defense of the framing techniques which the candidate used, and how they could be improved.

There are currently fewer than 70 Master Certified Picture Framers in the world.

Applegate has been framing for 17 years and has owned her own frame shop since June of 2004.  Applegate Gallery frames all kinds of items from children’s artwork and family snapshots to original works of great value.  Applegate herself specializes in framing pieces which are difficult to frame or oversized and work requiring imaginative design.  In the past she has framed an original pencil drawing by Diego Rivera, a civil war era American flag measuring 100” x 55”, a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs, still locked on one side, and miniature Mayan figural sculptures.  In 2013, Applegate won first place in the PPFA’s annual international framing competition.

Applegate Gallery is a member of the Vienna Business Association and supports sports and arts programs within the local schools.  While Applegate Gallery itself is a member of the PPFA, Applegate herself is a member of the board of the PPFA National Capitol Chapter and a member of the PPFA’s Consumer Awareness Board.  Applegate emphasizes educating customers and the public at large in the proper care and preservation of their artwork and artifacts.  Applegate Gallery maintains a high standard of archival materials for all projects and all work is done on the premises of the gallery.

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