Welcome to Applegate Gallery and Custom Framing

Quality Custom Picture Framing And Fine Art for Sterling, 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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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.