1712 Sherman Ave. (down the alley) Evanston, IL 60201  |  847.475.1535

Mar. 31, 2017

Featured on “Illinois Homes”

We were recently featured on Illinois Homes Check it out here: For The Alley Gallery, No Framing Project Is Too Challenging.

Feb. 15, 2017

Wind Flow Photography

Experience the mystery of the unseen. Collaborators Candace Wark and Shirley Nannini explore the interactions of wind and light by using an innovative approach to capture the essence of wind movement and convey its transient nature. Smoke is introduced into a wind tunnel and allowed to flow over various objects. As the wind and smoke interact, ethereal patterns are created in the wake as a result of the intrinsic laws of nature. The innate patterns owe their form to many factors including the speed of the wind, the progression of the fluid patterns and the shape of the object. The resulting images are stunning, evocative, weightless and timeless.

Exhibition runs March 3 – April 16. Join us for an opening reception and demonstration Saturday, Saturday March 4, 5-8pm.

Nov. 11, 2016


This piece was brought to us by a family who had six sons in service in the middle part of the last century.  One star for each boy.  Be kind to a veteran today.



Oct. 30, 2016

Vintage World War I poster

Here is a dazzling example of the perfect frame for the art.  On this rare World War I Victory Loan poster we stacked two frames that takes design cues from the ships in the print.  The outer frame shares the contours and metallic texture with the U-Boat in the foreground.  The inner frame has a rivet pattern.  The fabric mat is a perfect match to the sky and water.  If your captivated by the poster itself we have a handful of  original WWI prints in stock.  For a lager selection, one of our long time favorite customers inherited a sizable collection of these posters and has created a website dedicated to selling them .  Use this link to take you there.libertyloan

Oct. 27, 2016

Allison Svoboda’s beautiful work

We have recently had the pleasure of framing a couple of pieces by local artist Allison Svoboda.  This last project was a welcome challenge.  She was commissioned for a work that consisted of three long encaustic pieces.  Her goal was to have the pieces undulate like Lake Michigan.  She asked if we could make an accordion armature so that the piece in the center moved opposite of the top and bottom.  The artist, client and framer all met to pick a fabric and floater frame to show off the artwork.  Allison then trusted us to do our best.  It was an incredible pleasure to work on this piece.   svoboda1 svoboda2

Oct. 19, 2016

They Grow So Fast.

It happens in the blink of an eye.  That little girl becomes a young woman, but you can hold on to the memories.  This aluminum shadowbox frame is an economical solution to displaying those precious little dresses.  So cute!img_1328

Sep. 20, 2016

October is The Big Draw Evanston

The Big Draw EvanstonWe’re teaming up with Bookends & Beginnings to draw up some fun in our lovely courtyard October 29th. Public drawing events will be happening all around the city throughout the month of October. Get out there and draw something! See The Big Draw Evanston for details on all the happenings.

Apr. 22, 2016

The Saw Room – Exhibition Space opening May 1st

We’re proud to announce the opening of our new exhibition space inside Alley Gallery. The Saw Room is a white-wall gallery in downtown Evanston dedicated to original artwork.

Our inaugural show, “First Cuts”, will be a mixed media group show of resident artists Darren Oberto, Ross Martens, Avram Eisen & Chris Greene.

Come by for an opening reception May 1st, 5-8pm.


Dec. 19, 2015

Holiday Hours 2015

We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. We’ve had an amazing year and would like to thank all our customers for bring such fun projects & being awesome.

Dec. 21-23     10am-6pm
Dec. 24          10am-2pm
Dec. 25          CLOSED
Dec. 26          10am-6pm
Dec. 27          noon-5pm
Dec. 28-30   10am-6pm
Dec. 31          10am-2pm
Jan. 1            CLOSED

…and then back to our normal hours.


Dec. 1, 2015

Tim Anderson Chicago Neighborhoods Map

As featured in the Chicago Tribune, artist Tim Anderson’s Chicago Neighborhoods Map is now available. High quality offset printing on sturdy paper with solid aqueous coating. Signed by the artist – 22″ x 28″.


Maps are available for pickup at our shop or shipped via UPS.

Purchase online here.