North Carolina’s premier custom picture framer since 1968, Craven Allen Gallery/House of Frames features the largest selection of framing choices in the region, as well as the Triangle’s most experienced picture framers. Our gallery features local and nationally known artists.


Upcoming:    Alex Harris    Maya Freelon    John Beerman    Beverly McIver   Thomas Sayre

The acclaimed artists show work not only inspired by North Carolina, but also by travels abroad.

Rachel Campbell studied in her native New Zealand and in Canada before making her home in the United States.   For At Home in the World, Campbell refuses to get stuck in one style or place.  Subjects range from a cottage in Key West, where she recently had a residency, New Zealand landscapes, and take-out meals, to iconic North Carolina subjects like Krispy Kreme donuts, farmers market eggs and trailers. All her paintings are suffused with luscious color, her lively sense of line, and often her sly sense of humor.

Humor also animates much of the work of Madelyn Smoak, who combines found objects and crafted metalwork into surprising icons and one-of-a-kind examples of wearable art.  With a grant from the Durham Arts Council,  Smoak travelled to London to engage in mudlarking, which she calls “the time-honored practice of visiting the Thames at low tide to see what the waning tide has exposed on the foreshore.”  Items including pottery and pipe fragments have been incorporated into her jewelry for which the wearer can provide their own narrative. Smoak provides her own backstory for a series of intricate icons called Furious Fragments, which utilize mudlark shards, photographs and text about women giving in to anger.


Opening Reception Photos by William Rogers! View them here:

In the early 20th century the artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) realized multiple paint colors, which did not represent a house or a tree or a person, could be applied to a canvas and it would be a viable painting. It was called abstraction and it marked a revolution….READ MORE

The Anyone Can Fly Foundation is honoring Beverly McIver with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Faith Ringgold will host a garden party benefit honoring the artist. The mission of the foundation is to expand the art establishment’s canon to include artists of the African Diaspora….READ MORE

Beverly McIver has been awarded the Rome Prize.  Also in the news, her HBO documentary Raising Renee is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. For over a century, the AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities….READ MORE

Beverly McIver was recently honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, writers, and composers, with a purchase award…READ MORE

Paintings by Craven Allen artists Linwood Hart, Sue Sneddon and Damian Stamer were featured recently in the HGTV tv show LOVE IT OR LIST IT…READ MORE

Fresh off the heels of his trifecta of museum shows at the NCMA, Nasher, and Ackland, Burk Uzzle is featured in the News & Observer choosing framing at Craven Allen for his incredible Greenville show…READ MORE