Steve right in frame for everything arty, plus a great gallery

IN THE PICTURE: Steve Rainbow from Articulate Framing has all aspects of art and framing covered.
IN THE PICTURE: Steve Rainbow from Articulate Framing has all aspects of art and framing covered. Claudia Baxter

MANY local businesses have recovered well after the floods in 2011. Articulate Framing is one such business that has just celebrated six years in business.

And after great support from clients and good management, owner Steve Rainbow is looking forward to its seventh birthday in July next year and continued growth.

Articulate Framing has done better than just recover - its has expanded and improved its service. "I have managed to replace and upgrade machinery with a new V-nailer being a great help in making the framing work even better," he said.

In November Steve Rainbow took delivery of a twin saw that offers a superior finish for the framing work. "The old system was good but this gives me the edge," he said.

There is a wide range of services on offer from Articulate Framing including picture framing and canvas stretching, mats and mounting services with shrink wrapping, family portrait photos and sittings.

This is a new service that is carried out on site. The printing is done and of course clients can also arrange their framing.

In addition, the firm hosts art exhibitions with a fully functional gallery that boasts modern equipment and lighting. Articulate Framing also commissions art work from local artists, as well as selling ready made frames, sporting and classic memorabilia, art prints including original pieces, as well as a laminating service. "I am happy to supply the materials to do-it-yourself clients".

The focus is now about promoting the business. According to Mr Rainbow, the business has developed a good name in the community and is now attracting a good range of regular clients.

"I am keen to continue to grow in Ipswich and we are doing that with the installation of better equipment, but we are also looking to expand our gallery presence," he said.

Prior to Christmas he is expecting to have 200 to 300 pieces of art in the adjoining shop for an art sale. It will be a mix of original paintings, photographic work and it will cover a range of themes.

"Just perfect for a Christmas gift," Mr Rainbow said.

"I first started out from my garage in Anstead and people liked what I was doing. It grew from there. Prior to this I was running a hotel but wanted a change and I love this," he said.

"I opened Articulate Framing in Bellbowrie in July 2007 and until the January floods the shop was based in the Bellbowrie Shopping Plaza. After being completely wiped out in the floods, and after a lot market research, I decided to move Articulate Framing and re-establish it in Ipswich," he said.

The new location at 54 Limestone St, Ipswich is a larger site and incorporates a retail shop, framing workshop and an art gallery.

As well as the physical location, Mr Rainbow is online with two websites, one for his gallery and the other for framing. He also keeps an active Facebook page to share updates with his clients.

"I created a separate website called Articulate Pictures to enable local artists and people to have a place to sell their artworks from," he said. Check out the site at and also at the Facebook page.

"Off-site we can offer photo restoration and reprinting, large format printing and large laminating, block mounting and fancy computerised mat cutting services which provides a range of shapes, quality engraving services and a choice of professional photographers available for commissioned work as well."

The plan is to bring these services on-site in the near future.

The business also now offers mirrors and is currently looking at stocking some art supplies.

"We are researching what our clients and the wider community need."

There is so much to see at Articulate Frames, 54 Limestone Street. For more information, go online or telephone 3496 1110.

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