Penobscot Marine Museum, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has just added a new picture framing department that will serve the museum’s own framing needs as well as those of retail customers. Professional framer Lin Calista has joined the staff to oversee the operation.

“We are excited to acquire our own in-house frame shop which will also serve the needs of our gift shop customers, visitors and the general public,” said executive director Liz Lodge. “Lin has done framing for the museum for years and she does fantastic work. “

The museum has an ongoing need to mount and frame photos, paintings and other objects for its permanent collections, traveling exhibits and educational programs. Having the capability in-house will make the work more efficient and economical for the museum, said Lodge. Retail customers will benefit from the museum’s custom framing service as well, receiving a 10 percent discount on historic photographs when purchased with framing. Museum members and artists having their own work framed will receive a 10 percent discount on framing.

A resident of Stockton Springs, Calista previously operated her own frame shop, Frame By Frame, in Searsport, and specializes in preservationĀ or museum-quality framing. The retail service will offer a range of styles and materials, from standard-quality to archival.

The Museum Framer at Penobscot Marine Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. It is located in the museum’s Admission Center at 40 E. Main St./Route 1. For more information, call 548-0334; send email to museumframer@pmm-maine.org; or visit museumframer.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.