Hear Our Voice
The art of picture framing is ultimately to preserve art, but it’s also
preserving a moment in time not to be forgotten. Silently holding
consciousness – this moment is separate from time and space; it’s
an energy that is held in place. Regardless of what changes may
happen around that framed piece, the inward domain will never
change. It is there for us to look upon in our darkest hours
and happiest days to reclaim our birthright of everyday
grace. Beginning with the preservation techniques of
mounting to the balancing of light within matting
leading to the protective application of glass
and finally to a feeling of completion
and wholeness through the frame–
the art itself becomes a mantra
leading us towards a
Krista Hyer has been the owner of Mona Lisa Framing (ML Framing) since she opened the business in 2003. A Maplewood native, and a Columbia High School graduate, Krista has framed more than 10,000 pieces of Art and Memorabilia from all over the country and around the world. In 2007, Mona Lisa Framing was voted Top 100 Frame Shop in America by Décor Magazine.
Before founding the business, Krista managed the Robin Hutchins Gallery in Maplewood, specializing in designing and constructing custom frames for fine art and antique pieces. Krista also garnered experience in the record award industry. As Production Manager for an RIAA Gold and Platinum Record award manufacturer and its affiliate Sage Galleries, she designed custom awards for such luminaries as Elton John and Whitney Houston. Krista studied advanced framing techniques at the Prestige Framing Academy in Boston and is a member of the PPFA (Professional Picture Framers Association).
Krista has been in the framing industry since 1997. Believing there is an artist in all of us, she aims to bridge the gap between seasoned, knowledgeable art lovers and those who are venturing into the creative process for the first time. This supportive approach makes ML Framing a personalized experience for every customer. Krista puts customers at ease in the shop’s intimate but casual setting where more than 3600 custom frames from all over the world are on display. ML Framing is truly a one-stop-shop with everything provided in-house: design consultation, digital printing, and customized framing.
Krista originally trained as a pipe organ technician. She became head foreperson of Church Pipe Organ Company and the Bishop Pipe Organ Company, specializing in all aspects of custom pipe organ restoration and re-building. During her four years as head foreperson, she worked on the restoration of the prestigious Radio City Music Hall Grand Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ and assisted in the tuning and voicing of Atlantic City’s Convention Hall Organ – the largest theater pipe organ in the world. Currently, she is working on her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management.
Dayana Moreno re-joined Mona Lisa Framing as production manager in 2014. She has been in the framing industry since 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Montclair State University. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dayana’s passion and fascination for art started at a very young age, thanks to her monthly trips to museums with her father. Upon graduating from high school, she took a trip to Europe where she got “bit by the bug” falling in love with Art. It was then she decided to pursue a career in Art Preservation.
In 2001 she met Krista where they worked together for two years at a RIAA Gold and Platinum Record award manufacturer designing and creating music awards for top recording artists. Dayana’s creative freedom and innovative expression allowed her to tackle each project with integrity and precision. Her creativity, passion, and dedication have made her an “out of the box” thinker making her unique in her field. Dayana was production manager for Mona Lisa Framing from 2007-2008 when she then took a hiatus to start a family and then returned in 2014.