Congratulations, Amy Cyrway, CPF and Ryan Black, CPF!

A special congratulations to our chapter’s newest Certified Picture Framers!

Amy Cyrway, CPF The Framemakers – Waterville ME
Ryan Black, CPF Page-Waterman Gallery – Wellesley MA

The PPFA Certified Picture Framer (CPF) Program tests framer’s knowledge in the five exam content areas:  Preservation, General Knowledge, Mechanical, Math and Mounting.  The CPF designation is the PPFA framer’s mark of excellence.  For more information about the program, see

6/7/10 Meeting Photos and Competition Winners

Yesterday, Ken Baur gave two very informative presentations to an audience of 26 framers.  “E-Marketing” and “How to compete with the Box Boxes”.

The evening “meet and greet” hour featured 19 sponsor / vendor tables,  popular choice voting for the open framing competition, cash bar, and refreshments.  Here you see several of the vendors, showing their latest product offerings.

More than 50 attended the evening meeting.

Some excellent door prizes were given from our sponsors, including:

$100 Gift Certificate (Direct Moulding), Ten 32×40 sheets of matboard (Crescent), Gold Finished Corner 11×14 frame (Omega), Martha Stewart framed piece (NB), 32×40 Museum Glass case (Tru-Vue),  Print Weights (LJ), Corner Samples and tape measures (2) (Decor), $50 Gift Certificate (DonMar), Three 12×12 collage frames (NB), Silver Finished Corner 11×14 frame (Omega)

The evening also included a discussion panel about Social Networking.  The panel was moderated by Cliff Wilson, and included panel members Harry Gaston, Ken Baur, and Mike Labbe.   The room shared tips about effective social networking, how frequently followers of a social networking site should be contacted, the various types of social networking, etc.

One of the highlights of the evening was the 2010 open framing competition.   Before announcing the winners, Harry Gaston did a brief review of each piece.  Harry explained the highlights and weaknesses of each piece, explaining some of the things the judges found.   The competition was judged by Harry Gaston, CPF, Cliff Wilson, MCPF, and Kris Thomas, CPF.  Andrew Langlois, CPF was the recording secretary/scribe.

First Place:        Carol and Rich Riman, The Frame Man
Second Place:        Amy Cyrway and Bill Taylor, Framemakers
Third Place:        Jo-Anne Sherburne, J H Sherburne Fine Art
Popular Choice:    Andrea Holston-Reed and Deb Szirbik, Hull’s Art Supply & Framing
Best 1st Time Entry:    Andrea Holston-Reed and Deb Szirbik, Hull’s Art Supply & Framing
Large Scale Design:    Andrea Holston-Reed and Deb Szirbik, Hull’s Art Supply & Framing

Congratulations, Winners!

Our next meeting and print competition will be October 18th, 2010 at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH.  Print competition pieces are available now for $40, which includes the entry fee.   The October meeting will feature a “Framing OOPS” presentation by  Ellen Collins, MCPF, “Share a Gadget” session, and a “round robin” program that features demonstrations of various framing treatments.   Details will be forthcoming soon, and we hope to see you there!

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Monday June 7, 2010 meeting in Sturbridge, MA

This event will feature presentations by guest speaker Ken Baur, popular choice framing competition, general meeting, and a table top vendor show.

Ken Baur presenting at New England PPFA
Ken Baur June 7, 2010

Ken Baur will conduct the two-part afternoon seminar. (req pre-registration, and runs from  1 to 4:30 PM)

  • “eMarketing – effectively” in which Ken will talk about how to create effective websites and use email for promoting your business.
  • “How to Compete with the Big Boxes” will give us his successful approach to this subject.

6:00 to 7:15 PM: Sponsor Tables, Open Competition viewing and Popular choice voting, mingle and meet.  (open to all)

7:15pm: The evening Program, general meeting, and framing competition  (open to all)

The Evening Program, “How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Business” will be a panel discussion which will include Ken Baur and members of the chapter.
The Open competition Awards will be presented after the the program is completed.

Ken Baur is the President of Framing Concepts Gallery, a full service, three location, Indiana framing company. His company has won DECOR Magazine’s top Art & Framing Retailer’s awards three times in the last seven years. The awards include: Best Gallery Design, Best Use of Technology and Best Web Site.  Ken writes articles on various business Topics for PICTURE FRAMING Magazine, has given seminars on marketing strategies at national conventions and has been a participant in PFM’s discussion panels.

Driving Directions from the Mass Pike and Rte I-84:
Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to exit 9. Immediately after the toll booth you are on I-84.
Follow I-84 to exit 3B, (Rte 20 West).  The entrance to the Hotel is approx. 1 mile on the right on Rt 20 West.
For GPS users:     Sturbridge Host Hotel    366 Main St.    Sturbridge, MA

For afternoon sessions, make your check out to NEPPFA
Mail to: NEPPFA
c/o Richard Riman, CPF
The Frame Man
1195 North Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368
Shop name, phone,  and address:
Number attending ___

Check for $___________ Enclosed

Reserve your seat(s) for the Seminar $25 per member, $35 per non-members

SAVE THESE DATES! June 7 and October 18

Monday June 7th, 2010: We are meeting at the Sturbridge Host Hotel.  The afternoon workshops will feature Ken Baur on eMarketing and effectively competing with big boxes.  The evening panel will discuss promoting your business through  social marketing.  The general meeting and open framing competition will be held.  Many vendors will be set up with tables.  CPF exams will be conducted.  Appetizers will be served, and cash bar is available.   The afternoon workshops require advance registration, but the evening events after 6pm are open to all.

Monday October 18th, 2010: We are meeting at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH.  The evening guest speaker will be Ellen Collins on “Framing Oops”.   The afternoon sessions will include several demonstrations of framing treatments and elements (Lacing, Hinging, etc).  The general meeting and PPFA print competition will be held.  Many vendors will be set up with tables.  Appetizers will be served, and cash bar is available.   The afternoon workshops require advance registration, but the evening events after 6pm are open to all.

Details and registration info for both events will be coming soon.  The info above is tentative, and subject to change.