After a wild early winter and (hopefully) successful holiday season this is a chance to depressurize and find out how other framers are doing. As we enter this new year with an improving economic outlook, we must think of ways to better survive & thrive. The panel at the last meeting was well received, so it is being repeated. There really are no “dumb” questions – just questions for which we don’t have immediate answers. Bring or send your technical & marketing questions to a panel moderated by Cliff Wilson,CPF consisting of: Bob Warshawer,MCPF, John Gaston,CPF and Andy Langlois,CPF will try to provide their best “smart” answers. They may even have some questions which you can help answer.
We will also have a chance to show and tell about our favorite useful gadgets, so bring them.

January 31, 2010
The Alumni Restaurant
391 East Central Street
Franklin, MA
Dinner Meeting and Program
Networking Activities start at 6 PM, Dinner at 7:15 PM
Panel discussion:   “Ask A Dumb Question, Redux”

Directions: Take US 495 to exit 16, “King St” towards Franklin for 1.6 miles, turn right on E. Central St. (Rte 140), The Alumni Restaurant is .4 miles on the left.
In the event of snow, check the chapter website neppfa.com for information, don’t assume cancellation. Or call The restaurant at 508-528-8804 to check.

Dinner is $30 per member.
Dinner seating is limited so get your reservation in early

Make your check out to NEPPFA and mail it to:
c/o Richard Riman, CPF
The Frame Man
1195 North Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

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Congratulations, Winners! Fall ’09 Chapter Meeting

Additional Photos belowThe NEPPFA PPFA Print competition had 8 great entries. 

First Place: Dara Hoell of Sterling Frame of Westborough, MA
Second Place: Harry Gaston, CPF of Gaston Art & Frame of Shrewsbury, MA
Third Place: Cliff Wilson, CPF of Framed in Tatnuck of Worcester, MA
Popular Choice: Andy Langlois, CPF of Get The Picture of Lincoln, RI
Judges award for best first time entry: Dara Hoell of Sterling Frame of Westborough, MA

Our fall 2009 meeting was held at the Red Hook Brewery meeting hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on October 19, 2009.  . Jim Miller, MCPF hosted two very informative afternoon classes (Object mounting with clear film, and adhesives in the shop). 32 attended 

There was a one hour “Meet and Greet” session where members and perspective members mingled, had appetizers, voted for popular choice, and talked with the 13 vendors that were set up with tables.

The evening meeting had 54 attendees, and included door prizes, future meeting info, print competition judging and critique, new board members nominated, and an “Ask a dumb question” panel; which was a smash success.  This may become a regular feature of our future meetings. The panel members included Rich Riman, Harry Gaston, CPF, and Jim Miller, MCPF    

Our next chapter meeting will be a dinner meeting on Sunday January 31, in Franklin MA.  Details are forthcoming.

Don’t forget the PPFA framer’s corner forum at http://www.pmai.org/ppfa/forum/  You can also check the accuracy of your listing at www.findapictureframer.com

Thanks to all who attended!

October ’09 Meeting and Print Competition

Join us October 19th, 2009 at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH

Jim Miller, MCPF will be offering two afternoon workshops, and the general meeting and print competition will be at 6pm.  The evening meeting will also feature our “Ask A ‘Dumb’ Question” panel, moderated by Jim Miller, MCPF.  To register for the workshops, contact Rich Riman, CPF at The Frame Man 781-963-4552

Workshop A:  1pm  Jim miller, MCPF will show us how to use clear polyester film to secure paper and objects within a frame.  These conservation methods allow us to support pieces without using adhesives in contact with the art.   Jim will cover encapsulation and more complicated supports for mounting items such as medals, tassels, coins, newspapers, books, playing cards, dog tags, glass bottles, and more.

Workshop B: 4:30pm In the second workshop, Jim Miller will describe the wide variety of adhesives which are available for use in the frame shop, and help us to sort out the best for various applications.  He will cover the health, safety, and conservation aspects of the various adhesives.

The evening program starts at 6pm, and all are welcome.  Featuring sponsor/vendor tables, the print competition, Q&A panel, critique, etc.

Evening Panel:  There really are no “Dumb” questions – just questions which we feel dumb about when we don’t have immediate answers.  Bring, or send in your questions and a panel moderated by Jim Miller, MCPF and consisting of Bob Warshawer, MCPF, Rich Riman, CPF, John “Harry” Gaston, CPF, and Dave Smith, CPF will provide their best “smart” answers.  They may even have some questions they need answers to!

To register for the afternoon workshops, please contact Rich Riman.  

For directions to the event, call 603-430-8600  The Red Hook Brewery is at 35 Corporate Drive in Portsmouth, NH