Congratulations to TWO new MCPFs!

A special CONGRATULATIONS to John Harry Gaston of Gaston Art and Frame, and Amanda Kidd Schall of Framed in Tatnuck.  Both have passed testing to earn the Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designation.  This is the highest level of professional recognition in the framing industry and is earned through demonstration of technical skill and knowledge.

Achieving the MCPF designation requires a candidate to meet rigorous qualifications, including successful completion of a hands-on custom framing examination administered by PPFA and demonstrating a thorough knowledge of preservation framing.

MCPF exam consists of two parts. The candidate submits four framed articles including a canvas, a print, a textile, and an object. These are to be framed to very high preservation standards. They are taken apart and scored by MCPF examiners. The candidate is also given 90 minutes to frame a fifth item at the test site, thus demonstrating a thorough knowledge of preservation framing.  Details

Framing Competition PRINT 2017-18

PPFA International Framing Competition PRINT 2017-18

“Sun Dappled II”            Published by Wild Apple Graphics

The 2017-18 PPFA Competition PRINT is a Print on Metal titled “Sun Dappled II” created by Wild Apple Studio, provided by Wild Apple Graphics and printed by Northwest Framing, Northwest Art + Frame COMMERCIAL, Portland OR. The Image Size is 6″ x 6″ with a high gloss finish on a Chromalux panel.

With the introduction of metal as print media, framers are being asked to frame a dye sublimation photo image on metal. This print will present a unique challenge for framing as there is not a hanging system attached to the metal. The framer will need to find a way to properly display this metal print in a manner that will not harm the piece and will support the artwork. A second challenge will be the monochromatic color scheme. Framers will need to decide how to best enhance the art without taking away from the artwork.

Information from Northwest Framing about the printing process: The image is printed using a special Epson printer with ink dyes onto a transfer paper that can then be applied to the Chromalux panel which has been treated to receive the dyes from the printed paper. The print and panel are registered together and then put flat into a heat press that applies 400 degrees of heat under pressure (about 80 psi) for approximately 2 minutes.

The PPFA International Framing Competition is going DIGITAL!

This year marks an exciting new change — the PPFA International Framing Competition is going DIGITAL, making it easier than ever to enter, wherever you are in the world!

Instead of entering at Chapters (or the Mailbox competition for overseas entries) all you need is a camera/cellphone/iPad etc., to snap images of your OPEN and/or PRINT entry, and enter by August l, 2017.

The Top 50 qualifiers in the digital round will send their physical piece(s) to the January 2018 International Framing Competition Finals at the PPFA Convention in Las Vegas, where they will be judged and then displayed in a PPFA ‘Competition Framing Gallery’ on the WCAF trade show floor.

Buy the “Sun Dappled 11” PRINT at the PPFA Online Store at — where you’ll soon find all the information you need to enter.  Select COMPETITION in the pull-down menu. The cost is $40.

Many more details will follow soon: watch for details in the PPFA CONNECT newsletter, Picture Framing Magazine, the PPFA Framers Corner, Facebook,, and many other venues.

We look forward to an amazing PPFA International Framing Competition!

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Oct 17, 2016 Recap

A great event today in Portsmouth, NH!


Meg Glasgow gave two inspiring presentations, and there was an evening business and marketing panel.  The presentations included “10 STEP FRAMESHOP MAKEOVER”, and “PICTURE PERFECT DESIGNS TO INCREASE SALES”.  More than 50 showed up for this fun filled day of framing information and networking.


Congratulations to the 2016 Print competition winners:

High Point/Best First Time Entry: Brian Beam of Boston Frameworks
3rd Place: Justin Brander Wall Street Gallery
2nd Place: Peter Beck of Wall Street Gallery
1st Place: David Pratt of D Pratt Framing
Popular choice:  David Pratt of D Pratt Framing
There were 8 entries in all.


Elections where held at this meeting, with Kimberley Briel serving as our new president, Jonathan Lassen will serve as VP, Becky Florence will serve as secretary, Harry Gaston as immediate past president, Adam Ruthowski as wholesale director, Larry Pearl as retail director, Rob Jenisch as retail director, Tim Werner as retail director. One position remains available and we are looking for another retail director to serve on the board.

Congratulations to the Robert Warshawer Scholarship Winners!

emily-marsh-recipient-of-robert-warsharwer-scholarship   kristina_award

Kristina Davidson with Gaston Frame & Art
Emily Marsh with The Art Place



The vendor tabletop show had a great showing, and a special thank you to our chapter sponsors.


Monday Oct 17 in Portsmouth, NH

NEPPFA Chapter Meeting
The New England Professional Picture Framers Association will hold it’s third and final chapter event of 2016. This event is will offer educational seminars, a panel discussion, a vendor table top showcase, door prizes, PRINT Competition judging and awards presentation, the awarding of the Warshawer CPF Scholarship, annual elections for the Board of Directors and networking, idea sharing, and friendship.

Date & Time:
Monday October 17, 2016
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Red Hook Brewery,
Alemaker’s Hall
1 Red Hook Way
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Educational Seminars:

Meg Glasgow, owner of Finer Frames, is a nationally recognized consultant in the art and framing field, and winner of Larson Juhl’s first Design Star competition. She travels widely in the U.S., presenting sales and marketing seminars for small businesses, and has published a book entitled “Meg on Marketing, A Self-Help Guide for Small Business Success.” At home, Meg serves on the Eagle Arts Commission. She was named Meridian’s 2005 Woman of the Year, a finalist in the Idaho Woman Entrepreneur of the Year program for 2004, and her business was chosen as the Meridian Small Business of the Year in 2002. Finer Frames received the top distinction with the Top 100 Art & Framing Retailers Award in 2003. The company which she founded in 1999, has earned national exposure framing for NBC’s reality show “The Neighbors” and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.

Meg will teach two separate seminars and host a panel discussion during the evening portion of the program. The seminars will be:


The not-so-obvious secrets to transforming your business

Is your business in need of a makeover? This seminar is for new start-ups or existing shops looking for practical ideas for strengthening your business image. Whether you want to attract specific customers or simply be more competitive you’ll learn tips for transforming your brand, communicating with customers, merchandising and much more.


Retail is a highly competitive business, especially for framers. Learn ideas for increasing sales by improving your customer experience at the design counter. Get inspired with Meg’s award-winning frame designs and learn tips for using these creative framing ideas to “wow” your customers. From hand painted details, stunning shadowboxes and artistic mat details you’ll get ideas and advice to grow your custom framing sales.

She will also lead a panel discussion about SIMPLE MARKETING STRATEGIES – What Works and what doesn’t and WHY.

Meeting Day Itinerary:
10:00 am – Check in (30 mins)
10:30 am – 90 min Seminar – 10 Step Frameshop Makeover  with Meg Glasgow
12:00 pm – Lunch (2 hr, on your own)
2:00 pm – 90 min Seminar – Picture Perfect Designs to Increase Sales with Meg Glasgow
3:30 pm – Vendors arrive and set up (30 mins)
4:00 pm – Vendor Showcase –table top – (90 mins)
Collect and organize door prizes
Pop Choice voting for Print Competition
5:30 pm – Chapter Business Meeting  (30 mins)
Committee Updates
Scholarship Award
Other Business
6:00 pm – Panel discussion – “Simple Marketing Strategies” Meg Glasgow and panel TBD  – (30 mins)
6:30 pm – PRINT Competition Awards – Discussion and review (about 30 mins)

Registration Fees:
$50 for current PPFA Members
$70 for Non-Members

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A special thanks to our generous sponsors:

AMCI Regence, Craft Inc, Crescent, Decor,  DonMar, Elmers, Evonik Acrylite, Fall Woodcrafts, Fletcher-Terry, Fotiou, Frametastic, Larson-Juhl, Lineco, Logan, Nielsen-Bainbridge, Omega, Presto, Smallcorp, Studio, Tru-Vue, Vermont Hardwoods