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Framing event on June 6, 2016.

Get your feet in early
Get involved and Get your knowledge on!

NEPPFA will be hosting a framing event for all picture framers  across New England and Upstate New York.

Monday June 6, 2016 – 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
The Sturbridge Host Hotel
366 Main Street – Sturbridge, MA  01566


Tickets are no longer available, as this event has passed.

Jump in with both feet!


NEPPFA invites you to join us for a get together with other professional picture framers on June 6th for a day of education, competition, a vendor showcase, and networking. This all day event will include 3 different interactive and educational discussions and seminars.

Education Agenda:

“Weird Mounting Solutions”
Seminar and Demonstration
Cliff Wilson – Framed In Tatnuck
Tips and techniques for mounting unusual and unique objects and works on paper.
10:00 am – 11:45

“Focus on Facebook”
Discussion and Hands On
Ed Pioli – Walden Framer
Learn how to use Facebook to build relationships, your brand and your business by creating engaging content and effective Posts.
11:45 – 12:45

Lunch Break 12:45 – 2:00   

“Boutique vs. Big Box”
Panel Discussion
Larry Pearl – Newburyport Framers
A practical guide to real life strategies for competing and surviving with the big box picture framers.
2:00 – 3:00

Vendor Table Top Showcase

Our generous sponsors will be showing their wares. Come see whats new and what specials they may be offering.
3:30 – 5:00
Light snacks will be served during the Vendor Showcase.

Evening Program


We will be awarding ribbons for the 2017 OPEN framing competition. Talk with the winners and learn what goes into a winning entry and how they did it.

  General Business Meeting
We will need a few minutes of your time for a brief business meeting. Learn what is new with the PPFA and your local chapter.

   Answers & Ideas   
Ask any question you want to the room. Get answers from your fellow experts or perhaps it is you that has an answer for someone else.
5:00 – 7:00

Register Today!   
Free before May 23rd – After May 23rd $25.
(Registration closes June 4th)

We invite you to bring a friend and join us for a relaxing and fun day of conversation with fellow framers and business owners.


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, and more!

3/20/16 Tour and Dinner

Please join us for this wonderful day of fun, socializing, idea sharing, networking with fellow framers, catching up with old and making new friends!

Carvers Guild
A Guided Tour of The Carver’s Guild Facility
Cannery Row   West Groton, MA
2:30 – 4:30 pm

Join us for a guided tour of the Carver’s Guild workshop and see how their frames are created. From the mold to the finishing touches to the packing and shipping.   For more info and a sneak peak of what the Carver’s Guild is all about click here.

Cocktail Reception and Buffet Dinner
215 Great Rd   Shirley, MA
4:45 – 7:00 pm

After our tour of the Carver’s Guild we will reconvene just a few miles away at The Bull Run restaurant for some socializing and networking with our fellow framers.

After dinner we will hold a brief business meeting and enjoy more idea sharing and framer friendship.

Cost per person is $35 for current member/$55 non member.

Tickets are no longer on sale for this event, since it has passed.

If your PPFA membership lapsed on 9/30/15, you can RENEW HERE

NEPPFA By Laws Updates

In light of the recent changes in PPFA ownership the NEPPFA Board of Directors has made some revisions to the Chapter By Laws. We will be taking a Chapter vote at the upcoming March 20 meeting. You can find the revised By Laws to be voted on here

2016 Calendar of Events
June 6, 2016:
Chapter Meeting, Educational Seminar and Vendor Sponsor Showcase at The Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA
October 17, 2016:
Chapter Meeting, Educational Seminar and Vendor Sponsor Showcase at Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH
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We are accepting applications for the Robert Warshawer, MCPF – CPF Scholarship. Interested members can find information and the application HERE.
Deadline for applications is September 15, 2016


888 Mfg, Archapex, ASAP, Brickyard, Carpenter Associates, Craft, Inc, Crescent, Decor Moulding, Don Mar Frame & Moulding, Encore Products, Fotiou, Framing Products, Evonik Cyro, Frametastic, Larson Juhl, Lineco Inc, Logan Graphic Products, Max Moulding, Nielsen Bainbridge, Omega Moulding, Presto, Smallcorp, Studio Moulding, Tru Vue, Universal/Arquati. Vermont Hardwoods

Monday October 26, 2015

NEPPFA Chapter Meeting

Please join us for this wonderful day filled with education, idea sharing, framing excitement, networking with fellow framers and making friends!

October 26, 2015 (Monday)
Red Hook Brewery
Portsmouth, NH
10:00 am – 7:30 pm

Mikki Kavich, MCPF, special guest

Mikki is an artist/framer who currently resides in Crossville, Tennessee. She has been framing pictures since 1983 and opened her own shop “Mikki’s Frame Shop” in 2005. A member of PPFA since 2005, Mikki became an MCPF in 2013 and is the current President of KY/TN Chapter.

Mikki loves to experiment with different media and techniques both in framing and her art.  She considers herself an old school framer and artist. Mikki does not own a CMC because she enjoys the hands on approach to framing, mat cutting and decoration.

Over the years Mikki’s has taught many different art related classes and currently teaches regular furniture painting classes in her shop. Mikki is an active member of the French Matting community on Facebook.

Mikki is an avid vintage camper collector and restorer. She loves quilting in her spare time and is grandmother to 3 fabulous grandchildren all the time.


10:00 am -12:00 pm:  The Framer’s Round Table
Back by popular demand… Four topics to improve your business in just two hours. This is like speed dating meets picture framing education. Topics may include:

  • “How to Operate a Green Business”
  • “Framing Tricks & Shortcuts”
  • “Weathered Frame Finishes”
  • “Hand Finishing Techniques for Custom Mats”

Round table discussion topics are subject to change.

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm:  Vendor/Sponsor Tables – Part 1
Come see what’s new and what great pre holiday deals are available from over 15 sponsors.

Vote for “Popular Choice” in the OPEN Competition.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm:   “French Matting for Today’s Frame Design”
NEPPFA is proud to present Mikki Kavich, MCPF

french_matting_mikkiDo you love the techniques of French Matting and admire a beautiful botanical framed in a traditional French Mat design, but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into today’s framing design?

This two hour hands on class will be loaded with tips and techniques to make and sell French matting in today’s frame shop. You will not only learn how to use inks and paints to hand pull lines to create a French Mat, but you will also learn new ways to incorporate French Lines into more contemporary framing jobs. You will learn some proven tips for making fewer boo boo’s and tricks for fixing them when they happen.

TWO lucky Attendees will go home with a new ruling pen from Tech-Mark Lion Framing Supplies!

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm:   Vendor/Sponsor Tables – Part 2
Continue your search for new products and deals while enjoying some light appetizers and refreshments.

Vote for the “Popular Choice” winner in the PRINT Competition.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Chapter Meeting
Come learn what’s going on with your PPFA and what the future holds for our members. We will hold Board elections, announce the winner of the 2015 Robert Warshawer, MCPF – CPF Scholarship, and present awards for both the OPEN and PRINT competitions.

Cost for this incredible day loaded with information and education is just $40 for members and $60 for non-members. Events before 4pm require admission ticket, but the events after 4pm are open to everyone.

June 1, 2015 meeting cancelled

Hello Fellow NEPPFA Members,
I hope this message finds you all well and selling lots of frames these days.    I need to share some important news about our upcoming meeting.
Due to a variety of reasons, lack of registrations chief among them, I regret to announce that we must cancel our NEPPFA Chapter meeting that was planned for Monday June 1, 2015 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel.  The costs associated with putting on an event, such as we had planned, are substantial. Without additional financial support (i.e. registrations) it is difficult to offer such valuable programs to our membership. Upon assessing our registration situation as of this moment it became clear to the Board that it would not be wise to proceed.
I would like to thank Ron Stark for offering to come share his vast knowledge of animation art with our Chapter and hope that we have an opportunity to bring him here in the future.
As you are all too aware, it was a particularly difficult winter for us here in New England. Though it seems business is starting to show some signs of normalcy, the effects of the winter still linger. With the leaves popping and flowers blooming, the warmer weather, bright sunshine and framing customers can’t be far away.
As we look to the future please note that we still have a Chapter meeting, educational seminar, vendor showcase and framing competitions scheduled for Monday October 5, 2015. The NEPPFA Board is working now to put together a great program for that meeting and will have details coming soon. We will host both our OPEN and PRINT Competitions at that time. As a result we are extending the deadline for OPEN submissions. So if you were interested in entering and did not, you will still have time.
Thank you for your continued support of NEPPFA and we look forward to seeing you all in October. In the meantime please continue to support our generous sponsors.
Harry Gaston, CPF
NEPPFA Chapter President
Any member that has pre-paid for this event will be refunded via check right away. All competition entrants will be contacted by Becky to make arrangements to have you pieces returned for now.