Registration is now open for the annual PPFA Convention in Las Vegas.
To register, visit http://www.pmai.org/PPFA2014/
Registration is now open for the annual PPFA Convention in Las Vegas.
To register, visit http://www.pmai.org/PPFA2014/
Rob Markoff, CPF, has been an active member of the picture framing community for 42 years. With his wife, Barbara, they own and operate Gallery Services, a custom framing and installation company, and Artrageous!, a multi-store art and framing retail chain that has grown into a firm specializing in corporate art consultation with an emphasis on the healthcare sector.
Rob has been involved with the PPFA since its inception. He served for many years as the Vice-President and Program Chairman of the San Diego Chapter and is a member of the PPFA Advisory committee. Rob originated “trade-show tours” taking framers attending the PPFA Convention through the PMA trade show to find and demonstrate items of value to framers offered by the imaging industry. He was awarded the PPFA President’s Special Recognition Award in 2005.
Rob wrote extensively for DECOR Magazine and is a regular contributor to Picture Framing and Profile Magazines. He is a popular speaker and educator at industry venues across the US, Canada, and Australia.
You can register ONLINE with PayPal or a credit card, or by mailing a check. Click below for printable form
Online registration for current PPFA members:Pkg Savings: BOTH Classes/Member Attendee* $77.00 11:30am Class only/Member Attendee* $52.00 2:30pm Class only/Member Attendee* $52.00
Online registration for non members:Pkg Savings: BOTH Classes/Non-Member Attendee* $97.00 11:30am Class only/Non-Member Attendee* $72.00 2:30pm Class only/Non-Member Attendee* $72.00
* Price includes $2.00 per person online registration convenience fee. Your PayPal receipt serves as your admission ticket for this event. If you have multiple attendees, please change quantity in shopping cart.
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PLEASE RSVP FOR CLASSES BY October 15, 2013 (if mailing), or October 20, 2013 (if online)
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Yesterday’s event in Sturbridge, MA was a lot of fun.
The sold out afternoon workshop was presented by Andy Langlois, CPF. Attendees learned various faux finishing techniques which can be brought back to their shops, to begin offering these unique treatments. (Photos below)
The informative evening presentation was from Alicia Williams from Constant Contact. Alicia spoke about social networking, and having an effective online presence for our businesses.
Nineteen vendor sponsors were set up with tables during the 90 minute meet and greet/vendor tabletop show. The sponsors donated many door prizes that were won during the evening event.
The NEPPFA/PPFA open framing competition and critique was held later in the evening, with four excellent entries.
First Place: Andrew Langlois - Get The Picture Framing - Lincoln, RI Second Place: Larry and Sherry Pearl - Newburyport Framers - Newburyport, MA Third Place: Carol and Rich Riman - The Frame Man - Randolph, MA Popular Choice: Andrew Langlois - Get The Picture Framing - Lincoln, RI Best First Time Entry: Chris Spraker and Mira Bishop - Oliver Brothers Custom Framing - Beverly, MA
The next framing competition will be at our October 21, 2013 meeting at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. As of this writing, 9 of the 10 pieces have been sold. Contact email@example.com if you would like to participate. Rob Markoff will be our guest speaker and presenter at this meeting, and details will be released soon.
Would you like to take your designs to the next level? Faux finishes can be applied to mouldings or mats, when looking for a unique result that complements your customer’s artwork. This skill can also be used to make your own unique closed corner frames.
These treatments set you apart from other framers, and can be a source of additional revenue.
Instructor Andy Langlois, CPF will demonstrate faux finishing treatments such as steampunk, weathered metals, stone, leather, and brick. Students will learn the basics for creating realistic-looking finishes, from building up base textures to adding and defining details. In this hands-on workshop, students will faux finish a 5×7 picture frame, provided with their enrollment fee.
Participants will also receive a faux finishing starter kit, including “recipe booklet” detailing each faux treatment, three paintbrushes, gloves, four 2 oz. bottles of paint, and a 2oz. bottle of mod podge, This starter kit can be brought back to the shop to be added to as you start creating your own fabulous faux finished frames and mats.
In addition to being an artist in several mediums, Andy has been involved in the picture framing industry for 20 years. He owns Get The Picture Framing in Lincoln, RI.
Note: Pre-registration required for afternoon sessions. Space is limited. Cost is $50 per PPFA member attendee. (includes the cost of materials)
Note: Pre-registration is not required, if only attending the evening events. Cost: Free Why not invite a framer friend?
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Vendor tabletop show. Meet with your reps from local vendors and NEPPFA sponsors, in this mini trade show. This is also a great time to meet and greet with your peers, register for the door prizes, vote for your favorite “popular choice” framing competition piece, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres.
7:00pm – Evening Meeting, Door Prizes, Presentation, Framing Competition
PPFA Open Framing Competition Judging/Winners Announced- Would you like to participate? There is still time! Please register in advance. Cash prizes awarded. For details, please contact Becky firstname.lastname@example.org Entry fee for the open competition, to be judged June 3, 2013, is $30. Deadline to apply is May 10th, piece must be received by Gaston Art & Framing before May 31st at 5pm.
The NEPPFA Open Competition is a chapter level framing competition. The OPEN Framing Competition includes framing of any item, image, object, or collection of the framer’s choice. It is at the discretion of the individual frame designer whether or not they wish to uphold total conservation procedures during their framing. Preservation materials and practices for custom framing are encouraged.
Reminder: The Chapter Print Competition piece will be available for purchase at this meeting for $40. This piece will be judged at our upcoming October meeting. For this category, preservation standards shall be a priority, treating the piece of art as priceless. PRINT competition items shall be selected with specific challenges behind them to test the entrant’s knowledge and abilities. The PRINT chosen for the 2013-2014 competition year is a needlework creation by textile artist Nhia Lo. Details
New! You can register ONLINE with PayPal or a credit card: *Sorry this event has SOLD OUT*
… or you optionally send a check payable to NEPPFA and mail it along with this printed form:(Click image for larger version)
Make a day of it and spend some time in beautiful Sturbridge!
NEPPFA SPONSORS: ASAP, Carpenter Associates, Craft, Inc, Crescent, Decor Moulding, Designer Moulding, Don Mar Frame & Moulding, Elmer’s Framing Products, Evonik Cyro, Frametastic, Larson Juhl, Lineco Inc, Logan Graphic Products, Max Moulding, Nielsen Bainbridge, Presto, Studio Moulding, Tru Vue, Universal/Arquati. Vermont Hardwoods
We had quite a few new faces on March 3, at the museum visit and dinner meeting. The event drew 43 framers.
Details about our next meeting will be posted soon.
The competition piece is currently available for purchase. Limited quantities are available. Full details at http://neppfa.com/blog/?p=382
This special Sunday meeting will include an afternoon guided tour of the American Textile History Museum. We will then head over to the Lowell Beer Works restaurant for the evening events, which begin at 6pm. A buffet dinner will be served at 7pm. Conservator Camille Myers Breeze will give an evening presentation, and will take questions. Camille will also be assisting in the guided tour and will focus on exhibits and issues specific to framers. The October framing competition piece will be made available at this meeting. (see previous post for details)
Special Note: The dinner fee for this event will be the same for non-members and we encourage everyone to invite a fellow (non member) framing friend along, to see what NEPPFA has to offer.
You will be responsible for transportation. The two locations are approximately one mile apart.
The 2014 Chapter Print Competition piece is available to purchase for $40. For this category, preservation standards shall be a priority, treating the piece of art as priceless. These will be judged at the October 2013 meeting. The PRINT chosen for the 2013-2014 competition year is a needlework creation by textile artist Nhia Lo. Details
New! You can register ONLINE with PayPal or a credit card:
online registration closed* Please note: Price includes $2.00 per person online registration convenience fee. Your PayPal receipt will serve as your admission ticket for the 6pm event.
… or send check payable to NEPPFA and mail this completed form to:Beverly Allard Winchester Art & Frame 755 Main Street Winchester, MA 01890-1905
SHOP NAME: _________________________________________
SHOP PHONE: __________________________
NUMBER ATTENDING EVENING SESSION: _____ Check for $________ enclosed
Please include $30 per attendee, whether a member or not
Note: The 3pm museum fee should NOT be mailed, as it will be due on-site; collected by the museum.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR GENEROUS NEPPFA SPONSORS: Carpenter Associates, Craft, Inc, Crescent, Decor Moulding, Designer Moulding, Don Mar Frame & Moulding, Elmer’s Framing Products, Evonik Cyro, Frametastic, Larson Juhl, Lineco Inc, Logan Graphic Products, Max Moulding, Nielsen Bainbridge, Presto, Studio Moulding, Tru Vue, Vermont Hardwoods
BACKGROUND – PA NDAU: When the Hmong first arrived in the United States in the late 1970s, some of the families were initially resettled in Pennsylvania. While residing there, Hmong women learned appliqué techniques from the Amish community. Hmong embroidery and appliqué / pa ndau feature various traditional motifs chosen for their meaning, and the blocks are known as story cloths.
Traditionally, Hmong embroidery includes bright colors and is used as a form of decoration on clothing to make it bright and beautiful. From a young age, Hmong girls learn how to sew and copy motifs from their mothers and grandmothers.
Hmong women adapted traditional motifs and developed new styles and crafts for commercial purposes, especially targeted to tourists and the Western market. From traditional textile decorations on clothes, they developed tapestry or story cloths. These tapestries first appeared in the 1980’s when the Hmong people lived in refugee camps. Since there was little opportunity to make money, the women used their embroidery skills to earn income to support their families.
The traditional story cloth squares were adapted to larger sizes, and these oversize squares were transformed into table cloths, pillows, and wall decorations. They also inspired household and accessory items, and blocks are now often sold at local art festivals and craft shows.
BACKGROUND – ARTIST: Textile artist Nhia Lo was born in Naam Lao, Laos. She came to the United States in 1975 and currently resides in Morganton, NC, just on the outskirts of Asheville in the mountains of the western part of the state.
Nhia can usually be found manning her booth at many, various quilt shows around the country, including the annual Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where PPFA members first spotted Nhia and her work. The tables in her booth are piled with hundreds of her gorgeous creations, and she always has a needle in her hand, working on another block. Many blocks are sold individually, while others are sewn into bags / totes, clothing, or other finished items. Always friendly, Nhia eagerly shares her passion for her craft with anyone admiring her artistry.
HANDLING CHALLENGE: This fabric needleart will test the competitor’s knowledge of proper textile handling and mounting techniques. Should it be laced and over-matted? Floated? Presented straight or “on-point” in quilter’s style? Competitors are urged to consult the publication “PPFA Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needlework” for information on the appropriate handling of this piece. The book is available from the PPFA bookstore and provides valuable information on preservation materials and mounting methods for all types of textiles.
The PPFA Guide to Framing Competitions requires each piece of artwork in any competition to be handled with the utmost care and be treated as if it were priceless and irreplaceable. With that in mind, an important consideration in any competition is assessing the competitor’s knowledge of preservation standards, including the use of appropriate materials and techniques.
Framed art, including textiles, cannot be protected forever, regardless of what materials or care has been used. Employing proper materials and procedures, however, can help prolong the life of the work and enhance the enjoyment of it. Steps must be taken to protect the piece from contaminants in the environment and in the framing package. Paramount in preservation framing is the assurance that methods used are totally reversible so the work is maintained in its original condition and can be removed from the frame at any time.
With any competition, it is the competing framer’s responsibility to do the research on the media being framed to determine the appropriate methods and materials to be used. There is much to be considered, including: matboard composition (100% cotton or virgin alpha-cellulose? buffered or unbuffered? thickness and adequare layering?), spacing for air circulation, glazing properties for UV filtration, sealing of frame rabbet (when is it required? when is it optional?)
Framing competitions are about more than choosing the prettiest frame design. The competitor must create a frame design wherein the ideal package will include all materials and techniques appropriate for the standards of preservation.