PPFA Announces Winners of International Framing Competition

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Custom picture framing entries include shadow boxes, wood carvings, recycled materials, antique Christmas card, and more

What do the Alamo, a horse, an Australian bird, and Cambodian temple rubbings have in common?

They all were winning pieces in February’s International Framing Competition by the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), held in Anaheim, Calif.

In the OPEN category – in which participants can frame anything, indulging their creativity without restriction – Dean Cardenas, Art Incorporated, San Antonio, Texas, took home First Place for a framed poster of the Alamo.

“The objective was to take off on the Spanish design elements of the Alamo mission,” Cardenas says. “The ribbon on the liner shows off the festive element of the poster celebrating the yearly Fiesta event.”

Kristen Ling, CPF, A Framer’s Touch, Forest Grove, Ore., took Second Place with a framed whimsical serigraph by artist Rita Orr; and Trevor and Jenny Yates, Just Frame It, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia, took Third Place and Popular Choice with “Rebirth,” a framed image of a Yellow Eastern Robin, a native bird from forests devastated by Australian bushfires in 2009.

“They say a picture tells a thousand words,” Trevor Yates says. “Our job as framers is to present and preserve those images in the best possible way we can.”

Joyce Michels, MCPF, Michels Frames & Things, Saint Robert, Mo., took First Honorable Mention with a framed cut leather design from temple rubbings at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

The Color Wheel Inc., McLean, Va., took High Point First Time Entry; the team comprised Jacinta Porto, CPF; Cyndi Geyer; Katy Lewis; Megan Miller; Steve Jacobs; Hernan Picco; and Victor Suarez.

Mariska Kavich, CPF, Mikki’s Frame Shop, Crossville, Tenn., received a Judges Award for Innovative Design and Hand Painted Finish. Nancy Norcross White from New Creation Picture Framing, Pasadena, Calif., received a Judges Award, sponsored by Vermont Hardwoods, for Best Use of Mouldings in her framed image of a horse. Barb Pelton, MCPF, Artfully Framed in Poplar Bluff, Mo., received a Judges Honors Certificate of Craftsmanship and Excellence for Unity and Design Excellence for her two-sided presentation of an antique Christmas card.

In the PRINT category, all participants framed the same watercolor print, “Heart Rod Guitar” by artist Rod Morris, demonstrating various choices in custom framing design.

Rehfeld’s Art & Framing, Sioux Falls, S.D., took First Place and Popular Choice PRINT awards. The team included Desi Mowry, CPF; Larry Rehfeld, CPF; Crista Saeger; Tim Baltzer; Sande Brosonski; Pat Hager; and Audra Markwed.

Joseph Boutell, CPF, The Source on Lake, Pasadena, Calif., won Second Place. Sarah Beckett, CPF, SB Framing Gallery, Milwaukee, Wis., took Third Place and High Point First Time Entry Judges Award.

Sandy Beeler, CPF, The Frame Shoppe & Gallery, Lafayette, Ind., took First Honorable Mention. Chris Frazee, Art Supply House, Durango, Colo., took Second Honorable Mention and a Judges Honors Certificate for Excellence for Craftsmanship and Wood Finishing. John Nazworth, Pinehurst Gallery, Orange, Texas, took Third Honorable Mention.

Mariska Kavich, CPF, of Mikki’s Frame Shop, Crossville, Tenn., won a Judges Award for use of Green or Reclaimed Products. John Barlowe, The Frame Shop Art Gallery & Gifts, Holland, Ohio, won a Judges Award, sponsored by SoftTouch Solutions, for Innovative Moulding and Frame Creations.

The team from the Great Frame Up, Indianapolis, Ind. – Scott Westphal; Bruce Westphal, CPF; Phil Westphal; John Russell, CPF; and Belinda Short – took a Judges Award, sponsored by Bienfang Products, for Pushing the Limits of Frame Design.

Myrna Dow of High Desert Gallery, Bend, Ore., won a Judges Award, sponsored by Frank’s Fabrics, for Best Use of Fabrics. Deborah J. Hill, MCPF, of Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas, won a Judges Honors Certificate for Excellence and Craftsmanship for Innovation – New Techniques of Mounting and Mat Design.

Images of the custom framed pieces can be viewed under “Competitions” at http://www.ppfa.com.

PPFA hosts a searchable international database of custom framers – including Certified Picture Framers (CPF) and Master Certified Picture Framers (MCPF) – at http://www.findapictureframer.com, where consumers can also enjoy articles about framing artwork, family treasures, children’s art, and memorabilia.

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