PMA transfers ownership of PPFA to Monarch Expositions

PMAlogo_CMYK_smallThis week, PMA has achieved another exciting goal — transferring ownership of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), which has been a PMA organization for about 15 years, to Monarch Expositions, effective immediately. Monarch Expositions is owned by Deborah Salmon and Bruce Gherman, principals of the West Coast Art & Frame Expo and publishers of Picture Framing Magazine.

The past several months have been a time of significant transition for PMA. It has always been PMA’s goal to provide an excellent level of service to all our members. After a long period of gathering information and analyzing the best ways for us to serve our membership, the PMA Board of Directors voted in May on new strategic initiatives for PMA.

Because the newly established strategic initiatives are directing us to focus our full attention on our core members – businesses in the photo imaging space – we made the decision to look at other avenues to ensure PPFA members would be well served and have their needs catered going forward.

We could not have asked for a better new home for PPFA than Monarch Expositions. PMA has partnered with the leadership of this excellent organization for the past few years, co-locating the PPFA conference with the West Coast Art & Frame Expo and National Convention. Just as the photography industry is PMA’s core focus, the framing industry is theirs. We are very confident this move is in the best interest of both PMA and PPFA members.

A membership in PPFA has always been a subset of membership in PMA. For that reason, current PPFA members will remain PMA members, and be afforded all PMA membership rights and benefits, for the duration of their current membership year. All PPFA membership rights and benefits are now being administered by Monarch Expositions.

What does this mean for your PMA membership? This agreement allows our resources—both staff and fiscal—to be directed solely to you, our core members. As we look to build a new PMA, we will tailor our events, programs and services to businesses specifically in the photo imaging industry, giving you the resources you need for your business to thrive.

We recognize several PPFA members are involved in both the photography industry and the framing business. For those in that category, we are joining with Monarch Expositions to create a special discounted package for dual membership in both organizations. More information about this membership arrangement will be forthcoming.

As always, thank you for your support of and membership in PMA. We look so forward to the thrilling future that lies ahead!

2015 PPFA Annual Convention surpasses goals

PPFA_RGB_150Several hundred members of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) returned from the annual PPFA Convention, held Jan. 25-28, 2015, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, with new framing techniques and design ideas, marketing and business advice, connections with long-time friends and many new contacts from the worldwide framing community of retailers and suppliers.

For the fourth consecutive year, the PPFA Convention was hosted by the West Coast Art & Frame Expo/The National Conference, the largest annual show in the custom picture framing industry.

The PPFA Convention offered introductory to high-level educational sessions, with emphasis on framing techniques and designs to attract more customers. Networking events included the annual Welcome Reception & Vendor Showcase, a sneak peek of products offered at the trade expo.


Keynoter Suzanne Smeaton

Frame historian Suzanne Smeaton delivered a sparkling luncheon keynote address, as well as an education session; and was joined in the PPFA educator line up by several industry experts.

A major highlight of the event was the International OPEN and PRINT framing competition, with entries displayed on a gallery wall near the PPFA booth. Winners received checks and ribbons during the PPFA Member Meeting, an event that also included the Chapter Volunteer, Service, Leadership and Lifetime Achievement awards; introduction of the 2015-16 PPFA International Board of Directors; and recognition of many volunteer committee and task force members as well as outgoing board members.

The framing competition is always a highlight of the PPFA Convention

The framing competition is always a highlight of the PPFA Convention

Exams and courses for the Certified Picture Framer (CPF) and Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designations were offered, along with a Recertification Course; and a course was held for those interested in becoming PPFA competition judges.

In addition, PPFA Chapter Leaders from chapters in the U.S., Canada and Australia/New Zealand enjoyed a half-day conference of their own.

Members also relaxed with social activities, including breakfast meetings, a Chinese dinner, and an evening of bowling.

“We’ve had wonderful feedback from our members, who agree this was our best Convention to date,” said PPFA President Robin Gentry, MCPF. “Our keynote speaker, Suzanne Smeaton, was excellent, our education sessions were top-notch, the competition entries were beautiful, and the always popular Welcome Reception & Vendor Showcase was another huge networking success. We all went home inspired, reconnected with our framing community and looking forward to a successful year ahead for our members.”

Plans for another outstanding PPFA Convention in 2016 are under way. PPFA also holds regional events throughout the year.

PPFA honors 2015 Award Winners


The Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) honored the following members during the PPFA Member Meeting, held January 25 at the PPFA 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

PPFA President Robin Gentry, MCPF, presented the winners with their respective awards:

PPFA Lifetime Achievement Award: John Ranes II, CPF, GCF, The Frame Workshop of Appleton, Inc., Appleton, Wis.
A Certified Picture Framer and Guild Certified Framer, John Ranes owns The Frame Workshop of Appleton, Inc. in Appleton, Wis., with his wife, Sarah. Their shop has won over 90 framing competition awards, and has long claimed the title of “The most award winning frame shop.” The shop is an excellent example of Ranes’ expertise on marketing, promotion and diversifying into gift and accessory sales; and Ranes was an early pioneer in the framing industry to focus on marketing on-line.

A PPFA member for 36 years, Ranes has served as Vice President of the Upper Midwest Chapter in Minnesota and served three terms as a board member of the Wisconsin Chapter where he was an originating member. He served three years on the PPFA National Board of Directors and has served on the PPFA Education committee, the Long- Range planning committee, and the Advisory committee. Ranes has presented mat cutting classes and seminars in over 15 different countries, and is a global ambassador making tremendous efforts in bridging the gap between the US and European/International framing communities.

He has been one of the top educators and consultants for PPFA, the West Coast Art & Frame show, Décor Magazine and Expos, Fletcher-Terry, Tru-Vue, and Picture Framing Magazine and has assisted distributors around the country with educating customers at Open Houses events/
Ranes travels and visits other frame shops, seeking out ideas and sharing his own insights. This past year, he chronicled several shops and shared their stories in social media.

PPFA Paul Frederick Distinction for Leadership Award: Cliff Wilson, MCPF, Framed In Tatnuck, Worcester, Mass.
After 25 years in the computer industry, including years as the Director of Color Management for Eastman Kodak and Vice President of Engineering for a couple of companies, Cliff Wilson started Framed In Tatnuck in 2002 and has been building and improving the Best Frame shop in Worcester, Mass., ever since.

A long time PPFA member, he has been an active member of the New England Chapter, served as president, and held other offices. He has been an active participant in starting programs that he eventually put into place during his service on the National Board. His involvement at the national level has included the Nominating committee, Consumer Awareness committee, and Membership committee. He was instrumental in the development of the PPFA Member Advantage Program that he started in his New England chapter and brought to an international membership package.

A Master Certified Picture Framer, and an instructor at the national and chapter level, Wilson is known for his generosity and sincere regard for sharing information, ideas and techniques. He is a member of the Framers Corner Moderator team and contributes to questions and topics on the Forum, offering valuable information and insight.

PPFA Service Award: Greg Norris, CPF, Huntington Hall of Frames, Huntington, WV
Owner of Huntington Hall of Frames for two decades, during his past 10 years with PPFA, Greg Norris has been active in his Tri-State Chapter, including service as president. A Certified Picture Framer, he currently serves as a Director on the PPFA Board. He has been an integral part of the Membership Committee, leading to the new PPFA Member Advantage program of discounts from PPFA suppliers for members. An active member of the Chapter Relations Committee, he has worked tirelessly on the Chapter reorganization. He is a moderator and Board liaison on the Framers Corner forum, one of the most valuable member resources.

PPFA Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award: Cathy Coggins, Needle Craft World, Kissimmee, Fla.
An active member and board member of the Southeast Chapter, Cathy Coggins was instrumental in organizing and coordinating last Fall’s Framefest in Florida, a huge success that required many hours of preparation. She worked tirelessly to include all framers from across the industry, and to provide a welcoming environment for vendors to display products and meet new and current clients. A member of the PPFA Membership Committee and Chapter Relations Committee, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of PPFA and her Chapter.

Awards were also presented to outgoing PPFA Board of Directors members: Immediate Past President John Pruitt, CPF; Treasurer Mike Drury, MCPF; and Director David Lantrip, MCPF, GCF; and former PPFA Executive Elaine Truman  received an award.

“Congratulations to all of our PPFA Award winners,” says PPFA President Robin Gentry, MCPF. “PPFA is made up of many caring individuals who give freely of their time and expertise to grow the picture framing profession. A big thanks to these very deserving award winners for all they do for our association and our profession.”

The Awards and Recognition Committee is chaired by Linda Wassell, MCPF; with Adela Davis, MCPF; Harry Gaston, CPF; Meghan MacMillan, MCPF; and Anthony Tremonto, and PPFA Board liaison Carol Graham.

Robert Gulf, owner of Knollwood Art Frames in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., framed the awards. Larson Juhl donated the frames and Museum Glass.

Welcome, new members of PMA and PPFA

Let’s welcome more than two dozen new members to PMA and PPFA!




Arca-Swiss Int, Tempe, AZ,

Barbara Stewart Interiors, Bowling Green, KY

Bennett, Colton, CA

Bloom Schools, Denver, CO,

Brain Freeze Design, Wichita, KS,

Brandy’s Custom Framing, Saginaw, MI

D Pratt Framer LLC, Kittery, ME

David Topping Photography & Custom Framing, Lakewood, CO

Don Taylors Photography, Los Alamos, NM,

E&Y Inc, South Hackensack, NJ,

Fire & Water Studio Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV

Flying Dog Arts, Carbondale, CO,

Fotografen Online Service GmbH /, Berlin, Germany

Frame by Frame Gallery Inc, Tampa, FL

Groove Framing & Decor LLC, Henderson, CO

JAJ Photo, Forest Hill, MD,

Johnny D’s Custom Picture Framing, Hemet, CA

KAFN Studio, Lane Cove North, NSW, Australia

Lise’ Sweet Inc, Englewood, CO,

Meeker Media Corp, Sugar Land, TX,

Northwest Framing, Seattle, WA

Resort Photography, Saint Ignace, MI,

Stoll Custom Framing, Berkeley, CA

Sylvain Latour Photographe, Laval, QC, Canada

The Village Frame Shop, Pawling, NY

Yellow Dog Art and Frame, Johnston, IA

Welcome, new members of PMA and PPFA

Let’s welcome more than two dozen new members to PMA and PPFA!




4 Corners Matting & Framing, Creston, BC, Canada

A Frame Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Ampersand Projects, Lambertville, NJ

Artisan Frames, New Braunfels, TX

Big Apple Art Gallery, New York, NY

Bisaros Pharmacy, Panania, NSW, Australia

Bridgetowne Framing Gallery, Wauwatosa, WI

Candidshooter Photography, Hesperia, CA,

Colette’s Custom Framing, Kailua Kona, HI

Croft’s Photographic Services, Longview, TX,

Custom Picture Framing of Brownsburg, Brownsburg, IN, Ormeau, QLD, Australia

Framing By Jason LLC, Minneapolis, MN

Galleria Z-Custom Picture Framing & Beyond, Nacogdoches, TX

Gatlin’s Framing and Photography, New Bedford, MA

John Stalowy Productions LLC, Bigfork, MT,

Lowell Gallery, Lowell, MA

Mix Camera Werx, Gilbert, AZ,

Mount & Frame, San Diego, CA

Rancho Art and Frame, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Sandcastles Custom Framing, San Diego, CA

Traditions Framing, Kalamazoo, MI

Walden Framer, Lexington, MA

Wyman Frame, Oklahoma City, OK