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  • Pat’s Place, Goldedendale, Wash.
  • Photogenic Inc., Chicago, Ill.
  • Sity Communications Inc., Richardson, Texas
  • Stitch and Frame Inc., Lafayette, La.
  • T Distribution of Texas, Houston, Texas
  • Tech Mark Inc., North Little Rock, Ark.
  • ArtiFarti Framing & Gallery, Sale, Victoria, Australia
  • Evonik Cyro, Sanford Maine

Focus on: Sarah Beckett, MCPF

Sarah Beckett
Sarah Beckett

Sarah Beckett

Custom picture framer Sarah Beckett, MCPF, describes her taste as “pretty neutral,” favoring grays, blacks, whites, and taupes.  “I like to take a more minimalist approach, that my customers like,” she explains. “I call it a transitional approach.”
But there’s nothing minimalist about Beckett’s passion for framing, sparked when she was hired by a frame shop in 1995.
It’s been an upward trajectory ever since for the award-winning owner of SB Framing Gallery in Milwaukee, Wis. A long-time member of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), she is a PPFA Chapter President PPFA competition winner, PPFA Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF), and Chair of the PPFA Chapter Relations Committee.
Sarah started her undergrad degree at UW Stevens Point, majoring in Public History with a minor in archaeology, before transferring to Carroll College (now University), graduating in 1995 with degrees in Fine Art and American History.
For the winter of 1994 she interned in the Archives department of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, updating the artwork database – and where she was “wowed” at seeing a Georgia O’Keefe exhibit being put up.
She also worked part-time at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, helping set up the library in the archives department and working in the museum’s gift shop.  “I loved American Civil War history,” she says. “The hand-painted murals in the museum were amazing to watch, and I got to go with a flag conservator into the flag vault and see all the history there.”
After graduating, and unsure of her career goals, she got into framing – hired by U Frame It in Madison, Wis., and taught how to frame, she worked her way to assistant manager before hitting a career ceiling.  She then applied at Eye Level Framing that had recently opened in Madison, working there for six months before becoming co-owner from 2001 to 2007.  In 2007, she decided to branch out on her own, and opened SB Framing Gallery in the arts district of downtown Milwaukee, and started turning a profit within six months.
SB Framing Gallery is slowly diversifying in gifts, including unique photo frames from La Ville, Diane Markin, Bella, Guerrini, American Choice, and David Howell, and photo frames Sarah makes from scrap.  Quick impulse buys are framed postcards of Milwaukee; as well as kugels (glass ornaments) from Iron Art Glass, tiles from Motawi Tiles, and Arts and Crafts prints from Yoshiko Yamamoto and Laura Wilder.
The frame shop is located in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee, where Sarah usually participates in one of the quarterly Gallery Nights held each year. She belongs to the Merchants Association that meets bi-monthly and tries to keep up the Third Ward businesses and interest in the area.
Sarah first joined PPFA when she worked in Madison, in the early 2000s; and earned her Certified Picture Framer (CPF) designation but let it lapse. “When I started my own business in 2007 I decided it was important to have the most up-to-date education in the framing field and rejoined the PPFA and took the CPF exam again,” she says. “I started going to Chapter events, and I enjoyed meeting other framers and talking shop as well as making friends.” She is also a regular participant on the PPFA Framers Corner online forum.
Sarah joined the PPFA Wisconsin Chapter board in 2008, serving as President in 2012, and again this year.  She has enjoyed the annual PPFA Conventions in Las Vegas, concurrent with the West Coast Art & Frame Expo.  “Oh, my goodness, it’s a whirlwind – non-stop classes, PPFA Chapter Leaders Conference, judging for PRINT Competition, trade show, and dinners with friends. But now I have the fever and can’t miss one.”

– By Sheila Pursgolve

A warm welcome to new members of PMA and PPFA


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  • Michael L Wash Photography, Chester, Md.
  • A. I. Friedman.com, New York, N.Y.
  • Avenue Art and Framing, New Orleans, La
  • MyYearLook, Orchard, Wash.
  • Caldwell Galleries, Madison, Conn.
  • Central Trading Co., Fitzgerald, Ga.
  • Elite Medals & Framing,  Sunbury, Victoria
  • Frame Foundry Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Giclee Collective, Topanga, Calif.
  • Michael Rose Photography, Arlington, Mass.


Welcome, new PMA/PPFA members


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Jyoti Digital Studio, Kaithal, Haryana, India

Kamans Art Shoppes, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

LG Electronics, Seocho-gu Seoul, Korea

Taylor Framing, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Texas Botanicals, Kingwood Texas

The Frame Shop & Gallery, Russellville Ark.

Treaty Oak Gallery, Clifton, Texas

West Point Arts & Crafts Center, West Point, N.Y.

Wild Apple Graphics, Woodstock Vt.

Winnicky, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

Z Frame Shop, Truckee, Calif.

Welcome, new members of PMA and PPFA


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  • Hoffmann Machine Co., Valdese, N.C.
  • International Photo Imaging, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • JWP Studio, Gretna, La.
  • Sky’s Services, Cooperstown, N.Y.
  • Smith Frame & Moulding, Bozrah, Conn.
  • Sonya Rodier Framer, St-Lazare, Quebec, Canada
  • Sunset Peak Studio, Pocatello, Idaho
  • Sunshine Frames, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
  • TC Moulding, Madison Heights, Mich.
  • The Talking Wall, White Lake, Mich.

PMA and PPFA welcome new members


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  • Grisler Photography, Reston, Va. PPFA_RGB_150
  • Heil Photography, Lewistown Pa.
  • Hewlett Packard, Ness Zion, Israel
  • Robey, Chicago, Ill.
  • Roma Moulding, Salado Texas
  • SeaDawn Design, Framing & Fine Art, Prineville, Ore.
  • Second Time Round, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Silver Lion Framing Shop, Toronto Ont.
  • Silverstar Art & Frame, Tooele, Utah
  • Sky’s Services, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Welcome, new PMA and PPFA members


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  • Picture Frame Factory Outlet, Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Picture Perfect Frame & Gallery, Palm Coast, Fla.
  • Picture This of Westport, Westport Conn.
  • Picture Worth Custom Framing, Spring, Texas
  • Picturemark Framing, Gowrie, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  • Red Hook Framing Ltd., Red Hook, N.Y.
  • Art and Fun, Spring Texas
  • Coyote Photos, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Foto Meyer Digital Imaging GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • Fotomakers, Duncraig, Washington

PPFA member Herbert Goode of Silver Cloud Galleries shot to death in robbery

This image of Howard Goode appeared in the Chicago Tribune, attributed to Savor Photography
This image of Howard Goode appeared in the Chicago Tribune, attributed to Savor Photography

This image of Howard Goode appeared in the Chicago Tribune, attributed to Savor Photography

Tragic news has been reported by the Chicago Tribune: PPFA member Herbert Goode, owner of Silver Cloud Galleries in Chicago, Ill., was gunned down on Saturday in an apparent robbery. The shooting happened at the factory Goode owned, and where he has worked for the past 30 years.

Goode was a donor to and volunteer for animal welfare organizations, and had been active in local school boards and the Boy Scouts of America, the Chicago Tribune reports. Read more here.

PMA and PPFA welcome new members


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  • Mo’s Art Supply & Framing, Covington, La.
  • Neblett’s Frames, Starkville, Miss.
  • Nevada City Picture Framing & Art Gallery, Nevada City, Calif.
  • New Life Framing Shop, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
  • Painted Pony Gallery, Indianola, Iowa
  • studio219, Asheville, N.C.
  • Williams-Sikes, Round Rock, Texas
  • Art and Fun, Spring, Texas
  • Coyote Photos, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Foto Meyer Digital Imaging GmbH, Berlin, Germany


Focus on: Mark Klostermeyer, MCPF

PMA Treasurer and former PPFA President Mark Klostermeyer, MCPF,  was honored with the PPFA Paul Frederick Distinction for Leadership Award at the PPFA Convention in January.
PMA Treasurer and former PPFA President Mark Klostermeyer, MCPF,  was honored with the PPFA Paul Frederick Distinction for Leadership Award at the PPFA Convention in January.

PMA Treasurer and former PPFA President Mark Klostermeyer, MCPF, was honored with the PPFA Paul Frederick Distinction for Leadership Award at the PPFA Convention in January.

Mark Klostermeyer’s rich baritone contributes to the four-part harmony of the award-winning Alexandria Harmonizers, the Mid Atlantic District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Mark also enjoys a “two-part harmony” in his career – blending together long time participation in PMA and in the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA – a PMA member association).

Currently serving as Treasurer on the PMA National Board, Mark has previously served in different capacities for PMA for several years.

He also served as President of PPFA from 2005-06, and on several national PPFA committees and boards, including Certification, Chapter Relations, and the PPFA Board of Directors. A member of the Oaks Club of past PPFA presidents, he currently serves on the PPFA Advisory Board/Strategic Planning Committee, and is a long-time active member of the National Capital PPFA Chapter. One of the first PPFA members to earn Certified Picture Framer and Master Certified Picture Framer designations, he serves as an MCPF examiner; and as a judge in PPFA Chapter and International framing competitions.

For his sterling work for PPFA, Mark was honored with the Paul Frederick Distinction for Leadership Award at the PPFA Convention in January; the award is named for an early pioneer with the Association.

A native of Lincoln, Neb., who grew up and attended school in Virgina, Mark is a second-generation framer who has enjoyed the opportunity to continue running the family business. Design Frames – the oldest frame shop in Falls Church, Va. – has been in business for nearly half a century, and Mark and his staff offer award-winning frame designs, lacing of needlework, photo restoration and antique preservation.

“Framing is very rewarding because it allows us to take a piece from a customer and return it looking better than when they brought it in – seeing that customer’s reaction is wonderful and never gets old,” he says.

Since becoming involved with PMA, photography has become a very important part of his store’s bottom line.  “We first started offering photo restoration after attending my first PMA Convention,” he explains. “Then, after establishing a relationship with a lab, I started offering printing and enlargement services. It’s important to differentiate our store from all the other businesses out there, so it’s become somewhat of a mission to show that photos can be presented in something other than white mats and black frames. Canvas transfers, metallic prints, oversize prints, multi-prints are all areas we’re offering right now.”

Design Frames has belonged to PPFA/PMA for over a quarter century. “Membership allows me to keep up with industry trends and to interact with industry peers,” Mark says. “My business has improved with my relationship with PMA/PPFA – it’s so intertwined I can’t imagine one without the other. My hope for PMA/PPFA is that it will always be in forefront of our industries, helping to lead the way in the success of all of our members.”

Two highlights of his year are the PMA and PPFA Conventions, as well as attending workshops and seminars at PPFA National Capital Chapter events and regional PMA events. “Education is the soul of any Association – it’s not only a way to pass on the learned lessons of an industry to a new generation, but also maintains enthusiasm in our current members,” he says. “Every Convention I’ve attended there are new things I’ve learned to make my business better, such as dealing with social networks and tricks using various software systems. This year’s classes and educators, as always were excellent.”

Mark is looking forward to PMA’s The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles in May – which also will feature the PPFA framing area, “Take It To The Wall.”

“The Big Photo Show is an opportunity to showcase all things photo to the general public,” he says.  “This is the second year for the show and we’re very excited to see the enthusiasm that’s being generated. Last year, ‘Prosumers’ were not only able to see first hand the latest in cameras, lens, and accessories but were also able to buy them off the floor from local retailers.  In addition, they participated in workshops and demonstrations learning how to improve their photography skills with additional information available at PMA members’ stores.  Our plan is to take ‘The Big Photo Show’ on the road as a way to reach out to the huge market of photo enthusiasts and drive business back to our members.”

Mark has enjoyed singing with the Alexandria Harmonizers for over 30 years; the group has had the honor to perform all over the world, from the Kennedy Center, and the White House to Toronto, Beijing, China, and later this year in Normandy, France, and in Cologne, Germany. “One of the highlights was singing “Stars and Stripes Forever” on the Great Wall of China while a group of locals cheered us on,” he says. “It was a truly a ‘once in a lifetime’ day.”

– By Sheila Pursglove