Ready Set Go for INDY!!!!!!!


April 16-17
5 PPFA Chapters PRINT and OPEN Competitions this April.

CPF and MCPF Exam offered.

Nelson’s Moulding & Frame 18th Educational Seminar &
Trade Show.

Multi-Chapter PPFA event, open to all picture framers.
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre 31 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Saturday April 16th
PRINT and OPEN Framing Competitions.
CPF exam, registration deadline March 31st
MCPF exam, registration deadline March 31st.

PPFA INDY Meet and Greet Welcome Reception in the evening, everyone is welcome to join!
Cost per person is $20 at the door or via Pay Pal..

$20. PPFA INDY Meet and Greet Ticket.

Sunday April 17th
Nelson’s Moulding and Frame 18th Annual Educational Seminar and Trade Show.

Three Professional Development courses for a total of $35!

1. Creating Contemporary French Mats: hands-on primer for creating and selling contemporary French mats with Mikki Kavich MCPF.
2. Lets Mount Those Medals, proper placement and mounting for medals, patches, flags and clothing, with Joyce Michels MCPF. This classmeets the requirements for MCPF’s Continuing Education Credit and is open to all framers.
3. Capture Eye Catching Images, promote your work with professional photographs for social media with Mark Wallenfang CPF.
Trade Show Vendors
Atlas Saw
Crescent Cardboard
Frame Specialties
Kool Tack
Nielsen Bainbridge
Tru Vue
Urban Ashes
and more to come.

Seminar registration download the Nelson’s PDF form here.

Great Lakes Chapter PRINT and OPEN Competition October 3rd, 2015


The Great Lakes Chapter, including Michigan, Northern Indiana, North West Ohio, is holding it’s 2015 PRINT and OPEN Competition, October 3rd.
Judging will take place at Parrish Fine Framing & Art, 9 Nickels Arcade Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Competition Entries should arrive at least a day before if not sooner. There is a entry fee of $20 per entry, checks payable to Great Lakes PPFA.

Afterwards GLPPFA will meet for a members dinner afterwards, 7 pm and entries will be available for popular choice voting after dinner.

Email us for OPEN and PRINT Entry Forms

To sign up for the members dinner email us at

We still have two PRINTS available, first come first serve, to order one go to it’s not too late!

Nelson’s Moulding 17th Annual Educational Seminar in Traverse City




April=$45 per shop



Another bonus for attending Nelson’s 17th Educational Seminar…..a sheet of coupons that will bring you huge savings on wood chops, metal chops, wood length, glass, foamboard, matboard and supplies!



Take the opportunity to enter our Print Frame Competition! This year we will celebrate our local hero’s.  A hero exemplifies qualities of courage, leadership, special abilities, and models good traits. Enter our Print Competition and you will benefit….
Nelson’s will provide you with a free wood chop for your competition piece.
If you place First, Second, or Third or popular choice you will win a prize.
Nelson’s will put together a Press Release for your competition piece in your local newspaper.
It is a way to personally challenge your skills and talents as a framer.
It is a way for your employees to test their skills and talents as a framer.
You will receive recognition from the judges and your peers.
It is a super way to “show off” your talent when you hang  your competition piece up in your Frame Shop.


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Become a member of the PPFA.  If you have never been a member, or it has been five years since your last membership, you qualify. If you sign up to be a new PPFA member and pay for your membership at the seminar, you will receive a single lite case of museum glass or are you a current member of the PPFA? Then, bring a non-member to the seminar, have them sign up and pay at the seminar, and you will receive a single lite case of museum glass.

It is our honor to once again host the PPFA meeting.
A welcome to representatives of Nielsen and Bainbridge, Crescent, Tru Vue, and Frame Ready. All companies will give an overview of new products and will be available for questions before the seminar and during lunch. Carol Graham, from Frame Ready and a Member of the PPFA Board of Directors, will speak for 30 minutes about the software program that Frame Ready offers.


Carol Graham, FrameReady

This powerpoint presentation focuses on the little things you can do to make your business more efficient and prof- itable.  We’ll start by taking a look at pricing formulas for moulding, matboard and glass. Learn which formulas are better and which to avoid. As well, you will be able to identify where you are at in your evolution of pricing and what is your next step.  We’ll also be taking a look at key pieces of information that you need to know at the time of sale and how they can help.

Michael Pacitti, IDEC, CPF, is publisher of DÉCOR magazine and Show Director for DÉCOR Expo. Michael has worked in the interior design, art, photography and custom framing design industry for more than 25 years. He has been associated with the Color Marketing Group since 1990 and the Color Association of the United States (C.A.U.S)where he has been teaching seminars on color and design to interior designers throughout North America, Europe, and China for 25 years. He has also written numerous articles on color and design and is a professional certified educator with IDEC Interior Design Educators Council, resulting in his accessible style of conducting informative and interactive workshops. An Interactive Color & Design Education: This seminar will focus on color and its effect on trends. You’ll find out how and where stylish and traditional colors have been used in art and framing over the past 100 years., giving you a solid understanding of how to forecast the next big trends. You’ll also discover innovative matting techniques for determining color themes and variations as well as helpful tips for successfully guiding your customers through the color selection process for matting and framing. Recognizing Colors in Period Design will be a powerful tool when working with your customer. Now’s your chance to learn more about the language of color to help you communicate there ideas effectively to your clients, generating more sales for your business.

Diane Iglesias founded Artistic Framing in 2005. She holds a BA in art from Missouri Western State University and has been creating custom picture frames since 2000. Diane lived in Mexico with her husband for years, during which time she became captivated by the rich and colorful culture of the Mexican artisans. She owned a small potter factory that produced her original hand painted designs. Her company grew to 25 employees, exporting her pottery to Argentina and the US. Mat Enhancement: Have you ever been frustrated because you don’t have the exact color you need for a mat, or want a special textured look that isn’t available in a mat board? You will practice a technique that has worked for Diane to solve both these special cases in her “Hands on” Mat Enhancement class. Ultimately, putting your own special “custom” into your custom framing jobs.


The Panel discussion will give everyone an opportunity to share their “up-selling at the counter idea”. These ideas give business owners have the ability to increase profit. Nelson’s challenges each of you to create an idea that will increase profit in your frame shop. Each idea will be presented during the panel discussion and everyone will vote for the best idea. The greatest benefit is that you will share a super idea and receive many other ideas to take back to your frame shop.

The PPFA 2015 Convention website is now live

The PPFA 2015 Convention website is now live, with information about speakers, classes, vendor showcase, keynote luncheon, PPFA member meeting, competition celebration, Chapter Leaders Conference, CPF/MCPF exams and Recertification Course, and more! Registration is through West Coast Art & Frame, but you can read about Registration first on our site then follow the link.

See you all in Vegas!

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This weekend!

Sunday October 19th 2014 Ann Arbor Michigan, Michigan League building University of Michigan central campus                            9 am to 5 pm.  Michigan League

911 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Featuring two classes by Hugh Phibbs,                                                    Former National Gallery of Art Conservator

  1. Hinging that Works for You;  Methyl Cellulose Explained.
  2. Understanding the Components of the Frame.

“Packed with so much new info that even hardened veterans should be able to learn things”



Urban Ashes Open House October 18th

Just added to our weekend, Saturday October 18th, Urban Ashes will be hosting a Open House from 5 to 8:30 pm
Food and drinks provided, we may have works from the PRINT and OPEN available to view after we judge them on the premise.

Urban Ashes New Digs Party

5 1/2 years in the making, Urban Ashes is now hitting its stride and has landed in their new production digs to kick out the finest framing and other wood goods in America. Are we ready to host a party … not really … but it is all in process and we are ready to share our successes and enjoyment with our friends.

Increase your profits with a PPFA membership!


Nelson’s is adding a great incentive to our October 19 meeting. Any new framers who join the PPFA for the trial rate of $95 (at the meeting or renewing memberships) will receive a free sheet of 32 x 40 Tru Vue Museum Glass. Any PPFA member who brings a new member to event will also receive a sheet of Tru Vue Museum glass.

You  would actually make money joining the PPFA!

You can sign up at the meeting, but please let us know you are coming by sending us a RSVP

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