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PPFA Releases ‘PRINT’ for 2020-21 Competition

The 2020-21 PPFA Competition PRINT is a handmade book, “Devoted Thoughts about Dogs,” by Plee (Penny Tucker) with a soft wrap-around leather cover of natural taupe (suede side out), a contrasting tie, and metal paw print charm as a latch.

The book measures 2 1/2'' x 3” x 3/4'' closed, 7'' x 3'' x 2 1/4'' open and laid flat. It has six hand-stitched 10-page signatures and two decorative end papers for a total of 62 pages of dog images and quotes from notable figures like Elizabeth Taylor and Charles De Gaulle. Photos and quotes are on warm ecru paper and each signature has translucent pages of white silk, threaded mulberry, and natural speckled kozo Asian accent papers.

This 3D object challenge may be framed any way you feel best presented: open, closed, flat, slanted, vertical, horizontal, floated, hung, or a versatile frame allowing for book access. You are not limited to a single book, but the visual concentration is the book. The PRINT sponsor is FrameTek, developer and maker of FrameSpace and EconoSpace.

As always, framers can also enter the OPEN category with a project of their choice. Entry begins as a Digital Competition, making it easy for PPFA members around the world to take part. Entries are submitted online with three photos and an electronic description entry form. All entries are judged electronically by three accredited/approved PPFA judges.

The Top 50 qualifiers in the digital round will be invited to ship their physical entry to the January 2021 International Framing Competition Finals at the PPFA Convention/WCAF Expo in Las Vegas. Entries will be judged by a new set of three accredited/approved PPFA judges and displayed on a competition gallery wall at the WCAF Expo, and be eligible for Popular Choice voting by attendees.

Purchase the $40 PRINT at A receipt and instructions will be emailed regarding entry procedures and details for uploading of your entry form and images. Any questions can be emailed to

Bella Moulding Announces Creations Contest Winner


Amy Sullivan of Sullivan Framing in Bedford, NH, was named the grand-prize winner in the autumn round of Bella Moulding’s quarterly design competition, “Creations.” As the winner, Sullivan was hosted by the moulding company at the 2020 WCAF Expo in Las Vegas this past January.

Honorable mentions for that round of the contest went to Kathleen Connaughton of Hollywood Frame Gallery, Ben Morrison of Relics Frameworks, and Kristina Knowski of SFC Gallery.

Sullivan’s winning entry was described as a tidal wave of creative custom fine art and framing. Her customer was inspired by a Prisma moulding display and commissioned a piece by artist Sandra Kavanaugh to coordinate with Prisma Ocean Blue. The canvas was fit into a floater frame that Sullivan capped in Prisma. The result was a dynamic glow from the finished product as the Prisma caught the light standing out from the wall.

Entries into Bella’s Creations competition must show creative use of a Bella or Prisma product. The popular vote winner in each quarter receives free products and is entered for a chance to win the grand prize—a free trip to the upcoming 2021 WCAF Expo.

The call for entries will be in March, May, July, and October this year. For more information, call 888-248-6545, contact, or like and follow @bellamoulding on social media.


Framerica Celebrates Karen Goldman’s Twentieth Anniversary 

Karen Goldman, Framerica’s in-house frame designer, recently celebrated two decades with the New York-based manufacturer.

“Karen is a fabulous person and a true artisan,” notes VP Josh Eichner. “Her attention to detail and framing skills are unmatched.” For more information, call 800-372-6422 or visit

Framing Community Mourns Loss of Pat Bradley


Longtime PPFA member Pat Bradley, CPF, of Bradley’s Art & Frame in Houston, TX, died Jan. 6 at the age of 79.

Born in Chicago, Bradley graduated from Ray High School in Corpus Christi, TX, and attended the University of Houston. She and her husband, Bill, founded Bradley’s Art & Frame in 1970, opening a small shop; two years later, they moved into a 1,200-square-foot space.

Bradley ran the shop during the day and went home to care for the couple’s children at night, while her husband kept his day job, coming to the shop at night to make frames. In 1976, he quit his day job and the couple doubled the size of their shop. Within six months, they hired their first employee, and moved to a brand-new building in 1987. The business expanded to its current 5,000 square feet in 1998.

Bradley was responsible for administration and marketing, writing the company newsletter, and sharing her more than 40 years of experience with customers at the front desk. She researched and developed many of the techniques used on framing textiles (needlework and clothing). She shared these techniques with other framers in the many workshops she taught.

Bradley, along with her husband, was very involved in their local PPFA chapter. Among her accomplishments was her tenure on the original certification committee, which developed the first certified picture framer (CPF) exam.

In 1993, the couple was honored with a Paul Frederick Award of Distinction for Leadership. They also received a PPFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

National Conference Instructor’s Work Featured in Exhibition


A photograph by multimedia artist and National Conference instructor Barrie Lynn Bryant will be featured in the 2020 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition in Cheyenne, WY, through the summer.

Bryant, who also contributes articles to PFM, was notified earlier this year by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon that his photograph, “Moon Setting Over the Hernandez’s,” would be featured in the exhibition. The early-winter morning photograph, a 14'' x 21'' archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper, depicts a lone residence that sits on the outskirts of town near the open range just outside of Bryant’s frame making studio in Kirby, WY. The title is a reference to Ansel Adams’ iconic 1941 black and white photograph, “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.”

The exhibition began Feb. 20 and will hang in the Wyoming State Capitol Extension in Cheyenne until Aug. 13.

Bryant’s participation in this exhibition and other art events is supported by grants from Wyoming Arts Council with funding from National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the exhibition, contact the Wyoming State Museum at 307-777-7022.

Italian Trade Show Postponed in Light of Coronavirus Outbreak

FamaArt 2020, originally scheduled to take place late last month, has been postponed until October due to the recent worldwide outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), trade show organizers said.

BolognaFiere Group, which runs the FamaArt show, said in a recent release that the postponement was made “in light of orders issues by the Italian government and health authorities following the coronavirus emergency.” The show was slated to take place March 26-28, but is now scheduled for October 8-10 in Bologna, Italy.

“We are sure you will understand that the situation is due to circumstances beyond our control,” the company added in the release. “We are looking forward to welcoming you to FamaArt.”

A leading European trade show for the art and picture framing industry, FamaArt offers moulding, artwork, glass, machinery, and other industry products and equipment from an international lineup of exhibitors. For more information on the show, visit


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