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PPFA Framing Competition Goes Digital

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New this year—the first stage of the PPFA International Print and Open Framing Competition will be via digital images, making it easy for members of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) to enter, no matter where they live and work.

The competition board is excited for the new format," said PPFA Competition Board Chair Robin Gentry, MCPF. "The competition is a great way to showcase your framing and design expertise. It’s a great time to design a piece which could not only win national acclaim but also provide an excellent sample to display in your shop."

Chris Paschke, CPF, GCF, PPFA’s digital coordinator, explained, "With PPFA membership expanding around the world, the new format will easily allow all our members to take part during the digital online qualification."

The competition has been set up to initially target design aspects rather than the detailed technical aspects of hands-on visual examination previously done at chapter levels. The technical expertise and detailed examination of each of the top 50 pieces will then be judged at the finals, held during the PPFA 2018 Annual Convention at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo, next January in Las Vegas.

The competition is one of the most prestigious in the framing industry, and is generously sponsored by several vendors, including Frameready by SoftTouch Solutions, Framerica, Frameware Inc., Frank’s Fabrics, Larson Juhl, Picture Framing Magazine, Tru Vue, Urban Ashes, and Vermont Hardwoods.

For complete information on the 2017-2018 application, and to purchase the "SunDappled II" print on metal, visit www.ppfa.com. The Open competition is the framer’s choice of image or object. The deadline to enter is Aug. 15, and judging will be completed by Dec. 1.

The top 50 qualifiers in the Open and Print categories will receive information on how to enter the finals and ship their framed piece(s) to the PPFA Convention. The registration deadline is Dec. 31. Any questions can be emailed to competition@ppfa.com.


Museum Glass® Price Lowered
Custom framers should begin to see reduced pricing on Museum Glass® from their distributors as a result of efficiencies. To support custom framers with this new pricing, Tru Vue is launching an educational program on its blog at www.tru-vue.com to help custom frame shop owners leverage this price decrease to benefit their businesses and their customers.

This series of articles from industry experts will cover a range of topics related to selling premium glazing, including strategies for pricing, increasing sales and demand for Museum Glass, and employee training.

"Tru Vue is committed to the success of our customers and the industry as a whole," said Jen Gramm, director of marketing for Tru Vue. "Working with a team of industry educators, we want to show custom framers the many ways they can use this new development to strengthen their businesses"

The price decrease has no impact on the high standards of Museum Glass, including recent improvements which made the product eraser to clean, more durable and ripple free.


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Moldurarte Invited to an International Fair
Moldurarte has been invited to the International Fair of Machines, Raw Materials, and Accessories for the Furniture Industry, which consolidates promising partnerships, provides business prospects, and promises good learning opportunities. For more information, visit moldurarte.com.br.


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Framerica’s Filan Celebrates 5 Years 
Mike Filan, Framerica’s controller and a MENSA member, recently celebrated five years with the moulding manufacturer. "Mike has been phenomenal from day one," notes Josh Eichner, executive vice president of Framerica. "He is one of the brightest accounting minds in our industry—allowing us to be a more efficient and value-added source for our customers. We are lucky to have him." For more information, call 800-372-6422 or visit www.Framerica.com.


 

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