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Offering picture frames, posters, art and more for over 30 years! www.frameusa.com has a great selection, low prices, fast delivery and friendly staff.

At Frame USA, we champion our craft. We make all of our art, frames, and more inside our warehouse. All wood frames produced from Frame USA are 100% made in America! We take great pride with that because not only are we able to produce everything in house, we are still able to offer highly competitive prices.

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Framing Art – From Literal to Abstract

Framing has many different meanings and many uses as terminology, spanning from artistic photographs/photographic cropping, reflective framed surfaces, and of course, picture framing itself. Exploring the art of framing is diverse and complicated, but an interesting obervation of what framing has meant in the past and what it means today.

Set in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, this exhibit aims to explore the meaning of framing in both a past and present sense. This exhibit is hosted by Cornell’s History of Art majors, showing that these students not only study the history behind the art, but the artistic perspective itself. You can find out more about Cornell and this gallery at the link provided below.

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Students at Cornell discuss all the meanings of framing as it relates to art.

 

To learn more about art framing, you can visit our blog archive on the subject here.

Source: Cornell Chronicle

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Selecting Art and Picture Frames for your Business

Choosing office decor may not be as simple as you think – interior decorating says volumes about your business.

For those with a business that sees plenty of through-traffic such as hotels, restaurants, marketing firms, cafes or studios: art and interior design are a major selling point of what your business entails.

Let’s start with the hotel example. Think of a time where you have stayed in a nice resort, or maybe a refreshing getaway where the artwork matched the theme of the surrounding environments. Of course, the focus of any average getaway hotel is ambience and design over the importance of displayed content, but the chosen wall decor of your business will undoubtedly be noticed at some point by your guests and clientele.

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A design by Process5. This restaurant features interesting, but not distracting, artwork for guests to view while waiting for their meal. The large framed mirrors are meant to show off the food as art when brought to the table. See the full article here.

So what sorts of wall art would fit your company the most? Consider your target audience, and who will be viewing this art the most (aside from yourself, of course!) If you specialize in design or architecture, perhaps displaying blueprints and sketches would be a great way to capitalize on your wall space. For restaurants, photos of famous/local celebrities eating at your establishment make interesting conversation pieces. Other ideas include photos of the owner, the establishment during construction, group photos of your staff and visually interesting products that your business sells.

If your line of business doesn’t work with much imagery (and chances are, it does to some extent) you can always find related imagery to frame and display. For instance, if you are a dog groomer, you could post a fun bulletin board with pictures of various dogs you’ve groomed over the year. You could also post artistic images of barber salons, dog photography, or imagery that fits your brand. You don’t have to limit yourself to subject matter so long as the imagery supports the branding of your business in some way.

In closing, the decor of your business space is meant not only to demonstrate what your business is all about, but to help convert more sales. The customer or client is already in your office, so you don’t need to go to great lengths to impress them. Let your wall art and branding encourage them to trust you with their business.

Do you have any examples of an extremely well-designed business space? Leave a comment below and let us know! For our Business/Wholesale service, click here to fill out our custom quote form. We’ll let you know how we can help!

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Why Choose Frame USA For Your Picture Frames

Why Frame USA, Inc?   We are operating our business from an 85,000 square foot building in Cincinnati, Ohio that started making picture frames about 20 years ago.   From this building we have about 70 employees that work hard everyday to create Raving Fan Customers.    Why should you try Frame USA, Inc. for your picture frame needs?

Picture Frame Moulding First of all it’s the moulding.   Every single component of our picture frames is manufactured in the United States from a range of several manufacturers.  Many of you heard about buying American Made Products on ABC’s made in American Segment last year—we were featured.   In house we have close to 2 million feet of moulding in stock to take care of almost any picture frame need you have.   The variety is substantial.

We offer an almost unlimited number of Wood Picture Frame choices, many of them are eco- friendly.  Whether a simple black picture frame design or something more complicated and elegant or something to go in the living room Frame USA has choices for you.   The beauty of these choices are that the frames come in 33 standard sizes, almost ready to hang, or they can be ordered in custom sizes that you need for a special project.

We also have a wide range of metal frames, in many different colors which are some of our top selling picture frames.    The beauty of metal is it fits nicely in offices, banks, and is great for a permanent gallery display that you might offer from a group of college or high school artists.  The suitability of metal frames for any given project never changes.

Shadow Box Frames On top of wood and metal frames we make what we believe is the best Shawdow Box frame in the United States when comparing price to value.   This frames are meticulously crafted by our framing experts and the frames we offer for framing Athletic Jerseys are top notch.   We also offer everything from simple and inexpensive poster frames (some people say cheap poster frames) to our budget and economy lines of frames. A price-point for every buyer is available.

If your company is having a BIG event and needs some kind of a promotional frame or award you must consult with Frame USA about our award-winning plaques and laser-engraved frames.  We’ve handled huge corporate requests from sports teams, weddings, special events.   Let us help you capitalize on your logo, your name, your event.

Wholesale Picture Frames

On top of our great selection the real benefit to buying from Frame USA is that you get real wholesale pricing.   These are not fake wholesale prices that some people call “wholesale pricing” these are real wholesale prices.    Look around on the internet and you’ll find that there is hardly anyone even close to us in terms of price.    We also offer a wide range of closeout frames—these are extra over-runs and seconds.   You can get some serious deals on these frames at www.framecloseouts.com.   Also a list of what we have in stock ready to ship today can be found at www.frameusafastship.com.

Thanks for taking a look at www.frameusa.com.

Frame on!

 

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How To Properly Hang Your Picture frames

First determine where you would like to hang which pieces.  Are you someone who likes eclectic surroundings mixing frame styles and sizes; or do you want to keep all the family photos in one area, creating a welcoming collage?  Do you have one large main focal piece that hangs above the couch or in a more formal dining room?  Are you hanging pictures up the stairwell?  If you are unsure as to where you’d like to put a particular piece, try just placing the framed piece/s in that area and see if all the surroundings compliment the piece/s to give you the desired effect you are looking to create.

You’ll need a pencil, a tape measure, wall hanging hardware, any other tool you need for the type of wall hanging hardware you purchased such as a hammer or drill; a level, and if possible a “picture hanging helper”.  If your artwork didn’t come with the wire already attached to your picture frame; refer to the last part of the this article to install the hanger yourself.

Now to determine the height at which you’d like your piece to hang.  In general the piece should be at eye level.  Meaning once the framed artwork is on the wall, you should be able to stand in front of the piece with your head level, your gaze should fall just about in the center or just below the center of the artwork.  If you have a helper; have them hold the piece against the wall while you stand back a few feet and determine your optimal viewing height.  Once you get this, take a pencil and lightly mark on the wall where the bottom of the frame is.  (If you don’t want to mark your wall use a piece of painter’s tape, and lay the tape edge to the bottom of the frame.)  Place the bottom of the frame on the floor, either lean your frame against the wall or have your helper hold the frame for you.  Find the center of the hanging wire and use your finger to pull the hanging wire toward the top of the frame so all the slack is taken out of the wire.  Using a tape measure, measure the distance from the bottom of the frame to where your finger is holding the wire taught.   From the bottom of the frame mark, measure up the distance from the bottom of the frame to the wire and put an X on the wall; this is the spot you will be putting the wall hardware into the wall.  Follow the instructions provided with the type of wall hardware you purchased to properly secure it into the wall.  Now you can erase the bottom of the frame mark.  If your piece is light enough for you to handle on your own, hold the hanging wire in one hand and the bottom of the frame in the other.  Lift the frame towards the wall and wall hanger and use the hand holding the hanging wire to help guide your wire securely onto the wall hanger.  (You can follow the same steps even if you have a picture frame with a sawtooth hanger instead of a wire.)  If your piece is too large and awkward to handle yourself; have your helper hold the frame while you guide the wire onto the wall hanger.  Once you got the wire onto the wall hanger, use a level (or smartphone level app) to level your piece on the wall.  Now is time for the best part, stand back and enjoy your framed art!

A useful tip for hanging multiple frames for a collage type of a look; is to measure your frames’ widths and heights and cut matching pieces of newspaper.  Then with a little bit of tape, arrange your paper “frames” on the wall.  When doing a collage, try to make the spacing in between each frame as close to symmetrical as possible; or at least visually pleasing to you.  If you take some time during this paper mock up stage and make sure all the papers are level; you should be able to mark where on the wall your hangers should go.  Mark the vertical center of each piece of paper; then find the distance from the bottom of each frame to their hanging wires; mark that on the paper.  Where your vertical line and that  wire mark meet, is where you will want to put your wall hanger.

When selecting what kind of wall hanging hardware to use; you must take into consideration a few things:

1. What type of material is the wall you are planning to use made out of?  Make sure you get wall hardware appropriate for that type of material.

2. How heavy is your piece?  Most wall hanging hardware have sizes designed for certain pound ranges; select one rated for the picture frame you intend to hang.  If in doubt, go for a stronger hanger.

For additional reference on how to hang your frames:

If you are a “DIY” type of person and use your creativity to frame your photos and artwork yourself, you may find yourself unclear on the hanging hardware on the back of the frame.  If you are able to choose what type of hanger to put onto your frame, a set of D-rings/eyelets and wire combo is a great option.  Wire hangers can hold more weight so they are more secure than a sawtooth, especially for frames larger than 11×14.  If you are using a sawtooth hanger, lay your piece face-down on a flat surface (recommend putting a towel down to protect the frame surface from possibly getting marred) and find the center of the picture.  Place the sawtooth at this spot (generally aim for the middle of moulding) and using a hammer gently tap the sawtooth in place.  Attaching a wire hanger takes a few more steps.  First, install the D-rings/eyelets.  Lay your picture frame face down (again recommend putting a towel down).  On one of the sides of the frame, measure about 1/3rd of the way down from the top of the frame and mark that spot.  Measure this same distance on the other side of the frame and mark it.  Try to aim for the center of the moulding when making these marks.  Screw the D-rings/eyelets into the frame at these marks, the D part of the ring faces in towards the middle.  Run the wire through both D-rings/eyelets, with equal amounts of wire sticking out of each D-rings/eyelets.  Secure the wire to one of D-rings/eyelets by bending the wire back over the D-ring/eyelet twice and the wrapping it back around itself several times.  Repeat on the other side; but before securing the wire, make sure your wire has just a little “give” to it; you don’t want your wire too tight OR loose.  Now, you’re ready to get that picture frame onto the wall and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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Wood Picture Frame Tips: Ready Made Frames

One of our customer’s favorite qualities about Frame USA? Our frames aren’t just at a lower price point than our competitors, the frames also come to you ready-made. No assembly required. Sounds like a novel concept, right? Buy a frame, have it sent to you and ready to use.

Unfortunately, not all online framing companies send picture frames completely assembled by the time they hit your doorstep. Sometime’s there’s assembly required, and it’s not always easy to assemble. You may also be told that this makes the frames cheaper for both consumer and business. At Frame USA, however, we like to break those trends. We know that having your frames ready-made and ready to hang is important–just as important, in fact, as a low cost.

See the video below, where our CEO Dan Regenold covers our Wood Frame assembly and what you can expect from a wood picture frame from Frame USA!

Interested? Fill out a custom quote today!

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Closeout Picture Frame Sale!

Using FrameCloseouts.com has plenty of great benefits and is a great solution for many of our customers… But the model may not be for everybody. Here are three reasons why Frame Closeouts might be right up your alley.

 

1. Lowest frame prices on the web.

If you need a lot of frames and don’t have the money to buy from our wholesale website, then FrameCloseouts.com is your place to go.  Whether you’re a budding photographer or looking for some cheap frames to turn a profit on in your store, you won’t find better deals anywhere else (Especially if you shop during one of our site-wide or wood color sales!)

2. Thousands of popular sizes in stock.

We have thousands of popular sizes in stock — 8×10′s, 5×7′s, 11×17′s… You name it, we have it. Frame Closeouts does not have any options for custom framing, but we can always take care of that for you on our main website.

However, for most art and photography, FrameCloseouts.com will have every size you want at the prices you need. Be sure to stop by the website and check out the deals of what we have in stock!

3. Fast shipping.

Having so many frames in our Closeouts department also means that there is less production time involved. While most of our products are made to order, pre-assembled closeout frames only need to be packed and shipped!

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Sale may be extended. (But the only way to be sure to save is to shop now!)

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Visionaries and Voices Celebrates 7 Years of Outsider Art

Frame USA Hosts V+V’s 7th Year Anniversary

Our retail store located in Cincinnati, Ohio is a proud home to one of the best non-profit art projects and studios in the area. As many of you know, Frame USA hosts a studio for Visionaries and Voices: a non-profit organization dedicated to providing artists with disabilities a chance to develop personally, creatively and professionally. We provide them a space for creating art, selling art and exhibiting art in multiple locations. As far as non-profit organizations go, it’s one we’ve partnered with and appreciated to no end!

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Our poster sales representative, David Estep, stands with Candi Branham, artist of our recently-licensed poster of her art.

 

On May 2, Visionaries and Voices celebrated their 7th anniverary of being a non-profit at our retail store location. The night held a number of events, from auctioning off art to live music and digital imagery. As an art exhibition, the event sold 31 pieces of art and made a lot of great connections between artists, buyers, customers and friends. Along with events such as Double Vision, these exhibitions encourage the social, professional and creative development in artists with disablities.

 

vandv2 Melodic Connections was also at the event, providing live musical entertainment to all guests and artists. vandv1

You can find art from Visionaries and Voices at the location below. We invite you to follow them on Facebook to keep updated on the latest events, and stop into our retail store to find what they have for sale! The art in our store is always changing and improving, and V+V is a very big and important part of that.

Visionaries and Voices Tri County Studio is located at…
Frame USA Warehouse Outlet
225 Northland Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45246

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May 2014 Charity – Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

For the month of May, we promote a charity that is very near and dear to us (much like our holiday Fill The Truck initiative.) May is Melanoma Awareness month — melanoma being a deadly form of skin cancer. If caught early enough, treatment is relatively easy to manage and steps can be taken to prevent the cancer from spreading.

Some patients diagnosed with melanoma aren’t quite so lucky. Sometimes the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes and beyond. Among these cases was Andy Caress: athlete, friend, and a constantly motivational young man to all who knew him.

Meet Andy Caress, a 22 year-old athlete whose life was taken by melanoma. His life goal was to raise awareness and fund research to battle the deadly cancer.

Rather than focus on his bleak condition from the spread of melanoma, Andy created a foundation to raise awareness about this deadly form of skin cancer. The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation isn’t only about raising awareness, however. This foundation has raised thousands of dollars in donations to cancer research, education and prevention techniques for beating melanoma.

As part of Frame USA’s monthly charity initiative, we make a donation to our charity of the month for every order placed on our website. We also take a percentage of every custom framing order in our retail store and donate that. In addition, we also ask our customers upon checkout (both online and in-store) if they would like to donate to the charity. We never require donations or push for them, but we do sincerely appreciate your donations.

If you can’t afford to donate to our monthly charity and still would like to help, we completely understand. You can make a great difference by sharing Andy’s story, or spending some time learning about melanoma from the foundation’s website: AndyCaress.org. Education is the best chance we have when it comes to battling skin cancer.

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You can find out more about the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation through this recent piece aired by Channel 12 News in Cincinnati:

Source: Local 12 Cincinnati News

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Choosing the Right Frame for the Job

Artist Evelyn Henson Gives Readers a Quick Framing 101

Choosing the right frame for your business can be a lot of hard work. Having the right frame for the job takes both intuition and some pretty basic knowledge of what makes a good complete work of framed art.

This weekend, we discovered an article written by Evelyn Henson that went into some good details about what to buy, where to buy and what kinds of frames go best in any given situation. Join us while we summarize this article (while also adding our own advice as framers!)

Below we will list these tips from Evelyn Henson’s blog, but add our own 2 cents as professional framers!

 

One of the highlights we spotted was to be sure that you’re personally in love with the frame. Before you even think about the artwork, think about how you’ll feel months and even years down the line with that frame on your wall. Once you’ve found a few that fit that criteria, you’ll want to try and see what matches best with your particular artwork. You can also work backwards if you’ve found a great frame, but have no art. Websites like Posterservice.com offer a wide variety of art prints that are more than reasonably priced.

Another question the artist posed was the source of frame material. Knowing whether you’re looking for wood, metal or plastic will save you time and money in the long run. As a general rule:

  • Plastic frames are best used for posters or a more thin printed material.
  • Wood frames are usually some of the best in the market. While Henson was of the opinion that white is the best color, this can be problematic if the frame has defective joins or scratches. We prefer black picture frames, and based on the thousands of orders we see for them, we have to agree with the majority! Black is a very standard, very impressive color for most artwork.
  • Metal picture frames typically go well with modern art pieces and minimalist concepts.

We hope this little tidbit of information has helped you with your framing purchase. Have a great day, and let us know in the comments what your favorite type of frames are!