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Wholesale Custom Framing at Frame USA. Now with Build A Frame!

Custom Framing with “Build-A-Frame” has Arrived!

Online Custom Framing at Half of the “Big-Box” Retail Price

Custom framing has been a large portion of the work we do here at Frame USA for years. Our customers range from fine artists to large corporations, photographers to educators, advertising firms to small business owners. If there’s anything this has taught us, it’s that high-quality and affordable custom framing is in high demand. It’s why so many people won’t bat an eye at spending hundreds of dollars for a single custom frame job.

Here at Frame USA, however, we like to save customers their hard-earned cash by offering better alternatives. We’ve already announced our upcoming “Super Framer” / Build a Frame feature, but we wanted to take the time to explain what this feature is all about.

Custom Framing
Already have your image? Or maybe you need us to print it out on some nice paper? Maybe you want on ouf our Posterservice images insead. It all starts but picking an image!

 

 What exactly is Build A Frame? How will it help in custom framing?

Build a Frame is a web application designed to take the trouble (and expense) out of custom framing. With Build a Frame, you’re given direct control over how your frame looks. Everything from frame size, single, double or triple mats, the color of those mats, your glazing and backing and more! This feature brings the great prices of FrameUSA.com, Posterservice.com and MatDesigners.com into an easy-to-use web app that lets you create your very own personalized frame.

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Choose an image, 0-3 mats, your frame, glazing and backing. Even a wall color-picker at the end will help you decide what looks best on your wall!

We encourage you to shop around and check out our competitor’s pricing as well. Frame USA’s prices are the best in the market–not only in wholesale picture frames, but in custom framing as well. Our goal from the very beginning was to produce an application that would be much easier to use while also offering a much lower price point. Based on our research, we think we’ve succeeded in every way! (Of course, we can’t name names… But we challenge you to find someone with better deals than ours!) Let us know what you think of our new feature! Give it a try by clicking this link: Build A Frame

If you’re a local to the Cincinnati area, this will be a great feature for you. With Build A Frame, you can build your frame online and pick it up from the store! (Though if you’re local, we recommend just coming by to see first-hand what frame and mats might be best for your piece.) You can also use the app to see which frame and mat combination will look best on your wall before coming in. We can even help make recommendations!

For the folks who want to go the extra mile, share you creations with us on Pinterest! Right-click the frame area of Build A Frame and click “save image as.” Pin it and let us know you gave it a try! You can also show us by posting a link to the image below in the comments.

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2013 Visionaries and Voices Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

visionaries and voices Starting September 26, 2013, V+V (Visionaries and Voices) will host Courttney Cooper’s unique vision of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Cincinnati’s rich German heritage and Oktoberfest are reoccurring themes in the work of artist Courttney Cooper. During the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati celebration, the Northside Gallery will be decorated with over 60 beer steins created in conjunction with Funke Fired Arts and artists from V+V.

Join us as V+V’s Northside Gallery is transformed by John Stein, Courttney Cooper, and many other V+V local artists.

During this event a winner of the V+V Art Car will be given away to one lucky winner! Check ou the image below and you can see the V+V crew hard at work. Click on the image to go to V+V’s Facebook page where you can enter to win.

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  CLICK HERE TO ENTER! 

 

+Golden German Beer In Rainbow Kool-Aid Colors

Opening Reception:

Thursday September 26 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Continues through November 15, 2013

  • Beer provided by The Comet
  • T-shirts designed by Couttney Cooper
  • Shop at the New America of Arts Marketplace
  • See who wins the V+V Art Car!

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If you go, don’t forget to take pictures! Then don’t forget where you can find some awesome frames for those shots…

Brent - Winner - Humane Society chimpanzee painting

Monkeying Around – Humane Society Chimpanzee Art Contest Results

Brent - Winner - Humane Society chimpanzee painting That’s right, we said chimpanzee art – The Humane Society of the United States has just announced the winners of their Chimpanzee Art Contest. With more than 27, 000 votes, the art contest has helped create awareness for chimps and the Humane Society offered various grants to the winners and their resident sanctuaries.

The artworks were voted on by visitors to the Humane Society’s website and Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN messenger of Peace also judged and selected her favorite for an additional $5000 grant to go to the winning shelter.

And The Winners Are

Brent - Chimp Haven (Keithville, LA)

Winner of 1st place public vote: $10,000 grant!

Brent is 37 years old and has lived at Chimp Haven since 2006. He is protective of Grandma, Chimp Haven’s oldest resident. He loves to laugh and play. Brent paints only with his tongue. His unique approach and style, while a little unorthodox, results in beautiful pieces of art.

Cheetah - Save the Chimps (Ft. Pierce, FL)Winner of 2nd place public vote: $5,000 grant!
Winner of judged prize (Dr. Jane Goodall’s selection): $5,000 grant!The Artist formerly known as Cheetah: Cheetah, estimated to be born in the 1970′s, lived alone in a laboratory for 19 years and endured over 400 over biopsies. He was rescued by Save the Chimps in 2002 and has since discovered his passion for painting.

Ripley - Center for Great Apes (Wauchula, FL)Winner of 3rd place public vote: $2,500 grant!Like many chimpanzees used as actors, Ripley was eventually dumped in a roadside zoo. There, he witnessed the shooting death of his brother and two other chimp companions after human error resulted in the chimpanzees’ escape. Ripley found sanctuary at Center for Great Apes and impresses his caretakers with his resilience and forgiveness.

If you would like more information about the contest, or if you would like to read more about the Humane Society — Please visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/

The Humane Society of the United States has been the focus of our Charity of the Month on more than one occasion.

Top 5 Chimpanzee Paintings

Below you can find larger images of the top 5 chimpanzee paintings, voted on by Humane Society web visitors and selected by Jane Goodall:

#1 Brent - Chimp Haven (Keithville, LA)

Brent - Winner - Humane Society chimpanzee painting

#2 Cheetah - Save the Chimps (Ft. Pierce, FL) – Dr. Jane Goodall’s Selection

Cheetah - Champanzee Paining

#3 Ripley - Center for Great Apes (Wauchula, FL)

Ripley - Chimpanzee Paining

#4 Jamie - Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (Cle Elum, WA)

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#5 Jenny - Primate Rescue Center (Nicholasville, KY)

Jenny - Chimpanzee Painting

 

Don’t Forget The Frames

The only way that we can think of to improve these wonderful works, is to add a nice frame that encloses the paintings and adds a nice clean separation from the wall and other art. Don’t forget, Frame USA manufactures a wide variety of wood and metal frames that are perfect for just about any work of art, be it painting or photography.

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Charity of the Month for July – Fill the Truck

Fill the truck back to school logo We are in the throes of summer and everything is nice and relaxing!  But we all know what is lurking around the corner; it is there in the back of our mind.  Some might be excited about it while some dread it.  Some might even be shocked to see it already!  But there is nothing we can do to stop the end of summer and start up the new school year (trust me, I tried for years!).  However, no matter what your opinion on the matter is, one thing is for sure: School supplies are expensive!  This can be a huge burden for many families here in the Cincinnati area.

This is where we come in!

We have a 20’ truck to fill with school supplies!  The Frame USA family has the ability to help children succeed by making sure that they have the supplies they need for school.  That is why Fill The Truck goes Back to School!  Just like our December program where we collect different goods to fill a truck and deliver to a local charity before Christmas, we are collecting school supplies and summer clothing for children going back to school.  Everything that we collect this summer will go to Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center’s Back to School program, where they handed out over 500 book bags last year.

Frame USA has already committed to donating 100 book bags this year!  However, that is not enough to help Valley Interfaith take care of all their families.  We need your help too!  Without you, we will not fill the truck!  The brand new items we are collecting are: dry erase markers, tissue boxes, paper towels, two pocket folders, zippered pencil pouches, highlighters, backpacks, binders, composition books, single subject notebooks, pencils, wide ruled loose leaf paper, pens, glue, markers, crayons, colored pencils, shoes, t-shirts, shorts, and socks.

There are many ways you can help:

1)      Spread the word!  Post about FTT on Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Twitter, ect.

2)      Check out the website. www.fillthetruck.org

3)      Drop off items at Frame USA. 225 Northland Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

4)      Purchase items online. www.fillthetruck.org

5)      Donate cash. www.fillthetruck.org

6)      Buy something from Frameusa.com *We are still donating $1 for every order placed online! (Will you match our donation?)

We are including our Retail store in the action too!  Every Custom Framing order that is placed in July will be worth $1 from Frame USA as well!

We have a 20 foot truck that we need to fill.  We need your help!  Please consider donating, and change the future for the children.

To find out more about Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center please visit their website at www.vifcc.org.

For more information on Fill the Truck, please visit www.fillthetruck.org  or www.frameusa.com

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Charity of the Month – June 2013 – CDKL5

CDKL5 The Frame USA charity of the month for June is CDKL5 — Even though people have been studying the human body and medicine since man discovered fire, there are still many things we do not know about the body.  CDKL5 is a genetic disorder that affects the X-chromosome, one of the sex chromosomes, girls have 2 Xs and boys have 1X and 1Y.  This does not only affect girls, but boys as well, however it does seem more prevalent in females.  This genetic mutation results in early onset and difficult to control seizures and severe neuro-developmental impairment.  The CDKL5 gene controls provide instruction for making a protein that is essential for normal brain development.  This leaves children unable to walk, confined to wheel chairs, unable to talk or feed themselves and have to depend on others for everything they need.  They also may have scoliosis, visual impairment, sensory issues and various gastrointestinal difficulties.  There is no known cause of CDKL5, however they do believe that it is not hereditary and occur spontaneously. This is a newly discovered disorder (2004) and they do not have all the answers about life expectancy, how and the ability to treat, and all symptoms associated with the disorder.  The International Foundation for CDKL5 Research is aggressively seeking to inform the public, create a database, and start clinical trials as soon as possible.  The first CDKL5 Center of Excellence in the US opened in Colorado in April 2013.  For more information and stories of these brave children and families, please visit www.cdkl5.com.

Remember, for every picture frame purchase made on FrameUSA.com in the month of June, we will donate $1.00 to CDKL5. At checkout you have the option to match our $1.00 donation. We encourage everyone to pledge $1.00 to help this amazing organization. Thank you! Donate at checkout

Maple Knoll Assisted Living

Charity of the Month May 2013

This month, Frame USA is sponsoring two AMAZING organizations who are helping out locally and nationally.

Maple Knoll Assisted Living

“Shady Pines, Ma!”  Dorothy, played by the late, great Bea Arthur, would say this to her mother, Sophia (Estelle Getty), to get her to stop talking or straighten up her behavior in the classic TV show “The Golden Girls.”  This was used as a threat to send her back to the nursing home she does not like.  However, since the “Golden” heyday, nursing homes have become much nicer places to spend retirement or needed nursing care.  I’m sure most people have had some experience with a nursing home in one way or another.  I’m also sure we know that the cost of a nursing home is very high and can put a strain on most families’ finances.  That is why this month in the Retail Store we are sponsoring Maple Knoll Village on Springdale Pike.  Not only are they local, but they work extremely hard to make their residents have a healthy and pleasant experience.

andy caress melanoma foundation And it is almost summer, if you can’t tell by the lack of grey outside, I’m sure you feel the change in humidity!  That means that there will be more time spent in the sun, and more chance for the sun’s UV rays to attack your skin and potentially create cancerous cells. The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation strives to bring awareness and education to the fore-front of our attention so the choice can be wisely made to protect our skin.  The epidermis is the largest organ in/on the human body and it not only protects the inside of the body from outside harm, but also regulates body temperature and keeps our bodies from drying out.  However, just because Melanoma is on the outside of the body, it is NOT less harmful.  In fact, it is the only skin cancer that can spread to the brain, spine, and other organs.  Andy Caress, who lost his battle with Melanoma at the age of 24, created this foundation: “My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.” Along with passing out sunscreen, The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation holds a 5k run called the “Annual Block The Sun Run” and will be held this May on the 11th.  If you are interested in participating, check out andycaress.org/5k for more information and registration!

VV 6th Anniversary at Frame USA

Visionaries and Voices Celebrates 6 Years at Frame USA

Friday April 12, 2013 – Visionaries and Voices Tri-county celebrated it’s 6th year in the Frame USA manufacturing and warehouse facility. The celebration kicked off at 5:00 PM and lasted until 7:30 PM at their Studio,  225 Northland Blvd., Cincinnati, Ohio.

VV 6th Anniversary at Frame USA Visionaries + Voices is a non-profit arts organization that supports artists with disabilities. This year the celebration included an Artist and Volunteer awards presentation, as well as music by Melodic Connections.

If you didn’t get to partake this year, you can always come by our retail store on Northland to check out some of the V+V artwork that is available for sale. Stop in anytime to support a great cause!

We hope everyone involved with this great celebration had a wonderful time. We sure do enjoy having the fine folks from V+V share this great space with us. It just doesn’t seem like it’s been 6 years.

If you have any questions about Visionaries + Voices, or if you would like to get involved in a great cause, please see their website for more details. Visionaries + Voices Website

 

 

Frame USA's New Site

Our New Site and Our Charity of the Month Program

Frame USA's New Site Frameusa.com has gone through some changes lately, and they are all for the better!

Hopefully, you have had the opportunity to shop on our site!  What is really incredible is the new feature for our monthly charity.  With the new site, we are still holding true to our pledge to donate $1 for every order received from Frameusa.com.  On the previous version of our website, if you wanted to make a donation to the charity, you had to click a button that would take you to another page. Once there, you made a decision whether or not to donate, then you would navigate back to the check out page and continue with your order.  However, on the improved website, we are making this step much easier by adding options that hopefully will increase the amount of donations made by our customers, so they match, or preferably exceed, the donation made by the company. We plan to have a spot on the shipping page where the customer can make one of three choices:

•     Yes, I would like to make a donation, please round up my order to the nearest dollar.

•     Yes, I would like to make a donation, please add (specified amount) to my order.

•     No, thank you, I do not wish to make a donation at this time.

This way each customer will acknowledge the charity option and be informed of the ease of helping those who need a little helping hand.  There will also be a link available to direct the customer to the website of the charity we are sponsoring that month.

We are currently working on this option, and as soon as we know more from the builders of our website, we will be able to solidify the details of the new options.  However, it is still exciting we are going to be able to attract more of our audience with their ability to help support local and national charities.

Fill The Truck in the Media

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Fill the Truck gains Media Attention

Frame USA was visited by Fox 19 news in Cincinnati for the release of the latest news on Fill The Truck. After first admiring our impressive selection of ready made picture frames, the camera crews started rolling.

FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather

Fill the Truck has been at the center of Cincinnati’s holiday media since the initiative’s origin in 2010. Supporting charities all over the area, it has certainly been worthy of the attention it has received. Frame USA has primarily supported The Healing Center, but always manages to pull in other business partners like Walgreens, Spring Valley Bank and Clippard Instruments to support their own charities.

To learn more about Fill The Truck, visit www.FillTheTruck.org, or check out our latest video.
To learn more about Frame USA’s monthly charity initiative, visit http://www.frameusa.com/charity.htm

Charities

About Frame USA’s Charity Initiative

Charities Around 5 years ago, Frame USA started its monthly charity initiative program.  This program was started to help support local and national charities with monetary donations, volunteerism and other resources they may need.  Every month, our internet site donates $1 for every picture frame order placed on Frameusa.com and $1 for every custom framing order that our retail store takes.  We also give our customers, vendors and key partners the opportunity to donate any amount they wish.  Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for a variety of deserving charities.  These are some of the twenty-plus charities that we have sponsored are:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • ArtWorks
  • Autism Speaks
  • Children’s Safe Drinking Water
  • Feeding America
  • Foundation for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Health Care Connection
  • Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
  • Kiva Organization
  • Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run
  • Legacy Project Listen to Life
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Minds Matter
  • National Down Syndrome Association
  • One Laptop Per Child Foundation
  • Soldiers’ Angels
  • The Fresh Air Fund
  • Tony Snow Scholarship Fund

About 3 years ago, our CEO had visited the Healing Center in Springdale, Ohio and was so impressed by their operation and their ability to help the community; he decided to help them in a big way.   Dan took the Monthly Charity and turned it into an annual program.  This program called Fill the Truck was a huge endeavor for, not only the employees of Frame USA, but the community as well.  There was a 54 foot semi truck parked in the front parking lot of Frame USA shrouded in banners proclaiming the challenge to fill the truck in 21 days.  The range of items that were requested by the Healing Center that would benefit their clients; pillows and blankets, winter clothing for adults and children, personal care and cleaning items, kitchen wares, food, and including a Christmas food basket.  Fill the Truck also accepted cash donations which would allow the Healing Center to use the funds as needed.  Between the generosity of our neighbors, the employees of Frame USA and Frame USA’s vendors and key partners, not only were they able to fill the truck, but they OVER filled it!  The Healing Center was able to use the donations collected by the Fill the Truck program for over 5 months at the beginning of 2011. This great endeavor received the attention of the Eisen Agency and Frame USA was honored with a Pillar Award for their work to help their community.

Because Fill the Truck was so successful in December 2010, it expanded in 2011.  There were 11 trucks spread out over the Cincinnati and Dayton Area.  In Northside, OH, one of Frame USA’s key partners, Visionaries and Voices, hosted a truck for CAIN (Churches Active in Northside).  Downtown Cincinnati had a truck sponsored by the NAACP for the Frederick Douglas School and Hannah’s Treasure Chest in Dayton, OH was sponsored by Centerville Coin and Jewery.  The following were also helped by the Fill the Truck program in 2011:

  • Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center
  • Inter Parish Ministries
  • SON Ministries
  • One Way Farms
  • Matthew 25 Ministries
  • Reach Out Lakota
  • The Brighton Center

Frame USA’s 2011 truck was over filled again, and has created a lot of excitement for December 2012.  This year, the goal is to help more people here in the Cincinnati region that has been affected by the different struggles that have met the nation.

Fill the Truck also initiated a school version in the summer of 2012.  Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center holds a “Back to School” week where they supply all the children that they serve with school supplies to prepare them for a successful year in school.  We partnered with KDM POP Solutions and also helped collect school supplies for Princeton City Schools.  Between the two trucks, we collected enough book bags, pens, pencils, and packets of paper to help hundreds of children through-out the tri-state and armed them with the ability to learn while in school and ease their parent’s fears about being able to obtain all the things their children need.