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April 2014 Charity of the Month – Charity:Water

charity-water Beginning this April we will be featuring charity:water as our Charity of the Month. From the charity:water website:

Mission Statement:

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean
and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

We travel the world to find inspiring organizations who are providing long-lasting water and sanitation services, and then we fund their most successful programs. Our goal isn’t just to get water flowing, but to make sure it flows for many years.

Charity:water is involved in multiple types of clean water projects world wide. These projects include, but are not limited to: hand dug wells, drilled wells, rainwater catchments,gravity fed systems, piped systems, water purification systems, biosand filtration, spring protections, and latrines.

Areas of involvement on various clean water projects include: planning, implementation, maintenance, proof and mapping of sites. You can take a look at the current project mappings in the image below.

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You can also take a look at their completed projects in depth by clicking here.

During the month of April, Frame USA will donate 1 dollar of every sale from our website and retail store to support clean water across the world. You also have the opportunity to donate at checkout. Just click the button shown in the image to the right when completing your checkout.

Clean water is a basic necessity that many parts of the world take for granted, but many across the globe struggle with this most basic need on a daily basis. We ask that you please take a stand with us and do what you can to help.

From the website:

Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk five miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are 800 million people on the planet who don’t have clean water.

It’s hard to imagine what 800 million people looks like really, but one in nine might be easier. One in nine people in our world doesn’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those 800 million. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a village where the only source of water is a polluted swamp. And we didn’t choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to clean water and a toilet.

We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey. Carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their children in sand for water. Line up at a well and wait eight hours for a turn.

Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, we know how to help millions.

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March 2014 Charity of the Month – Special Olympics

snowshoeing~Diego-Azubel-016-Edit-2 Coming in March, we have plans for a very special charity of the month. We will be featuring the Special Olympics as our spotlight charity and donate $1 from every sale to this great cause. Our customers also have the opportunity to add their donations at checkout. We ask that you stand with us in support of the Special Olympics organization and all that it represents.

 

From the Special Olympics website:

It all began in the 1950s and early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with intellectual disabilities didn’t even have a place to play. She decided to take action.

Soon, her vision began to take shape, as she held a summer day camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. The goal was to learn what these children could do in sports and other activities – and not dwell on what they could not do. See a slideshow about the camp

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About the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative:

At more than 1.4 million free health screening clinics in more than 100 countries, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program offers health services and information to athletes in dire need. In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.

The initiative helps provide screenings and care worldwide with a focus on healthy athletes and healthy communities.

Healthy Athletes currently offers health screenings in seven areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry).

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How You Can Help

There are a multitude of ways that you can help the Special Olympics if you are interested. Of course you can donate through our website, but we would like to challenge you to become more involved. Please check out the Special Olympics GET INVOLVED Page for more details.

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To learn more about the Charity of the Month program at Frame USA, please visit http://www.frameusa.com/pages/charity.

“Light of Hope” – Fine Art meets Community Involvement

An artist from Visionaries + Voices is creating some big excitement here at Frame USA and Posterservice. Posterservice is continuously licensing work from great artists internationally to use for posters, and we are excited to announce that we have officially licensed artwork from an artist from V+V for poster production! “Light of Hope” from Candi Branham is now available as a 24×36 poster in our store, and on the Posterservice website.

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Candi has worked as an artist from the V+V studios for about 3 and a half years. She was initially inspired by her mother’s creative ability as a t-shirt designer. She says the best part of being an artist is sharing her work with others.

Candi’s colorful painting embodies her infectiously positive attitude, and the angels you see in ‘Light of Hope’ are her signature design. These angels carry a very important meaning; they stand as colorful memorials to loved ones she has lost. In particular, they are meant to reflect the vitality of her late nephew, whose passing has had a significant impact on her life. She believes that creating each angel helps her to keep his energy alive and to share it with the community.

‘Light of Hope’ was created for V+V’s biggest fundraiser of the year — Double Vision. Artists working throughout Cincinnati and artists working from V+V come together to form new partnerships and collectives. The results of these collaborations is then showcased and sold at a live art auction. Double Vision is in its fifth year of celebrating creativity and supporting the nonprofit programs at V+V.

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Candi collaborated with Jill Romansky, and when asked what her experience was like, Candi said “Fun! I really liked working with Jill”. Jill painted the sky and the white light of the background, and together they painted all of the angels. When ‘Light of Hope’ was auctioned at the end of the event, Frame USA had the winning bid. The original painting now hangs in the upstairs offices.

When Candi created ‘Light of Hope’ with Jill, it was her first time participating in Double Vision. She plans to return to the show in 2014, and is excited for what this year has in store.
Lastly, we just had to ask how Candi felt about being at the center of all the buzz surrounding her image being produced as a poster. She just had one word to describe her feelings on being published with Posterservice: “Proud!”

Check out her poster here!

 

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Last Few Days to Help With Fill the Truck – We Need Your Help!

Finding change in couch OK, so you’ve cleaned and primped your house in expectation of family and friends for the holidays and in the process you found $3.84 in couch change. It’s time to put it to use…

You Can Help!

We only have a few days left to help out. Christmas is just around the corner and area families still need your help. Please join us to help “Fill the Truck”. We are collecting donations of all types at our warehouse retail store, or you can simply browse to http://fillthetruck.org . You can provide basic necessities like cleaning supplies, toilet paper or warm clothes to a family that needs it right now. You can even donate that $3.84 via PayPal and we’ll take care of the shopping, picking, packing the skids, and delivering the goods.

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Ron Burgundy Parody Video

Ron Burgundy, disgruntled from his recent captivity covering the Fill The Truck charity campaign, fends off against the jolliest of them all: Santa Clause!

Please take a moment to check out the site, give if you can. We hope you enjoyed the video and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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Fill The Truck in the News

Fill the truck has received some great responses lately, and we couldn’t be happier! From our YouTube videos to our appearances on local news stations and our corporate partners, we’re gaining great exposure for this great initiative. In this post, we will be detailing some information about Fill The Truck — some questions we’ve been asked, how to support Fill The Truck in this last week, and some details about how you can help (even if you can’t afford to donate.)

Fill The Truck is:

  • A 4-year old charitable initiative that began with Frame USA’s CEO Dan Regenold filling a single truck for the Healing Center. Since then, it’s hosted up to 11 trucks for 11 charities!
  • A great way to get involved in helping your community if you’re in Cincinnati. By donating online or attending any of our events (even promoting us on Facebook and Twitter), you’re helping more families in need than you can even imagine!
  • An initiative where companies give back to their communities. We at Frame USA understand that our communities empower us and give us countless opportunities. With Fill The Truck, our goal is to help everyone around us have a chance to succeed.

Fill The Truck is Not:

  • A separate organization. Fill The Truck is operated and organized by Frame USA with the support of several great corporate partners. You can find these partners by clicking here.
  • In any way affiliated with Wal-Mart’s campaign. Wal-Mart recently started a Fill The Truck campaign, even designating their own #FillTheTruck hashtag on Twitter. We’re good sports, though, but remember — it all began here! (We’d appreciate it even more if you tag our Twitter page along with the #FillTheTruck hashtag!)
  • A standalone charity. Rather, Fill The Truck is an initiative that collects food and personal care items for local charities, keeping them stocked for the winter season and beyond. Donations from Frame USA to the Healing Center typically last for around 6 months, depending on their needs!

We hope you enjoyed learning more about Fill The Truck! Be sure to check out our latest video of Ron Burgandy visiting Fill The Truck at Frame USA’s headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio! Also, be sure to have a look at our appearance on local Channel 5 news.

 

Etsy Artists Spotlight – Small Business Saturday Gift Guide

We’ve received some great feedback on our Small Business Saturday Initiative, and we’re more than excited for the opportunity to promote these wonderful artists and small businesses! If you have yet to make your holiday purchases, consider these wonderful artists and craftsmen for your holiday shopping. Remember, shopping small and buying local helps our local and overall US economy! At Frame USA, we’re 100% behind products that are made in the United States.

Susan Monty Fine Art

“I am a fine artist specializing in equine art. I draw and paint whatever captures my eye, but horses will always be my favorite subject. I strive to capture a realistic, but artistic and expressive, likeness of my subjects.

As a lifelong horse lover, I am pleased to donate a portion of sales from my Second Chances series to Pure Thoughts, Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue (www.pthr.org) or New England Equine Rescues (www.newenglandequinerescues.com). Both of these groups have saved the lives of numerous horses, and I am proud to use my art to help. Many of the prints in my shop are from my Second Chances series, an ongoing project in which I paint portraits of rescued horses and tell their stories.

I am also passionate about saving America’s wild horse and burros. I have started a series of paintigs of these magnificent animals. Unless something is done to protect them, wild horses will only be seen in photos and paintings. I will donate a portion of all sales of these mustang paintings, cards, and prints to Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (www.jersanctuary.org).”

Click here to view Susan’s Etsy shop.

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Susan’s fine art painting is phenomenal! Be sure to check out her painted ornaments – perfect for the holidays.

 

Few Kind Words

“Everyone needs just a little time and a few kind words! Shop our monogram quote prints for yourself or as unique and personalized gifts for weddings, nurseries, or friends. We print on high-quality card stock and frame in a white driftwood with an antique white mat. We can customize any order with different letters, quotes, fonts, and colors.”

Click here to visit this Etsy shop.

Shop Owner Mary Ellen uses our White Driftwood frames to create her simple, yet elegany Monogram framed prints!
Shop Owner Mary Ellen uses our White Driftwood frames to create her simple, yet elegant Monogram framed prints! These prints are also great for the holidays, particularly as gifts for infants, weddings, or for those you want to inspire!

Junebug’s Creative Concepts

“Decorative photo frames, wood letters and more. Great personalized gifts! Decoupaged and distressed so each item is unique. Any item can be customized.

Looking for a gift? I can mail items directly, and I’ll even gift wrap it and include a hand written note for free. Mark my shop as a favorite and come back often. I’m always adding new things. Thanks for visiting and be sure to “Like” me on Facebook to be the first to know about new items and promos. “

Click here to visit Junebug’s Creative Concepts on Etsy.

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Stephanie Bruno, owner of “Junebug’s Creative Concepts”, uses our frame moulding to create beautiful decoupaged frames!

 

Name On Your Wall

“Name art photography, from Name on Your Wall, uses elements found in nature, architectural details and every day objects to create unique and personal works of art. They are the perfect solution for creative wedding gifts, shower gifts, housewarming gifts, new baby gifts, holiday gifts or for any other occasion. They are also the perfect way to showcase your name, or any word that is special to you, on your own wall. With so many different options for each letter, your creation will truly be unique.

My framed name art is elegantly designed with high quality photographs, custom cut mats, and custom made wooden frames. Your project will receive personal and professional attention from me, incorporating all of your preferences. These details will result in breathtaking and elegant works of art that both you and your loved ones will enjoy for a lifetime!”

Find these prints and more at their Etsy shop!

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William Supko Photography

“I’m a freelance photographer that specializes in outdoor entertainment and events.  I have been a professional photographer for over 5 years.  My main focus includes amusement parks, carnivals, ski areas, beach scenes and nature.”

Click here for a link to his Etsy shop.

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Beautiful photography – particularly for the rollercoaster enthusiast or nature-lover!

 

Tides Of Eternity Art by Chrissy Schroeder

Chrissy Schroeder is a Cincinnati, Ohio local who creates a great amount of baseball-related artwork. Cincinnati is a great place for it to, since we’re also the home of the Cincinnati Reds!

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You can find her work by clicking here.

 

We’ll be sure to keep updating this list as we continue to take submissions. Thanks for joining us in our goal to put America’s small businesses at the forefront of our economy! Small business owner? Leave a comment below and we’ll see what we can do for you!

 

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Furniture Fair joins Frame USA for Fill The Truck 2013

Frame USA’s Annual Charity Campaign Gains a Great Community Ally for Fill The Truck 2013

This holiday season, Frame USA is continuing the annual FillTheTruck.org campaign, where we pick a few outstanding charities around the Cincinnati area that help a wide range of people who are down on their luck. Around the holidays, these situations are made worse by the drop in temperature and the need for food, warm clothing and supplies to get through the winter season. That’s where Frame USA and Fill The Truck come in. Springing from a company-wide charitable initiative started four years ago, Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold decided to keep filling  supply trucks for charities all around the Cincinnati area.

Fill The Truck initially started as one of Frame USA’s monthly charitable initiatives, where we donate $1 for every online order (and ask our customers to join in.)

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Our 4th Annual charitable initiative – Google “Fill The Truck” and you’ll see the lives and communities we’ve impacted along the way!

This year, Furniture Fair is joining the Fill The Truck 2013 initiative to spread the good cheer to even more charities. Our first year running, we mainly focused on supporting one charity. In our second run, we expanded to eleven charities and eleven businesses supporting those charities. Last year we supported six, and this year we’re planning to help a total of seven charities. Furniture Fair’s multiple locations in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area will be hosting storage units, ensuring that each charity will be receiving the means necessary to keep stocked during the winter season.

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While Frame USA is directly supporting The Healing Center, our partners at Furniture Fair will be disbursing their donations among these great charities.

How to get involved

Helping “Fill The Truck” is actually very simple, and anyone can do it! Here are three ways that YOU can make a difference:

1. Visit FillTheTruck.org and donate to your charity of choice. Frame USA is donating to The Healing Center, but you can choose which of the seven chartities you’d like to support. On each “product” page, we have a list of supplies that are requested from all charities. Simply purchase any of these items and we will organize and distribute them. If you’re not sure what to buy, that’s okay! You can select “donate cash” and we will allocate the money into whatever that specific charity needs the most.

2. If you’re a Cincinnati local, you can drop off the listed donations at any of our truck locations. You can find information on locations by visiting FillTheTruck.org.

3. We understand if the holidays aren’t a great time for you to donate. The poor state of the economy is the reason we run Fill The Truck (as well as spreading some holiday cheer, of course.) If you “like” Frame USA and Fill The Truck on Facebook and even follow us on Twitter,  that is a great way to help us out. Share our posts with your friends and help us spread the word that NOBODY should be cold or hungry this holiday season. We’d love to see as many families as possible have good food, warm clothes and the supplies they need for this season.

And it all starts by filling the trucks.

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These great businesses are supporting us for our FillTheTruck.org initiative – whether tat’s helping with logistics or hosting a truck themselves!

Links:

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North Side Bank
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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.

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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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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…

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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)

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

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

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

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

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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.