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Ralph Steadman – Artist Spotlight

Frame USA’s sister site Posterservice, Inc. recently added two new posters to our growing collection of pieces by Ralph Steadman.

Posterservice has several posters of Ralph Steadman’s illustrations, but the newest additions are titled “The Secret of Dreams” and “Savage Journey”.

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The Secret of Dreams“, pictured on the right, is an illustration of Ralph Steadman’s interpretation of Sigmund Freud having the secret of dreams revealed to him in 1895. The poster shows Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis and one of the early 20th century’s most influential thinkers, sitting at his desk working. Behind Freud is a surreal mass of strange imagery, or “the secret of dreams”. Ralph Steadman spent over three years researching Freud and creating artwork inspired by him. He even visited Freud’s hometown and spent time in the rooms where he analyzed his patients. These works were ultimately published in an art book titled “Sigmund Freud”.

Savage Journey“, pictured on the left, is based on Hunter S. Thompson’s book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. Steadman illustrated the novel which was published in 1971. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” tells a surreal nonlinear narrative of characters traveling to Las Vegas on a psychedelic journey. The book explores themes of the declining American dream and the 1960s counterculture. Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson had a long partnership of Thompson writing books and articles which Steadman made illustrations for.

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Posterservice Inc also has a poster of this famous drawing Steadman made for the book. The poster is self-titled “Fear and Loathing”. The Hunter S Thompson novel was adapted into a movie in 1988 which has become a cult classic. Steadman appears in the commentary for the movie in the DVD set, as well as in a documentary titled “Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision”.

Steadman has worked with numerous other authors including Ted Hughes, Adrian Mitchell, and Brian Patten. He has also illustrated covers for editions of classic books such as Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and Animal Farm.

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Posterservice Inc and Frame USA are incredibly honored to be able to work with such a prolific and well acclaimed artist. We take pride in making the work of influential artists accessible to everyone.

Custom Framing

Custom Framing by Our Retail Team and Online

Frame USA Offers a Variety of Custom Framing Options to Make You the Perfect Frame

Here at Frame USA we run a retail store, an online store, and a full production warehouse all at our location in Cincinnati, Ohio. Every part of our team works hard to make Frame USA run smoothly and make the best quality products for our customers. However, this week we’d like to highlight the beautiful custom framing work done by our retail team!

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Our team layered multiple mats of different sizes and colors to give dimension to the frames and the artwork. They also used our engraving technology to add details to the frame in the first image. Customers can bring in their artwork or images to our retail store and use the expertise of our team to have them create the perfect unique frame for their piece. One of a kind custom ready made frames can also be bought in our retail store.

However, if you’re not located in Cincinnati or don’t have the time to visit our store, you can still get a custom frame! Our website also has a section for you to customize a frame specific to the size, material, mat, glazing, colors, etc. that you’d like. We’re proud of the creative work our retail team does on custom framing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t design a frame on your own.

If you just want a frame to be engraved, we also have a section on our website that allows you to customize your own engraving on a frame. The options for custom framing with Frame USA endless! Whether you want in person help from our creative and experienced retail team, or you want to design a frame yourself through our website, Frame USA is the perfect place for custom framing.

Floater Frames

Floater Frames and Our New Print-On-Demand Service

Floater Frames for Canvas Prints

Frame USA has recently added to our growing list of services an Amazon.com print-on-demand site. As we mentioned in our recent blog post here, this meant adding a new large format printer to our team in order to increase our productivity.

We offer a huge selection of beautiful art prints and photography that we can now quickly print on high quality canvas. One of the most popular ways our customers choose to have their canvas prints displayed is with our floater frames.

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We stretch the canvas over the floater frames, which gives a sleek and clean look to your art prints. Since the frame is underneath the art, there are no distractions and the image is completely visible! Floater frames make it easy to hang art in your home with a professional look. Many artists and photographers even use floater frames to display their original work.

Using a floater frame for prints or artwork also adds a three dimensional look to the piece. Floater frames get their name from the illusion of floating that they create. The extra dimension it gives your art will really make anyone viewing it even more interested!

Visit our amazon store here to purchase art prints displayed on floater frames, or to get a floater frame for your own artwork visit the floater frame section of our website here.

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Charity of the Month Frame USA

June Charity of the Month: The Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Frame USA is dedicated to helping those in need.

Every month, we support a different local or national charity by donating money, time, and other resources. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible and to offer our assistance to those who need it the most.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

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The charity we have chosen for June 2018 is the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, also known as SPAN.

SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence, and is based in Boulder, Colorado. They are a community organization working for advocacy and education. SPAN offers services and counseling for adults, youth, and children because they know that people of all ages need support.

They run an emergency shelter for individuals and families who need a safe place to stay. In their March 2018 newsletter, SPAN published this story about Becca, a mother living in their shelter:

“Becca is in shelter with us, she has three children in elementary school. Becca’s oldest child does not qualify for transportation from the school district because the school is less than two miles from our shelter and the child is seen as old enough to walk. However, Becca does not feel safe allowing the child to walk alone because of the family violence they are currently experiencing. For this reason she makes the walk — 1.9 miles — twice daily with her older child and coordinates this with the pick-up/ drop off schedules for her two other children. The total walking trips to bus stops and schools takes about 75 minutes each morning and afternoon.
This leaves Becca only a few hours a day to work on the things she hopes to accomplish while in shelter such as, finding permanent housing, connecting with legal support, getting to doctor’s appointments etc.”

Written by Roshan Kalantar

Other resources SPAN provides include support for LGBTQ folks, legal advocacy, Latinx services, and support for immigrants. To learn more, visit their website here.

We are incredibly proud to be working with SPAN this month, and hope to provide them with a substantial amount of donations. To help us out, be sure to donate during the checkout process at frameusa.com!

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New Printer

New Large Format Printer Means Double the Productivity!

The Frame USA print production team has gotten a major upgrade! With our new canvas art prints available on amazon.com we needed to improve and increase our technology in order to give our customers the best product and the fastest service.

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On the right in the photo above is our Roland Soljet EJ-640 printer.  Until last week, the Roland was working hard on it’s own to print all of our artwork orders. But as you can see, it’s now accompanied by the Epson SureColor S60600, allowing us to print two rolls of artwork at once!

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Our new Epson printer has easier maintenance and a faster printing speed. This means very little trouble shooting and lots of printing being done! Since our art prints are printed in our facilities in Cincinnati, OH, this allows our employees to efficiently make, package, and ship all of our orders. We are dedicated to keeping our products made in the USA and creating more jobs for Americans!

Be sure to check out our amazon store here for a large selection of beautiful art prints and photography ready to hang in your home.

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Our New SEO Coordinator with a Fine Arts Background

My name is Tory and I am FrameUSA’s new SEO Coordinator.
Three years ago I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration, and I thought to myself, “Now what?” Throughout all of art school, my professors made it clear that only a small fraction of us would ever have a career in the arts. However, it didn’t stop me from pursuing my calling as a creative individual.

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Reality hit after graduation that working as a full time artist takes years of dedicated practice outside of school, and that I would have to use my creativity in other ways. But I’ve continued making drawings and paintings and exhibiting in art shows. I’ve exhibited work in Nevada, Chicago, and in several galleries in Cincinnati. During September 2017, I completed a studio residency in Ontario, Canada.
The ability to express myself and explore my imagination through art making is more than therapeutic, it’s an essential part of myself. I love exploring color, world building, and making characters.

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As I started promoting my artwork online, I realized how interested I was in the marketing side of my work. Since I was a kid using dial-up AOL, I have always been fascinated by computers and the internet. After doing a web design project for a client, I was able to quickly pick up on SEO and online marketing. So I have decided to pursue that further with this new position at FrameUSA, while still making art in my free time. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity.

– Tory Erpenbeck

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Digital Media – An Exciting Journey

Marketing Guru Seth Godin said it best, “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” I truly believe that companies who craft products while actively listening and catering to the customer’s needs are truly the most successful in delivering spectacular products and services tailored to the needs of beloved customers.

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To introduce myself, my name is Shreya Singh – the latest addition to the Frame USA team as the SEO coordinator. I am passionate about digital marketing and making an impact while following the aforementioned philosophy – by understanding what our customers are really looking for and striving to make sure our customers have nothing less than a delightful experience with our products and services. I am a recent MS Marketing graduate from the University of Cincinnati and my areas of interest are content marketing, social media marketing and digital analytics. Apart from my formal degree, I’ve obtained certifications to keep my skills relevant and I recently completed the Advanced Google Analytics Certification Program.  Also, I do have experience working in different aspects of digital marketing for IT and Retails industries.

I am very eager, determined, and excited to learn more about digital marketing professionally as the industry evolves. I am amazed by the dynamic nature of marketing aided by technology today which has just empowered us with so much more. So, I aim to leverage it to serve our customer needs in a better manner.

FrameUSA serves its customers with American made products in a great way and I am excited to help improve the digital experience we provide to our customers.  As said in the quote below, building a life which you thoroughly enjoy and are excited about is important. That being said, we aim to help preserve our customer’s cherished memories by providing thousands of affordable picture frames.

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Insight Into Our New Inside Sales Representative

I grew up with a total of 10 siblings including myself. My father and mother moved to the U.S after Vietnam just shortly after the Vietnam War. They had nothing coming over, with children already coming over, and more to come in transit. The struggle was real for them, my mother and father did whatever was necessary for us to have a good life and experience nothing but good and wellness. There is not a day that goes by without me thinking of both my parents and what they have gone through. My love and appreciation will always be there for them, even through the argument and disagreements we may have had in the past, I owe everything to them, I mean everything.

I have one word that I remind myself every day, “gratitude.” A word that reminds me, that life is short, those who help you along life have used up their time and sacrifice so much for you to have a life with less struggles. My parents are the ones I owe most, if not all, my gratitude too. And the reason I say most, is because we can go through life solo or we can accept the hands of others and learn from that experience. My mother told me, “Never expect anything in return and always help those who need a hand.” As I pondered her words, I knew what she meant, I understood her words as, I will never completely know the outcome of any situation given in life, but I would at least know the outcome of my choices and how I present myself in this world to others.

Her words kept me to be grateful under any situation, getting cut from a team, failing an exam, not getting the job I applied for. I can’t even imagine the hardship my parents gone through to even give us these opportunities. With this mindset, I know that others go through difficult times to, maybe they are having a bad day and need the moral support. My father or mother didn’t have to tell me how important it is to work hard in life, I believe it’s something you must see and experience first-hand, and I saw it through my parents, even my older siblings. I was given the gift of Choice, to choose what I wanted to do in life and what to experience.

FRAME USA has given me the opportunity to be a part of their team, and I am unbelievably grateful for that. It shows that they are willing to give me a chance as an Inside Sales Representative to prove myself that I am a dedicated and smart worker. I cannot wait to grow within this wonderful company and see where it takes me from here. Thank you FRAME USA.

~ John Nguyen

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Frame USA February News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you!

 

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The Executive Picture Frame series is great for awards, certificates, artwork and just about anything you’d be looking to frame. These frames really bring to life any room where a rich and warming presence is required.

All Executive Picture Frames are 10% off for the month of February with Coupon Code: Feb10

Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use.

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The Birthday of Abraham Lincoln

Today marks the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America! Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a log cabin in Kentucky. He was the middle of three children with his youngest brother dying in infancy in the early 1800’s.

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In 1816 the Lincoln family moved from Kentucky to Indiana, the main reason for the relocation was on account of property disputes and discrepancies in Kentucky, but another part was on account of slavery. The Lincoln’s were members of Separate Baptists church and had harsh moral standards opposing alcohol and slavery. Despite his religions standings, in 1842 Abe married Mary Todd who was from a wealth slave-holding family. The pair went on to have four children but tragically only one of them made it to adulthood.

It was in 1832, after the failing of his general store in New Salem, Illinois that Abe began his political career. Two years later, on his second campaign, Lincoln won election to the state legislature and two years after that he was admitted to the Illinois bar after teaching himself law by reading a plethora of law books. Lincoln continued on as a lawyer and then a Republican leader until 1860.

On November 6, 1860, Abe Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States and he was the first President to be elected from the Republican Party. Lincoln won this election only because of his support in the North and West; he only won two of the 996 counties in the Southern states and no ballots were cast for him in 10 of the 15 Southern states. The US was divided and that came to a head on April 12, 1861 when Confederate troops opened fire on the Union, marking the beginning of the Civil War. This war later became known as the bloodies war in American history with over 600,000 lives loss.

On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This proclamation declared that all persons held as slaves shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free! What a lot of people don’t know is that the Emancipation Proclamation on applied to states in open rebellion (Arkansas, Virgina, Texas, Nor Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama) but not slave-holding border states (Missouri, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky) or areas of the Confederacy that had already been under Union control. In simple terms; the Emancipation Proclamation prohibited the Union army from returning runaway slaves to their owners so any escaped slave who was able to get behind the lines of the Union army and any who lived in an area captured by the Union where therefore considered free.

Four months after the Union defeated the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg (the biggest battle of the Civil War), Lincoln gave his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Address lasted only two minutes and is only 272 words but it’s power was felt well beyond that.

Abraham Lincoln was later assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865 while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. He was killed five days after the surrender or Robert E. Lee as the Civil War was winding down.

To celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln take a look at our popular Lincoln Internet Quote poster:

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