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.
To learn more about art framing, you can visit our blog archive on the subject here.
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!
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.
Melodic Connections was also at the event, providing live musical entertainment to all guests and artists.
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
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.
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.
You can find out more about the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation through this recent piece aired by Channel 12 News in Cincinnati:
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
HGTV Uses Frame USA Picture Frames in HGTV Magazine’s DIY Feature
If you haven’t seen the recent post by Molly Mesnick (Bachelor ’13 winner), you may have missed the exciting DIY projects that our customers have been doing! (Don’t worry, you can find her blog post right here!) Along with the cool projects Molly mentioned, we also had a customer from HGTV order some of our Clean Cut White frames for a special segment on DIY picture frames!
Our frame can be seen in their flash card example – They spray painted our Clean Cut White frame to match the color of the card! How cool is that?
Needless to say, we were thrilled to see both posts! Aside from being obvious good business plugs, we love seeing our frames put to use in creative ways. From matching colors with spray paint to re-wrapping our moulding with colorful patterns, we’ve seen a lot of great DIY concepts for our picture frames. In fact, many of our products end up on Etsy stores, where customers will use our frames in their artwork or craft projects and sell it as its own photo frame! Even better is the price point, where customers can make a nice profit from their work from simply decorating a frame to their heart’s content!
What exciting kinds of DIY projects have you found? If you haven’t caught up on this trend of cost-saving and niche design, have a look at Pinterest (making an account is free!) and search “DIY”. You’ll find some great inspiration for your own hand-made projects, whether that’s picture frames or making your own furniture! You can also follow us on Pinterest while you’re at it, where we not only share information on picture frames, but also DIY inspiration as well!
What other sorts of fun projects have you taken lately? Leave a comment below and we’d be glad to feature it in a future blog!
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.
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.
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.
This past weekend several tourists and New Yorkers found themselves with an opportunity to own an original painting from renowned street artist – Banksy.
On Saturday, October 12, infamous U.K. street artist Banksy setup a booth in New York’s Central Park. The booth and the opportunity to pick up an original Banksy piece was not announced, nor is it expected to happen again anytime soon. Upon watching the video below, Banksy notes that he made a total of $420 for the day, so he sold 7 works @ $60 to 7 lucky and aware individuals.
The sale provided an opportunity for tourists and passerby’s to purchase original art canvases for $60. The artist also posted a video on his website: http://www.banksy.co.uk/
We just wonder where all of those fine folks are going to get an awesome frame to display these great pieces on a wall at home or work…
Would you have recognized these works on the street? Would you have recognized Banksy’s work immediately, or would you have thought this was just another street artist?
Just in case you have no idea, here’s a little explanation from Wiki:
Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
So why do you change something as successful as the Frame USA Retail Outlet at our Headquarters in Cincinnati?Four Reasons:
1)We are looking to improve the customer experience in the store.By moving the counters up closer to the entrance of the store we want to greet you and deal with you in a way that will help us fulfill our mission of creating Ravings Fans*. Our new manager Jay Scozzafava has been chosen specifically on his ability to deliver a great customer experience.(His past involvement with Chick Fil A—a great foundation).
2)We want to introduce you to our new exciting Build-A-Frame concept that will be available on our web site within the next two weeks.When you walk into the store you will see virtually a live copy of frameusa.com.All of our made-in-America mouldings will be all together on the wall in a real frame where you can pick out the one that best fits from your artwork or picture.
Then, you will be able to tell us what you want us to build the frame with—including mats, glass options, backing options and more.We’ll even print your picture for you.This one step process (because we are utilizing our whole building full of inventory) will allow us to have our warehouse manufacture your frame with in-stock materials and have it ready for you within 48 hours.
Once we have given you a chance to work with Build-A-Frame and kick the tires you’ll be able to order your own frames from home at http://www.frameusa.com, or come to the store if you feel you need a little hand-holding or advice from a professional.
3)Value.When we first opening this facility ten years ago our real vision (other than to create Raving Fans) was to create value for the customer.Where else could we take $1 million in picture frame inventory and mix it up with people and combine all of this into an incredible value driven custom frame for you?Because we are changing the way your frame is manufactured and better utilizing our mass production techniques (Henry Ford here we are…), we will be able to save you tons of money.This won’t be a la Groupon 50% off type of savings where you don’t really know what you are getting….this will be real savings and you’ll see it whenever you come into the store.When you come in and see the first price that you get on your first frame we’re hoping you pass on the good news.
4)Offer Great Closeouts—We manufacture thousands of picture frames everyday and some come off the line a little beat up with imperfections and we set them aside into our closeout area which now has over 27,000 closeout frames in stock (www.framecloseouts.com).Some come back to us for a variety of reasons—including people ordering wrong sizes, colors, etc.What could be more fun than us passing these along to you for about ½ of the price?Offering these closeouts in the store is a bargain shopper’s delight and we want you there picking and choosing the best closeout frames in our retail store.
You may think that it sounds like we are promising a lot in the new location.The store is really coming along and we being final prep this week for opening on November 1.Take a look at our new manager, Jay, and a few pictures of the retail store.We’re excited about welcoming you and giving you a great opportunity to try our new array of products and services.