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Tax Day

Tax Day

Today, Tuesday April 18th is known as Tax Day. This is the deadline where individual income tax returns are due to the government.

The idea of income tax began with the Revenue Act of 1861. This Act suggested that a tax should be placed on every US citizen due to the need to fund the Civil War. The Revenue Act of 1861 was signed and made a law by President Abraham Lincoln.

Tax Day usually occurs on April 15th but there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, in Washington DC they celebrate Emancipation Day the weekday closets to April 16th, so when the 15th occurs on a Friday, Tax Day takes place the approaching Monday. Now if the 15th happens on the weekend, Tax Day then exist on Tuesday, like it is this year.

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Frame USA April News

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

April News

The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Barnwood Frame Serving Trays are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizers, these trays give more functionality to your everyday picture frame.

For the month of April enjoy 10% off all Barnwood Frame Serving Trays with Coupon Code: BarnTray10

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.

April Charity of the Month: Visionaries and Voices

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Visionaries and Voices

The concept for Visionaries + Voices emerged in 2001 when Keith Banner and Bill Ross curated an exhibition in Base Gallery for artists Paul Rowland, Richard Brown, Antonio Adams, and Raymond Thunder-Sky. Bill and Keith both worked for county boards serving individuals with disabilities and had met these artists in the course of their work. After that initial exhibition, more opportunities arose to organize shows and to present the work of artists with disabilities. 

V+V now serves over 150 artists each week and presents 5 exhibitions per year in our Northside Gallery along with a growing number of exhibitions in wide variety of venues throughout the region and beyond. In 2004, Raymond Thunder-Sky passed away. His legacy is commemorated on the exterior wall of V+V’s Northside Studio in a mural designed by his friend Antonio Adams (this mural was completed and dedicated by ArtWorks in 2009). V+V has also developed a groundbreaking education program that provides artists who attend the studio opportunities to present their work and teach in community and classroom settings. The Teaching Artist Program (T.A.P.) now reaches over 6,000 students each year. 

What began with a simple and ingenuous vision to create a space for artists with disabilities, has become the home for hundreds of artists to find their voice within the cultural landscape of Cincinnati.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Visionaries and Voices in appreciation for your online order for the month of April.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Baseball Is Back — Opening Day 2017

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MLB Opening Day

Opening Day, typically occurring the first week of April, marks the beginning of baseball season for The MLB (Major League Baseball). This day is especially important for us in the city of Cincinnati seeing how The Cincinnati Reds were the Major Leagues first professional baseball team.

Originally the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, they were formed in 1866 and three years later became the first pro team by having ten players and all of them paid on salary.  The then Cincinnati Red Stockings had their first game on May 4th, 1869 which they went on to win 45-9! They continued on that season to 65 wins and zero losses, posting the first and only perfect season in the history of professional baseball.

Opening Day in Cincinnati is celebrated with the annual Findlay Market Parade. For multiple decades the first pitch of every MLB season happened in Cincinnati and the Reds are the only team to always play their first game at home.

Does your city glorify Opening Day in grand fashion? Let us know how you plan on honoring this unofficial holiday and what team you plan on watching the most of this season. Additionally, we’re offering 12% off all of our Wood Picture Frames in honor of the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

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April Fools’ Day

April 1st marks a favorite day for many jokers, April Fools’ Day! While not a public holiday, this April Fools’ Day is celebrated worldwide with many people playing jokes or pranks on their friends.

While April Fools’ Day is celebrated worldwide, there is no exact commencement date telling us when it began and why. But, there are two popular theories:

  1. Some people believe the day began due to The Nun’s Priest’s Tale which is a story from The Canterbury Tales written by poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the 1392. In this story the hero is tricked by a fox on “syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.” It is believed that the translation of this was supposed to mean 32 days after March, but somehow this line was misunderstood and people took it to mean 32nd of March, which would be April 1st.
  2. Others believe this celebration began in 1582 when France changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. This in turn moved the celebration of the New Year from the end of March to the beginning of January and anybody still celebrating the New Year at the end of March were considered fools.

Regardless how it started, April Fools’ Day is not going away. Do you participate in jokes and pranks on April Fools? Comment below and tell us the best prank you’ve pulled.

Artist Spotlight: Marc Allante

Posterservice Inc. is very proud to be working with Hong Kong born artist Marc Allante. Inspired by European watercolors and traditional Chinese ink techniques, Marc’s colorful and drippy watercolor style has helped his posters to become best-sellers. We are up to 7 of his images so far, ranging from birds, a lion, panda, buffalo, cityscape and a romantic couple caught in the rain.

With vibrant hues of color popping off a crisp white background, one of his posters is sure to appeal to you!

 

 

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Marc Allante Posters

Save Big On Boardroom Certificate Frames

Recognition is something we get all too rarely in this world and it’s something to be cherished. A verbal compliment or note of appreciation can really pick up your day, but when you receive a tangible, hard copy of an accomplishment–that can last forever. Our Certificate Frames are a way to memorialize those compliments and displaying them so you can look to those when you’re not having such a great day and maybe remember that you earned that accolade. Awards, certificates, diplomas–they should be framed and hung where you can see them, in a nice certificate frame that shows off your accomplishment.

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Boardroom Certificate Picture Frames

If you’re looking for a more ornate wood picture frame to hang your certificate in, a great frame is our Boardroom Certificate Frames. The Boardroom Certificate frame comes in 4 colors; black, walnut, cherry and gold. They all feature some scoops and beveling and include a decorative beading along the inside edge. All of them come available with gold beading but the black and walnut also have versions with beading that matches the finish of the frame.

The Boardroom Certificate Frame Series is now 50% OFF all Fast Ship items on www.frameusa.com.
This is a limited time offer. Prices are low, so don’t be slow!

Saint Patrick’s Day — Friday, March 17th 2017

St. Patrick's Day

Today marks the Feast of Saint Patrick aka Saint Patrick’s Day. Held on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day is a Christian and Irish celebration which honors Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

Saint Patrick was a missionary and bishop in Ireland in the 5th century. Despite what many believe, St. Patrick was not actually born in Ireland, but was kidnapped by Irish raiders and held hostage for six years. During this time Patrick found God and was called to spread his word. Patrick escaped slavery but later returned to Ireland where he became instrumental in converting the Irish to Christianity.

Nowadays St. Patrick Day celebrations include parades, people wearing green, feasts, festivals and heavy amounts of alcohol consumption. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States took place On March 17, 1762, over 50 years ago. Now there are over 100 St. Patty’s Day parades that happen all over the US, with the biggest two taking place in New York and Boston. New York’s parade is so big that they average between 150,000-250,000 people participating in the march! Recently there has been criticism of the holiday with many complaining that the celebration has become too commercialized, encourages negative stereotypes of the Irish and has veered far from the original purpose of honoring St. Patrick.

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Here are Frame USA we’re celebrating Saint Patrick by offering 10% off of our entire website! That means you can receive picture frames, posters, mats and more all at a 10% discount with Coupon Code: Green10.

Let us know how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

March Madness 2017

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It’s that time of year that a most sports fans and a lot of casual viewers love, MARCH MADNESS! March Madness or The Big Dance are nicknames that refer to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Created in 1939, this tournament is single-elimination and takes place every year in March. 68 college basketball teams from the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) are divided into four regions and play this “one and done” tournament to decide the national champions.

Televised since 1969, March Madness has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. Fans love cheering for the Universities they attended and have such a yearning to boo and shame their most heated rivals. It’s the time of year that can be inspiring seeing a low seeded Cinderella team going the distance and making it deep into the tournament. Mid-March is a time when televisions are filled with basketball because there is an astounding 67 games that will be played in the short span of 3 weeks.

Regardless if you’re a casual viewer like a lot of us out here or you’re a die-hard college basketball fan, March Madness has something for us all to enjoy.  Comment below and tell us who you think will win this year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament. Additionally at Frame USA we have our own annual tradition called Margin Madness taking place, so swing by our site and check out all the fantastic products and savings we have for you!

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Frame USA March News

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

March-News

 

The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life! Our Colori Picture Frame Series is a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.