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April 2015

April Charity of the Month: Visionaries & Voices

April Charity of the Month

It has been an exciting past couple of weeks here in t the Frame USA offices, what with the basketball championship and a March madness type competition amongst the employees. As the excitement of both settles down we are reminded once again of a core value of Frame USA and Posterservice: Giving back.

In 2001, a unique idea was created. This idea was about an organization that would give members of the Cincinnati community with disabilities, an opportunity to make, market and celebrate their artistic talents. In 2003, this was no longer an idea but a full non-profit organization called Visionaries & Voices.

Visionaries & Voices holds a special place in our hearts over at Frame USA. They have been part of our team for 8 years. Using a corner of our warehouse, V&V opened up a satellite studio and started welcoming artists from Butler and Warren County to the new studio space.

The vision of this amazing organization is to:

“create a world in which artists with disabilities not only produce and share works of art, but are also given continuous opportunities to learn, develop professionally, collaborate, exhibit and celebrate with community members”

Visionaries & Voices started with a small group of artists and have now expanded to over 150 artists each week at their two studios. They provide studio space for artists to come and use materials they otherwise may not have access to. They then give those artists an opportunity to showcase that art in variety of exhibitions they host every year. One of their most popular exhibition is Double Vision. This is an art auction that gives V&V artists the opportunity to collaborate on a piece of art, with artists working in the regional arts community that will then be auction at the gala. The 6th annual Double Vision art auction is this Friday, April 10, from 6:30-11.

In celebration of the 8th year as part of our team, we have chosen V&V as our April Charity of the month.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

Your one dollar could be responsible in countless pieces of one of a kind artwork being created, will you help us spread beauty around the world?

If you would like to know more about Visionaries & Voices and the work they do or for tickets for their upcoming annual art auction gala, Double Vision, please visit their website at visionariesandvoices.com.


Visionaries and Voices Celebrates 7 Years of Outsider Art

Frame USA Hosts V+V’s 7th Year Anniversary

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!

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Our poster sales representative, David Estep, stands with Candi Branham, artist of our recently-licensed poster of her art.


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.


vandv2 Melodic Connections was also at the event, providing live musical entertainment to all guests and artists. vandv1

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

“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.

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!



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.





+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!


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

May and June Charities–And One Awesome Painting

Every month, Frame USA performs a charitable service as an outreach to our community. During May, we sponsored Visionaries and Voices; a not-for-profit organization supporting artists with disabilities. We currently host one of their two studio locations in our retail store, and during this last month, we displayed some of their current works of art for sale. We also purchased one of their fabulous paintings.

Coming this month, we plan to support CAIN (Churches Active in Northside), which is a non-profit faith-based organization of neighborhood churches in Northside. Each month, nearly 400 vulnerable families rely on CAIN’s emergency food pantry, help with rent and utilities, access to federal benefit assistance, and other services. CAIN’s Rainbow of Choice Food Pantry had 4,198 visits in 2010.