Frame Factory & Gallery Takes First Place in State Competition
Photo courtesy of Frame Factory & Gallery
LARGO - The Frame Factory & Gallery has done it again! "Each year we compete and each year we win," said owner Mary Byrd after learning that she and her staff composed of Greg Legas, Laurie Peacock and Patrick Sanders had taken first place in the recent annual state framing competition sponsored by the Sunshine State Chapter of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA). Their entry, which was judged on overall impression, design and creative elements as well as technique and finishing, also captured the Popular Choice Award. The wins were announced at a dinner at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City.
The Sunshine State Chapter serves 140 PPFA members around the state by providing local education and a forum of open communication to enhance the picture framing industry. The PPFA, which has more than 3200 members nationally, serves the art and framing industry as an advocate for its members and by offering programs that elevate professional standards, enhance profitability and expand sales. The Frame Factory has been a member of the PPFA since 1974.
"No framing job is too difficult for us," says Byrd, who explains you can frame virtually anything you want to frame. Musical instruments, seashells, old jewelry, signed football jerseys and baby shoes have been among items framed. One customer brought in an American flag and service medals for framing. "We've also framed some incredible, ornate masks from the Orient," she noted. In addition, there is a large selection of all types of artwork for sale. The Frame Factory is located at 600 East Bay Drive. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, you may call 581-0322.
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