In Memory of Charlie

Watermelons by Charlie Bofinger
Framed Watermelons by Charles Bofinger

Whispering Woods  Gallery lost a good friend on May 27, 2013.  Artist Charlie Bofinger of Feasterville was a frequent visitor at our shop.  Charlie always had great stories about WWII, and being in advertising in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  He was a source of inspiration and in short, one of Whispering Woods Gallery’s best cheerleaders.  We will miss him and share his loss with his family.

We recently framed this beautiful serigraph by Charlie  for Caren of Holland.  It will look amazing in her shore home.  The clear colored matting and radiant green metal frame were a perfect selection.

To see the work of Charles Bofinger, we have his art shown here.

Washington Crossing the Delaware in NYC

I recently had the opportunity of  joining a few PPFA framers in a walk through the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Suzanne Smeaton, the keynote speaker and educator at our 2013 PPFA National Convention, enthusiastically showed us some of her favorites in the Museum. Suzanne worked for Eli Wilner, the shop that created the new frame for Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware.  She oversaw the making of the new 3,000 pound hand carved, gilded frame.  Below are a few photos of the Leutze piece.  A very interesting  short video appeared on CBS Sunday Morning explaining the amazing framing job.

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Memorial Day

Richard Bollinger is one of Whispering Woods Gallery’s favorite local artists.  We have sold his artwork from the first days of our shop in 1987.  Each piece is unique and has significance.  For Memorial Day, I would like to share a print of Rick’s called ” Memorial Day.”

Memorial Day print by Richard Bollinger
Memorial Day print by Richard Bollinger
$90, signed, limited edition.

It’s spring time in Chester County. The fresh fragrance of new life is in the air. A bold palette of bright colors has washed over winter’s stark canvas. Rich tones of green and vibrant yellows punctuate the land in every direction. In this painting, watercolorist Richard Bollinger captures the dramatic shadows that are cast over a flowering hillside.

The morning breeze stirs the limbs of a century old oak and begins to move and gently unfurl our nation’s banner. The stars and stripes that are so familiar to this Pennsylvania landscape, today, take on a much greater significance. It has been raised this day to honor the countless men and women who have served this nation and have paid the ultimate price. It’s Memorial Day. Soon, warmer days will arrive and the activities of summer will take center stage. But this day, Memorial Day, we pause and reflect … we remember … and we are grateful!

So many different frames!

At the West Coast Art and Frame Show there are thousands of unique moulding styles for us to view.  It’s like picking out treats from the candy store without the calories!

Frames by airbrush artist Dennis Mathewson..
Frames by airbrush artist Dennis Mathewson..

Ebu-Arts

For those who have stopped by Whispering Woods Gallery in the past month, you might have seen a very interesting piece of stamp art that we framed. This piece was the fourth Ebu-Arts piece created by Win Straube. Those who saw the piece enjoyed looking at the stamps and reminisced about using their favorites from the past. It was quite an eye catching piece enjoyed by all ages. You will be happy to know that previous pieces are available as posters and as limited editions.  Ebu-Arts is located just over the bridge in New Jersey and we thank them for letting us frame their fascinating collection.

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Made in the USA

Made in the USARecently some framers had a discussion about which products in our industry are made in the USA.  I knew that some of our moulding was made here, but I did not realize how many other products in our shop are also from the USA.

Here’s a few:  Our glass, acrylic,  Framerica moulding,  Nielsen moulding, Vermont Hardwoods moulding,  Laville moulding, some Larson Juhl moulding,  most of our flag cases, most of our matboard,  some Kodak photo papers, wood glue, mounting adhesives, glass cleaner, and most of the art that we carry.

Although we can’t change the economy in one day,  it’s something that you might consider the next time that you make a home decor purchase.  When you visit our shop, ask and we will certainly help you pick products made in the USA.

The Touch of the Master’s Hand

TypesettingLeanna and Mary came to me a few weeks ago wanting a special gift for their beloved pastor and his wife who were leaving the area after many years.  They wanted something meaningful yet simple because the recipient’s new home would be on an Indian Reservation. They had a favorite poem, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand”  but didn’t know the options.

Leanna and Mary had the perfect idea for a gift and with “The Touch of the Master’s Hand,” it really did turn out perfect! Sorry, I couldn’t pass that by since my title is Master Certified Picture Framer… First we gave Leanna and Mary several layouts of the poem and after a few rounds of tweaking it was perfect.  Then we picked a lovely tan parchment paper, complimentary matting and a rustic but elegant Larson Juhl frame.  Rounded corners cut with our computerized mat cutter  made the piece compliment  the rounded curves of the violin.  When completed the piece truly played a beautiful tune!

Whispering Woods Gallery is collecting items for Deserving Decor

Do you have a stack of unused pictures in your closet, attic or basement?  Perhaps you redecorated or downsized and have a few extra decorative items?  Whispering Woods Gallery is collecting art and decorative wall items for Deserving Decor on an ongoing basis.  Donate your unused art to make a difference in our community.  All donations will be used in transitional homeless shelters and for the recently housed throughout Bucks County.  For more details call Sue at 215-364-4321.

Deserving Decor is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit. All monetary and furnishing donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.  Deserving Decor does not receive Federal funding and is an all volunteer organization.