Design Star 2015 First Place Win Press Release

Susan Gittlen of Whispering Woods Gallery Wins 1st Place in World Renowned Design Star: Framing Edition Competition

Holland, Pa (January 2015) – Susan Gittlen of Whispering Woods Gallery in Holland, Pennsylvania, won first place in the custom framed textiles category in Larson-Juhl’s third annual Design Star: Framing Edition competition.

Hundreds of custom frame designs were submitted to the framing competition held at the world’s largest event in the picture framing industry, West Coast Art & Frame in Las Vegas. Custom framers from around the world sent in photographs of their creative framing projects in seven categories: Objects, Mirrors, Textiles, Documents, Art on Canvas, Art on Paper and Photography. Comprised of industry experts, the panel of judges selected first, second and third place winners in each category.

Susan Gittlen won first place in the custom framed textiles category for beautifully framing a blackwork stitchery piece. Gittlen framed this piece in a moulding by Larson-Juhl.

Larson-Juhl CEO, Drew Van Pelt, shared, “The Design Star framing competition is an excellent opportunity to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the very talented custom framers who are also our customers and we’re grateful to have the chance to host an event that garners such positive results.” Established more than a century ago, Larson-Juhl, a Berkshire-Hathaway company, is the world’s premier designer, manufacturer and distributor of fine custom frames of enduring style and craftsmanship.

Whispering Woods Gallery, a family owned business, located at 295 Buck Road in Holland, is celebrating it’s 28th anniversary in February 2015. Gittlen, a resident of Newtown, has been creatively designing framing of art, professional achievements and memories since 1986. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

In 1991, she earned the designation of Certified Picture Framer (CPF) from the Professional Picture Framers Association. Susan earned the designation of Master Picture Framer (MCPF) in October, 2007. This is the highest designation from the Professional Picture Framers Association. There are forty-five MCPF’s worldwide and she is the only one in the Philadelphia area with this designation. She is the President of the Metro Atlantic Professional Picture Framers Association, serving framers in Eastern PA, New Jersey, Delaware and New York City and suburbs.

Textile Framing Award for Whispering Woods Gallery
Susan Gittlen MCPF captures Textile Framing Award at Larson Juhl’s Design Star Event in Las Vegas. Susan is accepting the award from Larson Juhl CEO Drew Van Pelt.


To learn more about Whispering Woods Gallery, please contact Gallery director Susan Gittlen at 215 364-4321,

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