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Sunday at the Met

On September 30, the Metro Atlantic Professional Picture Framers Association met for a private tour with frame historian Suzanne Smeaton at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  Framers and vendors from three states attended the event. It was inspiring to be with others in the industry, discussing art and framing and I came back to the shop with many fresh ideas.



The Power of a Photo

As a 30 year veteran of the picture framing industry, I understand the power of a cherished photo. It stirs up emotions, brings back memories, shows love, and shares pride. My clients rely on me to create a display of their favorites in the best way possible to preserve, enhance and enjoy. Let me share one of my favorite photos. The original is stained and tattered but brings back so many precious memories.

My Dad, Harold Gittlen, loved to pitch horseshoes. Spending our summers in Atlantic City, Dad enjoyed setting up matches with friends, neighbors and sometimes a few guys just passing by. At the end of the summer there would be a championship with trophies. Pre man-cave, this was his “guy activity.” No worries, he was always there for us.

Ok, so let me tell you about this photo. It was taken in the early seventies on the Boston Avenue Beach.  In the mist, you can just make out the “pipe” which marked our place on the beach.  As you can see, Dad has just pitched a ringer!  That just didn’t happen, it took much practice, patience, determination and dedication. This is how Dad lived his life. In addition he probably had a bit of marksmanship skill too.

To everyone who knew my Dad, this photo just shouts out, “Harold!” I don’t know who took this photo, but the photographer captured my Dad and the moment perfectly. I’ve framed this for both of my siblings and they display it proudly.

Do you have a special photo? It’s more than a small image to view on your phone now and then. Stop by Whispering Woods Gallery to have your photo preserved and protected to enjoy every day.


Welcome to my Etsy shop, “Greetings From Susan.”

Welcome to Greetings From Susan, my online Etsy store. For those of you who are not familiar with Etsy, let me explain.  Etsy is an e-commerce website where you can shop for unique handmade, vintage and craft supply items. There are over 1.6 million individual shops selling on Etsy and over 25 million buyers worldwide.  It was launched in 2005 and the headquarters are in Brooklyn, New York.

In 2014, after being in a storefront location for several decades, I felt that it was time to expand our audience from just the Bucks County/Philadelphia/NJ location to a greater area.  I chose Etsy because many of my customers were coming to me to frame items that they had purchased online.  Etsy had a great reputation, so I thought that I would give it a try with one of my passions, vintage postcards.  I had been framing many vintage postcards for family, friends and my customers and I enjoyed creating unique projects. Vintage postcards and ephemera bring back happy memories, taking us back to our youth, a fun occasion or a place that we lived.

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Selling online has a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s exciting and gratifying. I can be open 24/7 instead of just regular business hours.  I routinely ship all over the US and even overseas now and then.  Initially I only wanted to sell matted vintage postcards, but I tweaked my shop to include both matted and unmatted postcards. Soon I will add greeting cards. It’s been a great opportunity and I look forward to seeing “Greetings From Susan” grow. If you are in the area, stop by our shop at 295 Buck Road, Holland, PA 18966.

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“Oh no, the glass broke!”

At Whispering Woods Gallery, we frequently work on glass replacement projects.  Glass can break for many reasons.

  • A proper hook was not used.
  • The hanging hardware was not sufficient for the piece. Screw eye hangers and sawtooth hangers usually are not the best choice.
  • The wire did not catch onto the hook properly.
  • The frame was jarred by a person or object.
  • House repairs to the roof or siding shook the wall.
  • The art was not hung on a timely basis and was jarred while on the floor.
  • The art was leaned against a wall without being secured.

Our goal is to safely dispose the broken glass, remove glass shards, repair or replace a broken frame, and replace the glazing with the appropriate choice. Prices vary according to size, type of glass used and complexity of the project. We stock five types of glass at our shop – Regular, Conservation Clear, Non-glare, Conservation Reflection Control and Museum.  All glass is cut in our shop to fit your frame. Drop by with your  piece and we’ll get it fixed up fast. No worries!


Glass Replacement at Whispering Woods Gallery, Art Gallery and Framing in Holland, PA
Whispering Woods Gallery can help you get that picture back together again.

National Postcard Week and Mother’s Day

National Postcard week and Mother's Day piece
Celebrating National Postcard Week and Mother’s Day

It’s National Postcard Week and Mother’s Day week. What’s a postcard loving picture framer to do? Combine the two celebrations! Here’s a postcard from the approximate time period that Mom is standing in front of the Traymore Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.

The matting and frame have simple clean lines.  Usually I will cover the edges of a photo, but I could not part with the deckled edge  of this one.  The red core mat board continues the fun theme from the postcard.  The frame is from Larson Juhl, showing a hint of red and black wash.  This will eventually be displayed….at the beach!

Here’s Lucy

If you have ever visited Margate, New Jersey you probably passed by Lucy the Elephant. Built in 1881, Lucy is a six story structure that attracts thousands of visitors each year. As a framer, opportunities to frame Lucy are plentiful!  Here are a few of Whispering Woods Gallery’s projects.  Contact Sue for more about prints, vintage postcards and framing.  215-364-4321.

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What’s New at Whispering Woods Gallery-Spring Edition

Susan Gittlen showing framed vintage postcards.

Greetings!  I have been busy creating new vintage postcard items at Whispering Woods Gallery. Look below for a  preview before they are offered in my Etsy shop. They are a great gift for Mom, Dad or Grad. Add a stunning “ready to go”frame and UV filtering glass for only an additional $50.  Visit our shop in Holland, PA to see hundreds of your favorite places.



Thank You!

Whispering Woods Gallery Thanks you!
We are celebrating 29 years of providing Bucks County with art and custom framing  in Holland, PA. It’s been the same location, the same family ownership and the best framing design and workmanship in the Greater Newtown area. Thank-you!


Welcome 2016!

January 2016 from Whispering Woods Gallery
Happy New Year! Let’s make it a sweet ’16!

Wishing you all a sweet 2016! Whispering Woods Gallery is happy to enter our 29th year in Holland, Pa offering Bucks County the best custom framing in the area.  All work is done in house by a PPFA Certified Master Picture Framer.  Over the years we have received awards in design, workmanship and preservation practice. We offer photo restoration, photo imaging, and design services, in addition to our award winning custom framing. Give us a call to see how we can help. We look forward to serving you in 2016!

Vintage Maps, a lasting gift.

One of the most intriguing items at Whispering Woods Gallery is the historic map collection portal. We offer your favorite maps from all over Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Philadelphia, NJ Shore points, New York City, and all over the USA.  Let’s take it a bit further.  We offer over 1.6 million maps from all over the world!  We offer our maps unframed but we suggest letting us frame them to look their best to last for generations.  These maps are printed to your specifications.  Want to give it a spin? Go to our map site to look for US Maps.  Looking for a world map or something a little different? This page will let you travel the world!

One of my favorite types of vintage maps is the “Birdseye View.” These maps were made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Sometimes referred as aero or panoramic views, they are non-photographic maps of cities and towns from above. See the Margate map below. Want to search for your town? Search here  for “Birdseye View” maps. Just put in the state that you are interested in, to get going.

Margate City, NJ Birdseye Map
Margate City, NJ Birdseye Map


For a price quote or to order call Sue at 215-364-4321.  Need this for a holiday gift?  Hurry as the maps are printed just for you.