Whispering Woods Galley is now on Instagram

Whispering Woods Galley is now on Instagram.We would be honored if you follow Whispering Woods Gallery on Instagram. Check us out at WhisperingWoodsGallery.

Love Instagram? Of course we have Instagram frames! Sometimes photos are so special that you want to look at them always.  Free your photos from your Instagram account with a 5 x 5″ or an 8 x 8″ square photoframe.  Not the perfect fit? We can cut you a custom mat on our computerized mat cutter before you can say, “Instagram!” We have some frames in stock and over a thousand to special order from. It’s easy to find the perfect frame for your special mobile moment.

Instagram Frames
Whispering Woods Gallery offers Instagram frames.

Whispering Woods Gallery captures a First Place in Design Star 2015

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Whispering Woods Gallery won first place in the Textiles category at Design Star in Las Vegas January 26, 2015.

We are delighted to announce that Whispering Woods Gallery won first place in the Textiles category at the Design Star Competition hosted by Larson Juhl on January 26, 2015.  This competition gave framers the opportunity to showcase their design skills.  Framers entered by submitting digital photos of their entries in seven categories: Objects, Mirrors, Textiles, Documents, Art on Canvas, Art on Paper and Photography.

It was an exciting night at the West Coast Art and Frame Show in Las Vegas and hundreds from the international framing community were in attendance.  The event was emceed by Greg Perkins CPF, Marketing Manager for Larson Juhl and author of “Great Frame Design.”  Awards were given by Drew Van Pelt, CEO at Larson Juhl.  There were close to 900 entries internationally.

The winning framed textile piece by Whispering Woods Gallery was a blackwork stitchery stitched by Susan Gittlen MCPF and framed in Larson Juhl’s Marais line of moulding.  The piece was so popular at the shop that several customers stitched their own versions from the pattern. It is on display at the shop.

In 2014, Susan Gittlen of Whispering Woods Gallery captured two third place awards in the Photography and Documents categories.  She was also a judge in the Mirrors category for 2015.  A framed design specially designed by Susan for the event was displayed.

Whispering Woods Gallery is located in Holland, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Whispering Woods Gallery is a family owned and operated custom frame shop established in 1986 winning numerous framing design awards and employing the only Master Certified Picture Framer in the Philadelphia area.

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New in the Gallery! Solid Hardwood Frame Moulding made in Pennsylvania

Solid hardwood frame moulding made in Pennsylvania

Whispering Woods Gallery is happy to announce that we’ve added a new moulding line to our diverse selection of frames.  We have new hardwood moulding from American Moulding out of Lake Ariel, PA.  Not only is the wood from Pennsylvania trees, but it is handcrafted here too.  There is a wide selection of oak, ash, and cherry in many different profiles and stains.  Also there are barnwood and pine mouldings too.  These frames work well with country or rustic items as well as with items needing simplicity.

Signs of Summer

One of my favorite local artists, Karen Eckelmeyer, creates art that lets you celebrate summer all year round.  Every time I view the art of Karen Eckelmeyer, it takes me to a warm and sunny place at the shore.  Karen, a Bucks County, Pa resident, is self taught and works in colored pencil. It is easy to mistake her detailed work as being a photograph. Her fine art giclee prints of shells, stones and plants are timeless and will fascinate for years to come.  Give Sue a call for further information.


I feel like a celebrity!

Picture Framing Magazine article
Susan Gittlen MCPF made it to Picture Framing Magazine!

While attending our annual trade show in Las Vegas last January, I ran into Brian Wolf, one of the educators in the framing industry.  I asked him if he would look at some photos of my mat  designs.  He liked what I was designing and shared some great learning resources to help me increase my knowledge.  He also asked if I would help him with an upcoming article that he was writing about his area of expertise, decorative matting techniques.  Over the next few weeks we exchanged many emails to create an amazing article.  It seems as if the article was abbreviated a bit, but I was delighted to see my name in print in our industry’s trade magazine.

Some Vintage Postcard Fun

Many of you know that I enjoy working with vintage postcards. Linen era cards from the 30’s and 40’s are my favorites. Thinking of a project? I’m happy to help. I can frame your cards, or select from my extensive inventory. If I don’t have what you need, I’ll find you the perfect ones from other vendors. Here are a few framed pieces that I have created that showcase vintage postcards.

Latest Projects

We would like to share some of our latest framing projects at Whispering Woods Gallery. Enjoy!

A Winning Trip to Vegas

Here are some photos of my recent trip to our annual framing trade show and conference in Las Vegas in January 2014.

Thank you for keeping me busy in 2013!

Just a few of the many multiple opening projects in 2013.
These are just a few of the multiple opening projects that we framed in 2013
From left: WWII ephemera, framed photos, 1950’s family recipes, framed Hummel art, more framed recipes, WWII gas rationing coupons and ephemera.

I am thankful for a busy 2013 and am looking forward to what unusual framing projects will arrive in 2014.

Photographing Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights
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This holiday is the perfect opportunity to take pictures of your family, your friends, and your neighborhood.  Don’t let short days or cold weather discourage you.  Today’s digital cameras handle low light well, so it’s a great time to record the holiday lights and candles that mark the winter season.The first rule for pictures of holiday lights is to turn off your camera’s flash, which can rob the scene of color. If you’re taking pictures of holiday decorations at a neighbor’s house or a colorful store display, your camera may select a slow shutter speed, so use a tripod or find a way to steady your camera on a solid object.  Use ISO 400 or even ISO 800. Automatic white balance can also drain color from the scene.  Read your instruction book and experiment with other color balance presets.  Shoot, check your LCD panel, and make adjustments.

Whether your subject is holiday decorations and lights, or a portrait of a family member, the most common mistake is to shoot from too far away.  Don’t zoom in on your subject, because that will affect shutter speed.   Instead, move closer.

Gentle snow won’t hurt your camera, and if it’s cold outside just keep it in your pocket until you’re ready to take pictures.  Enjoy the lights and Happy Holidays to all from Whispering Woods Gallery!

Factory Tour of Larson Juhl in Ashland, Wisconsin

Have you ever wondered how frame moulding is made?  One of our favorite moulding companies at Whispering Woods Gallery is Larson Juhl.  Many of their frame mouldings are made right here in the United States in Ashland, Wisconsin.  Here are some photos of how the new Homestead line is made from start to finish. Stop in to see the new Homestead line, made in the USA.

Homestead Factory Tour