Check out the “Unforgettable Photograph”

I recently discovered the book “The Unforgettable Photograph” by celebrity photographer George Lange with Scott Mowbray.  This book gives “228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life.”  Easy to grasp and not too technical, you can pick up some great advice whether you use a smartphone, a point-and-shoot, or a high end camera.  This is a great time of year to take photos of your friends, family and pets. Although I am not a professional when it comes to photography, I can certainly give you professional advice on how to frame your photos.  Don’t leave your images on your media card or phone.  Get them printed and enjoy them! I can’t wait to see your photos!

Check out George Lange in this short video about the book.

Framing for a Framer

Example of Needlepoint
Sue’s Needlepoint

Often visitors to Whispering Woods Gallery ask me “Sue, what do you have hanging in your home?”  That’s a great question!  Most framed items in my home are there for a reason.  Either the item was a gift, collected in my travels or came from a friend or relative. Most have sentimental meaning.  Some of the things hanging are my own creations.

I like to do needlework.  I have an entire wall of a staircase showcasing my work.  Here is the latest. Since I’m busy it took me about two years to complete the stitching!  It’s dear to me and the framing had to be perfect.  When somebody brings me needlework to frame, I appreciate how dear it is to owner.  Much love and thought went into the project.  When you bring me your cherished items to frame, I treat them as if they were my own!

Philadelphia Freedom

Philadelphia Freedom poster
Sometimes simple is better.

We recently recently framed this Philadelphia Freedom poster for Joe of Elkins Park.  This is a limited edition serigraph poster by Aaron Draplin that would make all Philadelphia fans proud.  Those who know Whispering Woods Gallery know that we can frame the most complicated of  projects.  However this piece did not warrant complicated framing.  Sometimes simple is better.

For the matting we carefully matched the gold of the image and selected a one with a slight rippled texture.  A simple square matching deep blue metal frame surrounds the piece.  With so much fun with the Philadelphia logos, the matting and framing should not distract from the enjoyment of these fine Philadelphia symbols.  With a UV protecting glass and archival matboard this will bring many years of enjoyment for Joe.  Philly soft pretzel anyone?

Boat House Row 7 by Nicholas Santoleri

Boat House Row image
Boat House Row 7 by Nicholas Santoleri

This is the seventh major watercolor painting completed and reproduced in print by the artist, over a 23 year span. Boathouse Row is one of the most picturesque sites in the Philadelphia area.  The 15 quaint and colorful boathouses on the Schuylkill river often seem like a picture postcard when driving by. However, on race days, the houses come alive with activity, the river is filled with rowers, and the shores are lined with spectators.  In the evening, the calm returns, and the lights that outline the houses cast a luminous reflection on the river.

The image size of Boat House Row 7 is 13 1/4 x 28″.  The edition size is 1750 and each print is priced at $150.  We are currently taking orders and offer it framed or unframed.  Order early for holiday delivery.

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!

Flag Cases-Creating Lasting Memories

Military Flag CaseFuture generations will only know who they are…when they understand the story of where past generations have been. Whispering Woods Gallery carries American made flag cases for American heroes. We offer a wide selection of flags cases for military burial flags and smaller 3’x 5′ flags. Stop by our shop to see our sample, which is from our Dad who served in the US Army in WWII.

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..


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.


Thanks for voting Whispering Woods Gallery as your pick for the #1 frame shop!

Philly Hot List Winner 2012Whispering Woods Gallery was a nominee in the 2012 Philly Hotlist competition for Best Custom Framing. There were over 6,000 businesses in 140 categories represented in the Philadelphia area.  We came in first for the entire Philadelphia area, competing with 24 other frame shops.  For those who voted, we sincerely thank you!  It was a very close race and in this case every vote counted.

Our long time neighbor What’s For Dessert  also had a close race.  Pat Bryson, owner of What’s For Dessert had the lead for best Philadelphia area bakery for most of the time, but fell back to the #2 spot at the end.  What’s for Dessert, you have our vote!