Enjoy some of our favorite photos from over the years. Click on a photo to see the full caption and larger size. Continue clicking on the arrow for a slideshow. We truly thank all who have supported us over the years!
Another favorite in the shop. My Grandmother’s calling card.
One of my favorites! Dad sits on the front counter. He’s with us always!
A very rare photo of our grandparents. My grandfather died in 1929. This was the first photo restoration project in our shop.
It’s ok to have a bad hair day! Photo circa 1962.
A few years ago I wrote a blog post every day for thirty days showing my favorite vintage photo projects. This one is in my dining room. I fondly remember Ed’s parents! If you have not checked out the “Vintage Is Now” project, just mouse over “Blog” on the menu.
I can’t thank my friend Steve enough for the support and friendship over the years. As a neighbor and fellow framer I have always appreciated his wisdom!
Another favorite in the shop. I found Mom and Dad’s cake topper and created this by scanning photos from Ruthie and Harold’s wedding album.
I frame lots of fun vintage postcard projects. This one has Mom and Dad where they met in Atlantic City.
Here’s a part of history that must be shared. A vintage postcard of the SS Leopoldville, which was torpedoed in the English Channel December 24, 1944. Seven hundred US Soldiers were killed. Miraculously our father, Harold Gittlen was rescued.
I was awarded the MCPF designation in 2007, the highest recognition in our industry. There are only about seventy who have earned this.
So much gratitude goes out to Paul Papier for the outstanding professional photography over the years. If you need photography call Paul!
We love our customers! To each and every one of you, thank you for your support over the years!
I have displayed at many vendor shows over the years.
In 2014 I was awarded two Design Star awards. On the left is Greg Perkins, one of the best frame designers in our industry.
In 2015 I was awarded First Place in Design for Textiles! This was a proud moment with Drew Van Pelt the former CEO of Larson Juhl
I was honored to win another Design Star award in 2017 in Las Vegas.
Marlee had the coolest living room!
Postcard montages take us back!
I was awarded the PPFA Service Award, for my dedication to the framing industry. I proudly display this at the shop!
Photo restoration brings back memories. It delights me to bring happiness to my customers!
This was the start of Whispering Woods Gallery. Fall 1986.
I travelled to Jackson, Mississippi to learn how to frame from Herb Carithers, an innovator in the framing industry.
Larry built our shop in every way. Circa November 1986.
Larry, circa 1987.
Setting up shop in 1986.
Here’s our Dad helping us set up shop in 1986. We remember him everyday.
Our opening party. Thanks to Phyllis, Mom-Mom, for teaching me about the framing business.
We remember Seymour Grant of Grant’s Brandywine Gallery who shared everything he knew about how to run a successful framing business. We got a great start. 1987
An early art show with a local artist.
Rachel used to visit the shop on Saturdays. Where has time gone?
Mom was always ready to help out. She was our best cheerleader!
Debbie might be behind the scenes but works non-stop to make us look good.
Ed, you always make us look great!
I really enjoy framing our four footed friends. Nick was “Best of Breed” in Westminster in 2019!
Volunteering for PPFA, took me to many Museums, frame shops and framing manufacturers.
I was honored to frame this for an Emmy award winner.
Most of you have enjoyed dessert from our friend Pat. Sadly he retired from the baking business after 33 years. We miss him every day!
I visited Lucy to show her some of the important framing that we do to preserve her history.
Thank you for 33 years!
This shadowbox was featured in Picture Framing Magazine.
It brings me joy to frame your family!
Another article in Picture Framing Magazine!
Framing memorabilia from our soldiers is an honor. Thanks to all of the Mom’s and Dad’s that served to protect our country.
Here’s our latest illuminated sign.
Thank you for all of the support and love that you have given Whispering Woods Gallery! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Whispering Woods Gallery is delighted to offer the moulding of Jonah Frameworks. Their frames are crafted from raw imported and domestic wood and are assembled, sanded and finished by hand in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We love to work with Jonah because a frame of any wood and finish can be fabricated to our specifications. We can order the exact frame just for you and we are proud that it comes from a local source.
Kids’ works of art can be special and amazing pieces to display in the home! Many times, colorful mats and frames are incorporated into the custom frame designs, which can be just the right look, especially if the art will be placed in a child’s room or a playroom. But a different approach to share at the design counter is to frame the art in a more sophisticated way so it can be displayed nearly anywhere in the home!
Go for a Gallery Look
Colorful drawings, pencil sketches, photography, paintings and more can be framed with a white mat and black frame for a gallery-style design.
Make it a Masterpiece
Art on canvas can be beautifully highlighted with a wide frame – try frames with a gold, silver or black finish for a dramatic result.
Traditional & Transitional
Frames that highlight the beauty of wood can be a stylish option, and the art can be matted or not, depending on the substrate and medium. Modern and clean-lined profiles, rustic styles, or traditional furniture finishes can all work beautifully to create designs that highlight the art and work well in the home.
At Whispering Woods Gallery, we frequently replace broken glass. 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.
The art did not have sufficient protection during transport. Many times glass breaks during shipping or a move.
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. If the mat is scratched we can replace it. Prices vary according to size, type of glass, and complexity of the project. We stock five types of Tru Vue 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!
In honor of Father’s Day I recently custom framed my Dad’s high school photo. This original photo is dear to me because it was displayed in my Grandmother’s dining room on top of the china cabinet. I have fond memories of the 1920’s house at 2522 North Second Street in Harrisburg, PA. Growing up, I always admired the beautiful soft photography and how well that it captured my father. This photograph survived several damaging floods from the Susquehanna River throughout the years when most of the house contents were destroyed.
The framing is masculine and suited for my father. He was always well coordinated and stylish. My Dad loved neckties and the pattern of the frame reminds me of the patterns that he used to wear. I added an engraved plate so that he will always be remembered. I will add some details to the back of the framed photo so that others will know about his life. Stop by Whispering Woods Gallery to see this and many other examples of our fine custom framing. Do you have a memory that you would like to preserve? I am happy to help.
Today we complete the “Vintage is Now” photo series. We end it with a photo from the beginning of this framer’s photo album. This was the first photo taken of me and I was obviously starting the pattern of bad hair days.
This is a small photo with a simple rag mat embellished with five ruled French lines. I framed this years ago and it still looks classic. It hangs in a grouping in my home with other vintage photos. It makes me smile! Thanks for watching!
This photo reprint of the USS Rawlins was recently framed to celebrate a 90th birthday for a sailor who served on this ship in the South Pacific during WWII. We were asked to include the ribbons of this very young sailor who was anxious to join the war.
We love the patriotic colors and we thank this fine soldier for protecting our country!
One of our customers came in with these snapshots to create a meaningful birthday gift for her husband. We experimented by moving the photos around to come up with this creative arrangement. At Whispering Woods Gallery every framing project is a custom design.
We framed the original snapshots using a double solid color archival matboard, TruVue Museum glass and an elegant Larson Juhl frame that is perfect for vintage items. The largest photo was embellished with a classic corner cut with a computerized matcutter.
Most of us have a few boxes of vintage photos in our closets or under a bed. Why not pick some favorites and make them come back to life? They make a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversary or holiday gift giving.
Day 19 of Whispering Woods Gallery’s “Vintage is Now” goes back to WWII-1945. US Army combat engineer Warren Stichtenoth created this “Cannon Bunker” sketch and a local resident, Wayne Potok recently custom framed it to remember his Dad, Charles Potok.
We included original photographs with the sketch and added an engraved brass plate giving pertinent details. The combination of items worked out very nicely.
Sadly many our WWII vets are not here share their experiences. Through photos we can share history and keep their memories alive.
Welcome! Today’s “Vintage is Now” photo is from a 1952 wedding album. This was the matron of honor and sister of the bride and her husband. The photography is stunning showing the reflections in the mirror. We proudly display this in our shop.
The custom framing is a bit creative! It has curvy mat cuts in the solid color core matboard. The mat colors were carefully selected to blend with the tones in the photo. The shimmery Larson Juhl frame is gutsy but works well. It also comes in silver and gold and is a best seller at Whispering Woods Gallery. The TruVue Museum glass invites you right into the photo.
Whispering Woods Gallery is an award winning picture frame shop in Bucks County, PA. With 31 years of experience will we creatively frame your photos, documents and memorabilia. We hope to see you soon!
Whispering Woods Gallery offers local art and custom framing. This is a vintage Peter Keating Poster from 1986. It’s a classic and timeless. Peter Keating, an artist who lived in Bucks County in the 1970’s and 1980’s, painted beautiful rural scenes of Bucks County. We offer this poster in your choice of custom frame. It would look great in a home or office. If you are looking for local traditional art, give us a call at 215-364-4321.
Every year framers from all over the world gather at the West Coast Art and Frame Show in Las Vegas for five days of classes, vendor exhibits and networking to strengthen our industry. I just returned with fabulous new ideas and a few awards too.