About Us

Serving the art and framing community, the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), leads its members to discover new business opportunities and enhance custom framing skills.  The Mountain & Plains PPFA Chapter, Inc., serves the State of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, and the eastern parts of Kansas and Nebraska. The chapter was formed in October of 2004 and is overseen by a Board of Directors and PPFA International.

Chapter Events

The Mountain & Plains Chapter offers up to 4 educational events each year.  At each event, a speaker teaches classes on a range of topics related to the Picture Framing industry.  The classes are usually offered on Monday or Sunday, and are at a minimal cost, or in some cases complimentary to our members.  Hands-on classes offered in the past have included:  French Matting and Gilded Accents, Compo Corners & Altered Finishes, Mat Design, Fabric Wrapping, Perfect Fit Fillets, and Shadowbox Designing.  Business classes have also been offered and have included:  Turning a Buying Advantage into a Selling Advantage, Adapting to a Changing Industry, and Are You Making Money?.

CPF Exam

Each year, the chapter offers the CPF exam to any member or non-member that want to take the test.  It is a four hour test with 150 questions on all aspects of the framing industry.  The chapter has a library of all the books for studying for the exam.  Members may check out the books by contacting the chapter librarian.

Framing Competitions

Every year there is the Print and Open Competition for PPFA members.  The print is available for purchase from the chapter and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners can advance to the International competition at the PPFA annual convention.  The open competition entries can be anything the picture framer wants to frame and the top 3 winners may advance to the international competition.

Board Members

The chapter is overseen by a volunteer board of directors that serve a one year term.  The 2013 Board of Directors are:

  • President/Librarian - Gary Germaine, cpf, Colorado Moulding, 303-922-1919 extension #2
  • Secretary - Russ Wood, Grey Owl Framing, 303-809-4957
  • Treasurer - Maggie Williamson, Bella Art and Frame, 719-487-7691
  • Competition Chair - Mike Bettmann, cpf,  Colorado Frame Co., 303-237-7623 
  • Communications Chair - open position
  • Membership Coordinator - open position



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