Professional Picture Framers Association and Paula Wilcox

Professional Picture Framers Association Logo Reproductions of antique gilded picture frame mouldings

The Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) is an international trade organization. The headquarters of the PPFA is based in Virginia, where four full-time staff serve the requirements of its members. These are the only paid staff of an otherwise volunteer-run association. Its primary focus is the education of custom picture framers. The organization and all its chapters are run by volunteers.

The PPFA has 26 chapters, located in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The chapter with the largest number of members and most active is the New England Chapter.

The Association currently represents over 3600 member businesses from around the world. Association members include independent frame shop owners and staff, distributors and manufacturers of picture frame mouldings, supplies and equipment. The PPFA is a member of the Photo Marketing Association (PMA).

Contents 1 History 2 Certification 3 Publications 3.1 Partial list of publications 4 Annual Convention 5 Chapters 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

§History Incorporated on August 21, 1971 with offices in Richmond, Virginia established in 1973 The first Print Framing Competition was held in Burlingame, CA in 1971 The first Open Framing Competition was held in New York, NY in 1975 Launched the Certified Picture Framer certification program in 1986 Became part of the Photo Marketing Association in 2001 Launched the Master Certified Picture Framer certification program in 2003 The current president of the PPFA is John Pruitt, CPF §Certification

PPFA has two levels of certification: Certified Picture Framer (CPF) Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF)

To attain CPF certification, the candidate must be active in the picture framing industry with a minimum one year's experience, and then pass a 3.5 hour, 150 question multiple choice examination. Candidates can also take the CPF examination online during certain timeslots, so that they do not have to travel to an examination venue.

The MCPF designation is earned by the candidate performing several objectives, all required: be a CPF in good standing having taken at least one recertification class submitting four framed items (a canvas, a textile, a paper print and an object) for inspection by qualified examiners assembling a framed piece to completion onsite, within 1 1/2 hours writing a condition-report for an artwork

In 2013 there are fewer than 70 MCPFs worldwide. Framers who have obtained either the CPF or MCPF designations are required to recertify through a day-long course every four years in order to keep abreast of new developments in the framing industry. In addition to the recertification course, a Master Certified Picture Framer must either take or teach three classes identified by the PPFA Certification Board as meeting the requirements for continuing education.

After attaining MCPF, a framer ceases to be a CPF. A framer who has obtained a qualification can place the relevant CPF or MCPF marking after his name for promotional purposes. The designations Certified Picture Framer, CPF and MCPF are all registered trademarks in the United States. §Publications

PPFA publishes a members only quarterly newsletter, provides news, ideas, the latest innovations, materials and methodologies important for the industry. On line forum has public and private (for members only) sections.

Over the years the organization has published numerous books and DVD’s. All publications are available to members for free in Chapter libraries or for purchase in PPFA bookstore. In addition, members have an on line access to a Framer’s Library, a collection of technical articles. §Partial list of publications Kistler, Vivian C., (revised 2006)-Picture Framing, Vol. 1 (Library of Professional Picture Framing, Vol 1), Columbia Publishing, ISBN 978-0938655114 Kistler, Vivian C., (2007)- Conservation Framing (Library of the Professional Picture Framing, Vol 4), Columba Publishing, ISBN 978-0938655039 §Annual Convention

The association has an annual convention each January in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the convention, the PPFA conducts an international framing competition. This framing competition has two sections, the Open and Print competition. For the Open competition, entrants can frame an artwork of their choice. For the Print competition, entrants are all sent the same artwork and have to frame this creatively. During this annual convention, framers have the possibility to sit either the CPF or MCPF examination. Another means of communication among framers is the Framers Corner website run by the PPFA. §Chapters

PPFA has 26 chapters: §See also Gallery wrap Mat (picture framing) Fillet (picture framing) Gilding Gold leaf Silver leaf (art) Picture framing glass Picture frame §

Paula Wilcox and Professional Picture Framers Association

Paula Wilcox (born 13 December 1949 in Manchester) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Chrissy Plummer in the British comedy Man About the House (1973–1976) and later as Hilary Potts in Emmerdale.

Contents 1 Acting career 2 Personal life 3 Television roles 3.1 Comedy 3.2 Drama 4 References 5 External links

§Acting career

Wilcox first came to public attention whilst a member of the National Youth Theatre, which she joined aged seventeen. She appeared in Coronation Street in 1969 as Ray Langton's sister Janice. She was offered her first starring television role in The Lovers, a Granada sitcom produced for the ITV network largely written by Jack Rosenthal and co-starring Richard Beckinsale. There were two series of The Lovers, plus a feature film. She appeared in an episode of The Benny Hill Show (Thames) broadcast on 23 February 1972.

In 1973, Wilcox starred in Man About the House (Thames) as Chrissy Plummer, regularly in a flirtatious battle of wits with her male flatmate Robin, played by Richard O'Sullivan. The series ran for three years and she also starred in the feature film of the same show. Her follow up role was as the eponymous single mother in Miss Jones and Son (1977).

In 1991, Wilcox returned to situation comedy as Ros West in a Yorkshire Television sitcom called Fiddlers Three opposite Peter Davison before playing the character of Ivy Sandford in the pilot of Frank Skinner's Blue Heaven on Channel 4 in 1992 - the show then went on to became a series. She appeared in several series of The Queen's Nose (1995–2001), and also played small roles in the films The Higher Mortals (1993) and the Woody Allen movie Scoop (2006).

On 27 October 2006, Wilcox appeared in the Only Fools and Horses spin-off The Green Green Grass as Marlene's sister. She has also played another character in the Only Fools and Horses universe, appearing in 2 episodes of Rock and Chips, playing Edward "Grandad" Trotter's estranged wife Violet. In 2007 Wilcox joined the cast of Emmerdale as Hilary Potts, mother of the vicar's wife, Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy).

In 2008, Wilcox portrayed Bette Davis in a theatrical play, Whatever Happened to the Cotton Dress Girl?. In 2010, she portrayed a mother of a gay son in a theatrical play, Canary.

In November 2010 Wilcox took the leading role as a Liverpudlian private eye in Following from the Front, BBC radio play, first broadcast November, 2010 and, more recently January, 2015

In addition to her other work, Wilcox has made guest appearances in programmes such as Footballers' Wives, Holby City and Down to Earth. She was cast as Lilian in the BBC Three cult sitcom The Smoking Room. §Personal life

Wilcox was married to actor Derek Seaton from 1969 to 1979 (his death). She later married Nelson Skip Riddle, son of the bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle. §Television roles §Comedy §Drama §
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