I have been involved in the picture framing industry since I opened The Frame Workshop in September of 1978 and started teaching to my fellow colleagues in 1981, but I am just now creating a personal blog that is purely about me sharing my thoughts and observations with my colleagues.  And although personal I should state that it is somewhat B2B in nature as I am creating this to reach out to fellow professionals within the art and picture framing industry.

Although I have had a full blown online website for our retail business since 2001, this is my first attempt at an online blog… something a little more personal to compliment my writings in the trade journals.

As an educator and industry consultant, I have been very fortunate that I have had the opportunity to teach and share within the picture framing industry in many parts of the world from Perth, Australia to Istanbul, Turkey.  I have presented seminars and hands-on workshops in Moscow, Russia as well as Chicago, Illinois.  And it is through this diverse amount of experiences that I do know that we never stop learning.


John Ranes II with Sarah Ranes own and operate The Frame Workshop, a frame shop, gallery and gift boutique in Appleton, Wisconsin

John with Sarah run a retail frame shop, gallery and gift boutique in Appleton, Wisconsin, since 1978.




2 thoughts on “Introductions…

  1. janesframes2014

    I hope you get a chance to visit Jane’s Frames in Franklin, MA on your way to New Hampshire.
    after you visit New England PPFA past president Cliff Wilson (Framed in Tatnuck) and current NE PPFA president John “Harry” Gaston (Gaston Art & Frame), take the MASS pike ( I-90) to Rt 495 to exit 17.
    Looking forward to seeing you!
    Jane Curran
    Jane’s Frames

  2. johnranes1949 Post author

    Hi Jane, We’re going to have to put you on the list for a visit the next time that we are out here. I am planning on stopping by to see Cliff Wilson tomorrow, Wednesday and then visiting a retail gift shop in Middleton on our way North. Unfortunately we simply have run out of time, and Sarah is demanding that there be some down time built into our journey! 🙂


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