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Continuing a tradition of framing design excellence, Sarah entered her first competition in February of 2002. The PPFA competiton subject was a Black & White photograph entitled "The Door". Created by Washington DC photographer, Janine Sides, her image of a rustic doorway created a challenge which Sarah tackled with winning results.

Sarah matted the photograph in a triple mat, all with reverse bevels, dark gray, off-white, and dark gray. Manager Candy Peeters executed exquisitely fine French lines around the opening of the top mat. The presentation was completed with a large matte black capped metal moulding. The clean presentation pleased the judges in Madison, as it took First Place at the Wisconsin Chapter level, qualifiying the piece to proceed to the National Competition in Lousiville.

In May at the National PPFA framing competition, Sarah's design garnished the Third Place Award!

Third Place, 2002 PPFA Print Framing Competition
2002 National PPFA
Print Competition
Louisville - 3rd Place

Sarah and her design team continued winning Wisconsin PPFA Chapter awards by taking the Second Place in 2003, Third Place in 2004 and First Place again in 2005.  Sarah’s 2005 entry of a pair of frog etchings went on to take an Honorable Mention at the National level as well.

2007 National Australian Framing Competition Sydney - 3rd Place 2007 National Australian
Framing Competition
Sydney - 3rd Place

In 2007, The Frame Workshop of Appleton became the first frame shop in the world to win a framing award on three continents, when Sarah’s entry took the Third Place award at the National Australian Framing Competition in Sydney.

Sarah actually sent down two entries that both made the final round of highly commended pieces from a field of over 100 entries.  The image in this competition was fine art Giclée print entitled “The Quiet Sentinel” and is a photo of a well known lighthouse in Macquarie Harbour in western Tasmania.

Sarah’s double matted presentation is separated with a deep fillet that matches the clear dark silver frame and is also accented by a fine glass etched line on the surface.  The judges loved her simple clean approach which captured the haunting light and shadow that emanates from the photo.


John & Sarah Ranes, First Place winners at the Wisconsin Chapter – 2008 PPFA Framing Competition.  This year’s entry also won a Judges Award for creativity and the Popular Choice Award
2008 PPFA Framing Competition
Wisconsin Chapter - First Place
Popular Choice & Judges Award

After a four year break from PPFA Framing Competitions, The Frame Workshop was able to
enter again in the Fall of 2008 when John’s term on the PPFA National Board had expired.   
A replica vintage necklace was used as the subject matter while framers from across the
country all framed this identical piece and entered at their State or Regional Chapter level.

John & Sarah designed their entry together which captured the First Place Award at the state
level and thus qualified to go onto the National PPFA Competition.  Staff framer, William Wright
also contributed in this winning entry which won in addition the Popular Choice Award and the
Judges Award for creativity.

The frame selected was a Larson-Juhl Sofia-Iron profile 520752 with a matching fillet within
the presentation.  A Silver Pongee silk fabric from Frank’s Fabrics was used behind the
necklace and embossed with three dimensional elements to support the piece.  View this
close-up image
of the detail work in this framed entry.

The Frame Workshop of Appleton, Inc. has now been awarded well
over 85 framing awards since 1978.