About

Artfully Framed

The Artfully Framed Mission

"Your Treasures, Beautifully Protected."   Our goal at Artfully Framed is to provide you with quality custom framing for your art, collectibles or  personal treasures. We are committed to protecting and preserving for your items for generations to come.   We also offer the best designs of anyone in the area. Truly great custom framing starts with the materials that go into a frame package.   Think of it as the foundation of a house.    You don't immediately see that foundation, but eventually if it isn't sound, the house will start to deteriorate.   The same is true with a custom framing package.   Many framers will use less expensive boards, substrates and methods to keep the initial cost down, but those short sighted savings can mean irreparable damage in the long run.   We work hard to bring you a product that will not only look good, but will remain stable and secure for generations. To stay at the top of our design game, we compete in professional design competitions.  Our designs and craftmanship have won many Regional and International awards.

Unique Gifts

In addition to our framing services, we also offer regional art and great gifts.   We look for quality items, preferably handcrafted.    In our gifts, we try to bring you companies that are artist' owned, and items that are Made in America.  We also like things that are recycled, Fair Trade, and have a mission attached.   Many of the lines at Artfully Framed are committed to donating back to causes.  We research each line to make sure they are operating by the higest standards, so you can buy and gift with confidence.

Local Artists

Artfully Framed proudly represents some of the best artists from the area, and beyond.   When you are ready to graduate from wall decor to real art, we've done some of the research for you.   Some of our artists are professional, some are up and coming and some are very skilled hobbyists that have a flair unique to them.   If the art speaks to you, you can feel good about contributing to the livelihood of real artists, while getting a bargain for yourself.  Fine art doesn't have to be expensive and we simply offer you the best in local talent.

Awards & Recognitions

  • First Place, PPFA International Print Competition, 2006

  • The framing design also took 1st place and a judges award for Innovation in Design at the Mid-America Regional Competition. The entire frame and built in easel is made from picture frame moulding and is one inclusive design, even though it looks as if a framed picture is sitting on an easel.  
  • Honorable Mention -PPFA International Print Competition, 2009

    The framing design of a vintage style necklace also placed first at the Mid-America Print Competition, qualifying it to advance to the International level.
  • PPFA International Award for Excellence in Design, 2010

    The award was earned for the design of a Christmas Card entered in the PPFA Open International competition in 2010.   Previously, the piece had earned 1st place in the Mid-America open Competition, along with a Judges Award for Design and Popular Choice.   Those Regional awards qualified the framed piece to be entered at the International Competition.
   

The Artfully Framed Crew

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Front Row, L-R:  Owner Barbara Pelton, MCPF, Rusty Van Praag-Techno Wizard

Back Row, L-R:  Jen Larkins, Tad Long, and Cindy Allen

Barbara Pelton, MCPF is a PPFA Master Certified Picture Framer, since 2007.   In addition to owning/managing the store, she was a contributing editor to Decor magazine for 2 yrs, served on the International Board of Directors for the Professional Picture Framing Association for 2 years, and has served on various boards and committees for PPFA as well as the community.   She is currently on the PB Advisory Board for the Museum and Arts as well as the Designing Women Foundation, founded by Linda Bloodworth Thomasson. Rusty Van Praag has worked at Artfully Framed twice, first in HS and now since relocating back to Poplar Bluff from NY about a year ago. He works full time at the Poplar Bluff Library as the technical director, and free lances at Artfully Framed as our techno-wizard. Jennifer Larkins has been framing at Artfully Framed for over 6 years, and is currently working occasionally part time. She works full time for Dr. Lance Yeoman at the Dermatology Center, but can't completely cut her ties with us, and we (and many of our customers) are grateful for that.   Jennifer is an award winning framer, having placed second in the Mid-America print competition in 2010. Tad Long has been with Artfully Framed for over 3 years and is a full time designer and framer. Before joining the Artfully Framed Crew, Tad worked at the Hallmark store in Poplar Bluff.   Many of the in store displays are Tad's creations. Cindy Allen has been with Artfully Framed for 2 years and is a full time designer and framer. Cindy previously has worked as a floral designer, and the floral arrangements you see in our store are her designs.