New Design Star Award for A Framer's Touch!

Kristen Ling of A Framer’s Touch Wins 3rd Place In World Renowned
Design Star: Framing Edition Competition

Forest Grove (February 2017) – Kristen Ling of A Framer’s Touch in Forest Grove, Oregon, won third place in the custom framed art on paper category in Larson-Juhl’s fifth annual Design Star: Framing Edition competition.

Hundreds of custom frame designs were submitted to the framing competition held at the world’s largest event in the picture framing industry, West Coast Art & Frame in Las Vegas.  Custom framers from around the world sent in photographs of their creative framing projects in seven categories: Objects, Mirrors, Textiles, Documents, Art on Canvas, Art on Paper and Photography.  Comprised of industry experts, the panel of judges selected first, second and third place winners in each category.

Kristen Ling won third place in the custom framed art on paper category for beautifully re-framing a timeless, farm house piece of artwork into new moulding to match a new interior décor style for the home.

“Design Star has become an event that truly celebrates the raw talent and creativity of our industry. Year after year, we continue to be inspired by the works submitted into the competition. The acknowledgement of extraordinary custom framing and a chance to network with individuals in the industry is what makes this event truly special each year,” shares Drew Van Pelt, Larson-Juhl CEO. Established more than a century ago, Larson-Juhl, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the world’s premier designer, manufacturer and distributor of fine custom frames of enduring style and craftsmanship.

New Framing Competition Awards

A Framer's Touch competed in the 2016-17 international framing competition. The subject was "Grandma's Buttons" and required participants to frame, in full-preservation technique, 7 antique buttons of their choosing.

After nearly 80 man-hours, Kristen and Emma successfully executed their vision and submitted the framed buttons to the first round of judging at the Regional level. They took first place and popular choice!

In the following months, they prepared the frame to ship to Las Vegas for the International level of judging. Kristen and Emma flew down to Las Vegas at the end of January to attend the framing convention for educational seminars and to view the international competition frames. They were very impressed with how their peer framers around the world approached the buttons; and A Framer's Touch was voted popular choice again.

For the full gallery of images, including behind-the-scenes, visit the gallery on Facebook here.

A Year in Framer's Inventory

What sort of frames do we use in a year?

A fun little video showcasing the types of frames we used in 2015 from one supplier, Framer's Inventory.

Doherty Ford Remodel

At A Framer's Touch, we work closely with many types of corporate and business clients to find the right kind of framing to fit their needs and work space. Below follows a series of before/after photos taken in Doherty Ford in Cornelius, as we helped the business with the finishing touches on their 2016 showroom grand remodel.

We had a great time working with Michael Doherty to find the perfect way of framing all the photographs and memorabilia for the Ford building. We tied in the colors and styles to match the new contemporary look of the building. We also teamed up with local photographer Lori from Alleyway Photography to add some more artistic images to the various spaces. Everything was hung and looking fabulous in time for the Grand Opening reception! We're happy to have been able to play a part in Doherty Ford's continuing history in the community.

AFT Joins First Statewide Bike Friendly Business Program in the Nation

A Framer's Touch is now a Bike Friendly business! Recognized by Travel Oregon's Bike Friendly campaign, AFT is an official opportunity for cyclists to stop in for a few day amenities such as water or wifi.

Salem, Ore. – Jan. 28, 2014 – Oregon loves bicyclists. That’s why Travel Oregon created the first statewide Bike Friendly Business program in the nation geared towards travelers.
The Oregon Bike Friendly program is a recognition and training program designed to provide tips and tools for businesses to attract cyclists by offering amenities they seek. All businesses in Oregon are welcome to participate. Once officially recognized as Bike Friendly by Travel Oregon, tourism-related businesses will receive special recognition through Travel Oregon’s marketing channels, including and

“Enhancing the biking experience for visitors and Oregonians is one of our top initiatives at Travel Oregon,” said Scott West, Chief Strategy Officer for Travel Oregon. “In Oregon, we value the multitude of world-class outdoor adventures we offer, while also being stewards of the land. Improving cycling infrastructure within the state can help us enrich both.”

Bicycle-related tourism contributes $400 million into Oregon’s economy annually, according to a 2012 study by Dean Runyan Associates. The Bike Friendly Business program is designed to help local businesses tap into this growing segment of the state’s economy by delivering a premier experience for people biking in Oregon.

Oregon has been a bicycle-tourism innovator since 2010, when Cycle Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department co-created the only Scenic Bikeways program in the nation. Beginning with the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, the program now boasts 11 stunning bike-friendly routes throughout the state.

The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors’ experience by providing information, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians’ quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state’s $9.2 billion tourism industry that employs more than 91,000 Oregonians.

A Framer's Touch Wins Local Business Award

Forest Grove Award Program Honors the Achievement

FOREST GROVE July 2, 2015 -- A Framer's Touch has been selected for the 2015 Best of Forest Grove Award in the Art Galleries category by the Forest Grove Award Program.

Each year, the Forest Grove Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Forest Grove area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Forest Grove Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Forest Grove Award Program and data provided by third parties.


About Forest Grove Award Program

The Forest Grove Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Forest Grove area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Forest Grove Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Forest Grove Award Program

A Naval Painting with a History

We always expect some kind of story behind every piece that comes in to be custom framed. Sometimes it's obvious--a family photo, a piece of art bought on a trip, a wedding invitation. Sometimes we are surprised to hear the story and how it relates to the customer. When customer James began to tell us the historical significance (and resulting personal family importance) of the scene depicted in the painting he brought with him, we knew we had to get the full story. We asked James to write down what he knew, and this is what he told us:


"This painting depicts a critical moment during the Battle off Samar during World War II. The Battle off Samar was part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in modern times. On October 25, 1944 a small group of thirteen US Navy ships called Taffy 3 were surprised by a larger and much more powerful armada of Japanese battleships, cruisers, & destroyers--including the largest battleship ever built, the Yamato--off the island of Samar in the Philippines. While hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, the American ships were the only defense between the Japanese armada and the helpless American troop transports & cargo ships delivering General Douglas MacArthur's 200,000 soldiers who were going to liberate the Philippines from Japanese.

"The American ship closest to the Japanese armada was the destroyer USS Johnston. Without waiting for orders, the Johnston's commander CDR Ernest Evans turned his ship and singlehandedly attacked the large Japanese armada. The painting shows the Johnston dodging fire from the Japanese ships as it charges alone at full speed, before launching its torpedoes. The torpedoes severely damaged the Japanese heavy cruiser Kumano, removing it from the battle along with another cruiser that stopped to aid the stricken ship.

"Although badly damaged by fire from Japanese battleships, which also wounded CDR Evans, the Johnston continued to fight, lending fire support to the other ships and later breaking up a Japanese torpedo run against the American ships. The Johnstonwas eventually disabled by Japanese fire, surrounded and sunk. Survivors from the Johnston, and three other American ships that were sunk, then had to last almost three days in shark-infested waters before they were found and rescued. Many perished, including CDR Evans, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor.

"But the outnumbered and outgunned American ships of Taffy 3, including the USS Johnston, fought so ferociously that the Japanese commander, Admiral Kurita, thought he must be fighting a much larger and more powerful fleet. He lost his nerve and decided to withdraw from the battle, which saved the American invasion force. The American troops went on to liberate the Philippines, including my parents who, at the time, were children of American servicemen living under Japanese occupation."

James and Kristen pose with the completed frame.

James and Kristen pose with the completed frame.

Thank you, James, for sharing your story with us! We were happy to fit this important painting with a stainless-steel frame to match the metal ships, and with preservation framing techniques, James and his family will have their picture hanging for many years still.

AFT Awarded "Best Place to Buy a Gift"

Once again, A Framer's Touch is chosen as the "best buy a gift" by readers of Forest Grove News-Times in their annual Readers Choice Awards! Thank you, News-Times readers!

Since 2009, News-Times subscribers receive a ballot on the back page of the paper during May. Readers can fill in their votes for 7 categories: Best Shopping, Best Dining, Best Services, Best Places, Best Personalities, Best Organization, and Best Newcomer. Anyone can be voted for! Winners are published in the News-Times Readers Choice special section that prints the last week of June.

At AFT, we strive to always have a vast range of unique and delightful gifts to inspire our customers. Thank you to News-Times readers for recognizing our effort!

Whomever your giftee may be, you can be sure to find it at AFT! Our Gift Gallery has such a selection of artists, materials, subjects, sentiments, and uses--you'll be tempted to never leave!

Winning Design by A Framer's Touch, January 2015

Forest Grove (January 2015) – Emma Weber, of A Framer’s Touch in Forest Grove, won third place in a custom frame design category of Larson-Juhl’s third annual Design Star: Framing Edition competition.

Pictured: Emma Weber with the completed frame that won a third place in the Design Star competition; the winning piece; Mishawn Pedersen poses with her framed print and sons Daxten & Andrix.

Hundreds of custom frame designs were submitted to the framing competition, held at the world’s largest event in the picture framing industry, West Coast Art & Frame in Las Vegas.  Custom framers from around the world sent in photographs of their creative framing projects in seven categories: Objects, Mirrors, Textiles, Documents, Art on Canvas, Art on Paper and Photography.  Comprised of industry experts, the panel of judges selected first, second and third place winners in each category.

Larson-Juhl CEO, Drew Van Pelt, shared, “The Design Star framing competition is an excellent opportunity to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the very talented custom framers who are also our customers, and we’re grateful to have the chance to host an event that garners such positive results.” Established more than a century ago, Larson-Juhl, a Berkshire-Hathaway company, is the world’s premier designer, manufacturer and distributor of fine custom frames of enduring style and craftsmanship.

Emma used moulding by Larson-Juhl to frame the piece, and took third place in the art on paper category for beautifully framing a contemporary work of art on paper. "I was pretty excited to work with the picture," says Emma. "It was so random and I loved it. I had a great time designing it and it just felt really good. Later, when it came time to submit work to the Larson-Juhl competition, I knew I had to send in the giraffe."

The "Hipster Giraffe" print, which owners Jason & Mishawn Pedersen found on, features a bubblegum-blowing giraffe printed on a almanac-type page--a graphic print with a twist of fantasy which caught Mishawn's eye as she browsed online for similar art.

This quirky print needed a frame with personality to match, so Jason & Mishawn brought the picture in to A Framer's Touch.

"They knew they wanted an ornate silver frame around it," says Emma, who worked with the Pedersen's on the design, "But I could tell they needed help finding the perfect one. I didn't want to give them something too traditional that would clash with the style of print. We picked some great textured mats to start with and that helped set the tone for our frame options." The family fell for a contemporary-classic blend with a warm silver color to complement the neutral tones of the picture and mats, and the design was complete.

The picture currently hangs in the Pedersen's guest bathroom in their home in Forest Grove.


A Framer's Touch is a custom picture framing and boutique gift gallery store located in the heart of downtown Forest Grove, next to 21st and Main St. They have been working to help customers fill their homes with custom framed art since 2003.

Emma Weber has been working for A Framer's Touch since October 2012. Starting as the store's social media & marketing manager, she quickly began to spend more time in the shop, helping with AFT's framing until she was a full-time design consultant. Originally from Aloha, OR, Emma earned her BFA + Writing degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, after which she returned home and promptly put her opinions on color and design to use at AFT. She lives in Beaverton.