You can make a bad piece of art look very good with proper framing,” said Les Martin, and he should know, he is a Master Certified Picture Framer.
He is also the owner of Martin’s Gallery in Hanover. For 40 years, Martin’s Gallery has offered custom framing designs not only for pictures and art but also shadow boxes.
“When we make a frame, we make it to last 50 to 100 years,” Martin said.
While framing used to involve building, measuring and cutting wood, it is so much more now. Technological advances allow precision cutting of mattes and framing materials. There is also a program that takes a photograph of the artwork and places it into a simulated frame on the computer so clients can more easily envision how their art will look with a particular style frame.
Martin said that he enjoys being able to make something from nothing and the creativity that involves. He pointed out that framing requires knowledge of technical skills such as computers, chemistry, math, and engineering. To maintain his Master Certified status, which he has held for 10 years, Martin is required to take four advanced courses every four years and to also teach courses.
Martin has a true love of art and an attention to detail, which makes this the perfect job for him.
“I tried being an artist, but I’m a very detailed artist who never finishes anything, so I don’t do it,” Martin said.
However, creating the perfect frame can be an art form in itself; from the coordinating the colors of frame and matte materials to the art to creating the right design in the frame to best highlight the work.
“I love the work,” Martin said. “Every project is different and I never know what the day will bring.”
Martin’s Gallery • www.martinsgallery.net • 717/632-3355 • 929 Baltimore Street, Hanover, PA 17331
- Les Martin is a member of the Professional Picture Framers Association.
- Martin’s Gallery has been a dealer-representative for the internationally-known artist P. Buckley Moss for 25 years, offering the largest selection of her work in Pennsylvania.
- Les Martin is one of only 103 Master Certified Picture Framers in the world awarded by the Professional Picture Framers Association.
- They also represent Joanne Alsruhe’s original oil paintings in Pennsylvania.
- Customers can get an idea of how their picture will look in a particular frame by using a software program that places an image of the frame on the artwork.
- Martin frames an average of 30 pictures a week.
- The “Martin’s Gallery Scholarship in Honor of P. Buckley Moss, The Artist” is a $2,000 scholarship awarded to one area student, graduating from a local high school, who has a physical or mental learning disability. It was established by Martin’s Gallery in 1993.
- “The Lance Martin, Martin’s Gallery Scholarship in honor of P. Buckley Moss, The Artist” is a $2,000 is awarded to one area student, graduating from a local high school, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education or a post graduate student pursuing a master’s Degree in Special Education. It was established in 1998.
- It used to take a year to learn how to cut mattes properly. Nowadays, you simply need to learn to use a specialized computer program that will cut the mattes for you.