In January, Baer Charlton of Americana Frame in Beaumont Village won the Best In Show Judges’ Choice Award at the West Coast Art and Frame exposition in Las Vegas. The international competition is open to professional picture framers from around the world.
Charlton’s winning frame, titled ‘The War is Over,’ features a woman’s purse, spilling its contents onto a table. The illusion is accomplished through the use of three layers of non-reflective glass. The items from the purse are adhered to the layers of glass and separated by smaller frames, hidden inside the larger frame. The items, from the 1940s, include ration books, stamps, a handkerchief, gloves, insurance papers and a driver’s license. The inspiration for the story told in the frame comes from a purse that Charlton’s grandmother kept on her mantel.
“At the end of World War II, when she knew her two sons and daughter were safe and coming home, she closed the purse and placed it on her mantel,” said Charlton. “Whenever she thought times couldn’t get worse – she would look at the purse and know times could and had been worse.”
Charlton believes that the role of the framer is to support how customers tell their stories through the art and objects that matter to them. He has won numerous awards for his work and this year was the first that he entered the West Coast competition.
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