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May 6 - Pat Magid - Enhancing Art with Framing

   Pat Magid, owner of Studio Gallery, has been actively working in the framing and art industry for over 37 years. Pat, along with her husband Mike, has taught framing for 25 years, and was one of the first Certified Professional Framers in Texas.

   Pat will be joining us to share some of her experience and knowledge about framing. Pat will demonstrate the use of their gallery’s unique 45-degree angled mirror (below left), which allows customers to visualize their artwork completely framed before the order is placed. She will also provide information on conservation framing and conservation glass. She will give us a brief, but concise, overview of the basic rules of framing for different art mediums: pastel, photographs, oils, acrylics, and watercolors.   

  Join us at the Waco Charter School, 615 N. 25th Street, at 1:30 for refreshments and conversation.  The meeting begins at 2, and the demo starts soon thereafter.  And bring friends.  Remember that first time visitors are free, and new members can join for $2/month for the rest of the year.  At this point, that's $12 for a regular membership.    Also, bring recent work to share with us at the break.  And it's not too late to bring a painting for the display at the school.  This will come down at the next meeting on June 3.


May 6 - Pat Magid - The Art of Framing Art

Pat Magid explained how she approached framing paintings and keepsakes. She has been in the framing business with her husband, Mike, for 37 years. She has framed prints, photos, antique works, oils, watercolors, acrylics, stained glass, two Bonaparte pistols, an original Monet pencil drawing, needlework, ceramics, and prized collections.  The picture at the left shows a button collection matted with curtains, keepsakes from a grandmother.

Her top consideration is preservation, so she uses only acid-free mats and conservation-grade glass, which filters out 98% of the UV rays. One type, called museum glass, has practically no glare. At the right are samples of regular glass on the left, museum glass in the center and non-glare glass on the right.  Reflections of only the brightest sources, such as fluorescent lights, show up in museum glass, and that only faintly.

At the left, Pat is holding a print faded by long exposure to fluorescent lights and an unfaded copy of the same print.  She and Mike have an art gallery as well as the frame shop. Along with many international artists, she shows three local artists: Richard Skurla, Bob Saxton, and Carol Fadal. She answered questions from the audience after her talk, and by request, she offered framing ideas for the paintings that were brought for show and tell.

1. Glass should not touch the work. Use acrylic spacers or mats.
2. Don't let direct sunlight hit any art work.
3. She offers picture-hanging service, charging by the hour.  4. She suggested that artists not invest in expensive framing for paintings that they are selling, as the buyers frequently replace the provided frames with ones that suit their taste and their room decor.

Our thanks to Pat for an interesting presentation, and for joining as a sponsor member!  Thanks also to Pat Blackwell, Bobbee Watts, Myrl Luper, Christine Niekamp and Judy Franklin for bringing refreshments, and to those who brought art for show and tell, samples of which are below.


Bill Franklin          Judy Franklin       Linda Morales   Christine Niekamp


 John Vasek        Saundra Vasek     Bobbee Watts


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