Framing a Lasting Legacy of Preservation Kimberley Breil stands behind the desk in the Frame & Picture Shoppe on Boston Post Road. Behind her are hundreds, if not thousands, of half picture frames of all styles and colors, nested neatly together along color gradients. The effect is surreal; one that simultaneously soothes and dazzles the eye. Sassy, her two year old Yorkie, waits nearby, patient and observant. Breil is a…
Frame & Picture Shoppe opened it’s doors in 1996. Kimberley Breil, CPF, has been framing professionally for over 30 years. Kimberley is a member of the Professional Picture Framer’s Association. In 1989, Kimberley became a Certified Picture Framer, becoming one of the earliest custom framers to earn the PPFA designation, demonstrating her knowledge and expertise in mounting, glazing, frame cutting, preservation methods and the proper materials to be used in framing projects. To stay current with new products, technology, techniques and designs, she has attended seminars and workshops at framing conventions in New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Las Vegas. Kimberley became an accredited judge in 2001 for the New England Chapter of PPFA, then was asked to be head judge in 2007 and also in 2013 for the International PRINT Competition. She was asked to become a member of the International Competition Board in 2014. Only three framers are chosen from the PPFA members’ list which has members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Kimberley became Chair in 2016, overseeing the entire International Competition in Las Vegas in 2017. She also became President of the New England Chapter of PPFA in 2016. New England is the largest and most active chapter in the PPFA.
Kimberley has come up with her own three P’s of framing – Present, Protect, Preserve
- Present the piece being framed in the most attractive way possible
- Protect the piece by using conservation materials
- and this will Preserve the piece for your continued enjoyment and possibly, for future generations.
Kimberley, who has framed pieces as large as a 10 foot by 5 foot painting, and as small as a Sacagawea coin, says customers bring items to be framed because they care about them. “Whether it’s for sentimental or decorative reasons, the piece deserves to have conservation framing that lasts”. She is a member of the American Craft Council and the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Frame & Picture Shoppe was voted Valley Advocate Readers Poll, Best of the Valley 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2011 and Best of Springfield 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. She makes her own custom frames and has a computerized mat cutter that can do intricate, subtle – and not so subtle – designs on mats.