May 2019’s Arrowhead Park Association Member of the Month is American Frame Corporation.
American Frame Corporation
Did you know that American Frame, located on Tomahawk Drive in Arrowhead Park has more than custom-cut, do-it-yourself frames? A talk with product manager, Lindsay Harrison, will fill you in on the community they have created at American Frame’s Showroom, including an artist hub, custom framing workshop, collaboration space, a gallery, and even art demonstrations and classes. The high-tech conference rooms provide a great place to meet local artists, see their personal techniques and view the current fine art collection. For art networking, you can’t beat it!
Oh! You came to American Frame for their wide selection of do-it-yourself frames? Samples of frames and mat boards are available along with professional assistance. They carry a wide variety of wood and metal frames in different widths, styles and textures. You can also order custom cut frames online, and they will be happy to show you how to get the most of their website while you are in the showroom.
American Frame serves artists, hobbyists and art lovers around the world by helping them share and show their art. Every order is personally handled and packaged with care by an experienced staff. They take orders of any size in any quantity with no required minimums, then they ship within a few business days. Orders received before noon often ship out the next business day. American Frame also has the facilities and processes in place to fulfill large-volume orders, as well as white label fulfillment.
Started in 1973, they strive to be America’s most comprehensive and longest-serving supplier of custom picture frames, mat boards, DIY framing supplies, and fine art printing services.
Ron Mickel opened a corner hardware store in south Toledo in the 1960s that offered custom framing services. In 1973, he took a new product of inexpensive aluminum frame material, and launched a mail order business, ASF Sales (Aluminum Section Frame) with an ad in American Artist magazine. People could easily order inexpensive frame parts, in the size they needed, and assemble it themselves, giving them a cost-effective way to present their art. By 1983 the company became American Frame Corporation, and moved to their current facility in Arrowhead Park. Ron’s daughters, Laura Jajko and Dana Dunbar are the current second-generation leaders, making American Frame a 100% woman-owned manufacturer, as certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
“Your art is personal. It’s an expression of what you find worthy of interpreting and sharing. And you have a unique relationship with the work you create. At American Frame, we honor, encourage and celebrate that relationship. Every day,” states the americanframe.com history page, “That’s our difference. That’s our art.”