Western & English Today
Delight Even the Hard to Please
Dallas-based Montana West USA offers 95 picture frame
styles in both cast resin and assorted natural materials such
as wood and burlap. This remarkable collection comprises
categories such as rodeo/cowboy, Western/rustic, pistols
and horseshoes, horses, hunting dogs, deer, Longhorns, belt
buckles, and boots and saddles — to name a few. Expect
even more new designs before holiday 2014. For the ladies,
all manner of decorations, including rhinestones, adorn
a series of frames both enticing and feminine. Some large
frames boast up to six windows; others have oval windows
as well as rectangular. Rusted metal and Texas Lone Stars
add an authentic old West look to many. Cross-embellished
frames reign as perennial best-sellers. Novelty frames
include rotating "Ferris wheel" styles and free-hanging
displays within metal armatures. Imbued with whimsy
and character, this huge collection truly has something for
everyone. Prices start at $8.78 and go up to $112.50.
(972) 241-9998; montanawestusa.com
If it's Not Moving, Frame It!
From Norwalk, Iowa, artist/partners Brad and Sundie
Ruppert fabricate the most unusual folk art anywhere;
brilliantly crafted and fully decorated. An exhibitor at
Denver's WESA show each January, their work suits
every region. Richly embellished, the funky freestanding
sculptures and wall art made of found materials
combine letterpress, game pieces, cut tin, carved wood,
scrap felt from Greeley Hatworks in Colorado, bottle
caps and more. Large frames are just one more category
they do so well; even turning old trays and shallow
boxes into picture, mirror or relief sculpture frames, too.
These creations add dramatic interest to any interior.
Each is one of a kind and always signed and numbered.
Ruppert's motto: found, recycled and inspired.