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FALL 2014

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FALL 2014 Western & English Today 15 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. vintagesculpture.com 515-865-3943

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