Keith Elrod, owner of K & M Gallery in Maryville, recently competed in a professional a picture framing competition conducted by the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) in Lexington, KY. Custom framers throughout Kentucky and Tennessee were given reproductions of the same art work to frame.
Elrod placed third and was also awarded a special Judges Award for his technique of creating art behind the art. He now advances to the international competition to be held in Anaheim, CA the third week of February, 2010, at the annual convention of the PPFA. These competitions test the framers skills in all areas including design, creative uses of materials, preservation techniques and craftsmanship.
As part of the competition weekend events, the KY/TN chapter of the PPFA held its annual election of officers. Elrod was elected President for 2009-2010.
Elrod is one of a small number of picture framers in Tennessee who have passed a rigorous certification program and exam conducted by the PPFA, giving him the title of Certified Picture Framer. Elrod can be reached at K & M Gallery, LLC, 865-977-9441. The gallery website is www.kandmgallery.com.