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Sharing the Season of Gratitude

Sometimes analogies are the best reflection of life. We just received an incredibly thoughtful letter from one of our frame suppliers and want to share it with the world. It’s these small gestures that connect businesses to the real human beings behind them. The letter was an open reflection on the nuanced lessons learned from the material they work with every day: wood. What interesting insights! Reading the letter was a great reminder of the things we can learn from this unprecedented year and from our everyday lives. In this week, especially, we are giving thanks for the small, ordinary moments that center our lives.

James Thorpe, Picture Woods Director of Operations, makes the connection that humans are very much like wood in that they “take as long as they take” to transform into something beautiful. He notes that compromise and cooperation is key in nature as in life.

Here is the letter in its entirety. We thought you’d love to read every word:

Giving Thanks

Dear Picture Woods Family,

Here at Picture Woods, we have the good fortune of spending our time working with the wonderful framers, artists, designers, and craftspeople we are lucky enough to have as customers. But we also have the joy of working with a more inanimate, yet essential, colleague: wood. As this difficult and outrageous year draws to a close, I have been contemplating the straightforward magic of wood. Wood has a lot of wisdom to offer, and not just about the virtues of being silent (I’m still practicing that one). So as the holidays approach, and we turn inward in the spirit of growth and reflection, I hope you’ll allow me to share some of the things I’ve picked up from spending my days, and recently a lot of my nights and weekends, with hardwoods.

Wood has a natural beauty, but it needs to be coaxed out, with patience and hard work. Perhaps milling reveals a hidden burl, or the third coat of oil uncovers and shade of gold swirled into the grain; you can’t know until it’s ready to be revealed. The transformation takes exactly how long it takes, and if you rush it, it’s pretty easy to tell. But at the same time, there’s no need to rush because things take exactly as long as they take. In this way working with wood is like working with human beings, except wood generally requires more sandpaper.

Everything in life involves some sort of compromise, and wood is nature’s compromise between earth and water. It needs both to grow, and it embodies the qualities of each: strong and resilient like the earth; flexible, malleable like water. Consider maple, which is a very hard wood. Its famous curly figure is literally a ripple effect caused by the force exerted by a branch coming off the trunk. If, like a tree, we’re able to be strong and flexible at the same time, perhaps the extra emotional weight we’ve all been carrying this year will ripple out to create something beautiful.

Wood moves. It swells and shrinks with the seasons in predictable ways. In order to avoid cracking and splitting, skilled woodworkers know how to with within this movement rather than against it. Just something to consider while you’re eating pie.

There are so many beautiful, ordinary things about our world that are just waiting to be appreciated. I, and all of the Picture Woods team, feel so grateful to be able to spend our days making a beautiful product that we hope brings joy to you, our customers, and to your customers as well. In that way, our shared connection is like a forest. So from one tree to another, I hope you plant strong roots, grow toward the sun, drink enough water, and give the world more clean air than you take in.

In appreciation, James Thorpe, Director of Operations at Picture Woods, Ltd.

Many small businesses have been adapting at a record pace to serve their communities. For us as a small business, the support from our clients, artists and vendors is deeply cherished. On both a personal and professional level this year has become a unifying moment in which we are all doing our best to take the next step forward.

A big “thank you!” to Picture Woods Ltd. We are grateful to be in business with you and share your gorgeous hardwoods and thoughtful words with our valued clients/friends.

Wishing you health, peace, cooperation, understanding and gratitude this unique 2020 Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again!

Clear your calendar for the first weekend in December because our biggest event of the year is upon us…

You’ve asked for more days and more hours and we’ve heard you! Now with 2 days to splurge and shop to your heart’s content, there’s even MORE to love!

Join Chemers Gallery and 21 different artists, artisans and gourmands for our 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire! Keep checking back for more details, sneak peeks and artist spotlights as we get ready for this can’t-miss-event.

NEW this year is the addition of the ever popular Robert Held art glass, joining us all the way from British Columbia to share his latest glass hearts, ornaments, vases and more with you! He doesn’t do traveling shows any longer, but is making a special exception for us!

We’re also excited to welcome Ari Seth Cohen, writer of the independent documentary film Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser! Not only will Ari be signing books, he and his “fashionable ladies” will hold a panel discussion on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Anything you ever wanted to know about embracing personal style at any age will be revealed during this lively afternoon.

To preview our participating artists so far, click their names below. However, they will all be bringing new and exciting creations to delight and enchant you on December 3rd and 4th!

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey  .  Joanna Craft*  .  Jennie Milner
Elizabeth Nadler  .  Monique Selwitz  .  Merry Wennerberg  .  Yed Omi

Wearable Fiber
Mary Hammond  .  Susan Horton  .  Lori Lawson  .  Beth Marx

Ceramics, Glass & Wood
Maria Counts* – ceramics  .  Lisa Mertins – ceramics
Robert Held – glass (all the way from British Columbia!)                                                                  Bill Bahret – wood

Mixed Media, Original Drawings & Notecards
Suzanne Currie – mixed media
James Keniston – original drawings & notecards

Advanced Style

Advanced Style – Special Book Signing & “Meet the Ladies” Panel Discussion
Ari Seth Cohen
writer of the independent film, Advanced Style and author of the books Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older & Wiser
Pre-orders limited to 75 books
with more available to purchase the day of the event

Panel Discussion Saturday 1:00pm




Epicurean Treats
Bistro Blends – balsamic vinegar & olive oil
Luisa Chocolatiere – handcrafted chocolates
Sola Foods* – jams, dips & spreads

More TBA!

*Joining us Saturday ONLY

Tell us you’re coming SATURDAY, DEC. 3 & reply to our Facebook event HERE.
Tell us you’re coming SUNDAY, DEC. 4 & reply to our Facebook event HERE.

Sparkle and Shine with us December 5th!


Save the date for our biggest event of the year! Chemers Gallery’s 2nd Annual Holiday Artisan Faire!
With 16 artists, artisans and gourmands confirmed and counting, this is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!

Cathy Michelene

Cathy Markowitz showing jewelry by Michelene Berkey

Handcrafted Jewelry
Michelene Berkey  |  Claudia Berman  |  Joanna Craft
Madstone  |  JC Milner  |  Elizabeth Nadler  |  Monique Selwitz

Wearable Fiber & Leather
Mary Hammond  |  Susan Horton  |  Lori Lawson | ICON Handbags

Ceramics & Glass
Lisa Mertins  |  David Van Noppen

Lisa Mertins displays her charming ceramics

Lisa Mertins displays her charming ceramics

Mixed Media
Suzanne Currie

Epicurean Treats
Luisa Chocolatiere – handcrafted chocolates
Spice Merchants – olive oils, balsamic vinegar & sea salt
Tatratea – tea liqueuer

Watch this space for updates including artist profiles, sneak peeks, new artisans and more!