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State College Framing Company Show Features Work of Local Photographers

by and on March 14, 2018 5:00 AM

The State College Framing Company and Gallery will hold a show opening on Friday featuring works by local photographers. The hope for the night is to bring people together to enjoy art and many aspects of the community, said owner John McQueary.

With Mount Nittany Winery on hand to provide wine, and 10 percent of the evening’s sales of works benefiting the Centre County Historical Society, McQueary said the event is a fun way to spend the night and give back.

“We’ll have hors d’oeuvres from Paul’s Provisions and Mount Nittany Winery wine, and the artists will be here to talk about their works. It is a great time, and open to all,” said McQueary. He said those looking to purchase a nice piece of art or people just looking for a night on the town are all welcome. There is no cost for the event, which runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and McQueary encourages those who are curious to come by to see what the gallery, located in Hills Plaza South, has to offer.

McQueary has been in the framing business since 1995, and the store opens a new exhibition four to five times a year. He said he loves working with customers and feels that face-to-face interactions with his clients make his work stand out against big box stores or online framers.

“I know many of my customers on a first-name basis. I know about them and their families. It means a lot for us to do a job right, to keep the customers happy, because we care about them,” said McQueary. “Framing is not cheap. So, we go out of our way to give our customers the best service we can give them.”

The gallery and show opening are another way he can meet people and give back to the community.

“The Centre County Historical Society is a great organization. We always try to give back at these events, and we look for local charitable organizations that really do a benefit for the area.”

The seven artists whose works will be on display in “From Centre: Through a Lens” all offer unique styles of photography.

“All the artists are from Centre County, but not all of the work is taken in Centre County. You will see landscapes, portraits, journalistic-style works and more. It will be an interesting mix from some really great artists,” said McQueary.

The exhibit will be up at the frame shop through Monday, April 30.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

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