The art of framing celebrated

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Cathy Webster with works by Sarah Forrester
WHAT’S in a frame? A great deal more than you might imagine, according to Cathy and Quentin Webster whose Manuka business, Framing Matters (a double meaning if you think about it) celebrated its 11th birthday yesterday and continues to do so in with an exhibition of the artist-framers who work for them.

I remember seeing a fascinating exhibition several years ago at the Queensland Art Gallery in which the focus was not all the paintings but on the frames, and  a discussion ensued yesterday with the Websters, artists, and visitors to the exhibition they have mounted for this happy occasion.

As they agreed, it takes an artistic eye to be a good framer and every one of their artists can claim that. Look at the list – Michelle Day, (ANU School of Art graduate and M16 studio occupant) Sarah Forrester, (ANU School of Art graduate and awardee at CIT and University of Canberra) Meelan Oh, (ANU School of Art graduate and M16 studio occupant) Julie Sabur, (NSW art school graduate M16 studio occupant) Jo Shore (miniaturist, calligrapher and final year conservatorial  student at the University of Canberra) and Craig Shipton, self-trained airbrush artist, formerly a mechanic who was involved in an industrial accident and turned to framing as part of his rehabilitation and now works for Framing Matters.

The exhibition continues at Framing Matters in Endeavour House, Capt   Cook Cres in Griffith for two weeks.

Craig Chipton with his airbrush artworks
Meelan Oh with a charcoal work
Jo Shore with her illuminated calligraphy

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