Granby artisan wins international award for picture framing |

Granby artisan wins international award for picture framing


It was her great-grandfather’s violin that drew inspiration for Corinne Lively in this year’s Professional Picture Framer’s Association International Competition held in Las Vegas.

A panel of judges enjoyed her work so much, they granted Lively first place in the “shadow box” category in the open competition during which qualifiers could frame anything they wanted.

Onlookers agreed with the judges. Lively’s work also was awarded “Popular Choice” by observers.

About 120 framers attended the International Framing Competition at the end of January, and Lively of Granby, owner of Streamside Art, was one of the few to take home honors.

Participants were primarily from the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and Great Britain.

Lively’s artistic display was judged on a combination of design, skill and construction.

She was awarded a $250 cash prize and first place ribbons for her accomplishment.

Remarkably, Lively has been framing for only three years. Formerly an accountant, she delved into the craft from a love of furniture making. Through the years, she’s made tables, chairs and other types of furniture; she even built a 32-foot sailboat while living in California.

Lively has also been involved at Grand Lake’s Kauffman House Museum, and her study of exhibit work helped her in the Las Vegas challenge, she said. Working at the museum “taught me a lot about a good exhibit versus a mediocre one,” she said.

Lively’s winning shadow box draws from the early 20th century details she has included, such as her great-grandfather’s violin, one of four he constructed, as well as a photo of her great-grandparents, her grandparents and mother sitting around a piano in upstate New York. An antique chisel and file her great-grandfather, a carriage maker by trade, used to make the violin and sheets of music complete the exhibit.

“I wanted to display (the violin) in a manner that told the story about the craftsman ” a story as much about Edward as much as the violin,” Lively said.

The hand-embossing on the matte board, and the same “S” shape on the violin duplicated on the frame itself in veneer elevated Lively’s work over that of her competition.

Everything in the shadow box is reversible, Lively said, meaning everything is attached in a way that does not alter the integrity of thing itself when removed. For example, medical sutures hold up the violin.

Lively said she enjoys the “detail work” in framing.

“You have to have patience,” she said, “and a respect for the object or artwork and the artist or craftsman who created it. And you have to have the willingness to be in the background. What I do cannot overshadow the artwork.”

Lively has placed two years in regional competitions comprised of competitors from Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado. It is the first International Competition the local framer has won, etching a name for herself in the framing industry.

Her winning framework will be on display behind the counter at Streamside Art in Granby.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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