2016 Tru Vue Framing Competition Winner
Baer Charlton’s creative take on the Tru Vue® Framing Competition theme “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary” earned him the Best In Show Judges’ Choice Award this year at WCAF.
Baer won this category through the unique way he was able to tells his customer story through custom framing. His entry, titled “War Over“, investigates the sense of time, place, and character that can be revealed by a person’s ordinary objects, in this case, those that fill a woman’s purse.
“What’s more ordinary that what’s in a woman’s purse?” said Baer. “But the contents of a woman’s purse are also very unique to her. They tell her story.”
His portrait of a woman at the end of World War II is revealed in an imaginative package that features the purse itself as part of the frame. Vintage items such as gloves, a handkerchief, sugar ration tickets and a brochure for an insurance company appear to spill from it under Optium Museum Acrylic®.