Carla (left) and Julie (right) work together on a project for Wyman Frame

Wyman Frame, a division of nonprofit Dale Rogers Training Center, manufactures custom picture frames while providing jobs and training opportunities for people with disabilities. Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer (CPF), Professional Picture Framers Association, has framed for Wyman Frame since 2013.

Question: How do people with disabilities assist with the frame-making process?

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Julie and Dennis work together on a framing project.

Carla: We have trained many people in cutting moulding and glass. They also assemble frames, install hanging hardware and wrap them for delivery. Our individuals like seeing the stacks of things being done. They get to tell their friends, ‘I get to work on this. This is cool.’

Q: How do you pass along some of your framing expertise to those served at Wyman Frame?

A: It’s very adaptable. Sometimes what works for me, doesn’t work for them. It’s a matter of finding what works for each person, because we’re so unique and learn differently.

Q: What’s the difference between a ready-made frame and custom framing?

A: For ready-made, you are more or less on your own, and the quality of materials can drastically affect the condition of your artwork over time. Custom framing costs a little more, but using archival components can help ensure your items last as long as possible. Our expertise can help walk you through the process of choosing a mat and frame that will perfectly compliment the artwork and look terrific wherever you display it.

Q: What are some of the most unusual pieces you have ever framed?

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Wedding dress framed at Wyman Frame.

A: My favorite was framing a wedding dress. I’ve also framed items brought in by an elderly lady that her mother saved in the sinking of the Titanic. She had a menu, some jewelry and a book. It was very interesting hearing the story and seeing the items.

Learn more about Wyman Frame at WymanFrame.org, or visit them at 2502 N. Utah Ave., Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs 1,000 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.