Custom Frame Services cellebrates twenty years serving the art community in Dayton, Ohio

Custom Frame Services at the corner of Wayne Ave. & Johnson St. in Dayton, Ohio

Custom Frame Services at the corner of Wayne Ave. & Johnson St. in Dayton, Ohio

Well, it was twenty years ago this month that we declared the official start of business for Custom Frame Services, Inc. figuring “what better day to embark on such a journey”; April Fool’s Day 1993. The plan put in place was to deliver quality, innovative and aesthetically true presentation for artwork and collectables in the Dayton community.
Starting with a matte cutter and a corner vise, a $425 paycheck, a 1000 business cards and precious little else materially, Custom Frame Services was born. We stated that “Presentation Is Essential to Art”. Family, friends, colleagues and the community at large supported and encouraged my wife Sherri and me as we set forth on this great adventure. The idea was to provide a service of greater value than cost to the community and to exceed expectations whenever possible. We have strived to create an art form in the treatment and display of artwork and artifacts.
It has been an honor to serve this community in this fashion. Our gratitude is overwhelming to all of you, our community, for valuing and helping us with this vision. We at Custom Frame Services, Inc. will continue to provide the best possible quality and workmanship on your behalf. Together we can create a legacy through art that will affect generations.
Thank You.
David & Sherri Crowell

Photography by Francis Schanberger

Congratulations to Francis Schanberger!

We are excited to showcase this local artist. This piece is on display through January at Custom Frame Services.

Hairy Cemetery Nut
“Hairy Cemetery Nut”
20″ x 16″
Gold / Palladium Toned Vandyke Brown Print

From the Artist:

In the springtime, sometimes the least noticeable things can be a humbling force of nature. Since my move to Ohio from the more sinus friendly climate of the California coast, I noticed that in late March and early April my nose would itch, my eyes water, and incessant sneezing would commence. I began to collect parts of trees that had fallen to the ground or were hanging from branches within reach of my outstretched hands. Instead of my eyes, my sinuses were suggesting a future photographic project.

Like the naturalists of the 19th century who used photography to record their botanical specimens, I use the parts of trees I collect on walks (or lately find in the produce section of a supermarket), scanning them into the computer to make a negative and printing them in the historical Van Dyke Brown process. Using Kozo Unryu Japanese paper, the intensity of the brown color and the interaction of the swirling paper fibers provide the unexpected to an image so grounded in the scientific. The final image alludes to the dreamy, somnambulant state of observation I find myself in early April under the influence of pollen and antihistamines.

You can see more of his work at

Daddy Katz

I’ve known Bill, the owner of Daddy Katz Kustom Kulture, since we were in junior high school. We both were building and repairing custom bicycles, then on to hotrod cars, music, bands and girls. He has opened a haven for all things cool, “Daddy Katz”. Whether your interested in surf stuff, tikis, rock and roll, hotrods or nostalgia Daddy Katz is a good time. visit them at 3250 Kettering Blvd. in Moraine or go to their site at:

Bill Woody Photographs

Bill’s photos seem to have an almost dreamlike quality. The images place the viewer into a world of nostalgia and mystery, beyond the mundane. Experience Bill’s vision at:

Dayton Art Institute

Dayton’s own museum of fine art. A gem within the Gem City. Find DAI at:

Stivers School for the Arts

Stivers is a magnet school within the Dayton Public School system. Located on east Fifth St. in Dayton Stivers offer a well rounded education for children in both fine and performing arts. See their site at:

K-12 Gallery for Young People

K-12 offers workshops, training and gallery space to allow young people (school age) to explore and display their creativity. Located next to the Cannery Art & Design Center on Third St. in Dayton K-12 is a wonderful place for the whole family. See their site at:

Jean Koeller

Jean is a painter. Working with light and shadow she creates images beyond mere subject matter toward an essential view of reality. See her work on her site at:

M.B Hopkins

M.B. works professionally as a journalistic artist. Her paintings have a social relevance inspired by news stories and current events. The result are paintings with a timeless quality that express the human condition. See M.B.’s work at her site :

John Emery

John is a watercolorist with a twist. He has a unique method of building watercolor paper into 3-D objects and then incorporating them into his paintings. Learn more about John and his work at his website: