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This profile was last updated on 7/25/06  and contains information from public web pages.

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Dwyer's Documented Excellence in the Picture Framing Industry [cached]
Over the past 24 years, Ray Dwyer, CPF, has been known as an individual committed to excellence in the field of picture framing. He's earned the respect of his clients and colleagues throughout the industry as a professional dedicated to innovation, perfection and craftsmanship.
bullet In 2010, Ray was inducted into the Professional Picture Framers Association Hall of Fame.
bullet In 2007, Ray finished third at the PPFA International Open Picture Framing Championships held in Las Vegas.
bullet In February of 2006, Ray captured first place in the PPFA International Open Framing Championships held in Orlando, Florida. He also received the "Judges Award for Innovation" which recognizes the creation of new and innovative framing techniques, the second consecutive time for this award, having also received it at the National Championships in Las Vegas in 2004. Click here to see the winning piece.
bullet In 2004, Ray captured second place at the Professional Picture Framer's Association National Open Picture Framing Championship in Las Vegas, and was presented the "Judges Award for Most Innovative New Technique in Picture Framing" as well.
Ray has had his work featured numerous times in Picture Framing Magazine and Decor Magazine.
bullet Ray served as the instructor for United Mfrs. Supplies Inc. Picture Framing Academy in Syosset, Long Island for the duration of their school, receiving rave reviews from his students.
Despite his busy teaching schedule, Ray stays actively involved in the national framing scene, attending educational seminars in order to keep abreast of rapidly changing technology.
When not traveling, Ray can be found framing or teaching classes at his studio in the woods of Sagle. Prior to entering the framing profession, Ray spent 18 years at the Atlantic Richfield Aluminum Reduction Plant in Columbia Falls, Montana, where he headed the Environmental Department as Senior Environmental Chemist.
" Ray Dwyer, West Art Framing
Picture Framing School Education - About Ray Dwyer, Instructor [cached]
Ray Dwyer, Instructor at West Art Framing School | About Ray Dwyer, the Instructor Picture Framing School Education - About Ray Dwyer, Instructor
About Ray Dwyer, CPF
Those who have received their training with Ray Dwyer, the instructor at West Art Framing, have had the benefit of learning from an individual regarded as an innovator and highly skilled craftsman within the picture framing industry. His diverse background and creative energy have made him a distinctive presence since entering the field of picture framing in 1987.
Ray Dwyer, CPF, Instructor at West Art Framing Ray's love of nature and the out-of-doors have led him to pursue a lifestyle that always finds him at the fringes of wilderness areas in the Northwestern United States.
In the 60's, Ray left a comfortable job as Military Shipping and Receiving Supervisor at Colt Firearms in Connecticut and moved his young family to the northwestern section of Montana. They settled in the sleepy village of Whitefish, not far from Glacier National Park. Vowing to take any job in this employment-sparse area, and armed with just a two year degree, he "overwhelmed" the competition and landed a job as a floor sweeper at a nearby aluminum reduction plant.
Ignorant of his own limitations, within 5 years he had risen to the position of Senior Environmental Chemist. He now headed a laboratory department that was responsible for emission monitoring, hazardous waste management, plant safety, waste water treatment, ambient air monitoring and off-plant vegetation sampling. It was the latter that made Ray probably the only environmental chemist in the country who carried a sidearm when collecting samples in some areas. This part of Montana was home to the largest population of grizzlies in the lower 48.
After 18 years with Atlantic Richfield and the fear of stagnation setting in, Ray left this secure and lucrative position to fulfill a creative and artistic yearning that had lain dormant for decades. He notes that he "couldn't draw a bath as an artist," so picture framing was the next best thing.
Just three months after entering the framing profession, Ray won his first professional picture framing competition. Three dozen awards and five years later, he'd risen to a level of prominence within the industry attained by a select few. ( See Documented Excellence ) In 1992, Ray was joined by his son, Scott (who learned the picture framing craft from his father and eventually became an award-winning framer as well). The business continued to thrive and grow.
The once undiscovered village of Whitefish had now become the home of the rich and famous, and multimillion dollar homes. This was good for business, however, the rustic small town appeal that had originally lured Ray and his family was vanishing. He sold the business in 1998, and it has, through two additional owners, retained his name. "Dwyers'" is synonymous with quality framing in the state of Montana.
Ray went on to teach and consult within the industry while continuing to explore the Northwest. After spending three years below the majestic peaks of Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, Washington, he returned to the mountainous region of the inland northwest that he loved so much, settling in northern Idaho. Here he spent an entire year creating and building an exclusive and fully equipped picture framing training studio. When not on the road teaching, he conducts classes and frames for selective clients at his studio and shop. He has also maintained an active presence in picture framing competitions. And now, approaching 25 years in the industry, and nearly 50 awards, Ray is a member of The Professional Picture Framers Association Hall of Fame.
Picture Framing School Training and Education - Custom Framing Courses [cached]
Testimonials Read what former students have to say about Ray Dwyer and West Art.
Documented Excellence Ray Dwyer's commitment to excellence in the field of picture framing. A professional dedicated to innovation and perfection within the industry.
About Ray Dwyer, the Instructor Who is Ray Dwyer, and his path to becoming an instructor in professional framing.
Despite his busy teaching schedule, Ray stays actively involved in the national framing scene, attending educational seminars in order to keep abreast of rapidly changing technology. He also continues to compete as time allows, recently finishing second in the Open Framing and receiving the Best of Show for Most Innovative Design.
" Ray Dwyer, West Art Framing
Beginner's Level Picture Framing Classes at West Art Picture Framing School [cached]
Ray Dwyer, CPF, Instructor at West Art Framing School
West Art Picture Framing School - Flash Slide Show of Framed Art [cached]
All picture framing shown was done by Ray Dwyer, CPF, who is the instructor at West Art Picture Framing School in Northern Idaho.
If you have special custom framing needs, contact Ray
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