Holiday Gratitude

Framed image of Oklahoma Foundation Seed logo with a picture of a sign reading "Smith's Gold" in a field.As we begin to close out 2018, we would like to express our profound appreciation to all of you who have chosen Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center, to manufacture custom picture frames, while providing jobs for people with disabilities.

We know everything you decide to frame has significance—that you worked in some meaningful way to create it, collect it, show it and share it. Thank you for choosing our work to support yours.

As we look forward to 2019, we promise to keep providing great customer service, high-quality products, artist-approved services and resources to help you follow your artistic passions. As always, we’ll keep working together and having fun along the way.

Happy Holidays!

Carla Folks, Mark Woods, Greg Rice—The Wyman Crew

Carla Folks works at Dale Rogers Training Center Custom Framing. Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC since 2013 where she trains/supervises people with disabilities on various projects.

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 more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

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Q&A with 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.

MHA 6th Annual Benefit Fundraiser Dinner

At first glance, it may be hard to distinguish a connection between Oklahoma City and the West African nation of Liberia. However, the bond between the two could help change lives around the world.

My Heart’s Appeal (MHA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is hosting its 6th Annual Benefit Fundraiser Dinner Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City.

The event is designed to help raise funds to equip a campus in Liberia, West Africa, where teenagers and adults with intellectual disabilities can train, work and be productive.

Attendees of the benefit dinner will enjoy food, friendship, information, as well as a gallery walk, donation drawing and special entertainment.

Lovetie Major, M.Ed. founded My Heart’s Appeal in 1996 to create more opportunities for people with disabilities like her sister Titema, who has Down syndrome. Major hopes to raise funds to sponsor 40 students at the Connie Thrash McGoodwin Vocational Center in Liberia, West Africa, for the 2018-2019 academic year and sponsorships for 70 clients in its Bigma’s Care Place Respite Center.

2018 My Heart's Appeal 6th Annual Celebration Dinner poster.Who: My Heart’s Appeal

What: 6th Annual Benefit Fundraiser Dinner

Where: Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur, Oklahoma City

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm

Tickets: $30/person or table of 8: $225 (RSVP by Monday, February 5, 2018). Register online

Contact: Lovetie Major, 405-603-2799, info@myheartsappeal.org

Dale Rogers Training Center has supported the annual event since 2012, and donated agency vehicles for MHA’s use in 2015.

Founded in 1996, the mission of My Heart’s Appeal is to facilitate the establishment of quality training and employment to teenage and adult persons with disabilities in West Africa. myheartsappeal.org

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 more than 1,000 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.