History on display

A new piece of Oklahoma’s storied history is on display at the Oklahoma History Center, thanks in part to people with disabilities at Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC).

Cody and Shon standing next to the finished product.

A replica of Oklahoma’s first flag (adopted in 1911) is now encased in a 5’6” by 8’6” picture frame, manufactured at Wyman Frame – DRTC’s custom picture framing division. It is the largest frame ever assembled at Wyman Frame.

“The sheer size of this frame presented challenges,” said Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer at Wyman Frame. “We assembled it with an inner and outer frame to provide more support, and had to special order other materials to finish the project.”

The completed frame, weighing approximately 100 pounds, required special care and multiple people to transport throughout the process. It is now on display in a classroom connected to the Research Center at the Oklahoma History Center.

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March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and DRTC is proud to honor the accomplishments of individuals served through its various programs. Each year, DRTC provides training or employment to approximately 1,000 people with disabilities. Last year, participants in DRTC’s programs earned $5.2 million in wages.

In addition to operating Wyman Frame, DRTC also manufactures awards and trophies, as well as produces custom-branded promotional items. The nonprofit agency holds federal contracts at Tinker Air Force Base, FAA and federal buildings in downtown OKC providing custodial and food service.

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

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.

Custom framing questions

Do you need to have a picture framed?

We know the idea of going to a custom picture frame shop can be a little unsettling. Questions you might have are:

How much will this cost?

Do I have to know what I want?

What if I don’t know anything about art or colors?

The only thing you need to know before walking into the shop with your art is where it might hang and your budget for the project.

Three Sports Illustrated magazine covers featuring the Houston AstrosUsually, the first thing we ask is, “Do you have anything in mind?” Maybe you do and maybe you do not. Either way, that is just a starting point. We will ask a few more questions, try some combinations and give you some different pricing so you can make a decision. The process is not long or hard, usually taking about 10-20 minutes.

Beware: many folks who give it a try find that it is a lot of fun! Having one picture framed can start a person thinking of other things they would like to have framed or even re-framed to update their space.

Staff at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center, have more than 40 years’ combined experience.

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.