Our Team


Carl Schafer, Owner/Director:  Carl is a trained art historian whose 25+ year career in the museum profession has focused on designing exhibitions and caring for works of art in virtually all materials representing the world’s major civilizations across time. That experience informs his work as a craftsman when restoring antique frames and designing replica frames.  His expertise includes water gilding, oil gilding, hand-carving, and custom toning, as well as rebuilding of damaged ornaments and gilded surfaces.  Carl works with several museum clients and also particularly enjoys working with individual clients to rescue family treasures that have suffered accidents or poor storage conditions in attics or basements.   He has also worked as a community leader as the founding president of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council, promoting the activities of arts organizations in Muncie. Carl currently sits on the Mayor’s Arts Awards Committee and on the board of Muncie Downtown Development Partnership.

To contact Carl, please call 765-284-8422 or carl@gordyframing.comView Carl’s Resume

Barbara Schafer, Owner/Director of Appraisals & Business Operations: Barbara’s 25+ year museum career has focused on exhibit development, historic preservation, object research, educational programming, and fundraising. She has provided consulting services researching, publishing, and organizing museum collections to increase the public’s access to artistic, ethnographic, and historical objects.  Her experience helps her design framing options for clients that are both visually pleasing and sensitize to the long term care of that object.  Barbara has accepted leadership roles in organizations providing training opportunities for museum professionals such as the American Alliance of Museums, Regional Council of Historical Agencies (in New York State), Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, and Association of Indiana Museums. Barbara has received training in appraisal services at New York University and is compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.  Barbara currently sits on the board of the Cornerstone Center of the Arts.

To contact Barbara, please call 765-284-8422 or barbara@gordyframing.com. View Barbara’s Resume

Mark Perretta, Frame Specialist:  Mark is a musician, visual artist and an avid record collector.  He has recorded and produced music for Spirit of Orr Records in Burlington, Vermont. He also recorded with Deluxx Folk Implosion whose songs appeared on major motion picture soundtracks Kids and Legally Blonde 2. His visual art and performances have been featured in arts festivals overseas including the Soho in Ottakring festival in Vienna, Austria, and more recently at the Anderungen Aller Arts in Monchengladbach, Germany.  He has lived in Muncie for nine years during that time he has cooked at downtown restaurants and more recently worked with Projectione fabricating and installing sculptures in downtown Muncie and Central Indiana.  Mark has a great visual eye that understands color and materials that blend well with the expectations of the client.