Our Team

 

Barbara, Rosie, Carl, George and Mark

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.

Rosie Sampley, Frame Specialist:  Many will remember Rosie as the owner from 1996 until 2013 of Rosie’s Custom Frames, an institution in Muncie for regional needle pointers and cross-stitchers.  Besides her expertise in the needle arts, she also specializes in creating shadow boxes that can capture unique personal memories from vacations to sporting evets. Rosie brings a down-to-earth approach to framing and preserving family treasures.  She believes that anything can be framed and has over thirty years of experience doing just that.

George Schafer, Shop Assistant:  George, son of Carl and Barbara, goes to Muncie Central High School. He is a starting varsity player on the Muncie Central soccer team. He has been an honor student since elementary school and takes multiple AP classes. He is member of philosophy club, progressive club, and National Honor Society. He is a founder for Bearcats for Muncie which raises money for local nonprofits. He plans on going to college for Constitutional Law. He is glad to work at a small business, as his first job, and is very excited for the future of Muncie and the direction it is going as a city.