Local Custom Picture Framer Earns Prestigious Award

Joe Dellert, MCPF, Artisans

Joseph Dellert, MCPF

Custom picture framer, Joe Dellert, owner of Artisans of San Francisco in the Sunset District, has earned the prestigious designation of Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) from the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA).


Dellert, who previously earned the Certified Picture Framer (CPF) designation in 1999, took the MCPF exam in late January at the PPFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, hosted by the West Coast Art & Frame Expo. He joins the ranks of only about 70 other Master Certified Picture Framers in the world.

For the rigorous hands-on MCPF exam, Dellert submitted four items he created, all framed to very high preservation standards: canvas art, a photo of San Francisco, needle art and a 3-dimensional shadowbox of a baseball and miniature toy baseball players.

Dellert Baseball shadowbox

One of Joseph Dellert’s works that helped earn him the Master Certified Picture Framer designation from the Professional Picture Framers Association.

The framed items were taken apart and scored by MCPF examiners. Dellert was also given 90 minutes to address the mounting and framing of a fifth and sixth item, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of preservation framing. He will continue to recertify via a PPFA course every four years.

Dellert is the fifth owner of Artisans, which was founded in 1947 and is one of the oldest frame shops in San Francisco. He runs the business with his wife, Nancy Buffum, a watercolor artist.

Dellert started working at Artisans in 1988 while he was a studying photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He bought the frame shop in 1998 when the previous owner, Joe Ellin, retired. The shop was relocated from Union Street to Irving Street in 2015.

A PPFA member for 20 years, Dellert notes his historic frame shop was in business, under Phil and Patricia Ellin, when the late Paul Frederick, who owned The Atelier frame shop in the North Beach area, helped establish the PPFA in 1970.

Dellert’s framing projects include custom-built shadowboxes, family photos, prints, posters, custom mirrors, artwork and more.  He also offers home services.

“To be able to present a framing option that will endure the ages and make the art standout has always driven my design sense,” Dellert said.

Artisans Of San Francisco is located at 2549 Irving St. (at 27th Avenue). For more information, call (415) 921-0456, visit or email Hours are Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Closed Monday.

The Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) is an international organization offering programs and services designed to improve the framing industry, foster and enhance the quality of professional custom picture framing. PPFA also provides education, certification and produces an international framing competition. For more information, visit





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