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The P.H. Miller Studio | Berryville, VA


The P. H. Miller Studio, now located in Berryville, VA specializes in making handmade fine gilded and carved frames for art and mirrors. Peter Miller, recently relocated from Woodbury, CT has spent the past 30 plus years in the business designing and creating frames for clients around the country. Starting back in the early 1980’s, Peter Miller offered just a few handmade frames in simple style and uncomplicated finishes. His business was focused more on offering clients the vast world of commercially made moldings. It was those early years when Mr. Miller honed is design skills and techniques for handling artwork properly and professionally whether it was a child’s drawing or expensive oils on canvas. In those early years, clients would come to the frame shop and occasionally ask for finished corner frames. Through research, Mr. Miller found in nearby NYC, several factories or production houses that were, in fact, the handmade frames that his clients were requesting. This became a major focus of the business, helping the frame shop to stand apart from all of the regional competition. While there was a financial satisfaction and his clients were very pleased with the “new” offerings of water gilded frames, Mr. Miller became increasingly interested in the art of applying gold leaf. So with the help of Mr. Miller’s Gallery Director, Michael Coleman, and his contacts in NY, Mr. Miller began to seek out the best gilders practicing in the country at the time. He joined the Society of Gilders and studied with several gilders throughout the US. Along with workshops, Mr. Miller visited museums both here and in Europe to further his understanding not only of the history and beauty of the gilded surface but also in the way these surfaces wore and survived over time. All of this information was vitally important to Mr. Miller as he furthered his skills in preparing surfaces for gilding, applying gold leaf and how to “age” and tone the gilded surface to convincingly replicate frames several centuries old.

Over time, Mr. Miller began to replace the samples and offerings from the Gilded Frame Production houses with his own frame offerings. While Mr. Miller does create many contemporary styles of frames, he takes his inspiration from history. Now all of the frames that are seen in the showroom of the P. H.
Miller Studio represent the range of work that Mr. Miller does. “Like my predecessors from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, presentation of art work is vitally important. I am always striving to achieve the marriage between painting and frame. These American frame makers from that period were inspired by the followings of the Arts and Crafts Movement originating in Europe in the latter half of the 19th century. For the most part these craftsmen/artists, now both famous for their paintings and their frames, learned the art of carving and ancient techniques of water gilding. They were not afraid to experiment with design, take from history and push the boundaries of accepted design to create a new benchmark which is truly American.”

Of course the handmade frame production houses are still in operation and provide some beautiful frames but there are only a few frame-makers in the US now who work in this artisan spirit involved and skilled in every aspect of the process. Shortly after Mr. Miller’s daughter, who was the business manager and gallery director after graduating from college, announced that she was moving to Loudoun County, Mr. Miller and his daughter phased out the gallery side of the business so that in the years going forward the studio would be focused solely on frame making. The studio showroom in Berryville, demonstrates the marriage of painting and frame with paintings that are often from the Miller’s collection but also occasionally with paintings that are available for sale with an original Miller Studio Frame.

Studio Hours: Tuesday through Saturday. 10:00 – 5:30, Sunday and Monday by chance or appointment.

Website:, phone 540-955-3939

Please check the Miller Studio website for upcoming workshops teaching traditional water gilding.


E. Fletcher’s Locally Crafted Approach

We’re delighted to welcome our Little Washington neighbors E. Fletcher Construction to the Piedmont Virginian (see their ad on page 77 of the spring issue).

Led by Eddie Fletcher, a Piedmont native and one of the key people responsible for a certain Inn’s beautiful construction projects, the builder has a unique, locally crafted approach.

More about E. Fletcher’s philosophy following and at their web site:

Our Values: E. Fletcher Construction, located in Washington, VA in Rappahannock County, combines traditions of the past with today’s building innovations to create unique, regionally specific, elegant custom homes. We deliver classic structures that are beautiful, energy-efficient, and easy to maintain. Using time-tested materials and sustainable building methods, we construct homes with character that will last.

We strive to make sure our clients are truly happy in their new homes. We build homes that meet our client’s dreams while carrying out the architect’s vision; embrace and enhance the client’s lifestyle; meet their practical needs; and provide comfort.

Timelessly crafted: E. Fletcher Construction welcomes the opportunity to build one-of-a-kind custom homes and structures. The most talented craftspeople from Virginia’s Piedmont create historically authentic details in each home by using available local and regional materials.

Sustainably built: At E. Fletcher Construction, we practice aspects of the age-old art of home building, while also embracing and implementing cutting-edge advancements in sustainable building practices. These eco-friendly practices are key to the home’s long-term comfort, efficiency and maintenance

We believe it is our responsibility to advise our clients about the many options to implement sustainable building practices. Because the building industry is ever evolving, we constantly study and research the advancements in sustainability that can improve the home’s overall performance, save maintenance dollars and lower energy consumption.

P. Buckley Moss to Release Virginia is for Lovers Painting at Framecraft

P. Buckley Moss’ Virginia is for Lovers Painting 2013

World-renowned artist P. Buckley Moss will be at Framecraft at 64 Main Street in Old Town Warrenton, Virginia on Saturday, November 16th collectors and sign her work. During this show appearance, Ms. Moss will release her new painting entitled Virginia is for Lovers. The State of Virginia provided exclusive permission for the title of this historic painting. The original painting, as well as the limited edition giclee on paper, will be available for purchase.

P. Buckley Moss, a resident of Waynesboro, Virginia since 1964, is one of America’s most prized living artists. She is well known for her portrayals of the Amish and her tranquil landscapes. An extensive collection of her work will be displayed and may be purchased on November 16th and gifts.

Ms. Moss completed a historic Old Town Warrenton Series, commissioned by Framecraft, in 2012 that included her painting of the Mosby House entitled Historic Charm, the 2010 painting of the Old Courthouse called Warmth Within Warrenton, and her 2009 painting of the Warren Green Hotel entitled Teddy’s Ride.

An alumna of New York’s prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Ms. Moss is a formally educated and accomplished artist. Her work is admired by both academics and collectors and is represented in more than 200 galleries worldwide. Today thousands of collectors throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan recognize and appreciate the distinctive look and exceptional appeal of art by P. Buckley Moss.

Framecraft, located at in the heart of Old Town Warrenton, is an award-winning custom picture framing shop and art gallery. It is the only authorized P. Buckley Moss gallery in Fauquier County and the surrounding area. Framecraft is honored to host this event. For additional details on this P. Buckley Moss event—please call Framecraft at 540.341.0001 including paintings, prints, ornaments, books, puzzles,


For additional information please contact:

Mark Moore

Owner of Framecraft


Mountain View Marketing Voted Best Advertising Company in Best of Culpeper 2013

Liz Casazza, president and principal consultant with Mountain View Marketing

Mountain View Marketing, based in Warrenton, Virginia, was recently voted Best Advertising Company in the Best of Culpeper 2013. Liz Casazza, president and principal consultant with Mountain View Marketing, commented, “We are very honored to receive this award. Mountain View Marketing looks forward to continuing to serve the Greater Piedmont Region by bringing our clients’ brands to life and growing their businesses.”

The Best of Culpeper program was started three years ago by the Culpeper Star Exponent newspaper. It provides Culpeper and surrounding communities with an opportunity to select the firms they believe provide the best in services.

Mountain View Marketing has been a loyal supporter of The Piedmont Virginian from the magazine’s very beginning — more than eight years ago! We are so happy to hear that Liz and her team are receiving the recognition they deserve!

For additional information please contact:
Liz Casazza

Appleton Campbell Earns 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award in Three Categories

Congrats to one of our loyal advertisers!!

Appleton Campbell, a family owned and operated plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical services company based in Warrenton, Virginia since 1976, received the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award for consistently providing excellent customer service in:

• Heating & Air Conditioning
• Plumbing
• Plumbing—Drain Cleaning

This honor is awarded annually to approximately five percent of all of the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Appleton Campbell earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers,” she continued.

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their customers, and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

More than 1.5 million households use Angie’s List to find high-quality service companies and health care professionals in more than 550 categories. The ratings for service businesses are updated daily.
For additional information about Appleton Campbell, please visit

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