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Dear Friends,

With a sad heart, I must announce we will close our doors on December 24th. Over the past 26 years, I’ve weathered many slow months in the hope of better times ahead. But the slow months are very slow and the good months are just not good enough. My friends have asked “why now”? There are many reasons: the weak economy certainly, changing tastes in artwork (the limited edition print market collapsed), those ‘open-concept’ homes without walls between the kitchen & dining room & living room, those big box stores with their weekly 50% off coupons, and changing consumer tastes, even photographers prefer to print on canvas or metal rather frame their prints. Twenty years ago, there over 28,000 small custom framers like me in the U.S., now there are less than 9,000. I am very grateful to my terrific customers who have followed me throughout the years. You let me into your homes and businesses and trusted me with expensive artwork and priceless keepsakes. While the retail shop is closing, I plan to continue to frame as a hobby out of my garage in Troy. You can reach me at after January 1. I’m not quite ready to retire, so I’ll be looking for an encore career in January. If you can think of anything a former picture framer might be qualified for, please let me know.

Thank You,


In July 1989, American Frame & Gallery was born in Winchester Plaza in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The business specialized in high quality custom picture framing and a variety of artwork, from originals to limited editions to posters. In the winter of 2008, the business was expanded with the addition of artist supplies and a move to a bigger space at Chateau Plaza. Although the art supply business was fun, it ultimately proved unsustainable. In August 2013 we moved into Joe Vavak’s old Photography Studio, a perfect fit for us.  We still specialize in high quality custom picture framing with an emphasis on framing the unusual. In fact, the business card states "We Frame Weird Stuff!". For the full story Click here.