There has been a custom frame shop at 13 Phila Street since 1990. Michael Glowacki was the first owner. Chloe Kettlewell worked part time for Raechel Morris, who purchased the business from Glowacki. Kate Edwards began working for Raechel in the year 2005. Chloe and Kate worked together in the business for 6 years ultimately purchasing it in 2011. Their combined experience and talent in custom framing and the arts helped to create what is now generally considered the finest custom framing gallery in the area. Every customer will work with either Kate or Chloe assuring they will receive expert advice on design and care of their artwork or object. Original artwork by local artists including Kate and Chloe is on display and for sale. They pride themselves on maintaining a high standard whetherframing museum quality artwork or your family photos.
About Kate Edwards...
My family travelled extensively but I spent most of my childhood in New Jersey. I have always loved and created artwork but was not sure if I could find a way to make a living at it. I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in illustration. My career in framing began, however, when I got a job at Gallery Picture Framing in Pittsford, NY after I graduated. At the same time I began landscape painting finding the Genessee River valley beautiful and inspiring. I received my Certified Picture Framer certificate in 1999. When I moved to the Saratoga Region in 2004 I framed for Frame of Mind and later for Framework which is now Kettlewell & Edwards.
Today I live in Bacon Hill near the Hudson River and enjoy painting the farmland and river views in my area. My paintings have been included in The Finger Lakes exhibition in Rochester, the Landscapes for Land's Sake show, The Three Pears Gallery in Dorset, Vermont, and at Riverfront Studios, now the Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville. I have also had work on display at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. My work s now included in many private collections.
About Chloe Kettlewell...
I grew up in Saratoga Springs in a very artistic family. My father is James Kettlewell, former Skidmore Professor of Art History and Hyde Collection Curator. My mother was professional artist Lucy Cadou Kettlewell who is well remembered for her paintings of the local area. I followed in the family footsteps graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in studio art and a Masters in Art Education from the College of St. Rose. I then worked at Peebles Island, a facility that conserves artwork and objects for New York's Historic Sites. There I learned about the care and handling of museum quality artwork as well as antique frame restoration. I began working at Framework in 2000 with the former owner and had been involved in the shop off and on over the years. When the opportunity arose for Kate and I to purchase the business It seemed like the perfect situation for both of us.
As an artist I prefer to paint still lifes and interior scenes showing an unedited version of everyday life. Throughout the years I have exhibited my oil paintings in numerous exhibitions including the 61st Exhibition of Central New York Artists at the Munson William Proctor institute in Utica, the Small Works Show in New York City, the Lake George Arts Project and Saratoga Arts among others.