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<I>THE SCENE's Gallery of the Week</I>Frame And I offers art, and the means to hang it

Creative boxes, clocks, sculpture, jewelry and paintings bring the walls of The Frame and I Gallery alive with color, life and vibrant new ideas.

"We try to offer a unique view of art," said Russell Johnson, an artist and the gallery's manager.

Ida Kendall and Kathleen Roeth, both local artists, own the gallery.

The Frame and I is a frame and art store as well as a gallery, and employees can order prints online through catalogs and suppliers if people have specific ideas in mind.

"All of us are artists," Johnson said of the gallery's employees. "So we have creative ideas and we can help people pick out colors and sizes for the mattes and the frame."

So if a customer wants to buy a piece of art from The Frame and I, employees can help the customer choose a frame (either custom-ordered or in stock) that will best show off the painting and that will match the customer's house.

And when there are leftover pieces of frame (Johnson called it "molding"), the employees use those to create unique boxes and clocks.

Many of the gallery's employees hang their work at The Frame and I, and the gallery recently put on an employee show. Most of the art on display is that of local artists, and a few pieces come from artists who live in other parts of Arizona.

Johnson said the gallery "doesn't have a consistent theme to make it boring," but he said the gallery is consistent in displaying art that has strong integrity and is of high quality.

While the art is high quality, Johnson said the prices are reasonable.

"We keep the prices in a good range, because we keep such good integrity," he said. "We want to help the artist as well, because it's worth that, that's what we believe."

In January, Johnson said, the gallery will re-utilize some of the space to expand the art store and the gallery. At that time, The Frame and I will hold a grand re-opening.

The Frame and I features wall art as well as sculpture, jewelry, pottery, ceramics, clocks and boxes. Also, the gallery sells gift items such as photo frames and display stands.

Most importantly, Johnson said, The Frame and I allows local artists to showcase their work and allows local residents to experience art with strong integrity and high quality, in a fresh way.

The Frame and I is at 229 W. Gurley St. in Prescott. For more information, call 445-5073.

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