It all started with an interest in art for Jean Olson, who will be celebrating 20 years in business in Albion this fall.
She started her business, Jean’s Custom Framing, in the fall of 1997 from her home east of town. She had taken art classes and was a painter of mostly landscapes and outdoor scenes. She had framed many of her own pictures before deciding to make it a commercial venture.
She developed her skills, and within a few years was very busy with framing. She bought her store building at 114 South Fourth Street in 2000. The store was formerly Nore’s Jewelry and later Boysen’s Jewelry.
“It has been basically the same set-up since I opened,” she said. “We frame just about everything from pictures and mirrors to shadow boxes and keepsakes of all kinds. I tell people we can frame anything except the kitchen sink.”
She attended art shows and gift markets for networking opportunities when starting her business.
In addition to framing and matting of all kinds, she sells prints by a variety of artists, gift items and ready-made frames. Her sample wall is filled with a wide variety of frame material she can order. She noted that barn wood frames are very popular right now, and some customers bring in their own barn wood for frames.
Most popular projects are framing wedding and family photos, as well as original artwork. She also creates frames for such items as veterans’ military medals, and for important clothing items such as baptismal gowns.
Read more in the Feb. 22 Albion News Print and E-editions.