Gannon Art Center framers mark 50 years, three generations of custom artwork
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Gannon Art Center framers mark 50 years, three generations of custom artwork

Only a handful of such businesses are still building frames for art and pictures today, including major chains like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. When the Gannon Art Center opened 50 years ago this week in the Brainerd location of the former Little Art Shop, there were more than three dozen retailers in the area selling art supplies and framing pictures. Eddie Gannon, the 64-year-old owner of the art gallery and picture framing business bearing his family name, has worked in the family-owned business since he was 14 years old and says he has never wanted to do anything else. Gannon said his passion and commitment to generations of artists and other customers across the country has sustained the business through three generations. Creating the right frame to present art or pictures is often key to their display, Gannon said. "With our vision, we see a frame different ways," he said as he proudly displays his frames built for everything from water color paintings and photographs to posters and fabrics. "It’s the most rewarding job you could ever have. We’ve done work from Carolina to California and from New York to Florida." The Gannon Art Center, now the oldest picture […]

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