A new frame on life in Ridgway

Whether they’re an artist preparing for a show, a proud parent eager to show off a child’s masterpiece or just someone with some family photographs or expensive artwork to frame, Ridgway residents now have a handy place to go for custom framework.

Brittany Miller has set up her shop, Fine Art and Framing in the Centennial Building at 609 Clinton St, Suite 104. Miller has been running a frame shop for Telluride Gallery Fine Arts for six years.

After 25 total years of living in Telluride, a severe lack of affordable housing there led her to jump at the opportunity to move to Ridgway.

“It’s been a bittersweet process, but that’s why it’s really exciting,” Miller said of her move from Telluride to Ridgway.

She discovered the available shop space, available housing and framing equipment for purchase locally all within a short span of time.

“So literally in 36 hours everything kind of fell in my lap,” she said.

Miller is still working at the space in Telluride while also managing her Ridgway location as she establishes roots in the area.

“I know a lot of people here and just connecting further I’ve been reaching out in different ways, you know, meeting other new people,” Miller said.

Fine Art and Framing shares a floor with what Miller calls “a great collective” that includes Mountain Girl Gallery and Lucky Find Consignments.

Miller named her shop Fine Art and Framing, or F&F for short, because she’s also an artist. Some of her mixed media work is currently displayed at 610 Arts Collective in Ridgway and at Butcher and Baker in Telluride. Her work can also be viewed on her website: brittanymiller.net.

“I do want to let local artists know that I’m always wanting to work with them. Being an artist myself, I understand the scope of investing in framing and obviously everything is increasing in prices. Framing is an investment that I want to offer to artists if they’re gearing up for a show, that type of thing,” Miller said. “I’m hoping to connect with more artists on that level. So that’s something that I hold dear to me.”

Miller talked of the excitemen of taking artwork someone has invested in and really bringing it to life, but she is also happy to frame diplomas or anything deemed worthy of display.

“Framing takes artwork to a whole other level. People don’t always frame and when they do it, they’re like ‘Oh, wow, this really does make a difference,’ and even artists feel that way who haven’t necessarily jumped into that boat,” Miller said.

Miller’s shop hours are not yet consistent as she juggles work at two locations, so contacting her for an appointment is best. She can be reached at 970-708-1283 or [email protected]

Anita Shire

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