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Bartlett Gallery & Framing was opened in 1990 under the name Calamity Jane's Gallery and Framing by Patty Marquis. As the name suggests, Patty's focus was on western and southwestern art.

After three years, Patty sold Calamity Jane's to Patricia Bartlett. Pat had a career in nursing and was looking for a change and Calamity Jan'es was the opportunity she needed. She already had a keen eye for design and quickly learned the ins and outs of custom framing. Pat changed the store's focus to include all genres of art, to emphasize preservation framing, and offering the best designs for customer's art. It was then that Pat changed the shop's name to one more fitting to its new focus; Bartlett Gallery & Framing.

Early in 2009, Patricia became ill and passed away. Bartlett Gallery has an experienced staff and, fortunately, remained open until purchased by the head picture framer for the past twelve years and manager, Ronald Garrity.

The gallery is run by Ron and his wife, Jennifer. Both are very experienced framers and have the same focus on quality and preservation that has made Bartlett Gallery & Framing the place in Spokane to bring the valued pieces of your personal history.

I was born in New Brunswick, Canada and raised an Air Force brat. My dad was stationed there on a USAF base. We didn't stay there long, moving around a lot, mainly staying at bases on the east coast. I also spent three years in the Philippines when my dad was stationed at Clark AFB.

We moved to the Spokane area in the spring of 1981, a year after the Mount St. Helens eruption. I missed that, thankfully, but I remember there still being ash between any cracks in the sidewalk. My dad retired at Fairchild and we settled in the Nine Mile Falls area.

I went to Mead High School and was the quintisential art student, taking every art class (and Mead has a huge art department), some twice as a teacher's assistant. In college I majored in Graphic Design and Illustration before getting a job in custom framing.

My first framing job was at Deck the Walls in the Northtown mall. I spent two years there learning the basics of the custom framing business, eventually being promoted to the main picture framer. After that I was offered a job at InPrints, also at Northtown, as the manager of their frame production shop. I ran that shop, which averaged thirty or so frame jobs a day, for over a year. InPrints' focus was completely on production, with constant pressure the complete jobs quickly. Quality and preservation took a back seat. While the pay was much better, their focus on framing was opposite of my own.

About fourteen years ago I answered an add in the paper looking for an experienced picture framer. I walked into Bartlett Gallery (although it was still Calamity Jane's at the time) and had an interview with Pat. Her miniature Schnauzer, Harley, sat on my lap the entire time. Five minutes into the interview I knew Bartlett Gallery was where I needed to be. When Pat offered me the job, I quickly said yes and never looked back.

I spent my formative years in Anaconda, Montana until 1981 then in Havre where I graduated high school in 1988 (Go Big Blue!). My family moved to Spokane and soon after I moved to Westchester County, New York to nanny for a wonderful family. I started my fine arts education immersed in the rich art and museum scene of the area.

I came back to Spokane in 1991 and took my first picture framing job at Deck the Walls. While working there I enrolled in the fine arts program at Spokane Falls Community College.
I've been a picture framer ever since because I'm passionate about this wonderful field. I learn something every day, either about framing or the great artwork my customers bring to me. I love offering a high level of quality and ingenuity to my customers.

My other interests include spending time with my husband and our two dogs, art, crafts of all sorts, baking, nature conservancy, and of course, football.