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
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
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
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.