By ROB JONAS
Located on historic Monument Square in downtown Troy, Clement Frame and Art Gallery has been an established part of the region’s business culture for generations.
After more than 50 years of providing quality custom framing for the Capital Region and beyond, owners Tom and Ray Clement – and their frame shop and gallery – represent a piece of local history.
Having apprenticed under the former owner in the 1960s and carrying the business forward to today, the Clements take great pride in a continuous line of satisfied customers for over a half century.
The Clement Frame Shop and Art Gallery is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding quality and service. Its custom picture framing service offers a wide range of options and creative design ideas to tastefully accomplish any framing project.
“We approach each framing customer with some simple questions, so that we understand their goals for each project they bring to us,” said Tom Clement. “We take a fresh approach to each challenge, and our goal is to accomplish the customer’s objective in the most appropriate and tasteful manner while protecting the framed piece from future deterioration. We use only high-quality frame mouldings, acid-free matting and backing, and always recommend ultra violet filtering glass. We take great pride in that our finished product will bring enjoyment to the owner for a lifetime, and will last for many generations to come.
The art gallery features local artists throughout the year. There is also a wide variety of local history in the shop’s antique print and map room, both framed and unframed.
Currently, the featured exhibit is “Shared Sensibilities,” a collection of pastel paintings by Susan Story and Marlene Wiedenbaum, through Saturday, November 21. Story is a Signature-Master Pastelist member of the Pastel Society of America and serves on the society’s Board of Governors. She has received the Gold Medal of Honor from Audubon Artists and the Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal for Pastel from the Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club.
Wiedenbaum has had her works exhibited inter-nationally, including the Pastel Artists Invitational in Taiwan in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, as well as at the Xian Art Museum in China. She teaches pastel classes and plein-air workshops in the Hudson Valley. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America.
The shop also carries a variety of gift items beyond its art offerings. Its Troy townscapes, RPI and Russell Sage campus prints, Troy mugs and Troy note cards are exclusive items available only through the gallery. Have a special sentimental item framed for a unique gift that keeps on giving.
The Clement Frame Shop and Art Gallery is located in The Clement Building at 201 Broadway in downtown Troy. The store and gallery are open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment on request. For more information, call 518-272-6811 or email [email protected]