SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Brushworks Gallery & Framing Salt Lake City, Utah

Meet Our Framers

Ryan Harrington 

Having become well-practiced in all aspects of framing throughout his 22 years at Brushworks, Ryan specializes in customer service, design, mat cutting, and mounting higher-valued art pieces, archival treatments, and museum preservation pieces. He is also responsible for ordering all materials and supplies. “Customer service and design is a pretty enjoyable aspect of my job. When I throw down an idea and the customer will respond well to it, that’s immensely rewarding.” As an artist himself, Ryan often collaborates with interior designers and art directors to create his own large-scale three-dimensional murals of illustrative wood faces on block, called ‘Blockheads,’ using acrylics, spray paint, and reclaimed materials. “I really like stylized art work; I appreciate realism, realistic landscapes, but I most appreciate style. When a figure is drawn a little awkwardly, some colors a little less predictable, that’s what gets me excited. Seeing the different art work coming through Brushworks is a huge source of inspiration as well. We have so many collectors with different tastes—we’re fortunate to compile pieces on their way to museums and full-artist shows even before they are up on the wall.”

Karen Fitzgerald 

Karen came to Brushworks as a ‘Girl Friday’—that was 18 years ago. Today, she’s ‘quality control.’ Her expertise in fitting and finishing means she’s the last one to see a piece before it goes out the door. “I cut and clean the glass, fit the treatment to the frame, and attach paper, wire, and hanger. Everything fits precisely—this is the benefit of custom framing.” Karen takes pride in her work, scrutinizing every detail, finishing a piece as if it were her own. “I know I do what I do well—you need a good eye. People come back because of our consistent quality and craftsmanship.” Karen’s eye for detail has been sharpened in her own ‘hobby ceramics’ business, creating complete dish sets, decorative bowls, and more—most of which she gives as gifts. As a certified ceramics instructor, Karen has passed on the joy and beauty of creating to countless others, which shows in her work ethic: “When I hear a customer say, ‘This is just what I wanted, this is beautiful,’ I like hearing that—I’m proud that I got to participate in their vision and that they are happy and excited. I get a good feeling.”

Vita Kobyilina

Because of her framing expertise, Brushworks recruited a reluctant Vita 12 years ago to work the Christmas season. “Originally, I didn’t want to frame anymore. But I really like it here—the thing that sets Brushworks apart is the staff and the connections we’ve made with our clients, many who followed me from other frame shops. They know us; they trust our input and the quality of our work.” While Vita is expert at all aspects of framing, at Brushworks she specializes in cutting, building, and joining frames and shadowboxes. Also an artist, she describes her small-scale oil paintings on little wooden boxes as ‘contemporary realism.’ Subjects include vintage objects, produce, product lettering, and pet portraits. “I like that very graphic, crisp, clean look. With animals, it’s their ears or muzzle shapes and the challenge of how they fit with negative space.” Like her art, framing presents some puzzles. Each art piece requires specialized treatment. “As artists, we’re allowed to express our creativity and ideas to problem solve, to think outside the box. It’s a reason why I love working here so much. We know what needs to get done, and when. We have freedom to organize our day based on which projects take priority. We are creative problem solvers!”

Address

160 East 800 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 363-0600

Open Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Sunday: Closed
Holidays: Closed

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