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Our History

OUR STORY – KING’S FRAMING AND ART GALLERY


Located in Corbeil, Canada, King's Framing and Art Gallery are a family-run art supply and framing business serving artists, crafters, and creative makers, from beginners to professionals, to bring their creative vision to life.

Founders Lise and Bob King created the one-stop-shop and online brand known for the very best art supplies and personalized art expertise in 2008 born out of their distinguished professional art experience combined with their shared love of creativity and values of unparalleled customer service, passion, education, teamwork, value, and excellence. Backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, the King’s Framing and Art Gallery team has guided thousands of happy customers around the world for over 13 years on their artistic journey.


OUR FAMILY STORY – BOB AND LISE KING


Lise King, Founder of King’s Framing and Art Gallery, has a long-standing history as an artist, instructor, and passionate supporter of the arts. One of the influential moments in Lise’s artistic journey was an experience in 8th Grade.  Lise was always doodling in class.  One day, she tossed out her drawing at the end of class, yet her teacher asked her to finish it, citing how original it was. Without Lise’s knowledge, he submitted her work into a college drawing competition, where she was awarded a scholarship for her artistic work. 

Early in her career, she became a certified hairstylist and make-up artist in Toronto, recognized for her artistic abilities in looking at the “blank canvas of possibilities” for her clients, ultimately creating human works of art.  This experience gave Lise’ the foundations of her craft, as make-up artistry is analogous to painting.

Years later, following a pivotal health event, Lise’ and her husband Bob, responded to the calling to return home to East Ferris, a township in northeastern Ontario, Canada, including the main communities of Astorville and Corbeil. 

When Bob and Lise met, Bob was recognized and sought out for his expertise as a licensed sheet metal technician, fabricator, and designer, collaborating with partners to design intricate metal works of art.  Upon discovering the art of custom framing, Bob acquired training in the industry and made a career shift to join Lise’ in moving to northeastern Ontario, Canada, where together they opened King’s Framing and Art Gallery.


THE ORIGINS OF KING’S FRAMING AND ART GALLERY


Celebrating their love of art and the community they call home, Lise and Bob opened King’s Framing and Art Gallery in Corbeil, Canada on July 8, 2008.

More than ever, Lise King was committed to immersing herself in art and multi-media training, including attaining a product specialist certificate, colour theorist certificate, and specialized training by diverse manufacturers of art materials and supplies around the world.  She has continued to invest in learning about innovative products and techniques as a certified multi-media specialist to best serve her customers and art students.

With the belief that art education is a life-long journey, Lise combined her extensive multi-media art training and passion for teaching into serving their customers through expert guidance on the selection of high-quality art supply materials and personalized instruction through art workshops in-store.


GUIDING ARTISTS TO UNLEASH THEIR CREATIVE POTENTIAL


In addition to her vast knowledge of art supplies and techniques, Lise’ has become a notable art teacher and instructor who leads with empathy, compassion, and belief in every student’s potential to transform their heart and mind through art. 

Her unique brand of teaching stems from her philosophy of meeting her students where they are in their art journey. Instead of expecting students to climb to her level of artistic ability, she teaches her students the value of individualized progress over perfection in learning the foundations, language, tips, techniques, and tricks of art across multiple mediums so that they may learn well and flourish. She embraces the idea that her students come to learn at their speed and level, and she delivers personalized attention to encourage them to overcome any fears they may have, ultimately resulting in a courageous and confident transformation of their personal belief in themselves and that their art is worthy.

With continued training in framing, clients from around the globe credit Bob for his mastery in museum-quality framing, elevating their works of art. He customizes his framing to meet the needs of every customer, including the availability of 100% acid-free archival materials in matting, mounts, foam core backing, and linen tape to allow your art to last for generations to come. King’s specializes in front and back-load wood frames for professional canvas paintings for exhibiting artists and a wide assortment of standard, metal, solid wood, and specialty frames for anyone wanting to proudly display their unique works of art.


OUR VALUES


Our values as a family-owned business reflect our beliefs in supporting and empowering all artists at every stage in their creative journey.  With King’s Framing and Art Gallery at your side, you can bring your creative vision to life and unleash the artist, crafter, or creative maker within you.

* Proudly Canadian owned and operated since July 8th 2008.