CV Art and Frame is a Fine Art Gallery that is your single resource for all styles of art and picture framing. You will find the best available products within your budget, perfect design options and top quality craftsmanship by Certified Picture Framers. If you want to buy art or have your picture framed, this is the art gallery you have been seeking and we welcome you to visit us in person in Zionsville, Indiana. You will receive stellar personal service, even if you are not able to visit us in person.
You will find all styles of art genres. We specialize in original paintings incorporating modern, traditional, contemporary, impressionist, abstract and photographic styles. If we don’t have what you are seeking, we will help you find it or create it for you with a custom commission. We feature revolving original exhibitions by local, national and international artists while finding the specific art that fits your needs. In addition to original oil paintings you can acquire art prints, sculpture, etchings, serigraphs and lithographs.
We offer products within your budget, perfect design options and top quality craftsmanship by Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) members. We have two Certified Picture Framers (CPF) on our staff. Our adjoining Thomas Kinkade Zionsville Gallery features one of the best selections by one of America’s most collected artists.
You will experience one of the most varied selections of custom picture frame options. Your work will be gently handled with as our expertise lies in museum quality, hand-finished gold-leaf mouldings; exquisitely stitched, leather covered, heirloom frames; sleek, contemporary acrylic, no-seam frames in addition to basic black and everything in between. You will receive exceptional design and meticulous workmanship in your custom framing from the full service gallery which offers customized shadow boxes, museum quality preservation as well as on-your-site installation.
The friendly, professional staff will assist you with on-site consultations for your home and office; locate and frame the ideal artwork; and provide complete installation upon request.
CV Art and Frame began as Corner Vise Gallery and Frame Shop in 1979 and is celebrating 40 Years of Fine Art in 2019. Barbara Jennings, along with her parents, Percival and Carol Chuck, acquired the small, 7-year old Corner Vise Frame Shop from Pat Rubadeau in April 1986. Within a couple of years, they transformed the tiny frame shop into a beautiful art gallery representing some of the nation’s most popular artists of the era: Thomas Kinkade, Edna Hibel, G. Harvey, Terry Redlin, P. Buckley Moss, Ting Shao Kuang, Adrian Wong Shue, the Makk family, Mary Bertrand, Charles Frace, Lena Liu to name just a few.
Barbara brought a new level of distinction to custom picture framing in the Indianapolis area at surprisingly affordable prices. Using conservation techniques, precision workmanship and an eye for design – techniques that enhance artwork and memorabilia, Barbara developed a steadfast, loyal clientele who continue to utilize her services even after moving several states away. The custom frame shop subscribes to the industry’s highest standards with certified members of the Professional Picture Framers Association.
In 1997 Barbara expanded into representing the in-demand artist Thomas Kinkade in the exclusive adjoining gallery. This endeavor expanded rapidly with the Painter of Light’s popularity and a few mall galleries in Indianapolis ensued. As the mall locations took Barbara’s attention away from the original frame shop, Corner Vise was taken over by Kim Smith who had been framing under her direction for 10 years. During her 5-year tenure, Kim earned her Master Certified Picture Framer title, the highest certification in the industry. After the economic challenges of the mid-2000’s Barbara closed her mall locations and returned to her art roots with Corner Vise in Zionsville.
The New CV Art and Frame
It soon became apparent that many galleries had not survived the economic downturn and left a need for original art. Barbara determined that the timing was right for Corner Vise to redefine itself and bring specific quality original artwork to the collector while developing an easy to use website representing nationally recognized published artists in a fresh new name – CV Art and Frame.
CV Art and Frame has a web-friendly name that keeps a flavor of the Corner Vise beginning. CV Art and Frame intends to continue to bring you works from popular artists as well as emerging artists. Since this fine art evolution, the gallery has hosted some of the most famous of artists in person as well as in exhibit. Recent shows include Pop Artist, Peter Max, Surrealist Master, Salvador Dali, the renowned child prodigy (the Petite Picasso) RE:IMAGINED, Alexandra Nechita, and many more.
2019 is a year long celebration of 40 Fine Art Years for CV Art and Frame. 2019 events include trips to New York City to meet with Peter Max in his studio; special commissioned artwork of Indianapolis by Nemo; the debut show for Alexandra Nechita’s RE:IMAGINED tour of North America; Fine Art Trunk Shows representling multiple artists in a variety of styles at everyday price points; Romantic Realist, Robert Finale; the legendary Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel; and of course, a special personality from the Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade Studios.
Nestled in the charming town of Zionsville, Indiana, bordering Indianapolis, Carmel and Westfield, CV Art and Frame is a short drive from Avon, Brownsburg, Noblesville, Geist, Lebanon, Greenwood and Plainfield. You will experience true old world charm with original bricks on Main Street and period architecture in this historic village. For more information about Zionsville, visit www.zionsvillechamber.org for current events, Sullivan Munce Cultural Center for historic data or Town Of Zionsville for government and community services.
Barbara Jennings, CPF – Executive Director, Owner
Barbara Jennings discovered her life-long career path in the art world in 1986 with the purchase of Corner Vise Frame Shop. Art was always her favorite subject in high school. After receiving her BA degrees in Psychology and Journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington and a couple of jobs managing a small business and working in an advertising agency, Barbara was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with art.
Barbara received her certification from the Professional Picture Framer’s Association (PPFA) in 1988 and has an extensive history in art and framing seminars. “I feel fortunate to be able to work in a field I am passionate about, and with people I enjoy – clients, colleagues and staff. I naturally connect with people who have an appreciation for fine art and distinctive custom framing.”
Barbara has served on the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Board as well as on various Zionsville Arts committees.
Barbara is the mother of three daughters who ‘grew up in the business’ and have all spent time working in the gallery. She is also a very proud grandmother. She dreams of traveling the world to discover and bring a high level of emerging international artwork to the Indianapolis area.
Rhonda Crawshaw – Gallery Director
Rhonda Crawshaw came to CV Art and Frame (then Corner Vise Frame Shop, Inc) after working in corporate America. With a BS degree in Business Management and a background in marketing and customer service, she brings a wealth of experience to the gallery. Rhonda has a keen appreciation for art and a natural eye for design. She believes that art allows a person to view the world in new ways and allows us to examine ourselves from a spiritual and intellectual perspective.
Rhonda has served on the Zionsville Cultural District Board and has participated in numerous charity fund-raisers including Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Timmy Global Health and Cornea Research Foundation. She is quick to lend a helping hand to anyone who asks and thrives on doing art searches for clients in order to find just the right piece of art to hang in their personal spaces. Rhonda sees art as an investment in the future “…because if you care for your art, you can pass it on to other generations. It doesn’t wear out like other household items you spend money on”.
Rhonda is a devoted mother and grandmother and enjoys quality time with her family.
Jon Adamson, CPF – Custom Framer
Jon Adamson is an integral part of CV Art and Frame as our leading custom framer. With over 16 years in the custom framing industry, Jon not only brings extensive experience, he is also certified by the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA). Jon has always enjoyed working with his hands and began woodworking as a hobby at a young age. Custom framing came as a natural progression of this hobby.
When asked what he enjoys most about his job, he will tell you that he enjoys the satisfaction of seeing clients’ enthusiasm when they view their completed projects. Jon specializes in conservation techniques and is an advocate of protecting the items that people see as important to them, especially if they intend to pass them down to future generations. He enjoys the challenge of unconventional designs like shadow-boxing, display cases and three dimensional objects. Jon says, “You are not just buying a way to hang your art, you are buying furniture for your art.”
Jon also expresses his creativity as an avid musician and graphic arts designer. He studied at Indiana University’s prestigious School of Music and is a wonderful father.