For Ann Shive, art is both a business and a passion. The owner of Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery in Roanoke, she has successfully combined a soft spot for local art and artists with custom framing and large format printing.
She has owned the shop for four years now, but the business’ reputation in the community has been longstanding. Shive shares how she came to acquire this gem.
“I was a client of the former owner of Crestwoods Frame Shop for many years, and when he decided to retire, I bought it,” she said.
And the rest is history, as they say. Shive moved the store from its original location to the historic Coil Factory building on Main Street in Roanoke, in order to add an art gallery and a large format digital printer.”
Shive and her team help customers select art and framing for home and commercial display. They have more than 2,500 frame samples, so there’s no shortage of choices. They also have the ability to frame and display jerseys, TVs, memorabilia and more. The gallery changes on a monthly basis to showcase the works of local artists. Crestwoods also hosts artist receptions and art classes.
Speaking of art, the Fort Wayne native is a Fine Arts graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington. Her artistic bent has framed how she approaches her business.
“I don’t think of myself as a female entrepreneur exactly,” she said. “I think of what I do as following my passion to promote the arts and artists in our area through education, workshops and monthly artist receptions.”
The artists are what fuel her passion. Shive said it’s a pleasure to have worked with more than 200 artists over the years.
“There are so many talented artists in our area,” she said. “Every medium is different and the perspective the artists show with their individual work is an exciting reason to come into the gallery every day and educate shoppers on their art purchases.”
Whether it’s assisting a customer with a frame selection or setting up for an artist’s reception, that variety is what keeps her job interesting.
“Every day is different owning a frame shop and a gallery,” she said. “I enjoy working with clients on framing their art, memories or photos.”
Ann has been married to Wayne for 43 years. They have two grown children, Aaron and Lauren and a dog (pictured with Ann), James.