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Photographer turned framer: How this man combined his love of photos with framing

Fred Miller has always loved photography since he was a little boy.

Now at 76, he owns Prince George Art & Frame, a custom frame shop and art gallery in Williamsburg.

“I grew up in the industry,” Miller said. “My parents were both photographers.”

In the late 1970s, Miller started framing his artwork for a friend in New York, who wanted a collection of scenes from Williamsburg. After the art show was over, he was left with framed artwork he wasn’t sure what to do with.

So he started selling it locally.

Miller bought a shop in the downtown area to sell his art pieces and years later, bought a frame shop nearby from a family friend.

He stayed at the Prince George shopping center for 25 years and eventually moved to the shop’s current location in 2005 to expand his business.

The new location had more space than Miller expected so he expanded his art gallery, filling it with pieces from local artists and other surrounding localities including Matthews County and New Kent.

In 2009, Miller had an art show featuring Edwin Green, with artwork inspired from the artist’s most recent trip to Paris. In order to make the art pop, Miller painted the wall blue.

“It was so compelling, people on their way to Fresh Market would park and come back,” he said.

Now, Miller spends his time printing pieces and paying the bills while custom framer Lorie Quail, works with customers and frames the artwork or other pieces. Some of the shop’s major clients include William & Mary and Sentara General Hospital.

“Fine art is really one of our main focuses,” he said. “In terms of volume, we do a lot of sports jerseys,” he said when asked about his most popular custom framing requests.

Three years ago, Miller added a new service where customers can print cellphone pictures and have those photos framed in his shop.

“We keep losing frame shops,” Miller said. “There are very few pictures printed anymore.”

Prince George Art & Frame, 1303 Jamestown Road, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call 757-229-7644. You can also visit the shop on Facebook here.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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