TROY, NY (NEWS10) — Clement Frame Shop & Art Gallery is closing after more than 50 years in downtown Troy. Owners Tom and Ray Clement have decided to retire.
Tom Clement said they have been in this industry since high school and he is now in his 70s. The Clements started the business in 1967 at 39 Second Street in Troy. In 1997, they purchased the building at 201 Broadway and have been there ever since, Clement said.
“It’s bittersweet,” Clement said. “We are one of the oldest framing workshops in the region, perhaps the oldest. Few people are interested in getting into the business.
The Clements sold the building to Vic Christopher, the president of Clark House Hospitality. Clement said Christopher also owns the buildings on either side of 201 Broadway. They should be out of the building within a year, Clement said.
Tom Clement is an artist himself. The Clement Frame Shop & Art Gallery is hosting its latest exhibition called “The Last Picture Show”, featuring the art of Clement and gallery director Jon Gernon, who were actually the first artists to exhibit in the space. The show will have a special final artist reception from 6-9 p.m. on November 25. The exhibition will continue until December.
Once January hits, Clement said they will hold a giant sale of their art, antique prints, furniture, collectibles, books, sculptures, and everything they need to find a home. They don’t know when the last day will be, but they will continue to frame the new year and start phasing it out at some point.