More Art Comes to Lawrenceburg

Brenda Gardner

As Lawrenceburg continues with its revitalization, more art and culture are being attracted to the downtown area.  Another art gallery and framing store opened yesterday on West Court Street across the street from 2nd Chance Consignment and Bourbon Street on Main.

Brenda Galbraith Gardner opened the Frame Clinic and Art Alley on Court Street as a way to give back to Lawrenceburg.  Brenda originally came to Lawrenceburg from Lexington 39 years ago as a way to sooth her daughter who had a chronic illness and was afraid of tall buildings, thinking she was going to a hospital.

She found Lawrenceburg to be incredibly helpful, always supporting her and her daughter.  From the public school system, to members of First Christian Church, there was always a helping hand.  “This town became a village for me,” Brenda said.  With the help of the community, her daughter grew up well, earned a doctorate in pharmacy, and now has twins of her own.

Although she moved from Lexington to help her daughter, she chose Lawrenceburg specifically because there was a job opening for a barber where Danny’s Barber Shop is now on Main Street.  Brenda would become the first female barber there and would eventually open her own hair salon, called the Hair Clinic.

However, tragedy struck and Brenda lost her son and husband.  During this time of loss, she was inspired to go to an art framing school in Hartford, Connecticut.  There, she learned preservation, conservation, and the art of framing and earned her degree in American Academy of Picture Framing. She then opened an art framing business, called the Frame Clinic, along with her hair salon.

But, through the years, Brenda really wanted to help give back to the community for helping with her daughter.  She was one of the original founders of the Anderson Humane Society and was one of their first benefactors, hosting the first fundraiser at the Hair Clinic.

During this time, Brenda also started selling art, as both her and her mother are artists.  She worked on the humane society’s yearly garden party and became extremely successful with it.  As she gained experience selling art, she got to know many local artists and their amazing talent.  Seeing these talented artists, she always wanted to open a gallery to show their work and help them sell some of their pieces.

When the opportunity came, Brenda decided to move the Frame Clinic and hair salon business to the Court Street location and create the Art Alley gallery there at the same time.  With all three businesses in one location, she’s able to offer everything while enjoying her new downtown location.  “One of the greatest blessings of moving here in this actual place is that I can hear the caroling bells at First Christian Church,” Brenda said.

The new store will also feature classes for aspiring artists.  Brenda said that she will be offering classes in painting wine and shot glasses, working with stained glass, and creating pottery.  She said that she also will be having an award winning photographer giving tips on how to produce better shots and selling prints.  And because the store also has all her Frame Clinic supplies, artists and clients can also pick the best framing materials from over 700 samples.

For more information about the Frame Clinic and Art Alley, check out their Facebook page.  The new store will be open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.  Brenda would also like to thank everyone that helped her create her new store, including the Maynard family, Steve Shryock from Bluegrass Signs, plumber Danny McCann, Edmondson’s, Lawrenceburg Supply, and especially her most significant other and remodeler of the store, Gordon Gibson.

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