In addition to our creative framing, we carry original art by local professional artists. Below are examples of some of the work we carry as well as links to their websites

RICHARD KELVER     1949-whenever

I have been a professional artist since 1975. My career has involved many aspects of fine art and commercial art.  I began painting at age 11 and entered Lindsey Hopkins Commercial Art School in Miami, Florida in 1967.

After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972 I enrolled at Bee County College in Beeville, Texas, and moved to Galveston Texas and opened a commercial art studio where I worked as an illustrator, sign painter, and fine artist.  From 1975 through 2003 I owned and operated my own studio/gallery.

In 1992 I became the artist in residence at the Galveston Arts Center where I remained as a teacher and artist until 2000.  During this period I was involved with teaching both children and adults and worked in the community outreach programs.

My paintings are in collections throughout Texas and the United States.  I also have paintings with collectors in over 30 foreign countries.

I have built over thirty wooden boats and painted many murals and outdoor signs.

Currently I am a featured artist at Upper Bay Frame and Gallery.

CARLA GAUTHIER

Carla’s work combines her love of architectural detail and attention to qualities of light that transform commonplace scenes. The result is a body of works that read like snapshots…people going about their daily life, oblivious to us looking on, and their story is allowed to unfold.

Born and educated in Canada, Carla Gauthier has lived and worked in the US for 17 years and she has recently spent two years living in Belgium. After receiving her BA majoring in Fine Art and Art History, she continued to paint and worked as a graphic artist. She returned to school to earn her Bachelor of Education. An education in traditional drawing and printmaking provided her a solid base in image making.

Largely self-taught in watercolor, Carla has had the opportunity to learn from artists Cheng Khee Chee, Carla O’Connor, John Salminen, H.C. Dodd, Steven Quiller, Karen Vernon, Judy Morris, Jean Grastorf and Jack Reid through workshops. She has recently returned to the Houston area where she continues to paint and teach.

Carla is a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Art Society Houston. She has shown with these and other organizations in their regional, national and international shows, and has paintings in collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her works are available at

Upper Bay Frame and Gallery in Nassau Bay, Texas (18069 Upper Bay Road, Houston, Texas 281-333-9199)

Carteret Contemporary Art, Morehead City, North Carolina (twogalleries.net , 252-726-4071)

PAM HATCH

“I paint what appeals to me ~ peaceful vistas, prayerful places and ordinary people. In some of my work I weave symbols of life, faith and eternity, reflecting my spiritual nature.”

By weaving colors of the soul – blue, purple & gold and laying warm against cool, I work to create a sense of spirituality in my pastel and acrylic paintings.”

An award winning painter, Pam Hatch is a native Texan. Her maternal grandmother taught her to see the world with an artist’s eye – encouraging Pam to see beauty in the mundane and the unusual as she drove her around Galveston Island in her turquoise Nash Rambler.

Pam has studied with Evelyn Stebbins and Dick Turner and has attended workshops with notable pastel artists Kay Polk, Bob Rohm, Doug Dawson and Albert Handell.

She has been in many one woman and group shows and has had work published in the CIVA International Directory of Christian Artists.

Pam and her husband John reside in the Clear Lake area where she paints and teaches. Some of her current work can be seen at the Upper Bay and Frame Gallery in League City and on her web site (www.pamhatch.com“).

RICHARD WILLIAMS

Richard Williams; 34 years as an Art instructor at the Alfred C. Glassell School of Art/ Museum of Fine Arts/Houston. He is an artist that is well verse in a variety of media; watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, ceramics, stone.

Included in over 180 art exhibition with numerous solo shows.
Juror for the International Advanced Placement Art Portfolios in Salt Lake City for the College Board, the past 12 years.

SUE LIENHART

I began working with colored pencils during the summer of 2000 and have been hooked ever since. I love the challenge of creating drawings with lots of texture and details, and colored pencils allow me to accomplish this goal.

The desire to share something unique with viewers has inspired me to find inspiration in things that most people pass by, take for granted and never notice.  I have always been an amateur rock collector and I incorporate that into my work.  I look for unusual rocks with character to include along with objects that people leave behind, whether lost or ignored.

My point of view is up close and fills the space, which allows for a more personal and intimate perspective. My hope is that these seemingly simple subjects, which I call “intimate landscapes”, will catch the attention of the viewer and create a connection for them as they have for me.

My work has been displayed in the Colored Pencil Society of America’s International Exhibitions (2005, 2006, 2011) and I have achieved “signature status”.

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