The history of Athens Art & Frame
In the summer of 1970, Lee Hendrix resigned his position selling aircraft for Lockheed in Marietta, sold his house, and moved on to open the first full-service custom picture framing business in Athens, Georgia. On August 1, 1970 House of 10,000 Picture Frames opened on Prince Avenue.
In 1971, Lee’s daughter Pam joined her father in the business. Pam and her husband, Bruce Barker, would later buy the business from Lee in 1985. The business continued to grow and expanded to multiple locations around the Athens area including Frameworks on E. Clayton Street, Framers Supply Company, Clayton Street Gallery, and more.
Today, the business has centralized its operations to its single location on Epps Bridge Parkway. Moving to this location allowed Bruce and Pam to add a full service photo center in 2015 and to expand the showroom floor to include a wider selection of photo frames and other general merchandise.
After successfully owning and operating the business for over 30 years, Bruce and Pam retired and Athens Art & Frame was purchased by Laura Eavenson. Laura started working with the company in February of 2015 and learned everything she could about framing, business and customer service from Bruce and Pam. She continues to operate the business off of Epps Bridge and has expanded the selection of local goods and art. Athens Art & Frame has a long and happy history in Athens and Laura is thrilled to continue the legacy. More history to come as the years go by!