History of Gallery Raymond
Raymond Vos purchased “Photographs and Frames” in October 1984 after working at the shop part-time. Subsequently he changed the name to “Creative Framing” and continues to do custom picture framing. Originally the walls displayed framed posters and limited-edition prints. In 2002, Raymond decided to change all of the wall art to originals. In order to emphasize the art, he established the gallery as a distinct part of the business, and Gallery Raymond was born. A large opening party was thrown and all seven artists and their work were presented. Two successful years later, the gallery needed additional space to show more work and provide a space for single artist exhibitions. An extension of three hundred square feet was added to the back of the gallery. Like the front section, the back gallery has 11 foot ceilings and has been designated specifically for bi-monthly single artist shows.
Originally the main gallery was a carriage way, a tall and narrow passage for horses to go through to their stables. Behind the shop is “The Mews,” a large limestone building that is a converted horse’s stable, now used for the framing workshop. In 2007, an area in the Mews became available and was turned into “The Warehouse Gallery.” It functions as an overflow gallery, displaying more work and larger pieces of Gallery Raymond’s regularly featured artists. This section is open by appointment and during the bi-annual “Art After Dark” gallery tours sponsored by Kingston’s Downtown Business Association.
We appreciate the historical connection between the buildings as part of Kingston’s rich heritage. Please come for a visit to see Gallery Raymond and the Warehouse Gallery and the exceptional art of over sixteen local and regional artists.