190 US Rt. 1 | Falmouth | Maine | 04105
Arta, Formerly Galeyrie
Arta Custom Framing was originally created as Galeyrie Maps & Custom Framers by John and Sally Barrows 23 years ago. The company flourished under their collective vision, and when John passed away several years ago, Sally carried on the legacy until her recent retirement.
Abby Johnston took ownership of Galeyrie Maps & Custom Framers in October 2017 and has since renovated its showroom and workshop, and rebranded under the name, Arta Custom Framing.
How Did Arta Come to Be?
Combining her passion for art and publishing, Abby created Arta Custom Framing. The way has been winding, however. Instead of pursuing a life as a studio jeweler after graduating from Maine College of Art’s Metalsmithing & Jewelry program, Abby launched into the publishing industry for almost two decades as an author, illustrator, book designer, and consultant. Her work has been featured in publications ranging from fine art to children’s stories and can be seen in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. More recently, Abby had turned her focus toward photographing jewelry and fine crafts but, when she caught wind of Galeyrie being up for sale, the dream job that she never knew she wanted became a reality.
If you don’t bump into Abby at the First Friday Artwalk, or at a food truck, you might find her getting dirty in her vegetable garden or zooming around on her road bike.
Abby is committed to sharing and supporting the arts community in and around Portland. She believes strongly that art has the power to nourish and connect us and a significant part of her vision for Arta is to build a creative community by providing a venue for youth, emerging, and under-represented artists. In addition to regular art openings, Arta will host benefit art shows for a few of its favorite local non-profits.
We are committed to delivering a unique and personal customer experience. Our showroom is welcoming and presents the latest offerings from world class frame producers such as Larson Juhl, Roma Moulding, Vermont Hardwoods and so many more.
About Our Maps, Charts and Art
In addition to its significant digital library of maps and charts, Arta holds a number of original vintage maps and charts, mostly of the State of Maine. Many of Arta’s maps were hand-colored by former owner, John Barrows, including the complete set of Maine Atlas maps. Archival prints are created from high-resolution scans, printed on enhanced heavyweight paper with permanent Lucia inks.