1 Art and Framing, 507 E. Broadway.
WAUKESHA - If
you’re heading into Waukesha on Broadway, one of the first
things you’ll notice before getting into the downtown area is
the huge, bright guitar covering the entire side of a building,
welcoming visitors to the city.
The mural is
relatively new, but the business inside the building has been
serving Waukesha customers for 36 years.
Bill and Barb
Kocher opened Gallery 1 in 1978 and have been selling everything
from paintings to sculptures to one-of-a-kind frames ever since.
“We are a very
community based business, and most of our clients have been
coming here since 1978, so we’ve had everything from parents to
grandparents to kids who know they’re coming here for their art
and framing,” said Chris Audley, the manager of the gallery
507 E. Broadway.
paintings by Chuck Weber, top left, and Brian Kuether that
will be part of the Channel 10 Great TV Auction are on
display at Gallery 1 Art and Framing.
Why do they keep
coming back generation after generation?
about the personal service you’re going to get. At the (big box
stores), you’re going to get the person assigned to the framing
department that day. I have an art degree from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, and the other two employees are artists and
have been involved for more than 15 years,” Audley said.
“This is our
forte. This is what we do.”
said all the framing is done on-site and guaranteed for life.
going to be done properly and we guarantee all of it until I’m
dead, you’re dead, they’re dead,” Audley said.
bronze sculptures by William Koelpin at Gallery 1 Art and
The gallery also
features paintings prints, wooden bowls, glassware and ore from
125 different artists, 85 percent of whom are local or at least
Gallery 1 offers a frame or a piece of art for every need and
visitors to the gallery can see works from four of the five
artists featured in the Milwaukee Public Television’s 2014 Great
TV Auction: Brian Kuether, Chuck Weber, Lynn Casper and JoAnn
O’Hare, Bill Kocher said. The auction will take place from April
25 to May 3.