From “The Gallery” to “South Hill Gallery” – 1977 to 2021 – Celebrating 44 years in business
Celebrating 44 years in business
Michael Drury, MCPF® (Michael is Lexington’s ONLY Master Certified Picture Framer®), and his wife, Letha are owners of South Hill Gallery, Ltd., and are members of the Professional Picture Framer’s Association (PPFA), Commerce Lexington, Local First Lexington and the Lexington Art League. South Hill Gallery, formerly known as “The Gallery,” has been in business in Lexington, KY since 1977. In the spring of 2009, South Hill Gallery moved from their location on South Broadway and Bolivar to their new home at 1401 Versailles Road. Merging with Photo Therapy in 2011, we now include digital imaging services.
Michael Drury, Master Certified Picture Framer
Michael began his experience with the framing and art industry in 1985, opening Michael’s Custom Framing in Versailles, Kentucky. In 1991, he sold that still thriving framing business to pursue other interests in wholesale framing. Michael began to miss the hands-on side of industry he loved and came back to work at The Gallery as Manager. In 2001, Michael purchased The Gallery, began to study various aspects of conservation framing practices and branched out to show more local and original art.
Mike and Letha join forces in 2005
In 2005, Michael gained a partner, in life and business, when he and Letha were married. Together, they have a synergistic relationship that fosters a creative spirit and warmth for their loyal customers, who are often like family. Michael and Letha are both officers in the Kentucky/Tennessee Chapter of the Professional Picture Framer’s Association (PPFA). In 2006 Michael was awarded the prestigious Certified Picture Framers (CPF) designation and in 2013 he became a Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF), the highest level of certification available. Michael has also been elected to the National Board of Directors of the Professional Picture Framer’s Association.
In honor of our 30th anniversary in 2007, we changed our name to “South Hill Gallery” to reflect our history in the South Hill district. In April of 2009, South Hill Gallery moved to their new location at 1401 Versailles Road to offer their loyal clients more services, expanded parking and a convenient location. In January, 2011 South Hill Gallery merged with Photo Therapy, providing complete photographic printing services along with custom framing, under one roof.
In addition to their love of art and custom framing, Michael loves to play music in his spare time. When not framing they enjoy the company of their dogs, Chico and Sophie, as well as cooking on the Big Green Egg!
Over 75 years of Framing Experience
Michelle Conder Perry joined the staff of South Hill Gallery in September, 2017 bringing with her over 20 years of custom framing experience. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team! Michelle, along with Mike, have over 50 years of combined framing experience. There is not much that you can ask that they haven’t seen or done!
In the Local Press
Accident on April 20, 2014
On Easter Sunday, April 20th a car hit the front of our building causing catastrophic damage to the structure and contents. By the following Friday we were open using our rear entrance and spent the next three months repairing the damages caused by this irresponsible act. Then, and especially now, we are filled with gratitude that this happened on a quiet Sunday evening, no one was hurt and nothing was lost that couldn’t be replaced. We are back now, better than ever in our newly remodeled space!
A recent customer review on Merchant Centric (8/2013):
This is definitely one of the best framing/photo “repair/therapy” businesses in the Lexington area, the best for service and price I have ever experienced. I used them five years ago to frame some photos and was totally satisfied; this time I brought in a very old photo that needed special care. They shared their expertise, showed me options and actually advised me to take a less expensive option than I initially asked for – in order to best preserve my vintage sports photo. A good family owned business that knows their stuff and takes pride in their work. And fast turn around for service!
Michael Drury Receives Coveted MCPF Designation
The Professional Picture Framer’s Association (PPFA) recently awarded Michael Drury, Co-owner of South Hill Gallery, the Master Certified Professional FramerÒ (MCPF) designation. Michael joins only one other framer in Kentucky and 60 framers worldwide who have attained the highest level of proficiency measured by the PPFA. Michael presented four framed works, with an emphasis on preservation framing of various media, to the panel of judges that were disassembled, inspected and scored. Passing that portion of the test, Drury had 90 minutes to complete a randomly selected framing project using preservation framing methods. The MCPF exam measures not only the knowledge of the framer, but their ability to execute a design with skill and precision.
South Hill Gallery receives publicity in national magazine
South Hill Gallery was featured in the September, 2009 edition of “For Framer’s Only” Magazine, a publication that is distributed among the members of the Professional Picture Framer’s Association (PPFA). The article has some great background information on our company as well as photographs, both before and after, of our new location. To see the complete article, Click Here: