Art store unveils a montage of York business and history

I see White Rose, and Central Market, and the Strand and William Penn in period clothing.

This is a montage. This particular montage shows exclusively York city, something city officials and others on Monday were excited to announce.

I see the Art and Framing Warehouse, on West Philadelphia Street, too.

And inside I see Gayle Shadrach, the co-owner, who’s keeping a picture of city officials gathered at a ribbon-cutting, there on the front counter of her store.

It was a big day at the framing shop, she said.

Mayor Kim Bracey and others were on-hand Tuesday morning for the unveiling of a new “montage,” or artist’s representation, of York. The montage is meant to be a sort of printed time capsule, showing a moment in time but also drawing ties to the past.

“It’s nostalgic and historic,” said Shadrach, who owns the frame shop with her husband John.

The Shadrachs stumbled on the montage idea more than a year ago, though at that time the project run by an out-of-town company was centered on Westminster, Md. But the couple thought it would be a good fit in York, and finally last spring things started to move forward.

This view shows some of the businesses on the recently unveiled montage of York. Prints are available at local businesses.

Gayle Shadrach said from there the project took off, with about 110 York businesses signing up to be a part of the project. Each paid a fee to be a part of the final pen-and-ink piece, which was done by Minnesota-based artist Bruce Loeschen, she said.

Prints are now available for $15 at the frame shop and other locations around the city, Shadrach said.

In addition to the above-named businesses, the print features others including the Hotel Codorus, Penn Waste and Bricker’s. York’s first mayor, Daniel K. Noell, and other historical figures are scattered through as well.

Shadrach said she hopes it makes a nice addition to local collections. It’s a beautiful piece, she said, and in a way, it’s actually a little like York.

“It’s like a picture puzzle,” she said. “You just keep looking at it, and you find something else.”

About Tim Stonesifer

Tim Stonesifer is the York city reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Email him at tstonesifer@ydr.com, call 771-2032 or follow him on Twitter @timstonesifer.
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2 Responses to Art store unveils a montage of York business and history

  1. terrence downs says:

    A pity no recognition is given to longstanding store “The Frame Shop”. This venerable store with many treasures and personal service is overlooked. Is this possibly factored that the proprietor may not be a member of Downtown Inc? Is this how these recipients are chosen? Ms. Weitcamp’s shop has served photographers, artists for over a quarter century and made a staunch commitment to be in The Rosenmiller Building many years back. This establishment deserves praise and recognition as well. Indeed a treasure that has BEEN part of the York scene when there was a downtown to shout about.

    • Tim Stonesifer says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Terrence. Always interested in such happenings. If you know of anything, let me know beforehand any time.

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