Welcome to Frame of Reference Fine Art

Find your next favorite piece at the new location on Central Avenue in Whitefish.

Contemporary Art

Welcome to our vision: carefully chosen art that captures our world at its very best! You’re sure to find something to love in a corner of our spectacular new gallery. Sweeping vistas of Glacier National Park, tranquil skies, amazing sculptures and breathtaking photography are just a few of the genres on view in Frame of Reference Fine Art. See the artists currently featured in Frame of Reference Fine Art.

Consignment Art

Looking for something amazing, historic or rare? From Karl Bodmer to Charlie Russell – paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture – Frame of Reference has something spectacular for your collection. View a few of our currently offered consigned works of art.

Custom Framing

Like you’ve never seen it before! We have the products, the passion and the knowledge to let your art put its best foot forward! Our world class and highly technical framing will ensure that your classic antique art or your child’s best drawing will be beautifully displayed and preserved for decades. We are the professionals who will preserve your cherished possessions.

Perspective is Everything

You’re the most important client we have, whether you’re decorating an entire house or framing a tiny photograph. Find your next piece of joy at Frame at Reference, now in Whitefish with a greatly expanded gallery.

Custom Framing

We are western Montana’s premier custom framing studio, with options from mild to wild and designs to fit nearly every budget.

See Our Framing

Yes, our relocation to Whitefish was primarily about expanding the gallery, BUT, lest you forget, we still excel at creative and unique custom picture framing! This is yet another Prisma acrylic frame from our friends at Bella Moulding in Chicago - a luscious striped creation in two shades of red for a reprint cover from the New Yorker Magazine from 2015. The stripes emulate the strong vertical lines of the skyscrapers, and the glossy black lip pulls the shadows out with aplomb. Yep, that's a skateboarder soaring over the cars...

Prisma frames come in a delicious array of colors from mild to wild, with inscribed patterns, funky shapes and creative options galore! They're our go-to choice when someone walks in and starts the framing conversation by saying, "I want something really unique for this piece!"

Up soon on the framing menu, a gorgeous portrait by Kathryn Leighton that will get a historic reproduction of a Taos Impressionist frame in 22K gold - like this page for more details!
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Yes, our relocation to Whitefish was primarily about expanding the gallery, BUT, lest you forget, we still excel at creative and unique custom picture framing!  This is yet another Prisma acrylic frame from our friends at Bella Moulding in Chicago - a luscious striped creation in two shades of red for a reprint cover from the New Yorker Magazine from 2015.  The stripes emulate the strong vertical lines of the skyscrapers, and the glossy black lip pulls the shadows out with aplomb.  Yep, thats a skateboarder soaring over the cars...

Prisma frames come in a delicious array of colors from mild to wild, with inscribed patterns, funky shapes and creative options galore!  Theyre our go-to choice when someone walks in and starts the framing conversation by saying, I want something really unique for this piece!

Up soon on the framing menu, a gorgeous portrait by Kathryn Leighton that will get a historic reproduction of a Taos Impressionist frame in 22K gold - like this page for more details!

This is "Mama Wolf" by Julie T. Chapman - the newest artist we're representing. I spent the afternoon with Julie in her studio outside of Missoula yesterday; the breadth of her talent is awe-inspiring, as is her ability to work in a variety of media. "Mama Wolf" is 20" x 40", created on scratchboard. In this process, tiny lines are inscribed through the surface of a panel coated first with clay, and then with a layer of India ink. The artist removes black to show the neutral color underneath; the texture and incredible level of detail are breathtaking! For me, the most amazing thing about Julie's work is what's NOT there - portions of the image are left to the imagination, and the negative space is just as captivating as the work one can see.

Julie is very well known and highly-collected in the western art market; I am thrilled to represent her in the Flathead! We're showing major scratchboard pieces and fluid media paintings, and I hope to have some oil paintings soon, too. Welcome to the gallery, Julie!
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This is Mama Wolf by Julie T. Chapman - the newest artist were representing.  I spent the afternoon with Julie in her studio outside of Missoula yesterday; the breadth of her talent is awe-inspiring, as is her ability to work in a variety of media.  Mama Wolf is 20 x 40, created on scratchboard.  In this process, tiny lines are inscribed through the surface of a panel coated first with clay, and then with a layer of India ink.  The artist removes black to show the neutral color underneath; the texture and incredible level of detail are breathtaking!  For me, the most amazing thing about Julies work is whats NOT there - portions of the image are left to the imagination, and the negative space is just as captivating as the work one can see.

Julie is very well known and highly-collected in the western art market; I am thrilled to represent her in the Flathead!  Were showing major scratchboard pieces and fluid media paintings, and I hope to have some oil paintings soon, too.  Welcome to the gallery, Julie!

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Julie T. ChapmanMassive LIKE from me -- thank you, Derek!!

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Ellen CalnanLucky you! Julie's work is breathtaking.

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Brenda WolfAmazingly talented.

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