OUR STORY

Gold Leaf Gallery is a haven for the finest in custom picture framing, original paintings (the work of local, national, and international artists can be found year-round), limited-edition prints, and sculpture. Picture framing is their specialty with thousands of framing options their creativity is endless. They offer in-home or business design and consulting for art and framing. Gold Leaf Gallery is known for its expertise in artistic design and quality picture framing.  From custom TV frames, with concealment options like mirrors to specialty memorabilia shadow boxes to calligraphy services for wedding invitations, at Gold Leaf Gallery, owners and sisters Debbie Skow and Traci Brevard care for every piece of art as if it were their own.

 

Skow has been a custom framer since 1988. She attended Arts Magnet High School and Art Institute of Dallas where she realized her love and talent in framing pictures.  It’s quite remarkable to realize she has been custom framing for 36 years!  In specialty frame shops throughout her career, she has learned incredible techniques and skills for more difficult and elaborate projects utilizing Professional Picture Framer Association standards.  In 2007, Shores walked into the Gold Leaf Gallery where Buster Barlow, who founded the gallery in 1974, hired her on the spot. Barlow was so impressed with her integrity and passion for framing, that he told her he would one day like to sell her the shop. Two years later, Barlow sold the gallery to the sisters.

 

Brevard, also a respected artist, was awarded the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship to Texas Christian University in 1985, after graduating from Arts Magnet High School in Dallas. She has been in sales and management since graduating with a BBA from the University of North Texas. Now at Gold Leaf Gallery, Brevard enjoys combining her love for art and design with her love of sales.

 

            “As artists ourselves, we take the time to explore framing designs to create the best possible framing ensemble for each piece, while remaining sensitive to each customer’s budget. As picture framers, we look at art through our clients’ eyes to interpret, extend, and enhance their treasured art forms,” said Brevard. When Debbie and Traci bought the gallery in 2009, they decided to attribute their mission statement to their Grandmother’s favorite saying, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.  “We enjoy each customer’s story when they explain the special reasons they come to us for framing,” said Brevard.

 

        “Debbie and I come from a family of artists. Our mother, Barbara Holmes, greatly influenced us in design as an interior decorator in Dallas for many years before moving to Tyler. Our father, Worth Holmes, enjoys his retirement as a master woodworker. It runs in our blood,” says Brevard. ““We absolutely love our business and our customers. We thank God for our wonderful life here in Tyler. People bring us cherished pieces of art and we get to make them even more beautiful!” This perfect professional and detail-oriented pair leaves no stone unturned or heart untouched when it comes to providing the best for their clients.

Debbie Skow

MEET THE OWNERS

DEBBIE SKOW

Owner, Custom Framer, Calligrapher

Debbie Skow has been a custom framer since 1988. She attended Arts Magnet High School and the Art Institute of Dallas. She is an expert in art and custom framing, utilizing Professional Picture Framer Association standards. Debbie is very popular and well-known in the industry in East Texas for her top quality and attention to detail. She cares for every piece as if it were one of her own. Debbie is also a highly skilled calligrapher.

TRACI BREVARD

Owner and Designer

Traci Brevard has been in marketing and sales management for 18 years. Her love of art and design was apparent from an early age by her mother who was an interior decorator. With a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of North Texas and two National Sales awards, she maintains the quality and reputation Gold Leaf Gallery enjoys. Traci, Debbie’s sister, is also an artist and was awarded the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship in 1985. She graduated from Arts Magnet High School in Dallas, Texas.