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Our Staff

Our talented staff has over 134 years of combined experience in the framing industry. Roger Nielsen, the owner of the business, who along with Janet Hawn developed the business into a leading custom frame and restoration studio in the country. Sue Davis joined the company in 1988, with 12 years experience behind her and a widely known reputation for creative frame design and problem solving. Sue handles customers, keeps current with the social media and website duties and handles and tracks down the unusual requests that come our way. Roger and Sue claim the CPF recognition, meaning they are Certified Picture Framers, having passed a difficult exam required to gain this recognition.

Andrew Webster has been with Master Framers since 1998, and is now the General Manager. He floats from the front shop (where he cuts mats, mounts art, is the ruler of the ruling pen and creates fantastic french mats) to the back shop (where he gilds and finishes many of the custom frames). He also does much of the administrative work.

John Spielman joined the staff in 2006 with a background in interior design. He is our "nit picker" who works on all the frame restoration projects. An excellent detail person, he can piece together all the tiny fragments of a broken frame and finish the repairs to match the rest.

Kevin Kolleth is the newest addition to the crew, coming to us in 2007 after working at at the Detroit Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center and other companies where he gained valuable wood working experience. Kevin mills all of our frames, builds them and does some of the prep work needed to ensure a sucessful finish. Often in a cloud of sawdust, Kevin is a tedious craftsman where second best is not good enough.

The talented staff has won numerous local and national framing competitions over the years, and some of the winning pieces are proudly displayed in our showroom.


We have FREE PARKING directly across from our front door! Located in a small lot on the north side of 4th Street, there are 2 spots clearly marked for our customers. There is no parking on 4th Street, but there are meters on the side streets, Wacouta to our west, and Wall to our east. You can drive across the light rail tracks to access our parking spaces, but DO NOT park on the tracks themselves.

Videos to view about Master Framers

Check out these links that give you more information about Master Framers:

A longer video produced by Twin Cities Public Television shows just the part about Master Framers, not the entire Lowertown Documentary.

Take a tour of our shop!

Lowertown Documentary on TPT

Twin Cities Public Televsion has produced a wonderful documentary about Lowertown. "Lowertown:The Rise of an Urban Village" tells the story of this neighborhood and how it has become a wonderful place to live and do business. Master Framers is featured a number of times as pioneers in the neighborhood. Both Roger Nielsen and Janet Hawn are interviewed about the early years and how the neighborhood has grown. Watch this video to see the history of lowertown.

Be sure to also click on Program Extras to see Roger gilding a frame, and while you are browsing, click on Featured Artists to learn more about some of the artists in our neighborhood. Then, be sure to visit their studios during the St. Paul Art Crawl, April 27,28 and 29, 2012.