I love color + texture, lighting + music, design + space, time + place. I like to build and make things and appreciate built and made things. I have always been a rock and tree lover, animal lover and the tallest girl in my class.
I have my Bachelors in Interior Design and have been working in framing design and production since 1990. I opened Mitrebox in 1998.
On the weekends I like to: go to the cabin, hit farmer's markets, comb junk shops, have Sunday breakfast out with pals, visit the dog park with Henry, landscape, work on house projects, or watch a good film.
Little known facts about Sara
- Color: I love hot orangey reds, acid yellows and cool deep blues
- Food: Colorful, spicy dishes
- Talent: I can whistle with every finger and a blade of grass
Before starting at Mitrebox, I worked for nearly 30 years as the manager at The FrameWorks Custom Picture Framing and Gallery in St. Paul.
On the weekends I like to curl up with the newspaper, my kindle and some magazines. I eventually emerge to grocery shop and make a nice meal using a new recipe.
As a little girl, I loved paper dolls, paint by number, string art, and spending all of my allowance at Don’s Hobby Shop.
Little known facts about Pam
- Color: Olive green and turquoise
- Food: Garlic and spice!
Talent: Extreme Sudoku
My love of art and framing began in college while working at the Nash Gallery at the U of MN. After completing a degree in Apparel Design, I spent over 17 years working in art, framing and interior design.
What I love about my work is that I get to interact with customers on such a personal level—hearing their stories about the pieces and learning about what is important to them.
In the summer I love to bike, swim, work in my heirloom vegetable garden, landscape, and attend outdoor festivals. I also love to go out dancing whenever I can!
Little known facts about Amy
- Color: Purple, green, and saturated tropical hues.
- Talent: As a kid I played piano and violin, and did all kinds of dance (ballet, tap, modern).
- Past lives: I was a costume designer for How to Talk Minnesotan, the Musical and was a DJ on WMMR @ the U of MN for 4 years.
My framing venture started at 14 when my high school art teacher mentioned a local frame shop was hiring and I jumped at the opportunity. I love the creative process of design work, then basking in its polished finished results.
I have my certificate in Graphic Arts, and I’m currently enrolled in the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts.
In my free time, I like to paint, choreograph, drink craft beer, and seek adventure! I also love spending time with my husband Shaun, our 2 dogs Nokomis and Calliope, and our cat Cabir.
Little known facts about Charlene
Talent: Dancing with sword(s). Semi-retired dancer and choreographer (belly & modern dance)
Food: Moroccan, Chinese, Mexican, things from our garden, and craft beer
Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh
I love challenging projects that call on all of my experience in the framing profession. I also love learning new techniques to solve problems. Framing found me in college when I was impressionable. I still find building and designing pieces very rewarding.
In college at the U of M, I dabbled in graffiti and ‘zine’ writing. I DJ’d with Radio K, designed flyers, threw shows, biked everywhere and then opened my own art gallery.
These days, my two glorious kids take up all of my free time, though I am also currently studying sign language and listening to far too many podcasts!
Little known facts about Nick
Color: In framing, I stick with neutrals to let the artwork's color be dynamic. Personally, I love plaid and gray tones.
Food: A shorter list would be least favorite food
Talent: I am unapologetically into Karaoke, and I’m looking to take welding classes soon
I enjoy troubleshooting, precision, and working with color and composition. I always drew and learned to sew at an early age. During the “Star Wars” years, I would design and build space crafts. I studied Fashion Design at MCTC and got into framing in the mid-80s when I was managing a fabric store.
I also run Russell Bourienne, a Custom Menswear Studio. In my free time, I enjoy designing and sewing clothing, upholstery, and bags. I also restore vintage bicycles and enjoy long, relaxing bike rides along the greenway and lakes.
Little known facts about Russell
Color: Red, yellow, and turquoise
Food: Indian or Thai
Talent: I have double-jointed shoulders
I graduated in 1984 with a BFA in Art and spent 26 years at Nash Frame Design before coming to Mitrebox.
I love the entire framing process, from design to matting and mounting. to the finished frame and perfect fit. I love making the impossible possible.
I also work at Road Runner Records. In my free time, I enjoy brewing beer, cooking, collecting records, playing my Jukebox, going to concerts, traveling, and horse racing. My wife Linda and I have three wonderful children and a puggle named Stella.
Little known facts about Tim
Food: Pizza, stir-fry, ice cream
Talent: Punk drummer from back in the day
Project: I just completed an outdoor bar built from packing pallets
I love to work with my hands and learned to apply my handwork to custom framing 16 years ago and have been framing ever since.
During college, I mostly studied women’s literature. Writing classes were my favorite. I can still
sometimes be found writing poetry.
I love to relax, even to the point of stillness. I practice, study and teach yoga. I also enjoy time with friends, biking and baking. My garden is one of my very favorite places to be.
Little known facts about Laurie
Color: Spring green, Meyer lemon yellow, California poppy orange
Food: Homemade ice cream and fresh fruit
Talent: I can send a beer bottle cap soaring great lengths with one flick
Henry is our greeter and our doorman. He is on squirrel patrol in the back courtyard and skateboard patrol in the front window.
He is the most shiny and elegant looking boy, he crosses his paws and sits with thoughtful aplomb. And when he's not on patrol or looking regal, he is the World's Best Napper.
Little known facts about Henry
- Leaps up the back steps with a single 11' stride
- Leans on dog-friendly clientele to show affection
- Plays tug or fetch with anyone willing