Framing Etc., specializing in the lost arts

FRAMING ETC.  —  Chary Majerus and her business, Framing Etc., are featured in this week’s ‘Spotlight on Business’.Majerus has been in business for 26 years and specializes in unique and personalized items.  I-O Photo by Adam Jerome





By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter

From a town rich in values and community comes our ‘Spotlight on Business’ which highlights a business, gives emphasis on their contributions to our community and remembers their history.

Chary Majerus is the owner/operator of Framing Etc. where she has been in business for 26 years, offering services that include art, calligraphy, sign painting and picture framing.She specializes in custom orders that are unique and personal.

After graduating high school at CMR in Great Falls, Majerus studied Art and Business for two years at MSU-Bozeman.She later continued her studies at the University of Great Falls, receiving a BS in Business Administration with an area of concentration in Communication.

Majerus has been married to banker Dan Majerus for 38 years.Their family includes two grown children.Daughter Jodi and her husband Kris live in Helena with their two daughters.Son Casey and his wife, Teresa, live in Missoula.

Over the years she has completed a number of art workshops and courses, including the Larson-Juhl Training Program for Professional Picture Framers.She is a member of the Professional Picture Framers Association and is working towards attaining Certified Professional Framer Status.

Majerus comments, “I specialize in the unique and personalized, which means I don’t produce “mass produced” items.Many people would say that I specialize in the “lost arts.”

Majerus used to have employees from 1989-91, but has operated the business by herself since then.

Her mission statement is as follows: “Framing Etc. is a for profit sole proprietorship that strives to provide quality framing and art work, specializing in the unique and personal, at an affordable price with timely delivery.”

She reaches out to the community most famously through her “Whoop-Up Windows” which she became involved with in the late 1970s when the Jaycees first started doing the windows with Bob Moritz.

She has been doing them on her own since the mid 1980s.Businesses with the painted windows pay a nominal fee for the artwork.

Her most recent community activity was helping produce the photo-collage acoustic panel for the Pondera Center which was installed on July 2.She also put together the digital photo frame and the engraved plaque that accompanies the photo-collage.

Her vision of the business is that by providing excellent, timely, unique and personal products, the work becomes a reflection of her own character and integrity.It has been her personal dream to be able to “give back to God for all he has given her,” and it gives Majerus great joy when customers are thrilled with what she has produced for them.

The following quotation by H.W. Prentis Jr. precisely explains her personal and business goals.

“If you are sleeping, sleep well. If you are playing, play well.If you are working, give the best that is in you, remembering that in the last analysis the real satisfaction in life come not from money and things, but from the realization of a job well done.Therein lies the difference between the journeyman worker and a real craftsman.”

Majerus can be reached by phone 278-5980 or at Framing, Etc. which is located at 312 1/2 S. Main.