MINGO JUNCTION - Joanne Gorney knows the property where she and her husband recently opened J&J Art Studio and Framing at 328 McLister Ave. because it has been in her family for more than 100 years.
The house where the art business is located was rebuilt from the foundation up by her parents in 1950. Her grandparents lived in the previous house for 50 years before that.
Now it is a place where people can come to get artwork, family pictures and other keepsakes customed framed.
ART AND FRAMING — J&J Art Studio and Framing at 328 McLister Ave., Mingo Junction, offers custom framing and a computerized matte machine that can cut mattes to any size or shape. Partners in the business include, from left, Lori Vinci and Joanne and Jim Gorney. The business also offers painting, prints and sports memorabilia. — Mark Law
Joanne's husband, Jim, retired as an Indian Creek Local School District teacher after 42 years in the classroom, where he said he taught everything, but mainly math and history. Joanne retired from TIMET Corp. after 40 years.
Jim said about five to six years ago he started to get "creative" and dabbled in painting. Someone suggested he take art classes, and his love for art took off. He then started framing his paintings.
One day he looked at his wife and said, "I don't like retirement."
He wanted a building to display his paintings and those of his friends.
J&J Art Studio and Framing was born.
He bought framing equipment from a man in Toronto, including a computerized matte cutter. The computerized matte cutter can cut mattes to any shape or size.
"What got me started was my love for art. It makes me happy to do it. It makes me happy to be around it," Jim said.
Lori Vinci joined the Gorneys as a partner, specializing in matte cutting and photography.
Vinci said the computerized matte cutting machine is amazing in its abilities. She cut a matte that says "creek," where an Indian Creek parent put sports photos of children inside the matte.
The business also sells sports memorabilia pictures, including Pittsburgh pro teams and NASCAR, and photographs featuring Dean Martin. They also have Dave Barnhouse prints.
The shop also features paintings and prints from other area artists.
Jim said he hopes to have art classes at the business in the future. He said once a person starts painting, they will want to do it more.
Joanne is excited about opening a business in her hometown.
"My father always said Mingo was the hub of the universe," she said.
She remembers going to downtown Mingo Junction to buy clothes and shoes and anything else the family needed.
"It always had everything we wanted," she said.
Joanne is co-president of the GFWC Woman's Club of Mingo Junction. She said fellow club members have brought in items to get framed and the women have been impressed with the quality of the work.
The Gorneys have been married for 53 years.
The business is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily. Weekend and evening meetings can be made through an appointment.
The Gorneys can be reached by calling (740) 632-2920 or (740) 535-1556. Vinci can be contacted at (740) 632-2135.