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In Focus

The Rumjahns continue reaching for new heights

Editor’s Note: Rumjahn Gallery & Framery announced Nov. 29 that it would close Dec. 23. Operators stated they plan to fulfill orders as usual through Dec. 23. 

We choose the art we place in our homes for many reasons, but universally, it’s what we want to see every day. With that in mind, Tina Rumjahn and her husband, Howie, purchased the long-established Riverwind Gallery in 2016, rebranded it in their name, and moved its custom frame services and art gallery from Newburgh, Indiana, to the Meridian Building on Main Street in Downtown Evansville. 

Photo by Zach Straw

Adding canvas and paper photo printing and digital restoration to their services, the Rumjahn Gallery and Framery steadily built its success in Evansville. A certified picture framer, Tina’s philosophy guides the business based on her high standards and client focus demonstrated through personalized service. Tina spearheads the business, while Howie works as an anesthesiologist.

“Quality is one of our highest concerns. We’re a small staff, but we need to be certain we’re all really enjoying our job,” Tina says.

Within three years, the Rumjahns knew expansion was required. They custom built a 6,500-square-foot shop at 5901 Vogel Road and installed state-of-the-art air systems, equipment, and amenities that meet the needs of preservation, production, restoration, and inventory. The frame and art galleries and boutique fill out 2,000 square feet. The relocated business opened before the end of 2021.

Photo by Zach Straw

Tina is joined by two employees — both painters — Leah Diekhoff and Lisa DeLucio. Plans for 2023 include eight events that will feature primarily area artists in exhibitions of photography, painting, and sculpture.

“This year, we’re looking to continue growth within the commercial market. We’re introducing a new program for interior designers,” Tina says. 

She notes the printing end of the business thrives, reaching as far as California, Florida, and Connecticut, and there are plans to expand existing printing capabilities. 

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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