Working With Pierre Paul
Locally owned and operated, Pierre Paul offers timeless custom picture framing, innovative interior design, and stunning artwork that is anything but ordinary. We believe in listening to what customers want, while helping them bring their unique vision and life perspective to our designs. When working with Pierre Paul, clients can expect an outside-the-box design aesthetic coupled with a keen, practical eye for all the details that go into making a truly memorable environment – all while remaining true to our customers’ desires.
MEET OUR SENIOR STAFF
Leveille (Lee) Jean-Gilles, Owner and Interior Designer, is a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan as a child. He loves the Ann Arbor community and has been committed to the local framing and art business and its customers for over 30 years. Pierre Paul’s loyal clientele have been delighted by Lee’s unerring design taste and meticulous eye for detail in their homes and offices. He has a fresh approach and an engaging outlook on design, with a take that is both sophisticated and livable. A brilliant picture framer, art consultant, and interior designer, Lee is truly a triple threat and a wonderful ally for our clients as they endeavor in any home or office project. You can find out more about Lee by visiting About Lee in our Interior Design section. To schedule an appointment with Lee, please call the gallery. You can also contact him directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Mitchell, Gallery Manager/Framing Designer, is a native of Sandy, Utah. The oldest daughter of a frame shop owner and artist, Beth has been around both art and framing throughout her entire life. She began working at her father’s frame shop at the age of 14 to earn money for college. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Beth worked at Grey Goose Gallery in Salt Lake City for 4 years selling artwork and designing framing for paintings by award winning Utah artist Robert Duncan. In 2005, Beth moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to pursue a masters degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. She came across Pierre Paul Art Gallery while looking for a job and was hired in 2006 as a framer and framing consultant. Upon her graduation in 2007, Beth began to work full time for Lee as the Senior Event Coordinator scheduling special events at the gallery and simultaneously honing her skills as a framing designer. Lee saw Beth’s eye for design and detail, and he slowly gave her responsibilities merchandising the gallery. Beth loved this creative outlet and gradually began to hang entire exhibits, help curate art for upcoming shows, and design the framing for the show’s artwork. Her work can be seen throughout this site, but one special example of her work can be found in Pierre Paul’s recent show “Canyon Color,” a solo exhibit by local artist Leslie Masters. Beth was involved in this project from curating to hanging to organizing the artist reception and she is proud of her work on this critically acclaimed show. Beth is happy to be part of the Pierre Paul team and loves working with customers to find that perfect art and framing for their home or office. To contact Beth directly, call the gallery or email her at: email@example.com.
Matthew Findling, Framing Specialist, has truly enjoyed his custom picture framing career for over 20 years. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he received his first job as an apprentice framer at Deluxe Frame Shop, a well known Toledo-based frame shop, right after graduating from Maumee High School. During the next 10 years, he honed his craft as a framer and framing designer in Toledo before moving with his wife to San Jose, California. There he was able to apply his framing skills working for some of the top frame shops in the area. In 2011, he decided to move his family back east to Ann Arbor, Michigan so that his two boys could be closer to family. He is a wonderful asset with his extensive experience framing items ranging from standards like prints and photographs to more exotic items like a full Kimono robe and Keith Richards’ twelve-string guitar. One of Matthew’s favorite projects was designing and executing the framing for two gold medals won by members of the Canadian Olympic hockey team and one silver medal for the U.S.A. Olympic hockey team. Matthew loves framing and continuously keeps abreast of the latest framing and preservation methods to make sure his clients get the best service and information when framing their precious art and heirlooms. His goal is to create frame designs that will both enhance and preserve our customers’ artwork for years to come. View some of Matthew’s work by visiting Framing Projects on our website.
Graham Mitchell, Media/Marketing Coordinator, is a recent graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, MI where he studied Broadcast Media Arts (Radio and Television Production). He also studied Broadcast Arts at Washtenaw Community College. During his time at WCC, Graham produced, created, and hosted two radio programs on WCC’s Orchard Radio: Celtic Shenanigans and Sinfully Operatic. In addition to the creative aspects of both of these shows, Graham also was in charge of his own marketing. He created posters, recorded on-air advertisements, and headed up social media campaigns for his shows. As a result, Graham had the highest listener audience on Orchard Radio. Hired on at Pierre Paul in 2010 as a framer, Graham now heads up Media/Marketing at Pierre Paul. Graham coordinated a radio advertisement campaign with Ed Hoffman’s show “Speaking of Art” on WAAM Radio 1600 and has been instrumental in creating the Pierre Paul website. We are thrilled to have him as part of the Pierre Paul team! Graham welcomes all media inquires with regards to Pierre Paul. To contact him directly, call the gallery or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.