Whitney Aldrich, Owner of Axel's Frame Shop & Gallery, Watebury VT

Whitney Aldrich, Owner

Whitney is a graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati's Design, Art, Architecture, & Planning (DAAP) program. Her personal work is a mix of ceramics and assemblage. In 2013, she purchased Axel's Frame Shop & Gallery as a way to bring an art gallery to Waterbury while still supporting the custom framing service. Before this, Whitney spent the previous 10 years as a graphic designer (freelance and in-house) with an interest in marketing. This solid foundation of fine art, color, composition, and more, creates a uniquely qualified partner in your quest to custom picture framing!

Leigh-Ann, framer at Axel's Frame Shop & Gallery, Watebury VT

Leigh-Ann Ravelin, Framer

Leigh-Ann swears that in her next life, she’ll be an artist. While she didn’t study Art History or Studio Arts in college, she certainly appreciates being around the art within Axel’s. Leigh-Ann builds your custom frames and lovingly fits your precious piece within it. Her resourceful thinking and strong compassion makes her a hard working and valuable member of our team. Leigh-Ann joined Axel’s in October 2018. 

Taylor Bernheisel at Axel's Gallery Waterbury VT

Taylor Bernheisel, Gallery Assistant

The good humored, Stowe-area native is eager to help you design your custom framing projects and to assist you in realizing art in your own home or office. You will instantly notice her extensive customer service experience and incredible eye for design. Her past work experience as a prop stylist and brand ambassador highlight her design interest and talent not to mention her commitment to consistency (our future quality control ambassador!). 


Kate Montross, Framer

She is an avid hiker who has climbed all of the high peaks of the Adirondacks, White Mountains and the Greens. When she’s not hiking, she’ll be curled up with a good book and a cup of tea. And maybe she’ll whip up a knitted scarf or two in between.

She is our diplomat. Patient. Detailed. Thorough. Making her an amazing steward of your cherished possessions. Kate is a local, through and through. She was born here, went to UVM and is now helping to prop up a tiny art gallery and frame shop in your neighborhood.

Axel Stohlberg, Former Owner of Axel's Frame Shop & Gallery, Watebury VT

Axel Stohlberg, Namesake

Axel Stohlberg started Axel's Frame Shop & Gallery in 1983. While he may have retired in 2013 to focus on his own artwork and to live life to it's fullest, you will occasionally see him at events and helping out in a pinch. Axel is one of our biggest supporters and we couldn't do all this without him. His legacy and spirit will long live and we are proud to carry his name for years to come. See his recent work and stay in touch by contacting him through his website.

Gallery Assistant Position at Axel's

We Are Hiring!

Do you have the patience of a saint and the eye of a designer? Or know someone that does?


Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop is seeking a Gallery Assistant to help with retail, gallery operations and assisting customers with picture framing orders. Position is available as soon as you can start! 


This is a full-time position (35-40hrs/week) that pays based on your experience and offers room for growth in pay and responsibility. We offer paid holidays, a Simple IRA plan, $2,000 annual reimbursement for health care expenses and the opportunity to learn the workings of a small business alongside strong women entrenched in our community.


The team at Axel’s prides itself in their commitment to providing incredible customer service. This is a diverse and unique job that often requires high levels of patience and focus, while being able to multitask. The ideal candidate is detailed oriented, can take direction from multiple people, work in a team environment and often on deadlines, has great eye sight and is good at math. You must be comfortable with answering the telephone and working on a computer. We have point of sale systems and email accounts that will require your daily attention.


Prior picture framing or design experience is desirable. And an understanding of art history, color theory, composition and different art mediums is a plus. 


The weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday are our busiest and when all hands on deck are needed. So if you prefer to spend this holiday of town/state, this position is not for you!

Interested? After reading this job description, send us an email to set up time to talk.