Established in 1964 by the Fjeld family, Old Main Gallery & Framing originally specialized in glass and custom framing sales in downtown Bozeman. Since Jim and Lynda Brown bought Old Main Gallery & Framing in 1987, they have moved to a larger location and have added a fine arts gallery to the business.
In 2015 Old Main Gallery & Framing established a close partnership with Edgewater Galleries in Middlebury, Vermont. Under new ownership in 2016, the vision for the Old Main Gallery is an expanded fine art gallery that still maintains Old Main’s original framing services. They hope to continue to serve the loyal long time clients they have had for decades, as well as welcoming in new ones.
Jim was born and raised on a farm in Illinois. He spent 4 years in the US Navy and then graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Recreation. He later earned a masters degree in education from Montana State University.
Jim moved to Bozeman in 1975 and enjoyed a tenure of 11 years as an elementary school teacher and 3 years as an elementary school principal. In 1987 he took an early retirement from the school system and bought Old Main Gallery & Framing. Soon after, he married Lynda and together they grew the business while raising their family. Jim’s quiet, sincere and honest personality became the strength and the brand of the business. He looks forward to the association with Edgewater Galleries with the prospect of more growth for the gallery and more time for family, hunting and fishing the rivers he loves.
Lynda grew up in Minnesota and North Dakota and was considered by her cousins to be the girl version of Huck Fin. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of North Dakota. She moved to Montana in 1982 and the beautiful mountain playgrounds became her passion which drew her into life-long friendships and eventually marriage to Jim Brown and Old Main Gallery. Through the years she had the privilege of working with many accomplished artists, one being Freeman Butts (credited with bringing contemporary art to Montana in the 1950’s).
Lynda has been a life-long runner and has recently become a Pure Barre enthusiast. Life has been a path of love, dedication & growth. Together Jim & Lynda raised three .amazing children and OLD MAIN GALLERY & FRAMING. Like the outdoors and their children, Old Main Gallery is part of her being and will forever love it. She is grateful to be part of the transition of partnering with the Edgewater Galleries of Middlebury Vermont.