Meet Your Neighbor Katherine Khile

Meet your neighbor,

Katherine (Kathy) Khile.

Fate brought Kathy to this small island community for quality of life. She left her big city career in commercial property management back in 1994 to become an integral part of this small town hoping to make a difference in the world, even if it was just in her new community.

She immersed herself into the business scene with the purchase of the Framemaker in

1994, because after buying a house here, she had to find a new career path.

One day, walking down the street and stopping at the La Vie En Rose Bakery for a pastry, she talked to the owners there and found that the owners of Framemaker, next door, might want to sell.

So the story began.

"We work hard to create a balanced working relationship with each artist so that we can support each other as a win/win team."

She bought the Framemaker and entered the art scene shortly thereafter by remodeling and adding Scott Milo Gallery.

She helped grow the arts in town by taking over the volunteer job of organizing the Chamber of Commerce Summer and Holiday Artwalks back in 1996, then added the First Friday Artwalks to the calendar in 2004. Each month a couple hundred people come out to enjoy new regional art in the participating merchant’s venues.

Kathy served on the Anacortes Arts Festival board for 4 years and as President for two of them. Scott Milo Gallery represents over 60 regional artists with about 10 shows a year.

The Framemaker provides “Made In America” quality, custom picture frames for the community. For the past 20 years, they have designed and built the frames on-site. Keeping up with the industry, they added a state-of-theart computerized mat cutter a few years ago.

"Our goal is to help our customers enhance and personalize their environment and to promote the arts by selling works in various mediums from Northwest artists."

It is neighbors like Kathy Khile, who make the community a special place to live. She not only works here, she raised her family here and has dedicated herself to the community with her time, money and commitment to making each day memorable for those who come in contact with her.

In a community as tight as Anacortes, when we BUY LOCAL, we support our community in keeping our quality small town life, which is the whole reason for moving here in the first place.

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Karla Locke
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