About SouthWind Gallery
From its inception, the vision for SouthWind Gallery has been to provide a place for passionate artists to exhibit their work in a spacious, comfortable atmosphere where the community can view and purchase fine art.
SouthWind specializes in original paintings, photography and sculpture by artists with roots in Kansas and the Midwest. For over two decades, we have assembled an impressive group of regional and internationally recognized artists.
The gallery’s interior features soaring vaulted ceilings on two levels for viewing works of art, and the professional staff encourage browsing, questions and conversation about our art and artists.
Gary Blitsch owns SouthWind Gallery, formerly known as Framewoods Gallery. In 1992, Gary purchased Framewoods of Topeka, a custom picture framing studio and art gallery and soon began expanding the art and framing services. Throughout the years, we have become a leader in the art and framing industry by consistently providing exceptional personal service and innovative products for our clients.
In 1999, the Framewoods gallery underwent a major expansion to create a much larger art gallery space, which was renamed SouthWind Gallery. Today, SouthWind Gallery and Framewoods of Topeka are located side by side in one convenient location where residential and corporate clients get the best of both worlds—fine art and quality archival framing.
Gary Blitsch has lived in Topeka since 1962. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he began a 30-year career in banking. In 1992, Gary purchased Framewoods of Topeka, a custom picture framing business. Framewoods has grown to be an innovative leader in the custom framing industry, and in 1999 expanded its floor space to create the SouthWind Gallery.
Framing Studio Director
Apollonia Jamison has been a fixture at Framewoods since August 2003. Being an artist herself, she enjoys working with her hands and is an expert with color. It satisfies her creativity to do designs for our customers and she especially likes finding solutions for unusual framing needs. Apollonia’s creativity shines when she uses shadow boxes with different objects and makes those into one unified and beautiful design.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University, Sharon has worked as a writer and editor of publications for various organizations throughout her 30-year career.
Assistant Gallery Director
Tyler received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016 from Washburn University. He was a recipient of Washburn’s Barbara L. Buzick scholarship, the Art Department’s four year full tuition scholarship. Since graduating, Tyler has continued to work at SouthWind while pursuing other opportunities in the art world. Most recently, he held a six week position at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as an Educational and Studio Assistant. He is a full time artist on top of being one of our full time employees. At the Gallery, he manages our website, organizes the inventory, and curates our exhibitions.
Gallery and Framing Assistant
Abby joined the SouthWind Team in summer 2017 as an intern and is now employed as a gallery and framing assistant. She received her BFA from Washburn university in 2018 and was a recipient of the Barbara L. Buzick scholarship, the Art Department’s four-year full tuition scholarship. Although Abby’s degree is in painting and drawing, she is experimenting a lot with fused glass as well as new media such as animation and light projections. We are often surprised by the creativity Abby brings into the workplace, both in our advertising and exhibit ideas and in her daily puns. She uses her video editing skill to record our events and she also created our Framewood’s Final Friday Face-off employee challenge.
SouthWind Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
First Friday Art Walk – Extended Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m