Alan Morrow, owner of Ziegler Art and Frame, grew up surrounded by artists. His mother worked as a ballet instructor and a painter. His father-in-law, also a painter, manufactured frames. Early in their marriage, Morrow and his wife consistently rented art from the Tulsa City-County Library to bring some color into their home while on a budget.
“I always had some creativity in me,” Morrow says. “I could never paint or draw, but I admire the people who can and enjoy my relationships with them.”
After graduating from the University of Tulsa with a degree in business management, Morrow knew he did not want to work in an office setting.
Instead, he wanted to use his education to serve the people he admired most. With his father-in-law, Dan Ziegler, Morrow bought a few buildings in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood and set out to create custom frames.
During its 40 years, the store has expanded to selling art, art supplies and a wide variety of frames. Born and raised in Tulsa, Morrow wanted the store to carry art depicting the city and its people.
The business also offers free space for classes, where local artists and students can learn new techniques and collaborate. Classes have a registration fee. By providing studio space, promoting local art and keeping costs down, Morrow hopes he can bring more creatives to the growing Kendall Whittier District.
“We promote artists in this neighborhood,” Morrow says. “We want them to come here and it be affordable for them.”
Morrow’s son, Trent, now helps him run the family business while serving as the Kendall Whittier Main Street president. As Morrow looks to the future, he and his son hope to condense Ziegler and rent out their space to artists seeking storefronts and studios in town.
“It’s a drab life if you don’t have any art around,” Morrow says.
Ziegler Art and Frame
6 N. Lewis Ave. | 918-584-2217 | zieglerart.com
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday