About Us

Whyte's Framing and Gallery is a family-owned custom framing business established in 1978, and located in the beautiful Comox Valley. Between art exhibits with local artists, fundraisers for local non-profits such as MARS and regular business, Whytes Framing is a very busy place. This is Whyte's Framing & Gallery's 35th year in business, so how did it all begin?

Our History

In the mid to late 1970s, Terry Whyte decided to take up oil painting as a hobby. Her husband, Bryson Whyte, a recently retired industrial arts teacher, would then mill and fabricate frames for Terry’s completed works.

Soon, Terry’s fellow students started requesting that Bryson make frames for them. A local frame shop was so impressed by the quality that they asked if Bryson would supply them with his unique frames. Eventually, another out-of-town frame shop requested that Bryson supply their shop too and a mini business was born.

In 1978, Bryson and Terry made the decision to open their own custom framing shop, and by mid-1978 Whyte’s Framing was licensed and in business. It was soon evident that Bryson could not produce enough of his own unique frames, so Whyte’s started offering many different wood and metal mouldings from main suppliers.

By 1988, son Phil Whyte returned to the Comox Valley and found he very much enjoyed working with his parents and the creative aspect of the industry.

In the late 1990s Bryson and Terry decided to retire and let Phil take on full responsibility. They still help out to this day with Terry blocking and mounting the needleworks (stitcheries) that come in and Bryson will be called on to assemble stretcher frames for paintings on cloth or canvas. Bryson, will also occasionally come in to create boxes/cabinets into which we can mount a client’s project such as medals, watches, jackets and even teddy bears.

It was during the 1990s that the frame shop was relocated from Courtenay onto the present site at 1225 Lazo Road in Comox.