As our 125th year comes to a close, we look back on how far we have come.
The Bonfoey Gallery, established in 1893, is Cleveland’s premier contemporary art gallery and framing facility. A staple in the arts community for over 125 years, the gallery carries artworks from some of the area’s most prominent artists. Bonfoey’s expansive framing department accounts for a large portion of the 14,000 square foot downtown facility. Richard G. Moore, current owner and president, has been with the company since he was a teenager in 1955.
Asher D. Bonfoey, formerly a violinist for the Euclid Avenue Opera House, created the Bonfoey Company in 1893 on today’s East 9th Street in Cleveland. One of the early clients was John D. Rockefeller who later introduced Henry Ford to the burgeoning framer. In 1928, Bonfoey’s hired George Moore as a sales person and later tailored him to become Asher’s successor. Moore worked in every facet of the business and became the owner of Bonfoey’s in 1939. He brought changes to the company including expanding into the sale of artwork in the early 1950s. George Moore continued to maintain the policy of hiring quality craftsmen and investing in the best framing materials. This mantra was passed down to Moore’s son, Richard Moore, who was named owner and president in 1973. To this day, the Bonfoey Gallery still offers hand carving of frames and provides gold leafing and custom finishing in house.
Richard Moore further expanded the business by offering art restoration, art appraisals, storage, shipping, and installation to the already long list of services. By providing these many art services under one roof, along with fantastic customer service, the gallery succeeds today. All of this coupled with over a century of excellence makes the Bonfoey Gallery unique and valuable to Cleveland’s downtown community.