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• Robert Johnstone of Macleay Island Picture Framing at his Kate Street workshop.

Robert Johnstone of Macleay Island Picture Framing, is keen to support the artistic community on the islands.

So much so, that he believes his framing is not only local, but ‘way cheaper’ than mainland art framers.

The former solicitor started the business about 12 months ago as 170 on Kate, bringing back to the fore a dormant part of his early life.

Robert started out as an arts student before heading off into ‘the law’.

For many years he worked as a Legal Aid Preferred Supplier at Inala in Brisbane.

He and his school teacher wife moved to Macleay Island about five years ago, building their home here in Kate Street

An injury led to a less hectic existence and the establishment of art framing on Macleay Island.

He is also keen to open an art gallery and is keen to receive local art works to hang in the substantial gallery at the front of the Kate Street home.

“I would be pleased to be part of the art trail concept that is currently being developed on the islands.

“There is a very active arts community here and we want to be an important element of it.

“I think it is wonderful that local artists an our art framing business can support one another,” Robert Johnstone said.

Robert already has a busy art framing business, with many mainland artists using his services, including leading Brisbane Artist Leo Herreygers.

He would like to hear from any local artists who need advice or assistance, and he is willing to work in with as many island artists and art groups as possible.

“On an island we know things are not the same as on the mainland. I know our pricing is more than competitive and our service is fast and professional,” Robert Johnstone said.

Macleay Island Picture Framing is not just about art, but also photography and family framing, too.