Our History

Over the years, the Arden's family of employees has had the privilege of working with a multitude of precious artworks. During those years, many people have worked at the shop alongside the owners, including artists Cathryn Conn, Ken Elliott and Charles Washington.

It all began in 1959 when Arden K. Hoak had the dream of starting a business where he could exercise his creative and artistic talent. The result was Arden’s “Custom Framers of Distinction” located at 2131 Richmond Avenue. The business soon became a Houston institution.

Arden’s has a long tradition of providing quality fine art and professional art services. The Hoak Family

When Arden died suddenly at 47, his wife Christine stepped in to run the shop until their eldest son Keith came of age and took over in 1979. This family-owned business continued to grow and serve the Houston community, eventually with all four of Arden's children taking part.

In 2001, Arden’s Custom Framing moved to 1631 West Alabama in the Museum District. Inspired by a life-long love of art instilled in him by his father, Keith opened a small art gallery in the front of the frame shop. A little cluttered at times but full of art, the success of the venture led to the demand for more.

In July 2015, the latest chapter in the Arden's legacy began when Keith A. Hoak was struck and killed while riding his beloved motorcycle. For a tribute to Keith, please visit In Memorium.

Now, as in the past generation, Keith’s wife Susan has stepped in to oversee the gallery and framing business. Arden's granddaughter and Keith’s daughter Amanda, who grew up surrounded by art, is now the gallery director.

Together with their valued staff, Arden’s continues its tradition of providing quality fine art and professional art services to longtime clients and new customers alike.