Nestled in the heart of downtown New Canaan, Handwright Gallery & Framing is a full-service picture framing and art gallery that caters to both small town and big city clients alike.

After working in the framing industry for over 35 years, New Canaan native Betsy Jesup opened Handwright Gallery in 1998. Handwright has earned a solid reputation as one of the leading galleries in Fairfield County for over a decade and Betsy is routinely sought after for her creative design skills and extensive knowledge of custom framing.

Handwright Gallery is a well-lit and welcoming space that boasts an expansive collection of art by emerging and award-winning regional, national and international artists. The Gallery offers original fine art, pastels, oils and sculpture as well as hand-colored prints including a unique selection of 18th and 19th century botanicals.

Our Team

Betsy, CPF

I find it very rewarding to be able to work at what I love.

Every day I create something different, something beautiful and something totally unique. There are very few boundaries to hold the imagination back from creating a masterpiece.

I have been able to design and frame some amazing pieces of art; from Elvis’s guitar to a three foot high peacock feather Mardi Gras mask as well as paintings by John Singer Sargent and Raphael Peale to original Andy Warhol silk-screens.

Whether it be a simple black frame or an ornate, gold leaf Hudson River School frame, it is the creative process that excites me the most. I love finding the perfect design that showcases the art and makes it a spectacular investment as well.

I believe in what I sell and I stand behind everything I create.

– Betsy


My passion for framing stems from my artistic background and unusual outlook on life. I have learned to channel my creative flair into a finished product that represents the essence of the art and the personality of the owner.

I create truly one-of-a-kind pieces that maintain the industry standards of conservation but push the limits of visual appearances.

– Sam


I am the oh-so-cute guard dog at Handwright!

I love to see what’s going on in town so mom brings me to work every day. My day normally starts with some sunbathing on the sidewalk where I can watch the hustle and bustle of Main Street. After stepping over me to get inside, I get to see all sorts of interesting things people bring in to get framed. I make friends with everyone and make their time spent in the gallery fun.

After lunch and my afternoon nap, the best part of my day is rolling over to make everyone stop and rub my belly. I love coming to work, everyone is so friendly!

– Snaffles

Our Philosophy

We at Handwright Gallery & Framing are caretakers of art.

The goal of custom framing is to enhance the art or object that is being framed, making it the best that it can be. We use our knowledge and expertise to assist our clients in creating a balanced design that best suits the piece, their personal tastes and décor. We understand that different works of art have their own individual requirements and we blend visual aesthetics with the highest industry conservation and preservation standards.

Whether it is your child’s first painting, a Picasso, sentimental items or a decorative whim, your art will be treated with the care and respect it deserves.

By combining innovation, creativity, function and design, the experienced staff at Handwright Gallery will gladly help you choose a frame that both enhances your art and preserves it for years to come.

Our Philosophy