Grandson Enters the Picture at Driftwood Gallery

After living and working in Euclid nearly his entire life, Driftwood Gallery owner Jon Boyton decided it was time to start traveling more. Fortunately, his grandson Mike Ballard was ready and willing to continue the tradition of providing exceptional framing services to the Euclid community. 

Jon was born and raised on Naumann Avenue and currently resides on Renwood Avenue. His parents started Driftwood Gallery in 1961 on E. 200th Street in Euclid. In the 1970's, the shop was moved across the street into a former Lawson's store at 450 E. 200th Street where Driftwood Gallery remains today.

Jon spent over 50 years running Driftwood Gallery, but adventure and relaxation was starting to call. So last year, Jon booked trips to Alaska and Florida and invited his grandson Mike to join the family business.

"I love it" said Mike, who learned everything he knows about custom framing from watching his grandfather in the shop.

According to Jon and Mike, Driftwood Gallery can frame anything from family photos to stained glass. Known for its museum-quality work, Driftwood Gallery is the preferred frame shop of many local artists and collectors.

Last year, the company got a boost when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship.  Fans flocked to Driftwood Gallery with newspaper clippings and ticket stubs. "For some customers, it was the first time they had ever had anything professionally framed" said Mike.

It seems that Mike couldn’t be happier with his new role. "People bring in things that are very special, and we are able to help make them even better" he said.

To learn how Jon and Mike can help you display your treasured items, stop in or contact Driftwood Gallery at (216) 531-6653 or

Jonathan Holody

Jonathan Holody is Director of Planning and Development for the City of Euclid.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 5:57 PM, 02.08.2017