Our Staff

Debbie Smith

Owner & President  |  Certified Picture Framer

Born in Bellefonte, PA, Debbie has been singing for audiences since age 2. With a lifelong love of music, she graduated Magna Cum Laude in Theater and Communications from Temple University. While in college, Debbie held the lead in many shows and was awarded the Charlotte Cushman Award for Excellence in Performance and the Statecrafters Award for performing. She also studied in London for a semester and sang with the Hammersmith Opera Company. Debbie sang in ‘dive bars’ in New York with sets of Jazz and Musical Theater while supporting herself working for Hicks and Greist Advertising.

In 1987, Debbie’s Dad, Sig, asked her to return to Harrisburg to help him find a permanent home for the Smith’s framing business. Debbie found an 1870s Victorian home in New Cumberland which Sig, Debbie, and Debbie’s mom, Polly, restored to better than its original glory. The business then became Smith Custom Framing and Victorian Galleries, serving customers in that location until Polly and Sig retired from the business in 1998 to travel and enjoy life. Soon after selling the building, however, Sig was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Debbie relocated Smith Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery to its present location and continues to serve customers with the highest quality and professionalism in the industry.

Debbie still loves to perform on stage—acting, singing, and dancing. Her favorite roles include Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, and her tour de force role of Vivian Bearing in WIT! In both shows she dies on stage … maybe that is her barometer for favorites? Debbie performs the National Anthem for sporting events and graduations, is a troubadour for weddings, and gets to vote for the Oscars since she is a member of SAG/Aftra, the union that represents professional film and TV actors.

Debbie is happy to call Central PA her home. She lives in Camp Hill with her boyfriend, Rick Stevens, and two cats, Simon and Mikado. She is grateful every day for her friends, customers, and staff members who lift her and her business to new levels, and that her life is abundant, exciting, and fulfilling in so many ways. The legacy that her Mom and Dad began continues and grows.

Nancy Riggs

Manager/Lead Framer

Nancy grew up in Arlington, VA, the youngest of six children, and spent a lot of time on the Potomac River in the ‘power seat,’ doing competitive rowing in High School. She also was a bicycle courier in Washington D.C., apprenticed as a carpenter, and worked as a custom framer at the well-known Mickelson’s Gallery. As you see, her past is varied and that’s what makes her such an asset here.

Nancy is very focused and precise in both her interests and her work. She thrives on change and enjoys the challenge of learning and mastering anything new.

Nancy has been married to Stuart for 35 years and they have two grown children. Also part of their family are two pets: Lucky (a very lucky kitty indeed) and Ginger, their dog, who tries to terrorize the cat, but fails miserably. Nancy designed and built a climbing palace for Lucky so he can feel even more superior to Ginger.

Although Nancy has many interests, her main passion is seeing the beauty in herself as well as those around her. She knows that there are no coincidences and there is meaning in everything in life. That is how she happened to come here, feeling a spiritual push to visit the gallery and inquire about work. The timing and energy was right, Nancy was hired the next day, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jennifer Burke

Framer/Designer

Jennifer’s experiences come from many corners of the artistic world. Her family’s diverse talents and her own degrees and experiences in art, video production, and interior design have prepared her with a strong sense of color, composition, and attention to detail. She understands the customer’s need for quality framing of their art and precious heirlooms as well as the artist’s needs when preparing for an exhibit. Jennifer is the proud representative of the Charley Krone Art Collection. She also enjoys long road trips with her family and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

Polly Smith

Former Owner  |  Needlework Expert

Polly Smith (Debbie’s Mom) was born to dairy farmers in upstate New York. Early on, she demonstrated a great interest, love, and talent for music. She started playing piano at an early age under the loving teaching of her Aunt Mary. She was admitted into Ithaca College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance. Her love, however, was for the piano and for teaching. She completed her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Fredonia State Teachers College where she met the love of her life, Sig Smith (also co-founder of Smith’s Custom Framing, and Debbie’s dad). They were married in 1961 and had two children, Debbie and Todd.

Polly and Sig had a wonderful marriage for almost 40 years until Sig’s death in 1999. It left a hole in everyone’s lives—especially Polly’s—but she continued to share her teaching with many. Polly still continues to teach piano and voice at her private studio and feels she contributes to developing the love of music and enhances the lives of her students.

Polly lives in New Cumberland and can be heard playing beautiful piano music at Gallery openings and for customers who are lucky enough to be there when she plays. Many people have thought it was music from the Sonos system, but if they were to look in The Drake Gallery, Polly would be playing.

Luckily, Polly continues to lace needlework for customers and is always ready to lend a hand, share her talent, and beam her most contagious smile. She loves to help and is willing to do whatever it takes to continue to make the business successful.

Alissa King Minor

Photoshop/Printing

Artist, craftswoman, and designer. Alissa lives in Mechanicsburg with her husband, daughter, and stepson. In 2016, she graduated from Messiah University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, concentrating in three dimensional studies. She says, “Framing is the perfect mix of my love for hands-on materials and design. I love when people come in with a piece of art or a photograph, and I can design around it to preserve that memory forever!” Alissa is also a designer on the Downtown Camp Hill Promotions Committee. 

B.J. McNeillie

Staff Accountant

B.J. McNeillie ran her own business for over two decades and did all her own bookkeeping. Now she is happy to use her Virgo-ness to keep all the bills paid and keep all of Debbie’s papers in order!