hartung gallery


Fifty-Three Years of Excellent Services and Products

Our Family History

Our journey began in 1968 when Kenneth and Nancy Hartung opened shop in Portsmouth, Virginia with the dream of painting and selling art. Our first location was only 10 ft. wide! Today, with the help of three generations of Hartungs, faithful employees, and loyal customers, we’ve grown to a 4000 sq. ft. art center in Dail’s Shoppes in Portsmouth, offering custom framing, art and drafting supplies, original works by local artists, prints, and an extensive closeout and clearance art supply selection for extra savings.

We Stand Behind Our Service

We take pride in our friendly customer service, selection, expertise, and a high level of craftsmanship. We stand behind our products and strive to bring our customers fair, affordable prices and long-lasting value. We offer our best price every day, without the need for coupons or sales. We’re proud to be a part of the local community, still serving customers that have been with us since the day we opened and welcoming new customers to our family. We can’t wait to meet you!

first store

About the Owners

Kenneth Hartung began his career in the Naval Shipyard as a machinist, but painting had always been a hobby since he was a teenager. When health reasons resulted in the need for new career, he launched Hartung Gallery with the help of his wife, Nancy, growing a business with the hobby he loved. Many of his artworks can be seen hanging on the wall in his store’s gallery.

Kenneth’s son, Mark Hartung, has been working at Hartung Gallery since he was young, learning the trade from his father. The driving force behind Hartung Gallery’s reputation for excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail, Mark knows custom framing inside and out and can offer insight on how to use any product in the store. Like his father, Mark also takes joy in painting.

Kenneth and Mark



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We’re the 2022 Best of Portsmouth Gold Winner for Print & Frame Shop. We’ve been taking gold for over 20 consecutive years!


M. Graham & Co. acrylic paints are on special: buy any 3 tubes of Graham acrylics, and receive your choice of one 2 fl. oz. tube of terra rosa or manganese blue hue. While supplies last! Ask for special at the register.

Annual Holiday Giveaway

Starting December 1st, enter our Holiday Giveaway every you visit us! To show our appreciation for our fantastic customers and spread some cheer, we’re giving away gift certificates, art supplies, and prints. Just fill out an entry slip at our front desk, and let us know what kind of art you like or do.

Entry period runs December 1 – December 30th. Five random winners will be drawn in the new year and notified by phone. Thank you for supporting us year ‘round, and we wish you a very merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a wonderful new year!

The month of May marked our 54th year in business. As always, thank you to all of our loyal customers for their support over the years.

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Hartung Gallery storefront

Local Events & Artists

As always, we recommend checking out what the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts are offering for classes and shows.

Artists currently teaching include:

Airbrush, with Greg Edwards. He owns Greg’s Airbrush in Portsmouth, VA and can be reached at 757-488-5880.

Figure Drawing, with Jean Peacock. She’s teaching at Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court St. Portsmouth, VA, on Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Contact her at jeanpcock@gmail.com for more information. Classes are ongoing and for any level of artist.

Oil Painting, with Elizabeth “Beth” Blanchard. She’s teaching “Joy of Painting” at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Click or call 757-923-0003 for more information.