A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates and ruminations on our work and mission to revive the art and craft of framing pictures. Here I'll show you new jobs we're especially proud of and keep you up on what's going on at the Gallery, as well as discuss topics germane to our work, including handcraft and work generally, the place of art, and ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement (especially its greatest leaders, John Ruskin and William Morris).

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—Tim Holton

Framing Kim Lordier for “Beloved California”

Posted on November 15th, 2019

The title of this pastel by Kim Lordier, “Bathed in Riches,” sums up the pleasurable feeling of being out on the ranch lands of Northern California, especially as the late shadows begin to cool off a hot summer day. How often do we think to measure our wealt... continue reading.

Framing Carol Peek for “Beloved California”

Posted on November 13th, 2019

Another outstanding painting featured in our upcoming annual all-gallery exhibition will be Carol Peek‘s 24″ x 36″ oil called “Metamorphosis.” Carol says that “this beautiful place has a creek that runs through it [which] marks the Ma... continue reading.

Framing Kevin Brown for “Beloved California”

Posted on November 7th, 2019

We fell in love with this painting when Kevin Brown brought it in a few months ago, had a great time framing it, and are very excited to finally be unveiling it. The 19″ x 21″ oil on board is titled “Snowy Egret, South Lake,” an scene Kevin spott... continue reading.

Framing Bill Cone for “Beloved California”

Posted on November 5th, 2019

Another post on the wonderful new work we’ll be exhibiting in our annual all-gallery show, “Beloved California,” which opens November 16. This pastel comes from the masterful hand of Bill Cone. “Cliff A.M.” (12″ x 9″) shows a be... continue reading.

Framing Beloved California

Posted on November 3rd, 2019

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”—Gary Snyder Our first show after moving to Berkeley from Emeryville three years ago this past summer was an all-gallery exhibition of our outstanding roster of Northern California landsca... continue reading.

Framing Photography—and the Pictorial Revolution

Posted on October 10th, 2019

In preparation for tonight’s event with portrait photographer Nan Phelps, I’m thinking more deeply than usual about portrait photography and how it’s framed. As I touched on in my last post, the essential problem of framing black and white portrait photography... continue reading.

Framing Nan Phelps and Black and White Portrait Photographs

Posted on October 2nd, 2019

We’ve just hung a new show on the same idea of recent exhibits at the gallery, which have each featured a particular pictorial medium and emphasized our approach to framing it. Having covered antique Japanese prints, watercolors, and historical California painting... continue reading.

Framing a Lucia Mathews Watercolor

Posted on September 6th, 2019

Here’s a pretty special recent job: a watercolor by Lucia Kleinhans Mathews, “Portrait of a Young Girl Seated in a Meadow,” from about 1914. Measuring 14″ x 11, the painting is characteristic of Lucia and her husband Arthur Mathews’s distinctly har... continue reading.