A Frame-Maker’s Journal

DSCN0831Updates 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).

I hope you’ll subscribe (see the form in the left column) or at least check back often. And I welcome your comments!

—Tim Holton

Framing Meyer Straus and a Land of Hopeful Immigrants

Posted on June 22nd, 2018

For power and charm of capturing a historical moment, this painting by early San Francisco artist Meyer Straus (1831-1905) is hard to beat. It’s another we framed for North Point Gallery, whose current exhibit, “Historical Artists of the East Bay” is ... continue reading.

Artisan Ted Ellison to Speak Tonight on Progressive American Mosaic Fireplaces

Posted on June 20th, 2018

We’re eagerly anticipating tonight’s gallery event, as we host stained glass and mosaic artist Theodore Ellison and his talk “Progressive American Mosaic Fireplaces.” The presentation will be a heartfelt appreciation, by a practitioner of the art... continue reading.

A Simple Home for Another William Keith painting

Posted on June 18th, 2018

My last post, here, showed a painting by William Keith (1838-1911) of Lagunitas Creek and Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. The picture, currently on view up the street at North Point Gallery as part of its show “Historical Artists of the East Bay, includes a quiet... continue reading.

“This Is the Place for Art”: How William Keith Framed the Legacy of Painting in the Bay Area

Posted on June 14th, 2018

Another painting we framed and which is now on display at the North Point Gallery (along with the pieces that were subject of my last two posts) as part of its show “Historical Artists of the East Bay” is by William Keith (1838-1911), an artist considered no... continue reading.

Framing (Another) Henry Gremke

Posted on June 9th, 2018

Today, North Point Gallery’s show “Historic Artists of the East Bay” is opening, and as I said in my last post, we framed a number of paintings included in it, like the Edwin Deakin I wrote about. Another painting we framed for that exhibit is by Oakla... continue reading.

Framing Edwin Deakin, and the East Bay’s Great Painting Heritage

Posted on June 5th, 2018

This Saturday, June 9th, our neighbors and good friends at North Point Gallery are opening a show that celebrates the extraordinarily rich painting tradition of our city and region. Entitled “Historic Artists of the East Bay,” the show runs through June 30, ... continue reading.

Re-framing Great American Impressionist Hayley Lever

Posted on June 1st, 2018

I need to write up the story of how reproduction French baroque gilt frames came to be regarded as suitable for impressionist paintings, but the absurdity of it is plain enough to see. Here’s a good example of a landscape, “Woodstock,” by one member of... continue reading.

Framing George Applegarth, and Big Alma’s Dream for a Place of Art

Posted on May 24th, 2018

San Francisco architect George Applegarth (1875-1972) was a big dreamer living in a time and place marked by big dreamers—like the colorful “Big Alma” Spreckels who dreamed of building a great art museum for her city of San Francisco. Of humble roots, Alma... continue reading.

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