A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates and reflections 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

Hanging with Karima Cammell at Brea Gallery

Posted on May 9th, 2024

Our friend Karima Cammell, whose show “High Water” we hosted here in 2021, was chosen from thousands of entrants for a solo show at Brea Gallery in Brea (Orange County), California. We had the great honor of framing most of Karima’s work for for the ex... continue reading.

Re-Framing Manuel Valencia

Posted on May 7th, 2024

Here are two historical California landscape paintings by turn-of-the-century Bay Area painter Manuel Valencia (c. 1856 – 1935). The oils on canvas have no dates, but are said to have been done around 1910. We re-framed them for our friends at California Historical De... continue reading.

Framing Thomas Hill’s Yosemite Valley View

Posted on May 2nd, 2024

Thomas Hill (1829-1908) was born in Birmingham, England, and immigrated to New England as a teenager. In 1851, he married Charlotte Elizabeth Hawkes and started his large family (eventually having nine children; grandchildren would include Norman Rockwell). At age 24, h... continue reading.

Big Sale on Our Frame Inventory

Posted on April 27th, 2024

A quick post today to announce that most of the frames in our inventory are now on sale. Discounts are up to 60%. Sale goes through next Saturday, May 4. You can shop the sale on our ecommerce site, here. Many of the best discounts are on odd size frames, which are ofte... continue reading.

Framing Edgar Payne

Posted on April 13th, 2024

When today’s California landscape painters talk about the tradition that inspires them, the name of Edgar Alwin Payne (1883-1947) invariably comes up. We recently had the honor of framing Payne’s 14″ x 14″ gouache titled “Sierra Vastness.&#... continue reading.

A Little Bit World Famous

Posted on March 19th, 2024

This month, for the third time in the past year, we’ve been chosen by our industry’s trade publication, Picture Framing Magazine, for its Design of the Month honors. And this time the featured piece, our framing of an important antique Dutch map of the world... continue reading.

Spring Thaw

Posted on March 17th, 2024

Here’s another work by the brilliant William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963)—and, as we arrive at the threshold of spring, a timely one. The 8-3/4″ x 12″ woodblock, dating from about 1920, is titled “The Spring Thaw.” I made a 2″ wide waln... continue reading.

Framing a C.F.A. Voysey Tile Design

Posted on March 4th, 2024

We recently enjoyed framing this tile design by the great English Arts and Crafts architect and designer C.F.A. Voysey for Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts in New York. The design measures about 10″ x 7″. I made it a flat walnut frame that’s 2-1/2″ wid... continue reading.