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 the Hopes for American Commerce of 1899

Posted on February 24th, 2020

In framing this beautiful large 45″ x 20″ antique poster advertising the 1899 National Export Exposition in Philadelphia, the challenge was to harmonize utilitarian and artistic concerns: balancing the simplicity and boldness of presentation naturally suitab... continue reading.

Framing Eva Pietzcker

Posted on February 21st, 2020

We just framed three prints by an outstanding contemporary German printmaker, Eva Pietzcker. These prints are examples of her work using the Japanese woodblock technique (mokuhanga) which involves water-based inks, and therefore results in the more muted effects associa... continue reading.

Framing Gene Kloss, and a Small Picture of Vast Matters

Posted on February 19th, 2020

“The system of the world is entirely one; small things and great are alike part of one mighty whole.” —John Ruskin, Modern Painters Theologians of old used to speak of “this great frame of things,” meaning the comprehensive, whole—and holy—... continue reading.

Tim to Teach Frame-Making at Marc Adams School

Posted on February 11th, 2020

I’m honored to have been invited by Marc Adams to teach a course next Fall at his renowned school just outside Indianapolis, The Marc Adams School of Woodworking—the largest school of its kind in North America. The week long course, “Picture Frame Making f... continue reading.

Robert Flanary and Paul Roehl: A Harmony Continuing Still

Posted on February 10th, 2020

We are featuring in the Gallery, through February 22, paintings by Robert Flanary and Paul Roehl, two of our painters most influenced by the tonalist tradition which thrived in the Bay Area a century ago. We paired Robert and Paul five years ago for a show we called ... continue reading.

The Holiday Frame of Memory—and a Mother’s Fruitcake

Posted on December 23rd, 2019

Yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle Food and Wine section included a poem, “Mom’s Fruitcake,” by my wife, Stephanie McCoy, recounting the story of Steph’s late mother’s traditional Christmas fruitcake and its lasting meaning for her fami... continue reading.

Framing Sharon Calahan for “Beloved California”

Posted on December 16th, 2019

When it comes to painting the light, one exemplary artist on the scene today is Sharon Calahan. We’ve been representing the Petaluma painter and Pixar mainstay since 2011. Sharon’s painting, “Bear Creek Summer” (16″ x 20″) is featured in our current ... continue reading.

Framing Robert Flanary for “Beloved California”

Posted on November 25th, 2019

We had a tremendous turnout for the November 16 opening reception for our current all-gallery show, “Beloved California IV: Twenty Artists with a Passion for Place.” (Photo at right; more pictures of the opening can be found at the bottom of the show’s... continue reading.