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

Framing Timothy Horn for Beloved California VIII

Posted on November 4th, 2023

Today is the opening for Beloved California VIII, with a reception for the artists from 2 to 4. Jessie has, once again, done a brilliant job hanging the exhibit—and we’re eager to show it off! For you to preview, or if you can’t come in person, we’ve... continue reading.

Framing Christin Coy for Beloved California VIII

Posted on November 3rd, 2023

Tomorrow is the opening for Beloved California VIII. Here’s a peek at one beautiful work that’s included: Christin Coy‘s “Evening, Tomales Bay Wetlands,” 10″ x 20″. The stained walnut frame I made for it is 2-1/4″ wide. It... continue reading.

Framing Paul Roehl for Beloved California VIII

Posted on November 2nd, 2023

As we prepare for this Saturday’s opening of Beloved California VIII, I’m sharing some of the work in the show. Today’s painting is “Jane Morris at Sunset” (22″ x 36″) by Paul Roehl. We gave it a No. 183 “Maybeck” at... continue reading.

Framing Erik Tiemens for Beloved California VIII

Posted on November 1st, 2023

We’re finishing up the framing and beginning to hang Beloved California VIII, our all-gallery show opening on Saturday. Included in the show is this dramatic gouache by Erik Tiemens, titled “Contours of Change,” (10″ x 14″). We framed it in... continue reading.

Save the Date! Beloved California VIII Opens November 4

Posted on October 29th, 2023

We’ll be busy at the Gallery this coming week, as we put together Beloved California VIII, our all-gallery show that’s topped off each year since we moved to Berkeley in 2016. The exhibition opens this coming Saturday, November 4, with an artist reception fr... continue reading.

Framing an Early Seventeenth Century Dutch Map of the World

Posted on October 23rd, 2023

My September 12 post, “On My Bench,” was kind of a teaser for today’s post, showing details of a frame in the works for a map by Willem Blaeu (1571-1638). I finished the frame a couple of weeks ago, and am especially pleased with it. Willem Blaeu was o... continue reading.

Richard Lindenberg: Quiet Discoveries Closes Saturday

Posted on October 19th, 2023

“Quiet Discoveries,” our current show of paintings by Richard Lindenberg, closes this Saturday, October 21. I hope you find time to come by to check it out. (You can view it online here.) Richard’s work is outstanding. And having adorned our walls this... continue reading.

Opens Saturday—Richard Lindenberg: Quiet Discoveries

Posted on September 21st, 2023

We’ve represented Richard Lindenberg for ten years now, so it’ll be a bit of a shindig here on Saturday, as we open Richard Lindenberg: Quiet Discoveries and toast that milestone—but more importantly, the artist himself! Last week I wrote about his paintin... continue reading.