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

A Frame Is a Kind of Nest

Posted on May 30th, 2019

This Saturday here at the gallery prior to the opening of our show of watercolors by Robert Tetlow, I’ll be giving a talk called “A Frame-Maker’s Approach to Framing Watercolors.” I’d forgotten about this lovely mid-century Japanese waterco... continue reading.

An Exhibit of Watercolors by Robert Tetlow

Posted on May 26th, 2019

We’re looking forward to the opening next Saturday of our exhibit, “Robert Tetlow (1922-1988): A Berkeley Watercolorist Rediscovered and Remembered.” Tetlow taught Landscape Architecture at the UC Berkeley Schools of Environmental Design, and is also k... continue reading.

On the Corner: New Thoughts on Closed-Corner Frames

Posted on May 24th, 2019

In preparation to launch a new section of the catalog, “Mitered Frames—Special Corners,” I had a fresh look at the page “Closed-Corner Frames”, which explains one of the most fundamental aspects of our work, and found it needed sprucing up. So ... continue reading.

How I Came to Ruskin

Posted on May 19th, 2019

In this year that celebrates John Ruskin’s 200th birthday, the scholarly website, www.victorianweb.org has been asking students of the great 19th century art and social critic for stories of their “Ruskin encounters.” I was flattered to be asked by the... continue reading.

Paul Kratter on the Cover of Southwest Art Magazine

Posted on May 17th, 2019

Hurray for Paul Kratter, for being the featured painter on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine’s June 2019 issue! Many of our customers know and have admired Paul’s work since the Gallery began representing him sixteen(!) years ago. The well written piece de... continue reading.

Framing Kevin Red Star

Posted on May 14th, 2019

This is a serigraph by Montana painter Kevin Red Star (b. 1943). The 3/4″ frame is carved with a simple repeat pattern. Cherry was the perfect wood for carving as well as for color. I love doing repeats like this, and in this case it’s doubly resonant with t... continue reading.

Everyday Framing

Posted on May 13th, 2019

We’re excited to announce a new, specially priced offering called “Everyday Framing.” Many of the things folks most commonly want to frame are highly significant to them but really only call for the simplest, most economical framing. Such pieces might ... continue reading.

Re-framing Ray Strong

Posted on May 8th, 2019

It felt good to free this one from the cheap ‘sixties linen liner and frame. It’s a terrific small (5-3/4″ x 11-3/4″) oil painting by the important and influential California landscape painter Ray Strong (1905-2006). The land forms provided plent... continue reading.

Suitable Settings for Hard-Won Honors: Framing Diplomas and Certificates

Posted on April 25th, 2019

As graduation time approaches, I want to show an example of how we like to frame diplomas. This frame is in stained solid quartersawn white oak—a humble and famously sturdy and enduring hardwood. The No. 238 profile, which slopes in to the certificate, has a refinemen... continue reading.