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

Re-framing Henry Gremke

Posted on June 24th, 2017

Here’s a new example just added to the page “Fixing a ‘Very Prevalent Error’,” showing the rewards of replacing gold frames with dark wood ones. As a before-and-after example, this one hardly seems fair, since the gold frame that was on thi... continue reading.

Holton Studio Wins Architectural Preservation Award

Posted on May 27th, 2017

It was great to get some recognition on Thursday night at the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association‘s Annual Dinner and Preservation Awards ceremony for all the hard work we put in to building out and moving in to our new West Berkeley home last summer. My l... continue reading.

Framing Toshi Yoshida and the Flowering of Spring

Posted on April 26th, 2017

I love wisteria, and right now, at the peak of spring here in Berkeley, wisteria are everywhere and in full flower. Folks grow them over their doors and windows, and so they are nature’s ornament framing everyday comings and goings—very suitable to BerkeleyR... continue reading.

The Humble and Dignifying Portrait: Framing Kevin Courter’s “Ashley”

Posted on April 16th, 2017

Kevin Courter likes to keep an eye on our inventory of ready-made frames and make paintings for them. One day several weeks ago he dropped by the shop and found Eric Johnson joining up an 11″ x 14″ mitered frame in the vises—a dramatic, rather deep and mas... continue reading.

A Discourse on Frames

Posted on April 11th, 2017

Next Tuesday at 6:30 the Gallery proudly hosts British historian and independent cultural scholar Nicholas Friend, who will give an illustrated lecture called “A Discourse on Frames.” Nick Friend was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and specializes in the h... continue reading.

Framing Richard Lindenberg’s Trees: Harmony In Wood

Posted on April 7th, 2017

I just realized that my favorite paintings by Richard Lindenberg, whom we’re highlighting at the Gallery through April 22, are of trees. Maybe I just like trees, or maybe I just like how Richard paints trees. I won’t deny either of those. But I think it has ... continue reading.

Richard Lindenberg’s Painting Demonstration and Talk

Posted on March 28th, 2017

This past Saturday, March 25, painter Richard Lindenberg kicked off his four-week exhibit (through April 22) at the Gallery with a short talk and painting demonstration. We had excellent attendance, as folks sat in chairs we put out in the first gallery in the midst of ... continue reading.

Variety and Unity: Framing a Set of Small Paintings by Richard Lindenberg

Posted on March 24th, 2017

We’re finishing up hanging the Richard Lindenberg exhibit which starts tomorrow. There are several I have a hard time taking my eyes off of, including this little set of three, each one just 6″ x 6″. I like framing sets of pictures in frames that, like... continue reading.

Re-framing Virgil Williams

Posted on March 23rd, 2017

It’s always exciting to see a historic painting come in the door, but especially so when it’s in a conventional gold frame, because I know that the customer, who’s already very proud of his or her treasured work of art, is about to see it dramatically ... continue reading.