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 Berkeley’s Campanile

Posted on March 16th, 2015

Just framed this undated watercolor by Lorenzo Latimer (1857-1941) depicting Sather Tower, more commonly known as the Campanile, at UC Berkeley. Because I was born and raised in Berkeley, this picture and its subject are close to my heart. Designed by John Galen Howard... continue reading.

Green Oak Frames and Mirrors

Posted on March 13th, 2015

We just made a Berkeley Mirror for a customer, and were pleased that she chose the Gustav Green stain. We don’t get a lot of requests for this stain, but it was once very popular. Fascinating how tastes change. In Gustav Stickley’s basic article on his comp... continue reading.

Framing Bonnie Marris

Posted on March 7th, 2015

One the most talented American wildlife painters working today is Bonnie Marris. Not long ago we had an opportunity to frame this large (48″ x 36″) oil painting by her, showing a puma in winter. The frame is a carved compound mitered frame in stained quarter... continue reading.

Framing Lucia Mathews and the 1915 World’s Fair

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

We just framed this wonderful and historic little gouache by Lucia Kleinhans Mathews which depicts Bernard Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. This year is the centennial of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific Exposition—the World’s Fair annou... continue reading.

Mr Turner and Martin Luther King: Framing Visions of Social Justice

Posted on February 15th, 2015

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of the key moments of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil rights leadership—an event that’s the subject of the film “Selma”, which is up for an Academy Award next weekend. Hardly anyone will note t... continue reading.

Congratulations to Oscar Nominee Dice Tsutsumi!

Posted on February 9th, 2015

Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, one of our artists who works at Pixar, has been nominated for an Academy Award! His movie, “The Dam Keeper,” which Dice made with Robert Kondo, is among the five selections in the Animated Short Film category. Of the five... continue reading.

Robert Flanary—Paul Roehl Show Opens Tonight

Posted on February 7th, 2015

Tonight’s opening of “A Continuous Harmony: New Tonalist Paintings by Robert Flanary and Paul Roehl” will be extra-special as it will also be the debut of the make-over of Holton Studio Gallery. Come join us from 5 to 7 and celebrate these two greatly ... continue reading.

A Continuous Harmony

Posted on January 31st, 2015

We are in the final stages of framing and preparing the gallery (a minor remodel is underway!) for next Saturday’s opening of our show, “A Continuous Harmony: New Tonalist Paintings by Robert Flanary and Paul Roehl.” The reception for these wonderful a... continue reading.

Great Re-framings: William Keith, John Muir and the Wilderness

Posted on December 27th, 2014

We’re finishing 2014 with a flourish, having just re-framed two paintings by one of California’s greatest landscape painters, William Keith (1838-1911). The first is dated 1872, the year his fellow Scot John Muir introduced Keith to Yosemite, and so has grea... continue reading.