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 Visual Memory: A Presentation by Robert Flanary

Posted on January 14th, 2017

The Gallery is currently highlighting the artist we’ve represented the longest, Robert Flanary, and on Saturday, January 28th from 3:00 to 5:00 Bob will be here to give a short talk titled “A Shop Talk on Visual Memory.” Several new paintings will be o... continue reading.

A Wintry Bridge to the New Year: Framing Harry Orlyk

Posted on December 29th, 2016

Today I finished framing two exceptionally beautiful East Coast landscape paintings that an old and dear friend had brought in. They’re by upstate New York painter Harry Orlyk (b. 1947).  The first one makes a very suitable New Year’s offering—a bridge in... continue reading.

A Christmas Offering: An Eternal and Necessary Frame for Troubled Times

Posted on December 24th, 2016

This Christmas comes at a time of deep division and discord, not only in America but across the world. And while the electoral campaign has been the most obvious example of extraordinary acrimony, our troubles are not solely political. Wendell Berry observes that “... continue reading.

A Frame Is a Kind of Flower

Posted on December 18th, 2016

Here’s a beautiful little rose painting we just finished framing. It’s by Daniel Keys. It’s pretty nearly impossible to frame pictures the way we do without taking the time to really see the picture. Making the right frame—which means a frame that is... continue reading.

Framing Alfred Farnsworth

Posted on December 14th, 2016

We just framed this exquisite 1906 watercolor, “Mt Tamalpais from Richardson Bay” (10-1/2” x 21”), by notable California painter Alfred Farnsworth (1858-1908). The 2-1/2” frame is stained walnut in a very shallow slope that coves up near the outside to a soft ... continue reading.

Beloved California: Sixteen Painters With a Passion for Place

Posted on November 27th, 2016

I’ve just put up the web page for our current show, “Beloved California: Sixteen Painters With a Passion for Place.” Shots of the opening are at the bottom of the page. As you can see, the event was a great success, with a big, enthusiastic turnout, an... continue reading.

A California Frame-Maker’s Dream: Framing Arthur Mathews

Posted on April 14th, 2016

For a frame-maker living and working in California, nothing beats getting to frame a painting by Arthur Frank Mathews (1860–1945). Mathews was not only one of the state’s preeminent painters, but he and his wife Lucia were unsurpassed in their concern for the ot... continue reading.

Framing Dana Bartlett

Posted on March 19th, 2016

Just re-framed this very lovely historic California landscape painting by Dana Bartlett (1882-1957). Using a hand-carved Compound Mitered frame, No. 104 CV + Cap 400 CV, we chose to play off the compositional contrast between the flat ground and vertical trees with a fl... continue reading.

Happy Birthday, Dad

Posted on March 17th, 2016

Today my dad would’ve turned 90. Here’s a picture we took in 2005, upon finishing the sign that hung over the old gallery at 5510 Doyle St. I’m proud he got to see his name carried on this way—although, sadly, he died before we got it hung. See my tr... continue reading.