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 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.

Another Block Print In a Printable Frame

Posted on September 19th, 2023

My last post was on the possibilities for especially sympathetic framing for block prints. Here’s another example of how a frame carved in the same manner that the block for the print was carved naturally harmonizes with the print. The early twentieth century pict... continue reading.

More Inspiration from Block Prints: Framing Charles Spitzack

Posted on September 17th, 2023

This is a frame design I never would have come up with if this particular print hadn’t come through the door. The contemporary (2019) block print, “A Glimmer of Abundance,” is by Northwest artist Charles Spitzack (b. 1987). We set the 10″ x 8R... continue reading.

Framing Richard Lindenberg’s Quiet Discoveries

Posted on September 15th, 2023

A week from tomorrow we’ll unveil a new show celebrating ten years of representing one of our outstanding painters. “Richard Lindenberg: Quiet Discoveries”, featuring all new and recent paintings, will open on Saturday, September 23 with a reception fo... continue reading.