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 a C.F.A. Voysey Tile Design

Posted on March 4th, 2024

We recently enjoyed framing this tile design by the great English Arts and Crafts architect and designer C.F.A. Voysey for Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts in New York. The design measures about 10″ x 7″. I made it a flat walnut frame that’s 2-1/2″ wid... continue reading.

Peek and Perkins Opening

Posted on February 24th, 2024

We had a beautiful opening reception for our current show, “Carol Peek and Davis Perkins: Painting the West”, celebrating the two artists and their glorious work. The great fondness these two old friends have for each other and the shared love of the western... continue reading.

Framing Carol Peek and Davis Perkins

Posted on February 7th, 2024

With great anticipation, this week we’re finishing framing and hanging our new show, Carol Peek and Davis Perkins: Painting the West. This Saturday is the opening, which we’ll celebrate with a reception for the artists. Davis Perkins says, Carol Peek has bee... continue reading.

Framing Clyde Aspevig

Posted on February 5th, 2024

The first time I heard the name Clyde Aspevig it was Sharon Calahan singing his praises. I finally got the honor of framing one of the Montana painter’s works a month or so ago when a couple brought in this 18″ x 24″ oil, “Wyoming Vista.” W... continue reading.

Framing Bertha Lum

Posted on January 23rd, 2024

This is a color woodcut titled “Lung Fu Sou” and made by American artist Bertha Lum (1879-1954) in 1924 based on a photograph she took of a market she encountered on her travels in China. We set the 9-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ print in a 2-1/2″ wide plain 4-p... continue reading.

Framing Thomas Kegler’s White Roses

Posted on January 21st, 2024

Had the pleasure of framing this very sweet little 10″ x 8″ painting by Western New York painter Thomas Kegler (b. 1970), “White Roses, Song of Solomon, 2:12.” The 2″ wide frame profile is a flat with a chamfered sight edge and a back that ... continue reading.

Framing Blanche Lazell

Posted on January 16th, 2024

We’ve recently enjoyed framing two oil paintings by Blanche Lazell (1878-1956), a Provincetown artist best known for her white line block prints. Lazell liked to experiment and took great interest in the artistic trends of her day, as demonstrated by these two ver... continue reading.

Highlighting Kim Lordier

Posted on January 12th, 2024

While we frame up and prepare for our next show, The Gallery is highlighting Kim Lordier‘s work with an exhibit of fourteen of her masterful pastels—including this new luscious large (24″ x 30″) ranch scene. “Western Shadows” is set in a ... continue reading.

Happy Thirty Years, With Gratitude

Posted on January 11th, 2024

I founded Holton Studio in 1993, so as we roll in to 2024, I’m not just celebrating a new year but these thirty years of business. And, lonely as may I look in this picture from the early days on Doyle Street in Emeryville, I’m happily embarking on my pursui... continue reading.