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

Letting the Light In and Keeping the Lights On—Online

Posted on March 28th, 2020

I hope this finds you and yours in good health and finding safety and solace in these frightening times. Please be careful and stay well. The Holton Studio family is all healthy, thank goodness. But in compliance with orders from the city, county, and state, the shop’... continue reading.

California Art Club Opening

Posted on March 9th, 2020

Our reception this past Saturday evening for our new show “Treasures From the Bay Area: New Paintings by the California Art Club” drew a big and enthusiastic crowd. We feel very honored and privileged to be hosting this show, and everyone, from the organizer... continue reading.

Framing the California Art Club

Posted on March 7th, 2020

We’re putting the final touches on our exhibition opening today at the gallery. We have the honor and privilege of hosting “Treasures from the Bay Area: New Paintings From the California Art Club.” This juried exhibition features 56 painters from to th... continue reading.

Framing S.C. Yuan

Posted on March 2nd, 2020

We recently framed this impressive oil painting by one of the most admired artists of the Monterey Peninsula in the late twentieth century, S.C. Yuan (China & California, 1911-1974). “Carmel Cypress” was painted in the 1960’s. The 26-1/2″ x 2... continue reading.

Framing Edgar Payne, and Exploring Proud Splines

Posted on February 28th, 2020

This little study, “Indian Ponies,” by famed Southern California painter Edgar Payne came to us in a linen mat with an octagonal opening. The outside of the mat is 9-1/4″ x 10-1/4″. I’d been doing more with proud splines—as can be seen in... continue reading.

Framing the Wedding Banners of Bertha Lum

Posted on February 26th, 2020

The unusual imagery of wedding banners central to this 1924 print by Bertha Lum, and giving it its title, offered me an opportunity to use a joinery technique I’d been playing with. “Wedding Banners,” is available from California Historical Design. The... continue reading.

Framing the Hopes for American Commerce of 1899

Posted on February 24th, 2020

The challenge in framing this beautiful 45″ x 20″ antique poster advertising the 1899 National Export Exposition in Philadelphia was to harmonize utilitarian and artistic concerns: to balance the simplicity and boldness of presentation naturally suitable to ... continue reading.

Framing Eva Pietzcker

Posted on February 21st, 2020

We just framed three prints by an outstanding contemporary German printmaker, Eva Pietzcker. These prints are examples of her work using the Japanese woodblock technique (mokuhanga) which involves water-based inks, and therefore results in the more muted effects associa... continue reading.

Framing Gene Kloss, and a Small Picture of Vast Matters

Posted on February 19th, 2020

“The system of the world is entirely one; small things and great are alike part of one mighty whole.” —John Ruskin, Modern Painters Theologians of old used to speak of “this great frame of things,” meaning the comprehensive, whole—and holy—... continue reading.