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

On My Bench

Posted on September 12th, 2023

There’s an unusual project on my workbench these days… All parts of one frame. How will it come together? What’s it going on? Stay tuned! UPDATE: My post on the completed frame is here.... continue reading.

Framing More Tonalism—and More Works by Charles Warren Eaton

Posted on September 10th, 2023

We recently enjoyed framing a batch of circa 1910 canvases by Charles Warren Eaton (1857–1937). Eaton was one of the leading members of the nineteenth century tonalist movement, and a protege of the most prominent tonalist artist—indeed, one of the most important Am... continue reading.

Framing Don Demers

Posted on August 16th, 2023

This is a painting that just arrived at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming, and will be part of their annual Art Show and Sale. Titled “The River and the Rodeo, Cody,” the 30″ x 25″ oil is by the outstanding Donald Demers, who asked us to f... continue reading.

Framing George Inness and the Spirit of Tonalism

Posted on August 9th, 2023

Believed to date from the 1880’s, this 12″ x 18″ painting of the last light of day is from the brush of George Inness (1825–1894). We’ve made a few frames like this one, and the design seemed to me perfectly suited to Inness’s gentle and ... continue reading.

Video Release: Paul Kratter—Landscape Painting and Design

Posted on July 31st, 2023

Gallery favorite Paul Kratter, whom we’ve represented now for twenty years, has another instructional video coming out. It’s called “Landscape Painting and Design.” If you’ve always wanted to come to one of Paul’s demos here at the ga... continue reading.

“On the Threshold” Opens Today!

Posted on July 22nd, 2023

Today’s the day! It’s the opening of “On the Threshold: 3 Women, 3 Mediums, 3 Views,” our show of paintings by standout artists Ellen Howard, Tia Kratter, and Kim Lordier, and we’ll be hosting a reception for the artists from 2 to 4. If you... continue reading.

Framing Tia Kratter for “On the Threshold”

Posted on July 20th, 2023

The subtitle of our new show “On the Threshold,” is “3 Women, 3 Mediums, 3 Views.” My last two blog posts featured two of those three women—Ellen Howard, and Kim Lordier. As we approach this Saturday’s opening and artists’ reception... continue reading.

Framing Kim Lordier for “On the Threshold”

Posted on July 15th, 2023

“This series of paintings is based on the exploration of dusk to dawn,” Kim Lordier says of her work in our new show opening this coming Saturday. The show is titled “On the Threshold,” and Kim has captured its theme with her representations of &... continue reading.

Framing Ellen Howard for “On the Threshold”

Posted on July 13th, 2023

A week from Saturday is the opening of our new show, “On the Threshold: Ellen Howard, Tia Kratter, and Kim Lordier,” and we’re framing up a storm. This beautiful autumn scene is Ellen’s “Interconnected,” an oil on panel, 16″ x 20″, which ... continue reading.