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

National Recognition

Posted on December 22nd, 2023

Every issue of Picture Framing Magazine, the framing industry’s monthly trade journal, includes a feature called Design of the Month. We’re proud to have had our work chosen for two issues in 2023—the first back in April and now this month.The April featur... continue reading.

Flowers for Randy

Posted on December 13th, 2023

“I seek the common thread that binds us together and moves us forward—nature, tradition, love and beauty.” —Randall Sexton (1958-2023) When a community loses a vital source of knowledge, skill, wisdom and inspiration that community feels its loss deeply. Bay Are... continue reading.

Framing Terry Miura for Beloved California VIII

Posted on December 5th, 2023

Our annual all-gallery show, Beloved California VIII, continues this week. Terry Miura has been part of every one of the eight shows, and is represented this time around by these three small but compelling paintings below—all exemplifying the spirit of an exhibit that... continue reading.

Framing a Deb Stoner Botanical Photograph

Posted on November 19th, 2023

Deb Stoner is a photographer in Portland, Oregon. She came in to the studio with a friend to whom she’d given one of her remarkable botanical photographs. We set the 8″ x 10″ “Iris and Ferns” in a flat 2″ wide stained walnut frame wit... continue reading.

Framing Timothy Horn for Beloved California VIII

Posted on November 4th, 2023

Today is the opening for Beloved California VIII, with a reception for the artists from 2 to 4. Jessie has, once again, done a brilliant job hanging the exhibit—and we’re eager to show it off! For you to preview, or if you can’t come in person, we’ve... continue reading.

Framing Christin Coy for Beloved California VIII

Posted on November 3rd, 2023

Tomorrow is the opening for Beloved California VIII. Here’s a peek at one beautiful work that’s included: Christin Coy‘s “Evening, Tomales Bay Wetlands,” 10″ x 20″. The stained walnut frame I made for it is 2-1/4″ wide. It... continue reading.

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.