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

Let’s Get Lost: Robert Flanary Show Opens Tomorrow

Posted on February 3rd, 2023

Today at the Gallery we added the finishing touches to our one-man show, Robert Flanary: Seeing All Together. Along with a great air of anticipation here, we enjoyed also a considerable amount of fond reflection. The show marks the beginning of our twenty-fifth year of ... continue reading.

Robert Flanary and the Genesis of Holton Studio Gallery

Posted on January 24th, 2023

As we frame our new show, Robert Flanary: Seeing All Together, I’ve been reflecting on the great significance Bob has for Holton Studio. It was 24 years—almost a quarter century—ago that I first met Bob. Before we hatched the Holton Studio Gallery, he walked i... continue reading.

“Seeing All Together”: Framing an Exhibit of Recent Landscape Paintings by Robert Flanary

Posted on January 15th, 2023

The weeks leading up to a show at the Gallery are always exciting, as we get to live with a crop of new paintings, see our own work enhance already beautiful pictures, and watch the exhibit come together. It’s always a joy. But the show we’re currently mount... continue reading.

Cherries Jubilee for the New Year!

Posted on December 31st, 2022

Looking for a festive recipe for your New Year’s Eve dinner? Here’s one from none other than Alice Waters, as designed, calligraphed, and printed by David Lance Goines at his St. Hieronymous Press. “Cherries Jubilee” was created in 1970 as part o... continue reading.

Open House—Last Day of Beloved California VII

Posted on December 29th, 2022

Tomorrow, Friday, December 30, is not only our last day of business before the New Year, but also the last day of our big annual all-gallery show, Beloved California. We’re ringing out 2022 and this special show with an open house from 11 to 4. Hope you can come! ... continue reading.

Framing Charles W. Bartlett

Posted on December 28th, 2022

This is a woodblock print, “Entrance to Golden Temple, Amritsar,” dated 1919, by the fascinating British artist Charles William Bartlett (1860-1940). I took advantage here of the natural affinity between the picture and the frame—an affinity with respect t... continue reading.

Framing Bill Cone for Beloved California VII

Posted on November 19th, 2022

After a great opening last Saturday, our big annual all-gallery show Beloved California VII: Twenty Painters with a Passion for Place continues, running through the end of the year. Featuring The Holton Studio Gallery’s entire roster of artists, the show includes ... continue reading.

Summer Past, Summer to Come: Framing Tia Kratter for Beloved California VII

Posted on November 3rd, 2022

Here’s one of Tia Kratter‘s watercolors that will be in Beloved California VII: Twenty Painters with a Passion for Place opening a week from Saturday. We set “Pool Party,” which is 15″ x 8-1/2″, in a plain flat 2″ wide fumed qua... continue reading.

In the Range of Light: Framing James McGrew for Beloved California

Posted on October 29th, 2022

We just framed this 11″ x 14″ oil painting by James McGrew for our upcoming all-gallery show, Beloved California VII: Twenty Painters with a Passion for Place. For “Bridalveil Sunset,” we made a pretty simple slope in stained quartersawn white oa... continue reading.