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 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.

Framing Hedwig Casprzig’s Big Cats

Posted on July 8th, 2023

Hedwig Casprzig (1886 – 1958) was an outstanding German wildlife painter. We recently had the honor of framing two of the artist’s paintings of big cats. The first one here, a lion’s head Casprzig painted in oil on canvas, is 25-1/2″ x 21″.... continue reading.

Debey Zito and Terry Schmitt

Posted on July 7th, 2023

There’s a key principle of the Arts and Crafts Movement that few artisans fully grasp; and of those who have, even fewer have pursued and found the opportunities to apply their understanding. That principle is the unity of the arts, and it’s only at the arch... continue reading.

Apple Sauce, Suitably Framed

Posted on July 1st, 2023

Yesterday I posted (here) about the David Lance Goines woodcut prints we’re offering, all from “Thirty Recipes Suitable for Framing,” which Goines did with his friend Alice Waters around 1970—just as she was about to open her now world-renowned resta... continue reading.