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 Eric Bowman

Posted on June 29th, 2023

While it’s true that we work in what’s called the cabinetmaker’s frame tradition and regard ourselves as essentially furniture makers, or—the older description I prefer—joiners, who make picture frames, we almost never take on furniture projects. P... continue reading.

Paul Kratter Demo This Saturday

Posted on June 1st, 2023

As part of our one man show, Paul Kratter: View Through the Trees, the artist will do a painting demonstration here in the Gallery this Saturday, June 3 from 10 to 12. It’s free and open to all, but seating will be limited. One of the stars of California’s t... continue reading.

Framing a William Seltzer Rice Nautical Print

Posted on May 21st, 2023

Over the years, we’ve framed quite a few works by William Seltzer Rice, and just recently had a few more come in. I especially love Rice’s nautical prints—like this one, “Ships of Yesterday” (ca. 1926), which we just framed for Gus Bostrom of C... continue reading.

Paul Kratter Wins Carmel Art Festival Again!

Posted on May 20th, 2023

Our own Paul Kratter just won first place at the 30th annual Carmel Art Festival with his 15″ x 16″ plein air painting, “Bending to the Wind.” This is the second year in a row he’s been honored with the blue ribbon! Big congratulations, Pau... continue reading.

Selections from Paul Kratter: View Through the Trees

Posted on May 11th, 2023

The big event this past Saturday was, as everyone knows, a coronation: Paul Kratter got to be king for a day! Despite a bit of rain and competition from a certain copy cat event in the UK, here at the gallery we had a lively time for the opening of “View Through t... continue reading.

Framing Paul Kratter’s “View Through the Trees”

Posted on May 4th, 2023

Here at the Gallery this Saturday, May 6 from 1 to 4, we’ll host an opening reception for “Paul Kratter: View Through the Trees”. It was twenty years ago that Paul Kratter came in to the old Emeryville shop to frame some of his recent paintings. Paul w... continue reading.

Bill Cone Demo

Posted on March 18th, 2023

This morning, we were pleased to host a pastel demo by the incomparable Bill Cone for California Art Club members. With several attendees having little or no experience with pastels, Bill covered the basics before executing a seascape based on a photo he took on a recen... continue reading.

Framing (and Re-Framing) Walter J. Phillips Botanical Woodblock Prints

Posted on February 27th, 2023

These are two color woodblocks by the eminent Canadian artist Walter J. Phillips (1884-1963). Phillips’s first works in printmaking were etchings, but a love of color led him to take up woodcuts. We’ve had the pleasure of framing several Phillips prints for ... continue reading.

R.I.P., Mr. Goines

Posted on February 25th, 2023

I learned yesterday that David Lance Goines died last Sunday, February 19. Goines was an internationally renowned printer and graphic artist who, after moving to Berkeley to attend the University in the 1960’s, remained in the city, producing posters and graphic w... continue reading.