A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates and ruminations 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 Robin Moore for Beloved California V

Posted on December 21st, 2020

Robin Moore first won us over with her views of Point Reyes featured in her 2008 show “Tomales Bay: A Shifting Light.” (Those works can all be found on Robin’s archive page.) We haven’t had a great deal of work from her since she moved to Abiquiu... continue reading.

Framing Erik Tiemens for Beloved California V

Posted on December 17th, 2020

Erik Tiemens is one of the Gallery’s artists who comes out of the Bay Area’s film and animation industry. Schooled at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, he spent a couple of decades at George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic (now part of Di... continue reading.

Framing Paul Roehl for Beloved California V

Posted on December 16th, 2020

In our show for Paul Roehl this fall, we featured this painting, an oil on canvas called “Acheron” (24″ x 48″). But it wasn’t framed—unless you regard as a frame the pine lattice that painters wisely attach to the edges of their stretched... continue reading.

Reflections: Framing Christin Coy for Beloved California V

Posted on November 27th, 2020

We’ve proudly represented Christin Coy for more than a decade, and have been honored to include her work in our annual all-gallery show Beloved California all five years we’ve held it. The deep feeling with which Christin paints Marin County’s distinct... continue reading.

Framing Terry Miura for Beloved California

Posted on November 11th, 2020

It’s time for our annual all-gallery show celebrating the Northern California landscape, and we thought it fitting to honor our long and happy relationship with Terry Miura by featuring one of his paintings on the postcard and poster for Beloved California V: Twen... continue reading.

Kelmscott Frames for a Scottish Needlepoint, a Tile, and a PreRaphaelite Bronze plaque

Posted on November 9th, 2020

This is a charming folk piece from Scotland. The needlepoint depicts a village of stone houses overlooking a bay. At 14-1/2″ x 11″, it’s set in a 2″ through mortise-and-tenon No. 1201 “Kelmscott” frame in quartersawn white oak with We... continue reading.

Framing Eduardo Michaelsen

Posted on October 27th, 2020

Happy Halloween! Here’s a timely print, “Opla,” 1992 (13″ x 16″) by Cuban artist Eduardo Michaelsen (1920-2010). The 1-1/2″‘ wide frame is in walnut, carved and stained black.   More on Eduardo Michaelsen…... continue reading.

Framing Norman Rockwell

Posted on October 16th, 2020

Those who appreciated my last post featuring a work by Robert Rauschenberg will no doubt enjoy today’s post as well. We had the privilege of framing these two original graphite drawings by the American illustrator Norman Rockwell (1895-1978). “Peter” i... continue reading.

Floating Robert Rauschenberg

Posted on October 14th, 2020

This is a collage/mixed media piece by avant-gardist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008). It’s 14″ x 10″. We used a maple Floater frame at 3/8″ wide and 2-1/2″ deep, in maple with liming wax, a white-tinted paste wax. Floating disconnects the p... continue reading.