Framed Farmers Insurance Co. memorabilia

Ruth Stroup’s friend Steve Nicholls of Nicholls Construction gave her some treasures from his in- laws attic. Packets of needles from the 1930′s made in West Germany. They are for “home, farm and camping”. You darn your sox while camping, right? Ruth asked me to frame them. I recalled I had a hand painted 1920′s frame with tiny cast flowers adorned with bronze powder. It has the original convex glass. I had been saving it for 10 years and this was the perfect opportunity to pass it on to my pal Ruth. Since we had two packets of needles I could show the inside and outside of the folder side by side. These pristine examples of promo history are mounted on a blue silk backing. You can’t see but the back is sealed with hand made red paper.


Chagall and Morgan, the framer.


Chagall in Spanish hand carved highly stylized Acanthus design

Paysage sous la Lune was painted in 1964 by Marc Chagall. It is oil on panel. Chagall is famous for dazzling color and taking us on flights through his inner world. He said, “I paint with my heart.”. When you look at his creations you are seeing his psychic reality.


John hand sews antique golf clubs to a linen backing.

Next step:  enclose in custom made acrylic box


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Oakland Rotarians visit us for lesson in framing.


Lars Hansson CPA and me

Lars took a break from the IRS deadline for a photo in his Alameda office. He is the generous sponsor of my presentation on framing set for June 11, from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Frank Betts Center for the Arts in Alameda.


Assemblage Demonstration by Elida Scola – April 3, 2014

The fascination with found objects is ancient. A piece of wood that looks like a bird, a rusty door latch with filigree edges, these are my favorite things. Come see how I put them together to make a unified whole. Bring something to challenge me and I will try to turn it into art before your very eyes!
Join us for this first in a series of First Thursdays on Grand demonstrations at Galleria Scola.  Have a glass of wine and see art in the making.  6-9pm April 3,2014 at Galleria Scola on Grand Ave.

Art Talk: “History of the Art of framing- What does my Art Deserve?”

June 11, 7-9pm • Elida Scola speaks on the history of framing art, framing challenges and how to determine what frames are suitable for different art styles and periods. She helps her clients understand how framing affects their art.

This talk is part of a six part series of lectures on Art History & Art Appreciation designed to help people learn about art forms, and improve their appreciation and collection skills. It is one of the few opportunities to study Art History, outside of academic classes, offered in the East Bay.The presentations will be in an intimate atmosphere to encourage interaction with the speaker. Reservations recommended as space is very limited. To make a reservation contact the Bette Center or e-mail nan.gray@yahoo.com. Non-members $10, Frank Bette Center members $5 each lecture.

Sponsored by tax and business accountant Lars Hansson, CPA, Alameda.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
510-523-6957 • www.frankbettecenter.org


Kevin Woodson Watercolors Opening March 1, 2014

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Oakland artist Kevin Woodson will exhibit a collection of brand new winter and spring 2014 watercolors of spring flowers, painted in

the parks and gardens of Oakland and the Bay Area. The exhibit will run March 1 – March 30, 2014 at Galleria Scola with an opening reception Thursday March 6 from 5-9 PM, in conjunction with First Thursday’s on Grand Avenue.

Kevin’s Flowers are special because as an artist, flowers are his exclusive focus. Kevin paints flowers in the gardens where they grow, painting every day, and often returning to the same flower year after year. His dedication to nature, flowers, and culture is clear in every painting. In order to paint the entire magical and botanical experience of the flower, Kevin forgoes photography, pencil, and does not use cut flowers. Spending time with Kevin’s work, you immediately see that his paintings are unique, like doorways into our collective human dream of nature.


House Fire Damaged Print Restoration

Unfortunately one of our clients had a fire in their home.  We were called to come to the house and meet with the insurance adjuster to give an estimate on restoring and reframing.  Here is the before and  after of one of the prints.  We were so glad to help get the home back to normal!

Santa Print cleaned

This print was cleaned and reframed after damage in a house fire.

Fire damaged print

This print has damage from a house fire. Here, it is still hanging on the wall.


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