Antique textile quilt in beliefs eye maple frame


Larry and Morgan with UFW button collection

There are 466 pins in Larry’s collection. In 1971 he began working with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta who co founders of the United Farm Workers Association. Each pin chronicles part of the story of the Farm workers struggle for fair wages, safe working conditions and a reductions of toxic pesticides in the fields. Larry wants to preserve and enhance his precious collection in shadowboxes. Stay tuned for more images as we work on the presentation of this artifacts.


Larry Tramutola UFW button collection

We are beginning the process of presenting this unique collection to be displayed in a dark walnut frame. Larry started working with Cesar Chavez in 1971. He is a keeper of history. This United Farm Workers (UFW) collection is quite unique. We made a video of Larry speaking about his buttons and experience. YouTube video link


Tramp Art frame

On Saturday my brother Anthony and his wife took me to the Fox and Hound restaurant in Hubertus, Wisconsin. I was amazed by the amazing collection of Tramp Art frames from Germany. These intricate hand carved wooden frames were popular in the US in the 1860’s. The restaurant began as in 1845 as a one room cabin on the Moraine in the SE of the state. The frames were brought here from Bavaria by the second owner in 1930.


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.


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