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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


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.


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.


Chop Bar Pig Roast Posters

Chris Pastena of Chop Bar and Micah Ruiz of Galleria Scola are holding the framed pigs. Can you see the crank and spit?


Elida’s Art at the Autumn Lights Festival

Join us at the 2nd Annual Autumn Lights Festival!  Elida will be displaying another one of her wonderful pieces for two magical nights.

The Festival benefits the Gardens at Lake Merritt from 6pm – 10pm on Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2013!

Imagine several acres of garden illuminated with amazing and enchanting art installations created by local Bay Area artists. Electric fireflies flickering in the trees, glowing waterfalls, a flock of interactive books, a Polynesian Paradise with hand-crafted tiki lanterns and hula girls projected on palm trees. Live fire performers light the night while music and sound installations surprise at every turn on the garden paths lit with hundreds of luminarias. Attendees are invited to  dress in their most interesting illuminated garden attire.

• Lighted art, fire, and sound installations by Local Bay Area Artists
• Food, Beer & Wine
• Artist’s Museum Store

Tickets are here:

http://gardensatlakemerritt.org/


30th Anniversary Party

Thanks for joining us for a great celebration of our 30 years on Grand Avenue in Oakland. In case you couldn’t join us here are a few images of a fun day.


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