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.

Woodson Watercolors – Exhibit Opens March 1, 2014

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.

Magnolias Painting

Artist Kevin Woodson’s watercolor of magnolias in bloom.

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:

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.

30th Anniversary

Galleria Scola is celebrating our 30th year on Grand Ave. and we are throwing a party to thank you!
  • Sunday August 4
  • 2:00 – 5:00
  • Live music, panna cotta, prosciutto, & prosecco!
  • Fun! Reminiscing!

There’s still time to help us!

peebles - dali  We would like to create a record of our 30 years in business. Even those of you who can’t make it to the party in person – get involved!


Please take pictures of your Galleria Scola framed pictures & objects and share with us via email [], facebook [click here], or bring ‘em in on your digital camera or thumb drive.

Showing New Works by Elida

For those of you who came to my show at Tech Liminal and ProArts Open Studio, it was great to see you.  Your wonderful support has inspired me to start a variety of new works. What I learned from you is that you particularly like the assemblage and sculpture.  Here’s one of the new pieces, which is hanging in our  store

Rotarians come back for more!

 Galleria Scola had the pleasure once again of hosting a Brown Bag lunch for members of Oakland Rotary #3. Each year, owners of local businesses volunteer to host Rotarians and acquaint them with what services each business offers and anything else of interest to the members.

This year Elida Scola regaled her small troupe with stories of how different types of art are made: etching, engraving, lithograph, silkscreen, as well as methods of restoring artwork and frames. A couple of folks also picked her brain for options in framing unusual pieces such as tapestries and 3-dimensional objects.

Micah demonstrating mat cutting

Micah demonstrating mat cutting

learning how to hinge artwork

learning how to hinge artwork

 hinging art

examining materials
examining materials


Have you ever looked up when you come into the shop? There are 2 floors above us with balconies. The Aubergine awning is down but Elida, Jennifer and Micah are still inside Galleria Scola waiting to see your smiling faces and your latest framing projects. Two weeks ago Dennis of Cameron Construction started a deck repair for us and found lots of dry rot. Yuck. So now our facade will be deconstructed and replaced. The old siding will go back on and our Awning right after that. Did you actually think I was going to tell you I had a facelift?




The Hours in gilded frames.

The Hours in gilded frames.

Jeff Sully is installing another beautiful suite of images from Herculaneum in Italy.


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