Art on the Avenue:Bosko's Framing Gallery

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bosko's Framing Gallery is starting its 70th year in business at the southeast corner of College and Armanino Court. Currently in the display windows at Bosko's are a colorful variety of objets d'art: paintings by Lynne Bostick, Jason Schoner, and Rip Matteson, watercolors by Wendy Yoshimura, giclee prints by Lois Wachner-Solomon, and vintage pottery.

Peter Bosko, a CCAC (California College of Arts and Crafts, now California College of the Arts, or CCA) graduate and WWII veteran, opened Bosko's in 1945. At a time when many other vets in the Bay Area were using the GI Bill to attend art school, Bosko used his benefits for a business loan. In the late '40s and throughout the '50s, Bosko's held a number of special exhibitions that featured paintings by instructors from the Art League of California as well as shows of watercolors by artists like Jade Fon and George Post. Louis Siegriest and Maurice Logan, plein air painters who were part of the Rockridge-based Society of Six, also showed at Bosko's.

In addition to being an adept framer, Peter Bosko was an award-winning painter and printmaker. Many of his works can still be seen inside the shop, hung high on the walls. Bosko was active in the East Bay Artists Association and participated in their exhibitions during the '50s when the group had a gallery at the Claremont Hotel.

In 2000, the business passed to Peter Bosko's son John and daughter Lynne. While framing work keeps them busy, Lynne also makes ceramics, and John is a "photo-archeologist," collecting original vintage negatives (available online at http://tinyurl.com/flickr-jbpics). Prints from his collection have been shown across the street at Spasso Coffee House and in Hayward at PhotoCentral's gallery. Among the historical prints available at Bosko's are portraits of Xavier Martinez, longtime CCAC instructor, and Patsy English, an early colleague of Ansel Adams.