Figural Abstractions by Karen Story

Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to present Figural Abstractions, a new show by Karen Story, now in the Gallery through September.

Family Texture by Karen Story

Artist’s Statement

My interest in depicting the human figure began at PNCAwhere I received my a BFA in 1991. Whether working on an isolated figure or one in interaction with another, this never-ending challenge has been my studio companion.

Having recently begun working with media which are textural, I found that I needed to change my approach. I began to use a palette knife and other tools besides a paintbrush to apply cold wax. Encaustic is also quite textural.

Being influenced by California figure artists of the 60s, I also began using colors not found on the body. This has been a serious challenge for me. I want to keep the form in proportion and anatomically correct while using texture and color abstractly.

This new body of work is the result of this challenge to abstract within the figure. I hope you enjoy viewing it.

–Karen Story

Artist’s Reception First Friday

Join us for an artist’s reception on First Friday. Meet Karen and speak to her about the work, the process and inspiration. The reception begins this Friday, September 6th, at 6 pm. Make an evening of it in The Village! Grab a bite, stop in to see the new exhibit in the Gallery and then walk down the block and visit JP General, a hip new shop at the end of the block!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. Our regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery celebrating 20 years of custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Framing Architectural Photos and Paintings

We love to travel, to see new places and experience new things. Rounding a corner in an unfamiliar city or town and seeing something astonishing in it’s size, complexity and grandeur, the architecture of European cities is something to behold. The buildings are all old by our standards and for that reason are much more beautiful to us!

Client photo taken with an iPhone

Buildings of grand size can also be overwhelming when we try to photograph them. No matter what I do, grand buildings always look small and insignificant when I take photos with my iPhone. Peter West Carey notes in his Digital Photography School blog “My suggestion with architectural photography is to take those wide angle photos (I certainly did with the picture of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland) but also get into the details. “ He mentions looking for patterns in the architecture to create interesting photographs, much like the framed piece above, a courtyard in a European home.

Belle Epoque by Alan King

We recently framed the staircase above by Alan King, what fun! The curved lines in the staircase and the details and framing of the paintings informed our choices of rich textural mats, gold fillet and ornate moulding that we used – it turned out beautiful if we say so ourselves!

Watercolor by Susan Koch

On the other end of the spectrum, this lovely watercolor by local artist Susan Koch was best served by quiet linen mats echoing the deep shadows in the painting and a wide distressed painted frame. The moulding looks like it could have taken from the siding of the home. The overall effect is something that could hang in most homes from Cape Cod to Cape Defiance.

Have you recently returned from holiday with new artwork? Don’t put it in a drawer, only to be forgotten!

Do you have memories in your phone that you’d love to have professionally printed but don’t know where to go? Village Frame and Gallery recommends Symbiosis Printing in Hillsdale, Portland. A family owned and operated business, Jeff and Kath are great to work with and produce exceptional photographic prints. You can reach Symbiosis at 503-477-6181.

Regardless of the subject or where you intend to hang your treasure, Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to help you design a framing solution you’ll love for years to come. Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. Our regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery celebrating 20 years of custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Last week to see works by Jeanette Nuxoll!

Differential Frailty, a 2D and 3D interactive show by artist Jeanette Nuxoll ends this Saturday. It’s worth a stop in the shop to experience it! Below, Jeanette explains what all the noise is about.

Differential Panel 1 by Jeanette Nuxoll

Differential Panel #1 and #2 explore an intimate relationship between humans, failure, and technology. Their goal is to reflect on a delicate, replaceable object within a simple system, potentially providing an analogy for the more complex systems of the human body. This kinetic participatory sculpture is made up of several porcelain gears. The viewer turns a hand crank that moves the system of gears. As the gears turn, the delicate sound of clinking porcelain emerges. The fragility of porcelain representing the fragility of human systems explores an expectation of failure. The delicacy and translucency of the unglazed porcelain is offset by the strength of the familiar form of gears. The marriage of fragility and sturdiness opens a dialogue about the potential for deterioration of the system.

— Jeanette Nuxoll

Differential Panel 2 by Jeanette Nuxoll

Read about the show Differential Frailty here. And for more about Jeanette click here.

Next week: Encaustics by Karen Story and First Friday

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. Our regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery celebrating 20 years of custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Village Frame and Gallery closed for Multnomah Days!

Village Frame and Gallery will be closed on Saturday, August 17th for Multnomah Days. Come on out to the Village and enjoy the day!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. Our regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery celebrating 20 years of custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

In the Gallery – Jeanette Nuxoll; Last Day to Save!

Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to host Differential Frailty, a new and deeply personal show by Jeanette Nuxoll, in the gallery this month. Read more about Jeanette Nuxoll here.

About Differential Frailty

My grandfather owned a factory in Illinois. I would visit as a child and started working there in my early twenties. Working in parts production, the tediousness of repetitive tasks became both hypnotizing and overwhelmingly monotonous. Learning the processes for tool and die making was a welcome break from the rhythm of parts production. The importance of precision in tool and die making highlighted the necessity of parts working together in a system. This sentiment was echoed by my grandfather, who would always say, “Work smarter, not harder”, seizing every moment as a learning opportunity.

In his mid-seventies my grandfather started losing his memory. In a slow deterioration of recall, he would become confused about where he was in a project, or not remember how a certain procedure was executed.  I would work alongside him in an effort to maintain the course on a project, reminding him of processes that he had taught me. I have always thought of my grandfather, and myself, as machines. We are task oriented. We operate in specific processes. We create. Watching the breakdown of his mental and physical functionality, I became progressively more aware of the failures in the mechanical systems in which we had always related.

Differential Frailty specifically addresses the idea that humans, like machines will eventually fail. As we seek to overcome biological and technological failure, humanity is invariably brought closer to the mechanical, allowing transhumanism to emerge as a potential solution to biological obsolescence.
– – Jeanette Nuxoll

Peter Iredale by Jeanette Nuxoll
Differential Frailty by Jeanette Nuxoll

Last day for our Construction Savings Event!

The flaggers are gone, the big hole in the intersection is filled, the street in front of the shop is paved and today is the last day for our construction savings event! Stop in today to save big on custom framing – save 10 percent on one or 15 percent on two or more framing projects!

August 10th is the last day to save BIG!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm..

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery celebrating 20 years of custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

New Work by Carson Culp and BIG Construction Savings!

Hand thrown pottery by Carson Culp

Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to feature new ceramics by Carson Culp. Metallic gray-black and blue glazes float on Carson’s unique hand-thrown shapes creating stunning usable art. Read more about Carson here.

Extra large jar by Carson Culp

Construction Savings Continue!

Have you collected artwork from vacations abroad and scurried them away out of sight meaning to get them framed when things settled down? Perhaps there are some astonishingly beautiful panoramic photographs in your phone that you haven’t thought of since returning from that trip to B.C?

It’s time to dig out that artwork and go through those photos – bring them in to Village Frame and Gallery this month for BIG savings during our Construction Savings event. Through July 31st save 10% on one or 15% on two or more new custom framing projects!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery celebrating 20 years of custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

You Don’t See This Everyday!

7:00 am Saturday morning in Multnomah Village

Boy what a sight! The construction crews have been busy since last night, breaking up the surface of SW Capitol Highway between SW 36th and SW 35th Avenues. They continue today digging through the sub-layers down a full 18 inches!

Businesses are OPEN during construction!

Most of the businesses in Multnomah Village are open today. Fat City had a line of folks waiting for their doors to open first thing this morning! Why not? There’s cool stuff going on in the Village – come check it out!

Save BIG during our Construction Savings event!

During the SW Capitol Highway paving project Village Frame and Gallery is offering 10 percent off one, or 15 percent off two or more new custom framing projects. So gather those projects, save BIG on framing and support the Village!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery celebrating 20 years of custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Open During Construction, Save BIG Now!

Jeanette models our Open During Construction sign provided by PBOT

The Capitol Highway paving project continues this week with significant closures this weekend. In a flyer distributed to Multnomah Village businesses on Tuesday PBOT describes the work:

Coming soon: A smoother, safer and more accessible street for all.

(July 10, 2019) — Paving for the first section of the SW Capitol Highway Paving Project begins on Friday, July 12 at 9 p.m. on SW Capitol Highway from SW 36th Avenue to SW 35th Avenue. The road will reopen on Monday, July 15th at 7 a.m.

This one block section of SW Capitol highway which runs one-way eastward through the heart of Multnomah Village has some of the oldest (100 years) and most deteriorated pavement along the corridor and will require a full street rebuild. As a result, the road will be closed to ALL traffic during the construction period to allow crews to remove approximately 18 inches of damaged pavement to the dirt base and rebuild the street from the bottom up.

Sidewalks will be open along the full length of the project area and business access will be maintained. During construction, motor vehicles and TriMet bus line 44 heading eastbound will be detoured to SW Multnomah Boulevard via SW 40th Avenue and reconnect to SW Capitol Highway at SW 35th Avenue. Westbound traffic will continue straight on SW Troy Street to SW 40th Avenue to reconnect with SW Capitol Highway.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Multnomah Village is open for business during construction! Thanks for your patience while we make SW Capitol Highway a smoother, safer and more accessible street for all. Join PBOT to celebrate the project’s completion at Multnomah Days on Saturday, August 17.

Read more about the entire SW Capitol Highway improvement project here.

Save BIG with our Construction Savings event!

During the SW Capitol Highway paving project Village Frame and Gallery is offering 10 percent off one, or 15 percent off two or more new custom framing projects. So gather those projects, save BIG on framing and support the Village!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery celebrating 20 years of custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Got Graduates? Save on Custom Framing Now!

It’s so much more than a piece of paper. It’s proof of hard years of work, a realization of achievement and the basis for dreams yet to come. Don’t put that diploma in a drawer!

Honor Their Achievements and Save!

Village Frame & Gallery can help. Stop by to purchase a gift certificate, or bring in your favorite graduate’s diploma. During our Construction Savings event save 10% off one and 15% off two new custom framing projects!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery serving Multnomah Village for 20 years. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Framing Projects Big and Small and Big Savings Now!

We are honored to frame so many special things…original artwork, heirlooms, memories and the like. Sometimes, even in the same week, we frame things that are completely opposite from each other. This very thing happened last week when we were completing a huge unfixed pastel, the feather above. Measuring over six feet wide and almost four feet tall this project presented specific challenges. Not only was it big and float mounted, the unfixed pastel meant that we could not turn the artwork over to mount it!

We completed the beautiful shadowbox presentation with TruVue Optium Museum acrylic because it is lightweight, resists scratching, is anti-static (so important for pastel), provides incredible clarity and most importantly, blocks 99% of UV light.

That very same week, we framed two postcards. The first, a childhood memory, was framed in a heavy traditional frame. We float mounted the postcard on a contrasting background to show off the pretty scalloped edge. The second, a reproduction of the client’s favorite painting, was kept small to fit a nook in their kitchen. To give the diminutive piece presence we added a fabric liner in a pretty green matching the colors in the artwork. Both pieces were framed with TruVue Museum glass.

What projects do you have in your home waiting for the right time to frame? A picture you like, but the framing doesn’t go with your new great room? A piece of street art from a recent vacation? Now is the time to bring them to Village Frame and Gallery!

Save Big with Construction Savings!

Village Frame and Gallery is offering 10 percent off one, or 15 percent off two or more new custom framing projects. We know it’s tough to park in the Village on the best of days and the construction doesn’t help. But here’s a hint…there is frequently empty parking on Capitol Highway right after the lunch rush on weekdays! So gather those projects, save BIG on framing and support the Village!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery. And lest we forget, Scott – our Senior Global Director of Custodial and Maintenance Services. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.