Wish You Were Here!, photography by Scott Cordner and Our Feelings, Exactly!

It’s a shared memory many of us have. It’s spring break, or the beginning of summer and we pile into a station wagon at the break of dawn, suitcases loaded, sandwiches packed, ready for an adventure. The road trip to places not yet seen, national parks and roadside attractions. Who didn’t want to stop at Wall Drug? After all, we’d been reading the billboards for hundreds of miles, it must be spectacular!

Pulling off at a roadside oasis or just a widening of the shoulder for lunch. We pulled out the sandwiches and someone put those nasty fizzy soda tablets in too much water and we ate a completely unsatisfying lunch (“Can’t we go to McDonald’s?”) And then, while the car was being loaded up, we went exploring. Most of the time we’d find nothing of interest, but every once in a while we’d find a creek or small river, maybe a frog pond or, Jackpot! A small waterfall! These were the best of times. After playing around in the water for not nearly long enough we’d climb back into the station wagon, soaking wet and happy.

We’d finally make it to our destination – Yellowstone, the California Redwoods, the Grand Canyon – and try to capture the majesty of what we were seeing with our Instamatic cameras. The photos never seemed to do it justice.

Conservation photographer Scott Cordner has made it his life’s work to capture the beauty of nature, California and the Pacific Northwest, and to bring his photos to us. He shows us what we’re missing. In a COVID-19 world – stuck in our homes and unable to load up our station wagons for an adventure – Scott brings us a picture postcard that says, “Wish you were here!”

Thousand Island Lake by Scott Cordner

Read more about Scott Cordner here.

Water from Above by Scott Cordner

We’re Here!

Yes, we’re open! We have temporarily changed our hours to allow for proper sanitizing and reduced staff, but we are excited to welcome you back to the gallery. We’re happy to work with you in the gallery during business hours, by appointment after hours and virtually via telephone, email and text. We look forward to your next project!

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 4 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. You can call us at 503-245-8001

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and fine art gallery celebrating 21 years of high quality custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Tiny Paintings, Mosaics, Divas and more at Village Frame and Gallery!

It’s First Friday in the Village and, well…nothing is going on. OK, that’s not exactly true. Several Village shops are working by appointment, offering curbside pickup and online ordering. Many Village restaurants are offering meals To Go and delivery options. At Village Frame and Gallery, in addition to browse by appointment and design by appointment, virtual design and curbside pickup, we are pleased to offer our first Window-only show – tiny paintings by Lacy Lowry and mosaics by Denise Sirchie!

Be Where You Are: Botanicals & Landscapes by Lacy Lowry

These 6×6 in paintings are part of a 100-day-project that I began in the spring of 2019 and ended late summer of that year. I chose to work with the theme of botanicals in the spring. This was a new direction for me, away from abstract, and provided new challenges. I found plenty of springtime inspiration walking around the neighborhoods of SW Portland and by more closely studying my favorite houseplants. At other times, I chose to be more playful, creating abstract renditions of these same flora.

Being a plant lover, it was a deeply pleasurable experience to paint botanicals everyday. Lastly, I explored painting landscapes. ThIs was well suited to summertime as I was able to take inspiration from my travels. This project not only pushed me to improve my technical painting skills, but forced me to prioritize daily time in my studio making art.

These works speak directly to my connection with the natural world and to my love of color. I hope that viewers experience some of the pleasure that I felt in creating these paintings. Each flower, each leaf, each field, each mountain, convey in some way the energy and experience of that thing or place. My hope was to capture that feeling as well. Although I have since started on other larger bodies of work, I continue to paint small works as they allow for experimentation with new ideas and remain accessible to others. — Lacy Lowry

Our first ever “Window-only” featured artist show, you can see Lacy’s friendly, colorful paintings in the main display window at Village Frame and Gallery beginning today, First Friday, May 1st, through the end of the month. Priced for gift giving, you can call us at the shop at 503-245-8001 to purchase one or more! And for each painting purchased, Village Frame and Gallery will provide a $10 gift certificate for custom framing!

Spring Mosaics by Denise Sirchie

Returning to Village Frame and Gallery this spring, Denise has brought several new pieces for our main display window – hummingbirds, ravens, and puppers oh my! Read more about Denise and her work here.

Perfect for Mom, you can make an appointment to see them up close in the gallery. Call us at 503-245-8001!

It’s not too late to see pastel paintings by the Dusty Divas!

It’s been a weird couple of months and after a great reception at the beginning of March, our featured artist show, The Dusty Divas, was shut down by the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Then, attempts to kindle the show online through the month of April were thwarted by technology issues – these ladies can’t get a break!

Here we are at the beginning of May and pastel paintings by The Dusty Divas still hang on our gallery wall. While they are still here, call us to set up an appointment to see the lovely works of Donna Stevens, Donna Sires, Beth Keyser and Kristen Horn.

We’re here and Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

If you haven’t got the gist of it yet – yes, we’re here! Working behind locked doors, we are available by appointment for framing design or if you want to browse the gallery (observing proper social distancing, of course). We have framed and unframed artwork in the gallery, handmade beaded jewelry, ceramics gift certificates and more. Looking for a gift for mom? Check out our “Window-only” featured artist show or give us a call, we’ll be happy unlock the door!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. While our showroom is currently closed, we are in the shop most days Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Call us at 503-245-8001 to make an appointment.

Who are we?
We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and fine art gallery celebrating 20 years of high quality custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village. During these challenging times we appreciate your dedication to local businesses now more than ever. Stay healthy, wash your hands and thank you for your continued support!

Amid Closures, Dusty Divas Show Continues and Art Finds a Way!

When the gallery is closed at least through April (you all know why), what do you do for your artists? Those artists that lovingly put together our show for March, The Dusty Divas, and what about our April featured artist? The thought of blank walls in the gallery was just too much to contemplate. So, we put on our big-girl knickers and made some decisions.

  1. We have offered our April artist a featured show in September which she quickly and enthusiastically accepted.
  2. The Dusty Divas show will continue through the end of April!

I can hear you scratching your head right now…How will anyone see the Dusty Diva show if the gallery is closed. Well, I thought of that. In addition to daily feature paintings by the Dusty Divas on our Instagram and FaceBook accounts, I will be sharing one interview a week with a Dusty Diva (there are four) along with some of that Diva’s paintings. And if there is a painting you are interested in viewing and/or purchasing, we offer no-contact appointments. Art finds a way!

Art finds a way!

Dusty Diva Donna Stephens shares her thoughts as we wend our way through unfamiliar waters:

“We are living in interesting times. With the statewide Stay At Home order issued 23 Mar 2020, due to Covid-19, and Multnomah Village retail shops voluntarily changing to appointment-only during the week before the order, Village Frame and Gallery had been effectively closed for half of March.  

“Art galleries and art shows are responding to these restrictions in a variety of ways. One way is to extend the dates of a current show. Beth very graciously offered to extend the Dusty Divas show past the original March 28th end date through April and feature our paintings in her April newsletters. The Dusty Divas are very thankful for this and for the opportunities that Beth provides for local artists, whether “emerging” or well-established.

“Another way is to move from a gallery to an online show. The Oregon Society of Artists has changed their April showing of works by the Docents at Portland Art Museum from a gallery show to an online show. In so doing, they had “room” for more paintings and asked the Docents to invite a friend. One of my friends is a Docent and forwarded the invitation to me, creating an opportunity that I would not have had in “normal” times.  

“What to show? I had from Saturday to Monday to decide.  Could I show four related pieces, recently painted, that are already framed and can be offered for sale?

“One never knows the answer to a question until it is asked.  I thought about some viable options for discussion, then I (awkwardly) asked Beth her thoughts on this unique opportunity regarding the four framed paintings that are in the Dusty Divas show… on her wall in her gallery… and in light of her offer to extend and to continue promoting our show…

“For those of you who know Beth and read her newsletters, you know that she is a good neighbor among the Multnomah Village businesses.  She lets us know when a new business occupies an available space or when Renner’s re-opened.  She has been making frames for me for 5 years, so I suspected that we would be able to negotiate something as a win-win.  Not only did Beth whole-heartedly encouraged me to act on this opportunity, she also offered to share a link to the OSA online Docents’ show in her April feature of Dusty Divas works.  My paintings are in the Landscape section!

“Best wishes, Donna Stevens”

Serenity by Donna Stephens

OSA Gallery Docent Show and more are going on line!

Thank you, Donna, for your kind words and for information about the Oregon Society of Artists Online Gallery Docent show! You can view the online show here.

There are other online resources to view art, even the great masters! PBS.org has a great article that lists 19 museum exhibits you can view online. These include the Smithsonian Galleries, the Whitney Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and more! Check it out here.

And just now, for the first time, I checked out Google Collections. Google has partnered with some incredible museums to make great works available online. You can search by museum name, location or alphabetically. I’ll be spending a lot of time on this site.

Color Riot, by Cindy Geffel at the Online OSA Gallery Docent show

During these challenging times we appreciate your dedication to local businesses now more than ever. Stay healthy, wash your hands and thank you for your continued support!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. While our showroom is currently closed, we are available by appointment Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

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

Our retail showroom is temporarily closed

Artwork by Veronica Casson

We know picture framing is “non-essential” but, like every small local retailer, your business is absolutely essential as we try to get through what promises to be a most difficult period. Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to offer the following alternative options for custom framing projects:

Curbside Service
Have something ready at the gallery now? Call us at 503-245-8001 when you’re in the neighborhood and we’ll bring your completed framing project out to your vehicle. Or you can call us and we’ll pick up your new framing project free!

By Appointment Design
Call us at 503-245-8001 to schedule an appointment in the gallery to design the perfect framing for your artwork.

Virtual Concierge Design
Drop off your artwork at the gallery or we can pick it up! We’ll develop several framing designs and work with you via email, text or FaceTime to select the perfect framing for your artwork.

Leap into Spring Sale
We are extending our Leap into Spring Sale. Through April 30th save 15% off all new custom framing orders!

During these challenging times we appreciate your dedication to local businesses now more than ever. Stay healthy, wash your hands and thank you for your continued support!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. While our showroom is currently closed, we are in the shop Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

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

Leap Into Spring — Save 15% on New Framing Projects through March 21st!

I was thinking recently, since I had an extra leap day to do so, about spring. Then again, when we lost an hour springing forward. Not yet having enough coffee to compensate for the lost hour of sleep, I looked up the first day of spring in 2020. Did you know spring arrives early this year?

According to the Old Farmers Almanac website, “For much of the last century, the spring equinox has occurred on March 20 or 21. This year, however, the equinox happens on the 19th in all U.S. time zones, making it the earliest spring we’ll have seen in our lives (so far). The last time spring arrived this early was in 1896—a whopping 124 years ago!”

Nature is leaping early, too! With the mild winter we’ve had things are sprouting all over the garden and so many trees are in bloom. And Village Frame and Gallery is starting our Leap Into Spring Sale early! Beginning Tuesday, March 10th through Saturday, March 21st save a spring worthy 15% on all your new custom framing projects!

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 Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Who are we?

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

“A Slice of Life” Fine Art in Pastel with the Dusty Divas

Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to present “A Slice of Life,” fine art pastel paintings by the Dusty Divas – local artists Donna Stevens, Kristen Horn, Donna Sires and Beth Keyser. An artist reception is planned for Friday, March 6th at 6 pm. Please join us to see these lovely pastel paintings and meet the artists!

Read more about the artists at the links below:

It’s First Friday in the Village!

The weather has been mild and we’re all itching to get out. Join us for First Friday for beautiful art, meet the Dusty Divas and grab a snack while you’re in the Village!

Our Framed Art Sale Continues!

Village Frame and Gallery’s entire framed art inventory is on sale now, at our lowest sale prices ever! No longer on the gallery wall, we still have wonderful artwork for sale in the display windows and on the picture rails. We have smaller items tucked away in back, so let us know what you’re looking for and we can check our inventory. We still have a few precious Kaye Synoground holiday pieces at great sale prices.

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 Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Who are we?

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

Artist Reception Tonight at 6pm, Renner’s is Open and Our Framed Art Sale Continues

It’s February. It’s gray, but not raining, and it’s First Friday! Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to feature Elana Einstein and Janet Collamer in the gallery this month.

About Elana Einstein

Elana Einstein is a local Portland artist and a retired preschool teacher. She now enjoys her time dotting mandalas and other symbolic themes. She also uses multi media photo manipulation to create dotted personal photos.

She paints acrylics on canvas, wood, rocks and other recycled and natural materials. Einstein says “creating mandalas is a meditative activity that provides peace of mind to the creator and observer. Through my art I try practicing generosity, loving kindness and gratitude every day.”

About Janet Collamer

Janet Collamer is a painter who is greatly inspired by native art in the Americas, Africa, Asia, but especially Australia. Janet lived in Mexico for two years and the murals and bright colors used there also inform her work.

Janet is a retired public school teacher where her best day of the week was Art Day. Janet lives in Beaverton with her husbands and sons.

Join us tonight, 6pm to 8 pm, for an artist’s reception to welcome Elana and Janet in the gallery. After the reception, stop by Renner’s to welcome them back to the neighborhood. Yes…

Renner’s is Open!

They’re still working out the kinks, but Renner’s Bar & Grill and Suburban room opened to the public for the first time in almost two years last Friday night for a fundraising event. The same faces are there and our neighborhood Five Star Dive Bar is back! The interior, rebuilt completely from the ground up has the same layout and a new curved bar. It’s still Renner’s, but updated.

We are so pleased to welcome Renner’s back to the neighborhood, it’s been too long. Renner’s opens at 11:00 am every day. We hope to see you there!

Our Framed Art Sale Continues!

Village Frame and Gallery’s entire framed art inventory is on sale now, at our lowest sale prices ever! No longer on the gallery wall, we still have wonderful artwork for sale in the display windows and on the picture rails. We have smaller items tucked away in back, so let us know what you’re looking for and we can check out inventory. We still have a few precious Kaye Synoground holiday pieces at great sale prices.

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 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.

All Framed Art Inventory on Sale Now!

It’s January, and we all know what that means…resolutions. Putting away the holiday decorations, clearing the clothes off the exercise bike, and doing a Marie Kondo on the closets and storage areas. At Village Frame and Gallery we’re doing the same thing. It’s not that the artwork we have in storage doesn’t bring us joy, but rather we think it will bring more joy displayed in someone’s home. And at great sale prices, it’s the perfect time to put something new up on those walls!

Village Frame and Gallery’s entire framed art inventory is on sale now, at our lowest sale prices ever! Have you been in the gallery and seen something you liked up high on the wall? Now is the time to take a closer look and maybe bring something home for your walls – New year, new art!

We even have a few precious holiday pieces by Kaye Synoground, framed and ready for you to take home at great sale prices!

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 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.

Getting Ready for the Holidays? We Have Last Minute Gifts and Last Minute Frames!

It’s the holidays and like many of our clients we’re getting our home ready for visitors and celebrations. We’ve been making Christmas cookies, Jeanette and I raided my mom’s recipes, to great cheer from my son, brother and father. To wrap presents last evening I had to clear off the dining room table. And our guest bedroom, well let’s just say that it’s where all matter of things are placed until such time as we need them or need the bedroom for guests.

Are you getting your home ready for the holidays, too? Need to clear out that guest bedroom and be able to set the dining room table for guests? Don’t stash that artwork you picked up on vacation under the bed, bring it to Village Frame & Gallery now and take advantage of our Golden Ticket offer – 10% off new custom framing projects – through December 31st! Your artwork will be safe and after the New Year you’ll have new artwork to put on your walls!

Last minute gifts at Village Frame & Gallery!

I walked into the mall last weekend, yes I did. I honestly haven’t “shopped” in a mall for years – why would I when there are so many great local shops in Multnomah Village and Hillsdale? Well, I went to the mall because I needed a piece of jewelry fixed and, perhaps, just a bit of curiosity. (Side note – I so miss Jones and Jones in the Village!) The mall was festive and the stores I walked into had very pleasant and helpful staff, just like the shops here in the Village. There is one BIG difference, the shops in the Village and Hillsdale are curated, owned and staffed by your neighbors!

At Village Frame & Gallery we have gifts for everyone on your list, hand made by local and regional artists. Beadwork jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, hand-turned wood pens and unframed original art. We can tell you about the artists and about the art – where they live and the processes they use – because they are your neighbors too!

Last minute framing options, now through Christmas Eve!

Precious family photos and framed artwork make wonderful gifts for the holidays and it’s not too late to create that special gift! Village Frame Gallery is pleased to carry 5×7 and 8×10 photo frames and a large selection of unique ReadyFast frames in standard sizes from 5×7 to 16×20, priced for holiday gift giving. As the name implies, framing projects with ReadyFast frames can be ready in as little as one day. Bring in those photos or artwork for that special someone and we’ll create a memorable gift, just in time for Christmas!

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 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.