First Friday: A Lifetime of Work by Kaye Synoground

One of Multnomah Village’s most popular artists returns to painting and exhibiting after her recent fight with cancer.

Poster with a picture of Kaye painting and one of her watercolor of a classic truck rusting in the grass. Village Frame & Gallery is proud to present A Lifetime of Work by Kaye Synoground, which opens this First Friday, June 5th, with an artist’s reception starting at 6 p.m. The show will feature new and old works from Kaye’s 20-year career as an artist, and is her first since she was forced to take several months off to care for her health.

Kaye began studying art at when she was only 13 years old, but initially struggled to  and went on to establish a career in the fine arts. For many years, she painted  signs and did commercial illustration. In a recent interview with The Southwest Community Connection, Kaye explained it was cancer that first convinced her to become a full-time artist in 1993: “It just felt like I’d better be painting if I was going to paint,” she said. “None of us knows how long we have.”

Today, she is well known for her artwork and teaching. Her art has been exhibited at Washington County Museum, Columbia Arts Center, Halvorsen Gallery, Newport Visual Arts Center,  and is part of many collections both private and public. She has also had work published in Woman’s Journal, Fine Gardening, and The Best of Colored Pencil. Kaye illustrated Barbara Blossom Ashmun’s book, Married to My Garden. She had a gallery in Multnomah Village for 16 years.

Please join us as we celebrate 20 years of Kaye Synoground’s art.

More than just an art show, this First Friday is a chance to spend some time with, and appreciate, one of our favorite neighbors and artists. We hope to see you there. If you can’t make it to the artist’s reception, A Lifetime of Work will be on display throughout June during regular business hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites by Kaye Synoground:

Two Persimmons by Kaye Synoground
Two Persimmons by Kaye Synoground


Watercolor of back of voluptuous nude woman in shades of blues and peach
Blue Nude by Kaye Synoground


Watercolor of orange and scarlet autumn leaves drifting in front of a blue and gold background
Drifters by Kaye Synoground

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