Cut — Bind — Anchor — Float, and First Friday!

In the gallery this month, Amerinda Alpern with new kinetic sculptures paired with encaustic collographs by Dianne Jean Erickson. Join us on First Friday for a reception with Amerinda Alpern at 6pm!

Amerinda Alpern — Drawing with Stick and Stone

Linear Compression by Amerinda Alpern

This body of work reflects my exploration into kinetic line and form. I present them as maquettes (small scale models) for future explorations.

The apple and fig tree must be pruned in the winter, a yearly ritual. Then what? Compost, firewood, wattle fencing, what are the possibilities? Last winter I chose to start bending and shaping a few of these cuttings instead of disposing of them as kindling or compost. 

When is it acceptable to use a natural material as a medium? My apple tree doesn’t ask these questions of me… but art making does. Sorting through the piles of wood scrap, ideas arrive, a vision emerges until the selection of right thickness and length of material began to take shape. Bending, drying, sawing, sanding, pinning, wrapping and painting are meditative acts. Finally, my favorite part, bringing balance to complete the process.

Float by Amerinda Alpern

Dianne Jean Erickson – Encaustic Collographs

Each day working in my studio I start not knowing what image will emerge. I allow myself the freedom of indecisions, improvisations, and impulsiveness in my work, and that leads to exciting discoveries. Subjects of my paintings and prints vary depending on ideas that arise.

I use multiple mediums including, but not limited to, encaustic, acrylic, oil and cold wax, and collage. I’m impatient by nature, my process is intuitive, I most enjoy the journey of creating, figuring out what works; what to keep, and what to abandon, until the piece works for me. I have no compulsion to save every work I do. Many become the layered history for a new piece.

Creating art energizes me, it’s a place where time is altered, where all my feelings and emotions appear at some time or another; pleased, tired, upbeat, excited, harried, surprised, and hopefully at some point, satisfied.”

Read more about Dianne Jean Erickson here.

Don’t miss First Friday in the Village!

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 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.

It’s a Beautiful Weekend in the Village!

Karen Story in the Gallery

Figural Abstractions, featuring the latest work by local artist Karen Story , continues on the gallery wall at Village Frame and Gallery through the end of September. It’s a lovely day to stroll the Village and view the show. Read more about Karen Story here.

On a Budget? Need a Frame Fast? We’ve got you Covered!

Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to introduce ReadyFast frames in a broad selection of standard sizes from 5×7 to 24×36 inches! Made right here in Multnomah Village from a variety of high quality materials, the frames range in price from $25 to $60 with affordable glass and fitting packages. Bring in your favorite photo or artwork and we’ll put it all together in less than 24 hours!

It’s Construction Time Again!

PBOT has announced the updated schedule for completion of the SW Capitol Highway Paving Project. The weather-dependent schedule was supposed to commence on September 16th, but will likely start on Monday, September 23rd at the Capitol Highway and 35th Avenue intersection. You can read more about the project and schedule here.

As we did earlier this summer, Village Frame and Gallery will hold a Construction Savings Event to give you one more reason to Visit the Village! During the event, save 10% on one or 15% on two or more custom framing projects. Bring in those vacation treasures and we’ll help you design a continuing memory!

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 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.

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 PNCA where 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.