We will remember

Dawn breaks over the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, in Boise, Idaho. (Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse/Air Force)

In remembrance and gratitude for those who died in service to their country.

Susan Koch, a Mother’s Day Special and First Friday, Oh My!

May Featured Artist Susan Koch

Our May featured artist, Susan Koch brings her beautifully rendered watercolor paintings to the Gallery this month. You may note, from peering in the shop, that Susan is also the artist that creates the lovely beaded jewelry that graces our windows. It’s no wonder that Susan’s jewelry has a painterly quality about it, the same eye for incredible detail and composition can be found in her paintings. Read more about Susan below.

Painting began for me as a childhood passion. As far back as I can remember, I was intriguedwith drawing what I saw. I was fortunate that my family encouraged me to pursue the artworld. I always knew that painting was what I would do with my life and I was determined to go to art school. I studied life drawing and watercolor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois.There I was privileged to study watercolor under the late Irving Shapiro, one of the truly great watercolor artists of our time.

Over the past thirty five years my paintings have won many awards, including “Best of Show” and “Peoples’ Choice” several years running in the Watercolor Society of Oregon annual shows. I now devote my energies and attention to painting what I find meaningful, something that speaks to me. Usually it is the light that captures the scene for me. I try to convey to the viewer a place of familiarity or belonging, a feeling of “being home”.

I have lived in many locations across this country, but prefer the Pacific Northwest. It was my choice to relocate here from the midwest. Oregon is such a diverse state. I lived on the Oregon coast for 10 years, and may return someday. I moved to central Oregon with my two cats, Phoebe and Katie, but found myself drawn to the Willamette Valley. I love the romance of the vineyards and the farms, and now live just west of Portland, Oregon.

Mosaics for Mother’s Day and 10% off!

Here in the PNW we start tending to our long dormant gardens early and yearn for warm days to signal that planting season has arrived. Well, the warm weather has finally graced us and the perennials are in. The icing on the (garden) cake is planting colorful annuals in pots to be enjoyed on the porch and patio, close-up!

If you’ve read our posts or walked past our display window you’ve seen the lovely mosaic flower pots by Denise Sirchie. Actually, several of you have popped in to ask about them and made mental notes to hint at Mother’s Day. Well now’s the time! Through Saturday May 11th, all mosaic flower pots are 10 percent off! We have a well curated (art-speak for limited) selection of these beautiful hand-made pots so be sure to stop in soon!

First Friday is right around the corner!

No excuses! The weather is perfect, the shops are ready and nothing could top the end of a work week like walking through the Village on a balmy night! Visit the shops, have dinner, listen to music or have dessert – it’s all good! Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to host an artist’s reception for Susan Koch this Friday starting at 6 pm. Please join us!

Village Frame and Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. We’re located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Well, Hello. Yes, We’re Here!

It was 6:30 pm on April 1st and I had just finished hanging our April featured artist’s paintings in the gallery – I hadn’t yet locked the door. A woman opened the door and stepped in, politely asking if we were closed. I replied, “Yes we are closed, but I’m here so come on in.” She walked around the shop, looking at the artwork, hand made jewelry and ceramics and then commented, “This shop is so pretty…so clean and bright. It’s new, right?”

Welcome to Village Frame and Gallery!

The scenario above has happened countless times since we purchased Village Frame and Gallery from its original owner almost five years ago. In truth, we’ve been in the same location for almost 20 years – right here in the heart of Multnomah Village! If you’ve walked through the Village no doubt you have walked past our display windows and perhaps peered in. The winter wonderland with white Christmas tree, paintings of the Village by Kaye Synoground, and the mosaic Snow Queen. The cool walnut mid century frames, ceramics and of course the hand-beaded jewelry! But you may not have stepped in. Who are we and what do we do behind those display windows? I thought, since we are celebrating 20 years this summer, perhaps we should introduce ourselves.

What do we do?

The core of Village Frame and Gallery is conservation-grade custom framing. What does that mean? It means we design engaging custom displays for your treasured art, sentimental heirlooms and needlework, posters and kids art. We use only conservation techniques, archival materials and 99% UV filtering glazing to ensure your project lasts a lifetime.

Village Frame and Gallery has one of the largest selections of frame samples and mats in Portland, which honestly can be a bit overwhelming. Our skilled designers will guide you through the selection of materials, taking into consideration your budget and personal aesthetic, presenting you with options for framing your artwork to its best possible effect. During the design process we will assess the condition of your artwork and make recommendations for conservation treatment when necessary.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village. You can find Beth in the shop on most days Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Lynne and Jeanette work part-time during the week.

Next time you stroll through the Village take a chance and step inside. There’s lots to look at and we don’t bite unless provoked! Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Featured Artist Noriko Hirayama, First Friday and more!

Days End by Noriko Hirayama

Noriko Hirayama returns with Smith Rock

Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to present Noriko Hirayama’s show, Smith Rock, in the gallery in April. Read more about Noriko here.

Smith Rock

Noriko Hirayama, smiling broadly, standing in front of colorful trees.

From an early age, I have had an interest in archeology and geology. I am thrilled by the sophistication of ancient cultures and the raw power of the natural forces on the earth beneath them. In my travels to India, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Egypt, Greece, and Central America, I was amazed by mankind’s highly developed artistic capacity and ability to harness nature in such a long time ago.

Since leaving my homeland in Japan and moving to Oregon, my interests have shifted towards gaining a fuller understanding of the monumental powers of nature separate from culture. I soak in the natural landscapes of the Western United States in my hikes and camping, I am continuously surprised by the geological treasures of Central and Eastern Oregon. Among these surprises is Smith Rock, which I saw for the first time two years ago.

Hearing that Smith Rock was a rock climber’s paradise of cliffs, I sought out more majestic geological forms to explore in the region. Upon visiting Smith Rock State Park to satisfy my curiosity about climbers rather than their medium, I was mesmerized by nature’s beautiful arrangement of large groups of rock faces. Each rock stands proudly with dignity after overcoming such long and cruel, climatic changes and geological forces.

In my return trips to the park at different times of the year, each rock face presents to me a personalized character and keeps me attracted. After struggling with painting these strong characters, I am gradually familiar to them. Whenever I now see them, I feel like “I am beginning to know you.”
–Noriko Hirayama

Spring has sprung with “Summer” and mosaic flower pots by Denise Sirchie!

We are all feeling it. The need to get out in the garden, feel the dirt between our fingers and dodge the raindrops. Yes, spring has arrived! What better way to celebrate than gorgeous new mosaic flower pots by Denise Sirchie. Joining these new works in our large display window is “Nesting,” a mosaic wall hanging designed for the bird lover at heart and “Summer,” a complex and lovely mosaic that harkens warm days and cool lemonade. Read about Denise and see more of her work at mosaicsnw.com.

Also in the window – Sculpture by Chas Martin

Chas Martin returns with “Free” and “Curiosity.” Chas’ playful and colorful sculptures seem to dance and swing in our display window. Read about Chas and see more of his work at chasmartin.com.

It’s First Friday in the Village!

Village Frame and Gallery will be open late to host an artist’s reception in honor of Noriko’s new show! Stop in after 6 pm on Friday April 5th to see the show and speak with Noriko. It’s also a great time to see our cool spring window!

The exhibit is open to the public and runs throughout the month during regular business hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. We are located at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Featured Artist Susan Kuznitsky and First Friday!

Susan Kuznitsky returns to Village Frame and Gallery in March. Join us this Friday, March 1st for First Friday and artists reception to visit with Susan and see her lovely pastel and oil paintings!

About Featured Artist Susan Kuznitsky

Over 30 years of painting and teaching gives Susan Kuznitsky the experience and confidence to paint any subject in either pastels or oils. Plein air painting is her focus and passion. Susan has a keen eye for composition and detail with a great ability to turn an ordinary everyday scene into something extraordinary. Comfortable in both oils and pastels, Susan likes to work in both mediums to keep things fresh.

Born in Chicago, Susan began her art education as a teenager with the late Joe Abbreccia. This was followed by more training at the American Academy of Art. She later studied with great living masters Albert Handell and Richard Schmid. Susan currently resides in Portland.

Susan Kuznitsky holding up one of her paintings and a ribbon it won in an art show

If I can leave the world a bit more beautiful than I found it through my artwork, then I have done good. The beauty is everywhere, my job is to translate it onto canvas and share it, to make the ordinary extraordinary.

This exhibit is open to the public, free, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1st, and throughout the month during regular business hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. We are located at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

It’s First Friday!

Snow Day and Last Chance to See Sara Starr Medici in the Gallery!

The snow is falling lightly in the Village. The shops are open and the sidewalks shoveled. The roads are sanded and there’s plenty of parking! It’s a perfect time to visit your Village!

Mixed Media by Sara Starr Medici

A snow day is a perfect excuse to visit Village Frame and Gallery. And there’s just two more days to see the paintings of Sara Starr Medici in our gallery – the exhibit ends at close of business Thursday. In case you didn’t know, Sara is co-owner of Casa Vaca Bistro and Bar, right next door! See more of her paintings and read about Sara here.

Village Frame and Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 in Multnomah Village.

Big Fish

Blue Bijou by Denise Sirchie
Blue Bijou by Denise Sirchie

“BIG FISH!!” I was standing outside the gallery on Wednesday admiring (she says with a bit of sarcasm) all the available parking in the Village – seriously, Tuesday and Wednesday after the lunch rush there are almost a dozen parking spaces available. “BIG FISH!!” A boy of three-ish years shouted to his mom as they passed, he was jumping and pointing to the mosaic fish in our small display window.

Big fish, indeed. I thought about the movie Big Fish, on my mind because Albert Finney recently passed away. It’s a movie full of love, about a man with big stories and a bigger life. A big fish in a small pond. Kind of like our big fish, Blue Bijou by Denise Sirchie. Blue Bijou measures almost 40 inches across from whisker to tail, painstakingly pieced together from broken china and glass, metal buttons and glass beads. Much too big for our little “aquarium” out front!

You may remember some of Denise Sirchies other work in our gallery. Recently Scarlett graced our holiday window display posing as the Ice Queen in our Winter Wonderland.

Scarlett by Denise Sirchie

Denise is busy now creating mosaic flower pots, just in time for spring. We look forward to celebrating spring with her new work. Watch our windows in April and May!

Empty Parking = Empty Businesses

I’m not kidding when I say I’ve seen a dozen parking spaces available on recent weekdays. Parking can be more than a challenge in the Village, but empty parking spaces are an even bigger problem. Empty parking spaces mean your local businesses could be suffering. We all want to stay indoors during cold and rainy weather, but we also want our local businesses to be here when the temperate weather returns. So I challenge you, don’t put off your errands in the Village – visit the new cleaners, try the new restaurants and bakery, stop in at your favorite older businesses and check out the French Quarter. And don’t forget First Friday! Your local businesses work hard and stay open late to provide interesting art, entertainment and experiences. Whatever you do, think Local first. Don’t default to the internet for gifts and services you can get right here in your Village!

Big Fish Deals on Now!

To entice you to bring in those framing projects, Village Frame and Gallery is offering Big Fish deals right now. Bring in that older piece you’ve been meaning to reframe or that memory from a recent vacation. Mention BIG FISH for ten percent off custom framing! With framing solutions for almost every budget, our experienced designers can bring your vision to life!

Providing fine art and custom framing in Multnomah Village for almost 20 years, Village Frame and Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Do you have a gift for your Valentine yet?

Village Frame and Gallery is your last minute source for gifts for almost everyone! From local and regional fine art, hand-beaded jewelry by Susan Koch, hand-turned wood pens by Randy Bonnella, to fine pottery by Carson Culp and John Berland, Village Frame has all your bases covered!

Your Valentine loves art, but not sure what to give them? Do they have something they’ve been meaning to frame? We have gift certificates available in any amount that may be used for custom framing, artwork and gifts!

Village Frame and gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Keeping it in the Village – Sara Starr Medici and First Friday!

Featured Artist – Sara Starr Medici

The road that has lead to where I presently find myself has been full of rich exploration and introductions. Some continue, all contribute to the rich tapestry of life experience both formal and informal that guide and define my work. Along this path I often reflect on hours spent absorbing the beauty and lessons of classic masters during study and life in Italy. The contemporary influence of living in New York City . . . encounters with Andy Warhol and Alice Neel. Fortunate opportunities to have worked as gallery assistant on Madison Ave and studio assistant in Portland. Exhibitions in Italy, New York and Portland, along with the generous support of private collectors all add to the collective experience which continues to inspire creative process and the pursuit and evolution of the work.

My paintings are non-figurative expressions of color and image. I work with acrylic paint with the incorporation of tissue-like paper that mimics the encaustic process, but with a lighter more transparent result. Although color remains the dominant subject, the layering of paint and paper creates illusory depth through texture. Never beginning with a preconceived idea or theme, the challenge is to manipulate the medium while allowing the painting to lead where ultimately it must go.

Sara is co-owner of Casa Vaca Bistro & Bar, right next door to Village Frame and Gallery! We are pleased to feature Sara’s work during the month of February.

First Friday in the Village!

Village Frame and Gallery is hosting an artist’s reception for Sara Starr Medici beginning at 6 pm on Friday, February 1st. It’s a great opportunity to meet Sara and see her beautiful paintings. Then, perhaps you can drop in next door at Casa Vaca Bistro & Bar for a small plate and a glass of wine!

The gallery is free and open to the public, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Last Week to Save on Fine Art and Extra Savings too!

Our Annual Fine Art Sale Ends Thursday, January 31st. Don’t miss out on our lowest prices ever on framed fine art! And to sweeten the deal, were offering an addition 15 percent off. Don’t dally, the sale ends in just one week. We’ll see you soon!

Act Fast for 10% off New Custom Framing Orders!

Time to bring your framing projects to Village Frame & Gallery for 10% off all new custom framing orders. Don’t wait, this coupon is only good through February 2nd.

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The gallery is free and open to the public, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.