Featured Artist Marie-Claude Boucher

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When it comes to perfection in art, I am a rebel in that I choose to explore originality, audacity and simplicity. When faced with a blank canvas for the first time I aim for spontaneity to allow each work to progress in its own direction. By allowing my feelings to direct the flow of the work I am able to capture the energy of the moment allowing each work to convey to the viewer a small glimpse of myself.

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Marie-Claude has developed her style with the use of spontaneous, wide and loose brush strokes. She maintains a palette of primary and bold colors relying on the use of fluid brush strokes and minimal details to convey her message. This colorful and simplistic approach bears her imitable signature. She is a contemporary landscape artist with an expressionist twist. The rich colors of artists such as Marc-Aurele Fortin and Matisse deeply influence both her palette and her approach to painting.

Biography

Marie-Claude Boucher was born in Charny, Quebec in 1973. Her interest in art began at an early age when she could often be found drawing with her sister. She studied Latin, Spanish language and French literature at McGill University, graduating with a degree in Arts and Literature. After a brief teaching career, she made the decision to devote her time to her true passion, painting.

Marie-Claude draws her inspiration from the many summers spent as a child in the small villages of Quebec and later in life, her trips with her family to Europe. She loves the simplicity and the modesty of the rural life: the broken fences, the bicycle left by the tree, the clothesline and the shutters on the house. Marie Claudes ability to find joy in every moment defines her personality and at the same time her art. It becomes feel good experience just to explore textures and her colors.

Marie-Claude has worked on illustrations for the childrens book series Super Katie published by Purple Moose Publishing. Her work can be found adorning the walls of the Montreal Childrens Hospital and the Veterans Hospital in Montreal. More recently her work has been shown in fine art galleries throughout North America.

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First Friday is Your Last Chance to Enter our Drawing

Come stroll the Village this Friday, September 6th, and make sure to pop by Village Frame & Gallery to see us. While you’re there you can see the print of Multnomah Village we’re giving away to one lucky Village Frame & Gallery news subscriber:

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Seattle artist and architect Anita Lehmann drew the original for us to use on our new website and other communications, but honestly, the digital version doesn’t do it justice. You have to see it in person to fully appreciate the range of color and whimsical detail.

Friday will be your last chance to enter to win by subscribing to our free e-newsletter so either click here to subscribe right now or add your name and e-mail address to the sign-up sheet at the store.

You Could Win a Print of Our Village Illustration

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Enter today!

Simply subscribe to Village Frame & Gallery’s free e-newsletter during the month of August and you will be entered to win a print of this delightful illustration of Multnomah Village by Anita Lehmann. To see the print in person, stop by the gallery during regular business hours.

Multnomah Days August 17, 2013

Mult-days-poster2013_iconSW Portland’s biggest community celebration is coming to Multnomah Village again this summer on Saturday, August 17. Multnomah Days’ crowd-pleasing parade – attended by literally thousands – begins at 10 a.m. An all-day street fair follows with local food, music, a wine garden, arts and crafts, and a chance to test your skills at the ping pong table. Live music and interactive booths will keep the fun going until 4 pm. After months of construction, this year’s “The Village Goes Green” theme will celebrate Multnomah Village’s new “green street” run-off and pollution reduction facilities. Attendees should be sure to stop by the energy fair, which will showcase ways to go green at home and at work.

Organized by the Multnomah Village Business Association with the help of community sponsors, this annual street fair takes place on Capitol Highway between SW 33rd and SW 39th –Multnomah Village’s main street. It’s our 105th anniversary year, so, drive, walk, bike or bus on over to enjoy a full day of fun for the whole family. Parking is available on the street as well as at the Multnomah Art Center. TriMet buses 44 and 45 serve the community, and the area is easily accessed by bicycle.

Multnomah Days Special: Subscribe to Village Frame & Gallery’s new e-newsetter and you could win a print.

 

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3 Times to Insist on Professional Custom Framing

Village Frame & Gallery custom picture framing and art sales in Multnomah Village

There are occasions when a craft store frame will work just fine. If you want to print and display a digital snapshot of the family pet, there’s no need to spend the money for a high-quality frame. But, if you have invested in fine art, want to exhibit priceless objects, or have unique needs, there is no substitute for a skilled professional framer. Here are 3 times to insist on professional framing:

evening-lightWhen You Want to Preserve Your Artwork or Heirlooms

Artwork, handicrafts and cherished memorabilia all deteriorate when exposed to light, moisture, temperature changes, and environmental contaminants such as air pollution or the oil from your fingers. Simply slapping your treasured pieces into ready-made frames will not protect them from the ravages of time. Off-the-shelf framing materials are typically made of damaging acidic materials that actually accelerate deterioration.

A professional framer who is familiar with art conservation techniques will take steps to protect your framed items. Methods vary depending on what is being framed, but some of the most common techniques include:

  • Museum quality glass that blocks UV rays and light reflection
  • Acid-free, archival matting, backing and moulding materials
  • Preservation mounting techniques

When You Want to Create an Striking Display Piece

The right framing complements what it surrounds and draws the eye to the focal point of your exhibition—your artwork or heirlooms. This doesn’t happen by accident. Expert framing design unites the artwork, mat, and molding, creating a harmonious presentation enhances and serves the picture or object framed.

In order to accomplish top-notch results, professional framers must be experts in design, color theory, and layout. They also need to consider where the picture or keepsakes will be exhibited and your personal tastes or preferences.

In the end, you will have a unique showpiece you can be proud to display in your home or office.

When Ready-Made Frames Don’t fit Your Needs

Mass-produced frames are available in a small range of pre-defined sizes and materials. If you want to frame something that doesn’t fit into a standard size or you want rarer materials, you are out of luck. Custom frame shops are not confined by these limitations. They can offer:

  • Frames cut to any size you need
  • Mats in a vast array of colors, textures and patterns
  • Special decorative effects, such as die-cut mats
  • Moulding to suit any design

If it is time to insist on professional framing, it is also time to insist on a frame shop that will guide you through the maze of preservation and design choices and execute your project flawlessly. If you have a framing project in mind, contact Village Frame and Gallery. We have over 28 years combined experience protecting and enhancing pictures, needlework, and keepsakes.