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.

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.

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.

What’s with the Gallery?

When we purchased Village Frame and Gallery almost five years ago we re-envisioned the space. We wanted a light, open space. A space that showcased the work of local artists, both established and unknown, in a friendly, inviting way. A space where the work of framing art commingled with art and the people that love it.

Welcome to Village Frame and Gallery!

Village Frame and Gallery has occupied the same space in Multnomah Village for almost 20 years. Surprised? You’re not alone. Click here to read our recent post about one such fun interaction. First and foremost, we are a custom framing shop specializing in preserving and displaying your heirlooms and needlework, fine art purchases and concert posters, and your child’s artwork to it’s best effect. But what else do we do?

Highlighting and supporting local artists

Local. We define local as the Pacific Northwest, the Portland metro area and hyper-local, right here in Multnomah Village. The area is blessed with so many talented artists, many of whom have gone on to national and international recognition. And many who keep plugging away, with nary a chance to showcase their work. Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to bring these talented artists (established and unknown) to our gallery, to Multnomah Village, as our monthly featured artists.

Village Frame and Gallery provides local artists with a month-long venue to showcase their work. We hold artist receptions on First Fridays, an opportunity for residents and visitors to Multnomah Village to meet our monthly featured artist and view their work. Hopefully the artwork sells (starving artists, you know), but the main goal is visibility for the artist and their work. For many of our artists it’s a first opportunity to show their body of work – how exciting!

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Next time you stroll through the Village take a chance and step inside. Or make a date and come out for First Friday! Browse the shops, grab a bite and meet our monthly featured artist. Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and art gallery. (And lest we forget, Scott – our Senior Global Director of Custodial and Maintenance Services.) 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.

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!

Turning Scraps into Art: What to do with Antique or Vintage Textile Fragments

Scraps of antique fabric framed artistically

Even wee bits of antique fabric can become a striking exhibit with proper framing.

Scraps of antique fabric framed artistically

What’s in your attic?

Lace from your grandmother’s wedding dress …

Sections of an antique sampler …

Bold scraps of hand-woven cloth brought from overseas decades ago …

Do you have textile fragments you love tucked away? Little remnants that are too precious to throw out and too fragile for their original use? Frame them!

Antique and vintage fabrics, needlework, and clothing are often truly works of art, as well as beloved keepsakes. Creative layout and conservation framing lets you showcase and preserve these pieces. Opt for glazing with museum glass and their texture will still be clearly visible and dust-free.

Old textiles not only make beautiful household decor, they become conversation starters — tiny bits of history that catch the eye and tantalize the imagination.

Framed antique embroidered sampler
For Best Results, Hire an Experienced Textile Framer

Not every frame shop will or can handle textiles well. Fabrics and fibers require special handling to block, stabilize, and conserve each piece, which is dependent on the type of material. The more valuable the textile fragment, the more important it is to choose a framer with these specialty skills.

Village Frame & Gallery has been trusted by textile artists and conservators since 1999. If you have a fabric or fiber piece you want to liberate from your attic, bring it to our shop for a free consultation.

3 Things You Won’t Believe We Framed!

Font of Hatari by Henry Mancini in frame

Did you ever want to exhibit something rare or special? But you couldn’t because it would get destroyed unless it was kept hidden away in a storage box. You might want to revisit that idea when you see what three of our clients had framed recently.

Check out this groovy vintage LP we framed

Front of Hatari by Henry Mancini in frame

This album got lots of play in the 1960s, but it’s over 50 years old now. It’s owner wanted to enjoy it, but also protect it. Properly framed, the cover is a great piece of vintage art that can be displayed, with a little secret …

We used an open-style back so you can not only read the back of the cover, the record can be removed on special occasions. How fun is that?!

Back of vintage LP framed so the record can be removed.

 

Don’t want to walk on your antique rug? Frame it and hang it!

This is a 78″ x 44″  hand-knotted silk Persian rug we framed recently. I guess you can see why it’s owner didn’t want to lay it on the floor. Framed, it’s a stunning piece of wall art in a gorgeous, heavily carved frame.

Rug with 1700s party scene depicting a room crowded with colorfully and elegantly dressed men and women.

 

There’s more than one way to frame a window

A lot of people buy antique stained glass windows as art for their homes, but then just contend with the fragility of their old frames, thinking they have no choice if they want to keep the original, distressed sash. If you have a piece like this, we can frame it with the original sash in place, like we did this next piece.

This was actually part of a door.  We used a chunky hardwood frame and distressed decorative fillet to complement the original framing, which brings a lot of visual interest to the finish piece.

Framed stained glass window with light blue squares around the perimeter and a multicolored square in the center

 

Like a sleeker look? The old framing can be removed entirely, updating and refreshing the look of your stained glass art as we did here with a new Art Deco frame. This is going to look great hanging in a bathroom window!

Framed stained glass with a flower on a dark red background.

 

Have a project idea, but not sure if we can frame it? Bring it in!

Just about anything you can imagine hanging on your wall can be framed, so don’t be shy about asking. We enjoy using our creativity to help you find ways to display and protect your treasures.

We’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm or by appointment, at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.