Going to Portland Fine Print Fair? Make Village Frame & Gallery Your Next Stop.

Portland Fine Print Fair logo

Portland Fine Print Fair logo

Art Lovers:

It’s just about time for the Portland Find Print Fair. The quick and dirty deets are:

18 dealers from the U.S. and Europe will be selling everything from emerging artists to Old Masters.

Friday, January 26th, 6 – 9 pm is the benefit preview. You can get advance tickets at PortlandFinePrintFair.com.

Free admission is Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Free Tour schedule is:
Curator’s Choice with Mary Weaver Chapin, Ph.D.
Saturday, January 27, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 28, 11:30 a.m.

Asian Prints with Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D.
Saturday, January 27, 10:30 a.m.

Asian Prints with Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D.
Sunday, January 28, 1:30 p.m.

It’s in the Fields Ballroom in the Mark Building.

Mark Building of the Portland Art Museum
Mark Building, Portland Art Museum

 

Afterward, Bring Your New Prints to Village Frame & Gallery

Every year, we help Portlanders make the most of their new prints with framing that completes and enhances the artwork while protecting it from deterioration. Don’t make the mistake of stashing your new fine art print in a closet “until you have time” to bring it in. Come see us right after the fair, so we can help you get your art ready to show off!

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

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.

5 Tips for Traveling Art Collectors

Brightly colored string art image of sun, moon, medicine wheel, maize, birds, and animals

We frame a lot of artwork our customers bring home from their travels. For art lovers, is there any better way to bring a special trip or place to mind? We think not! If you agree, here are a few things to keep in mind during your next vacation.

Brightly colored string art image of sun, moon, medicine wheel, maize, birds, and animals
Huichol string art from Mexico, framed by Village Frame & Gallery.

Do Collect Art When You Travel

Skip the cheap trinkets and forgettable souvenir stand offerings. A lot of it was made in China anyway. Art you love purchased from local artists will not only bring you joy for the rest of your life, finding it may produce some of your best memories of the trip.

Alternately, if you enjoy photography, make your own art. Hunting killer images will likely help you see things you would have missed otherwise. When you get home, we can help you turn your best photographs into an art exhibit you’ll be proud to show off.

Get to Know the Special Needs of Your New Treasure

Some art is particularly fragile. Depending on it’s age or the media used, it made need special care. It’s a good idea to learn what you can about the art you buy, so you can make good decisions for it when it arrives home.

The Huichol string art pictured above was a gift from a dear friend in Mexico to a couple from Oregon during their last visit south. Familiar with Huichol string art, the couple knew it was created by laying string into beeswax. Since this art is precious to them and will live in a home heated by wood, the couple brought it straight to Village Frame & Gallery. They were concerned about protecting the yarn fibers from soot, and the underlying beeswax from heat. But, they didn’t want glazing that would interfere with seeing the texture or vibrant color of the piece. Museum Glass inside a simple, black lacquer frame provided the protection they need with the clarity they desired.

Large Art Might Not be the Best Value After All

Framed oil painting of small patio outside blue door. A chair and pots of colorful flowers are arranged on the patio.A big statement piece offered by a street vendor at a fraction of U.S. prices can be very tempting, but will it still be a bargain after you ship it home and get it framed? Anything larger than 16″ x 20″ is likely to put a serious bruise on your credit card before you get it on the wall, regardless of how cheap the initial outlay was. You might be much better off picking up a few small pieces that can easily be brought home in your luggage. You’ll save on shipping and framing and you will have spread the wealth among several artists.

Not long ago, a customer brought in this diminutive oil painting, which was purchased abroad. In the right frame, it makes a big statement and is a lovely reminder of our client’s trip.

Restretching Could Stretch Your Wallet

We often have folks come in with a rolled canvas they brought home in their luggage, only to find out it can cost more to restretch art than it would have been to ship it home stretched. Don’t end up with a nasty surprise — price shipping the canvas stretched before you take it apart. If the shipping is under $100, do it. If you have doubts after you know the shipping price, email us the size and some pictures for a ballpark estimate on restretching before making your final decision.

Don’t Wait to Bring Your Art to Village Frame & Gallery

Ever bring home a piece of art, stow in a corner for safekeeping until you can get to the frame shop, and then let it languish there for years? It happens, but when it does, you cheat yourself out of the joy of displaying your souvenir, and your art is at the mercy of the elements — unprotected from dust, light, insects, and temperature changes.

Next time, bring your art to Village Frame & Gallery before you unpack your suitcases. While you’re catching up with your inbox and sorting through your snapshots, we’ll get your new art ready to display.

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

 

Framing Textiles: To Glaze or Not to Glaze?

Close up of antique sampler framed behind glass.

Traditionally, textiles have not been framed behind glass. But is that the best way to protect your textile artwork? Or a “rule” that can broken? Well, it depends …

There are Several Things to Think about When Deciding to Glaze or Not to Glaze

Close up of antique sampler framed behind glass.Where will your art be displayed?  Will your textiles be hanging in direct sunlight? Or in an area where they will come into contact with dust, dirt, cooking oil, insects, or smoke? If so, opt for glass, or your textile art will soon be faded, decaying, and dirty.

Are you framing antique textiles? Over time, textiles become extremely fragile. Glazing can radically slow the pace of degradation, particularly if stabilization procedures are used before the piece is framed.

How large is your artwork? Glass can make very large pieces difficult to move. Plexiglas® may be an option, though.

Is the art three-dimensional or does it have drape? Glass may not be appropriate for wavy or formed textiles, clothing, or anything that is not flat. However, if the item needs protection from environmental hazards, discuss the possibility of a shadow box with your framer.

Your Most Important Consideration: A Framer with Textile Experience

Framing textiles is a specialty skill. Your framer needs to understand proper blocking, how to stabilize fabrics and fibers, the conservation needs of different types of textiles, and how to allow for adequate airflow between the artwork and glazing.

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

Memories and Memorials

Photo of the submarine crew at sea

I’ve been going through lots of old pictures and keepsakes at mom and dad’s house lately, finding things I didn’t know still existed. My grandfather’s birth certificate, his parents marriage certificate. Pictures of my grandmother when she worked at Mars Candy Company in Chicago, dressed much like Lucy and Esther in the infamous candy conveyor belt scene. It’s rumored that they kept their marriage a secret so that she wouldn’t have to quit her job. I found stock certificates (one share each) from the Walt Disney company in my children’s names emblazoned with Mickey, Donald and the gang, and more.

It’s amazing how much we accumulate over time, scurried away in boxes and stashed under beds or in closets. Recently, one of our customers brought in keepsakes he found in his father’s house – an old photo and a document. To be more specific, it was a Presidential Unit Citation for the capture of U-505 during WWII and a photo of the US crew at sea on the bow of the submarine! The citation was in surprisingly good condition, however the photograph had considerably warped over time and repeated exposure to moisture.

Presidential Unit Citation for the capture of U-505 during WWII and a photo of the US crew at sea framed together

Our customer wanted to preserve and showcase these precious keepsakes together in one frame. He chose a distressed leather moulding with a linen mat and fillet, and then we got to work. Using conservation methods and materials we mounted the citation. Given the fragile condition of the photograph, we created a space in the mounting materials where it would be secure and protected, but not constrained. The resulting presentation is somber, respectful and beautiful.

Mom always wanted to frame the Walt Disney Company stock certificates for my kids. I think she was waiting for them to get older, for when they would appreciate them. We all went on a Disney Cruise when the kids were little. It was a great trip enjoyed by three generations – I still have pictures. I think I know what my kids are getting for Christmas this year.

Do you have old photos you’ve been meaning to frame? Keepsakes you want to display, but you’re not sure how to do it? Bring them in, no appointment necessary, we would be honored to work with you!

Get We the People Posters Plus Savings on Framing in February

Want Your Own Set of “We the People” Posters? Come to Village Frame & Gallery!

Three red, white, and blue art posters, one depicting a Latina that says "We the people defend dignity," one depicting a Muslim woman that says "We the people are greater than fear," and one depicting an African American woman that says, "We the people protect each other."
by Shepard Fairey

“It’s really about making sure that people remember that ‘we the people’ means everyone, it means all the people. I think the campaigns were very divisive, more from one side than the other. But (it’s) just reminding people to find their common humanity, and look beyond maybe one narrow definition of what it means to be American.”

— Shepard Fairey

Have you seen Shepard Fairey’s artwork for the inauguration? Were you touched by it? We were too — and I had to get a set. So, I got several 9×12 sets, which will be framed and available for sale in the Gallery starting tomorrow. I have limited quantities  so get here before they’re gone! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. 

Need Custom Framing? Save 15% in February!

Have something of your own you want framed? Now is the time to do it. Bring in this coupon (or just pull up this blog post on your phone) and we’ll give you 15% off your next framing order. And yes, we still have a few designer mirrors on clearance.

Two coupons: one for 15% off custom framing February 14 - 28, 2017, and one for 70% off select designer mirrors.

See You Soon!

As always, we’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Looking for a Unique Holiday Gift? Turn Your Favorite Tradition into Art

Cookie recipe, cookie cutters, and snapshot of grandmother and granddaughter making cookies in professional picture framing

Snapshot of grandmother and grandchild making cookies next to a handwritten recipe and cookie cutters

 

Everyone has a favorite holiday memory they would love to preserve.

Maybe it’s a shared ritual, a beloved heirloom, or a particular time that was extra special. Whatever it is, this year, give yourself or a loved one the gift of enjoying that memory forever.

Cookie recipe, cookie cutters, and snapshot of grandmother and granddaughter making cookies in professional picture framingWhat memory do you want to preserve and give?

Gather the tangible pieces and symbols of it and bring them to Village Frame & Gallery. We will help you create a one-of-a-kind gift that expresses the joy that memory has brought you and the love you feel for the recipient.

Not sure how to get started? Call us at 503-245-8001.

Consultations are free and we have plenty of ideas to help you get started turning your favorite memories into art.

Don’t wait, the holidays are just around the corner!

To avoid rush fees, bring us your gifts needing framing by December 10th. Village Frame & Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Tru Vue seal that says: 99% UV protective glass helps protect from fadingVillage Frame & Gallery is an owner-operated, full service, custom framing shop, proudly offering the industry’s only Conservation Grade Glass — True Vue — to ensure your framable memories will last and last.

To learn more, check out How to Choose Picture Glass Like a Pro.

Savor Your Vacation Memories

What did you do this summer? Don’t worry, this is not an essay assignment. But we would like to see your favorite pics, because they make great display pieces! So don’t tuck them away, hang them up and enjoy them. Here’s an easy way to remember — and savor — your vacation memories:

Washington Lighthouse Tour

During a recent, wonderful trip to the Washington coast with mom and dad, we purchased two beautiful souvenir travel posters. The posters cost – $5 each. Almost the same price as a postcard!  We framed corresponding pictures three-up in a matching frame so we could remember who was there with us and the fun we had.

 

 

Take a Closer Look

framed-travel-poster-2

 

Three snapshots of beach trip, framed together.

 

Travel poster of North Head lighthouse

 

Want Your Own?

Bring your favorite vacation pictures, posters, artwork, and souvenirs to Village Frame & Gallery at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. We’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, or by appointment.

3 Things You Can Do Now to Prevent the Blahs this Winter

Portland skyline on partly cloudy day

Feel the nip in the air lately? We all know what’s coming — the long months of little daylight. It’s time for some “winterizing” to head off the rainy season blues. Here are three tips that will pay off big:

designer-mirror-village-frame-70Lighten Up Your Home and Work Spaces

Sunlight is a proven mood booster, but few of us have homes or offices that make the most of the natural light available. As winter sets in, parts of our indoor environment become gloomy. The change is often so gradual we don’t notice it, but by mid-winter, its effect on our mood is obvious.

The easiest way to increase natural light in any space is to add mirrors. Take advantage of the sunlight we have now to experiment with placement. Any slightly shadowy corners you see now will have the atmosphere of a dark cave this winter. Installing a beautiful mirror in that dim nook can completely change the character of your room — for the better.

Bright colored painting of hut in a rural village.
Color Me Free by Marie-Claude Boucher

Add Color to Your Indoor Environment

Muted earth tones are a decor classic, but let’s be honest, they can be a bit too neutral when it’s gray outside. Drab even. There’s no need to completely redecorate, just add some pops of color to liven up your living spaces.

Start with a colorful piece of art. Pick one or two bold hues from it and add a few accent pieces or accessories to the room in the same colors. You don’t have to spend a ton of money: find throws and pillows in your color of choice, paint an end table or bookcase, or line up bright pots filled with plants. A little will go a long way.

Portland skyline on partly cloudy dayPlan Now to Get Out and About this Winter

Beautiful days like today make it easy to step outside. It’s hard to stay inside, actually. But reflect on winters past. How many times did you look our your window and think, “Nah. I’m staying in my jammies today”? Or leave work with mental blinders on, thinking only of arriving home? It’s a lot harder to get inspired to go out when it’s drizzly. But whatcha gonna do? We suggest a little strategic thinking.

Make a list — the longer, the better — of places to go and things to do around town. Not the places you usually go or things you usually do, aim for new experiences. Pretend you’re a tourist here. Brainstorm for things you usually don’t pay attention to in your hometown: public artplaces that put the weird in “Keep Portland Weird,” interesting MeetUps, museums and historical sites you’ve never visited. This winter, when you feel cooped up, pick an item on your list and get out of the house.

For More Inspiration, Visit Village Frame & Gallery

We offer artistic, designer, and custom mirrors, plus a wide selection of art, and ideas are always free! Come see us Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, or by appointment. Village Frame & Gallery is located in the heart of Multnomah Village at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.


Image credit: Portland Skyline 2 by Julie Gentry (see here) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Have a Truly Frameable Moment?

Young gymnast doing the splits during a competition

Don’t let your cherished memories fade away.

Young gymnast doing the splits during a competition

 

Weddings & graduations … a hole-in-one or championship season … a business coup or civic recognition — there are moments in everyone’s lives that we never want to forget.

Shadowbox with gymnastic medals and picture of young gymnastThese are your Frameable Moments — so don’t let your memories of them fade away in a desk drawer or photo album.

We’re ready to help you frame your pictures and keepsakes beautifully, and protect them from the harmful effects of UV light that can cause degradation, yellowing, and brittleness.

Consider your family’s Frameable Moments, imagine them distinctively framed and displayed prominently in your home — then call us for your free consultation.

 

Seal that says: Helps protect from fading, 99% UV protective glass. For the ultimate in protection from yellowing or fading, ask about Conservation Grade Glass available from Tru Vue.We have been putting the finishing touches on Frameable Moments since 1999. Come experience why our neighbors in Multnomah Village keep coming back to Village Frame & Gallery.

Village Frame & Gallery, 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, or by appointment.