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 PNCAwhere 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.

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.

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.

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.

Print and bring into the shop or just show us this image on your phone.

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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.

Winter Framing Coupon and Incredible Fine Art Specials!

Secret Alphabet #2 and #9 by Martha Pfanschmidt

Artist Statement:
As a child I sat at the kitchen table drawing with crayons while my mother cooked dinner. I lost myself in the activity of drawing. It was my first experience of the infinite.

In school I loved making things—scratchboard drawings with black crayon over colored boards, linoleum block Christmas cards, clay figurines glazed in garish colors. At home I continued to draw, and found opportunities to express my creativity in other activities like making gingerbread houses and planting a garden. As an adult I continue to find much joy in the act of creation. Whether I am making a collage or painting I am the alchemist, turning raw materials into beautiful and provocative objects. I am deeply moved by beauty and need it around me for my well-being; it is a pleasure and a necessity.

Martha Pfanschmidt’s work is found in local, national and international collections and two of her encaustic works are on sale now at Village Frame and Gallery. Secret Alphabet #2 and #9 are float mounted and beautifully framed using TruVue Conservation Clear 99% UV protective glazing. Measuring 34 1/2 inches wide by 20 1/2 inches tall, both pieces are offered at $700, more than 25 percent of regular price!

Limited edition prints by Susan Koch

An award-winning watercolorist, Koch tries to evoke a place of familiarity or belonging—a feeling of “being home.” Painting began as a childhood passion for Susan. As far back as she can remember she was intrigued with drawing what she saw. She always knew painting was what she would do with her life and was determined to go to art school.

She studied watercolor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago under the late Irving Shapiro, one of the great watercolor artists of our time. Right out of art school, she found a job as a professional artist—doing graphic design for Yellow Pages ads.

With the exception of a few years after her second daughter was born, Susan has been painting all her adult life. “I have to do it,” she says. “It’s too much a part of me. I’ll never retire because I’ll always be painting. Since then, she has won many awards, including “Best of Show” and “Peoples’ Choice” several years running in the Watercolor Society of Oregon annual shows.

Barnyard with Sheep and Farmhouse on the hill are extraordinary examples of Susan’s intense, almost photographic watercolor renderings. These signed and numbered limited edition prints are conservation framed with TruVue Conservation Clear glazing. Measuring 33 1/2 inches wide by 28 1/2 inches tall, the framed prints are offered at $510, more than 20 percent off regular price!

Village Frame and Gallery has these and many other beautiful pieces on sale now at 20% to 70% off regular prices. The sale runs through the month of January, but stop in soon for the best selection!

Act Fast for 10% off New Custom Framing Orders Starting Tomorrow

Staring at the walls waiting for the rain to stop? Grab those items you’ve been meaning to get framed and bring them to Village Frame & Gallery for 10% off all new custom framing orders. Don’t wait, this coupon is only good January 23rd – February 2nd.

Print and bring into the shop or just show us this image on your phone.

Feel Free to Share This Post with a Friend

Know someone who needs an expert custom framer? Share this coupon with them and tell them why you trust Village Frame & Gallery for your framing needs.

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

Sonata and Hill Town on Sale Now!

Sonata by Gholam Yunessi

Master of poetic juxtaposition of classic and contemporary styles, Gholam Yunessi powerfully blends sensitive tonality with vibrant color to create art that transcends visual aesthetics. His creations stir subtle emotions that take residence in our unconscious. This talent has been molded through years of dedication to the master of his native Tehran – starting with one of Persia’s most famous sculptors, his uncle. At the age of five, this uncle nurtured, shaped, and chiseled the foundation of Gholam’s creativity.The development continued through high school, under the guidance of the renowned Persian artist, Shaness – Yunessi’s teacher of drawing and charcoal rendering. Next he studied the history and the techniques of the fine art of painting at the Tehran College of Fine Art.

Yunessi also frequently traveled to Europe to gain a personal understanding for the masters and the styles that characterized European art. As a result of this exposure he was able to move beyond the familiar and create a truly personal style that is born of passion not custom. Finally, with this rich balance of the near-eastern and European influences, he moved to America, where he now lives and where he continues to create and produce work that is recognized and exhibited around the world. 

Since 1972, Gholam Yunessi has been exhibiting his art in galleries around the world. The wide variety of cultures that have played backdrop to his development is clearly evident in the stylistic and expressive weave of his unique work.

Sonata, measuring 33 inches wide by 45 inches tall, is an excellent example of Yunessi’s work. A limited edition embellished giclee (number 98 of 175) is archivally framed with Conservation Clear glazing and is offered at $570 – 50 percent off retail!

Hill Town by Anne Belov

Anne Belov has been painting and drawing for more than 25 years. She received her BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) in Philadelphia, PA and her MFA from the University of Washington. Her work is in many collections and has been exhibited in Alaska, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and Washington State. Her work has been featured in “American Artist Magazine” in 1988, 1990, 1993 and 1995.

Anne Belov states, “My objective is to create a sense of place and time through light, color, composition, and relationships between objects. My work contains both still life and landscape images, sometimes in the same painting.

“I was attracted to the art of etching by my love of drawing, and the line illustrations of an earlier era. Building my compositions through line, texture and tonalities satisfies an impulse that is different than painting with acrylics or watercolors. It is my sincere belief that different media and techniques feed each other, and that I bring things to etching from my paintings, and then back again to printmaking.”

Hill Town, measuring 30 inches wide by 43 inches tall, is a rich, textural look at an Italian hill town. A limited edition hand-colored etching (number 43 of 250) is archivally framed with Museum glass and is offered at $600 – 50 percent off retail!

Village Frame and Gallery has these and many other beautiful pieces on sale now at 20% to 70% off regular prices. The sale runs through the month of January, but stop in soon for the best selection!

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

Artwork by Richard Hall, Now on Sale!

Richard Hall is the kind of artist who refuses to fit into a category. He works not only in the media of serigraphy, monoprint, and etching, but he creates large wall reliefs and freestanding steel sculptures as well, and he paints in acrylics and in other media on large canvases. Some of his works display remarkable depth and antiquity, others possess a style both romantic and timeless, and still others are minimalist and ethereal. The single quality common to all of his works is that they are universally and enthusiastically sought. Read more about Richard Hall here.

During our annual framed artwork sale, Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to present four works by Richard Hall at truly amazing prices. Horizon I and II, measuring 25 wide x 29 1/4 high, custom framed with Museum glass, are offered at $300 each. Classical Code I and II, measuring an impressive 34 1/4 wide by 45 1/2 high, are also custom framed with Museum glass, and are offered at $450 each or both for $800.

Village Frame and Gallery has these and many other beautiful pieces on sale now at 20% to 70% off regular prices. The sale runs through the month of January, but stop in soon for the best selection!

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

Framed Art Sale, First Friday in the Village!

Painting of old truck in the middle of a field of poppies

Save 20 to 70% during our annual Framed Art Sale!

Framed original paintings, etchings and limited edition prints are priced to move all month long, and for the first time we’re including all framed works by Kaye Synoground!

“New year, new art,” I always say! Is there a piece of art in the gallery you’ve been eyeing? Changing things up in the family room and need a fresh look? Or do you just love to browse art deals? Good news! It’s that time of year when our complete framed art inventory is on display and priced at 20 to 70 percent off! Come in soon, while the selection is still good!

It’s the first First Friday of the year!

We’re open late this Friday! As always, the gallery is free and open to the public at Village Frame & Gallery, 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Mandalas, Holiday Gala and Arts and Crafts in the Village!

December Featured Artist: Elana Einstein

Elana Einstein is a local Portland artist and a retired preschool teacher. She is now enjoying her time dotting mandalas and other symbolic themes. She paints acrylics on canvas, wood, rocks and other recycled and natural materials. She also uses multi-media photo manipulation to create dotted personal photos.

Einstein says, “Creating mandalas is a meditative activity that provides peace of mind to the creator and observer. Through my art I try practicing generosity, loving kindness and gratitude everyday.” Her vibrant art decorates homes, gardens and businesses.

Einstein’s show opens tonight Friday, December 7th and runs through the month of December.

Holiday Gala Tonight!

It’s a time-honored tradition and the official start of the Multomah Village holiday season! Come on out tonight, grab a carriage ride, sing those favorite old carols and watch as Santa uses his magic to light the Christmas tree! 

Multnomah Arts Center Winter Arts & Crafts Sale

It’s not too late to start your holiday shopping – at the Winter Arts & Crafts Sale. The sale is open until 9:00 pm tonight and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm tomorrow!

Framing for the Holidays?

Now is the time to start framing projects for delivery by Christmas. To avoid a RUSH charge, bring your projects in by Wednesday, December 12th. We’ll be happy to help you bring your vision to life!

Our regular hours, and through the holiday season, are Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to  6pm. Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway in the heart of Multnomah Village.