It’s Almost Trick or Treat Time in Multnomah Village!

Illustration of Multomah Village shops surrounded by bats, jack-o-lanterns, and a witch flying overhead.

Illustration of Multomah Village shops surrounded by bats, jack-o-lanterns, and a witch flying overhead.Spend Halloween in the Village for a Spooktacular Good Time!

It’s that time of year again! Bring your ghosts and goblins to trick or treat in Multnomah Village this Friday. The fun starts at Starbucks, winds around the Village–through Village Frame & Gallery, of course–and finishes up at Dr. Jensen’s office.  Along the way, there are lots of fun things to do and 1000s of trick-or-treaters in costume. This has become a major annual event in our neighborhood, so we hope to see you there this year!

Will we recognize you? What are you dressing up as this year? Tell us in the comments section or on our Facebook page. Better yet, post a picture of you in your costume!

More details on Halloween 2014 in Multnomah Village:

Poster for Halloween celebration in Multnomah Village.

Whimsy Meets Style This Week

Poster of illustrations: 2 colorful women, a distinguished gentleman smoking a pipe, and a self-portrait that looks like bubbles

Please Join Us for a Special Viewing of the Artwork of Jerry Hammel Tomorrow Night

Reception 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1, 2014


Village Frame & Gallery in Multnomah Village

This is the first time anywhere Jerry Hammel’s artwork is being exhibited. Come see it for yourself and learn more about Hammel’s life and art.

Can’t make it Wednesday night? October 3rd is First Friday and we’ll be here–with mirrors 50% off!

Poster of illustrations: 2 colorful women, a distinguished gentleman smoking a pipe, and a self-portrait that looks like bubbles

Save the Date: Special Event October 1st at Village Frame

Poster of illustrations: 2 colorful women, a distinguished gentleman smoking a pipe, and a self-portrait that looks like bubbles

Whimsy Meets Style: The paintings of Jerry Hammel

October 1, 2914 ~ Reception 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Jerry Hammel was a long-time resident of Hillsdale, one of those old school graphic designers who never used a computer. He passed away five years ago, never having shown his work publicly. So, for the first time anywhere, Village Frame & Gallery has the honor of exhibiting Jerry’s observational, playful, stylistic art. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.

Poster of illustrations: 2 colorful women, a distinguished gentleman smoking a pipe, and a self-portrait that looks like bubbles

Open House Sept 6th at Village Frame and Gallery

Abstract painting by Madeline Janovec

We are pleased to introduce our new framing and gallery spaces, this month featuring Portland artist Madeline Janovec!

When: Saturday, September 6 at 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Where: Village Frame & Gallery, 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, Oregon 97219

Can’t make it Saturday? Visit us during First Friday in Multnomah Village! We’re looking forward to seeing you!


Abstract painting by Madeline Janovec


Gallery Closed this Saturday, but Come to the Village Anyway

Image of street fair in Multnomah Vilalge

Image of street fair in Multnomah VilalgeMultnomah Days is this weekend!

Make sure to arrive in the Village before 10 a.m. to see the parade and stay for the fun. This year’s theme is “The Village Goes Green” in celebration of our new “green street” run-off and pollution reduction facilities. Follow the Multnomah Village Facebook page to stay up-to-date about Multnomah Days activities and special events.

Village Frame & Gallery Will Be Closed Saturday, August 16th

Yes, yes, we know we are missing all the fun, but we’ll be open again for regular business hours next week. In the meantime, here’s a quick list of events planned for this weekend. Click on the poster below to open a PDF version you can print out and take with you.

Image of Multnomah Days 2014 poster
Click for PDF download

Village Frame and Gallery at NW Street of Dreams

Block-Party-RGB-graphic-1024x958Join us for the NW Natural 39th Annual Street of Dreams kick off event July 23, 2014. Village Frame & Gallery is collaborating with The Geezer Gallery to exhibit works by local elder artists–including artwork not usually exhibited at the Gallery. Tables and decks will be open all day. There is a block party from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, complete with preview home tour, food, drink, and music. Proceeds benefit the Home Builders Foundation renovation project at Clackamas Women’s Services domestic violence shelter.

Tickets are available for the party at


Artist Diane Flack at the Gallery for First Friday

Diane Flack. (Image source: Portland Society for Calligraphy)

June 6th is First Friday in Multnomah Village. Join us at Village Frame and Gallery for an exhibit of calligraphy, block printing, and other paper arts by Portland artist Diane Flack. She will be at the Gallery:

  • Friday, June 6th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 7th from Noon to 4 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Artist Statement: Diane Flack

I have been a freelance calligrapher for about 22 years and a block printer for ten. I also play at watercolor and hand made books as well as artist books and cards. I love the look of ink on a page. I am also in love with paper, all kinds of paper.

While studying block printing with Denis Cunningham, I also fell head over heels for patterns, negative space and all aspects of block printing. The process is very labor intensive but the result is always a surprise, not always a good one. I often find a photograph or see a scene that catches my eye because of the lights and darks, contrast of positive and negative space and composition. Then I draw, or redraw it to capture the scene in a block print friendly way. After carving and inking, the process is a mystery, just waiting to be pulled. Sometimes the mystery is solved with a successful print and sometimes I must go back and retrace my steps, make adjustments, carve more, and attempt the process again.

I am interested in realistic scenes of people working, charming old cars, interesting traditional kimonos, and celebrations of life. I am used to people who work hard and respect the beauty of classic cars and 40’s images. I have no fidelity to genre. I am interested in all kinds of patterns.

Block printing is exciting because it is a lesson in simplicity. Taking an image down to the most simple lines is often rewarding, often misleading. Being able to read a print the first time around is my goal. Not like a child’s painting, where you must say, “Tell me about this,” because you have no idea what it is supposed to be. I love it when I pull a print and hang it up for inspection and someone will say, “Hey, that’s a great cowboy!” I am experimenting with abstract geometrics inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilts. I also love fabrics and textures.

My work has been purchased by Lewis and Clark Library, and hangs in prominent homes in Portland, Washington, California and Rome, Italy. I have been fortunate to show my work with Print Arts Northwest, University of Arkansas in Rome, Focus on Books Conferences and the Streff Gallery at Marylhurst.

I have served on the Boards of Focus on Book Conferences, three international conferences hosted by the Portland Society for Calligraphy, the Marylhurst Alumni Board and the Multnomah Arts Center. Chair. I teach Bookbinding and Calligraphy for Portland Community College and sub in three of their libraries.


Art by Diane Flack



More First Friday News

First Friday Poster for June 6th

First Friday Message from Kaye Synoground


kaye_synogroundI am pleased and honored to be the latest Featured Artist at Village Frame and Gallery!

Since coming to the Village in 1987 I have found both home and endless inspiration in this quaint and friendly environment. Many of you may remember the little studio I maintained here for 16 years in what I always thought of as “the heart of the Village.”

I hope you can drop by and say hello this Friday evening when Village Frame and Gallery will be displaying some of my more recent work as well as some “Village art.” I’ll be at the Gallery from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Below is a sneak peek of some of my artwork. You can enlarge the images by clicking on them. I hope they inspire you to attend my First Friday exhibit.

Warm regards,

Kaye Synoground

Two Persimmons by Kaye Synoground

Two Persimmons

Blue Nude by Kaye Synoground

Blue Nude

Drifters by Kaye Synoground


Our Starbucks by Kaye Synoground

Our Starbucks

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