Meet Karen Story at First Friday July 6th Starting at 6 pm

Pastel landscape with an orb rising at the horizon

Portland encaustic artist Karen Story is back at Village Frame & Gallery with a new exhibition. Come meet her in person this Friday — we’re open late!

Artist’s Statement

Headshot of artist Karen StoryHaving been a painter, printmaker, and glass artist, the encaustic medium is a natural progressive step for my work. Encaustic painting combines the very process-oriented work of printmaking with the mysterious translucence and transparency of glass, while demanding a foundation of composition, line, and form.

Encaustic painting guides me to work on the canvas in a direct and flexible way. This allows for many surprises and unexpected changes in composition, form, and color. Layering and removal of the layers keeps this process-oriented painting method somewhat archaeological in nature, as there is much scraping back to reveal parts of the painting’s history. A non-attachment to the current phase of the painting develops, and allows a presence and freedom not experienced in other media.

Pastel landscape with an orb rising at the horizon
Orb Rising by Karen Story

Landscape/nature as a subject allows me to experiment with shape, value, hue, texture, and form creatively. The specific landscapes I am currently working with offer a deep personal connection, which hopefully evokes memory and fantasy in the viewer. The figure and portrait are a great challenge, especially in this medium.

Colorful landscape with orbs floating in the foreground
Mirage by Karen Story

Water is my life’s most common recurring theme. It has appeared in vivid dreams since childhood, and in reality, as an adult, water is the element which rules my life. I am an avid swimmer, live part-time on a river houseboat, snorkel regularly, and do underwater photography. It is a challenging element to capture artistically, since it is translucent/transparent, ever-changing, and distorts elements within it, and reflects those on the surface.

Encaustic painting of body of water, mountains rising up behind it and a stormy, rusty sky
Waterscape by Karen Story

Exhibit Opens July 1st, Artists Reception July 2nd

Join us at Village Frame & Gallery, starting at 6 PM, to meet Karen and see her latest work. We are located at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Can’t  make it Friday? Drop by the Gallery in July during regular business hours. We will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3rd and 4th for the Independence Day holiday. Our Summer Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm. Have a safe and festive Fourth of July!

 

Koi swimming in a blue pond
Magic Fish by Karen Story

Patricia L. Giraud – Last Week in the Gallery

If you haven’t had a chance to see this month’s featured artist exhibit, now is the time! It has been a pleasure to have intaglio prints by Patricia L. Giraud in the shop this month. Read more about Patricia here.

The exhibit comes down Saturday afternoon, June 30th, so don’t delay! And remember, our summer hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, or by appointment. See you soon!

 

 

Patricia L. Giraud Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception June 1st

Black and white image, there is a white horse on the near side of a barbed wire fence, there are two darker horses on the other side of the fence. The horses are nuzzling each other in greeting.

Join us for First Friday, starting at 6 pm to meet local printmaker Patricia L. Giraud!

Black and white image, there is a white horse on the near side of a barbed wire fence, there are two darker horses on the other side of the fence. The horses are nuzzling each other in greeting.
The New Mare by Patricia L Giraud

Patricia L Giraud Artist’s Statement

The seeds for my imagery were planted long ago. I have always been intrigued by the complexity and immediacy of the natural world. My childhood days were spent outdoors, quietly exploring shallow streams, scooping up tadpoles, and seizing the opportunity to be near any animal but especially horses.

Working with horses for decades allowed the opportunity to observe how they function and think and to celebrate their form, their nature. Inspired, I began recording, through photography, the essential relationship between horse and rider. The process-rich medium of printmaking brought a new dimension to my explorations of nature on paper. Intaglio offers a variety of techniques with which to express anatomy, forms shaped by light and shadow, large forces at work and intimate moments.

Initially, the horse was chosen as a totem around which the nuances of relationship, trust, vulnerability and stewardship were considered. More recently, I have expanded the scope of those themes to include figures in natural environments–drawing upon memories while interpreting the shapes, textures found in the landscape.

More from this Exhibit

Large bunch of black and white peonies against a yellow background
The Abundance of Peonies by Patricia L. Giraud
Two young girls in colorful dresses standing in front of an apple tree. They are holding hands. Their faces look serious, perhaps even angry.
Blue Apples by Patricia L. Giraud

As always, our artist’s receptions are free and open to the public, starting at 6 pm, First Friday, at Village Frame & Gallery, 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Summer Hours at Village Frame & Gallery

Head’s up! Our summer hours start this week. Come see us Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, or by appointment.

There’s Still a Few Days Left to Save!

15% off new custom framing orders May 24, 2018 - June 2, 2018 at Village Frame & Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Must show printed coupon or this image on your device at time of sale.

 

Dusty Divas Featured at First Friday April 6th!

Pastel drawing of Great Blue Heron standing at the edge of a body of water surrounded by grass.

This month, we have four talented pastel artists exhibiting on our feature wall — the Dusty Divas!

The divas are Kristen Horn, Beth Keyser, Donna Sires, and Donna Stevens. Start getting to know them here and come meet them on First Friday.  We will have an artists reception for the Dusty Divas April 6th starting at 6 pm. It’s sure to be a party with wine, food, and of course, the Dusty Divas themselves! Come on down!

Artist Statement: Kristen Horn, Pastel Artist

Pastel drawing of Great Blue Heron standing at the edge of a body of water surrounded by grass.
Black Friday Fred by Kristen Horn

I am rather a late comer to this addictive thing of art creation but no less passionate for my late entry! I drew and painted a bit as a younger adult but took a forty year hiatus for raising my family and having a career as a real estate broker.

About four years ago I took a pastel class from an artist I admired. It was just enough encouragement to remind me of what I had been missing most of my life! I took another wonderful class two years ago that completely gave me the pastel bug as well as a passion for Plein Aire Painting ( painting in the out of doors ) The rest, as they say, is history. While I still work fulltime, I spend all of my free time trying to capture the light, color and forms of nature. Life is truly good.

So much to paint, so little time!

Artist Statement: Beth Keyser, Pastel Artist

Pastel drawing of old barn at the end of a curving road at sunset.
Warm Sunset by Beth Keyser

I grew up in Alaska surrounded by beauty. Now a transplanted Alaskan, I am always searching for the beauty of the Northwest.

I enjoy creating on many different levels but have chosen pastels as my discipline. In this discipline, I challenge myself to see differently. As an imitator of beauty, my desire is to see my surroundings in the vivid colors, shapes and in interesting relationships. I enjoy challenging myself to bath the images I am representing in color and texture. Seeing harmonious relationships of shape, shadow and color transpire is what thrills me and why I choose to create.

Artist Statement: Donna Sires, Pastel Artist

Pastel of Bell rock framed by trees.
Bell Rock by Donna Sires

After over 20 years of working as an art director and illustrator for food packaging, I started to explore pastels and focused on painting landscapes.

Color and light fascinate me, and I continually seek the exploration and challenge of interpreting what I see into my paintings. Being outdoors and surrounded by nature always brings me peace and calm, and I am compelled to communicate that in every piece of art I create.

Artist Statement: Donna Stevens, Pastel Artist

Mountain rising above a field of lavender
Lavender Valley View by Donna Stevens

I returned to drawing after a 25-year hiatus and enjoyed working in charcoal. After several months, I decided to enhance the drawings with color, so purchased three sticks of pastel. Well, three sticks became six sticks, then a handful of used sticks, then a brand new boxed set, and the rest is history.

Drawing and painting are grounding and revitalizing for me. I also love spending time in the remote and beautiful places we still have. So plein air painting, in particular, provides a perfect counterbalance to the demands of my profession. Making and viewing the pieces refreshes the memories of places or scenes that inspired the works.

More First Friday in Multnomah Village

Poster advertising April 2018 First Friday in Multnomah Villages: Businesses open late, come eat and shop

February Featured Artist: Landscape Painter Noriko Hirayama and Lots More!

Landscape of river flowing among bluffs

Join us for an artist reception Friday, February 2nd, starting at 6 pm, to meet Noriko Hirayama and see her Northwest-inspired landscapes for yourself.

Artist’s Statement: Noriko Hirayama

Noriko Hirayama, smiling broadly, standing in front of colorful trees.
Noriko Hirayama, Landscape Painter from Portland, Oregon

My history with art started with Japanese calligraphy when I was twelve years old. Japanese children in my generation commonly saw a private calligraphy teacher once a week. It was thrilling to concentrate my mind to create kanji with black ink on the white paper, sometimes very strong and sometimes gentle lines with curves, or straight horizontal and vertical lines. The experience was an integrated movement of mind and body to create beautifully balanced letters, an exact moment of meditation.

I experienced the same stillness of mind with my training for Japanese tea ceremony rituals and Japanese flower arrangement classes. I began to learn that I could achieve an inner peace and calm through my simple responses to the simplicity of the natural world.

After my university studies I turned to using the other elements of nature as a basis for creative expression. Preserved tree leaves became the medium for sculpture making. Along with raising my daughter as a single mom and teaching color design theory at an interior design school, I showed my life sculptures from time to time in Kobe and Osaka galleries and cafes.

As my daughter grew up and I gained more free time, my interests and curiosity broadened. I traveled extensively seeking new experiences in the food, dress, dance, and craft of colorful ethnic culture and natural scenery. Upon my first visit to the Pacific Northwest, I was so affected with its unique combination of scale and beauty that I immediately decided to live in Portland.

Landscape of river flowing among bluffs
By Noriko Hirayama

After my move to Portland, I was surprised to learn that leaf sculpture in the United States is only treated as a craft rather than an expressive art form. In response, I turned my energy away from leaf sculpture and toward exploring my interests in the culinary arts with an emphasis on coordinating color for meal presentation. My journey included several trips to Thailand for master cooking classes and establishing a Japanese and Thai cooking school, Miso Magic, in 2004.

While taking a break from teaching cooking school, and attending an introductory painting class at Portland Community College, I had an epiphany that landscape painting could be a medium where I could reconnect with my youthful experiences of a meditative state while engaged in the simplicity of the earth’s natural elements. Now painting on a regular basis, it brings me great joy to be able to share my inner momentary states while camping, hiking, or trail running in the western United States.

Landscape of grassland with river flowing through it and hills in the background
By Noriko Hirayama

 

See Hirayama’s Work in February at Village Frame & Gallery

This exhibit is open to the public, free, during regular business hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

There will be an artist’s reception on First Friday, 6 pm – 9 pm, at the Gallery and more good stuff around the Village.

And We Have Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts!

Come browse for something special, like …

New jewelry designs by Portland artist Susan Koch

Elaborately beaded bracelet in turquoise, pinks, green
Bead Bracelet by Susan Koch

 

Raku ceramics by John Berland

Raku ceramics by John Berland

 

Or, something more literary …

Cover of In the Mist: Giving Voice to Silence
In the Mist is Russell J. Young’s collection of “painterly” photographs matched with poetry by local and nationally recognized poets. To learn more, click the cover.

 

Cover of Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China
Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China is the first memoir by a transman from China ever published. It won a 2017 Lambda Literary award and was co-authored by an Oregon writer. To learn more, click on the book cover.

 

Can’t wait to see you on First Friday in Multnomah Village!

 

Poster: First Friday February 2, 2018 in Multnomah Village. Eat, Open Late, Shop

 

Oregon Nature by Farooq Hassan and Landscapes by Bill Bailey Still Showing

Silhouette of a gnarled tree outside a window, you can see bright autumn leaves in the background

If you haven’t seen this show yet, there’s still time!

Painter Farooq Hassan and Photographer Bill Bailey are bringing nature inside this winter at Village Frame & Gallery. Portlanders will recognize these iconic scenes of the local landscape, but for fans of Farooq Hassan’s work, this is something different than we’ve seen before. Here’s a few samples, to whet your appetite:

Farooq Hassan: Oregon Nature

Landscape of winter trees
By Farooq Hassan

 

Landscape of autumn street. A woman and dog are walking past a building under trees with colorful leaves.
By Farooq Hassan

 

Autumn forest path
By Farooq Hassan

 

Bill Bailey: Landscapes

Silhouette of a gnarled tree outside a window, you can see bright autumn leaves in the background
By Bill Bailey

 

Photograph of Portland Chinese Gardens
By Bill Bailey

 

Photograph of Portland Chinese Gardens
By Bill Bailey

 

This exhibit is free and open to the public throughout January during regular business hours at Village Frame & Gallery, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. We are located in the heart of Multnomah Village at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

 

It’s Small Business Saturday! What a Great Day to Be in the Village!

Shop Small logo

Drawing of small businesses with caption: Village Frame & Gallery, You'll love our art and custom framing, Small Busines Saturday, November 25th.

Why Shop Small?

When you shop at small, locally-owned businesses, you help support our local economy and promote the vibrant Portland neighborhoods that create the lifestyle Portlanders love. This year, join us in Multnomah Village for Shop Small Saturday. It’s a great way to kick off your holiday shopping.

Shop Small logoBut What About the Other Days?!

You’re right! Why not support your favorite neighborhood all year? Whenever you are planning to dine or shop, come to Multnomah Village first. By shopping small as often as possible, you’re showing your support and making an impact in our community.

Come See us Today!

Village Frame & Gallery has been locally owned and operated in Multnomah Village since 1999. We’re open 10 am to 6 pm today at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. We have artwork by Pacific Northwest artists to suit any style or budget plus unique, handcrafted gifts. Plus, we can frame your art, keepsakes, and textiles.

It’s Time to Bring Your Holiday Projects to Village Frame & Gallery

pumpkins and autumn leafs over turquoise wood with "Mark your calendar!" in white script above.

pumpkins and autumn leafs over turquoise wood with "Mark your calendar!" in white script above.

It’s November! Wait … what?!

How did that happen? The holiday are upon us already; time to do some planning!

Get Your Holiday Projects in Now

Our cut-off for guaranteed Christmas delivery is December 9th. A 20% rush fee may apply after that date.

Thanksgiving Hours

We will be closed November 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving, but will be open Saturday, November 25th for Shop Small Saturday.

Shop Small Saturday

Supporting local businesses supports the economy of local communities! If you love Multnomah Village, do your holiday shopping here. You don’t have to do it on Shop Small Saturday, any day works.

Heart graphic with message inside: Small Business Saturday, November 25, #shopsmall with us

Holiday Gala First Friday, December 1st

More info to come, watch this space!

We’re Here to Make Your Holiday Seasons Special

Have an art lover on your shopping list? Priceless keepsakes you’d like to give? Or something that just doesn’t fit a pre-made frame? Call or stop by. We’re here for you at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm or by appointment.

 

Trick or Treat in Multnomah Village is Just Around the Corner!

Scott and Beth in Halloween costumes. Beth is dressed as Ephelba the witch.

We can’t wait to see your costumes and kiddos!

Halloween in the Village poster, transcript below.

Halloween in Multnomah Village: A safe, fun community event!

Tuesday, October 31st, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Scott and Beth in Halloween costumes. Beth is dressed as Ephelba the witch.
I don’t know if that lipstick works with her complexion, but I don’t think I want to tell her that — do you?

How to join in the fun in 5 easy steps:

  1. Get in your costume and come to Multnomah Village.
  2. Start at Starbucks to pick up your walking map and parents can get a complimentary cup of coffee.
  3. Follow the crowd up one side of the street and down the other, collecting treats from Multnomah Village merchants.
  4. Stop by Village Frame & Gallery at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy to see Ephelba and her creepy friends!
  5. Finish at Dr. Jensen’s office, 7717 SW 34th Ave, where a special surprise treat awaits you!

 

Rain or shine, we’ll be here to put the treats in Trick-or-Treating! See you Tuesday!

October 6th First Friday: Printmaker Gene Flores and More!

Two arms, one with an angel tattoo, one with a devil tattoo. The arms are held up so the angel and devil are face to face.

Gene Flores fans, plan to join us Friday night to see his new show.  Plus, we have a pop-up jewelry show with Amerinda Alpern featuring new designs and metals – so cool and ready for fall!

About Printmaker Gene Flores

Artist Gene Flores
Printmaker Gene Flores

Gene Flores was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and earned a BFA from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). He also taught basic drawing courses at UTEP and served as the Art Gallery Director. He went on to earn a MA and MFA in Printmaking, with Honors, from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and worked at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art as a gallery preparator. In 2001, he moved to Portland, Oregon, to teach painting, drawing, and printmaking at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College. He has been a full-time faculty member at Portland Community College since 2005. Currently, he is Dean of the Visual and Performing Arts and Design division at the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus.

Gene Flores Artist Statement

My works are windows into my view of the world. They are influenced by literature, music, politics, and religion. My images can be described as humorous, insightful, disturbing and thought provoking. I prefer to label them as challenging; challenging viewers and their preconceived ideas of what is right and wrong, what is good and what is bad.

The images continue an internal struggle of what we all see or believe we see, what we do and don’t hear. They question everything I believe to be around me. I enjoy questioning and pushing boundaries, creating images that lead to other images and ideas. A never-ending cycle that enables me to create work without the worries of pleasing the viewer but always challenging them to view things from multiple perspectives, not just their own.

Two arms, one with an angel tattoo, one with a devil tattoo. The arms are held up so the angel and devil are face to face.
By Gene Flores
Black and white print of raven wearing a jacket and cravat
By Gene Flores
Fantastical creature with ears for head. The creature is smoking a cigarette. It towers above a rowboat full of monkyes that have their ears, eyes, or mouths covered. The water around them is littered with wine bottles, bombs, and crosses. There is a demon on the fantastical creature's back.
By Gene Flores
Poster painted on a wall depicts a very skinny man with a circus tent for a hat. He is eating popcorn. Around him is a snake, insects, and fantastical creatures, also painted on a wall.
Under the Big Top by Gene Flores

Plus, We Have Jewelry by Amarinda Alpern, Friday Only

Inspired by the beauty of the northwest, Amarinda’s jewelry collection features her interpretations of plants she finds, coupled with nature’s geometry, and reduced to classic mid-century shapes and designs.

Artist Reception Friday, October 6 with Gene Flores Plus Pop Up Jewelry Show

Join us starting at 6 p.m. for our artist’s reception with Gene Flores at Village Frame & Gallery, 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. Afterward, do some shopping or grab a bite in Multnomah Village. On First Friday, most merchants are open late.

Multnomah Village First Friday poster: Come eat and shop late, it will be a scream!