You Don’t See This Everyday!

7:00 am Saturday morning in Multnomah Village

Boy what a sight! The construction crews have been busy since last night, breaking up the surface of SW Capitol Highway between SW 36th and SW 35th Avenues. They continue today digging through the sub-layers down a full 18 inches!

Businesses are OPEN during construction!

Most of the businesses in Multnomah Village are open today. Fat City had a line of folks waiting for their doors to open first thing this morning! Why not? There’s cool stuff going on in the Village – come check it out!

Save BIG during our Construction Savings event!

During the SW Capitol Highway paving project Village Frame and Gallery is offering 10 percent off one, or 15 percent off two or more new custom framing projects. So gather those projects, save BIG on framing and support the Village!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday – 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.

Open During Construction, Save BIG Now!

Jeanette models our Open During Construction sign provided by PBOT

The Capitol Highway paving project continues this week with significant closures this weekend. In a flyer distributed to Multnomah Village businesses on Tuesday PBOT describes the work:

Coming soon: A smoother, safer and more accessible street for all.

(July 10, 2019) — Paving for the first section of the SW Capitol Highway Paving Project begins on Friday, July 12 at 9 p.m. on SW Capitol Highway from SW 36th Avenue to SW 35th Avenue. The road will reopen on Monday, July 15th at 7 a.m.

This one block section of SW Capitol highway which runs one-way eastward through the heart of Multnomah Village has some of the oldest (100 years) and most deteriorated pavement along the corridor and will require a full street rebuild. As a result, the road will be closed to ALL traffic during the construction period to allow crews to remove approximately 18 inches of damaged pavement to the dirt base and rebuild the street from the bottom up.

Sidewalks will be open along the full length of the project area and business access will be maintained. During construction, motor vehicles and TriMet bus line 44 heading eastbound will be detoured to SW Multnomah Boulevard via SW 40th Avenue and reconnect to SW Capitol Highway at SW 35th Avenue. Westbound traffic will continue straight on SW Troy Street to SW 40th Avenue to reconnect with SW Capitol Highway.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Multnomah Village is open for business during construction! Thanks for your patience while we make SW Capitol Highway a smoother, safer and more accessible street for all. Join PBOT to celebrate the project’s completion at Multnomah Days on Saturday, August 17.

Read more about the entire SW Capitol Highway improvement project here.

Save BIG with our Construction Savings event!

During the SW Capitol Highway paving project Village Frame and Gallery is offering 10 percent off one, or 15 percent off two or more new custom framing projects. So gather those projects, save BIG on framing and support the Village!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. We are open Tuesday – 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.

Big Fish

Blue Bijou by Denise Sirchie
Blue Bijou by Denise Sirchie

“BIG FISH!!” I was standing outside the gallery on Wednesday admiring (she says with a bit of sarcasm) all the available parking in the Village – seriously, Tuesday and Wednesday after the lunch rush there are almost a dozen parking spaces available. “BIG FISH!!” A boy of three-ish years shouted to his mom as they passed, he was jumping and pointing to the mosaic fish in our small display window.

Big fish, indeed. I thought about the movie Big Fish, on my mind because Albert Finney recently passed away. It’s a movie full of love, about a man with big stories and a bigger life. A big fish in a small pond. Kind of like our big fish, Blue Bijou by Denise Sirchie. Blue Bijou measures almost 40 inches across from whisker to tail, painstakingly pieced together from broken china and glass, metal buttons and glass beads. Much too big for our little “aquarium” out front!

You may remember some of Denise Sirchies other work in our gallery. Recently Scarlett graced our holiday window display posing as the Ice Queen in our Winter Wonderland.

Scarlett by Denise Sirchie

Denise is busy now creating mosaic flower pots, just in time for spring. We look forward to celebrating spring with her new work. Watch our windows in April and May!

Empty Parking = Empty Businesses

I’m not kidding when I say I’ve seen a dozen parking spaces available on recent weekdays. Parking can be more than a challenge in the Village, but empty parking spaces are an even bigger problem. Empty parking spaces mean your local businesses could be suffering. We all want to stay indoors during cold and rainy weather, but we also want our local businesses to be here when the temperate weather returns. So I challenge you, don’t put off your errands in the Village – visit the new cleaners, try the new restaurants and bakery, stop in at your favorite older businesses and check out the French Quarter. And don’t forget First Friday! Your local businesses work hard and stay open late to provide interesting art, entertainment and experiences. Whatever you do, think Local first. Don’t default to the internet for gifts and services you can get right here in your Village!

Big Fish Deals on Now!

To entice you to bring in those framing projects, Village Frame and Gallery is offering Big Fish deals right now. Bring in that older piece you’ve been meaning to reframe or that memory from a recent vacation. Mention BIG FISH for ten percent off custom framing! With framing solutions for almost every budget, our experienced designers can bring your vision to life!

Providing fine art and custom framing in Multnomah Village for almost 20 years, Village Frame and Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

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.

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.

It’s Golden Ticket Time!

Yes, it’s that most very merry time of year!

It’s Golden Ticket Time!

And Village Frame & Gallery has a special offer this year. Simply bring in your golden ticket from another participating merchant and receive 10% off your new custom framing order through December 31st!. Purchase $30.00 in merchandise and we’ll give you another golden ticket! Discounts apply to new orders only.

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.

Holiday Hours and Shop Small this Saturday

Village Frame and Gallery will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday to spend the  Thanksgiving Holiday with our families. Our regular hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Entertaining this holiday season and have that one picture (that you like) in a frame that just doesn’t go with your new decor? Perhaps you received art as a gift last year, still in it’s package, and the giver is coming into town next month! Or maybe you have a special gift you want to frame for a loved one. We can help!

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!

This Nov 24, we want to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It’s a holiday shopping tradition, backed by American Express, that celebrates small businesses like ours. And it wouldn’t be a celebration without customers like you joining us. We have gifts for most everyone on your list and are excited to start on your holiday framing projects.

So mark your calendar for Nov 24th — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — and get ready to Shop Small® with us. Grab a friend or family member and come by VILLAGE FRAME & GALLERY between 10 am and 6 pm on the big day.

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway in the heart of Multnomah Village. Thank you for your continued support, and we’ll see you Saturday, Nov 24th!

Featured Artist Joanne Kollman and First Friday Trunk Show with Raku by John Berland

Meet Artist Joanne Kollman at First Friday, November 2nd at 6 pm.

About Joanne Radmilovich Kollman

Joanne is a Northwest oil painter; her representational paintings of the figure, landscape and still life are earmarked by a lyrical style and unique eye for design. Brushwork and use of broken color elicit movement and spontaneity in her paintings.

Joanne received an artistic focus grant through the Regional Arts and Culture Council in 2013 for her figurative series: Northwest Neighbors: Who Are We? The project allowed her to work for many months and mount several exhibits of figurative paintings that depict individuals she viewed in her local surroundings. She worked and taught painting from a studio in the Historical Troy Laundry Building in Portland Oregon for over a decade. Joanne juries into Portland Open Studios yearly to open her studio and art practice to the local community. She received People’s Choice, Best Cityscape, 3rd place and honorable mentions in several 2015 competitions and juried exhibitions as well as the commission for Portland Rose Festival Queen. 

Raku Pottery Trunk Show with John Berland

One night only, we welcome John Berland into the gallery to share his amazing raku pottery! You’ve seen it in our display window, now’s the time to see more and talk with John about his processes and his passion.

Raku ceramics by John Berland

Raku ceramics by John Berland

Raku ceramics by John Berland

We’re open late for our First Friday artist’s reception this Friday! 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.

Black and White, Voices – New Shows in the Gallery in October

Gene Flores returns to the Gallery with new work in Black and White

Gene Flores’ new show, Black and White, features etchings, mezzotints and block prints (all black and white images) which span the intriguing world of his mind and musings.

 

Phishing for Followers by Gene Flores

More about Gene Flores:

I was infatuated with printmaking when I first took a class in 1987 at University of Texas El Paso and since have been making and exhibiting my prints nationally and internationally. I venture from black and white imagery to full color printing, all my works are hand wiped and printed. These are all original prints, that is to say they are not photocopied nor mass-produced. I print a limited edition, usually 10-15 prints per edition. Each edition is unique.

My works are self portraits and are influenced by literature, music, politics, religion and everyday activities. My images have been described as humorous, insightful, and disturbing. Viewers often find my works to be thought provoking and challenging. I enjoy challenging the viewer and the preconceived notions of what we take for granted. Many of my works are playful thoughts and my reaction to the world around me, with mythical creatures and a combination of human and animal characteristics (logic/instinct) playing a vital role. My works allow the viewer to immerse themselves into another world, with reoccurring characters that tiptoe between the surreal and the absurd, a world where anything can and often does happen.

Working on Something Big by Gene Flores

Tall Drink of Water by Gene Flores

Local sculptor, Chas Martin wows with Voices

Featuring mixed media masks and sculpture, Chas Martin’s show, Voices, adds a crisp contrast to the Gallery this month.

Chas Martin studied visual communications at Pratt Institute. His career as an art director and creative director in Boston, San Francisco and Portland fed his curiosity. Travels drove him to paint. Negative space made him a sculptor. He is a part time studio assistant to master sculptor, Martin Eichinger. The rest of the time, he creates things and occasionally hosts creative sessions in his Multnomah Village studio. 

Statement: Technology touches us everywhere. Mostly it alters our balance. Pure visualization is the ability to see your OWN images, angels, ghosts. It is essential in finding a true path. Visualization is the first step toward realization. Thought precedes reality. Concepts guide action.

My work has always been concept driven. Images that attract me come from books, dreams, conversation, meditation and a mashup of synchronous experiences throughout the day. I can’t stop asking questions about everything around me. Everything! What if this was different? How would that look in reverse? Why isn’t that thing vivid cobalt?

I imagine archetypal characters in symbolic situations. These are part of my ongoing storyboard – a graphic novel of my own mythology. I explore images from multiple perspectives through sketches, wire frames, clay models, photos of any of these stages, manipulation of those photos, more sketches, watercolor, acrylic, collage, and sculpture. Interaction on so many levels transforms visualization into realization.

My Three Shadows by Chas Martin

Meet Gene Flores and Chas Martin in the Gallery this Friday!

We’re open late for our First Friday artist’s reception this Friday! 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.