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.

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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!

Opening Friday, September 1st: Kaye Synoground – Personal Collection

Painting of serene orange cat
This month Village Frame and Gallery is featuring works by Kaye Synoground and other artists from her own personal collection. Kaye, a beloved artist in the Village, passed away two years ago shortly after her final show — also at Village Frame and Gallery. We have framed and unframed original works and prints by Kaye available for sale. Mark your calendar and be sure to stop by in September.

Sneak a Peek at this Month’s Exhibit

Painting of serene orange cat
By Kaye Synoground

 

Painting of elderly woman standing outside house

 

Still life of fruit in a basket on a table.
By Kaye Synoground

 

Painting of older woman and younger woman sitting at a table. There is a letter on the table and both women seem to be deep in thought over it.
By Kaye Synoground

 

Multnomah Village Businesses Will Be Open Late Friday, September 1st

Join your neighbors in the Village this Friday for shopping, dinner, and and a late summer stroll!

First Friday Poster

First Friday with Susan Kuznitsky Artist Reception and Demonstration at 6:00 pm!

Painting of beautiful woman examining foxglove blooms next to birdbath in flower garden

Join us Friday at Village Frame & Gallery where Susan Kuznitsky will be on hand to visit with you and demonstrate her craft.

About July Featured Artist Susan Kuznitsky

Susan Kuznitsky holding up one of her paintings and a ribbon it won in an art show
Susan Kuznitsky

Over 30 years of painting and teaching gives Susan Kuznitsky the experience and confidence to paint any subject in either pastels or oils. Plein air painting is her focus and passion. Susan has a keen eye for composition and detail with a great ability to turn an ordinary everyday scene into something extraordinary. Comfortable in both oils and pastels, Susan likes to work in both mediums to keep things fresh.

Born in Chicago, Susan began her art education as a teenager with the late Joe Abbreccia. This was followed by more training at the American Academy of Art. She later studied with great living masters Albert Handell and Richard Schmid. Susan currently resides in Portland.

If I can leave the world a bit more beautiful than I found it through my artwork, then I have done good. The beauty is everywhere, my job is to translate it onto canvas and share it, to make the ordinary extraordinary.

— Susan Kuznitsky

See Susan’s Artwork  at Village Frame & Gallery in July

This exhibit is open to the public, free, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 7th, and throughout the month during regular business hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. We are located at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Painting of Alpenrose truck pulling away from Alpenrose gas station
Delivery Day by Susan Kuznitsky

 

Painting of beautiful woman examining foxglove blooms next to birdbath in flower garden
Summer Garden by Susan Kuznitsky

 

Painting of row of hula girl figurines
Aloha by Susan Kuznitsky

It’s a Spring Celebration with Scott Cordner June 2nd at Village Frame & Gallery

Waterfall seen behind blooming branches of a dogwood tree

Our First Friday Artist’s Reception starts at 6 p.m. — Join Us!

This month, we are showing Scott Cordner’s latest exhibit of fine art photographs: Spring Celebration. As always, our exhibit opening and artist’s reception is free to the public at Village Frame & Gallery in the heart of Multnomah Village.

Artist’s Statement

Scott Cordner in front of glacial mountains
Photographer Scott Cordner

As a photographer and artist, my goal is to create realistic images and prints of natural landscapes that encourage people to spend time in the wild, appreciating and protecting it. And for when those people are not in the wild, I want my prints to remind them of the natural world and help shape the choices they make.

About Fine Art Photographer Scott Cordner

Scott Cordner was destined to become a fine-art landscape photographer. A browse through his portfolio illustrates his passion for the medium and the outdoors.

The pure, unaltered and uncomplicated scenes are captured in the finest light. His exacting prints are made with the best materials that last lifetimes. Hand made hardwood frames from renewable and managed forests are enhanced and finished with environmentally friendly oils and a water-based polyurethane (made from whey, a byproduct of cheese). No detail is overlooked, and it is apparent.

Field of wildflowers, dotted with trees, in evening light.
Field of Dreams by Scott Cordner

Scott grew up in the rural Allegheny Mountains of northwest Pennsylvania in the town of Bradford. He spent most of his childhood outdoors, exploring the hills and forests, observing the flora and fauna, cementing his relationship with nature. But when indoors, Scott drew inspiration from his Grandfather, Jack McCutcheon.

Scott loved to draw just like his Grandfather, a self-taught painter and award-winning advertising manager for Zippo Lighters. Like many children, Scott’s artistic creativity was nurtured. In the 8th grade ‘Design an Ad’ contest, Scott took first place with a hand-drawn advertisement for a local Chrysler dealership.

His Grandfather also had a deep connection with the outdoors and wrote a weekly hunting and fishing column for the Bradford Era. He also respected Native American people and their culture, which were often the subject of his paintings.

During middle school Scott took some photography classes, where he learned to develop and print his own photographs. He excelled in math and science, and learned from his father how to take apart and fix things. It was a more traditional career path and one he pursued academically in high school and in college. While his passion for photography still consumed his free time, a degree in Electrical Engineering guaranteed him work and a job designing test equipment brought him to Southern California.

Frustrated with the confines of employment, Scott decided to put his engineering career on hold and set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in its entirety – from the Mexican border to Canada. He brought along his first SLR to document the trip, a Canon Rebel 35mm with a kit zoom lens. Six months, four pairs of shoes, thirty-five pounds, 50 rolls of Fuji Velvia later Scott knew he had rekindled his love for the outdoors and his passion for photography. Even now, more than 20 years later, Scott entertains audiences with that early slide show of that 2700-mile trek.

Hiking had put things in perspective for Scott and he took a pragmatic approach when he returned to the workforce. He earned his living mostly through technical work as an engineer while honing his craft as a photographer and printmaker. Those years were special for Scott because weekends were devoted to road trips that introduced him to the iconic landscapes of the American West.

Mist engulfed trees viewed from under the forest canopy
Mystery of the Forest by Scott Cordner

It would still take another ten years before Scott could pursue photography full time but those years weren’t wasted. During those years and after, Scott continued to combine adventure travel with fine art and outdoor photography. He has trekked and mountaineered in Peru documenting the remarkable landscape and the Quechua culture. Scott climbed and stood on the summit of Denali, North America’s tallest peak, and has captured the magnificent hostility of the mountains.

He traveled to Russia’s Lake Baikal – the largest and deepest fresh water lake in the world – in 2002 as part of a team of four to kayak the remote northeast shoreline. While the Russian landscape was stunning, it was the Russian people who captivated him and set the stage for a return visit.

It was then that Scott developed his interest in using his travels and his images to document people and places that matter. Scott used his second trip to Russia’s Far East to promote ‘sustainable travel.’ He photographed the entire month-long expedition to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, including the people and his team’s use of public transportation for self-powered, ski touring instead of the normal skiing style – heli-skiing. His images appeared in Backcountry magazine in connection with an article written about the remote region of Mount Bakening, a now extinct volcano located in the center of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

With the explosion of digital photography and printing, Scott drew from his technical background and started scanning his film and slides. Using digital cameras, he eliminated film and the harsh chemicals used to develop it from his practice. He started producing images with pigment inkjet printers. His printing style removes chemical processing from the equation and will last hundreds of years instead of fading like traditional color prints.

Waterfall seen behind blooming branches of a dogwood tree
Waters from Above by Scott Cordner

Desiring to create a better overall presentation of his photographs, six years ago Scott experimented with woodworking and now crafts his own frames. His process includes milling the wood by hand to create strikingly simple frames that naturally complement his photographs.

Scott is fast-becoming known for his large, panoramic prints, which capture the quiet magnificence and individuality of ordinary scenes. In fact, he shies away from more common and well-known iconic landscapes. “I am so proud to hang Scott’s work in our Gallery. His photos have such emotion, movement and vibrancy,” says Tamara Breunig, owner of United Wood Craftsmen Gallery. “You feel like they are a window to his world. His talent for capturing the moment is so real. It’s as if one could just walk into the photos and explore the spot where he took them. His work has such a sense of peace, and our clientele thinks so too.”

Collectors demand for his prints has grown because they feel a connection to the scene. Scott shows his work at art exhibits and fairs, in lifestyle retail stores and in fine art galleries. Scott has also sold collections of his finished prints to corporate offices. One of his corporate clients said this of his work, “Everyone is still raving about the prints, Scott. Thanks again for sharing your talent!”

Scott is focusing on conservation photography. He believes if someone notices an image of his, it becomes an opportunity to start a dialog about nature in general and the importance of preservation specifically. His ultimate goal is to create more stewardship of these important though lesser-known places throughout the world.

Spring Celebration Will Be On Exhibit Throughout June at the Gallery

Can’t make it on First Friday? No problem. Stop by any time during regular business hours in June. We’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

More First Friday Goodness

We’re not the only business in Multnomah Village that stays open late on First Fridays. Come to the Village for dinner, shopping, art, and a nice walk on a summer evening.

First Friday June 2nd poster: Multnomah Village businesses open 6 pm - 9 pm