Wish You Were Here!, photography by Scott Cordner and Our Feelings, Exactly!

It’s a shared memory many of us have. It’s spring break, or the beginning of summer and we pile into a station wagon at the break of dawn, suitcases loaded, sandwiches packed, ready for an adventure. The road trip to places not yet seen, national parks and roadside attractions. Who didn’t want to stop at Wall Drug? After all, we’d been reading the billboards for hundreds of miles, it must be spectacular!

Pulling off at a roadside oasis or just a widening of the shoulder for lunch. We pulled out the sandwiches and someone put those nasty fizzy soda tablets in too much water and we ate a completely unsatisfying lunch (“Can’t we go to McDonald’s?”) And then, while the car was being loaded up, we went exploring. Most of the time we’d find nothing of interest, but every once in a while we’d find a creek or small river, maybe a frog pond or, Jackpot! A small waterfall! These were the best of times. After playing around in the water for not nearly long enough we’d climb back into the station wagon, soaking wet and happy.

We’d finally make it to our destination – Yellowstone, the California Redwoods, the Grand Canyon – and try to capture the majesty of what we were seeing with our Instamatic cameras. The photos never seemed to do it justice.

Conservation photographer Scott Cordner has made it his life’s work to capture the beauty of nature, California and the Pacific Northwest, and to bring his photos to us. He shows us what we’re missing. In a COVID-19 world – stuck in our homes and unable to load up our station wagons for an adventure – Scott brings us a picture postcard that says, “Wish you were here!”

Thousand Island Lake by Scott Cordner

Read more about Scott Cordner here.

Water from Above by Scott Cordner

We’re Here!

Yes, we’re open! We have temporarily changed our hours to allow for proper sanitizing and reduced staff, but we are excited to welcome you back to the gallery. We’re happy to work with you in the gallery during business hours, by appointment after hours and virtually via telephone, email and text. We look forward to your next project!

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 4 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. You can call us at 503-245-8001

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and fine art gallery celebrating 21 years of high quality custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Tiny Paintings, Mosaics, Divas and more at Village Frame and Gallery!

It’s First Friday in the Village and, well…nothing is going on. OK, that’s not exactly true. Several Village shops are working by appointment, offering curbside pickup and online ordering. Many Village restaurants are offering meals To Go and delivery options. At Village Frame and Gallery, in addition to browse by appointment and design by appointment, virtual design and curbside pickup, we are pleased to offer our first Window-only show – tiny paintings by Lacy Lowry and mosaics by Denise Sirchie!

Be Where You Are: Botanicals & Landscapes by Lacy Lowry

These 6×6 in paintings are part of a 100-day-project that I began in the spring of 2019 and ended late summer of that year. I chose to work with the theme of botanicals in the spring. This was a new direction for me, away from abstract, and provided new challenges. I found plenty of springtime inspiration walking around the neighborhoods of SW Portland and by more closely studying my favorite houseplants. At other times, I chose to be more playful, creating abstract renditions of these same flora.

Being a plant lover, it was a deeply pleasurable experience to paint botanicals everyday. Lastly, I explored painting landscapes. ThIs was well suited to summertime as I was able to take inspiration from my travels. This project not only pushed me to improve my technical painting skills, but forced me to prioritize daily time in my studio making art.

These works speak directly to my connection with the natural world and to my love of color. I hope that viewers experience some of the pleasure that I felt in creating these paintings. Each flower, each leaf, each field, each mountain, convey in some way the energy and experience of that thing or place. My hope was to capture that feeling as well. Although I have since started on other larger bodies of work, I continue to paint small works as they allow for experimentation with new ideas and remain accessible to others. — Lacy Lowry

Our first ever “Window-only” featured artist show, you can see Lacy’s friendly, colorful paintings in the main display window at Village Frame and Gallery beginning today, First Friday, May 1st, through the end of the month. Priced for gift giving, you can call us at the shop at 503-245-8001 to purchase one or more! And for each painting purchased, Village Frame and Gallery will provide a $10 gift certificate for custom framing!

Spring Mosaics by Denise Sirchie

Returning to Village Frame and Gallery this spring, Denise has brought several new pieces for our main display window – hummingbirds, ravens, and puppers oh my! Read more about Denise and her work here.

Perfect for Mom, you can make an appointment to see them up close in the gallery. Call us at 503-245-8001!

It’s not too late to see pastel paintings by the Dusty Divas!

It’s been a weird couple of months and after a great reception at the beginning of March, our featured artist show, The Dusty Divas, was shut down by the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Then, attempts to kindle the show online through the month of April were thwarted by technology issues – these ladies can’t get a break!

Here we are at the beginning of May and pastel paintings by The Dusty Divas still hang on our gallery wall. While they are still here, call us to set up an appointment to see the lovely works of Donna Stevens, Donna Sires, Beth Keyser and Kristen Horn.

We’re here and Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

If you haven’t got the gist of it yet – yes, we’re here! Working behind locked doors, we are available by appointment for framing design or if you want to browse the gallery (observing proper social distancing, of course). We have framed and unframed artwork in the gallery, handmade beaded jewelry, ceramics gift certificates and more. Looking for a gift for mom? Check out our “Window-only” featured artist show or give us a call, we’ll be happy unlock the door!

Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Highway, Portland 97219 in the heart of Multnomah Village. While our showroom is currently closed, we are in the shop most days Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Call us at 503-245-8001 to make an appointment.

Who are we?
We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and fine art gallery celebrating 20 years of high quality custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village. During these challenging times we appreciate your dedication to local businesses now more than ever. Stay healthy, wash your hands and thank you for your continued support!

“A Slice of Life” Fine Art in Pastel with the Dusty Divas

Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to present “A Slice of Life,” fine art pastel paintings by the Dusty Divas – local artists Donna Stevens, Kristen Horn, Donna Sires and Beth Keyser. An artist reception is planned for Friday, March 6th at 6 pm. Please join us to see these lovely pastel paintings and meet the artists!

Read more about the artists at the links below:

It’s First Friday in the Village!

The weather has been mild and we’re all itching to get out. Join us for First Friday for beautiful art, meet the Dusty Divas and grab a snack while you’re in the Village!

Our Framed Art Sale Continues!

Village Frame and Gallery’s entire framed art inventory is on sale now, at our lowest sale prices ever! No longer on the gallery wall, we still have wonderful artwork for sale in the display windows and on the picture rails. We have smaller items tucked away in back, so let us know what you’re looking for and we can check our inventory. We still have a few precious Kaye Synoground holiday pieces at great sale prices.

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 Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Who are we?

We are Beth, Lynne and Jeanette – a woman-owned custom framing shop and fine art gallery celebrating 20 years of high quality custom framing in the Village. We love art in all it’s forms and love being part of the fabric that is Multnomah Village.

Anne Bocci returns to the Village, Halloween Fun and First Friday, “Oh my!”

Village Frame and Gallery is pleased to welcome artwork by Anne Bocci in the Gallery during the month of November! Join us this Friday, November 1st, at 6pm for an artist’s reception celebrating Anne’s return to Multnomah Village!

About Anne Bocci

Anne Bocci is an artist, painter and jewelry designer. After decades of being an artist herself she opened Anne Bocci Boutique & Gallery in Multnomah Village in 2007 to support other artists and designers. In 2016 she expanded to Portland’s Pearl District to a larger space to celebrate more artists and to mentor designers. Besides promoting artists, Anne finds an oasis in creating art herself.

She has studied with the acclaimed Alexander Rokoff and Julia Armstrong Peltz. Her artwork can be found in shows around the US, and in the gallery space she has in the Pearl District, 416 NW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209. http://annebocciboutique.com

It’s Halloween in the Village!

Halloween in the Village is upon us again! Businesses all through the Village will be participating in a community wide Trick or Treating event. Candy, games, and more will be provided by businesses along SW Capitol Hwy and on SW Troy in Multnomah Village. This Thursday – Halloween – October 31st, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, rain or shine!

First Friday in the Village!

Take advantage of the dry weather and come out to the Village this Friday! Grab a bite, browse your favorite shops and stop in to see Anne Bocci and her new paintings!

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

September featured artist Amerinda Alpern, First Friday and more!

Aritst Amarinda Alpern

Amerinda Alpern joins us in September with “Connections”, a very personal journey expressed through, and in, fiber arts, paintings and kinetic sculpture. Meet Amerinda at our artist’s reception this Friday, September 7th at 6:00 pm.  “Connections” runs through the month of September.

More about “Connections”

Mindscapes 1

Mindscapes are two large felted quilts, conceived after I had brain scans for old traumatic brain injury (TBI) issues I discovered in grad school in 2002. Each stitch symbolizes new neuro-connections being formed in the brain as I worked with several systems to strengthen and heal old injuries.

 

 

Neuroscapes 3

Neuroscapes are a series of paintings revisiting brain injury, memory and aging, as I watch my father navigate dementia and slowly fade away. I am aware that people with head trauma have a higher rate of falling in the pathways of my father and so many others, effecting families everywhere including myself.

Thanks to recent brain research, my understanding of neuroplasticity is my new best friend. Neuroscapes is an artistic expression of my understanding of neuroplasticity as the ability to heal the human brain, whatever stage of life we are in. As with Mindscapes then; in Neuroscapes now, I am my own canvas of universal brain patterns common to us all, and my personal history.

It is the layering of connections to these patterns of brain and being, science and personal story that has captured my attention. There are between 20 and 30 layers in each painting. Each new layer, I imagine my brain recreating itself through growing new neuro connections. Artistic creativity and neuroplasticity fuse together into “Neuroscapes” of healing, artistic synergy.

The process of working in a grid, deconstructing and reconstructing each completed pattern, is a metaphor. The human spirit dedicated to recreating oneself over a lifetime. – Amerinda Alpern

Kinetic sculpture by Amerinda Alpern

First Friday – Open Late!

Meet Amerinda Alpern at our First Friday artist’s reception 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.

Celebrating Multnomah Village with posters by Kaye Synoground

It’s finally here! Multnomah Days is a time-honored tradition in Multnomah Village and this year promises to be the best ever!

This year Village Frame and Gallery celebrates Multnomah Village with the familiar images by Kaye Synoground. Posters and reproductions of Village businesses  present and the past – O’Connors, Renner’s, Annie Bloom’s, along with Gabriel Park and other Village scenes, will be for sale in the Village Frame and Gallery booth.

Stop by the Village Frame and Gallery tent Saturday and and say “Hi!” and see if some of your favorites are here!

Just Passin’ Through by Kaye Synoground

Renner’s Bar and Grill by Kaye Synoground