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!
Portland artist Scott C Johnson returns to Village Frame and Gallery this month with new work in acrylic and watercolor!
About Scott C. Johnson
Although his landscape studies are rooted in plein air painting early onScott C. Johnson began to add the little touches that rouse the imagination — the faint treetops to indicate a valley beyond the hill, or the tiny glint of water that tantalizes over a grassy dune. These glimpses of the barely distinguishable landscape beyond the one we see were an introduction to his dream world.
He developed the soft washes of the Japanese tradition as well as the refined linework of the Persian miniature. As he grew more confident with the brush he also became more involved in meditational techniques and the painting became more concerned with recording a process, a trance state, the finding of a happy accident with less regard for a specific reality.
He is a developed sensual being with an appreciation for music, dance and garden design. His love of nature refreshed by frequent trips and hikes is evident in his work yet its mood often portrayed by impending weather dominates the subjects in the landscape. There are subtle references to change in the clouds and stronger references to death and loneliness in the leafless trees of his latest work but the mood is never hopeless and lets us know the next season will bring tiny leaves of spring which is just beyond and approaching.
More by Scott C. Johnson:
Also in the Gallery
We are pleased to welcome Denise Sirchie and one of her latest mosaics, “Scarlet” back to the gallery for a limited engagement. You can view Scarlet in all her exquisite detail our display window. Read more about Denise Sirchie here.
First Friday – Open Late!
Meet Scott C. Johnson at our First Friday artist’s reception tonight beginning at 6 pm! 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.
Head’s up! We’re on summer hours. Come see us Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, or by appointment.
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!
Having 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Join us for First Friday, starting at 6 pm to meet local printmaker 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Raku ceramics by John Berland
Or, something more literary …
Can’t wait to see you on First Friday in Multnomah Village!
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
Bill Bailey: Landscapes
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.
If you’ve ever wanted one of Madeline Janovec’s monotypes, now’s the time – before they’re gone.
Madeline Janovec is a legend in the Portland art community. She taught hundreds of students, had her own gallery on SE Holgate, and worked tirelessly establish art exchanges and bring women’s art to Portland. After she passed away in 2011, younger artists Janovec had mentored packed her studio for an impromptu memorial. Her legacy will endure.
A prolific artist, Janovec left behind a number of monotype paintings. Right now, there are some very good opportunities to take one home. If you have been considering a Janovec piece, don’t wait. Stop in our gallery today or call to schedule a time to view Janovec’s remaining works and discuss prices.
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
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.
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.