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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year, First Friday and Cinco de Mayo fall on the same day — what a great excuse to get out of the house and spend the evening in Multnomah Village! We’re open late and have a brand new show featuring the work of local artist Scott C. Johnson.
About Watercolor Artist Scott Colin Johnson
Although Scott C. Johnson’s landscape studies are rooted in plein air painting, early-on he began to add the little touches that rouse the imagination—the faint treetops that indicate a valley beyond the hill, or the tiny glint of water that tantalizes over a grassy dune. These hints at an unseen landscape beyond the one we see, were an introduction to his dream world.
Scott 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, a finding of the happy accident, and less with a specific reality.
He is a developed sensual being, with an appreciation for music, dance and garden design. Scott’s love of nature, refreshed by frequent trips and hikes, is evident in his work, but its mood, often portrayed by impending weather, dominates the objects 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, yet the mood is never hopeless, but lets us know that the next season, bringing the tiny leaves of Spring, is just beyond and approaching.
Scott’s work has been exhibited on the west coast since 1986 and is represented in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
In the act of painting it is my intent to express a beauty my soul yearns to manifest in imagery of lush colors and open space.
The images often arrive out of waking or, quiet [trance like] moments in their entirety. When I am available to chase them down, the ceremony of starting blossoms into a myriad of new directions. Thus the chase continues and I will often not know the direction of a painting until it is over half way done. Mastering patience of the medium and perserverance of vision is the practice I have chosen.
Join us First Friday for the Exhibit Opening and Artist’s Reception
We’re starting at 6 p.m. and everyone is invited. Village Frame and Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. Can’t make it this Friday? Our exhibits are always open to the public during regular business hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm.