No Joke, Spring Fever Fine Art Sale ends Saturday, April 1st! Next: Shirona Lurie

Painting of string trio playing music

Save 20% to 70% on artwork right now at Village Frame & Gallery

There are still some great buys  to be had on classic fine art, but get in here before the month — and the sale –end!

Painting of string trio playing music
By Fran Kivet

 

April Featured Artist: Shirona Lurie

Exhibit opens Tuesday, April 4th and runs through Saturday, April 29th. Watch your email for more info about Shirona and her artwork.

Abstract collage
Fruition 1 by Shirona Lurie

 

Books: In the Mist and Life Beyond My Body

We still have copies of In the Mist: Giving Voice to Silence and Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China for sale in the gallery.


In the Mist
 — a Book of “Painterly” Photography Illuminated by Poetry

Cover of In the Mist: Giving Voice to SilenceAn ode to the ethereal wonder of mist, this spectacular collaboration is comprised of exquisite images from photographer Russell J. Young accompanied by nuanced poems from seven esteemed Oregon poets. With soft, pale breath, the mist casts an undeniable veil of silence wherever it reaches — from the glassy face of a pond to the concrete underbelly of a bridge to the towering shoulders of a pine forest. These mist-clad Oregon landscapes and urban moments, along with their poetic responses, evoke the whisper of stillness. This book binds together poetry and photography in a relationship in which one is not excluded from the other, but rather both are met and bound and emerge as a new wholeness — a wholeness seeking that which is hidden in the mist and that which is revealed: silence, memory, breath.

In the Mist Photographer: Russell J. Young

In the Mist Poets: Margaret Chula, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Diane Holland, Andrea Hollander, Paulann Petersen (Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita), Donna Prinzmetal, Penelope Scambly Schott

Click here read the introduction of In the Mist.

 

Life Beyond My Body — the First Memoir by a Trans Man from China

Cover of Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in ChinaBorn in a rural Chinese village and identified as a girl at birth, Lei Ming, is barely cared for during his childhood. Often lonely, terrified and abused, he learns early to fend for himself and look within for answers, but there he discovers a paradox that threatens to undo him. Although he does not yet know the word “transsexual,” at 16, Ming sets out on a secret mission to find relief. Life Beyond My Body tells the true story of his quest to find answers in a society that is closed-mouthed about men like Ming.

Along the way, Ming finds solace and judgement in the Christian church, loves and loses a woman, begins his physical transition using black market testosterone, is jailed over his identity, and arranges for top surgery without blowing his cover. But ultimately, understanding the true meaning of being a man will require reckoning with God.

Life Beyond My Body Authors: Lei Ming and Lura Frazey

Read the Foreword by Lambda Literary Award-winning author Willy Wilkinson at LifeBeyondMyBody.com. “Chapter 1: Who Can Give a Man His Name?” is available at Transfaith.org.

Come See Us Today

Village Frame & Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, or by appointment, at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 — right in the heart of Multnomah Village.

Spring Fever Art Sale – Save 20% to 70% Starting First Friday March 3rd!

Painting of string trio playing music

Big Artwork Inventory Sale

Been looking at your walls all winter?  Time for an art refresh?  This month at Village Frame and Gallery we have beautifully framed fine art pieces at stock up prices!  Stop in this month and get your spring on! Be here on First Friday for the biggest selection and best sale prices. Village Frame & Gallery will be open late and we’re looking forward to seeing you. Here’s a small sample of the deals available this month:

 

Image of Richard Hall's painting Horizon II
Horizon II by Richard Hall
Classical Code II by Richard Hall
Close up of heron in watercolor with gold matte and frame
Original watercolor by Beki Killorin
Painting of table with tea pot, candle, and strawberries on it.
Still life by Dan Mitra
Painting of string trio playing music
By Fran Kivet

We the People Posters are Selling Fast, Get Yours Before They’re Gone!

We are happy to report our We the People posters fundraiser and Amarinda Alpern trunk show raised over $320 in February for the ACLU. We still have some of the posters and 100% of poster profits will be donated to the ACLU, so if you want a set of your own, don’t wait — quantities are limited.

See you tomorrow for First Friday — because community is everything!

Village Frame & Gallery is located at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219, right in the heart of Multnomah Village.

 

First Friday poster for March 3rd 2017 in Multnomah Village: Shops are open from 6 pm - 9 pm

 

 

 

Get We the People Posters Plus Savings on Framing in February

Want Your Own Set of “We the People” Posters? Come to Village Frame & Gallery!

Three red, white, and blue art posters, one depicting a Latina that says "We the people defend dignity," one depicting a Muslim woman that says "We the people are greater than fear," and one depicting an African American woman that says, "We the people protect each other."
by Shepard Fairey

“It’s really about making sure that people remember that ‘we the people’ means everyone, it means all the people. I think the campaigns were very divisive, more from one side than the other. But (it’s) just reminding people to find their common humanity, and look beyond maybe one narrow definition of what it means to be American.”

— Shepard Fairey

Have you seen Shepard Fairey’s artwork for the inauguration? Were you touched by it? We were too — and I had to get a set. So, I got several 9×12 sets, which will be framed and available for sale in the Gallery starting tomorrow. I have limited quantities  so get here before they’re gone! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. 

Need Custom Framing? Save 15% in February!

Have something of your own you want framed? Now is the time to do it. Bring in this coupon (or just pull up this blog post on your phone) and we’ll give you 15% off your next framing order. And yes, we still have a few designer mirrors on clearance.

Two coupons: one for 15% off custom framing February 14 - 28, 2017, and one for 70% off select designer mirrors.

See You Soon!

As always, we’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Beat the Holiday Rush and Save

Coupons: 15% off framing Oct 17 - 29 and 70% off select mirrors

Thinking you absolutely WILL, finally get that new piece of art framed to go in the dining room before Thanksgiving? Swearing this year you’ll have your great-grandmother’s needlepoint re-framed as a gift for your granddaughter?

Don’t Wait! Now is the Time to Bring in Anything that Needs Framing Before the Holidays

Things are already busy and about to get busier, so don’t put this off — especially since Village Frame & Gallery is offering 15% off custom framing October 17th – 29th. Just click on the coupons below to print a copy (or bring in this post on your smartphone).
Coupons: 15% off framing Oct 17 - 29 and 70% off select mirrors

We’re Here for You!

Bring your artwork and gifts that need framing to Village Frame & Gallery, 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 during regular business hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm.

3 Things You Can Do Now to Prevent the Blahs this Winter

Portland skyline on partly cloudy day

Feel the nip in the air lately? We all know what’s coming — the long months of little daylight. It’s time for some “winterizing” to head off the rainy season blues. Here are three tips that will pay off big:

designer-mirror-village-frame-70Lighten Up Your Home and Work Spaces

Sunlight is a proven mood booster, but few of us have homes or offices that make the most of the natural light available. As winter sets in, parts of our indoor environment become gloomy. The change is often so gradual we don’t notice it, but by mid-winter, its effect on our mood is obvious.

The easiest way to increase natural light in any space is to add mirrors. Take advantage of the sunlight we have now to experiment with placement. Any slightly shadowy corners you see now will have the atmosphere of a dark cave this winter. Installing a beautiful mirror in that dim nook can completely change the character of your room — for the better.

Bright colored painting of hut in a rural village.
Color Me Free by Marie-Claude Boucher

Add Color to Your Indoor Environment

Muted earth tones are a decor classic, but let’s be honest, they can be a bit too neutral when it’s gray outside. Drab even. There’s no need to completely redecorate, just add some pops of color to liven up your living spaces.

Start with a colorful piece of art. Pick one or two bold hues from it and add a few accent pieces or accessories to the room in the same colors. You don’t have to spend a ton of money: find throws and pillows in your color of choice, paint an end table or bookcase, or line up bright pots filled with plants. A little will go a long way.

Portland skyline on partly cloudy dayPlan Now to Get Out and About this Winter

Beautiful days like today make it easy to step outside. It’s hard to stay inside, actually. But reflect on winters past. How many times did you look our your window and think, “Nah. I’m staying in my jammies today”? Or leave work with mental blinders on, thinking only of arriving home? It’s a lot harder to get inspired to go out when it’s drizzly. But whatcha gonna do? We suggest a little strategic thinking.

Make a list — the longer, the better — of places to go and things to do around town. Not the places you usually go or things you usually do, aim for new experiences. Pretend you’re a tourist here. Brainstorm for things you usually don’t pay attention to in your hometown: public artplaces that put the weird in “Keep Portland Weird,” interesting MeetUps, museums and historical sites you’ve never visited. This winter, when you feel cooped up, pick an item on your list and get out of the house.

For More Inspiration, Visit Village Frame & Gallery

We offer artistic, designer, and custom mirrors, plus a wide selection of art, and ideas are always free! Come see us Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, or by appointment. Village Frame & Gallery is located in the heart of Multnomah Village at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.


Image credit: Portland Skyline 2 by Julie Gentry (see here) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Verticality! by Rosalyn Kliot and More this First Friday

By Rosalyn Kliot

Come see our newest exhibit and shop for your Mom this Friday, May 6th. 

Verticality! by Rosalyn Kliot

Mixed media image of brightly colored, stylized tree trunks.
From Verticality! by Rosalyn Kliot

This month, we’re featuring local artist Rosalyn Kliot’s new show, Verticality!, a collection of bright, colorful mixed media works that are, frankly, uplifting!

About the Artist

Rosalyn Kliot is an award winning and published artist currently residing in Oregon. Her works have been shown and or sold nationally and in a traveling exhibit in Japan.  She studied formally, earning a B.A in studio art while on scholarship at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  She is also a Certified Vocational Counselor.
“My art explores various themes, utilizing diverse media: painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper art and fiber art. Although formally trained, my approach is mostly experimental and intuitive. I employ various techniques in my mixed media collages, including stamping, spraying, stenciling and cutting or tearing monoprinted papers. I want the works to engage the viewer, drawing them into the piece”.
She is a juried member of the Oregon Society of Artists, and a member of ORA and Lake Oswego Arts Council.
Meet Rosalyn on Friday, May 6th, during our artist’s reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Mixed media image of brightly colored, stylized tree trunks.
From Verticality! by Rosalyn Kliot

Gifts for Moms

Sunday, May 8th is Mothers Day. Still looking for a gift your Mom will love? Stop by Village Frame & Gallery. We have jewelry by Susan Koch Bead Designs; seam rippers, pens and more by Randy Bonella — all made right here in Multnomah Village. And don’t forget framed art and gift certificates — they make wonderful gifts!

3 Reasons to Decorate with Mirrors

Picture of large mirror with elaborate gilt frame
Picture of large mirror with elaborate gilt frame
Got light? If not, check out our selection of designer mirrors.

Mirrors are you best decorating friend when you want to:

  • Make Small Rooms Seem Larger: Prop a tall mirror in a tight corner to instantly create the illusion of more space.
  • Express Your Personality: Hang a collection of mirrors of different sizes, shapes, and frame styles–your gallery-style exhibit will look especially dramatic if the wall is painted a deep, rich, or bright color.
  • Brighten gloomy corners: Hang a mirror so it reflects a window or lamp, directing the light where you need it most.

Right Now, Mirrors are 50% Off at Village Frame & Gallery

Stop by today to see our selection of designer mirrors on sale. We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. Need an in-home or in-office consultation? Call 503-245-8001.

In the Mist, Now at Village Frame & Gallery

Cover of In the Mist: Giving Voice to Silence

A book of “Painterly” photography illuminated by poetry.

Cover of In the Mist: Giving Voice to Silence
Available at Village Frame & Gallery now

An ode to the ethereal wonder of mist, this spectacular collaboration is comprised of exquisite images from photographer Russell J. Young accompanied by nuanced poems from seven esteemed Oregon poets. With soft, pale breath, the mist casts an undeniable veil of silence wherever it reaches — from the glassy face of a pond ot the concrete underbelly of a bridge to the towering shoulders of a pine forest. These mist-clad Oregon landscapes and urban moments, along with their poetic responses, evoke the whisper of stillness. This book binds together poetry and photography in a relationship in which one is not excluded from the other, but rather both are met and bound and emerge as a new wholeness — a wholeness seeking that which is hidden in the mist and that which is revealed: silence, memory, breath.

In the Mist Photographer: Russell J. Young

In the Mist Poets: Margaret Chula, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Diane Holland, Andrea Hollander, Paulann Petersen (Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita), Donna Prinzmetal, Penelope Scambly Schott

In the Mist Introduction

“As the truest society approaches always nearer to solitude, so the most excellent speech finally falls into Silence. Silence is audible to all men, at all times, and in all places. . . . Silence is the universal refuge.”

—Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack

This book is an artists’ collaboration of word and image, quietly multiplying further expression of the profound and fertile silence that Thoreau suggests is, ultimately, the deepest philosophy. Seeking the company of silence, photographer Russell Young spent over 10 years capturing the light and movement of these fleeting landscapes.

Interior of book with poem on left page and photograph of mist on right pageYoung and the poets of this volume approach the ineffable silences of mist-filled landscapes, places where air and water co-mingle. It is in the mist that the diaphanous veil between silence and sound, death and being, beauty and knowledge, seem most porous, where the possibility of silence and revelation draw near. In Young’s captivating photographs, the water-saturated air itself suggests a quiet introspection; a re-hydration of the self.

Margaret Chula, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Diane Holland, Andrea Hollander, Donna Prinzmetal, Penelope Scambly Schott, and Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen express as much in the silence between their words as with the words themselves, creating delicate containers of the beauty and mystery of a landscape touched by the Pacific Northwest’s rain-softened atmosphere. The lyric poems offer a momentary promise of a lifting of the mist or the nourishing enveloping of a deep fog—in landscape and in the self.

Each of the poems stirs in us the experience of mist and silence, evoking breath, memory, death, story, transition, and mystery–that which Prinzmetal observes is “half-hidden to us,” both visually and emotionally. What Holland describes as “a shimmer of mist . . . a thin indigo line,” Gutiérrez identifies as the “marmoreal breath of the world.” For Chula the mist soothes memory and lays to rest, temporarily, “the fear left behind.”

Interior of book with poem on left page and photograph of mist on right pageWorking together as a long-standing writing group known as The Portland Pearls, the poets collaborated with Young to respond to and draw inspiration from his evocative photographs. As in the intricate margins of a medieval illuminated manuscript, the words do not “explain” the images, nor do the images “illustrate” the poetry. Instead, in a centuries-old tradition of word and image, the photographs and poetry of this collection amplify each other and invite us as readers and viewers to enter into a near-sacred space.

It is no surprise that Thoreau, one of America’s great nature writers, sought the nexus of landscape, literature, and silence. So too do the photographs and poems of this book offer their spare gestures: our own self speaks to us through these images and poems of insight and heart, leaving room to bring forth our own breath, memory, or experience. Our encounters here within this book can awaken our own receptivity when next we wake to a mist-filled morning. The reader is invited into this space of reflection, a place of mystery captured by Young’s precision, a place where, as Petersen writes:

Silence has opened
its wide bloom.

Meg Roland Professor of English,
Marylhurst University

 

 

 

It’s Golden Ticket Time in Multnomah Village and Hillsdale!

Close up of part of Golden Ticket poster

It’s officially Golden Ticket time!  Nov. 16 through Dec. 31 participating Merchants in Multnomah Village and Hillsdale will be offering a special shopping program.  This is a great way to “Shop Local” and support local jobs and businesses! Village Frame Gallery will offer 10% off ready made frames and custom framing if you bring us a Golden Ticket from another shop.  And when you spend $10 on anything in the gallery, we give you a Golden Ticket to use for discounts, prizes or specials in other participating shops.

Golden Ticket poster

Multnomah Village Participating Businesses

Action Fast Photo

Annastasia Salon

Anne Bocci

Annie Bloom’s Books

Craft Factory

David Klick, LMT

Fusion Modern Organic Salon

Healthy Pets Northwest

Indigo Traders

Jacquelines Found & Fabulous

Jones & Jones Jewelers

Jules of Morrocco Clothing

Little Shop of Drawers

Maggie’s Boutique

Multnomah Antiques

Multnomah Family Care Center

Multnomah Village Dental

Northwest Wools

Peachtree Gifts

Peggy Sundays

Sarah J.

Switch Shoes & Clothing

Thinker Toys

Topanian Global Gifts

Village Beads

Village Family Dental

Village Frame & Gallery

Hillsdale Participating Businesses

Haircolor Salon Dirk

Hillsdale Veterinary Hospital

Other Worlds Games

Paint Pots Ceramic Studio

Paloma Clothing

Portland European Facials

The UPS Store

Food & Drink Participating Businesses

Baker & Spice Cakery

Dairy Hill Cream

Down to Earth Cafe

Driftwood Coffee

GiGi’s Cafe

Grand Central Baking

Hattie’s Sweet Shop

Maplewood Coffee & Tea

Marco’s Cafe

Medley Cafe & Tea

Nectar

O’Connors

Oak and Olive

Otto & Anita’s

Renner’s Bar & Grill

Salvador Molly’s

Sasquatch Brewing

Sip D’Vine

The Village Hut

Verde Cocina

Golden Ticket Gold Sponsors

Northwest Wools

Marco’s Cafe

Paloma Clothing

Village Frame & Gallery

Umpqua Bank

Golden Ticket Silver Sponsors

Hatti’s Sweet Shop

Jones & Jones Jewelers

Nectar

Healthy Pets

Hillsdale Farmers’ Market

Golden Ticket Bronze Sponsors

Peggy Sundays

Grand Central Bakery

Switch Shoes & Clothing

WYSE Kadish, LLP, Attorneys at Law

Thinker Toys

Annie Bloom’s Books

Haircolor Salon Dirk

Verde Cocina

Topanien

Portland European Facials

Maggies Boutique

Gigi’s Cafe

Indigo Traders

Advanced Massage Therapy