Multnomah Arts Center has lost one of its own. A much loved instructor of watercolor and colored pencil, Kaye Synoground taught classes here since 1997, only retiring a couple of years ago.
Kaye was a career artist with over thirty years of experience including professional illustration, as an owner of her own studio gallery, A Closer Look in Multnomah Village, and teaching at places like the Multnomah Athletic Club and our center. Kaye was a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Colored Pencil Society of America, the Beaverton Arts Commission, and the Westside Artists group. Her work has been exhibited at the Washington County Museum, the Columbia Arts Center, the Halvorsen Gallery and the Newport Visual Arts Center. She also has had work published in “The Best of Colored Pencil” 1996 and 1997 by Rockport Publishers in Massachusetts.
Kaye brought to the classroom an encouraging and engaging atmosphere, and students flourished in her classes. She has been a true community member here – and has been supportive and generous with our program – donating equipment and supplies to help support our mission. We are honored to have worked with her and to have called her a friend.
Kaye passed last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She had enjoyed a brief remission from the cancer this last year, during which time she worked in her studio and put on a lovely retrospective show this June at the Village Frame & Gallery in Multnomah Village. An artist until the end, Kaye showed a zest for art and life that was remarkable and admired by all that new her.
A memorial for Kaye will be held on July 27th from 5 – 8pm at the Village Frame & Gallery in Multnomah Village.