Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chasing Iceland

Visit Iceland through the Photography 

"Chasing Iceland" is the name photographer Daniel Ionashku gives his new show at Second Story Gallery. The pictures will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, part of the Downtown Camas First Friday activities.

Ionashku made a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Iceland last November and shares his images from the adventure. He says he was greeted by the Aurora Borealis through his airplane window, sailing along beside him in the night sky as he landed. After that welcome, he spent his days traveling the ring road that circles the island country, enjoying an eerie calmness with landscapes unlike anywhere else.

The resulting photos, which he prints on canvas, will be displayed through March 31 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. The gallery is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

About the Series

This series comes from a journey around Iceland in November. The trip was booked in an instant spurt of spontaneity as a friend and I were getting coffee. Two weeks later, we were arriving in the Nordic country. Upon descent, we saw the Aurora Borealis outside our airplane window, steadily flowing alongside us in the night sky. A wonderful way to be welcomed.

The rest of the trip involved driving around the ring road that circles the remote country. Despite the harsh weather that seemed to change every 10 minutes, there was a beautiful and eerie calmness to all of it. With breathtaking views in every direction and landscapes unlike anywhere else, it truly felt like another planet. Being so far north, the sun seemed to just hover over the horizon all day long giving us an extended dusk and dawn — a slow and constant rising and setting that seemed to slow down time.

I often dream of what it might look like to explore distant planets. These remote places are my glimpse into a universe of wonder.

About the Artist

Growing up, I was fascinated with exploring new places and capturing my experiences. Being the youngest of 7 kids raised by a single mom in a low income household, I was taught to cherish moments over possessions (read: we were poor). My joy came from the memories made with friends and the curious places we would find rather than the things money could buy us. As soon as I made any money, I spent it on a camera that I used to capture everything. In school, I was the guy walking around with a camera while everyone else walked around with their blackberries and flip phones.

Photography was my enabler — my escape from the out-of-reach desires and into a world of beauty and depth. It was, and it continues to be my motivation to see the world.

Daniel Ionashku 

Please join us for the 
First Friday Artist's Reception
March 2     5 - 8 pm
Live music provided by Brad Jensen

Open to the public - all are welcome!

Monday, January 29, 2018

"There May Be Secrets"

Second Story Gallery Features Whimsy with a Dash of Mystery in February

“There May Be Secrets,” a show of whimsical artwork inspired by ordinary people, will be on view at Second Story Gallery in February. Portland artist Alan Rose will be on hand to explain what he means by secrets when his show is unveiled during First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. This public reception, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, will feature chocolates and sparkling cider, part of the Downtown Camas Association “Wedding Affair to Remember.”
Waiting for Deliverance

Rose creates images of people in everyday situations, but with a nod, he says, to silliness and ambiguity. He confesses to having an offbeat point of view, as well as a style reminiscent of the Sunday funny pages. Even his colors feel like something out of the comics.

Getting Out More
Rose says he starts his paintings by making “quick, scribbly drawings” until an image or concept begins to emerge. He plays with the art---and the title for the piece--until he strikes the right balance between serious and playful. Then he picks up the paintbrush. “I want my paintings to be peculiar, accessible, and thought-provoking,” he says.

A graphic designer for most of his career, Rose earned a fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and a masters in art therapy from Marylhurst Since 2007 he has devoted his time to his painting. He says the flat, cartoon-like style he has developed with acrylic paint suits his preference for edgy but droll humor.

“There May Be Secrets” continues through Feb. 24 at Second Story Gallery, open during regular library hours and located at 625 NE 4th Ave. in Camas. 

First Friday Artist's Reception
February 2    5 - 8 pm

Keyboardist/Guitarist Brad Jensen will be 
performing during the reception.
Public is welcome!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Metamorphosis - Inevitable Change

Winter Artists at Second Story Gallery 
Explore the Art of Change

Second Story Gallery will bring together two contemporary artists who both work to capture the instant of change in their respective art forms.  Karen Folgarelli paints the moments, Chris Fackler-Lowery forms porcelain vessels that look as if they’re just emerging from another state.  Together these two artists will present Metamorphosis:  Inevitable Change, opening Dec. 1 and continuing through Jan. 22.

Both artists will be on hand for a Dec. 1 reception that's part of First Friday in downtown Camas.  This free event includes live music and refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The two artists have different backgrounds as well as different mediums.  Folgarelli is new to the Northwest and says she has “an eagerness to explore and hike the landscape.”  New paintings and projects are emerging, she says, due to the uniqueness she sees around her.  “I’m inspired by the infinite details of inner and outer landscapes,” the painter notes, “My perspective flows between the physical and metaphysical.”  In addition, she says her process explores science, poetry and “childlike wonderment” as she layers acrylics, gold leaf and lacquer to create canvases of her discoveries.

For Fackler-Lowery, a Northwest native who makes delicate pottery, “the smudges of smoke, streaks of carbon and the rising heat of the fire form a storm of elements” that force the pattern and color onto her vessels.  She says she chooses to work with porcelain because of the stark contrast of its brightness to the dark mood that the smoke creates on its surface.

Saying she’s always astonished to see how the fire touches her work, she admits that sometimes the smoke and fire--“undirected by me”--make the perfect color and pattern combination.  “I want others to feel the organic properties of the clay and to see how you can use smoke and fire to echo nature’s soft beauty on the clay form.”  People who touch her work for the first time are surprised that the clay can be so warm and alive.

Fackler-Lowery says she’s continually working on the firing process to develop her techniques in her ceramic studio, which sits on a 20-acre Camas property.  She’s been working with clay “in earnest” for the  past ten years and has received top honors from numerous shows and galleries, including Attic Gallery in Camas where her work is permanently on display.

The clay artist meets the acrylic artist for the first time in their show “Metamorphosis,” but the two share a distinct style of unfolding and revealing those “inner and outer landscapes.”  This is an unusual two-month show at Second Story Gallery; it will continue through Jan. 22 and will open for viewing during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.  Second Story Gallery is located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas.

Monday, October 30, 2017

"Mirror, Mirror"

Second Story Gallery Offers Masks in “Mirror, Mirror”

Second Story Gallery will display contemporary masks by artist Annette Jackson in November.  She designs colorful, exaggerated faces to elicit emotional responses from her viewers.

Some of Jackson’s masks feel symbolic, some celebratory, while others express an attitude or character.  “These masks make me smile, contemplate, question and bring me hope,” she explains.  She adds that she hopes they will do the same for you.

Meet the artist at an opening reception on First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  The free event is open to the public and will feature live music with Jeremy Tuell and refreshments as well.  “Mirror, Mirror”  will continue through Nov. 25 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.  

Artist's Reception
Open to the Public 
Friday November 3
5 - 8 pm

Live music with Jeremy Tuell

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Art for the Life of Elephants

Artists support African Elephants 
at Second Story Gallery Show in October

Elephants in all their majesty take over Second Story Gallery in October, along with paintings of other African denizens and scenes from nature. Vancouver artists Gary Watson and Katey Sandy are supporting an elephant sanctuary with their own educational outreach, which happens to be the name of their show: Art for the Life of Elephants (ALE).

The two painters, also neighbors, have joined forces in an organization that combines the talents of artists who donate time, materials and their art to benefit the Wildlife Conservation Network. The artists’ proceeds from several of the paintings in the Second Story Gallery show will go to support the Elephant Crisis Fund, one focus of the San Francisco-based conservation group.

Watson calls their interest in Africa a vicarious fork in the road, since neither artist has traveled there yet. But they have become well acquainted with the mission to protect endangered species and hope to support strategies for people and animals to coexist on the planet. He is a co-founder of ALE, a Northwest advocacy group that taps into the talent of writers, painters and other creative donors. Watson says his own career has taken many turns, listing scientist, papermaker, inventor, novelist and now wildlife advocate.

Sandy is a well-known Vancouver watercolorist who leads specialized art classes at Clark College, the culmination of 40 years of teaching experience. She will be chairing the annual show of the Society of Washington Artists in the spring. She says she paints intuitively from an internal inspiration, capturing shapes and textures from nature. Sandy’s style includes montages of overlapping shapes and abstract, expressive interpretations. 

Both artists will be on hand during the October 6 - First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. They will offer more information on the foundation supporting what Watson calls “elephant embassies.” Providing music at the reception will be keyboardist Brad Jensen. Refreshments will be served.

“Art for the Life of Elephants” will remain on display through Oct. 28 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

James H. Smith - Underwater Around the World

Second Story Gallery Photographer Explores the Underwater World

Photographer James H. Smith has always enjoyed nature photography but when he started scuba diving, a whole new world opened up.  Starting in 2009, he began diving and taking pictures in special places around the world.

The upcoming show at Second Story Gallery reveals some of what he sees under the waves.  In an attempt to wring the most out of the last days of summer, the warm-water show will span two months from Aug. 4 to Sept. 28.  Smith has collected images of sea creatures from many exotic dive spots and calls his show “Underwater Around the World.”  The photographer, whose home port is Vancouver, will be on hand to talk about his work at an opening reception during First Friday in downtown Camas, from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4. 

Smith says he had been diving for about a year when he acquired an underwater camera and his interest in this specialized photography took off.  “I was and continue to be amazed by the beauty and diversity of underwater life,” he says.  His skill with the extraordinary subject matter has led to publication in Dive Training Magazine and Underwater Photography.

Now he’s filling Second Story Gallery with photos taken in such diverse locales as the Red Sea, Cozumel and the Philippines.  The exhibit will include conventionally printed and framed pieces but also photographs printed on metal, which Smith says is particularly well-suited for the colors and details of underwater life.

Smith will unveil his photographs at August’s First Friday in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.   The event is free and open to the public.  “Underwater Around the World” will continue through Sept. 28 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.  It's located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas.

First Friday Artist's Reception
August 4  5 - 8 pm
Live music preformed by Anthony Utehs