Saturday, April 29, 2017

Images from the Interior




“Images from the Interior” is a dual art exhibit from two artists who were introduced when they were selected by Second Story Gallery for its May show.  Both use their chosen tools to explore beyond the surface.  Often that surface begins life as a portrait but goes deeper to capture an inner quality.

Earlene Holmstrom sticks to pastels to capture the spark.  She will be joined by Douglas Keith who paints and sculpts to get to the interior of his subject matter.  They will unveil their recent works at a reception on First Friday, May 5, from  to 8 p.m. in the Gallery. 
Keith experiments with a variety of textures and styles to capture his subjects, but he also notes his ideas and images come to him for some internal source.  He says he suspects they may come from the same place where dreams and myths originate, and that capturing them becomes a dialogue between the creator and the created.  His pieces range from dreamy landscapes to what could be death masks from an ancient--or alien--civilization.  His mediums include mesh, wood, basalt, molded cloth and paper.

While Keith looks inward for inspiration, Holmstrom spends her time observing passersby.  She says she loves the challenge of capturing subtle nuances in each face as well as the emotional message in the figure.  Nothing inspires her painting more than the people she encounters daily, she says.

Holmstrom spent her teen years working at the Ringling Art Museum in Florida but only recently settled on soft pastels for her own style.  She says she loves the vibrancy, the layers that can be built on paper and the feel of them in her hands.  Walking into her studio, she says, is like walking into a rainbow.

Both artists have turned to their mediums after careers in other fields.  Their combined show, a mix of images that delve into the interior of each subject, will open May 5 and continue through May 27 in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  In addition to the artists, keyboardist Brad Jensen will be at the First Friday reception with live music.




Second Story 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.  It’s located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

"From Our Point of View"







Photography by students from Camas High School takes over Second Story Gallery during the month of April. Titled “From Our Point of View,” the work includes character portraits, action shots and art photos as sophisticated as any found in a glossy magazine spread. These advanced students of teacher Doug Huegli will cap their spring break by attending an opening reception in their honor during First Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

According to Huegli, digital photography courses were added to film photography at the high school 13 years ago. With the opening of the new high school the next year, film photography went by the wayside and his digital classes have expanded from 16 students to the current 131. More than 1000 have passed through the classes, drawn from every grade level.


Returning students sign up for Advanced Photo and a few pursue advanced placement in photography, where they can meet criteria for higher education in the field. These young photographers, drawn from both the advanced class and advanced placement, are the ones taking part in the Second Story Gallery show. They include Trevor Gjerswold, Allyssa Heilbrun, Kelsy Lawrence, Nicholas Murray, Alexis Royal, Hunter Wade, Matthew Williams, Johanna Froehlich and Clancy Morgan.

As Huegli points out, the Camas School District has a close connection to the community and Second Story Gallery, where other student art has had a turn. He notes that in the past 25 years, school programs and students have really put Camas on the map. “Sports have dominated those headlines and hype, but in the background, artistically and academically, Camas is so much stronger,” he says. “The creativity and caliber of our students builds year by year.”

The show will continue through April 29 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. It’s open to the public, with free admission, during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 


First Friday Artists' Reception April 7  5-8 pm
Live music will be provided by Brad Jensen









Monday, February 27, 2017

The Soft Machine


Artist Combines Machines and Mankind 

Skip Enge says he knew from an early age that art is what drives him.  The Camas native unveiled his first show just three years after high school and calculates he has filled 40 one-man exhibits in the past 40 years. Make that 41.  Enge will show watercolors with an industrial edge at Second Story Gallery in March.  His show, "The Soft Machine," opens with a reception for the artist on First Friday March 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery.  

Keyboardist Brad Jensen will be providing music for the evening.


Enge explains "The Soft Machine" is another name for the human body and the main theme of a William Burroughs' book of the same title that concerns how control mechanisms invade the body.  There is an appendix in the 1968 British edition that makes this connection, he says, and Enge's paintings have a mid-century feel as well.  The subdued colors and industrial themes seem connected to a time when men and machines worked without electronic interface.

If Enge's new show looks like he just stepped out of a paper mill, the Camas mill is in fact a place where he found employment to save money for college.  But he says his work varies in approach, technique and symbolism.  "As a poet I see analogy in most things I think about and write about.  My personal painting style changes all the time . . . sometimes literal and other times fanciful."


Recently returned to his hometown, Enge is collaborating with the art department at Washougal High School on lessons for the classroom.  His commissioned pieces are in collections across the country and locally at the Oregon Historical Society and PeaceHealth Medical Center.

Enge says he has centered his life around creativity.  He has worked as a museum exhibit designer, graphic designer, fabricator and "creator of solutions" for museums and collections, all while painting in his extra hours.  He also writes poetry, often while he's painting, so a few poems will be exhibited alongside his watercolors to serve as his artist's statement.




First Friday Artist's Reception
March 3  5-8 pm











Monday, January 30, 2017

Three Voices, Three Methods, Three Classes from CHS



Friday February 10  5 - 8 pm
First Friday Pubic Reception 
(rescheduled from Feb 3)


Three Voices, Three Methods, Three Classes from CHS

Second Story Gallery will feature art by students from Camas High School's Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program in February in a show the artists are calling “3 Print Methods x 3 Artist Voices.”

The colorful art will be unveiled at a First Friday reception Feb. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. with the students in attendance and live music provided by CHS students as well.  The show continues through the month of February in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

Participants in the innovative IAA program at Camas High School have the opportunity to study connections between academic concepts and themes wile integrating those lessons with the arts.  According to IAA Program Leader Gina Mariotti Shapard, this makes their learning more connected, relevant and personally meaningful.

The art prints originate from an interdisciplinary unit on the theme of "Voice" this year, according to Shapard,  in which students studied political and artistic expression.  The freshman cohort learned about the artist Andy Warhol in preparation for a visit to a special exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.  They then chose current pop subjects of their own generation to create multi-color, reductive linoleum prints. 

Meanwhile, the sophomores designed and embossed images based on poetry they selected and performed as part of a national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud, in their English class.  The juniors created woodblock prints.  Each student chose someone she/he deemed to be a cultural icon, then used a print to introduce the viewer to the subject.  These images were inspired by the print that introduced Pocahontas to England, which the students learned about in their US History course.
This is the third Second Story Gallery show presented by the IAA students.  Shapard noted “It's a tremendous opportunity for our youth to have experiences such as showing their work in a professional gallery," and said she was grateful for ongoing support from the community."  The show will remain on exhibit through Feb. 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.










Friday, November 25, 2016

"The Creator's Creations"



Photography by Sandy Caldwell 
On View at Second Story Gallery

Almost 40 years ago, Sandy Caldwell bought a used Nikon camera from a friend and started experimenting.  Then kids came along and life got busier.  Her photographs back then filled family albums.

Fast-forward 20 years to her arrival in Washougal and the gift of a digital camera.  Caldwell says she fell in love with the scenery of the Gorge.  She also fell in love with travel and the chance to photograph “God’s beauty and creation” so she can share the wonder with others.

Some of those vivid landscapes will be on display at Second Story Gallery during the months of December and January.  This will be the third gallery exhibit for the popular local photographer.  This time she calls her show “The Creator’s Creations” and focuses on travel destinations from the past several years.  “Many of my photos are about being in the right place at the right time,” she says.  Her goal is to share these “creations” with those who may not be able to see them in person.

Caldwell will unveil her work at a reception Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  The show will remain on the walls through Jan. 28 and is free and open to the public. During regular library hours, the gallery is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.


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

Sunday, October 30, 2016




 Painter Mitch Wyninger presents “In the Shadows” 
at Second Story Gallery in November. 

The work is predominantly in oil and ranges from dramatic subjects to the more traditional, says the artist. Wyninger admits he often depicts a somber mood in his work but he points out that it’s broken up by the use of bright colors and light.  "In the Shadows" seems like where the work started, but it's moving into the spotlight.

Wyninger calls his style impressionistic and says he takes inspiration from vintage images.  Often depicting lone men with hats pulled down, he sometimes places them in a city crowd but sometimes in a trout stream.  The mood shifts from the Depression Era to serenity with a shift of color and light. 

The local artist is stepping out of the shadows himself, in a way.  He has spent his career as a landscape designer and horticulturist, involved in art but only finding the time to focus on his painting since retirement.  This is the third exhibit where his painting is featured and he says he is pleased to show his work again to the local community.  He is a 20-year resident of Washougal. 

The artist will be in the spotlight at a reception November 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Friday in downtown Camas. 


Wyninger’s show continues through Nov. 28 at the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  It's is free and open to the public during regular library hours for the remainder of the month.





Sunday, October 2, 2016

Art Quilt Group - Red & Black Attach!

Gallery will feature Red and Black in October

As if inspired by the Camas High School football blitz, local quilters are bringing fiber arts to the Second Story Gallery in October under the banner “Red and Black Attack!”  The  Art Quilt Group insists the red and black theme has nothing to do with the boosters club--it's a challenge they set for themselves a year ago.  But from Oct. 7 to 27, their clever choice brings school spirit to the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The group of fiber artists often selects a theme for their projects to tap into the artistic side of quilting.  Explains member Dianne Kane, “Innovative methods are encouraged.  Challenges are created.  New techniques are demonstrated.  Projects are shared.   The goal is to push us beyond our personal comfort zones and encourage us to create using new and innovative techniques.” 

Kane is a Camas resident but this group, founded in 2005, draws from all over Clark County and the Portland Metro area.  They’re drawn to the ‘No Rules” rule and agree to tackle two or three challenges a year with a theme based on color or form or technique.  Joining Kane for this red and black exhibit are Kathy Baumann, Louise Deatherage, Abbie Dick, Pat Gale, Alene Kempton-Gregg, Beth Herlin, Geri Kromminga, Sandi Miller, Barbara Neill, Kathleen Palmer, elinor peace baily, Linda Reinert, Wilma Scott, Emily Smith, Jane Wolfe, Beverly Woodard and Hedda Wright.


Their show takes the form of wall hangings except for one stand-out soft-sculptured chair.  They’re immensely talented women, according to Kane, who willingly share their expertise so that they all benefit from experiments with paints, yarns, stamps, buttons, metal, paper, cord, bleach and ink.



The fiber artists will be on hand for the First Friday opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.  Live music will be provided by 
Brad Jensen.  The event is free and open to the public.

For the remainder of the month, Red and Black Attack! will be on view during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.









First Friday Artist's Reception 
October 7   5 - 8 pm


Always a treat to have Brad Jensen play his wonderful music for us.




Gallery guests in Star Wars costumes  - another DCA First Friday activity.




Checking out the pumpkin which was part of the DCA First Friday event.