Friday, May 3, 2019

Big Skies and Small Wonders

Sky Paintings Enhance Blooms in May 
at Second Story Gallery

A dual show in May brings two artists to Second Story Gallery to present 

Big Skies and Small Wonders

Marilyn Slaby
Mary Chant paints landscapes with clouds dominating the horizon lines.  Marilyn Slaby has taught herself to shape blossoms from polymer clay, then paint them to equal anything found in nature.

Mary Chant
The two artists, strangers until this show, share a love of the natural world and both say they draw from it for their inspiration.  Painter Chant calls her Big Sky series "a joyful exercise in searching for an earthbound way to interpret the ethereal."

Sculptor Slaby says she began her flower creations using sugar but learned they were too fragile for permanent exhibition.  She has discovered polymers of several types to sculpt  petal by petal, leaf by leaf.  She says it's "fiddly" work and time consuming, but the results are amazingly lifelike arrangements of lilies, roses, peonies, even daffodils.
Marilyn Slaby

Mary Chant
This breath of spring will arrive at Second Story Gallery May 3, part of the Downtown Camas First Friday activities from 5 to 8 p.m.  Both artists will be on hand to meet patrons and explain their techniques. The public reception will also feature music by Rob Lewis.  "Big Skies and Small Wonders" will remain on display through May 25 during regular library hours.

Marilyn Slaby
Mary Chant - "The Mill"
One of the skylines created by artist Mary Chant for the current show “Big Skies and Small Wonders” will be recognizable to Camas folks.  She captured the venting steam above the Georgia Pacific mill in a tribute to the town’s papermaking history.  The artist calls it “The Mill” and she made it expressly for the dual show currently at Second Story Gallery.  

Friday, March 29, 2019

Northwest Wonderland

Camas photographer Dale C. Larson brings his outdoor scenes on metal plates to Second Story Gallery in April. He will be on hand to discuss his style of shooting at a reception Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

For his first formal exhibit, Larson has chosen to focus only on pictures he’s taken in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. “Northwest Wonderland” is a show of stunning plates, many oversized, ranging from bears and eagles on fishing expeditions to the simplicity of a single Japanese maple. Mount Rainier is represented, as well as Oneonta Gorge.

He’s sticking close to home in this hometown show, but Larson calls himself fortunate to have also photographed scenery on several continents before retirement. He began by focusing his camera on wildlife, he says, but has gravitated toward scenic landscapes to preserve his travels.

The April 5 unveiling, part of the Downtown Camas First Friday event, will also feature live music by Rob Lewis. The photography show will remain on display through April 27 during regular library hours.

Artist's Reception 

Friday - April 5   5 - 8pm

Open to the Public!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

From the Heart

One of the largest groups in Second Story Gallery’s history will be offering work “From the Heart” during February and March.  The Southwest Washington Watercolor Society will send 24 members to fill the walls of the gallery, located upstairs in the Camas Public Library. 
The opening reception is Feb. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.  It will offer a chance to meet all the artists as well as music by Brad Jensen and chocolate refreshments, part of the downtown First Friday celebration.  The show will continue through March during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday  in the library.

That's a lot of art . . . come see what they've produced for their show called "From the Heart."

First Friday Artist's Reception
February 1  5 - 8 pm

Public is Welcome!

Brad Jensen will be providing music on
the guitar and keyboard.

Friday, November 30, 2018

The World Is Full of Beauty and Love

December Art Reception at Special Time

Second Story Gallery will hold an artist reception at a special time Dec. 7, with the intent to attract visitors to the new show by Jennifer Neal before the festivities begin with Hometown Holidays. The Gallery will offer music and treats as part of a “twilight” artist reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

Neal’s show, “The World is Full of Beauty and Love,” will be unveiled that night and remain on display through Jan 26, 2019, in the Gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The Camas artist says her work is her way of changing the world, one painting at a time. “I'm interested in creating art that explores how our human connections are embodied in the materials and rituals of our daily lives and how those reflect beauty or brutality.”

She points to a bag of coffee beans in her kitchen as an example of something holding “a thousand hidden stories of people across time and space,” saying she’s most interested in art that explores human connections in the materials of daily life. She says she prefers “the beautiful story, the one that acknowledges the deep wounds of the world and imagines less brutal possibilities.”

Neal’s bold paintings will be on exhibit through Jan. 26 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 December 7
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
(please note special reception time)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Storytellers - "Storytime"

Fiber Artists Take Inspiration from Favorite Books at the Library

Books are the inspiration for The Storytellers, a fiber arts group presenting a show at
Second Story Gallery in October and November. The six local artists have chosen some
favorite titles to use as starting points for their piecing, quilting and embellishing.
Appropriately, they will display their pieces in a show they call "Storytime" in the
Gallery that is upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The group of artists and friends define storytelling as a cultural activity of sharing,
sometimes with improvisation and theatrics. They continue the tradition by using their
quilted pieces to present visual stories. They will be on hand to explain their creative
processes at a First Friday reception Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery. Following the
Oct. 5 opening, “Storytime” will be on display through Nov. 30 and available 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.

Several activities based on the books will take place during the two-month show, some
for children and some for adults. The titles include the children’s book “The Invention of
Hugo Cabret;” the Pulitzer-prize winning “All the Light We Cannot See;” the beautifully
illustrated “Dreaming In Color: An Autobiography” by Kaffe Fassett; and the novel
“Glaciers” by Portland author Alexis M. Smith. The Camas Library web site contains information on every scheduled event.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Into the Light

Two-month show will feature two artists, two mediums

Two colleagues.  Two kinds of painting.  Spanning two months.  Second Story Gallery will present watercolors and oil paintings by Mary Alred and Julie Anne Smith during August and September.

Hydrangea - Mary Alred
Their combined show, “Into the Light,” will open with a reception for the artists Friday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.  The paintings are coming from the art space the two opened over two years ago in Vancouver which they call The Muses: Fine Art Studios.

The two met eight years ago while each was renting dark studios in basements.  They joined forces when a new, light-filled space became available in 2016 on Evergreen Boulevard.  Smith says the move motivated and inspired them.  Alred adds that she feels submerged in the arts of Camas and Vancouver.
Bluenotes - Julie Ann Smith

Following the Aug. 4 opening, “Into the Light” will be on display through Sept. 29 and available 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.

Artist's Reception
Friday August 3
5 - 8 pm
All are welcome!

Live music provided by Brad Jensen

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Take a Closer Look

Photographer Wants Viewers to Take a Closer Look at Second Story Gallery in July

Take a closer look, urges photographer Dennis Allison, as he presents stunning pictures of local wildlife in his July show at Second Story Gallery.  “I love to take a closer look at Nature when something surprising catches my eye,” he explains, the reason he calls his show “Take a Closer Look.”

He says he gets “double the fun” when a viewer stops and moves closer to examine a detail.  But he says his biggest thrill may be those times when he looks through his lens in the field and discovers an animal taking a closer look back at him.  “And then there are those rare times when I discover an animal has been examining me without me knowing it while I’m looking at another part of Nature.”  Goose bumps.

Allison could experience that moment in the local habitats of Lacamas Lake Park or Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, two of his usual haunts.  Another favorite location is Hawaii. 

The retired psychologist and medical school professor says he has rediscovered the joy of nature photography in the last few years, mostly using his Nikon camera with a zoom lens that requires no changing in the field.  That makes it great for sudden, unique moments that can’t be staged, he says.  But there are unforeseen times when he uses his cell phone camera as well, he admits.

Being a psychologist, Allison says he’s very interested in the psychology of animals, especially birds.  “I happen to think that bird brains are amazing,” he quips.

The show at Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, is his first solo art show.  It will open with a reception for Allison from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, with refreshments and music by keyboardist Rob Lewis.

Following the July 6 opening, “Take a Closer Look” will be open for viewing during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

First Friday Artist's Reception
July 6     5 - 8 pm
Public is Welcome!

Live music provided by keyboardist Rob Lewis