Friday, June 28, 2019

Animalibris - Muriel Wheatley & Levi Greenacres

The Art of Paper Cutting Arrives at Second Story Gallery

There is an art to paper cutting as demonstrated by July’s show at Second Story Gallery. The designers behind each creation call themselves Lovebirds Paper, a duo made up of Muriel Wheatley and Levi Greenacres who happen to be . . ahem, lovebirds.

The whimsical art in July deserves a whimsical title: Animalibris. It's a mash-up named for the subjects, mostly animals, and their surroundings--the Camas Public Library.

The "Animalibris" show draws much of its focus from botanical and biological illustrations, capturing a number of creatures in their most playful environments according to the artists. The results are silhouettes, often layered with colors but with at least one of those layers carefully cut to reveal the others.

The two behind Lovebirds Paper have been collaborating on paper cuts since 2015. They say they draw from a wide variety of modern and historic influences, including Art Nouveau, screenprinting and woodcarving styles. Muriel Wheatley is a librarian and paper enthusiast who patiently cuts all of the designs by hand. Levi Greenacres, a Portland tattooer and children's book author, draws all of the Lovebirds designs.

Anamalibris opens with a First Friday reception for the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. July 5. Live music will be provided by Rob Lewis and refreshments will be served. The show remains in the gallery through July 27 and is 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.

More of the Lovebirds Paper works can be viewed on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook @lovebirdspaper, and at

Artist's Reception 
Open to the Public
Friday July 5,  5 - 8 pm

Live music with Rob Lewis

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Changing Perspectives: An Exhibition & Performance Collaboration

"Changing Perspectives:  
An Exhibition & Performance Collaboration"

Art and performances by the Camas High School
 Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program students.

Second Story Gallery hosts high school students in June with an exhibit of their work and special performances June 7 during the First Friday event sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association. 

The original entertainment, "Field Trip Friday," is a brief, interactive and immersive performance engaging the public with the student art that will be unveiled that night.  Gallery visitors may take part by meeting student actors in the library entry at 5:15, 6:15 or 7:15 p.m. and entering into the experience of this unique improvisational piece.  For those who prefer to be on their own, they will be able to visit the gallery and the refreshment table as usual during the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

"The opportunity for student artists and actors to collaborate is rare, and these Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) students were passionate about their chosen 'spine' or underlying theme for their work," commented Gina Mariotti Shapard, IAA Program Leader. The unifying theme of the collaboration, "Changing Perspectives,” is about students' evolving perspectives from childhood to where they are now and how they are influenced by their environment, family, school, peers and culture. 

She said the students concluded through their discussions that everyone has underlying similarities, and what is needed in our society is acceptance and the understanding gained through knowing each other more deeply.

After deciding on their theme, the visual artists created paintings, drawings, altered books, and sculptures that will be exhibited in the Gallery during June.  With the subject in mind, the actors participated in a residency led by Heather Kahl, theatre director at Riverside Performing Arts.  They devised their original piece, "Field Trip Friday," to connect with the visual art in the gallery.  They will perform it interactively with visitors who want to participate during the opening reception, at one of the three intervals of 5:15, 6:15 or 7:15 pm. The free performances run approximately 30 minutes and will begin inside the library's front door where student actors will gather their participants.
"Showing and performing their art publicly at Second Story Gallery is a lifetime opportunity for these young artists," said Mariotti Shapard.  "I am heartened by their courage and willingness to be vulnerable with their art."  The IAA program in Camas High School includes students in grades 9-12 who take select academic classes in which the visual and performing arts are integrated for deeper understanding. The program focuses on creativity, critical thinking, and community.

These 10th graders are getting ready for their devised theatre performance at Second Story Gallery for First Friday.  Students from the Integrated Arts and Academics program at Camas High School not only have created the artwork for the June exhibition, they are offering a new type of immersive theatre experience to engage with the public at three different times during the opening night reception. "Field Trip Friday," their own work, will start in the library entryway at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. for those who want to participate for about 30 minutes.

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.