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












Saturday, July 1, 2017

"Paintings by Tom Relth"

Grist Mill Pooling


Meet local artist Tom Relth at Second Story Gallery during First Friday July 7th, 5 -8 pm and enjoy complimentary refreshments and the music of keyboardist Brad Jensen. 

The painter combines abstract brush strokes with actual representations from nature, hoping to guide viewers to see what he calls his hypothetical landscapes.  He will be exhibiting these windows into the world at Second Story Gallery from 
July 7 through 29.


Whipple Creek

"My work is at once abstract and representational. I work in abstract landscape, and of my experience, hoping to guide our survival mechanisms to “read” the painting as a kind of window into this hypothetical landscape.

By tackling the picture plane, first based upon that experience, I attempt to capture an illusion of space within the accompanying foreground. Within this, using the natural elements of representation as clues, one perceives a place to explore. Here, there are no actual trees, leaves, or rocks or other “clues”. There is no trail. There is no horizon line. Yet, within these colors, there is a place to go. Hopefully, I reach a complexity as in nature.

The works attempt to share a vision of the rational and representational, but also the unseen and unspoken spiritual spaces of the creation. The color choice in the works may evoke synesthetic associations in the viewer. If one remains quiet with the paintings, it is possible to sense a kind of silent music.”       - Tom Relth 


Whipple Creek
           

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Come Rain or Come Shine" Steve McCarthy




Photographer Steve McCarthy likes to say that because he was born in San Francisco, he grew up in the shadows of John Muir and Ansel Adams.  That’s how he developed an early love of nature along with an interest in photography.

Lucky for us, he now calls Washougal home.  His landscapes will grace the walls of Second Story Gallery in June, and here's your invitation to the opening reception.  Come meet this award-winning photographer and Washougal resident at our First Friday Artist's Reception June 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  Live music will be provided by Jeremy Tuell.

Steve's work was recently selected for display in the Portland Japanese Garden calendar and he was named a finalist in the 2016 Great American Landscape contest in Outdoor Photography Magazine.  USA Today’s “10 Best” also selected one of his photos of the Grand Canyon for their anniversary article on the National Parks.  All three of these landscapes will be available for viewing during his new show in Camas, which will run through June 29.

Check out Steve's website for more of his amazing work.  
www.solstice-photography.com

First Friday Artist's Reception
Friday June 2   5 - 8 pm
Music provided by Jeremy Tuell

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.