Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Presenting Karyn Mastrude

Karyn Mastrude, the December artist at Second Story Gallery, says she started drawing
as well as singing “immediately out of the gate.” She claims she entered the world with a
vibrato-filled wail of joy and the need to express herself, crediting her musician father and
all-round creative-type mother for “those kind of oars in my boat.”

With creative forces driving her on, Mastrude originally chose music, singing and touring
professionally through her teens and twenties. It was only two years ago that she picked
up a brush for the first time. The results will be on display at the gallery, upstairs in the
Camas Public Library, during the month of December. Mastrude will be on hand at the
First Friday reception Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. This unveiling is free and open to the public,
at 625 NE Fourth Ave.

Mastrude has sought out bold, abstract artists for her inspiration but says she is a self-taught artist who is completely at home “sitting in the middle of the floor on a canvas drop-cloth, covered in paint smudges.” She quickly developed a style of her own, she says. “I use the typical mediums in my work, including acrylic and glazes--and some not so typical mediums like glitter and glue.

Karyn’s show, “The Art of Balance and Tranquility,” will reveal the Camas artist’s eye for fluidity and movement that she says is characteristic of abstract art. The show is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 29.

The Art of Balance & Tranquility
First Friday Reception
Dec. 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Aksenova is November Artist

Larisa Aksenova draws on an early career as a geologist and hydrologist in Russia to create mostly abstract paintings that she will display in Camas in November.  After graduating as an engineer from Moscow State University, she spent 10 years in the field, where she says the seeds of her art were sewn.  The result, “The World Through my Eyes,” will be on display through Nov. 30 at the Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

“From the snow-filled forests and the ice-covered mountains of Siberia, to the heat and golden sands of the desert, these places left a permanent impression on me,” explains Larisa.  She said that, after moving to the United States, she tried work as a computer programmer, accountant and hairdresser, “all the while never forgetting the glorious sights I saw as a geologist.”  Those sights now inspire her art.

“I submerged myself in the world of drawing, watercolors and acrylics,” she said, crediting classes at Clark College for the first steps in her new life.  Realism, she says, led her to want new challenges.  “This is where I found a love for modern art and abstract art.”

“My attraction to abstract art comes from the fact that people can look at the same painting but each person will come away seeing and feeling something different,” according to Larisa.  “The meaning is in the eye of the beholder, always provoking thought, conversation and strong emotions.”

“I would like people to fee something significant when viewing my work and my goal is to incorporate how the use of color and form affect human emotion,” says the artist.

The public will be able to view Larisa’s acrylics and watercolors at Second Story Gallery, 625 NE Fourth Ave., Camas.  The show is open during regular library hours.

Join Us at the
 Artist's  reception 
 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Four Seasons October Exhibit

Second Story Gallery presents “The Four Seasons”, a show featuring photographs of the
natural world by Washougal resident, Sandy Caldwell.

Sandy began taking photographs around 30 years ago, with an older, used Nikon camera.
She began by experimenting with landscape photos, but had to set her camera aside when
the kids came along and life became very busy. Her family moved to Washougal fourteen
years ago, and Caldwell fell in love with this area and the beauty that surrounds us. With
the gift of a newer digital camera about five years ago, Caldwell rekindled her love of
photographing scenes of the Columbia Gorge, San Juan Islands, and many other places
her travels took her.

Caldwell's exhibit will continue through October 27, in the gallery upstairs
in Camas Public Library. The gallery is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It's located at
625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Inspiration/Exloration in September

“Inspiration/Exploration” is the name of the September show at Second Story Gallery, a title that, as one of the artists explains, comes from being inspired by materials that go beyond watercolor.

The group show will feature the work of AnnaMarie Clement, Kathy Sork, Julianne Schreiner and Linda McCulloch. It will be on display through Sept. 29. in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The four artists met while serving on the board of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society.

They continue to paint together and are currently experimenting with layers of tissue paper and
applying the kind of spider webbing that comes from a can at Halloween. As Camas resident
McCulloch explains, “We all bring something to the table, be it a new material, a new idea, a new approach, a new style or the joy and excitement of just being together, sharing our art.

The show is open to the public during regular library hours. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

If you missed Danielle Frost's great article about the artists in the September 4th Camas-Washougal Post-Record, click here to read it.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Want to Exhibit in the Gallery?

What do you get when you combine unretouched photography with the twists and turns of fiber on the walls?  
At Second Story Gallery in August you’ll get an emphasis on the natural world, when photographer Mike Ladage hangs his work side-by-side with mixed media artist Cathy Sholes-Tropple.  The two, who have never met, are displaying their distinctive pieces in a show Aug. 2 through 31 in the gallery located inside the Camas Public Library.

Sharing a love of nature, photographer Ladage and artist Sholes-Tropple will have their work unveiled at a reception that is part of First Friday in downtown Camas.  The free event in the gallery, where the two will get to know each other and introduce their work to the public, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

Sholes-Tropple is a Vancouver resident who has spent years working in oils and watercolor.  She said her multi-media art developed later because of her collections of shells and rocks, and the moss and twigs she picks up wherever she goes.  After discovering some colorful yarns in a coastal yarn shop, she realized she’d found a home for her treasures by creating background textures and fastening them into place.  She says she intentionally keeps her wall hangings rough around the borders as they would be in the natural world, spilling over the edges of the framework.

Washougal photographer Ladage began shooting pictures of his children playing sports, which led to freelance sports photography for the Post Record in Camas.  His interest in landscapes eventually had him turning his pictures into postcards, calendars and greeting cards of the local area that have been for sale in shops around the region.  

“I am amazed when someone asks me where a certain photo was taken and when I tell them . . . they say they drive by that area all the time and have never noticed it,” Ladage said.

The show” Reflections,“ will be open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 2012

Flocks of birds will land in Second Story Gallery in August, when Patricia Thompson displays handcrafted fabric wall hangings with an avian theme. “Feathers and Fabric” will coincide with the downtown Camas Quilt and Fiber Arts Show Friday, Aug. 3, and will continue through Aug. 27 upstairs in the Camas Public Library. 

Artist's Reception
August 3, 2012
5 to 8 p.m. 

After the reception the show is open to the public during regular library hours. The small art quilts play off color harmonies from batik borders and feature hand-pieced, dimensional bird motifs.

"Living near the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, I am continually inspired by the birds that frequent the area,” the artist explains. They provide the creative force for her mixed-media birds forming the focal point of each wall hanging.

“Creating art has always been a part of my life,” notes the artist. Thompson has tried several art styles; a charcoal picture was published in the 2008 Clark College art and literary book The Phoenix, and a creation in wood received an award in an annual show in Ridgefield. She says she has sewn since junior high and calls it a joy to marry the art of stitching with the beauty of nature.

Second Story Gallery is upstairs in the Camas Public Library, 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  The library's telephone is 360-834-4692.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Photo Diversity

The Camas Photography Club takes over Second Story Gallery in July, the culmination of a year’s worth of meeting every month in another part of the Camas Public Library over a shared love of picture-taking. The members, from beginners to professionals, from age 30 to the far end of their 60’s, are coming together for the show “Photo Diversity.”

A wide variety of digital photos will be on display in the library’s upstairs gallery July 6 to 28, with a kick-off reception for First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. Photographers with work on display are Karen Elliot, Patty Ingram, Bill Morris, Kirsten Muskat, Lois Settlemeyer, David Shibata, Stephanie Roberts, Lou Steffey, Jim Stewart, Joyce Lee-Westdal, Lincoln Westdal and Lisa Ziomkowski-Boten.

These photography enthusiasts found each other a year ago, when Kirsten Muskat formed the Camas Photography Club. It’s open to any adult interested in improving skills through a mix of critique, assignments and presentations about various aspects of the art. Muskat said she got the idea for the club after bumping into the same people out taking pictures as she walked the trails around her new hometown.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

June 2012

The Second Story Gallery is pleased to present
An exhibit of landscape paintings by local artist

Rebecca Trimble

An artist who has decorated downtown Camas with her murals, Rebecca will unveil some of her smaller works in an exhibit titled

“Rebecca’s Collection”

Rebecca says she stepped down from her ladder and mural painting when she had her fourth child and got instantly hooked on smaller versions of her landscapes in airy oils and acrylics. 

Rebecca has published two how-to books and is bringing out a third this summer, filled with inspiration for folk art painting projects.  She decorates furniture and small objects as well as canvases.  Her murals grace the walls of Panache and Accentuate, along Fourth Avenue in Camas.

Rebecca’s art has also appeared in painting magazines and she has demonstrated it at workshops across the United States and Canada.  She plans to begin offering classes at her home studio and maintains a professional web site where she offers patterns, tips and techniques.

Please join us at the

Artist's Opening Reception
Friday, June 1

“Rebecca’s Collection” will continue on display through June 29 at Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library (625 NE 4th Avenue).  The gallery is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Exhibit

From exotic African wildlife to a waterfall across the Columbia, the beauty of nature is being set down on paper by two artists from the Camas-Washougal area.

Mary Anne Harkness and Carolyn Gunderson 

will unveil

 “The Faces of Nature” 

at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Second Story Gallery in Camas. Their exhibit will continue through Saturday, May 26, in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

A Northwest native and 12-year resident of Camas, Carolyn grew up on a Washington farm with milk cows and so, she says, animals are a special interest for her paints, along with “anything experimental.” “Watercolor is an amazing medium, at times frustrating but always exciting” she explains. Trying to control and achieve your vision is always challenging and when it works, you have great satisfaction. However, my real passion is experimenting with mixed media, being surprised and excited when I discover something new, different and one-of-a-kind.”

Mary Anne says she’s been developing her approach to art for over 50 years, working in glass, encaustic, pottery, acrylics and wood in addition to watercolor. She earned a bachelor of fine arts from Arizona State University, and she notes the greatest influence on her art occurred during college when she traveled around the world with Chapman College World Campus Afloat. Since then, she has been using photos taken during her travels as subject matter, but says she has found new inspiration in the Columbia River and Mt. Hood since moving to Washougal a year ago.

Both artists plan to put the natural world front and center in their two-woman show of water media, encaustic and batik. As Carolyn explains, she “collects” photos of exotic beasts at zoos and wild animal parks throughout her travels because she loves the design and shape of them and the wildness of their spirits. “Almost 100 percent of my paintings are from these references,” she notes, “and I hope to live a hundred years to use them all.”

The gallery is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Photographer Alan Bosse Featured in April Exhibit

Imagine playing around with photography over the years, entering what you think is a rather unique shot in a Bing Earth Day photo contest, and winning over 17,000 entries. Just in time for Earth Day this year, that photographer, Alan Bosse, will be displaying his latest work at Second Story Gallery in Camas.

“Designed by Nature”

a show of Bosse’s macro photographs that includes the prize winner, will be unveiled at a reception during First Friday April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Saturday, April 28, in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library, 625 NE Fourth Ave. Earth Day 2012 is Sunday, April 22.

Bosse, a native of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), arrived in Camas last year after touring the world. He has visited 60 countries on all seven continents as a flight engineer doing relief work for the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations. He and wife Sharon found Camas following a trek through 48 states driving an 18-wheeler. He has settled into a downtown graphic design studio and says he especially likes the small town atmosphere, the exceptional library, Camas Produce for fresh food year-round, and the Farmer’s Market in the summer months.

Nature has always been Bosse’s focus as a photographer, he says, beginning as a young child when he collected “all sorts of insects, spiders, reptiles and any other living thing I could get my hands on.” He remembers he tried many times to get close-ups of his captured subjects before releasing them again. It wasn’t until 2008 that he bought his first camera designed to take macro photos, allowing him to get as close as half an inch away. Now, instead of trapping animals to get a closer look at them, he takes a really good close-up so he is able to study all the details.

Calling himself “painfully inquisitive” about how things work, Bosse said he loves solving problems and fixing things. The destruction of the natural world makes him look for alternatives as a way to protect the environment. “I have come to realize how beautiful all these creatures are and I have decided that Mother Nature is obviously the best artist and we are all trying in some way to emulate her,” he notes. ”My first love will always be nature and I see many opportunities to combine photography, nature and graphic design,” he adds. “I will always aspire to showcase the beauty of nature in the work I do.”

Is it a coincidence that this nature photographer from southern Africa traveled the world to find Camas to display his work on Earth Day 2012? Maybe. But Earth Day 2012 provides a wonderful opportunity to see prize-winning photos of nature by Alan Bosse, who once lived in South Africa and now calls Camas home.

Friday, March 2, 2012

March 2012

Second Story Gallery Presents
the photography and art of Camas artists

Dave and Beth Norwood

"Spring Rolls" by Beth Norwood

Their work will be displayed during the month of March
in a show titled

“For the Love of Nature”

Both Dave's photographs of birds and Beth's oil landscapes depict not only the artists’ love of the natural world but also the quiet beauty of this region.

Arriving in the Pacific Northwest in 1988, Beth has adopted an eco-friendly approach to oil painting and uses no additives or solvents from start to finish.  She grew up in New York state and says she was naturally drawn to study in her own backyard, in her case the Hudson River School artists of the 19th century who painted intimate studies of nature while also depicting its magnitude and grandeur.  Beth is a member of both Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America.  Her work has been published in International Artist Magazine and has toured with Paint the Parks/Paint America as well as the National Oil and Acrylic Society's 'Best of America' Shows.

"American Gold" by Dave Norwood

Dave says he feels fortunate that he discovered a hobby early in life that he has been able to stick to through retirement.  He acquired his first 35 mm camera in the early 60’s but converted his equipment to digital format upon retirement as he turned his hobby into a second career.  His business model changed, he notes, after a brief time shooting portraits and events.  Now it’s more grandchildren and Steigervwald Lake.  “The beauty of the Pacific Northwest continually beckons with landscapes and wildlife to be captured,” he explains.  “There is never a lack of subject matter for the camera.  It far exceeds the time and light available in a day.”

Both artists travel with cameras to capture that elusive moment, be it for painting reference or finished product. They say he loves the technical side and she, the artistic, so they say they always balance and teach each other. They’ll be on hand to discuss their styles at an

Artist's Opening Reception
Friday, March 2

The show continues through Saturday, Jan. 28 at Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library (625 NE 4th Avenue).  The gallery is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Second Story Gallery Presents Quilts with Heart

The annual fiber arts show

“Quilts from the Heart”

takes over Second Story Gallery in February!

The quilt show has become a tradition for the Camas Public Library, where Second Story Gallery is located.  Area quilters have been invited to display their projects during the month of February for nine years. 

Quilters will be on hand to discuss their work at an opening reception that is part of the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Camas.

Please join us for our

First Friday Reception
Friday, February 3

“Quilts from the Heart” will be on view through Feb. 28 at Second Story Gallery.  The gallery is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.