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.