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.