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.