Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Eclectic Friends: Quiet Scenes to Abstract Realism



Sometimes life gets in the way.  For two educators who met in the field of early childhood education, life got in the way of  making their own art..  But when Judith Howard visited Katey Sandy's children's learning center she was impressed with the hands-on learning and "lots of art happening."  Throughout their professional relationship, Sandy said the two never mentioned their individual interests in painting.  It was only after retirement that they walked into the same art class and made the connection.  "The words 'I didn't know you painted' seemed to come from both of us at the same time," laughs Sandy.
 
Aster Glow by Judith Howard

Now the two educators are displaying their artwork together at Second Story Gallery in January.  They call their show "Eclectic Friends:  Quiet Scenes to Abstract Realism."  The exhibit of watercolor, acrylics and mixed media will open with a reception for the artists Friday, Jan. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.

Howard confesses she picked up a brush after many years because she was facing an "awkward empty space" on the wall of her newly remodeled home in Vancouver.  "By coincidence a three-foot-square canvas fit perfectly," she remembers.  "But plain white has never been satisfying to me so I splashed some red acrylic paint on it before our open house."  From that start she began experimenting and finding inspirations through other artists.  Now her work hangs in homes and businesses from Canada to Arizona.

Sandy, an award winning artist, paints intuitively from the internalized inspiration of nature's shapes, colors and textures.  After retirement in 2007 she returned to painting, using a variety of approaches but leaning towards the abstract.  Her work can be seen in galleries and homes throughout the northwest.  She says her style and Howard's are very "diverse," which is why they call their show "Eclectic Friends."

Shell Montage by Katey Sandy
Howard concurs.  "I get my inspiration from a whole variety of places, from the shadow on a leaf, the deep rich color of an iris, or the twinkle in a child's eye.  My style is still evolving so it hardly looks like one artist."  The watercolorist says she is enchanted by color.  'I thought at one time I would be a textile designer but practicality took over and I went into administration and early childhood education.  Now, finally, I am letting the many colors and images flow onto paper and canvas, and getting to share them through exhibits and shows.”

One thing the two artists agree on, their show will be filled with variety.  It will continue through Jan. 31 in the gallery, located upstairs in the Camas Public Library and 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.


First Friday Artists' Reception
Jan. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Reflections from the Brush


A journey shared with a great friend is always an enjoyable one.  

That’s the thinking of Imy Durfee, a Vancouver artist who shares the space in Second Story Gallery in November with her friend and fellow watercolorist Cheryl Robertson.  The two women, who met in an art class 15 years ago, will present their “Reflections from the Brush” from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 in the gallery on the second floor of the Camas Public Library.

Robertson, also from Vancouver, said she started her journey by simply watching television painting programs and purchasing how-to books along with metal boxes of children’s school colors.  Then she enrolled in the Clark College painting class and studied under the tutelage of well-known instructor (and past Second Story Gallery featured artist) Lee Baughman. 
This is where she met Durfee; Robertson says, “To this day we have great fun and paint together often.”

Both artists are members of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society.  They continue to learn from other artists, they travel and paint together but also maintain their own studios.  Both artists will be on hand for the opening reception Friday, Nov. 1, in the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m.  The show will continue through November.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"A Glimpse of Tomorrow"




Carol DeGregory combines her love of art with her love of libraries.  She brings her soft pastel landscapes to Second Story Gallery at the Camas Public Library in October, her fifth show in a local library.  

A public artist's reception to open “A Glimpse of Tomorrow,” DeGregory’s one-woman show, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 as part of the First Friday activities in Downtown Camas. The show will be on display through Oct. 27.

“After my first show in Battle Ground I started learning how undernourished our community is when it comes to visual art,” the Vancouver artist said.  “Mostly I have enjoyed talking with children, some of whom had never seen an easel.”

DeGregory was a child living in Brooklyn, New York, when she picked up a paint brush and won first prize in a regional children’s show in the fourth grade.  “After that, my family and friends would buy me art supplies for birthdays and holidays,” she said.  She went on to major in art education and began the masters of fine arts program at the Pratt Institute.

She says she now uses the pure pigments of pastels because they suit her spontaneity, “a rainbow of colors are immediately available, no fuss or muss.

“Color choices are the beginning of every painting,” she explains.  “When I get it right, I can almost hear the colors singing in a magnificent harmony.  Because of this, I choose to work in pastel.” 

DeGregory’s exhibit, dominated by landscapes  To offset the mechanistic images which she says bombard us daily, she works to make her art very personal.  A dreamlike quality is her goal, she says, to make a place for the viewer in each painting.  That glimpse of the viewer is evident in “A Glimpse of Tomorrow.”

The show is available for viewing 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
Friday, October 4
5-8 p.m.
Music by Caryn Jamieson

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Call for Artists Extended

Second Story Gallery in Camas is seeking artists interested in displaying their work during monthly shows being scheduled for 2014 and January 2015. 

To learn about the process, click on the "How to Exhibit" tab above.  To download a Word version of the application click here.  For a paper copy, visit the Service Desk at the library at 625 NE 4th Ave. during library hours.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 
6 p.m., Friday, October 18

"Since the selection committee isn't able to meet until late October, we've decided to keep accepting applications," said Sheila Martinson, President.  "And, we hope it expands our choices for shows and brings in more new artists as well."

 Martinson added, "Tell your artist friends!  Encourage them to apply."

Over the past decade the gallery has presented monthly exhibits of pottery, weaving, woodworking, collage, cut paper silhouettes, and handmade books as well as paintings and photography. The non-profit gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, is known for promoting local, often undiscovered artists.  The high-traffic space boasts a professional hanging system and directional track lighting also found in some of the world’s most famous art museums.  

Second Story Gallery participates in the First Friday Art Walks held in downtown Camas.  Gallery volunteers work with the featured artist to unveil each monthly show with a reception on that night that is free and open to the public.  The exhibit then remains on display through the last week of the month.  The gallery is 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, Friday and Saturday.

The gallery’s board of governors will review artists this fall with the goal of filling openings from February of 2014 through January of 2015.  The selection process should be completed and applicants notified by the end of this year.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

“Kaleidoscope”



Two artists who like to paint side-by-side will be showing their work side-by-side at Second Story Gallery in September.  

Luane Penarosa and Will Ray met while taking art classes at Clark College years ago.  Will sticks with watercolor, Luane is experimenting with oils. Their two-person show called Kaleidoscope will open Sept. 6 with a public reception and continue through Sept. 28 at the gallery, located inside the Camas Public Library.


Both Ray and Penarosa describe themselves as “colorists” but say that’s where the similarity ends.  Ray studied art in college, eventually emerging with an art history degree.  He says he’s been painting for 25 years and in fact, now teaches watercolor to others in Vancouver. 

Luane says she never had done much in the way of art, “just a doodle here, a macrame belt there.”  She was born in Hawaii but now calls Washougal home.  “One cold, wet Washougal night eight years ago, I decided to take an adult education evening course in Basic Drawing,” she remembers, “I was hooked.”  She gives credit to Clark College Mature Learning classes for launching her into shows that have included Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, the Oregon Society of Artists and the Northwest Watercolor Society.  Now her work is on display back her native Hawaii.

The name “Kaleidoscope” is what the two artists chose to describe their mix of styles.  The show is 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.  Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library, 625 NE Fourth Ave.

First Friday reception 
featuring the music of guitarist Tom Mann.  
5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6

Monday, August 26, 2013

Call for Artists - Deadline Approaching



Second Story Gallery in Camas is seeking artists interested in displaying their work during monthly shows being scheduled for 2014 and January 2015. 

To learn about the process, click on the "How to Exhibit" tab above.  To download a Word version of the application click here.  For a paper copy, visit the Service Desk at the library at 625 NE 4th Ave. 

The deadline for applications is Monday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

Over the past decade the gallery has presented monthly exhibits of pottery, weaving, woodworking, collage, cut paper silhouettes, and handmade books as well as paintings and photography. The non-profit gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, is known for promoting local, often undiscovered artists.  The high-traffic space boasts a professional hanging system and directional track lighting also found in some of the world’s most famous art museums.  

Second Story Gallery participates in the First Friday Art Walks held in downtown Camas.  Gallery volunteers work with the featured artist to unveil each monthly show with a reception on that night that is free and open to the public.  The exhibit then remains on display through the last week of the month.  The gallery is 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, Friday and Saturday.

The gallery’s board of governors will review artists this fall with the goal of filling openings from February of 2014 through January of 2015.  The selection process should be completed and applicants notified by the end of this year.