Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Journey into Art Quilting

A group of 16 fabric artists, a colorful subset of the Clark County Quilters, will
display vibrant wall hangings and three-dimensional fabric sculpture during the
month of February at Second Story Gallery. 

 "Fairy Dust in the Wind" by Dianne Kane

The handwork artists include Beth Heurlin, Geri Kromminga, Eileen Davis Elliott, Donna Aase, Kathy Baumann, Lorna Crawford, Louise Deatherage, Abbie Dick, Dianne Kane, Maxine Kinne, Barbara Neill, Virginia O'Donnell, elinor peace bailey, Judith Phelps, Jane Walgren and Beverly Woodard.  

They formed the Art Quilt Group in 2005 as a way of exploring the more artistic side of the quilting hobby.  

“The goal was to push us beyond our personal comfort zones and encourage us to create using new and innovative techniques,” said Dianne Kane, who resides in Camas.

She confided that the group has a “no rules” understanding.  The members also tackle challenges where they attempt a new technique, design or color combination.  One involved the Old Masters of oil painting, another involved altered clothing.  

“Our challenges have been terrific stretches and learning opportunities for us.,” said Kane.  “The results are quite diverse.  It seems to be a different member each time who wows us with her results.”

Aptly called “Our Journey into Art Quilting,” the show is the latest chapter in a library tradition of displaying quilts during February.

The women will be on hand to discuss their non-traditional craft at a public reception on  Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Please join us at the
Artists' Opening Reception
Friday, February 1

The show continues through Saturday, February 23 at Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library in downtown Camas at 625 NE 4th Avenue.  The gallery is open 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, January 2, 2013

Sue Clancy Celebrates Life in the Northwest

A newcomer to the Northwest is filling Second Story Gallery in January with insights into her new home. Sue Clancy thinks Northwesterners enjoy the simple things “like walks in the woods, fishing on the river, good food, the arts, dogs, books and coffee!” She says her artwork is about story-telling and these “little enjoyments” led in a roundabout way to her show “Petite Pleasures.”

Clancy’s show follows on the heels of an exhibit by paper artists at 23Sandy Gallery in Portland. She has participated in national and international exhibits and has had recent one-woman shows at the Oklahoma State Capitol, the Joseph Gierek Fine Art Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Access-Meed Gallery, Miami Dade College, Miami Florida. Her artwork, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, has been exhibited and purchased by institutions such as the Wexford Ireland Arts Center in Wexford, Ireland, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado, and exhibit spaces in Wisconsin, California, Arizona and elsewhere.

Clancy says she has decided she’ll create the art and let her audience decide what labels to apply to it and “puzzle out what it means.” She offers the hint that her titles are clues. “I'm often asked ‘Why animal characters?’” she confides, to which she replies "why not?"

“Petite Pleasures” will be unveiled at a reception for the artist, free and open to the public, as part of the Downtown Camas Association’s First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on January 4th. The show will continue through Jan. 28 upstairs in the Camas Public Library during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Don't miss this wonderful exhibit - see you on the 4th

Artist's Reception
with music by 
Laura Caldwell and Al Carness
5 to 8 p.m.
January 4