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


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