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