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