Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Local Boy Makes Art

Jonathan Peebles is a homegrown Camas artist. Jonathan was born in 1978 and his family moved to Camas from Washougal when he was 3 years old. 

A lifelong artist, as a young man he originally aspired to be a cartoonist. At age 20 he moved to Seattle to attend art school at the University of Washington, where he studied painting, sculpture, figure drawing and printmaking while gaining his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts in 2002. 

After college Peebles returned to his hometown and worked as the exhibit manager for the Portland Children’s Museum, and freelanced at the Oregon Coast Aquarium where he designed and built interactive environments for children. His driftwood dogs have sold around the United States and in Canada.

His exhibit of driftwood dogs, paintings and prints is on display from December 5 through January 31.

Please join us for the Artist’s Opening Reception held during “First Friday” of Downtown Camas on Friday, Dec. 5th from 5-8 pm. Jonathan will be available to talk about his art.  Refreshments will be serve
d and contemporary country musician, Tom Mann, will perform music for the event.

Artist's Reception
Friday, Dec. 5
5-8 p.m.
Music by Tom Mann

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lighetning Strikes Second Story Gallery

Every picture may be worth a thousand words, but what if my thousand words are different than yours, wonders Louise Wynn, featured photographer at Second Story Gallery in November.  Possibly, she thinks, her words may bring a different image to your mind than the one she’s seeing.

She has combined her photography with her original words in poem form to create an exhibit she calls “Lightening.”  She says she chose the name because of how poetry and art “lighten and enlighten us, lifting the burdens of everyday life, illuminating truth and casting away shadows.”

Louise, who lives in Camas, has masters degrees in English/linguistics and environmental science.  Together, she thinks they explain what you will see in her show.  “It all started when I was a little girl playing in my grandmother’s garden,” she says.  “I loved the flowers and the birds, but also the bugs and the frogs.

“I’ve been writing all my life and started taking photography seriously about 15 years ago,” she adds.  “I write poems to try to figure out how we humans get along with each other and the rest of nature.  I take photos to try to show those same relationships.”

That interest in bugs and frogs led Louise to studies involving grasshoppers on Mount St. Helens.  She has also volunteered for the Southwest Washington Amphibian Monitoring Project.  She is a published author, a lab instructor at WSU-Vancouver and holds a second-degree black belt in taiho-jutsu and jujitsu.  Before moving to Camas 12 years ago, she spent time overseas and has taught English to young students in Venezuela and college students in Saudi Arabia where she also freelanced for an English language daily called The Arab News.

Back to that worry that words and pictures may be different for different people.  Louise has put photos together with poems hoping viewers will see and hear--and feel--some of the same things.  That name, “Lightening,” in addition to lifting burdens, is a wish to make clear the way forward.

In addition to offering her own photography and poetry, Louise has invited several other local poets to share the spotlight during her reception at Second Story Gallery Friday, Nov. 7.  Taking the microphone first will be Christopher Luna, the poet laureate of Clark County and teacher of the Clark College class where the participating poets got together.

Joining Luna at different times from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be Livia Montana, Roxanne Bash, Matt Eiford, Carol C. Hansen,  and Steve Olson.  The poetry reading is part of monthly art reception that is free and open to the public, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The photography, combined with Louise’s poetry, will remain on exhibit through Nov. 29.  After the First Friday reception, Second Story 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. 

Artist's Reception &
Poetry Reading
Friday, Nov. 7
5 until 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Looking for Artists for 2015 Exhibits DEADLINE EXTENDED

If you're an artist and would like to be considered for a show in the Second Story Gallery, now is the ideal time to fill out an application.

The application form and guidelines can be found by clicking on the How to Exhibit tab above and downloading the pages.

Deadline for applications is Saturday, October 11, 6 p.m..  Review of applicants for exhibition in 2015 will take place in late October. 

If you have questions, please contact SSGS at

Friday, October 3, 2014

Memoir in Poetry & Art: Essence of Self

In October, Second Story Gallery  has a very special showing of artwork created by local students of the Camas High School, Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) Program. 

The collection titled “Memoir in Poetry & Art: Essence of Self,”consists of masks, glass tiles, oil pastel triptychs, and more. 

Forty-six 9th graders in the new IAA program have the opportunity to connect what they are learning in Pre-AP English and Physical Science, and then communicate their learning in art that is meaningful to them. 

“In addition to integrating the academics with the arts, the program vision is for students to work with professional, visual and performing artists and always share their work with an audience. It makes learning more relevant and real-world. Showing their art publicly at the Second Story Gallery is a lifetime opportunity for them,” commented Gina Mariotti Shapard, the program’s leader at Camas High School. 

In September, students explored the notion of “essence” as their theme in memoir poetry, physical states of matter, and the atom’s structure in science. 
Join us Friday, October 3 from 5 to 8 pm for the First Friday Artists’ Reception at the gallery. Many of the young artists will be there to share their work. The exhibit will continue through October 31st during regular library hours. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014


John Kay, an exceptional, award winning photographer, thinks of himself as a painter rather than a photographer.  
The reason why is evident in his unique, "urban decollage" photos.  Bold bright colors, images of people and words, torn, worn  and ripped away from poster-covered walls, emerge or recede  into layers that pull the viewer into them as they search for completion and understanding of the fragments.  The first question John often gets is, “What are these?”
John has won many juried competitions in Europe and America.  He has exhibited primarily in Germany where he lived for the majority of his adult life.   The images come from cities in Europe, America, and Mexico.  Now returning home to the Pacific N.W. he is starting to exhibit in America. 
The Second Story Gallery presents the works of John Kay during the month of September.  A reception and opportunity to meet the artist will be held Friday Sept. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Vocalist Caryn Jamison will be performing in the gallery. 
The exhibit continues through Sept. 27 during regular opening hours. 


Artist's Reception

5 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Earth, Water, and Fire -- and More!

There is a group of women of a certain age, retired from professions that may or may not have offered outlets for creativity, who have gathered together for nearly 10 years to delve into the subject of art.  A contingent of this artistic support network is bringing new work to Second Story Gallery in August to show the “heart” of their group Earth, Water, and Fire

Four artists from the group will be introduced at a free reception on First Friday, Aug. 1,from 5 to 8 p.m.  The evening will  include jazz and a reading by nationally recognized poet Scott Poole, who performs weekly on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Live Wire!

Members of Earth, Water, and Fire who will be displaying their art are Marj Casswell, Millie Kimery, Cheryl Poole and Roxce Stavney.  They represent a gathering of women who have met for a decade to critique their work and tackle artistic challenges.  As Casswell explains, “Let us, whose work is shown on these walls, be a window into the art of Earth, Water, and Fire.”  She says the name of the group was agreed upon because “Earth” represents pigment, “Water” is used by all the women in their work, and “Fire” represents their burning desire to create. 

Casswell is one who returned to painting as well as writing after retirement.  She has authored one book and has two novels awaiting e-book publication.  After finishing those projects, she says she picked up a brush again to work in acrylics and collage.  “Creativity can be in everything we do when we are open to the search,” she point out.

Boat, Friday Harbor by Millie Kimery
Kimery calls the Earth, Water, and Fire group her special place for critique, fellowship and support.  She was living in California when she retired and resumed her art training but she has come back to Vancouver where she launched her teaching career.  This time she participates in art shows and art associations, aiming with her work “to create feelings of what is not always visually there, but exists from within.”

Poole studied graphic design in college but worked as an elementary school teacher until retiring in 2005.  “My process and mediums have changed” she says of her painting style.  “I am now intrigued with the interplay of shapes, textures, and patterns.  Using a mixed media approach, I am now working on how interlocking and free-form shapes can be a springboard for powerful, expressive and abstract design.”  

Stavney travels from her retirement home on the Oregon Coast to participate in the Vancouver art critique group.  She calls painting her “passion” and favors encaustic, using oil and cold wax applied with a palette knife.  She says she looks for poetic patterns in the seasons, observing how nature creates layer upon layer the way she applies layers of color and depth.  Just like nature, she says she creates abstract compositions where she hopes the viewer will begin to experience vibrating patterns in the landscape.

All of these styles and methods will be on display during August at “Earth, Water, and Fire, Our Group Show.”  The art exhibit will continue through Aug. 30 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

Also contributing to First Friday in the gallery will be poet Scott Poole, known for his work on Live Wire!, broadcast nationally from Portland.  In addition, the Battle Ground Jazz Trio is scheduled to perform.  

5 TO 8 P.M.