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.