Friday, February 27, 2015

Murmurations of Art

Five artists are getting together to present their work at a reception for "Murmurations of Art" at the Second Story Gallery Friday, March 6, from 5 to 8 pm.  They’re from all over the country, using different mediums, but all approaching art with a love of creating, in whatever form. 

The women have selected one painting by Sanders-Wood to represent themselves at their upcoming show.  It's a top-down view of five pairs of feet and is fittingly called "Sisters' Circle."  The women not only come together to paint but to exhibit.  

AnnaMarie L. Clement says that coming from a household of artists, she didn’t have much choice but to create art, but she notes it’s more than that: “I feel comfortable using any and all of nature’s canvases, which allows me creative freedom in finding my voice.” And, she adds, “I glean from the opportunities life reveals along my journey and incorporate what works for me into my creations.”

“How appropriate that ‘ART’ rhymes with ‘HEART,” says Linda McCulloch  “Our group's connection through mind and spirit helps to provide the emotional aspect I feel when creating my piece and I hope those who enjoy my work will feel that, too.” Her work has evolved since she moved to Camas from Massachusetts, from a realistic approach, to creating through color, line, texture and design.  She adds, “My new work reflects the essence gained from my painting group and art classes." 

Carolyn Gunderson is that rarity, a native of the Northwest, where she spent much of her childhood with family on a small dairy farm in Washington.  She painted at first “from love and instinct,” starting with a love of the animals on the farm, and carried this passion throughout her life.  She has gone on to study with well-known artists, including local artists. She says, “Watercolor is an amazing medium, at times frustrating but always exciting…  However, my real passion is experimenting with mixed media, and being surprised and excited when you have discovered something new, different and one of a kind.”

Judith Sanders-Wood, a California native, grew up with artistic parents who encouraged her talent. She, too, was inspired by nature, and is still inspired by living in the Pacific Northwest. She says, “When I am creating a new painting, I fully involve myself in the process. I like to try new techniques and hope that my audience feels the wonder and excitement that I find when I paint.” She has taught art classes for Clark Continuing Education and continues to teach private workshops and classes. She works mainly in acrylics and watercolor, but also works with mixed media and collage.

Kathy Sork paints “for that warm fuzzy feeling I get when a painting is complete and I say to myself - through struggles, doubt, why's, what will they, can it be - my painting is finished!”  Then she can call it her own and move forward to her next Picasso. Her goal is always to “paint something really worthy,” something that makes her smile with pride. She has exhibited at the Second Story Gallery before, winning rave reviews in a group show in Sept. 2012.

The Murmurations of Art Exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  The show, will continue through March 28 in the Gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The First Friday reception March 6 will feature music by Avery Gunderson on keyboard.  She is the talented granddaughter of artist Carolyn Gunderson.  The reception is free and open to the public.

5-8 P.M.
MARCH 6, 2015