Friday, September 2, 2016

Bird's-Eye View: Landscapes and Nests

Bird’s-Eye View: Landscapes and Nests” Sept. 2-30
Birds and their habitat are the common elements for two artists who are meeting for the first time at Second Story Gallery in September. Joanne Adams Roth stitches her birds (and nests) onto fabric while Wilson Cady paints what he observes in the Columbia Gorge and as a founding member of the Vancouver Audubon Society.

“Bird’s-eye View: Landscapes and Nests” will be unveiled at a First Friday artists’ reception Sept. 2 and continue through Sept. 30. Roth and Cady will be available at the reception from 5 to 8 p.m. to answer questions about their art forms and the way they bring birds to roost.

Roth, a mechanical engineer who has traveled the world, says quilting is the thread that tied together her friends and homes until she reached her current, Vancouver residence. She sees her use of mixed media fibers as a kind of nest building, combining materials that include ribbons, old book pages, wool roving, goat hair, even lichen.

“Nests are nature’s mixed media art form,” she points out. “They represent home, safety, security, comfort, and are a place of retreat.” Art quilts have been Roth’s focus for the last 10 years. The award-winning quilter has had her work published in books and magazines and has taught classes since 1991. She currently belongs to Clark County Quilters, Columbia Fiberarts Guild and High Fiber Diet.

Cady is a Camas-Washougal native who worked at the Camas mill from high school graduation through his 2008 retirement. A life-long painter, he says he has found more time for his creative outlet since leaving behind flip-charts for training classes and illustrations in company log books. On the board of the Audubon Society since 1976, Cady was part of a study group that created the Silver Star Mountain Roadless Area, worked on the protection of Steigerwald Lake as a National Wildlife Refuge and helped found the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.

He has led birding and natural history tours for over 40 years and has contributed to publications like the American Birding Association’s handbook. Just as he shared his love of the local habitat through words and deeds, Cady says he paints local views hoping to draw a viewer into a scene to spark an interest in exploring the location in person.

“In my paintings I try to capture those moments that fill me with awe, so that I can share them with others,” he explains. Applying translucent acrylic paint in layers, Cady says he finds the application of paint to canvas to be like meditation. “Some people fill the long winter nights playing on their laptops or watching television, I dab paint.”

The September exhibit at Second Story Gallery joins the two mediums of Cady and Roth, who share a love of birds and their local habitat. In addition, Brad Jensen will provide music during the First Friday reception at the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library from 5 to 8 p.m.

Bird’s-eye View, Landscapes and Nests” will remain on view through Sept. 30 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

First Friday Artist's Reception
September 2   5 - 8 pm
Public is Welcome!!

Photos from reception...

Wilson Cady and Joanne Adams Roth

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Brad Jensen