Sunday, October 30, 2016

 Painter Mitch Wyninger presents “In the Shadows” 
at Second Story Gallery in November. 

The work is predominantly in oil and ranges from dramatic subjects to the more traditional, says the artist. Wyninger admits he often depicts a somber mood in his work but he points out that it’s broken up by the use of bright colors and light.  "In the Shadows" seems like where the work started, but it's moving into the spotlight.

Wyninger calls his style impressionistic and says he takes inspiration from vintage images.  Often depicting lone men with hats pulled down, he sometimes places them in a city crowd but sometimes in a trout stream.  The mood shifts from the Depression Era to serenity with a shift of color and light. 

The local artist is stepping out of the shadows himself, in a way.  He has spent his career as a landscape designer and horticulturist, involved in art but only finding the time to focus on his painting since retirement.  This is the third exhibit where his painting is featured and he says he is pleased to show his work again to the local community.  He is a 20-year resident of Washougal. 

The artist will be in the spotlight at a reception November 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Friday in downtown Camas. 

Wyninger’s show continues through Nov. 28 at the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  It's is free and open to the public during regular library hours for the remainder of the month.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Art Quilt Group - Red & Black Attach!

Gallery will feature Red and Black in October

As if inspired by the Camas High School football blitz, local quilters are bringing fiber arts to the Second Story Gallery in October under the banner “Red and Black Attack!”  The  Art Quilt Group insists the red and black theme has nothing to do with the boosters club--it's a challenge they set for themselves a year ago.  But from Oct. 7 to 27, their clever choice brings school spirit to the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The group of fiber artists often selects a theme for their projects to tap into the artistic side of quilting.  Explains member Dianne Kane, “Innovative methods are encouraged.  Challenges are created.  New techniques are demonstrated.  Projects are shared.   The goal is to push us beyond our personal comfort zones and encourage us to create using new and innovative techniques.” 

Kane is a Camas resident but this group, founded in 2005, draws from all over Clark County and the Portland Metro area.  They’re drawn to the ‘No Rules” rule and agree to tackle two or three challenges a year with a theme based on color or form or technique.  Joining Kane for this red and black exhibit are Kathy Baumann, Louise Deatherage, Abbie Dick, Pat Gale, Alene Kempton-Gregg, Beth Herlin, Geri Kromminga, Sandi Miller, Barbara Neill, Kathleen Palmer, elinor peace baily, Linda Reinert, Wilma Scott, Emily Smith, Jane Wolfe, Beverly Woodard and Hedda Wright.

Their show takes the form of wall hangings except for one stand-out soft-sculptured chair.  They’re immensely talented women, according to Kane, who willingly share their expertise so that they all benefit from experiments with paints, yarns, stamps, buttons, metal, paper, cord, bleach and ink.

The fiber artists will be on hand for the First Friday opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.  Live music will be provided by 
Brad Jensen.  The event is free and open to the public.

For the remainder of the month, Red and Black Attack! will be on view 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 
October 7   5 - 8 pm

Always a treat to have Brad Jensen play his wonderful music for us.

Gallery guests in Star Wars costumes  - another DCA First Friday activity.

Checking out the pumpkin which was part of the DCA First Friday event.