Winter Artists at Second Story Gallery
Explore the Art of Change
Second Story Gallery will bring together two contemporary artists who both work to capture the instant of change in their respective art forms. Karen Folgarelli paints the moments, Chris Fackler-Lowery forms porcelain vessels that look as if they’re just emerging from another state. Together these two artists will present Metamorphosis: Inevitable Change, opening and continuing through .
Both artists will be on hand for a reception that's part of First Friday in downtown Camas. This free event includes live music and refreshments from in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.
The two artists have different backgrounds as well as different mediums. Folgarelli is new to the Northwest and says she has “an eagerness to explore and hike the landscape.” New paintings and projects are emerging, she says, due to the uniqueness she sees around her. “I’m inspired by the infinite details of inner and outer landscapes,” the painter notes, “My perspective flows between the physical and metaphysical.” In addition, she says her process explores science, poetry and “childlike wonderment” as she layers acrylics, gold leaf and lacquer to create canvases of her discoveries.
For Fackler-Lowery, a Northwest native who makes delicate pottery, “the smudges of smoke, streaks of carbon and the rising heat of the fire form a storm of elements” that force the pattern and color onto her vessels. She says she chooses to work with porcelain because of the stark contrast of its brightness to the dark mood that the smoke creates on its surface.
Saying she’s always astonished to see how the fire touches her work, she admits that sometimes the smoke and fire--“undirected by me”--make the perfect color and pattern combination. “I want others to feel the organic properties of the clay and to see how you can use smoke and fire to echo nature’s soft beauty on the clay form.” People who touch her work for the first time are surprised that the clay can be so warm and alive.
Fackler-Lowery says she’s continually working on the firing process to develop her techniques in her ceramic studio, which sits on a 20-acre Camas property. She’s been working with clay “in earnest” for the past ten years and has received top honors from numerous shows and galleries, including Attic Gallery in Camas where her work is permanently on display.
The clay artist meets the acrylic artist for the first time in their show “Metamorphosis,” but the two share a distinct style of unfolding and revealing those “inner and outer landscapes.” This is an unusual two-month show at Second Story Gallery; it will continue through and will open for viewing during regular library hours, 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas. Monday through Wednesday, Thursday through Saturday. Second Story Gallery is located at