Saturday, April 29, 2017

Images from the Interior

“Images from the Interior” is a dual art exhibit from two artists who were introduced when they were selected by Second Story Gallery for its May show.  Both use their chosen tools to explore beyond the surface.  Often that surface begins life as a portrait but goes deeper to capture an inner quality.

Earlene Holmstrom sticks to pastels to capture the spark.  She will be joined by Douglas Keith who paints and sculpts to get to the interior of his subject matter.  They will unveil their recent works at a reception on First Friday, May 5, from  to 8 p.m. in the Gallery. 
Keith experiments with a variety of textures and styles to capture his subjects, but he also notes his ideas and images come to him for some internal source.  He says he suspects they may come from the same place where dreams and myths originate, and that capturing them becomes a dialogue between the creator and the created.  His pieces range from dreamy landscapes to what could be death masks from an ancient--or alien--civilization.  His mediums include mesh, wood, basalt, molded cloth and paper.

While Keith looks inward for inspiration, Holmstrom spends her time observing passersby.  She says she loves the challenge of capturing subtle nuances in each face as well as the emotional message in the figure.  Nothing inspires her painting more than the people she encounters daily, she says.

Holmstrom spent her teen years working at the Ringling Art Museum in Florida but only recently settled on soft pastels for her own style.  She says she loves the vibrancy, the layers that can be built on paper and the feel of them in her hands.  Walking into her studio, she says, is like walking into a rainbow.

Both artists have turned to their mediums after careers in other fields.  Their combined show, a mix of images that delve into the interior of each subject, will open May 5 and continue through May 27 in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  In addition to the artists, keyboardist Brad Jensen will be at the First Friday reception with live music.

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.  It’s located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

"From Our Point of View"

Photography by students from Camas High School takes over Second Story Gallery during the month of April. Titled “From Our Point of View,” the work includes character portraits, action shots and art photos as sophisticated as any found in a glossy magazine spread. These advanced students of teacher Doug Huegli will cap their spring break by attending an opening reception in their honor during First Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

According to Huegli, digital photography courses were added to film photography at the high school 13 years ago. With the opening of the new high school the next year, film photography went by the wayside and his digital classes have expanded from 16 students to the current 131. More than 1000 have passed through the classes, drawn from every grade level.

Returning students sign up for Advanced Photo and a few pursue advanced placement in photography, where they can meet criteria for higher education in the field. These young photographers, drawn from both the advanced class and advanced placement, are the ones taking part in the Second Story Gallery show. They include Trevor Gjerswold, Allyssa Heilbrun, Kelsy Lawrence, Nicholas Murray, Alexis Royal, Hunter Wade, Matthew Williams, Johanna Froehlich and Clancy Morgan.

As Huegli points out, the Camas School District has a close connection to the community and Second Story Gallery, where other student art has had a turn. He notes that in the past 25 years, school programs and students have really put Camas on the map. “Sports have dominated those headlines and hype, but in the background, artistically and academically, Camas is so much stronger,” he says. “The creativity and caliber of our students builds year by year.”

The show will continue through April 29 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. It’s open to the public, with free admission, 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 Artists' Reception April 7  5-8 pm
Live music will be provided by Brad Jensen