Friday, November 30, 2018

The World Is Full of Beauty and Love

December Art Reception at Special Time

Second Story Gallery will hold an artist reception at a special time Dec. 7, with the intent to attract visitors to the new show by Jennifer Neal before the festivities begin with Hometown Holidays. The Gallery will offer music and treats as part of a “twilight” artist reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

Neal’s show, “The World is Full of Beauty and Love,” will be unveiled that night and remain on display through Jan 26, 2019, in the Gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The Camas artist says her work is her way of changing the world, one painting at a time. “I'm interested in creating art that explores how our human connections are embodied in the materials and rituals of our daily lives and how those reflect beauty or brutality.”

She points to a bag of coffee beans in her kitchen as an example of something holding “a thousand hidden stories of people across time and space,” saying she’s most interested in art that explores human connections in the materials of daily life. She says she prefers “the beautiful story, the one that acknowledges the deep wounds of the world and imagines less brutal possibilities.”

Neal’s bold paintings will be on exhibit through Jan. 26 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Artist's Reception 
Open to the Public

Friday December 7
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
(please note special reception time)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Storytellers - "Storytime"

Fiber Artists Take Inspiration from Favorite Books at the Library

Books are the inspiration for The Storytellers, a fiber arts group presenting a show at
Second Story Gallery in October and November. The six local artists have chosen some
favorite titles to use as starting points for their piecing, quilting and embellishing.
Appropriately, they will display their pieces in a show they call "Storytime" in the
Gallery that is upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The group of artists and friends define storytelling as a cultural activity of sharing,
sometimes with improvisation and theatrics. They continue the tradition by using their
quilted pieces to present visual stories. They will be on hand to explain their creative
processes at a First Friday reception Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery. Following the
Oct. 5 opening, “Storytime” will be on display through Nov. 30 and available for viewing
during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Several activities based on the books will take place during the two-month show, some
for children and some for adults. The titles include the children’s book “The Invention of
Hugo Cabret;” the Pulitzer-prize winning “All the Light We Cannot See;” the beautifully
illustrated “Dreaming In Color: An Autobiography” by Kaffe Fassett; and the novel
“Glaciers” by Portland author Alexis M. Smith. The Camas Library web site contains information on every scheduled event.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Into the Light

Two-month show will feature two artists, two mediums

Two colleagues.  Two kinds of painting.  Spanning two months.  Second Story Gallery will present watercolors and oil paintings by Mary Alred and Julie Anne Smith during August and September.

Hydrangea - Mary Alred
Their combined show, “Into the Light,” will open with a reception for the artists Friday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.  The paintings are coming from the art space the two opened over two years ago in Vancouver which they call The Muses: Fine Art Studios.

The two met eight years ago while each was renting dark studios in basements.  They joined forces when a new, light-filled space became available in 2016 on Evergreen Boulevard.  Smith says the move motivated and inspired them.  Alred adds that she feels submerged in the arts of Camas and Vancouver.
Bluenotes - Julie Ann Smith

Following the Aug. 4 opening, “Into the Light” will be on display through Sept. 29 and available for viewing during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Artist's Reception
Friday August 3
5 - 8 pm
All are welcome!

Live music provided by Brad Jensen

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Take a Closer Look

Photographer Wants Viewers to Take a Closer Look at Second Story Gallery in July

Take a closer look, urges photographer Dennis Allison, as he presents stunning pictures of local wildlife in his July show at Second Story Gallery.  “I love to take a closer look at Nature when something surprising catches my eye,” he explains, the reason he calls his show “Take a Closer Look.”

He says he gets “double the fun” when a viewer stops and moves closer to examine a detail.  But he says his biggest thrill may be those times when he looks through his lens in the field and discovers an animal taking a closer look back at him.  “And then there are those rare times when I discover an animal has been examining me without me knowing it while I’m looking at another part of Nature.”  Goose bumps.

Allison could experience that moment in the local habitats of Lacamas Lake Park or Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, two of his usual haunts.  Another favorite location is Hawaii. 

The retired psychologist and medical school professor says he has rediscovered the joy of nature photography in the last few years, mostly using his Nikon camera with a zoom lens that requires no changing in the field.  That makes it great for sudden, unique moments that can’t be staged, he says.  But there are unforeseen times when he uses his cell phone camera as well, he admits.

Being a psychologist, Allison says he’s very interested in the psychology of animals, especially birds.  “I happen to think that bird brains are amazing,” he quips.

The show at Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, is his first solo art show.  It will open with a reception for Allison from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, with refreshments and music by keyboardist Rob Lewis.

Following the July 6 opening, “Take a Closer Look” will be open for viewing during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

First Friday Artist's Reception
July 6     5 - 8 pm
Public is Welcome!

Live music provided by keyboardist Rob Lewis

Friday, May 25, 2018

My Color Journey

Summer Arrives at Second Story Gallery with My Color Journey

Playing with colorful fabrics as a young girl led Catherine Snyder to the art of pastels as an adult.  It’s the vibrant colors and interesting marks that they make, she says.  Her “marks” will be on display at Second Story Gallery June 1-30 in a show she calls “My Color Journey.”

This spring Snyder was awarded first place in the pastel category at the Society of Washington Artists' show for a painting she will bring to Camas.   The exhibit opens with a First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m., upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  

Here is her story in her own words:

"I began my interest in art as a young girl, doing clothing design and playing with colorful fabrics. Later in life after a bachelor's degrees from Oregon, an MBA from Pepperdine, and pursuing my business career for 35 years, I had a clear vision that I wanted to paint pastels. Why? Because of the vibrant colors and interesting mark-making that fascinated me."

"After I retired I went Medallion Art School in Vancouver to learn the basics of drawing and went through to working with charcoal there.  After that I "self taught" in pastel work for a few months, until I met a wonderful pastel artist in Hood River, Karen Watson. Karen has been my mentor for nearly 4 years I have also studied with Liz Haywood Sullivan, Brenda Boylan, and this year with Marla Bagetta in a Masters Class, all professional pastelists and extremely gifted artists."
"I was unanimously juried into GALLERY 360, joined the Mosaic Arts Alliance  in Vancouver in 2014 and have continued to work on my skills.  I love this work and continue to learn new applications and challenge my color consciousness.  Everything I produce is different; as my "eye" continues to evolve. It's all about color for me."

Following the June 1 opening reception, My Color Journey will be available for viewing during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Join us for 
First Friday Aritst's Reception
June 1   5 - 8 pm
Public is Welcome!

 Live music by keyboardist Rob Lewis 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

High Fiber Diet presents Heat Wave

Art Quilts Bring a Heat Wave to Second Story Gallery

Mary Arnold
Sunrise Sunset
High Fiber Diet, a special interest art group affiliated with the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild, will display piecework at Second Story Gallery in May. These are not your grandma’s quilts. They’re one-of-a-kind creations based on a theme chosen months ago that launched the year’s shows. The theme is Heat Wave, the colors are bold and the wall hangings range from the abstract to desert scenes to portraits.
Sherri Culver & Mary McLaughlin
Hot Flash!

The group notes that many of their past subjects have involved colors since choosing broad themes allows members to “bring forward all manner of imagery and emotions associated with those colors.” These members submit their finished pieces to be juried before they go on the road.

Participating artists this time are Mary Arnold, Elizabeth Bamberger, Susan Circone, Kimberly Connelly, Sherri Culver, Diane English, Pat Fifer, Mary Goodson, Terry Grant,Jill P. Hoddick, Laura Jaszkowski, Sheryl LeBlanc, Annette McFarlane, Mary McLaughlin, Karen Miller, Sara Shayne Miller, Sherrie Moomey, Jo Noble, Pam Pilcher, Lottie Smith and Emily Stevens.

Heat Wave will open with a reception for the artists on First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. Free and open to the public, the opening party will include refreshments and music by keyboardist Brad Jensen.

Diane English
The show continues through May 25 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

Friday, March 30, 2018

Nature's Beauty on Canvas

Local Scenes Captured on Canvas by Walter Sanders

During the month of April at Second Story Gallery, Vancouver artist Walter Sanders will exhibit Northwest scenes, with a few deviations to the southeastern part of the United States where this artist started out. His show “Nature’s Beauty on Canvas” will open April 6 with a reception that is part of the First Friday celebration in downtown Camas.  The artist will be on hand that night from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  Music will be provided by keyboardist Brad Jensen.

Siesta Key Sunset

Sanders is a mechanical engineer by trade, with degrees from the University of Central Florida. But his 40-year career has brought him to Washington where he says he recently picked up a brush again. He calls his artwork a retreat that allows him to leave all stresses behind.

Inspired by the scenery he sees while hiking and camping, Sanders has created a collection of acrylic and oil paintings that reflect nature with a hushed quality. The scenes will be displayed through April 28. The 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. 

Astoria Pier Sunset

First Friday Artist's Reception
April 6   5 - 8 pm
Public is Welcome

Live music provided by Brad Jensen

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Chasing Iceland

Visit Iceland through the Photography 

"Chasing Iceland" is the name photographer Daniel Ionashku gives his new show at Second Story Gallery. The pictures will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, part of the Downtown Camas First Friday activities.

Ionashku made a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit Iceland last November and shares his images from the adventure. He says he was greeted by the Aurora Borealis through his airplane window, sailing along beside him in the night sky as he landed. After that welcome, he spent his days traveling the ring road that circles the island country, enjoying an eerie calmness with landscapes unlike anywhere else.

The resulting photos, which he prints on canvas, will be displayed through March 31 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. The 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. 

About the Series

This series comes from a journey around Iceland in November. The trip was booked in an instant spurt of spontaneity as a friend and I were getting coffee. Two weeks later, we were arriving in the Nordic country. Upon descent, we saw the Aurora Borealis outside our airplane window, steadily flowing alongside us in the night sky. A wonderful way to be welcomed.

The rest of the trip involved driving around the ring road that circles the remote country. Despite the harsh weather that seemed to change every 10 minutes, there was a beautiful and eerie calmness to all of it. With breathtaking views in every direction and landscapes unlike anywhere else, it truly felt like another planet. Being so far north, the sun seemed to just hover over the horizon all day long giving us an extended dusk and dawn — a slow and constant rising and setting that seemed to slow down time.

I often dream of what it might look like to explore distant planets. These remote places are my glimpse into a universe of wonder.

About the Artist

Growing up, I was fascinated with exploring new places and capturing my experiences. Being the youngest of 7 kids raised by a single mom in a low income household, I was taught to cherish moments over possessions (read: we were poor). My joy came from the memories made with friends and the curious places we would find rather than the things money could buy us. As soon as I made any money, I spent it on a camera that I used to capture everything. In school, I was the guy walking around with a camera while everyone else walked around with their blackberries and flip phones.

Photography was my enabler — my escape from the out-of-reach desires and into a world of beauty and depth. It was, and it continues to be my motivation to see the world.

Daniel Ionashku 

Please join us for the 
First Friday Artist's Reception
March 2     5 - 8 pm
Live music provided by Brad Jensen

Open to the public - all are welcome!

Monday, January 29, 2018

"There May Be Secrets"

Second Story Gallery Features Whimsy with a Dash of Mystery in February

“There May Be Secrets,” a show of whimsical artwork inspired by ordinary people, will be on view at Second Story Gallery in February. Portland artist Alan Rose will be on hand to explain what he means by secrets when his show is unveiled during First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. This public reception, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, will feature chocolates and sparkling cider, part of the Downtown Camas Association “Wedding Affair to Remember.”
Waiting for Deliverance

Rose creates images of people in everyday situations, but with a nod, he says, to silliness and ambiguity. He confesses to having an offbeat point of view, as well as a style reminiscent of the Sunday funny pages. Even his colors feel like something out of the comics.

Getting Out More
Rose says he starts his paintings by making “quick, scribbly drawings” until an image or concept begins to emerge. He plays with the art---and the title for the piece--until he strikes the right balance between serious and playful. Then he picks up the paintbrush. “I want my paintings to be peculiar, accessible, and thought-provoking,” he says.

A graphic designer for most of his career, Rose earned a fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and a masters in art therapy from Marylhurst Since 2007 he has devoted his time to his painting. He says the flat, cartoon-like style he has developed with acrylic paint suits his preference for edgy but droll humor.

“There May Be Secrets” continues through Feb. 24 at Second Story Gallery, open during regular library hours and located at 625 NE 4th Ave. in Camas. 

First Friday Artist's Reception
February 2    5 - 8 pm

Keyboardist/Guitarist Brad Jensen will be 
performing during the reception.
Public is welcome!