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.”
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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.

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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!