Friday, December 6, 2019

Whispers in the Wind

Vagabonds, a quilting group made up of nine local artists, presents their creations at Second Story Gallery in December and January.  Whispers in the Wind consists of 12-inch squares stitched by these local quilters:

  • Karan Brooks
  • Lynn Czaban
  • Ada Levins
  • Sharry Olmstead
  • Val Pellens
  • Audrey Prothero
  • Joanne Adams Roth
  • Wilma Fletcher Scott
  • Joanne Adams Roth
  • Wilma Fletcher Scott
  • Beverly Woodard.

An opening reception will be held on First Friday, Dec. 6, at a special time of 3 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery, which is upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  This will allow reception goers to mingle with the artists and listen to the music of Rob Lewis, but still attend the Hometown Holidays event happening a few blocks away in downtown Camas that evening.

The Vagabonds’ show will continue through Jan. 25, 2020 in the Gallery.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Holding/Space - Presence and Possibility

Two artists with two mediums will combine their work for a special two-month show at Second Story Gallery in Camas.  

Ami Brimhall brings her abstract paintings and Linda Kliewer will show pierced pottery vessels in a show called "Holding/Space:  Presence and Possibility."

Both artists will unveil their work at a First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  The show will continue through Saturday, Nov. 30.

Brimhall describes her acrylic paintings as bold shapes to signify presence, with unfinished marks and even scratches to suggest possibilities.  "How do we choose to hold space for ourselves and for each other?" she asks.  "My work wants to remind us of optimism and courage."
Kliewer, the ceramic artist, says she forms her pieces and then carves out spaces to represent nature in the form of tendrils and flowers. Most have a simple earthenware finish although she will add interior color and underglaze for emphasis.

At the Oct. 4 reception, Rob Lewis will be providing rhythms on his electronic marimba and refreshments will be served.  The Gallery is accessible after library hours at 625 NE 4th Ave.

First Friday Artist's Reception 
October 4    5 - 8 pm

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Show Your Colors! - Northwest Oil Painters Guild

Oil paintings, from still life to abstract to landscapes from near and far, are the specialty of the Northwest Oil Painters Guild.  An extensive exhibit featuring 16 members will take over Second Story Gallery for a two-month span starting Aug. 2.

The show opens with a First Friday reception for the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2.  The show remains in the gallery through Sept. 28 and is 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.

Live music will be provided by Brad Jensen and refreshments will be served.  

“Through the Doorway at Steigerwald Refuge” will be auctioned during September at Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  The local artist, Cheryl Mathieson, notes that this artful steel gateway is a real door into the refuge that may soon disappear for a spell as the area is closed and reworked for water flow improvements.  Her painting will be a reminder of how the trail system once looped through the lowlands.  She is offering it in a silent auction with bids accepted through 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.  All proceed benefit the Gallery.

Scroll down and enjoy additional images of art work from the August - September exhibit:

Beth Kitselman - Three Salmon 

Bob Fleischman -Alaska Mountains

Wendy Davis -Aerial Sunset
Cheryl Matheison - Cool Refuge 

Jackie Lukowski- Trail to the Refuge
Lila Martin - Night Shopping 
Jim Toenjes - After the Rain 

Mike Swift - Crossing in the Rain  
Nancy Knowles - Boat Launch Tree

Susan Hall -Bright Eyes 
Beth Norwood - Fidget

The Northwest Oil Painters Guild (NOPG) was established in 2002 by a group of oil painters with a passion to improve their painting abilities, support and encourage one another while exposing their work to the general public through local and regional shows. NOPG is designed to meet these goals in a variety of ways. After many years of meeting at the Genealogy Society Center in Vancouver, we currently have monthly meetings in our new flexible meeting classrooms at Clark College. These meetings are designed to educate members through live painting demos, guest speakers, artist critiques and “Show and Tell” of members’ recent work. The NOPG acts as an artist conduit for current art news, regional shows, and our annual members only show. Members participate in and share information on current and future area painting competitions. Many of our members show their work in southwest Washington galleries and other art venues. Members are encouraged to convey information about oil painters to the attention of the general public.

Our members are primarily from throughout the southwest Washington area with ties to Portland and surrounding areas. Our group of artists offers a broad range of styles, techniques and genres. The traditional medium of oil paint is used by most members; however there are active members who paint with opaque crossover mediums; such as, pastel and acrylic. NOPG also has an energetic group of plein air (outdoor) painters, who take advantage of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest whenever possible, and are willing to share their expertise and camaraderie in the field. Furthermore, we have a Patron Member level for anyone who would like to attend monthly meetings and activities but may or may not be painters.

Further information about the Northwest Oil Painters Guild is available on our website:

Cheryl Mathieson, NOPG President

Friday, June 28, 2019

Animalibris - Muriel Wheatley & Levi Greenacres

The Art of Paper Cutting Arrives at Second Story Gallery

There is an art to paper cutting as demonstrated by July’s show at Second Story Gallery. The designers behind each creation call themselves Lovebirds Paper, a duo made up of Muriel Wheatley and Levi Greenacres who happen to be . . ahem, lovebirds.

The whimsical art in July deserves a whimsical title: Animalibris. It's a mash-up named for the subjects, mostly animals, and their surroundings--the Camas Public Library.

The "Animalibris" show draws much of its focus from botanical and biological illustrations, capturing a number of creatures in their most playful environments according to the artists. The results are silhouettes, often layered with colors but with at least one of those layers carefully cut to reveal the others.

The two behind Lovebirds Paper have been collaborating on paper cuts since 2015. They say they draw from a wide variety of modern and historic influences, including Art Nouveau, screenprinting and woodcarving styles. Muriel Wheatley is a librarian and paper enthusiast who patiently cuts all of the designs by hand. Levi Greenacres, a Portland tattooer and children's book author, draws all of the Lovebirds designs.

Anamalibris opens with a First Friday reception for the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. July 5. Live music will be provided by Rob Lewis and refreshments will be served. The show remains in the gallery through July 27 and is 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.

More of the Lovebirds Paper works can be viewed on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook @lovebirdspaper, and at

Artist's Reception 
Open to the Public
Friday July 5,  5 - 8 pm

Live music with Rob Lewis

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Changing Perspectives: An Exhibition & Performance Collaboration

"Changing Perspectives:  
An Exhibition & Performance Collaboration"

Art and performances by the Camas High School
 Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program students.

Second Story Gallery hosts high school students in June with an exhibit of their work and special performances June 7 during the First Friday event sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association. 

The original entertainment, "Field Trip Friday," is a brief, interactive and immersive performance engaging the public with the student art that will be unveiled that night.  Gallery visitors may take part by meeting student actors in the library entry at 5:15, 6:15 or 7:15 p.m. and entering into the experience of this unique improvisational piece.  For those who prefer to be on their own, they will be able to visit the gallery and the refreshment table as usual during the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

"The opportunity for student artists and actors to collaborate is rare, and these Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) students were passionate about their chosen 'spine' or underlying theme for their work," commented Gina Mariotti Shapard, IAA Program Leader. The unifying theme of the collaboration, "Changing Perspectives,” is about students' evolving perspectives from childhood to where they are now and how they are influenced by their environment, family, school, peers and culture. 

She said the students concluded through their discussions that everyone has underlying similarities, and what is needed in our society is acceptance and the understanding gained through knowing each other more deeply.

After deciding on their theme, the visual artists created paintings, drawings, altered books, and sculptures that will be exhibited in the Gallery during June.  With the subject in mind, the actors participated in a residency led by Heather Kahl, theatre director at Riverside Performing Arts.  They devised their original piece, "Field Trip Friday," to connect with the visual art in the gallery.  They will perform it interactively with visitors who want to participate during the opening reception, at one of the three intervals of 5:15, 6:15 or 7:15 pm. The free performances run approximately 30 minutes and will begin inside the library's front door where student actors will gather their participants.
"Showing and performing their art publicly at Second Story Gallery is a lifetime opportunity for these young artists," said Mariotti Shapard.  "I am heartened by their courage and willingness to be vulnerable with their art."  The IAA program in Camas High School includes students in grades 9-12 who take select academic classes in which the visual and performing arts are integrated for deeper understanding. The program focuses on creativity, critical thinking, and community.

These 10th graders are getting ready for their devised theatre performance at Second Story Gallery for First Friday.  Students from the Integrated Arts and Academics program at Camas High School not only have created the artwork for the June exhibition, they are offering a new type of immersive theatre experience to engage with the public at three different times during the opening night reception. "Field Trip Friday," their own work, will start in the library entryway at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. for those who want to participate for about 30 minutes.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Big Skies and Small Wonders

Sky Paintings Enhance Blooms in May 
at Second Story Gallery

A dual show in May brings two artists to Second Story Gallery to present 

Big Skies and Small Wonders

Marilyn Slaby
Mary Chant paints landscapes with clouds dominating the horizon lines.  Marilyn Slaby has taught herself to shape blossoms from polymer clay, then paint them to equal anything found in nature.

Mary Chant
The two artists, strangers until this show, share a love of the natural world and both say they draw from it for their inspiration.  Painter Chant calls her Big Sky series "a joyful exercise in searching for an earthbound way to interpret the ethereal."

Sculptor Slaby says she began her flower creations using sugar but learned they were too fragile for permanent exhibition.  She has discovered polymers of several types to sculpt  petal by petal, leaf by leaf.  She says it's "fiddly" work and time consuming, but the results are amazingly lifelike arrangements of lilies, roses, peonies, even daffodils.
Marilyn Slaby

Mary Chant
This breath of spring will arrive at Second Story Gallery May 3, part of the Downtown Camas First Friday activities from 5 to 8 p.m.  Both artists will be on hand to meet patrons and explain their techniques. The public reception will also feature music by Rob Lewis.  "Big Skies and Small Wonders" will remain on display through May 25 during regular library hours.

Marilyn Slaby
Mary Chant - "The Mill"
One of the skylines created by artist Mary Chant for the current show “Big Skies and Small Wonders” will be recognizable to Camas folks.  She captured the venting steam above the Georgia Pacific mill in a tribute to the town’s papermaking history.  The artist calls it “The Mill” and she made it expressly for the dual show currently at Second Story Gallery.  

Friday, March 29, 2019

Northwest Wonderland

Camas photographer Dale C. Larson brings his outdoor scenes on metal plates to Second Story Gallery in April. He will be on hand to discuss his style of shooting at a reception Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

For his first formal exhibit, Larson has chosen to focus only on pictures he’s taken in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. “Northwest Wonderland” is a show of stunning plates, many oversized, ranging from bears and eagles on fishing expeditions to the simplicity of a single Japanese maple. Mount Rainier is represented, as well as Oneonta Gorge.

He’s sticking close to home in this hometown show, but Larson calls himself fortunate to have also photographed scenery on several continents before retirement. He began by focusing his camera on wildlife, he says, but has gravitated toward scenic landscapes to preserve his travels.

The April 5 unveiling, part of the Downtown Camas First Friday event, will also feature live music by Rob Lewis. The photography show will remain on display through April 27 during regular library hours.

Artist's Reception 

Friday - April 5   5 - 8pm

Open to the Public!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

From the Heart

One of the largest groups in Second Story Gallery’s history will be offering work “From the Heart” during February and March.  The Southwest Washington Watercolor Society will send 24 members to fill the walls of the gallery, located upstairs in the Camas Public Library. 
The opening reception is Feb. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.  It will offer a chance to meet all the artists as well as music by Brad Jensen and chocolate refreshments, part of the downtown First Friday celebration.  The show will continue through March during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday  in the library.

That's a lot of art . . . come see what they've produced for their show called "From the Heart."

First Friday Artist's Reception
February 1  5 - 8 pm

Public is Welcome!

Brad Jensen will be providing music on
the guitar and keyboard.