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.