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.