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