Friday, July 4, 2014

New Works -- Camas Camera Club

A July show from the Camas Camera Club is becoming a tradition at Second Story Gallery.  The month of July, culminating in Camas Days, seems like a perfect fit for this year’s  17 local photographers to show off “New Works.”

The show, from July 3 through 26, will include photographs from Karen Elliott, Shonda Feather, Rick Hopper, Cheri Jackson, John Lasher, Tom Mallon, Suzanne Michalik, Kirsten Muskat, Clayton Ravsten, Lora Rollins, Cindy Schroeder, Lois Settlemeyer, Lou Steffey, Tonette Sweet, Les Taylor, Karen Wilson and Tracy Woods.

The photos will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, a special date and time due to the Independence Day holiday.  Photographers will be on hand to discuss their work at this event, which is free and open to the public.

The Camas Camera Club was organized three years ago around discussions of photographic techniques.  The group often tackles assignments with a specific theme. Members stress they are not competitive but simply like to share their photographic journey with others of their kind.

The gallery will remain open until 7 p.m. on Friday, July 11.  It is also open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.  

5 TO 7 P.M.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

No First Friday in July

Because of the Fourth of July holiday, there is no First Friday this month.  The Camas Classic Car show will be held starting at 4:30 on Saturday.

There will be a reception for the Camas Camera Club's New Works show on Friday, July 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.  See you then!

The Way Things Go -- Film Event

The Camas Public Library and Second Story Gallery are having a special showing of the film, The Way Things Go (Der Lauf der Dinge) on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

This half-hour film, for all ages, is "a spectacular chain reaction of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg."

Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss (called the "Merry Pranksters of contemporary art" by the New York Times) released this mesmerizing film in 1987.

If you've never seen it, you will be in for a treat!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Indian Country: Modern Images of an Ancient People

The so-called “vanishing race” emerges in Indian Country

The rugged American Northwest has drawn people from every point on the compass. Europeans claimed it as the New World but, to the people who already lived here, it was home - the center of life, culture and humanity. Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery (1804-06) marked the beginning of America’s century of Westward expansion and led to a sweeping effort to eradicate Northwest Native American culture and its people. As a result, Native people were widely regarded in American culture as the “vanishing race”.

“Indian Country: Modern Images of an Ancient People,” a new photography exhibit by photographer Brian M. Christopher proves that Native culture has not only endured but has re-emerged in the 21st century as a new hybrid rooted in its ancient past yet embracing the modern world.

Christopher’s images showing members of tribes in both Oregon and Washington emulates the work of Northwest ethnologist and photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952), whose work is a landmark photographic record of tribal culture and practices.

“There are a lot of layers to the history of this area,” Christopher said. “But so much of the people that once lived here has disappeared. I wanted to capture what still remains.”

Christopher, a veteran photojournalist, drew inspiration from Curtis who spent 30 years capturing 40,000 images from Northwest tribal groups and printed them in a distinctively rich sepia tone. Christopher set about photographing modern Native Americans when they performed ritual dances, fished for salmon along the banks of the Columbia and Klickitat rivers and wove natural baskets in the traditions of their ancestors.

“Even though the Native people are depicted in so-called traditional scenarios, almost every one features some small indication of change to their culture – like an exit sign in a longhouse - which was brought about by interaction with the Europeans.”

 The exhibit also features a display of ephemera showcasing how Native culture has been depicted in postcards, books and pamphlets over the last 100 years. And, Christopher says, the Camas setting is perfect for the exhibit because the camas lily, for which the city is named, was a Native American food staple and still grows in the area.

“I want people to realize that even though Native people have been changed, they have survived. They are not the vanishing race.”

Christopher is an award-winning photojournalist with more than 30 years experience working for Agence-France Presse, USA Today, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, United Press International and newspapers in Florida and Pennsylvania. Christopher lives in Camas, Washington, with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Kathryn and Elizabeth. He has been a Northwest resident since 2005.

Christopher’s blog regarding his work is here.

 “Indian Country: Modern Images of an Ancient People” runs June 6-27 in the Second Story Gallery of the Camas Public Library, 625 NE 4th Avenue Camas, Washington 98607

Artist's Reception
Friday, June 6
5-8 p.m.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Les Femmes et Les Fleurs

Second Story Gallery is presenting an artist who has built a show around a floral theme in honor of the Camas Plant Fair returning to 4th Avenue in May. The Patio, Plant and Garden Fair will be filling the street with flower vendors on May 10, the day before Mother’s Day, under the sponsorship of the Downtown Camas Association.

 “I was excited to create a new body of work for this specific theme,” said Hilarie Couture, who will open her art show “Les Femmes et Les Fleurs,” with a free reception Friday, May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery.  “This is a collection of work that exemplifies my own evolution as a painter."
“I see women and children as life's bouquets and my goal is to express them and their stories in a beautiful and romantic way,” said Couture.  “These are paintings from life that either I have staged or that I just had to capture, when and how I saw it.”  Couture’s soft style shows signs of the pastels she loves.  

Her discovery of quickly working in oils, finishing a painting in a few hours, “helps me to portray the uniqueness in people and the essence of time.”  It is a method called “alla prima” or directly applying one layer to another while the canvas is wet.   “My first real alla prima painting experience was painting women in gardens outside in real time, “ said Couture.  “It was so amazing to try to capture the light moving through the day, as well as the persona of the model . . . Some of the work for this show was painted this way,” she added.
“The fluidity offers the freedom to express the emotion and the inner being of the sitter at that very place in time,” she explained.  ”I am concerned with putting down in a moment the essence of the sitters while they pose for me, no matter what they , or I, are feeling.”  She said she was inspired by the beautiful gardens of the Northwest and the good fortune of arriving at the Second Story Gallery for the month of the Garden Fair.

Her talent for figurative drawing and love of art took her to school for fashion design but Couture said she grew frustrated when her core classes had nothing to do with art.  She left school to draw portraits on the streets around the country and, she remembers, with virtually no formal art training she was able to survive for awhile by selling portraits.

 Life took over, according to the Vancouver resident, and and she didn't do anything artistic for over 30 years.  But then she returned to school in 2010, earning a degree in historic preservation which opened doors to renewed artistic pursuits such as mural painting.  She currently teaches workshops and shows her work around the region.

Couture hopes visitors to her show will take time to stop, look and even smell the fragrance of the roses. The show continues through May 31, upstairs in the Library.  

Hilarie Couture reception Friday, May 2
5-8 p.m.
 live music by T Walker Anderson

Friday, April 4, 2014



Pacific Northwest professional photographer and award winning photo artist Cindy Kassab joins us April 4th -28th.

Kassab is inspired by “natures timeless beauty and vibrant color.” She says that  “Subtle shades blend into panoramic palettes featuring earth, sky, and water as I view nature’s majesty through my lens.   Nature reflects the eternal glory and majesty of the Creator and I am blessed with the eye and vision to capture and share these images of light, shadow, shape and hue.”  

Cindy joined the Professional Photographers of America in 1982, winning a place in the first national print competition that year.  Her prints “Pond Fantasy” and “Attitude” won awards in the Traveling Loan Collection. This experience, in addition to studying published works by other photographers and artists, such as Ray Atkeson, Elliot Porter and David Meunch, who has contributed to the the skills needed to become professional photographer

We welcome you to the “First Friday”, April 4th, at the Second Story Gallery on the upper floor of Camas Public Library from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and Cindy will be available for any question about her photographs.  Join us for a fun filled evening!  Music will be provided by Caryn Jamieson, singer/songwriter.

5-8 PM