Sunday, March 2, 2014
Interested in exhibiting your art at the Second Story Gallery?
There will be an Information Night that may answer your questions and give you pointers about what artists can do to make their shows “gallery ready” and successful.
Please join us Tuesday, March 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.
Topics to be covered include:
· How to best prepare your work so our expert committee can display it for maximum impact
· What you need to send us (and when) for our press releases and e-invites. And what you can do to bring viewers throughout the month
· How to participate in the First Friday Reception that will launch your show
Please bring your questions and meet the Second Story Gallery’s Board of Governors. Refreshments will be served.
The volunteer Second Story Gallery has gotten high marks from past artists for its warm space and supportive interactions. We hope this new Information Night is another way we can help artists understand the process.
Mary Bardmess, painter and new resident of Camas talks about what influenced her choice of West Coast landscape: “This series of oils and pastels emerged out of my travels north and south through California, Oregon and Washington.”
According to Barmess, her style is “illusionistic” and “a special empowerment and fusion of seen, felt, and remembered. Landscape speaks of birth, and death, of change and solitude, time and infinity.”
Bardmess is influenced and inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, Van Gogh, Magritte and Hockney. Expounding on nature as a catalyst, she shares, “it has revived me, that long stare at the twilight sky, the pulsing night of stars in the High Sierras, the endless splashing of the waves, the passage of a river in the night. The colors in a storm eat me alive”
Mart Bardmess will be available to discuss her works at the opening reception during downtown Camas' "First Friday" festivities from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7th. Please join us! Refreshments will be served and Rod London will be on keyboard.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Art Quilt Group, a group of talented women fabric artists from the greater Vancouver-Portland area, is featured during February at Second Story Gallery in Camas. This fantastic group joins us for an encore after an incredibly successful and exciting exhibition with us last year.
This year’s exhibit is entitled Triple Entendre. Bev Woodward, a presenting artist and coordinator of the event, said that their group chose this title to reflect the 3D form of their creations.
Artists in the exhibit are: Donna Aase, Kathy Baumann, Paula Benjaminson, Lorna Crawford, Louise Deatherage, Abbie Dick, Dianne Kane, Alene Kempton-Gragg, Maxine Kinne, Geri Kromminga, Sally Mayer, Sandi Miller, Barbara Neill, Virginia O’Donnell, Sharry Olmstead, elinor peace bailey, Judith Phelps, Emily Smith, and Bev Woodard.
Please join us in celebrating the latest chapter in a library tradition of displaying quilts and fabric arts through February 28.
FIRST FRIDAY CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sometimes life gets in the way. For two educators who met in the field of early childhood education, life got in the way of making their own art.. But when Judith Howard visited Katey Sandy's children's learning center she was impressed with the hands-on learning and "lots of art happening." Throughout their professional relationship, Sandy said the two never mentioned their individual interests in painting. It was only after retirement that they walked into the same art class and made the connection. "The words 'I didn't know you painted' seemed to come from both of us at the same time," laughs Sandy.
|Aster Glow by Judith Howard|
Now the two educators are displaying their artwork together at Second Story Gallery in January. They call their show "Eclectic Friends: Quiet Scenes to Abstract Realism." The exhibit of watercolor, acrylics and mixed media will open with a reception for the artists Friday, Jan. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.
Howard confesses she picked up a brush after many years because she was facing an "awkward empty space" on the wall of her newly remodeled home in Vancouver. "By coincidence a three-foot-square canvas fit perfectly," she remembers. "But plain white has never been satisfying to me so I splashed some red acrylic paint on it before our open house." From that start she began experimenting and finding inspirations through other artists. Now her work hangs in homes and businesses from Canada to Arizona.
Sandy, an award winning artist, paints intuitively from the internalized inspiration of nature's shapes, colors and textures. After retirement in 2007 she returned to painting, using a variety of approaches but leaning towards the abstract. Her work can be seen in galleries and homes throughout the northwest. She says her style and Howard's are very "diverse," which is why they call their show "Eclectic Friends."
|Shell Montage by Katey Sandy|
One thing the two artists agree on, their show will be filled with variety. It will continue through Jan. 31 in the gallery, located upstairs in the Camas Public Library and 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.
First Friday Artists' Reception
Jan. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.