Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Looking for Artists for 2015 Exhibits

If you're an artist and would like to be considered for a show in the Second Story Gallery, now is the ideal time to fill out an application.

The application form and guidelines can be found by clicking on the How to Exhibit tab above and downloading the pages.

Deadline for applications is October 1.  Review of applicants for exhibition in 2015 will take place in late October. 

If you have questions, please contact SSGS at SecondStoryGallery@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Earth, Water, and Fire -- and More!

There is a group of women of a certain age, retired from professions that may or may not have offered outlets for creativity, who have gathered together for nearly 10 years to delve into the subject of art.  A contingent of this artistic support network is bringing new work to Second Story Gallery in August to show the “heart” of their group Earth, Water, and Fire

Four artists from the group will be introduced at a free reception on First Friday, Aug. 1,from 5 to 8 p.m.  The evening will  include jazz and a reading by nationally recognized poet Scott Poole, who performs weekly on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Live Wire!

Members of Earth, Water, and Fire who will be displaying their art are Marj Casswell, Millie Kimery, Cheryl Poole and Roxce Stavney.  They represent a gathering of women who have met for a decade to critique their work and tackle artistic challenges.  As Casswell explains, “Let us, whose work is shown on these walls, be a window into the art of Earth, Water, and Fire.”  She says the name of the group was agreed upon because “Earth” represents pigment, “Water” is used by all the women in their work, and “Fire” represents their burning desire to create. 

Casswell is one who returned to painting as well as writing after retirement.  She has authored one book and has two novels awaiting e-book publication.  After finishing those projects, she says she picked up a brush again to work in acrylics and collage.  “Creativity can be in everything we do when we are open to the search,” she point out.

Boat, Friday Harbor by Millie Kimery
Kimery calls the Earth, Water, and Fire group her special place for critique, fellowship and support.  She was living in California when she retired and resumed her art training but she has come back to Vancouver where she launched her teaching career.  This time she participates in art shows and art associations, aiming with her work “to create feelings of what is not always visually there, but exists from within.”

Poole studied graphic design in college but worked as an elementary school teacher until retiring in 2005.  “My process and mediums have changed” she says of her painting style.  “I am now intrigued with the interplay of shapes, textures, and patterns.  Using a mixed media approach, I am now working on how interlocking and free-form shapes can be a springboard for powerful, expressive and abstract design.”  

Stavney travels from her retirement home on the Oregon Coast to participate in the Vancouver art critique group.  She calls painting her “passion” and favors encaustic, using oil and cold wax applied with a palette knife.  She says she looks for poetic patterns in the seasons, observing how nature creates layer upon layer the way she applies layers of color and depth.  Just like nature, she says she creates abstract compositions where she hopes the viewer will begin to experience vibrating patterns in the landscape.

All of these styles and methods will be on display during August at “Earth, Water, and Fire, Our Group Show.”  The art exhibit will continue through Aug. 30 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

Also contributing to First Friday in the gallery will be poet Scott Poole, known for his work on Live Wire!, broadcast nationally from Portland.  In addition, the Battle Ground Jazz Trio is scheduled to perform.  

5 TO 8 P.M.

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.