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

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.

Interpretation of Natural Landscape from California, Oregon and Washington

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” 

Her art will be on display through the month of March at the Second Story Gallery in the Camas Public Library, during regular library hours.   

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.