Monday, April 27, 2015

All Things Natural

Local artists Lynda Raven Brake and Mary Anne Harkness will be showing “All Things Natural” at a reception May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Second Story Gallery. 

The reception is part of the downtown Camas First Friday activities.  In addition to introducing the artists and their work, the May 1 reception will feature music by Todd Walker and Jean Bucher, known as the Tics.

Both Lynda and Mary Anne lived in the American Southwest before moving to Clark County, and both have been celebrating nature through their painting for years. They have more in common, too--the ability to use deep colors and textures to convey feelings and a sense of place.

Cup of Gold - Lynda Raven Brake

Lynda specializes in watercolors that feature birds, animals, and flowers, as well as images from her extensive travels and portraits of Native Americans and their culture.  She earned a bachelor of fine arts and masters degrees while residing in the Southwest where she became a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society.  Lynda is now an active member of the Oregon Society of Artists, the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and the Washington Artists Trust.

Mary Anne says she became interested in art as a child growing up in Southern California, fascinated with the ocean, waves, and tidal pools. She studied art at Arizona State University and American University, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree.  Mary Anne describes her art as reflecting natural lines, textures, color and forms, sometimes in a realistic and sometimes in an impressionistic mood.  In all her work, she challenges herself to “capture nature in an instant of time.”

Iris in Gold - Mary Anne Harkness
She has lately expanded her tools to include acrylics, pours, monotypes, and textual materials to take her work in more spontaneous directions.

Mary Anne is currently an instructor with Clark College Continuing Education, teaching Basic Techniques in Watercolor.  Her art may be seen in various shows through the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society and Northwest Washington Watercolor Society.


May 1
5-8 p.m.

Music by the Tics -

Todd Walker & Jean Bucher

Monday, March 16, 2015

Guardians of the Columbia: Landscapes of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens

Photographer Darryl Lloyd will be featured at Second Story Gallery in April with his show titled “Guardians of the Columbia: Landscapes of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.”   It is a retrospective of over 40 years of shooting the three "Guardians" from different angles--many of them vertical as the photographer climbed up for better views.

Mr. Lloyd grew up at the base of Mt. Adams, and when he was given a Brownie Holiday camera at the age of 10, he began recording his climbs of Adams, Hood and St. Helens. That in turn led, he says, to “a lifetime of mountain travel, freelance photography and the study of geosciences, which nourished my love of volcanoes.”

His experiences hiking the Guardian volcanoes gave him a unique perspective as he continued to photograph other North American landscapes.

“I try to embed my own emotional and physical experience in the photos, such as shooting alpenglow on a high peak from a wilderness camp,” he says. “Some of my favorite shots required a difficult hike or climb, and took careful planning to reach a spot where the light, sky and foregrounds were just right. I want my exhilaration and joy of being there to somehow be a part of my best shots.”

The Guardian volcanoes are “like old friends to me, changing and evolving over the years, always there in the time of need,” says Mr. Lloyd. “Whether hiking, ski touring or just gazing, the mountains and surrounding wilderness provide a sense of well-being and renewal of spirit.”

He says, “I also love to photograph people interacting with nature in a quiet way. For me, photography reflects a way of life. It gives depth to composition and landscape interpretation.”
His experiences have led him to become active in protecting the wild places and expanding the wilderness areas of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. He donates photos for money-raising to groups working to protect the Gorge and other wild places in Oregon and Washington.

Mr. Lloyd became a full-time photographer in 1997 and his fine art and stock photos are available at his web site, His photos have won awards and have appeared in many publications.   He lives in Hood River, where in addition to his environmental work he is active in the arts community. He is in the process of compiling 50 years’ worth of photos into a book of nature photography.

Second Story Gallery is upstairs at the Camas Public Library, 625 NE 4th Avenue. Mr. Lloyd’s show will continue through Saturday, April 25 during the library's regular hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.  

Artist's  First Friday Reception
April 3
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Murmurations of Art

Five artists are getting together to present their work at a reception for "Murmurations of Art" at the Second Story Gallery Friday, March 6, from 5 to 8 pm.  They’re from all over the country, using different mediums, but all approaching art with a love of creating, in whatever form. 

The women have selected one painting by Sanders-Wood to represent themselves at their upcoming show.  It's a top-down view of five pairs of feet and is fittingly called "Sisters' Circle."  The women not only come together to paint but to exhibit.  

AnnaMarie L. Clement says that coming from a household of artists, she didn’t have much choice but to create art, but she notes it’s more than that: “I feel comfortable using any and all of nature’s canvases, which allows me creative freedom in finding my voice.” And, she adds, “I glean from the opportunities life reveals along my journey and incorporate what works for me into my creations.”

“How appropriate that ‘ART’ rhymes with ‘HEART,” says Linda McCulloch  “Our group's connection through mind and spirit helps to provide the emotional aspect I feel when creating my piece and I hope those who enjoy my work will feel that, too.” Her work has evolved since she moved to Camas from Massachusetts, from a realistic approach, to creating through color, line, texture and design.  She adds, “My new work reflects the essence gained from my painting group and art classes." 

Carolyn Gunderson is that rarity, a native of the Northwest, where she spent much of her childhood with family on a small dairy farm in Washington.  She painted at first “from love and instinct,” starting with a love of the animals on the farm, and carried this passion throughout her life.  She has gone on to study with well-known artists, including local artists. She says, “Watercolor is an amazing medium, at times frustrating but always exciting…  However, my real passion is experimenting with mixed media, and being surprised and excited when you have discovered something new, different and one of a kind.”

Judith Sanders-Wood, a California native, grew up with artistic parents who encouraged her talent. She, too, was inspired by nature, and is still inspired by living in the Pacific Northwest. She says, “When I am creating a new painting, I fully involve myself in the process. I like to try new techniques and hope that my audience feels the wonder and excitement that I find when I paint.” She has taught art classes for Clark Continuing Education and continues to teach private workshops and classes. She works mainly in acrylics and watercolor, but also works with mixed media and collage.

Kathy Sork paints “for that warm fuzzy feeling I get when a painting is complete and I say to myself - through struggles, doubt, why's, what will they, can it be - my painting is finished!”  Then she can call it her own and move forward to her next Picasso. Her goal is always to “paint something really worthy,” something that makes her smile with pride. She has exhibited at the Second Story Gallery before, winning rave reviews in a group show in Sept. 2012.

The Murmurations of Art Exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  The show, will continue through March 28 in the Gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The First Friday reception March 6 will feature music by Avery Gunderson on keyboard.  She is the talented granddaughter of artist Carolyn Gunderson.  The reception is free and open to the public.

5-8 P.M.
MARCH 6, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Familiar Terrain

Autumn Paint
Bonnie Bucknam is a multi-talented artist who has spent years working with fibers, dyes, various drawing tools  and wax.  Her abstract compositions from nature will be displayed at Second Story Gallery during February in a show she calls "Familiar Terrain." 

The terrain she's talking about is nature as seen through her creative lens.   “My abstract compositions are informed by the colors and shapes of the natural world.  I use various media, including collage, ink, acrylic, watercolor pencil, oil pastels, oil, and cold wax to create landscapes," Bonnie says, inspired by her love of travel.

The artist will be unveil her latest pieces at a reception Friday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  The show continues through Feb. 28 during regular library hours.

In high school,  Bonnie launched a successful mail order business manufacturing fabric purses and that was her start in the creative artistic world.  She studied art for two years before switching her college major to anthropology and geology.   While spending 31 years in Alaska, she says she used "every spare minute" to create.  In 1997 she started a business, Handwerk, to market her quilts and hand-dyed fabrics.  After retirement, Bonnie moved to Vancouver where she now makes art her full time job. 

In addition to winning a national quilting award, Bonnie's abstractions have been exhibited in many parts of the world, including Italy, Japan, Ireland and the Netherlands.  Her work is in the permanent collection of  textile museums in Neumunster, Germany, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as the State of Alaska Art Bank.  Conveniently for a traveler like Bonnie, she currently has a solo exhibit of fiber art at the Portland International Airport in Concourse D, which will remain on display throughout 2015.

Bonnie says she loves to travel.  "The anthropologist in me is fascinated by other cultures."  Her interests in geology and earth history have influenced her as well, as she works to capture variations in terrain and the spectacular shows created by natural earth processes.

First Friday Artist's Reception
February 6
5-8 p.m.
Music by T. Walker Anderson

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Local Boy Makes Art

Jonathan Peebles is a homegrown Camas artist. Jonathan was born in 1978 and his family moved to Camas from Washougal when he was 3 years old. 

A lifelong artist, as a young man he originally aspired to be a cartoonist. At age 20 he moved to Seattle to attend art school at the University of Washington, where he studied painting, sculpture, figure drawing and printmaking while gaining his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts in 2002. 

After college Peebles returned to his hometown and worked as the exhibit manager for the Portland Children’s Museum, and freelanced at the Oregon Coast Aquarium where he designed and built interactive environments for children. His driftwood dogs have sold around the United States and in Canada.

His exhibit of driftwood dogs, paintings and prints is on display from December 5 through January 31.

Please join us for the Artist’s Opening Reception held during “First Friday” of Downtown Camas on Friday, Dec. 5th from 5-8 pm. Jonathan will be available to talk about his art.  Refreshments will be serve
d and contemporary country musician, Tom Mann, will perform music for the event.

Artist's Reception
Friday, Dec. 5
5-8 p.m.
Music by Tom Mann

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lighetning Strikes Second Story Gallery

Every picture may be worth a thousand words, but what if my thousand words are different than yours, wonders Louise Wynn, featured photographer at Second Story Gallery in November.  Possibly, she thinks, her words may bring a different image to your mind than the one she’s seeing.

She has combined her photography with her original words in poem form to create an exhibit she calls “Lightening.”  She says she chose the name because of how poetry and art “lighten and enlighten us, lifting the burdens of everyday life, illuminating truth and casting away shadows.”

Louise, who lives in Camas, has masters degrees in English/linguistics and environmental science.  Together, she thinks they explain what you will see in her show.  “It all started when I was a little girl playing in my grandmother’s garden,” she says.  “I loved the flowers and the birds, but also the bugs and the frogs.

“I’ve been writing all my life and started taking photography seriously about 15 years ago,” she adds.  “I write poems to try to figure out how we humans get along with each other and the rest of nature.  I take photos to try to show those same relationships.”

That interest in bugs and frogs led Louise to studies involving grasshoppers on Mount St. Helens.  She has also volunteered for the Southwest Washington Amphibian Monitoring Project.  She is a published author, a lab instructor at WSU-Vancouver and holds a second-degree black belt in taiho-jutsu and jujitsu.  Before moving to Camas 12 years ago, she spent time overseas and has taught English to young students in Venezuela and college students in Saudi Arabia where she also freelanced for an English language daily called The Arab News.

Back to that worry that words and pictures may be different for different people.  Louise has put photos together with poems hoping viewers will see and hear--and feel--some of the same things.  That name, “Lightening,” in addition to lifting burdens, is a wish to make clear the way forward.

In addition to offering her own photography and poetry, Louise has invited several other local poets to share the spotlight during her reception at Second Story Gallery Friday, Nov. 7.  Taking the microphone first will be Christopher Luna, the poet laureate of Clark County and teacher of the Clark College class where the participating poets got together.

Joining Luna at different times from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be Livia Montana, Roxanne Bash, Matt Eiford, Carol C. Hansen,  and Steve Olson.  The poetry reading is part of monthly art reception that is free and open to the public, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

The photography, combined with Louise’s poetry, will remain on exhibit through Nov. 29.  After the First Friday reception, Second Story Gallery is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

Artist's Reception &
Poetry Reading
Friday, Nov. 7
5 until 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Looking for Artists for 2015 Exhibits DEADLINE EXTENDED

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 Saturday, October 11, 6 p.m..  Review of applicants for exhibition in 2015 will take place in late October. 

If you have questions, please contact SSGS at