For more than a decade, the gallery has presented monthly exhibits of not only paintings but also pottery, weaving, woodworking, collage, cut paper silhouettes, photography, and handmade books. It’s known for promoting regional, often undiscovered artists. Because of its location inside the Camas Library near frequently used meeting rooms, the exhibit space gets many visitors. The gallery also boasts a professional hanging system and the same directional lighting found in some of the world’s most famous art museums—not to mention the beautiful natural light that pours through its several large windows.
Second Story Gallery participates in the First Friday activities sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association. Gallery volunteers work with the featured artist or artists to unveil each monthly show, which is celebrated with a free First Friday reception, open to anyone. Guests can view the art and meet the artist while listening to live music and enjoying complimentary light refreshments. The gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The gallery’s board of governors will review applications from artists this fall with the goal of filling openings from February 2018 through January 2019. The selection process should be completed and applicants notified by the end of this year. Only artists who have not exhibited at Second Story Gallery for at least two years will be considered for the upcoming schedule. Gallery Guidelines also state that work must be original and not based directly on any preprinted art from other sources. To review the guidelines and obtain the application form, artists should visit the administrative office at the library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. or download the documents from the gallery’s website at www.secondstorygallery.net.
Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” by Tom Relth, who exhibited at the gallery in July. Used with permission.