Mike Smith—an English teacher who transformed himself into a highly sought-after painter and sculptor—will be the featured artist at Camas Gallery from April 1-30. Smith received a degree in English Literature from the University of Portland, taught briefly, and then became committed to developing his art on a professional level. His early work was abstract, but Smith soon abandoned schools of art and developed his own unique, colorful style which has subsequently influenced other artists. His work contains worldwide themes and ideas, but the focus of his painting and sculpture remains the hill where he lives and has his studio in Camas.
In his 30 year career, he has had almost 100 solo exhibitions of his work, which includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, bronze, ceramic, and printmaking. Smith has had solo shows across the United States as well as in Europe. His work can be seen public and private collections around the world. A few of Smith’s collectors include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ed Asner, and directors Richard Donner and Richard Carpenter.
Camas Gallery will host an opening reception for Smith on First Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Camas Gallery is normally open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery is location is 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call 360-817-2415, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.camasgallery.com.