Where can you see the wild, wondrous landscapes of Washington, California, and Oregon, all in one afternoon? At the Second Story Gallery of the Camas Public Library, of course! The landscapes in question are paintings by Mary Bardmess and are part of her "Interpretation of Natural Landscape" show at the library, which is going on now through Monday, March 31.
Bardmess, a new resident of Camas, is a prolific painter and traveler whose works are influenced and inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, Van Gogh, Magritte, and Hockney. She uses natural forms and colors as a catalyst for her paintings, capitalizing, as she says, on "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 Second Story Gallery is located (unsurprisingly) on the second floor of the library, 624 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. The gallery is open during regular library hours, which are Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.
Above: detail from "Painted Hills 2" (oil on canvas) by Mary Bardmess