First Friday

Reception for Donald Haynes at Angst Gallery

Angst Gallery presents “The Elusive Sense,” a compelling exhibit of the somber, thought-provoking works of Donald Haynes. There will be an opening night reception where guests can meet the artist on First Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. with complimentary light refreshments and music. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Nov. 25. Haynes spent two years studying painting with the noted and prolific Alexander Rokoff. Haynes’ creative work also includes photography and sculpture. Throughout the years, Haynes has focused on “the figure and the essence within it, winding about it my ideas and symbols, empty and full, as they always are.” For examples of Haynes’ work, visit www.coroflot.com/donsword.

For more information about this and other exhibits, contact Jackson at Leah.AngstGallery@gmail.com or Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066. You can also visit Angst Gallery online at angstgallery.com. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, adjacent and connected to Niche Wine Bar, so you can grab a cool drink and amble around the gallery. For gallery hours, visit angstgallery.com.

Paintings by Phyllis Corwin at Camas Gallery

Phyllis Corwin will be the featured artist at Camas Gallery now through Thursday, Nov. 30. Corwin is a seasoned painter who resides in Washougal with her husband of almost 50 years. She was a belly dancer, teacher, director, and costume designer for 25 years and has been painting and teaching for over 20 years. Corwin travels the world with her palette, painting exotic animals. Famous for her subject’s striking eyes—portrayals of big cats intensely staring down prey—Corwin continues to capture amazing detail with her brush-strokes. The show at Camas Gallery also includes several beautiful bird portraits. You can see more of her art on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/phyllis.corwin.

A First Friday art reception will take place at the Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, with light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public, and is an excellent opportunity to meet the artist in person and see her work up close. All the paintings and prints shown in the gallery are for sale. Camas Gallery, located at 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-817-2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or visit Facebook.com/CamasGallery.

Award-winning Photography by Steve McCarthy at Gallery 360

Gallery 360 invites you to view the award-winning landscape photography of Steve McCarthy, the gallery’s guest artist for the month of November. McCarthy’s breathtaking work has been featured in the Portland Japanese Garden calendar as well as in USA Today. Scenes of Southwest Washington and the Rocky Mountains will be highlighted in this exhibition. You can see more of McCarthy’s work by visiting his website at solsticephotography.smugmug.com. Also featured in November will be mixed media paintings by Gallery 360 artist Frank Josephfa. Meet both artists at the First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, featuring music and light refreshments. Both exhibits run through Nov. 26.

Gallery 360 is located inside the historic yellow Slocum House in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, call 360-693-7340 or visit www.gallery360.org.

Opening Reception for Annette Jackson’s Contemporary Mask Exhibit

Annette Jackson‘s contemporary masks will be on display at the Second Story Gallery, located upstairs at the Camas Public Library in downtown Camas. You can meet the artist and see her colorful, conversation-provoking masks during the First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. There will be complimentary light refreshments and live music. (You’ll also want to stick around for the “Thankful for Pie” First Friday event in downtown Camas, when shops stay open late and there will be all kinds of pie to sample!) Jackson’s exhibit, entitled “Mirror, Mirror,” will be up during the entire month of November.

Jackson designs vibrant, exaggerated faces to elicit emotional responses from viewers. She was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and graduated from NYU with a BA in Art Education. She has lived, taught, and created on both coasts. She draws upon her diverse Native American, African, and Eastern European heritage for inspiration, juxtaposing seemingly unrelated materials and forms to create masks that are sometimes whimsical, sometimes dramatic. She uses repurposed wood as her base, layering on elements as varied as lampwork beads, fused glass, metals, and enamel pieces. Some masks are symbolic, some are celebratory, and some are pure attitude. You can learn more about her work at www.annettejacksonart.com or by following her on Facebook at facebook.com/A.Jackson.Art. You can also see samples of her work at www.ginamwgallery.com, www.worldartglass.com, www.sculptsite.com, and www.rebuildingexchange.org. To contact Jackson directly, email her at A.Jackson.Art@gmail.com.

The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, and is open whenever the library is open. Ample free parking is available on the street.

 

Thankful for Pie: First Friday in Downtown Camas

Who doesn’t love pie? (If you don’t, maybe you just haven’t found your PPP–Personal Pie Profile.) Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or pecan—or caramel apple, rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, marionberry, coconut cream, chocolate cream, banana cream, French silk, Key lime, peach, or lemon meringue—we can all agree that pie is something worth celebrating. From 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, Downtown Camas will be just the place to celebrate with its family-friendly “Thankful for Pie,” event. Sample all kinds of pies, enjoy after-hours holiday shopping, art shows, kids’ crafts and painting, and activities designed to get you thinking about what makes you feel grateful—just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pie tastings in participating businesses–vote for your favorite pie and be entered to win pies and prizes from the merchants
  • Pie Walk Dance Party starting at 7 p.m. in Journey Community Church—win a delicious pie or other treats
  • Pie raffle with the Downtown Camas Association
  • Kids’ autumn crafts and painting with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party
  • Gratitude Leaves—pick up paper leaves in participating locations, write one thing you are thankful for on each leaf, and add your leaves to the Community Gratitude Branch. Each leaf earns you a ticket to win autumn prizes or pies!
  • Art shows at Camas Gallery, Second Story Gallery, and Attic Gallery

First Fridays are themed family-friendly art, activity, dining, and after-hours shopping events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association each month of the year to support the downtown area and bring the community together. For more information, visit http://downtowncamas.com/event/november-first-friday-2017-thankful-pie and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

The Elusive Sense at Angst Gallery

Angst Gallery presents “The Elusive Sense,” a compelling exhibit of the somber, thought-provoking works of Donald Haynes. There will be an opening night reception where guests can meet the artist on First Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. with complimentary light refreshments and music. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Nov. 25. Haynes spent two years studying painting with the noted and prolific Alexander Rokoff. Haynes’ creative work also includes photography and sculpture. Throughout the years, Haynes has focused on “the figure and the essence within it, winding about it my ideas and symbols, empty and full, as they always are.” For examples of Haynes’ work, visit www.coroflot.com/donsword.

For more information about this and other exhibits, contact Jackson at Leah.AngstGallery@gmail.com or Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066. You can also visit Angst Gallery online at angstgallery.com. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, adjacent and connected to Niche Wine Bar, so you can grab a cool drink and amble around the gallery. For gallery hours, visit angstgallery.com.

Above image: detail from “The Heart Stone” by Donald Haynes

Phyllis Corwin at Camas Gallery

Phyllis Corwin will be the featured artist at Camas Gallery now through Thursday, Nov. 30. Corwin is a seasoned painter who resides in Washougal with her husband of almost 50 years. She was a belly dancer, teacher, director, and costume designer for 25 years and has been painting and teaching for over 20 years. Corwin travels the world with her palette, painting exotic animals. Famous for her subject’s striking eyes—portrayals of big cats intensely staring down prey—Corwin continues to capture amazing detail with her brush-strokes. The show at Camas Gallery also includes several beautiful bird portraits. You can see more of her art on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/phyllis.corwin.

A First Friday art reception will take place at the Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, with light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public, and is an excellent opportunity to meet the artist in person and see her work up close. All the paintings and prints shown in the gallery are for sale. Camas Gallery, located at 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-817-2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or visit Facebook.com/CamasGallery.

Above image: detail from original painting by Phyllis Corwin

Photography of Steve McCarthy at Gallery 360

Detail from “Who Am I?” by Frank Josephfa

Gallery 360 invites you to view the award-winning landscape photography of Steve McCarthy, the gallery’s guest artist for the month of November. McCarthy’s breathtaking work has been featured in the Portland Japanese Garden calendar as well as in USA Today. Scenes of Southwest Washington and the Rocky Mountains will be highlighted in this exhibition. You can see more of McCarthy’s work by visiting his website at solsticephotography.smugmug.com. Also featured in November will be mixed media paintings by Gallery 360 artist Frank Josephfa. Meet both artists at the First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, featuring music and light refreshments. Both exhibits run through Nov. 26.

Gallery 360 is located inside the historic yellow Slocum House in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, call 360-693-7340 or visit www.gallery360.org.

Above image: detail from “Salmon Creek Dawn” by Steve McCarthy

Marvelous Masks at Second Story Gallery

Annette Jackson‘s contemporary masks will be on display at the Second Story Gallery, located upstairs at the Camas Public Library in downtown Camas. You can meet the artist and see her colorful, conversation-provoking masks during the First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. There will be complimentary light refreshments and live music. (You’ll also want to stick around for the “Thankful for Pie” First Friday event in downtown Camas, when shops stay open late and there will be all kinds of pie to sample!) Jackson’s exhibit, entitled “Mirror, Mirror,” will be up during the entire month of November.

Jackson designs vibrant, exaggerated faces to elicit emotional responses from viewers. She was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and graduated from NYU with a BA in Art Education. She has lived, taught, and created on both coasts. She draws upon her diverse Native American, African, and Eastern European heritage for inspiration, juxtaposing seemingly unrelated materials and forms to create masks that are sometimes whimsical, sometimes dramatic. She uses repurposed wood as her base, layering on elements as varied as lampwork beads, fused glass, metals, and enamel pieces. Some masks are symbolic, some are celebratory, and some are pure attitude. You can learn more about her work at www.annettejacksonart.com or by following her on Facebook at facebook.com/A.Jackson.Art. You can also see samples of her work at www.ginamwgallery.com, www.worldartglass.com, www.sculptsite.com, and www.rebuildingexchange.org. To contact Jackson directly, email her at A.Jackson.Art@gmail.com.

The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, and is open whenever the library is open. Ample free parking is available on the street.

Above image: detail from an original mask by Annette Jackson

Contemporary Landscapes by Tom Relth at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts—the extensive upstairs and downstairs gallery space located inside Boomerang, the coffee shop, event space, and consignment shop in downtown Vancouver—is pleased to host local artist Tom Relth for the First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 3. Relth’s studio, which is on Boomerang’s lower level, is also party of the Clark County Open Studios Tour on Nov. 11-12. Relth’s works will be displayed at Boomerang until Monday, Nov. 13.

The exhibit, “Contemporary Landscape,” showcases 50-plus of Relth’s color-rich paintings, including many of his large-scale works. “We have exhibited nearly two thousand artworks from local and regional artists,” notes Relth, who has served as Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence and gallery curator for the past two years. “The exhibitions have traversed various media and subject matter (paper, fibre arts, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.) hoping to draw an ever greater audience to the Boomerang concept. Now, it’s my opportunity to exhibit my own work.”

Boomerang will celebrate Relth’s exhibit and his participation in the Open Studios Tour with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and a special free photo booth featuring Trung Phan Photography. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for First Fridays, when Boomerang stays open until 9 p.m.

The Clark County Open Studios Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. Tom Relth is No. 8 on the tour. Tour maps are available at every studio on the tour and online at www.ccopenstudios.org. It is free to participate and children are welcome.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” pigments on canvas, 40 inches by 63 inches, by Tom Relth

Thankful for Pie in Downtown Camas

Who doesn’t love pie? (If you don’t, maybe you just haven’t found your PPP–Personal Pie Profile.) Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or pecan—or caramel apple, rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, marionberry, coconut cream, chocolate cream, banana cream, French silk, Key lime, peach, or lemon meringue—we can all agree that pie is something worth celebrating. From 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, Downtown Camas will be just the place to celebrate with its family-friendly “Thankful for Pie,” event. Sample all kinds of pies, enjoy after-hours holiday shopping, art shows, kids’ crafts and painting, and activities designed to get you thinking about what makes you feel grateful—just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pie tastings in participating businesses–vote for your favorite pie and be entered to win pies and prizes from the merchants
  • Pie Walk Dance Party starting at 7 p.m. in Journey Community Church—win a delicious pie or other treats
  • Pie raffle with the Downtown Camas Association
  • Kids’ autumn crafts and painting with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party
  • Gratitude Leaves—pick up paper leaves in participating locations, write one thing you are thankful for on each leaf, and add your leaves to the Community Gratitude Branch. Each leaf earns you a ticket to win autumn prizes or pies!
  • Art shows at Camas Gallery, Second Story Gallery, and Attic Gallery

First Fridays are themed family-friendly art, activity, dining, and after-hours shopping events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association each month of the year to support the downtown area and bring the community together. For more information, visit http://downtowncamas.com/event/november-first-friday-2017-thankful-pie and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday.

Black and White at The Artist Loft

The Artist Loft Studio and Gallery invites you to see things in black and white for its November show and exhibit—called, appropriately enough, “Black and White.” The gallery is putting out an open call to all artists to submit works of art in black and white for this upcoming show, which will celebrate its opening night with a First Friday party and artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. The works will remain on display and for sale through the end of November.

The gallery is looking for pen and ink works, oils, acrylics, watercolor, and photography pieces. A touch of color will be accepted. The exhibit is open to anyone—professional and amateur artists alike, whether you have shown your art in a gallery or not. There’s always a first time! All pieces should be framed, wired, and ready to hang. The cost to submit is $20 per item, with a 30% commission on sold work. All pieces should be 30 inches by 40 inches and under.

The deadline to submit art is Tuesday, Oct. 31. Arts should be dropped off between 1 and 6 p.m. on that day at The Artist Loft, 1001 Main St., Suite C, in downtown Vancouver. Before dropping off art, artists should send an e-mail and a photograph of the art in question to info@artistloftvancouver.com.

Pumpkin Pageant & Harry Potter Costume Contest

Downtown Camas will host its 12th annual Pumpkin Pageant during First Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Vote for your favorite pumpkins, cleverly carved and decorated by local merchants and community members; each vote enters you to win fall-themed prizes from downtown businesses. Then enter the Harry Potter Costume Contest at 7 p.m. at Journey Church—or just show up to marvel at the creativity on display! Prizes will be awarded for adults and children in several categories: Most Authentic, Most Unique, Best Costume, and Best Homemade Costume. There will also be face painting and crafts, art shows, shopping and dining. Here are some highlights:

  • Pumpkin Pageant: Participating downtown businesses will each have a carved pumpkin. When you vote for your favorite, you’ll be entered to win fall-themed prizes from downtown merchants and iQ Credit Union, this First Friday’s sponsor. The People’s Choice winner also receives a prize basket.
  • Harry Potter Costume Contest: Show off your love for this series and the characters! The contest starts at 7 p.m. at Journey Church; sign up between 5 and 6:45 p.m. in the lobby.
  • Fairy Door Search: Fairy doors created and donated by Vancouver WA Fairy Doors will be hidden throughout downtown businesses–find them and be entered to win prizes!
  • Second Story Gallery will host a reception for the exhibit “Art for the Life of Elephants” featuring painters Katey Sandy and Gary Watson. Proceeds support the Elephant Crisis Fund. Refreshments and live music by Brian Jensen. The exhibit continues through Oct. 28.
  • Camas Gallery will feature award-winning nature photographer Lois Settlemeyer at its First Friday artist’s reception, along with refreshments and live music.
  • Harry Potter-inspired kids’ crafts and activities with the Downtown Camas Association at Journey Church.
  • Shopping and dining specials throughout town.

First Fridays are themed, family-friendly events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association on the first Friday of every month with the aim of supporting Camas’ vibrant downtown and creating connections in the community. For more information, visit downtowncamas.com or www.facebook.com/downtowncamas.

Art Exhibit & Silent Auction at Wattle Tree Place

Wattle Tree Place joins the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Oct. 6, with an art exhibit and silent auction. Wattle Tree Place will be open for art viewing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from now through Sunday, Oct. 8. Bids on individual pieces can be submitted from 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. Pieces which are not sold at auction will remain on display at Wattle Tree Place at the artist’s request.

Bidders will be given ID numbers that will also enter them into a drawing for one of three door prizes. Bidding sheets will be available as well as a catalogue of the paintings with the artists’ photographs and biographies. Guests will also have an opportunity to speak with some of the artists throughout the weekend, and a Wattle Tree Place staff member will be there to help if there are questions. The auction results will be announced after 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. The Sunday afternoon celebration, beginning at 4 p.m., will also include live music, as well as wine tasting and whiskey tasting (by donation). A BBQ dinner will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m.

Wattle Tree Place is a locally owned, community-focused small business catering to moms, dads, kids, and family groups. Located in a remodeled craftsman house in downtown Vancouver at 306 E. 16th St., it is a café which serves locally roasted coffee along with healthy, organic snacks, lunches, kids’ meals, and homemade cakes and pastries. It offers year-round event spaces for birthday parties, baby showers, spa nights, date nights, graduation celebrations, and community meetings. There’s a free children’s play area outside, as well as an indoor play area. An after-school kids’ activity program is available at 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Wattle Tree Place (named after a native Australian tree known to the indigenous people as “healing tree”) also offers holistic healing rooms featuring treatments such as reiki, yoga, massage, tarot card readings, meditation circles, and more. Parents can book the in-house, low-cost “babysitter” to watch their kids during treatments. To learn more about Wattle Tree Place, visit wattletreeplace.com or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wattletreeplace/. Lunch and coffee orders are available by calling ahead to 360-389-3116.

Pumpkin Pageant & Harry Potter Costume Contest

Downtown Camas will host its 12th annual Pumpkin Pageant during First Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Vote for your favorite pumpkins, cleverly carved and decorated by local merchants and community members; each vote enters you to win fall-themed prizes from downtown businesses. Then enter the Harry Potter Costume Contest at 7 p.m. at Journey Church—or just show up to marvel at the creativity on display! Prizes will be awarded for adults and children in several categories: Most Authentic, Most Unique, Best Costume, and Best Homemade Costume. There will also be face painting and crafts, art shows, shopping and dining. Here are some highlights:

  • Pumpkin Pageant: Participating downtown businesses will each have a carved pumpkin. When you vote for your favorite, you’ll be entered to win fall-themed prizes from downtown merchants and iQ Credit Union, this First Friday’s sponsor. The People’s Choice winner also receives a prize basket.
  • Harry Potter Costume Contest: Show off your love for this series and the characters! The contest starts at 7 p.m. at Journey Church; sign up between 5 and 6:45 p.m. in the lobby.
  • Fairy Door Search: Fairy doors created and donated by Vancouver WA Fairy Doors will be hidden throughout downtown businesses–find them and be entered to win prizes!
  • Second Story Gallery will host a reception for the exhibit “Art for the Life of Elephants” featuring painters Katey Sandy and Gary Watson. Proceeds support the Elephant Crisis Fund. Refreshments and live music by Brian Jensen. The exhibit continues through Oct. 28.
  • Camas Gallery will feature award-winning nature photographer Lois Settlemeyer at its First Friday artist’s reception, along with refreshments and live music.
  • Harry Potter-inspired kids’ crafts and activities with the Downtown Camas Association at Journey Church.
  • Shopping and dining specials throughout town.

First Fridays are themed, family-friendly events coordinated by the Downtown Camas Association on the first Friday of every month with the aim of supporting Camas’ vibrant downtown and creating connections in the community. For more information, visit downtowncamas.com or www.facebook.com/downtowncamas.

First Friday at Burnt Bridge Cellars: Live Music, Art & Great Food

The grapes are ripening and it’s almost harvest season! Celebrate the wines that are about to be made—and the delicious, award-winning wines that already have been made!—at Burnt Bridge Cellars this First Friday with live music, original art, and great food from Class Cooking.

Tom May—a professional folk singer for more than four decades—writes and plays his own music, as well as eloquently interpreting the songs of others. He performe for audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, and overseas. Originally from the plains of Nebraska, May has called Toronto, Boston, St. Louis, and Omaha home, but has stayed in the Northwest since 1996. On 12 and six-string guitars, he accompanies his baritone voice with intricate stylings rarely heard in folk music. His concerts feature stories, humor, and occasionally even the Irish pennywhistle. He has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs, including the weekly radio/TV program River City Folk, National Public Radio’s syndicated Mountain Stage, Radio Eirhenn’s Andy O’Mahoney show in Ireland, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s Ian Tyson TV Show. Learn more at www.tommayfolk.com.

Glenn Miller, whose photography will be displayed in Burnt Bridge’s tasting room this month, is a retired entrepreneur and award-winning photographer. His photos at Burnt Bridge Cellars focus primarily on landscapes and profiles on the beauty of the Pacific Northwest from the Painted Hills to Oregon Coast and everywhere in between. You can see more of his work at glenmiller.smugmug.com and 2can2images.com.

Finally, the food: Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking (just next door to Burnt Bridge) will whip up some small plates to go with all that great wine. You can enjoy meat and vegetarian pizzas, Caesar salad, and panna cotta with fresh berries.

Then come back over the long weekend for the Southwest Washington Winery Association Food and Wine Pairing. Burnt Bridge Cellars will be serving food from Class Cooking with a wine pairing from 1 to 5 p.m. each of those days.

First Friday Reception for Erika Bartlett at Cellar 55

Erika Bartlett‘s sky-inspired artworks are on display now at Cellar 55 Tasting Room in downtown Vancouver. Looking at her pastel-washed sky images, your eyes are drawn to details like clouds or subtle variations in color. It makes you feel as though your inside the sky, and your soul feels a little lighter. “The sky is a universal feature seen from many perspectives all at once,” says Barlett. “It is interesting subject matter.”

Bartlett has been a studio artist for a decade and has her eyes set on emerging into public art. “My work is a great fit for wellness and corporate spaces because of its contemplative nature,” she says, “I prefer to work business to business as I am passionate about the function of art in our daily living. Public art takes that to the next level.”

Local artist and curator Greg Bee has invited Bartlett to display a selection of works at Cellar 55 throughout the month of September. Drop by the tasting room any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 1, for $10 wine flights and music by Jesse Samsel. Bartlett herself will be there, available to answer questions about her work, her process, and her inspiration. All the art you’ll see is for sale, and Bartlett donates 5% of all her fine art purchases to Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention.

Cellar 55 is located at 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. Their patio will be open and happy hour is from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays. To see some of Bartlett’s mesmerizing work, visit erikabartlett.com. You can also purchase items with her designs at https://society6.com/ebartlett.

Reception for Julie Olsen at Camas Gallery

Julie Olsen will be the featured artist at Camas Gallery from Friday, Sept. 1, through Saturday, Sept. 30. Olsen, a pastel and oil artist, spends countless hours building up layers of pastels to create contrasting colors on the canvas. It is this meticulous layering process that produces Olsen’s stunning realism, which draws the viewer straight to the subject’s eyes. Olsen’s signature “eye-catching” feature is what brings her completed projects to life. Olsen—who worked for many years as a cake decorator before beginning a second career in the arts—studied with Phyllis Corwin, a well-known art instructor and award-winning artist in Washougal, where Olsen also resides. Olsen’s first pieces have brought her recognition among gallery owners and art collectors as well as places in local and regional shows and exhibits. Olsen’s work can be also seen on her website at www.julieolsenart.com.

A First Friday art reception will take place at the Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, with light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public, and is an excellent opportunity to meet the artist in person and see her work up close. All the paintings and prints shown in the gallery are for sale. Camas Gallery, located at 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-817.2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or visit Facebook.com/CamasGallery.

First Friday in Camas: Plein Air Painting, Bronze Bird Tour

September’s First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 1 brings art, art, and more art to downtown Camas with a plein air painting event, the new Bronze Bird Art Tour, art shows at Camas Gallery and Attic Gallery, and a town-wide exhibit of Elida Field‘s “Art, Women & Wine” student paintings. But wait, there’s more: there will be live music at Nuestra Mesa, shops will be open late open late, and downtown Camas’ restaurants, brewpubs, wine bars, cocktail lounges, and coffee houses are ready to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

First, the annual plein air painting event. Plein air, or “open air,” is the French tradition where artists paint out in the open. Artists will be painting on the streets of downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The finished art pieces will be put on display at Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening. Stop by the gallery and vote for your favorites! The winning paintings will be auctioned off at Dinner in White on the Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Port of Camas-Washougal.

Next, the much-anticipated Bronze Bird Art Tour will celebrate its kick-off dedication as part of the downtown Camas First Friday festivities. Drop by Attic Gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet with Artists Georgia Gerber and Randy Hudson,” then meet at the fountain at 4th and Cedar at 5 p.m. for the official dedication. Then you can fly off to find all 13 birds throughout town; if you find them all, you’ll be entered to win a bird-themed prize basket. Bird Maps will be given out at the dedication and also at the Downtown Camas Association tables in Journey Community Church.

Image, top: Local artist Heidi Jo Curley creates a plein air painting at the recent Vintage & Art Faire in downtown Camas.

First Friday at Burnt Bridge Cellars

The grapes are ripening and it’s almost harvest season! Celebrate the wines that are about to be made—and the delicious, award-winning wines that already have been made!—at Burnt Bridge Cellars this First Friday with live music, original art, and great food from Class Cooking.

Tom May—a professional folk singer for more than four decades—writes and plays his own music, as well as eloquently interpreting the songs of others. He performe for audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, and overseas. Originally from the plains of Nebraska, May has called Toronto, Boston, St. Louis, and Omaha home, but has stayed in the Northwest since 1996. On 12 and six-string guitars, he accompanies his baritone voice with intricate stylings rarely heard in folk music. His concerts feature stories, humor, and occasionally even the Irish pennywhistle. He has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs, including the weekly radio/TV program River City Folk, National Public Radio’s syndicated Mountain Stage, Radio Eirhenn’s Andy O’Mahoney show in Ireland, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s Ian Tyson TV Show. Learn more at www.tommayfolk.com.

Glenn Miller, whose photography will be displayed in Burnt Bridge’s tasting room this month, is a retired entrepreneur and award-winning photographer. His photos at Burnt Bridge Cellars focus primarily on landscapes and profiles on the beauty of the Pacific Northwest from the Painted Hills to Oregon Coast and everywhere in between. You can see more of his work at glenmiller.smugmug.com and 2can2images.com.

Finally, the food: Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking (just next door to Burnt Bridge) will whip up some small plates to go with all that great wine. You can enjoy meat and vegetarian pizzas, Caesar salad, and panna cotta with fresh berries.

Then come back over the long weekend for the Southwest Washington Winery Association Food and Wine Pairing. Burnt Bridge Cellars will be serving food from Class Cooking with a wine pairing from 1 to 5 p.m. each of those days.

Above image: yes, OF COURSE you need a growler of wine at Burnt Bridge Cellars!