local artists

Local Artists’ Exhibit at Attic Gallery

The venerated Attic Gallery of contemporary art in downtown Camas is hosting its First Annual Local Artists Invitational Exhibit during the month of July, with an opening reception on First Friday, July 7, where you can meet most of the artists in person from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit features one or more works be each of 12 local artists, including watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings by Kathy Backman, Hilarie Couture, Laura Bray, Tommer Gonser, Anna Norris, Liz Pike, Mike Smith, and Heidi Jo Curley; and porcelain, ceramics, bronze and steel sculptures by Chris Fackler-Lowery, Ann Fleming, Ted Norris, and Angela Ridgway. There will also be live demonstrations of plein air painting by Anna Norris and ceramic wheel throwing by Ted Norris.

Guests can chat with the artists about their work, their process, and their inspiration, and get an up-close look at some of the very best contemporary art in the Northwest. There will also be live music and light refreshments.

Attic Gallery is located at 421 N.E. Cedar St. in downtown Camas. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. To learn more, visit atticgallery.com.

Above image: “Butterfly Abstract” by watercolorist Laura Bray, who lives in Camas. You can see more of her work— including pillowcases and stamp sets!—at laurabraydesigns.com, where she blogs about her artistic life. You can also find loads of Bray’s artwork on functional items like mugs, travel mugs, tote bags, stationery, and even iPhone cases at https://society6.com/laurabraydesigns.

“Warm Your Heart with Art” Show

If you're in the mood for an art show, you might consider dropping by Touchmark at Fairway Village for its "Warm Your Heart with Art" show. The show is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, and Touchmark has assembled a rich variety of art—one-of-a-kind handmade items, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glassware, and fiber arts—from talented local artists, as well as art made by staff members and residents such as Sharon Brannan, whose decorated gourds and stained glass will be among the art on display.

The event will be held in the main lobby and in the Fireside Room, and features entertainment by the Matthew Casey Swing Trio Band, appetizers and wine, and door prizes. There's no charge to attend, and complimentary valet parking is available. Touchmark is a full-service retirement community with an on-site health and fitness club for people age 40 and up. For more information, visit www.touchmarkvancouver.com.