Masks

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

“Spirits Interpreted and the Art of Mask Making” Exhibit & Workshop

On Saturday, Feb. 7, join longtime friends and artists Lillian Pitt and Bill Rutherford for a one-of-a-kind exhibition, “Spirits Interpreted and the Art of Mask Making.” This one-day event which began as a friendly challenge from Pitt to Rutherford to explore his Native American heritage has resulted in an artistically powerful collection of masks representing the spirits of Chinookan legends. Together, the artists will share their stories, skills, and knowledge with guests.

This interactive display and workshop will be held at the Pearson Air Museum, located at 1115 E. 5th St. at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The doors will open at 11 a.m. to view Rutherford’s masks. At 1 p.m., guests will hear a joint presentation by Rutherford and Pitt, which is free and open to the public. From 2 to 4 p.m., attendees can get hands-on experience during a clay mask-making workshop with Pitt. To sign up for the workshop, which is $10 per person, call Confluence at 360-693-0123 or send an e-mail to info@confluenceproject.org.