Second Story Gallery

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

Exhibit Your Art at Second Story Gallery

Second Story Gallery, located upstairs at the Camas Public Library, is seeking artists who are interested in exhibiting during 2018. The deadline for applications is 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

For more than a decade, the gallery has presented monthly exhibits of not only paintings but also pottery, weaving, woodworking, collage, cut paper silhouettes, photography, and handmade books. It’s known for promoting regional, often undiscovered artists. Because of its location inside the Camas Library near frequently used meeting rooms, the exhibit space gets many visitors. The gallery also boasts a professional hanging system and the same directional lighting found in some of the world’s most famous art museums—not to mention the beautiful natural light that pours through its several large windows.

Second Story Gallery participates in the First Friday activities sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association. Gallery volunteers work with the featured artist or artists to unveil each monthly show, which is celebrated with a free First Friday reception, open to anyone. Guests can view the art and meet the artist while listening to live music and enjoying complimentary light refreshments. The gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The gallery’s board of governors will review applications from artists this fall with the goal of filling openings from February 2018 through January 2019. The selection process should be completed and applicants notified by the end of this year. Only artists who have not exhibited at Second Story Gallery for at least two years will be considered for the upcoming schedule. Gallery Guidelines also state that work must be original and not based directly on any preprinted art from other sources. To review the guidelines and obtain the application form, artists should visit the administrative office at the library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. or download the documents from the gallery’s website at www.secondstorygallery.net.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” by Tom Relth, who exhibited at the gallery in July. Used with permission.

Underwater Photography of James H. Smith at Second Story Gallery

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.

Underwater Around the World with James H. Smith

Photographer James H. Smith has always enjoyed nature photography, but when he started scuba diving, a whole new world opened up. Starting in 2009, he began diving and taking pictures in special places all around the world. His gorgeous underwater photography will be showcased at Second Story Gallery during the month of August, with a First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music by Anthony Utehs and complimentary light refreshments will be served.

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 Green Sea Turtle, photograph by James H. Smith. See more of his amazing photography at www.jameshsmithphotography.com, or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jameshsmithphoto.

Reception for Tom Relth at Second Story Gallery

Beginning First Friday, July 7, the Camas Library’s Second Story Gallery will display works from Vancouver artist Tom Relth, who focuses on hypothetical and representational landscape. The artist uses various drawing and painting media. Featured works include “Grist Mill Pooling” (above), a 40 x 63 inch canvas depicting the effects on shallow river edges, when water is diverted to the historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Woodland.

Relth says, “My work is at once abstract and representational. I work in abstract landscape, and from my experience of nature’s complexity, hoping to guide our survival mechanisms to “read” the painting as a kind of window into this hypothetical landscape.”

Meet the artist and see his work at the Second Story Gallery on First Friday, July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. for a reception with live music and light refreshment. The art exhibit continues through Friday, July 28. The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. Ample free parking is available on the street.

Relth is the Artist in Residence at Boomerang, a coffee shop, home décor store, and popular hang-out in downtown Vancouver where all the proceeds from sales benefit local charities. There is extensive gallery space downstairs as well as upstairs where Relth curates rotating monthly exhibits and shows, as well as teaching art classes in his studio. To learn more, visit Boomerang at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver or email Relth at tom.relth@gmail.com.

Paintings by Tom Relth at Second Story Gallery

Beginning First Friday, July 7, the Camas Library’s Second Story Gallery will display works from Vancouver artist Tom Relth, who focuses on hypothetical and representational landscape. The artist uses various drawing and painting media. Featured works include “Grist Mill Pooling” (above), a 40 x 63 inch canvas depicting the effects on shallow river edges, when water is diverted to the historic Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Woodland.

Relth says, “My work is at once abstract and representational. I work in abstract landscape, and from my experience of nature’s complexity, hoping to guide our survival mechanisms to “read” the painting as a kind of window into this hypothetical landscape.”

Meet the artist and see his work at the Second Story Gallery on First Friday, July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. for a reception with live music and light refreshment. The art exhibit continues through Friday, July 28. The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. Ample free parking is available on the street.

Relth is the Artist in Residence at Boomerang, a coffee shop, home décor store, and popular hang-out in downtown Vancouver where all the proceeds from sales benefit local charities. There is extensive gallery space downstairs as well as upstairs where Relth curates rotating monthly exhibits and shows, as well as teaching art classes in his studio. To learn more, visit Boomerang at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver or email Relth at tom.relth@gmail.com.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” by Tom Relth

Skip Enge’s “Soft Machine” at Second Story Gallery

Camas native Skip Enge will show watercolors with an industrial edge at Second Story Gallery in March. His show, “The Soft Machine,” opens with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, March 3. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered to guests, who will enjoy live music by keyboardist Brad Jensen while viewing Enge’s paintings and chatting with Enge himself, who will be at the reception. The reception is free and open to all ages.

“The Soft Machine” is another name for the human body, explains Enge, and the exhibit is, in part, inspired by William Burroughs’ 1961 book by the same name. Enge’s paintings also have a mid-century feel; the subdued colors and industrial themes seem connected to a time when men and machines worked without electronic interface. It’s perhaps no coincidence that Enge spent time working at the Camas paper mill—a vast hive of machinery operated by humans—where he found employment to save money for college. Enge has worked as a museum exhibit designer, graphic designer, fabricator, and “creator of solutions” for museums and collections, all while painting in his extra hours. Recently returned to his hometown, Enge is collaborating with the art department at Washougal High School on lessons for the classroom. His commissioned pieces are in collections across the country and locally at the Oregon Historical Society and PeaceHealth Medical Center. He also writes poetry—often while he’s painting—so a few poems will be exhibited alongside his watercolors to serve as his artist’s statement.

The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in Camas. The gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or visit www.secondstorygallery.net.

Above image: detail from “Beech Nut 1953,” watercolor by Skip Enge

Three Print Methods, Three Artist Voices at Second Story Gallery

Second Story Gallery will feature art by students from Camas High School‘s Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program in February in a show the artists are calling “3 Print Methods x 3 Artist Voices.” The colorful art will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, with the students in attendance and live music provided by CHS students as well. The show continues through the month of February in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library

The art prints originate from an interdisciplinary unit on the theme of “Voice”  in which students studied political and artistic expression. The freshman students learned about the artist Andy Warhol in preparation for a visit to a special exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. They chose current pop subjects of their own generation to create multi-color, reductive linoleum prints. Meanwhile, the sophomores designed and embossed images based on poetry they selected and performed as part of a national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud, in their English class. Finally, the juniors created woodblock prints. Each student chose someone he or she deemed to be a cultural icon, then used a print to introduce the viewer to the subject. These images were inspired by the print that introduced Pocahontas to England, which the students learned about in their US History course.

This is the third Second Story Gallery show presented by the IAA students. The show will remain on exhibit through Feb. 25 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The gallery—and the library—is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, with ample free street parking.

Three Methods, Three Voices at Second Story Gallery

Second Story Gallery will feature art by students from Camas High School‘s Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program in February in a show the artists are calling “3 Print Methods x 3 Artist Voices.” The colorful art will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, with the students in attendance and live music provided by CHS students as well. The show continues through the month of February in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library

The art prints originate from an interdisciplinary unit on the theme of “Voice”  in which students studied political and artistic expression. The freshman students learned about the artist Andy Warhol in preparation for a visit to a special exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. They chose current pop subjects of their own generation to create multi-color, reductive linoleum prints. Meanwhile, the sophomores designed and embossed images based on poetry they selected and performed as part of a national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud, in their English class. Finally, the juniors created woodblock prints. Each student chose someone he or she deemed to be a cultural icon, then used a print to introduce the viewer to the subject. These images were inspired by the print that introduced Pocahontas to England, which the students learned about in their US History course.

This is the third Second Story Gallery show presented by the IAA students. The show will remain on exhibit through Feb. 25 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The gallery—and the library—is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, with ample free street parking.

Wanderlust at Second Story Gallery

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit Second Story Gallery this month, it’s worth taking the trip to Camas to see “Wanderlust,” the extraordinary exhibit featuring the stunning landscape photography of Camas High School student Israel Scott Williams. This exhibit, which runs through Sunday, May 28, is the culminating step in Williams’ senior project. The 18-year-old photographer made the cut through the gallery’s jurying process—just like any other selected artist. Wanderlust consists of large-format views of the area’s iconic mountains, beaches and treescapes.  Sometimes Williams inserts himself in the pictures, sometimes they are figureless.

Honolulu-born Williams was raised in Camas and credits his love of the outdoors to the Pacific Northwest, calling photography a great hobby because it allows him to spend plenty of time outdoors, exploring the region. Williams is enthusiastic about photography and about his hometown, giving credit to Camas schools for his creative focus. He turned to photography only last summer when his sister sent him her old Canon camera in the mail. He says he spent weeks fiddling with it before he figured out how to use it. But he says his failures added up to lots of camera-time and a passion for video as well as photography.

The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in Camas. The gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Above image: enlarged detail from Israel Scott William’s sunset photo of Kape Kiwanda

Northwest Dreaming at Second Story Gallery

April’s exhibit at the Second Story Gallery, “Northwest Dreaming,” features the combined works of two women who differ in style and artistic medium, but share a common theme: a love of Pacific Northwest nature and myths. Kari Jensen will exhibit her acrylic paintings of birds, trees and other natural images, enhanced with a hint of magical realism, while Aimee Reimschussel will be presenting examples of her Chinook-inspired totemic cut-out images of fish, birds and other animals of the Pacific Northwest.

“Northwest Dreaming” continues through Saturday, April 30, and can be viewed during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the gallery, visit www.secondstorygallery.net, where you can also view a calendar of upcoming 2016 shows and information about artists’ receptions.

Above image: detail from “Raven” by Aimee Reimschussel

Artists’ Reception & New Exhibit at Second Story Gallery

Come to the Camas Library on the evening of Feb. 5 and head upstairs to the Second Story Gallery, where you can see the stunning photographs of the Camas Camera Club in a group exhibit called “Love Through the Lens.” This opening night reception, which is happening from 5 to 8 p.m. to coincide with the Camas First Friday event, includes light refreshments and live music by guitarist Mary LaFrance. For more information about the gallery and other upcoming exhibits, click here.

Book Sale & Artists’ Reception

Are you the kind of person who thinks decorating a home mostly involves building more bookshelves? Then you’ll want to grab a bookbag (or two or three) and head on over to the Camas Library Used Book Sale any time from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. From 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, there will be a “bag & box sale”—that is, books will be sold by the bag and by the box instead of individually. All money raised during the three-day sale will be used to fund Camas Public Library programs and to purchase materials for the library.

If you happen to come to the library on Friday evening, Feb. 5, you’ll want to pop upstairs to the Second Story Gallery, where you can see the stunning photographs of the Camas Camera Club in a group exhibit called “Love Through the Lens.” This opening night reception, which is happening from 5 to 8 p.m. to coincide with the Camas First Friday event, includes light refreshments and live music by guitarist Mary LaFrance. For more information about the gallery and other upcoming exhibits, click here.

Molten Mojo + Something Fishy in Camas

The featured artist at Camas Gallery through Thursday, Dec. 31, is jewelry designer Toni McCarthy. Glass is the biggest component in many of McCarthy’s pieces, and she seeks out the finest vintage German and contemporary Czech beads. More recently, McCarthy has ventured into metals, a line of jewelry which she calls “Molten Mojo.” 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 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. To learn more, call 360-817-2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or see photographs of what’s new at the Camas Gallery on Facebook.

While you’re in downtown Camas, walk up the street to the Camas Libary’s Second Story Gallery, where you’ll note that “Something Fishy Is Going On”—that’s the name of the new exhibit by local artist David Gerton. As you might imagine, his copper foil artwork is all about fish (…in fact, you’ll feel like you’re underwater, swimming right along with them). Gerton creates extraordinarily true-to-life, actual-sized renditions of native fish which appear to glow against dark backgrounds—exactly as the fish would appear against the black depths of a stream or river. Something Fishy can be viewed during regular library hours, Mondays through Saturdays, through Jan. 30. The Second Story Gallery usually features a new artist or a themed exhibit with an artists’ group every month, so it’s worth visiting whenever you’re in town.

Above image: detail from David Gerton’s “Brook Trout”

Keith Russell’s Cars at Second Story Gallery; Artist’s Reception

Just in time for the 10th annual Camas Classic Car Show, Second Story Gallery (upstairs at the Camas Public Library) presents the art of Keith Russell with an exhibit entitled, “Cruise In…to see Reflection Paintings by Keith.” This exhibit, which opened on July 2 and will be on display through July 31 at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, feature portraits of classic automobiles painted in oil or acrylic.

A reception for Russell will be held in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10, with live music by Caryn Jamieson. Russell will also be available at his own booth during the Camas Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 11, in downtown Camas. His Second Story Gallery show is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 360-834-4692.

Keith Russell’s Cars at Second Story

Just in time for the 10th annual Camas Classic Car Show, Second Story Gallery (upstairs at the Camas Public Library) presents the art of Keith Russell with an exhibit entitled, “Cruise In…to see Reflection Paintings by Keith.” This exhibit, which opened on July 2 and will be on display through July 31 at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, feature portraits of classic automobiles painted in oil or acrylic.

A reception for Russell will be held in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10, with live music by Caryn Jamieson. Russell will also be available at his own booth during the Camas Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 11, in downtown Camas. His Second Story Gallery show is open during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 360-834-4692.

Art & Poetry at Second Story Gallery

If you happen to be in downtown Camas for the First Friday “Hats Off to Harvest” celebration, you’ll want to stop by the Second Story Gallery at the Camas Library to see—and hear—a special Artist’s Reception featuring the photography and poetry of Louise Wynn, as well as poetry readings by many other local poets. The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered to guests. You can get to the Second Story Gallery by going up the stairs immediately to your left as you enter the front doors of the library, which is located at 624 N.E. 4th Ave.

Taking the microphone first will be Christopher Luna, Poet Laureate of Clark County and Clark College poetry teacher. Joining Luna at different times from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be Livia Montana, Roxanne Bash, Matt Eiford, Carol C. Hansen, and Steve Olson. The reception is free to attend and open to the public. Wynn’s photography exhibit, entitled “Lightening,” will remain on display in the gallery through Saturday, Nov. 29.

Art & Poetry at Second Story Gallery

If you happen to be in downtown Camas for the First Friday “Hats Off to Harvest” celebration, you’ll want to stop by the Second Story Gallery at the Camas Library to see—and hear—a special Artist’s Reception featuring the photography and poetry of Louise Wynn, as well as poetry readings by many other local poets. The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered to guests. You can get to the Second Story Gallery by going up the stairs immediately to your left as you enter the front doors of the library, which is located at 624 N.E. 4th Ave.

Taking the microphone first will be Christopher Luna, Poet Laureate of Clark County and Clark College poetry teacher. Joining Luna at different times from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be Livia Montana, Roxanne Bash, Matt Eiford, Carol C. Hansen, and Steve Olson. The reception is free to attend and open to the public. Wynn’s photography exhibit, entitled “Lightening,” will remain on display in the gallery through Saturday, Nov. 29.

Above picture: detail from photograph by Louise Wynn.

Artists’ Reception at Second Story Gallery: Camas Camera Club

Second Story Gallery, located on the second floor of the Camas Public Library in downtown Camas, presents “New Works” by the Camas Camera Club. The photos will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 11. Photographers will be on hand to discuss their work at this event, which is free and open to the public. The photographs will be on display until Saturday, July 26. For more details, visit www.secondstorygallery.org.

Photography Exhibit at Second Story Gallery

Second Story Gallery, located on the second floor of the Camas Public Library in downtown Camas, presents “New Works” by the Camas Camera Club, including photographs from Karen Elliott, Shonda Feather, Rick Hopper, Cheri Jackson, John Lasher, Tom Mallon, Suzanne Michalik, Kirsten Muskat, Clayton Ravsten, Lora Rollins, Cindy Schroeder, Lois Settlemeyer, Lou Steffey, Tonette Sweet, Les Taylor, Karen Wilson and Tracy Woods.

The photos will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 11. Photographers will be on hand to discuss their work at this event, which is free and open to the public. The photographs will be on display until Saturday, July 26. For more details, visit www.secondstorygallery.org.

The Camas Camera Club provides a supportive forum for photographers of all skill levels to meet, learn more about photography, and participate in creative projects. The groups meets once a month to share photo assignments, techniques, and stories. To learn more, visit www.camascameraclub.org.