CAMAS, WA — Artist Liz Pike will be painting at the Downtown Camas Plein Air Art Event on Fri., Sept. 6 from 9 am to 4 pm. Her finished work, along with 30 other artists will be viewed by the public that evening from 5-8 pm at Camas Art Gallery, 408 NE Fourth Avenue, where the community will vote for its favorites.

Finished pieces will be auctioned off at Camas Dinner in White the following evening.  Camas Gallery is also featuring a “dual artist” live paint demonstration on Friday night by Liz Pike and fellow Artist Sarah Bang starting at 4:30 pm. Each artist starts on a painting and then every 15 minutes, switches places until the painting is complete. This activity is a crowd favorite at Camas First Friday.

On Sat., Sept. 7, Pike will display new works at the Old Town Battle Ground Vintage Art Faire from 11 am to 5 pm. She will be doing a live painting demonstration in oils on canvas at her art booth located in the Urban Basics parking lot, 209 East Main Street in downtown Battle Ground. Pike’s work will also be featured in a four-day show at the Portland Fall Home & Garden Show at the Expo Center in Portland, Oct. 3-6. 

Camas Gallery continues to feature Liz’s “Field of Sunflowers” in oils on canvas, 408 NE Fourth Avenue.

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“I’m inspired by the beauty of the outdoors. Our gardens at Shangri-La Farm have become both my sanctuary and muse,” says Pike. “I’m thrilled to be one of the featured artists at Camas Gallery and I look forward to sharing all of my new work with the public this fall.” 

Pike has a studio art gallery and an Art Farm, Sip & Paint Studio, at Shangri-La Farm in Fern Prairie, located at 26300 NE Third Street,  Camas. For a complete calendar listing of all of Pike’s art shows throughout 2019, visit her website at www.LizPike.Art

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Artist Liz Pike.

Beginning September 6 and all through the month, Attic Gallery will feature the works of master artist David Dunlop, who will be part of Friday’s Plein Air event, as well as the featured guest at the gallery’s First Friday reception from 5-8 pm.

September 6th-September 28th
David Allen Dunlop: Oil Paintings on Dibond

DAVID DUNLOP is a modern-day old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science.  His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations including Aetna Insurance, Citibank, Colgate Palmolive, Delta Airlines, GE Capital Corporation, IBM, Mobil and more.

EMMY AWARD WINNING TELEVISION HOST
David is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop, for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. In 2017, the second series was nominated for an Emmy. Landscapes Through Time is distributed  internationally and returned to U.S. national television in 2018. Both series were produced by SimmonsArt and directed by Connie Simmons and the first was also co-produced by Connecticut Public Television. David is also the host, artist and writer in several other  multi-DVD series on painting landscapes produced by SimmonsArt, blogs regularly, and has a devoted following on YouTube.

EXHIBITIONS
David’s work has been reviewed extensively, including, Art New England and The New York Times. After being juried into the prestigious Art of the Northeast USA, David won the Jens Risom Award and David and his son Max Dunlop won the Revington Arthur Award.

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LECTURER
David’s
 reputation as a painter who combines artistic skill, knowledge and enthusiasm prompted The Metropolitan Museum of Art to invite him to lecture on 4000 years of landscape painting in 2005.  He has been a visiting artist/lecturer at many museums and institutions, including the Huntsville Art Museum, Huntsville, AL; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; Caramoor Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT; and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ.

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“Columbia Gorge” by David Dunlop.

His PBS program on Cezanne is included in the exhibit Cezanne and American Modernism at the Montclair Art Museum.David is exhaustively well-read in pursuit of the underlying principles of art, exploring original sources and recent advances in neuroscience.

TEACHER
David has been a painting teacher at Silvermine Art Guild for many years and has a devoted following around the world.  He teaches workshops on many varied topics throughout the world as well.

David graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2011. He earned an MFA from The Pratt Institute, NY, NY. He is on the faculty of the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT, where he teaches, lectures, and leads workshops, as far afield as Italy, France, Spain and Japan. He was honored with their Living Art Award in 2017. David lives in Wilton, CT, with his wife, Rebecca Hoefer.

To learn more, visit www.atticgallery.com

New art additions to the Downtown Camas “Plein Air & Art Event” for September 6th’s Camas First Friday will have people enthralled and dancing in the streets. As in prior years, plein air (open air) artists will set up their easels in Downtown Camas and paint downtown buildings or landscapes from 9 am to 4pm. Accomplished local artists and multiple live music venues will be featured throughout downtown, as well. New this year will be “dual artist” live paintings and free dance lessons with local dance instructor Daniel Martinez. 

The finished plein air art pieces will be on display at the Camas Gallery, 408 NE 4th, from 5-8 pm that evening. The community will vote for its favorites and “People Choice Awards” will be given. These works of art will then be auctioned off at the Dinner in White on the Columbia, a benefit for the Washougal Library Building Fund, on Saturday, September 7that Marina Park at the Port of Camas Washougal.

Other art features, music, and activities that night are: 

  • Elida Field’s “Art, Women & Wine” artists will be showcased in participating merchant locations; Meet the artists, enjoy the art, and be entered to win prizes from the merchants. Participation lists can be found at the DCA table in Journey at 304 NE 4th Ave. Look for stores with the red balloons.
  • Local dance instructor Daniel Martinez will be offering FREE dance lessons for the community sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association. Come learn dance steps that you might even use with the outdoor live music that night. Meet at Body Bliss Yoga Studio at 417 NE Birch at 6pm for the lessons. Everyone is invited. Daniel is known for his fun and engaging classes and the DCA is glad to partner to bring this art form to the event.
  • Outdoor dining and live music with 4 bands sponsored by Nuestra Mesa from 5-9pm, 228 NE 4th.
  • Camas Gallery will be hosting two “dual artist” live paintings starting at 4:30pm with two paintings each being done by popular local artists. Two will be painted by Anna Norris and Heidi Curley and another two being created by Liz Pike and Sarah Bang. Each artist starts on a painting and then every 15 minutes, switches places with their painting partner until they feel the painting is complete. This art activity is a crowd favorite.
  • Art Show in Attic Gallery featuring Emmy Award winning artist David Allen Dunlopwho will also be plein air painting the mill during the day. There will also be the dynamic live classical music of the Lily Burton String Trio.
  • Art Guessing Game in select locations–guess the artist of a picture of a famous piece of artwork and be entered to win.
  • Open Mic Night at Journey Church6-8pm. Sing a song, play guitar or do a stand-up comedy routine. Each performer has 10 minutes to perform. This is a ‘family friendly’ event so youth are welcome to participate. Sign-ups start at 5:30pm
  • The Hidden Bronze Bird Tour will have a twist with each of the 14 bronze birds in Downtown Camas showing off something for the night. Find the birds and find out what they have and be entered to win a special prize basket. 
  • Kids’ art crafts, including The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party where children can paint rocks; chalk art; and the sixth annual DCA First Friday Coloring Contest. 
  • Live music at multiple locations throughout downtown including Birch Street Uptown Lounge, Salud Wine Bar and A Beer at a Time.
  • Shop, dine, & have artful fun in Downtown Camas
Plein Air

This event is sponsored by Camas Gallery who will be hosting the plein air art that night and Elida Art Studio, which coordinates the art throughout all the downtown businesses.

“This event truly celebrates the love of the arts and showcases the art focus our town is developing,” says Carrie Schulstad, director of the Downtown Camas Association (DCA). “We have such talented local artists of all kinds in our community—painters, potters, dancers, musicians, hair art stylists, tattoo artists, you name it! We are thrilled to be able to feature so much wonderful talent on this day and expose people of all ages to such diverse creativity. Join us for an incredibly artful experience!” 

First Fridays are Art, Activities, Dining, and After Hours Shopping themed family friendly events coordinated by the DCA each month of the year to support downtown and bring the community together. For all the information, visit https://downtowncamas.com/event/plein-air-art-event and www.facebook.com/camasfirstfriday 

Shangri-La Farm in Camas invites you to a country style fundraising Hootenanny event to benefit Artstra. Enjoy a fabulous western BBQ Cowboy Dinner and homemade pie! Wear your cowboy attire and try your luck at a game of chicken poop bingo! The fun begins at 6 pm this Friday, August 30.

Artstra rented the airport parking lot (ADA parking only at the farm, 26300 NE Third St., Camas.) From the airport, follow the meandering trail 1/4 mile through the woods to Shangri-La Farm or take the free shuttle service to the farm. Park at Grove Field in Fern Prairie, 632 NE 267th Ave., Camas, WA 98607.

Suggested minimum donation: $50 per adult. Kids are free! Your donation is tax deductible. All proceeds will benefit Artstra programs in our community.

Vancouver’s Own Fadin’ by 9
The FUNdraiser will be accompanied by bluegrass-rock-folk fusion band Fadin’ by 9. What happens when you bring together a bass-playing attorney, guitar-strumming bilingual reading specialist, fire-on-the-fiddle volcanologist, and a banjo-picking elementary school principal? Join the Hootenanny and find out for yourself. Or listen to a sample from their latest CD.

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Thanks to artist, master gardener, beekeeper, and (as she calls herself) “recovering politician,” Liz Pike, attendees will be treated to a delicious BBQ Cowboy Dinner, along with her famous homemade pies. Liz is the owner of Shangri-La Farm and a participant in Artstra’s Clark County Open Studios Tour. Her amazing generosity and positive spirit have made this Hootenanny for the Arts possible. Brews from Mill City Brew Werks, wine from Pomeroy Cellars plus dinner are all covered with your registration.

How the Game of Chicken Poop Bingo Works
There are 24 squares on the bingo board and attendees have at least two bingo games. Game 1 tickets are $10 and Game 2 tickets are $20. You will have the opportunity to buy tickets when you register online, or you may buy them at the farm. Half the cash collected for each game goes to the holder of the winning ticket and the other half goes to Artstra. This is a super fun game that can get pretty wild, so be prepared with extra $10 bills and/or your credit card to make sure we fill up the pot and support the arts!

For more info
Please email info@artstra.org or call Jean at (360) 823-9101

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Second Story Gallery in Camas is accepting applications from artists who would like to display their work in 2020. The deadline for applying is Friday, Sept. 13, at 5 pm.

The application form can be found on the Gallery web site, secondstorygallery.net  The accompanying guidelines for artists are required reading, offering details on how to exhibit.  Submitting an application requires a signature to indicate that these details have been reviewed.

Also part of the application is a request to submit five digital photos of works of art for jurying.  The board of governors uses this process to fill the calendar openings from February 2020 through January of 2021.  

Following the Sept. 13 deadline, the gallery’s board of governors goes to work making the selections.  Applicants can expect to be notified later in the fall, possibly as late as December. 

Shows in recent years have included traditional paintings but also photography–sometimes on metal plates or canvas; cut paper silhouettes; sculpture and fabric art.

The non-profit gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library, is known for offering rotating exhibits that showcase local artists.  The high-traffic space boasts a professional hanging system and directional track lighting also found in some of the world’s most famous art museums.  

Second Story Gallery participates in the First Friday events sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association.  Gallery volunteers work with each featured artist to unveil a show on the first Friday of the month with a reception that is free and open to the public.  Live music has become a component of each reception.

The selected art remains in display for the month and occasionally stays in place for two months.  The gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Artists will find more information on the gallery’s web site under “How to Exhibit.”  Forms are also available at the Service Desk at the library at 625 NE 4th Ave.  Completed applications, including five art samples, can be submitted through the web site or returned to the Service Desk by 5 p.m. on Sept. 13.

The 11th annual Camas Vintage & Art Faire will return to the charming tree-lined streets of Downtown Camas this year on Saturday, August 24th, from 9 am-3 pm. This event brings over 60 vintage and art vendors that fill the downtown streets with vintage, antique and repurposed items as well as many local artists bringing a wide collection of art offerings and styles. 

Vintage vendors will showcase a large variety of home and garden items and indoor and outdoor furniture and decor as well as clothing, jewelry and accessories. Art selections include professional quality paintings, metal work, ceramics, garden art, photography, handmade jewelry, fiber art, recycled art, and more. The faire is on 4th Avenue and Birch Streets, near Camas Antiques, 305 NE 4th Avenue.

New vintage vendors this year include Cascade Vintage with eclectic Boho 70’s style vintage home accessories, furniture, textiles and décor; Meraki Woods with vintage smalls, old wood items (boxes, shelves, magazine racks), kitchenware, art, furniture; reclaimed handmade wood items – totes, trays, state signs, cribbage boards, boxes, rehabbed cutting boards and laser engraved wooden spoons & cutting boards; and Dora Lou with silver heirloom rings hand crafted from rare antique demitasse spoons, sold from a colorful restored vintage trailer. Returning vintage vendors include crowd favorites My Shabby PassionGood Things Twice, Vintage Mama Roost and many more–all with a large varied selection of antiques, vintage, upcycled, painted and repurposed items. For a full list of vintage vendors, visit https://downtowncamas.com/event/camas-vintage-art-faire

New local artist vendors this year include John & Anni Furniss of Furniss Studios in Washougal. John is a blind woodworker who has been blind since he was 16 and learned woodworking when he was 20. Anni is a painter bringing cards, prints, bookmarks and originals. Garbage Glam (Tashera Jean) is also new this year with handmade recycled assemblage art and Steampunk jewelry. Returning art vendors include Heidi Curley of my aRt heals me,Windy Hill WeaversGirl in the PearlLiz Pike ArtHoney BE DesignsLiving Heart Art, Ironbender and many others. For a full list of art vendors, visit https://downtowncamas.com/event/camas-vintage-art-faire

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Bret Malmquist will perform jazz guitar music from 10 am-12 pm and the Carol Rossio Jazz Trio with many songs in French will perform from 12:30pm-3:00pm. In addition to our downtown restaurant choices, fresh food options will include Getta GyroBlackDog HotdogsMy Dad’s Kettle Korn, and treats and pastries by Truly Scrumptious.

“This event is a great mix of relaxed and energized,” says Carrie Schulstad, Executive Director of the Downtown Camas Association (DCA). “It has a comfortable, strolling feel but there is always an excitement when you are looking for vintage treasures or experiencing beautiful new art. The artists and vintage vendors love to chat with people about their art and unique offerings. We have so much local talent and it’s wonderful to see it showcased. We have live jazz music throughout the day that adds to the festivities. Our local shops are all open as well so it’s the perfect way to spend the day in Downtown Camas.”

Vintage Vendor registrations are still being accepted and registration information can be found here: https://downtowncamas.com/event/camas-vintage-art-faire

For further posts and information visit Camas Vintage & Art Faire Facebook event page.

The DCA hosts the Vintage & Art Faire, sponsored by Camas Antiques. The DCA works year round to strengthen and promote Downtown Camas through partnerships, events, beautification and historic preservation projects, economic development, advocacy, and tourism functions. For information on the DCA and other downtown events, visit www.downtowncamas.com

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Art by Anni Furniss.

Cameron Blagg III, son of professional local artist, Cameron Blagg, Jr., will be the Camas-Washougal Historical Society featured speaker on Saturday, August 17 at 2 pm at the Camas Police Station Meeting Room, 2100 3rd Avenue, Camas. The presentation is part of the CWHS History Lives Series and is open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Blagg III will talk about his father’s prolific work painting Native American inspired pieces.  Blagg, Jr. grew up in Oklahoma at the edge of Cherokee and Choctow Indian Reservations. “His art is inspired by his love of western history and Native cultures,” said Blagg III. “He is always reading books to learn about the life of the old west characters.  Native Americans seem to enjoy the authenticity of his work.  He attends pow-wows and Indian markets to display and sell his art.”  

Blagg Jr. is still active in painting and occasionally sculpture. His piece depicting Native American fishing at Celio Falls can be seen in the front room at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum.  

Blagg III will also share memories of his childhood in Washougal, growing up 6.5 miles north of Bear Prairie in a canyon along the upper Washougal River. The family lived simply in a small cabin they built.  They produced their own electricity with a water wheel and used wood to heat their home and cook. 

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At the presentation, Blagg III will also present the CWHS with several limited-edition pieces of his father’s work. “I thought the museum could sell the artwork to raise funds,” Blagg III explained. “I really enjoy the museum.”  The collection is estimated at $7,500 in value. 

CWHS operates the Two Rivers Heritage Museum at 1 Durgan Street, Washougal WA.   Regular hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of October. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and free for children under 5 and all Camas/ Washougal Historical Society members. Call 360-835-8742 for more information or to schedule group tours any day of the week.  https://2rhm.com/

Budding artists are invited to learn to paint with oils on canvas with local artist, Liz Pike, at the upcoming “Sip&Paint for Good” event at Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal.  It’s scheduled for Wednesday, August 14 and will support the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance. It will run from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at a cost of $45 which includes all art supplies.  Space is limited to the first 25 participants who sign up and advanced registration is required.  Register by calling or texting 360-281-8720 or email pikeadvertising@comcast.net.  Participants will be invited to sip on lemonade and coffee as they create their masterpieces. 

“I am excited to partner with the City of Washougal to provide Sip&Paint for Good events,” said Pike. “Washougal is a very special place.  I love that they are leading the charge on all things art in east Clark County with their murals, public art pieces and the events that promote local artists.” 

As an artist instructor, Pikes says she has just three rules: 1. Relax, 2. Have Fun, and 3. Learn Something. “I teach in oils on canvas because it’s the only medium I chose to work in,” she explained.  “I love the unmatched textures of oil paint. My students learn a little bit about composition, how to use their light source effectively on their canvas, and basic brush stroke instruction for various techniques.” 

Participants will work on small format canvases which is ideal for beginners who have not painted before. According to Pike, within a two-hour period, everyone is able to successfully complete their painting.

“They leave the event with a painting and a smile on their face,” she said.

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Pike’s students appreciate her relaxed teaching style and how with just some basic instruction, they can create a beautiful painting in their own unique style. “Most people also comment on how relaxing it is to paint,” she said “They are able to clear their mind and recharge. It’s a great way to leave the hectic world behind in exchange for some peace of mind.”

According to Pike, many people simply think they cannot paint, or perhaps someone along the way discouraged them or they’ve just been afraid to try something new.

“I believe everyone is an artist,” she said.  “Several friends of mine have started painting with me and they are wonderful artists. All they needed was a little nudge. I encourage the public to roll up their sleeves and come paint in the Plaza with me in beautiful downtown Washougal. I promise they will have fun and learn something new. Come to Sip&Paint, you’ll have lots of fun!”

The 2019 Washougal Art Festival not only brings nearly 30 professional artists to show and sell their works, but proudly features an exciting line up of music and dance performances.  The fourth annual event will be held Saturday August 10 from 9 am to 4 pm at Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main Street, Washougal and is presented by Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) to raise funds to bring public art to Washougal.

The entertainment kicks off with the duo of Jay “Bird” Koder and Al Perez at 10:30 am  Each bring energy and soul to their music. At noon, a dance performance will be presented by Daniel and Lindsay.  Daniel Martinez is a dance instructor who loves to connect to his community through dance.  At 12:15 pm, local boy and crowd favorite, Wayne Havrelly will bring an upbeat mix of original music and creative covers with his show.  Capping off the afternoon is Rain or Shine trio specializing in vintage swing, blue grass, Brazilian and much more. Jeffree White, of the Washougal School of Music, is joined by Flauren Ricketts and Steve Cleveland.  

A portion of the funding for the performances was donated by the Washougal Business Alliance. 

Other event sponsors include Washougal School of Music, Camas Gallery, Joyce Lindsay, Susan Tripp, City of Washougal Lodging Tax Fund and The Paint Roller-Mobile Paint Party. Proceeds from this year’s festival will help fund an original Heather Söderberg casting of a life-sized bear to add to the public art of Washougal. 

Washougal Art

For a preview of participating Washougal Art Festival artists and their work, visit the WACA website at www.WashougalArts.org

While in Washougal, visitors are encouraged to discover works of public art using the WACA art map http://washougalarts.org/local-art/ which provides locations, artists name and the year for more than 30 installations around town.  Maps will be available at the event.

Steampunk artist Russ Ray can’t sit still. When he’s not working in his landscape design and construction job, taking care of his family, or joyriding on his motorcycle, you can find him in his shop creating brilliant works of art.

“Steampunk industrial ideas have always been in my head, but now it’s really happening,” said Ray. “Maybe it’ll turn into my full-time job? My very first one was a table that has raw metal with heavy beams and it was turning into this steampunk. I didn’t design anything on paper, it was just in my head.”

That was just last winter. To date, Ray has completed 10 tables and nine lamps.

“Steampunk just happened,” he said. “I saw a few things on the Internet that amazed me. I love to work with metal, which is why I work with so much with it. For the antique tables I was using the old barn wood. I just sand it and apply a light layer of stain and oil.”

He finds the gears, scales, and old things at swap meets, antique shows, and all over the Internet. They bring materials from all over Portland to these venues, and to Ray, they’re treasures.

“The parts are not cheap,” he said. “The old wood isn’t cheap. A lot of these things are hard to find. Nothing can be built exactly the same. They’re one of a kind. It’s really hard to find exactly the same parts.”

So what is steampunk?

Officially, it’s a style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction.

Wikipedia says “It is a mixture of the Victorian era’s romantic view of science in literature and elements from the Industrial Revolution in Europe during the 1800s.”

“It’s just what I do,” said Ray. “Steampunk.”

Ray, 42, a husband and father of 5, also refers to his work as industrial art.

“I got started last winter designing the work,” he said. “I have more time during winter and just keep building. Landscape work is seasonal.”

“This guy cannot sit still,” said his wife, Elena Bogomaz.

It’s true, he says.

“I cannot just sit still and watch TV. When we got snowed in he went into full panic mode. It pushed me to do something in the garage.”

Ray was born in the Ukraine, came to the United States in 1997, and has lived in Camas for past 17 years.

“We’re so glad he’s here,” said Marquita Call, curator of the Camas Gallery. “He’s our featured artist on August 2 during the Downtown Camas First Friday. We can’t wait!”

Since meeting with Ray, Call has added an entire steampunk section in the gallery, which is where you can view much of his work.

He says each piece gets better, and that he now builds two types of tables: Antique and industrial rustic. He started with industrial rustic and then moved into antiques.

“This is how it always works: I find a piece and then I work around it,” he said. “I just envision it in my head. I will start to build and then put it on paper but the final product will change a lot. The cool thing with steampunk is I build pieces with themes like Marines or Air Force. I pretty much stay with antiques now. I’m fine to build any of these tables for people who want them.”

Reception desks can be built for a particular location, and he also sees an increased demand for modern styles.

“The electrical work is something I learned from my construction experience,” he said. “For residential and commercial they’re different. Residential lamps are 2-wire.”

How long does it take to build a lamp?

“A simple one will take two days to build,” he said. “I spend 80 percent of my time scavenging for pieces. I call myself an American Picker. Mostly I look for gauges to put in all lamps. Gauges, water meters, different valves. Most of the pipes are old ones mixed with new ones. Some of the pipes are really old. The wood comes from old barns or schools that are 100 years or older. For industrial rustic most of the wood is newer. The antique tables are old wood. Older wood has thicker cuts.”

He invites you to attend his reception at Camas Gallery on Friday, August 2 from 5-8 pm. You can also find his work at www.OldBarnCustom.com

Camas Gallery is located at 408 NE 4th Avenue in Downtown Camas, Washington.