Washougal, WA — It took 20 years of grueling travel in his sales job until penny artist, Matt Gibson, found his passion and artistic talents. Every other week he traveled to Canada as a sales executive for Metapower — and that got old.

“It was a drag being gone so much,” said Gibson. “And I always knew I wanted to do something for myself. I’ve always enjoyed art.”

He started playing around with pennies several years ago, and a gift for a friend slowly turned into a fun side business, which turned into a full-time business venture 18 months ago.

He had a few pieces of art, and spoke with Marquita Call, of Camas Gallery. He brought in a few pieces, and within three days she sold the first one. That opened up more opportunity, and Gibson started making more.

“He has a lot of talent,” said Call. “We’re happy to have him here in our gallery.”

He said it’s been a big learning curve, but that he makes enough money to live off his art — and is seeking to expand the enterprise. In addition to Camas Gallery, Gibon’s penny fish can be found at Pacific House and Vito Veritas, which is a wine bar in Portland.

His produces large, six-foot penny fish art, as well as a 12-inch fish version, which are designed as wall art.

“I like working with pennies,” he said. “They’re colorful and easy to work with.”

Gibson easily spends a week putting together a new design, which he calls the prototype. After the prototype phase, the large fish take about 20 hours to produce, and require about 1,900 pennies. The smaller ones take two to three hours and require 150 pennies, which are applied using high strength hot glue. To date, he’s create 150 pieces of art — 135 of which have been created in the last 18 months.

Pennyfish art is available at Camas Gallery, where Gibson was recently the featured artist of the month. Camas Gallery is located in downtown Camas, on 4th Avenue.

To learn more, visit www.pennyfishdesigns.com or you can visit his brand-new Facebook Page: Pennyfish Design

Penny Artist Matt Gibson at the Camas Gallery.


During the day on September 1st from 9am-4:00pm, local artists will be doing Plein Air (Open Air)painting around town. So fun to watch! Then vote for your favorite during the First Friday event from 5-8pm.

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 9th at Marina Park at the Port of Camas Washougal. For artists who would like to participate, visit here for all the info: www.camasgallery.com/plein-air

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.  Arktana-Heidi Jo Curley; Caffe Piccolo-Grace Valentine; Cake Happy-Stephanie Rauch; Camas Antiques-Elida Field; Camas Beauty Bar & Boutique-Lara Blair; Camas Hotel Lobby-Gail McKenna & Camas Hotel Atrium-Suzanne Ferguson; Journey-Alison & Grace Benjamin; Lily Atelier-Bev Kadow; Lizzabeth A-Susan Mooney; Mill Interpretive Center-Ayn Lavagnino; Navidi’s-Jim Rodriguez; Salud!-Shelley Mincks. After party at Elida’s Art Studio! 8pm on, 735 NE 6th.
  • Hidden Bronze Bird Tour Dedication! 5pm at 4th and Cedar.Come find the thirteen bronze birds throughout downtown!The artists Georgia Gerber and Randy Hudson will be joining us for the celebration and there will also be a “Meet and Greet” with the artists from 4-5pm at Attic Gallery, 421 NE Cedar. Bird Maps will be given out at the dedication and then at the DCA tables in Journey, 304 NE 4th throughout the rest of the evening. Join us for the fun and to discover the flock!
  • Friends of Camas Arts Art Show in Journey
  • Live outdoor music at Mesa with Lance Kinnaird and Lauren Abraham, 228 NE 4th, from 6-9pm
  • Art shows and receptions at Camas Gallery, 408 NE 4th, featuring Julie Olson and at Attic Gallery, 421 NE Cedar, featuring David Allen Dunlop
  • Kids’ art crafts, including The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party with rock painting; chalk art; and the fourth annual DCA First Friday Coloring Contest with prizes (at the DCA tables in Journey)
  • Our City Cares will be on hand to talk about City-wide initiatives in Camas to combat suicide, by Journey.
  • FREE hair art and face painting at The Wild Hair, 418 NE Cedar
  • The Soap Chest: get a FREE bar of Mona Lisa soap with purchase of $25 or more, 521 NE Everett
  • The artful film The Trip to Spain at the Liberty Theatre at 6:45pm
  • Shop, dine, & have artful fun in Downtown Camas! Receive a free prize ticket for every $10 you spend in downtown.

To learn more, visit www.downtowncamas.com


The 9th Annual Camas Vintage & Art Street Faire will feature 60+ vintage and local art vendors all in the charming tree lined streets of Downtown Camas.

Vintage offerings include a huge variety of indoor and outdoor furniture and home and garden items as well as clothing and accessories. Art offerings include quality paintings, woodworking, glass art, metal work, handmade jewelry, fiber art, repurposed art, and more. Live music and fresh, delicious food will also be available. The friendly and inviting ambience of the town will complete the experience!

The Faire will be hosted on Saturday August 26th, in Downtown Camas on 4th Avenue and Birch Streets, near Camas Antiques, 305 NE 4th Avenue.

Come early for fresh coffee at 9am, enjoy lunch at one of Downtown Camas’ many fine eating establishments, and stay until 3pm finding the perfect items for your home and garden.

Live music will include jazz guitar by Bret Malmquist from 10-12 and Carol Rossio Jazz Trio with French influence from 12:30-3pm

A special thank you to Georgia Pacific for providing public parking in their lot at 6th Avenue and Adams!

This event is a collaboration between the Downtown Camas Association and VV Larue Presents and is sponsored by Camas Antiques and Plum Deluxe Teas.

Information provided by the Downtown Camas Association. To learn more, visit: http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/2017-camas-vintage-art-faire/

CAMAS, WA — “Images from the Interior” is a dual art exhibit from two artists who were introduced when they were selected by Second Story Gallery for its May show.  Both use their chosen tools to explore beyond the surface.  Often that surface begins life as a portrait but goes deeper to capture an inner quality.
Earlene Holmstrom sticks to pastels to capture the spark.  She will be joined by Douglas Keith who paints and sculpts to get to the interior of his subject matter.  They will unveil their recent works at a reception on First Friday, May 5, from 5 to 8 pm in the gallery. Keith experiments with a variety of textures and styles to capture his subjects, but he also notes his ideas and images come to him for some internal source.  He says he suspects they may come from the same place where dreams and myths originate, and that capturing them becomes a dialogue between the creator and the created.  His pieces range from dreamy landscapes to what could be death masks from an ancient–or alien–civilization.  His mediums include mesh, wood, basalt, molded cloth and paper.
While Keith looks inward for inspiration, Holmstrom spends her time observing passersby.  She says she loves the challenge of capturing subtle nuances in each face as well as the emotional message in the figure.  Nothing inspires her painting more than the people she encounters daily, she says. Holmstrom spent her teen years working at the Ringling Art Museum in Florida but only recently settled on soft pastels for her own style.  She says she loves the vibrancy, the layers that can be built on paper and the feel of them in her hands.  Walking into her studio, she says, is like walking into a rainbow. Both artists have turned to their mediums after careers in other fields.  Their combined show, a mix of images that delve into the interior of each subject, will open May 5 and continue through May 27 in the Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library.  In addition to the artists, keyboardist Brad Jensen will be at the First Friday reception with live music. To learn more, visit www.camaslibrary.org

Portland Japanese Garden to feature works of American bonsai artist Ryan Neil in American Bonsai: The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil

Portland, Oregon – For over a thousand years, the Japanese art of bonsai has intrigued and delighted people with its artistic and painstaking approach to forming trees into beautiful and evocative miniature shapes. Using species native to the American West, bonsai artist Ryan Neil has translated and adapted techniques into an American vernacular. From May 21-June 19, 2016 the outdoor courtyard of the Portland Japanese Garden will host American Bonsai: The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil, giving Garden visitors the opportunity to see iconic American trees, such as Ponderosa Pines, Douglas Firs, and Coastal Redwoods transformed into living works of art. The exhibit will feature about a dozen living art pieces with trees ranging from 100 to 500 years old to create a dialogue about the trees and places that shape American history and culture.

About Ryan Neil

Ryan Neil grew up on the western slopes of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. From an early age, he was fascinated by the natural and ever-changing beauty of the region’s windswept trees and by their resilience, which allowed the trees to survive years of harsh conditions. After studying horticulture, Ryan moved to Japan for six years, where he apprenticed with bonsai master Masahiko Kimura, a revolutionary figure in contemporary Japanese bonsai art.

After returning from Japan in 2010, Neil moved to Portland, Oregon, to develop and practice his art. Diane Durston, the Portland Japanese Garden’s Curator of Culture, Art and Education brought Neil in to show the connection of Eastern and Western cultures coming together. Says Durston, “We are so excited to show Ryan’s work. He does a remarkable job of channeling the craftsmanship and discipline of this ancient Japanese art form while reflecting the untamed landscape of the American West.”


New maple leaves are bright green, as the Portland weather turns warm again. Photo Credit: David Cobb

What is Bonsai?

The Japanese art of bonsai, which literally translates into “tray planting,” combines art with the natural world, mindfulness, and a dedication to detail. While contemporary bonsai artists, such as Neil, are constantly developing and exploring new techniques, the roots of contemporary bonsai can still be found in the centuries-old traditions of paying attention to every branch, needle, leaf, and delicate detail.

Through using tree species of the American West and pushing the traditional boundaries of bonsai art, Ryan works to challenge his viewers’ conceptions of bonsai art as purely contemplative and seeks to evoke a range of emotions and responses.

Exhibition Details

American Bonsai: The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil will run from May 21-June 19 during regular hours in the Garden’s outdoor courtyard. Access to the courtyard is included in the general admission ticket. The Garden is open on Mondays from noon to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $9.50 for adults; $7.50 for seniors (65+) and college students with ID; and $6.75 for youth aged 6-17. Children under five are admitted free.

About the Portland Japanese Garden

For 53 years, the Portland Japanese Garden has been a haven of serenity and tranquility, nestled in the scenic West Hills of Portland.  It is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and is one of the foremost Japanese cultural organizations in North America.  Its Cultural Crossing expansion project, which adds space for exhibitions, educational programming, and cultural events, will be completed in Spring 2017.

Learn more at japanesegarden.com.


Japanese Garden, garden, Portland, OR, spring, azaleas, flowers, shrubs, walk way

Each month, beginning on the First Friday, the Camas Public Library hosts a new art exhibit in the Second Story Gallery. For the month of March, the library is displaying the exquisite Raku Ceramics artwork of clay artists, Dave and Boni Deal.

The couple work full-time at their craft, producing quality art pieces at their rustic, off-the-grid home in the Columbia Gorge. Their work is recognized for its size, classical form, and surface design that has a Pacific Northwest feel.

Raku Ceramics are known for dramatic firings, and Dave pulls his work out of the 2000 degree F kiln, and lowers it into a barrel of organic burnables. The rapid cooling, as well as the flames, and smoke, give rack its hues, crackled glaze, smoky tones, and metallic accents.

Raku Ceramics Background

According to the library, Raku is a pottery technique with an ancient Japanese origin. “American Raku” was popularized by Hal Riegger and Paul Soldner in the 1950s and 60s. Dave learned the art form at Clark College and at PSU/Haystack school in Cannon Beach, Oregon. The couple eventually took Raku workshops from Riegger and Soldner, and started working full-time in their chosen craft in the mid-1970s.

Their work is a collaborative effort. While Dave creates clay forms on the wheel, Boni draws in the clay, and does the glazes. She earned her degree in graphic design from Portland State University.

“Clay offers a lifetime of possibilities for expression in form and surface design,” said the couple. “Awe of nature motivates us. A high aspiration is to reflect the beauty of God’s creations: plants, geology, and wildlife of rustic places are recurring themes — timeless, relevant today and even more so for the future.”

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607. To learn more, visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary



This is the Raku work of Dave and Boni Deal.


This is a Raku Ceramics vase made by Dave and Boni Deal.

On Saturday, October 25th Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery will host their first Annual Haunting Images Show. From 7 to 10 pm, visitors can witness artist Nick Carulli’s stunning ethereal photography.  
For one night only, the gallery on 192nd Avenue in Camas will be dedicated to Carulli’s collection of ghostly, gothic and spooky images. Spanning the countryside, Nick and his brave ensemble of models have ventured into abandon buildings, cemeteries and conversely beautiful sites like the overlook at Cape Horn to bring the collection to life.
Carulli is no stranger to exploring the macabre as set physician to the locally filmed television series Grimm. Dubbed the “Doctor to the Stars” has also worked with the crew of Leverage and other local films. Tack on his relationships with area artists, writers and civic leaders, you never know who will be in attendance at a Carulli showing.

Art of the Supernatural

Interest in the supernatural doesn’t stop with photography for Carulli. He is in the midst of completing a book on actual reported hauntings in the Columbia River Gorge and SW Washington, his photography a major component.  Carulli’s own investigations into supposedly haunted historic sites and local businesses undoubtedly lends him countless stories to tell while sharing his art. The stories are compelling, and will give the reader some entertaining copy.
Visitors to the Haunting Images Show will also get a sneak peak at Carulli’s stunning new durable media for his photography.
With his artistic touch, Carulli shows that the supernatural can be absolutely beautiful as well haunting. His work has been well received by the community for its originality and thoughtfulness. His fans eagerly await Carulli’s latest collection.
Carulli Medical Clinic and Visual Expressions Gallery is located in 192nd Station at 2115 SE 192nd Ave, Suite 100, Camas, WA.
To learn more about Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery, call 360-210-7393.

Carulli Art combines with Carulli Medicine this Saturday, March 1 with the grand opening event for Carulli Medical Clinic and Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery. The gallery and clinic will host an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. for area residents.

As the newest entry to rapidly growing 192nd Avenue, Nick Carulli will welcome visitors to take a peek at the new facility.
Dubbed the “Doctor to the Stars” for his work as set physician for programs such as Grimm and Leverage, Dr. Nick Carulli has garnered a reputation for being an innovative, caring physician. In the past year, Dr. Carulli changed his practice, weary of the devolution of health care. In direct contrast to most clinics, he actually limits the number of patients he sees to ensure he is able to provide the time and care they deserve.
Dr. Nick Carulli explains, “With this move, I get to continue building close relationships with my patients. We get to spend quality time together, which is the key to helping them identify and achieve their personal wellness goals and enjoy a healthy, active life.”

Employing advanced diagnostics and a comprehensive wellness exam, Dr. Carulli is able to detect health issues long before symptoms arrive, potentially improving treatment options. Daniela Carulli, a Certified Health Coach, adds to the move with a personalized, holistic wellness plan and physician-directed weight loss program.

 Already known for his work as a clinician, Dr. Carulli is launching his first art gallery. Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery, adjacent to the clinic, is a showcase for local and visiting artists to share and sell their work as well as host events. Quickly winning notoriety for its unique metallic walls-  allowing for displays to change easily and regularly-  the gallery is already receiving requests from artists around the country.
Accessibility remains the key for Nick, creating a fun, comfortable space to simply enjoy art. The offerings in the gallery lend themselves exceptionally well for residential and commercial interior design projects. The gallery is open to the public and serves as wonderful distraction for patients visiting the clinic or for visitors at 192nd Station.
The Grand Opening Gala will offer Jazz from The Michael Kissinger Trio, wine from local wineries, and light bites from Applewood Catering. Local Authors, fellow artists, and business leaders from around the area will be in attendance. With Dr. Nick, you never know who might show up.
Carulli Medical Clinic and Visual Expressions Gallery is located in 192ndStation at 2115 SE 192ndAvenue Suite 110 in Camas, WA.
If you are interested in learning more about Carulli Medical or personalized healthcare, call 360-210-7166. To learn more about Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery, call 360-210-7393. For media inquiries, please contact Seth Sjostrom 360-771-1758.
Visit http://www.nickcarulli.com to see more images.


Northwest Artists is the focus of the Ballard and Call Gallery in Camas, WA.  Gallery owners, Sharon Ballard and Marquita Call are honored to be a part of this thriving and growing community.

Marilyn Farrell Webberley will be the April featured artist at the Gallery.  The exhibit of her work will commence with the” First Friday” festivities April 5th and continue through the month. Marilyn resides in Seattle but ties to her hometown of Camas are still strong as is the impact of her Farrell family on the history of Camas.

Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington where she studied both commercial and fine art. She later studied oil painting in the Russian Impressionist tradition with Wm F. Reese and three proteges of Sergei Bongart: Lois McFarland, Ron Lukas and Sunny Apinchapong-Yang.

A published author, illustrator, graphic designer and award winning fine art painter, her work has appeared in a variety of venues ranging from Metro bus banners, storefronts, and the theater stage, to museums and galleries, and has been juried into regional, national, and international exhibitions.

Her paintings are held in corporate collections in the United States and private collections in the US, Bahamas, UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

In Marilyn’s words: “I paint moments I enjoy from personal experience. My subjects can be almost anything, since my interest is capturing patterns of light, shadow and color. It pleases me when the viewer experiences some of the delight that caught my attention – the reason for creating the piece.”

Ballard & Call is located at 408 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607. Phone is 360-817-2415;  email:  [email protected] or visit www.ballardandcall.com






Tulips did it!

Santa Cruz watercolor artist Nancy Riedell was the winner of Daniel Smith’s Artists’ Materials October Monthly Voting Gallery. Her winning entry is “Tulips in New York City”.

She is thrilled about the win and looks forward to entering her work in more competitions.

“I’m so pleased that Tulips did so well,” said Reidell. “I loved doing that painting.”

Nancy Riedell, an internationally recognized, award winning, and Open Studios artist originally from Santa Cruz County, California, now living in Portland, Oregon, graduated from San Francisco State University where she studied Fine Arts. Classes included figure drawing, color values, acrylics, oils, and art history.

Nancy’s love of art goes back to childhood as her family encouraged her to develop her art skills by giving her art materials and art books so that she could develop her technique.

Nancy’s current medium is watercolor. The bold use of colors and interesting landscapes has played a strong role in Nancy’s unique paintings. She feels that although she has been working with art since childhood, it is only within the last few years that she has felt the calling to go back into her art. Her work reflects her passion well by using strong, saturated color and theme.

Nancy likes to take advantage of every opportunity and is known to carry her digital camera with her to photograph subjects for future paintings. She has captured beautiful sunrises in Monterey County, unique beach scenes in Santa Cruz County, unusual rock formations in New Mexico, covered bridges in Pennsylvania, and incredible Oregon scenes. She’s also done recent work with painting popular Portland destinations.

Nancy is an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the California Watercolor Society.

To see more of Nancy’s exquisite artwork, go to www.nancyriedellfinearts.com