A dual show in May brings two artists to Second Story Gallery to present “Big Skies and Small Wonders.” Mary Chant paints landscapes with clouds dominating the horizon lines. Marilyn Slaby has taught herself to shape blossoms from polymer clay, then paint them to equal anything found in nature.
The two artists, strangers until this show, share a love of the natural world and both say they draw from it for their inspiration. Painter Chant calls her Big Sky series “a joyful exercise in searching for an earthbound way to interpret the ethereal.”
Sculptor Slaby says she began her flower creations using sugar but learned they were too fragile for permanent exhibition. She has discovered polymers of several types to sculpt petal by petal, leaf by leaf. She says it’s “fiddly” work and time consuming, but the results are amazingly lifelike arrangements of lilies, roses, peonies, even daffodils.
This breath of spring will arrive at Second Story Gallery May 3, part of the Downtown Camas First Friday activities from 5 to 8 p.m. Both artists will be on hand to meet patrons and explain their techniques. The public reception will also feature music by Rob Lewis. “Big Skies and Small Wonders” will remain on display through May 25 during regular library hours.
“Big Skies and Small Wonders” May 3 through May 25, Second Story Gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. This dual show features expansive landscapes that form a background for three-dimensional floral stems made of polymer clay. Mary Chant is the painter of clouds piling up on her horizons; Marilyn Slaby is the sculptor of lifelike blooms. Free and open to the public, the reception on First Friday will include live music by Rob Lewis. The exhibit will be on display through May 25 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Inside the Camas Public Library,625 NE 4th Ave., Camas. 360-834-4532 www.secondstorygallery.net