Camas, WA — For First Friday, May 5th, downtown will be having a “Garden Gnome & Fairy Gala” in honor of the Camas Plant & Garden Fair the next week. Events are from 5-8pm.

Find those mischievous gnomes and cute fairies in each participating location and see what kind of fun each is having! You’ll earn tickets to win great prizes for each location you go to!

Other activities will include:

  • Find the fairy houses through town and feed the fairies! (get the fairy food at the DCA tables in Journey! :))
  • S’mores roasting with iQ Credit Union (weather permitting!)
  • Get your picture taken with our friendly gnome family!
  • Enjoy the “Secret Garden” window display at Camas Antiques.
  • Fairy flower crowns! Plus 3 Crafting will be selling very cool flower crowns to fit our theme! In Journey.
  • Art gallery shows and receptions with refreshments:
    • Attic Gallery: Encaustic paintings by Sheary Clough Suiter and Tyler Marchus. Free “Painting With Encaustic” demonstration by Sheary Clough Suiter; Live music
    • Camas Gallery: featuring paintings by Katey Sandy
    • Second Story Gallery: Douglas Keith – painting & sculpture and Earlene Holmstrom – soft pastels
    • Watch a craft beer brewing demonstration by the group Drib Pro Quo in honor of National Homebrew Day; next to Caps N’ Taps, 337 NE 4th
    • The movie “Labyrinth” at the Liberty Theatre at 8pm
    • Gnome and fairy kids’ crafts at the DCA tables in Journey
    • *Cinco de Mayo Celebration hosted by Mesa unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the weather. They will be having a fun celebration inside though! Thank you for understanding!
    • After Hours Shopping–get a ticket to win for every $10 spent in downtown!
    • Much more!

The fun begins at Journey, 304 NE 4th; May 5th, 5-8pm (Some activities are weather permitting).

Information provided by the Downtown Camas Association. To learn more, visit

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

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.

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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



This is the Raku work of Dave and Boni Deal.


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

Nostalgia artist and designer, Mario AC Della Casa, was recently named Artist of the TV Land Award bottle, an honor given to him after years of creating one-of-a-kind artwork enjoyed by fans worldwide. Each year, the award show’s winners are given their own customized bottle as a gift when they receive their TV Land honor.

“The TV Land Award’s winners all get my bottle,” said Della Casa. “So, I made bottles for all of them. It’s fun being the official artist of the TV Land Award’s bottle. I made about 90 bottles for the show, which went to the stars, directors and producers.”

Several years ago, Della Casa was granted the only license to re-create customized “Jeannie” bottles that are just like the ones used in the 1960’s hit comedy, “I Dream of Jeannie,” which starred Barbara Eden, the late Larry Hagman, also of “Dallas” fame, and Bill Daley. Della Casa frequently travels with Eden on publicity tours, which promote the show — and the bottles.

“I absolutely love what I do,” says Della Casa, “and I’m grateful to TV Land for giving me this great opportunity.”

The artist has certainly found a market for his work. He says people who buy his bottles and artwork are people who appreciate the history of television, particularly in the 50s, 60s and 70s. He has also painted many celebrity portraits, including Joan Collins, Lucille Ball, Linda Gray, Lindsey Wagner, and many others.

“People love the Jeannie bottles because it reminds them of a simpler time,” he says. “They remember when they were kids or young adults, and they fell in love with these characters and the actors who played them. My work represents those times, and those talented people.”


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Mario AC Della Casa, and his mother, appear on the set of the TV Land Awards show.



In addition to having his work featured at the TV Land Awards show, he is also the official artist for the Roger Neil Oscar Suite. He said any show has suites that are sponsored by an individual or company. His bottles get signed by celebrities and then go up for auction at charity events.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he adds. “Celebrities like Barbara Eden and Faye Dunaway are some of the celebrities we’re working with.”

Della Casa greatly misses his friend, and mentor, Larry Hagman, who passed away in 2012. He says Hagman inspired him to market his artwork and achieve his dreams.

“He was a great talent and friend,” he adds. “I really miss him.”

To learn more about Della Casa’s artwork, please visit


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Mario AC Della Casa, right, takes a photo with “Dallas” star, Charlene Tilton.

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.
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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



By Seth Sjostrom

If you have ever driven along Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge and looked north, you have likely seen the enormous concrete mansion towering above. A sentinel among the hills along the river’s cleft; Maryhill looms above, a mysterious and intriguing landmark for travelers along the mighty Columbia.

For over 70 years, Maryhill Museum of Art has stood vigil high on the northern bank of the Columbia River Gorge. Built in 1918 by pioneer and transportation visionary, Sam Hill, it was to be a residence for he and his wife, Mary. Presiding over his planned ranch in Washington, the mansion was never settled into as a home. Instead, years later, it was transformed into a museum which opened to the public in 1940.

Despite its majestic size and architecture, Maryhill’s Executive Director Colleen Schafroth comments, “It has always been 5 inches too small.” Designed to be a house, carved into many smaller spaces, presents challenges for a museum. Utilization of space itself was the primary issue. Collections had to be stored in countless rooms and closets scattered throughout the structure. Viewing, cataloguing and utilizing those works was an unnecessary challenge. With no large space appropriate for bigger groups, educational programs took place among the gallery. This meant during a program, that area would have to be shut down for visitors. It also meant, the wonderful hands-on programs for young artists were also in the midst of the gallery. A dozen children with paint brushes in range of priceless art (not that their efforts weren’t priceless themselves) was cause for concern.

Enter the decision to add on to the building for the first time in its architectural existence. No easy task when you are talking about a building which has stood as such a geographic icon for the better part of a century, one that has been on the National Register of Historic Places for more than three decades and is perched on the edge of national scenic area.
Situated on the cliff in the Gorge presented additional issues. How do you not take away from the natural beauties which you are afforded but rather take advantage of that wonder? For the building itself, how do your respect the integrity of the original architecture while adding on to it? Those questions set forth the design goals. Delineate new from old, make the new structure complementary but not try to match or detract. Preserve the views which the property is graced with- from the east, west and south. Easy right?
Roughly $10 million and two years later, I walk around the updated facility and feel confident that they have succeeded with all over their goals. GBD Architects and Contractor Schommer and Sons Construction, both of Portland, combined to create over 25,000 total feet of new space. Gene Callan of GBD, also a Goldendale, WA native was excited to be a part of the renovations. The introduction of which leads you through 1700 square foot passage that links the new wing with the existing structure.
As you walk from the old to the new, you see the transition, stripped to its stone and concrete core, visitors pass through the seam that unites the past and present. The new wing leads you through a corridor of glass which provides visitors with amazing views in nearly every direction. Some of the corridor affords the museum with additional gallery space. At the end of the passage, you are delighted with a massive outdoor plaza which serves as a jaw-dropping overlook, a competition to the human art housed inside the museum itself. Mt.Hood, the Columbia and the sweeping lines of the Gorge. A new café, Loie’s, is nestled just inside the patio, offering more efficient and upgraded services than previously available. On the opposite end of the wing is a large educational hall equipped with state of the art audio/visual tools.
Most of the new wing is buried underground- a safe, practical haven for the Museum’s many collections. The new part of the building, named the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, is being evaluated for LEED Gold rating status. Much of the new structure was created from recycling the natural resources pulled from the excavation of the site. The concrete floors provide thermal efficiency and utilizing spring water from the property acts as a source of energy, reducing the need for electricity and natural gas.
Perhaps even more amazing, the project was completed with zero debt. A major gift from Mary Hoyt Stevenson and award granted by the Washington State Building for the Arts fund launched the campaign. Pledges from the Cannon Power group and the Mary Hoyt Stevenson Foundation powered with donations from a variety of supporters funded the expansion in its entirety. Compromises such as Gold versus Platinum LEED certification and a few items tossed from the wish list kept the project in budget.
Aesthetically, the new wing fits in with the original structure like a younger sibling. It is distinct, yet related. It is beautiful in its own right, but heeds to the status of its senior. Cantilevered into the hillside, the Stevenson Wing yields to the original structure. Almost all of the original southern façade is retained, preserving the icon view from travelers to the south. The main entrance was kept original; assuring the nostalgia of past visits would be maintained.
The next time you are faced with the question of how to transform an icon, how to create new while respecting the original, look to Maryhill Museum of Art. As many museums are, Maryhill is a work of art in and of itself.

About the contributor: Seth Sjostrom is a local resident and author. His thriller Blood in the Snow, is currently available and Seth releases his holiday title Finding Christmas in September. For more information on Seth or his books, visit