A local artist will soon open a studio and art gallery in downtown Camas.
The space has been renovated for Elida Field, a professional artist, art instructor and consultant.
She will host an open house Friday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at 735 N.E. Sixth Ave.
On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Field will be among the participants in the Clark County Open Studios Tour.
The free event, featuring 50 artists, will include self-guided tours. Sponsored by Arts of Clark County, the juried event is designed to enhance community awareness of talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of area neighborhoods.
For more information, call Open Studios Director Jennifer Williams at 991-3295 or visit www.ccopenstudios.org.
Field recently won a People’s Choice award for heart-shaped art.
She was one of 30 professional artists who were given fiberglass hearts to paint. The sculptures were put on display around the Vancouver area before they were auctioned off at “The Beat Goes On” gala in September.
Field’s art was displayed in front of the “Welcome to Vancouver” sign on Mill Plain Blvd.
The fundraiser generated more than $500,000 for a new heart and vascular surgical suite at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. That included $25,000 for the heart by Field.
Her art was titled “Home is where the heart is...& Heart is where home is!”
One side included images of houses and dwellings from around the world, including the house Field was raised in, in Ridgefield.
“Each house has a heart glowing inside,” she said. “On the other side, I have people of all ages, sizes, races, etcetera, doing different, fun and exciting things. They are living in the moment, finding themselves ‘at home’ with whatever they are doing.
“This piece touched so many people,” Field added. “They all saw themselves and their families in this painting, and I believe that is the reason it won.”
She received $1,000, which is being used for track lighting, shelving and other costs associated with opening her new studio.
For more information about the open house, call 901-0031, or visit www.elidaart.com.