First Friday artists’ reception
What: The unveiling of the show “3 Print Methods x 3 Artist Voices,” featuring artwork by Camas High School students
When: Friday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Second Story Gallery, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.
Details: The artists will be on hand, and there will be live music provided by CHS students as well.
The Second Story Gallery will feature art by students from Camas High School’s Integrated Arts and Academics program in February, in a show the artists are calling “3 Print Methods x 3 Artist Voices.”
The colorful prints will be unveiled at a First Friday reception Feb. 3. The show will continue through the month of February in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library.
Participants in the innovative IAA program at Camas High School have the opportunity to study connections between academic concepts and themes, while integrating those lessons with the arts.
According to IAA Program Leader Gina Mariotti Shapard, this makes their learning more connected, relevant and personally meaningful.
The art prints originate from an interdisciplinary unit on the theme of “Voice,” according to Shapard. This year, students studied political and artistic expression. The freshman cohort learned about artist Andy Warhol in preparation for a visit to an exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. They then chose current pop culture subjects of their own generation to create multi-color, reductive linoleum prints.
Meanwhile, the sophomores designed and embossed images based on poetry they selected and performed as part of a national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud, in their English class. The juniors created woodblock prints. Each student in the group chose someone she/he deemed to be a cultural icon, then used a print to introduce the viewer to the subject.
These images were inspired by the print that introduced Pocahontas to England, which the students learned about in their U.S. history course.
This is the third Second Story Gallery show presented by the IAA students.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for our youth to have experiences such as showing their work in a professional gallery,” Shapard noted, adding that she is grateful for ongoing support from the community.
The show will remain on exhibit through Feb. 25.
Students taking part in the exhibition are Silver Bessinger, Adele Boehlke, Rebecca Briddon, Eliza Brooks, Alexia Carlson, Erin Clarke, Bronson Conger, Mikaela Cox, Samuel DePonceau, Piper Dunn, Josue Espinoza, Josephine Glasser, Isabella Guirado, Gage Gwynn, Mia Heinrichs, Ruby Ihle, Madigan Jackson, Kennedy Keller-Coerper, Morgan MacIntyre, Ellie McCarty, Anna Melcher, McKayla Monaghan, Jordan Montovino, Hailee Parman, Lily Parsley, Carly Pinch, Madisyn Scott, Alana Smith, Matthew Sorbel, Holly Stark, Emma Strand, Gracie Wild, Amelia Wong and Braden Zook.
Others taking part are Cormac Briggance, Eva Brizuela, Andrea Chwaliszewski, Julia Chwaliszewski, Theresa Clark, Sarai Gonzalez, Brynna Hansen, Grace Ireland, Laura Johnson, Tori Jonason, Megan Kane, Kathleen Lyons, Wriston Marshall, Jocelyn McFarland, Chloe Montana, Joe Morgan, Michela Potratz, Kelowna Richards-Deviq, Meagan Tolar, Isabelle Wright, Runzhi Zhou, Kira Zook and Lacey Zook.
Others are Payton Bates, Emily Berg, Sullivan Carrick, Paige Croy, Kevin Dyra, Lily Haddan, Isabella Herron, Alyssa Henry, Jordan Howes, Ahmika Kluka, Morgan Murphy, Elisabeth Neal, Ariel Russell, Allie Short, Aubrie White and Heidi Woods.