It was First Friday in downtown Camas and guests were beginning to pour into the new 411 Art Collective.
The three women behind the collective — photographer and mixed-media artist Lara Blair and abstract artist Heidi Curley and watercolorist Tamra Sheline — mingled with the crowd and showcased vivid, unique art pieces inside Blair’s art studio in the heart of Camas’ historic downtown at at 411 N.E. Dallas St.
The art collective’s grand opening celebration, punctuated by the Downtown Camas Association’s ribbon-cutting ceremony during the May First Friday festivities on Friday, May 5, marked the beginning of a new chapter in the three artists’ lives.
All three say the 411 Art Collective is meant to be not only a space where creativity can flourish and where the public can find new artwork to admire and own but a place where the artists can, as Curley states on her website, “build connection and stomp out loneliness.”
Blair signed the lease on her art studio at 411 N.E. Dallas St. a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses, schools and most of downtown Camas in March 2020.