Join us at First Thursday, December 5th to meet our featured artists Beth Norwood and Stan Gibson
During the December 5, First Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, enjoy the music by Steve Harvey, light snacks, and drinks to help us celebrate these artists’ fine work.
Beth Norwood- Painting
I was transplanted with my husband and two children from upstate New York in 1988 leaving behind a successful doll making business and a lot of cold weather. My collectable rag dolls were sold through ‘The Enchanted Doll House’ in Manchester Center, Vermont. After coming to the Northwest I developed a pose-able molded felt doll fashioned after the Lenci dolls of Europe but was inclined to put needle and thread away to explore the region and later home school our daughter through her Junior and Senior years of high school. Part of that schooling consisted of an oil painting class in 1992 taught by friend and artist Betty Quigley. Both my daughter and I faced the challenge enthusiastically. Our daughter went on to graduate from college with a minor in graphic arts while I continued exploring both portraits and landscapes through workshops and independent study.
The 19th century Hudson River School artists have been foundational inspirations in my quest to learn oil painting. There was a regional connection with the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York where I grew up and their paintings made me yearn to capture that beauty that I so loved and remembered …. with a brush, as they did. I particularly like George Inness so decided to try to copy one of his pieces by studying his colors, brushstrokes, composition as well as …. somehow …. his mood. What a fun challenge. And it was so helpful. Now, however, I seek to copy what God has created so that others can better admire Him. He lets me have all the fun and He gets all the glory. I love it.
Aurora Gallery – 1004 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660-3151
Camas Gallery – 408 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607
Strong forms and craftsmanship continue to form my process. I want to make pots that serve a useful and decorative role. I hope to be periodically surprised by glaze results. This has led to an interest in sprayed surfaces and effects of wood firing.
Stan is a graduate from Portland State University with a major in Fine Art, Concentration in Ceramics. He’s been creating for over 40 years and selling his works at regional craft shows. Stan also teaches adult and children’s pottery classes.