Second Story Gallery Presents the Camas Photography Club

June 21, 2012

by Barb Baldus, Second Story Gallery volunteer

"Dawn" by Kirsten Muskat (contributed photo)

The Camas Photography Club takes over Second Story Gallery in July, the culmination of a year’s worth of meeting every month in another part of the Camas Public Library over a shared love of picture-taking.  The members, from beginners to professionals, from age 30 to the far end of their 60’s, are coming together for the show “Photo Diversity.”

A wide variety of digital photos will be on display in the library’s upstairs gallery July 6 to 28, with a kick-off reception for First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.  Photographers with work on display are Karen Elliot, Patty Ingram, Bill Morris, Kirsten Muskat, Lois Settlemeyer, David Shibata, Stephanie Roberts, Lou Steffey, Jim Stewart, Joyce Lee-Westdal, Lincoln Westdal andLisa Ziomkowski-Boten.

These photography enthusiasts found each other a year ago, when Kirsten Muskat formed the Camas Photography Club.  It’s open to any adult interested in improving skills through a mix of critique, assignments and presentations about various aspects of the art.  Muskat said she got the idea for the club after bumping into the same people out taking pictures as she walked the trails around her new hometown.  She is a recent Camas transplant, arriving in 2007, and she says she’s happy to be putting down new roots.

Muskat notes the camera club offers comaraderie, not competition.  Members bring a couple of images to their monthly meetings, then take away an assignment as open-ended as “Silhouettes” or “Passageways.”  She says she enjoys the variety of images produced as well as the creativity that emerges from mixing the work of old school photographers with new age techies.

Field trips are in the works, according to Muskat.  Anyone interested in learning more about the club can visit with the photographers at the reception or find information at the club’s web site