Second Story Gallery Presents Patricia Thompson August 3 through August 27

July 23, 2012

by Barb Baldus, Second Story Gallery volunteer

Heron at the Refuge by Karen Thompson (contributed photo)

Flocks of birds will land in Second Story Gallery in August, when Patricia Thompson displays handcrafted fabric wall hangings with an avian theme.  “Feathers and Fabric” will coincide with the downtown Camas Quilt and Fiber Arts Show Friday, Aug. 3, and will continue through Aug. 27 upstairs in the Camas Public Library.

In addition to the First Friday reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m., the show is open to the public during regular library hours.  The small art quilts play off color harmonies from batik borders and feature hand-pieced, dimensional bird motifs.

“Living near the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, I am continually inspired by the birds that frequent the area,” the artist explains.  They provide the creative force for her mixed-media birds forming the focal point of each wall hanging.

“Creating art has always been a part of my life,” notes the artist.  Thompson has tried several art styles; a charcoal picture was published in the 2008 Clark College art and literary book The Phoenix, and a creation in wood received an award in an annual show in Ridgefield.  She says she has sewn since junior high and calls it a joy to marry the art of stitching with the beauty of nature.

Second Story Gallery is upstairs in the Camas Public Library, 625 NE Fourth Ave. in Camas.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.