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first_imgDowntown Camas’ visual arts scene has undergone myriad changes since the recession hit, with the number of galleries dropping from three to one.Recently, however, there’s been an infusion of new life.Camas artist Elida Field opened a mixed-use space in downtown last summer. It’s both a place for artists to exhibit their work and an opportunity for community members to flex their creative muscles.Second Story Gallery typically features a different artist each month. This month’s exhibit highlights the paintings and raku pottery of Camas couple Dave and Boni Deal. April’s exhibit will feature Camas oil painter Bryn Howell. The gallery is located inside the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave.Elida Art Studio & Gallery also rotates exhibits monthly. For March, owner Elida Field displayed work by her young art students. Next month, she’ll spotlight Vancouver acrylic painter Lori Salzer. Elida Art Studio & Gallery is at 421 N.E. Cedar St. in downtown Camas.Field and the volunteers behind longtime Camas staple Second Story Gallery are teaming with local merchants and the Downtown Camas Association to revitalize the local arts scene and reinvigorate the monthly First Friday events.“We’re in kind of a difficult patch at the moment,” said Donna Roberge, a Camas resident and Clark County arts commissioner. “I think when the economy turns around, we’ll see a vibrancy again in the city of Camas.”last_img read more

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