The iconic Camas Gallery is undergoing a transformation and will debut as Gallery 408 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration on May 31st. Embracing its heritage while looking ahead, the revamped space will showcase the works of local artists, with special areas dedicated to native artists and students. The opening will include featured gallery artists, guest speakers, live music, and refreshments. A soft opening is scheduled for First Friday Art Walk on Friday, May 3rd.

New owners and local artists Joanne Cavallaro, Michelle Purvis and Kim Nickens hope to honor the legacy of previous owner Marquita Call, a longtime active member of the Camas community. Marquita’s pioneering community efforts and advocacy laid the groundwork for Gallery 408’s commitment to outreach programs and partnerships, providing opportunities for emerging artists while bringing the arts to those who may not otherwise have access.

Gallery 408 will display the works of the three owners and offer exhibit space for other juried artists.

Acknowledging the rich cultural history of the area and the lack of representation of native art in galleries throughout the region, Gallery 408 will have a dedicated space for native artists to exhibit and sell their work.

Gallery 408 will also work with Artstra to provide exhibition and mentorship opportunities for the award recipient of Artstra’s Christine Rice Memorial Scholarship, given to emerging artists age 20 – 30 through their Open Studios program.

Call to artists is now open for Gallery 408. The gallery is seeking all mediums, 2-D, 3-D and jewelers. There will be two opportunities for artists to display and sell their work — membership or consignment — with artwork being juried on a rolling basis. Membership and consignment applications may be found HERE.

For questions or to find out more, please email: gallery408.camas@gmail.com