Bits 'n' Pieces: Former Camas superintendent focuses on hobby

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Retired Camas School Superintendent Stan Hosman will put his hobby on display at the Second Story Gallery this January. His passion for photography began in high school and grew while he worked for a photography studio while attending college. He continued taking pictures during his career, during which he taught in Japan. He also incorporated photography into a series on safety in school for elementary students.

“I did it to show students how to use (photography) as a means of communication,” Hosman said.

The subjects of Hosman’s photos are varied, capturing scenes that caught his eye.

“If I see something intriguing, I like to take pictures of it; it’s mostly scenes that I’ve seen and enjoyed,” Hosman said.

He’s also intrigued by patterns found in flower beds or the grain of old wood.

“When I was at the zoo, I was taking pictures of the chairs, their interesting patterns and the shadows they cast.”

This is Hosman’s first gallery show. It features 30 photographs of scenes from Japan, Europe and local areas as close as Hosman’s own yard in Washougal.

“It was good for me. I had a chance to go through the pictures, look at ones I haven’t looked at in years.”

You can join Hosman at the opening reception of “Scenes That Please My Eye” from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Second Story Gallery in the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. The show will run 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Jan. 28. Call 360-834-4692 for more information.

— Ashley Swanson

Camas personal trainer attends finale of ‘The Biggest Loser’

A year ago, Michelle Clark, a certified personal trainer from Camas, was sitting on her couch watching “The Biggest Loser” and dreaming about how amazing it would be to be at the show’s finale.

Fast-forward 12 months to Dec. 13 and the 38-year-old Clark found herself sitting in the third row at “The Biggest Loser” finale in Los Angeles.

Clark, who started the nonprofit fitness group Fat2Fit, got an invitation to the show and after-party from former Portland contestant Arthur Wornum.

“It’s still unreal to me,” she said. “I’ve watched every season and wanted to make a difference.”

Clark has been a personal trainer for about five years and works at All-Pride Fitness in Washougal. It was amazing to meet the trainers, she said.

“Jillian (Michaels) is kind of like a role model. How she makes a difference with obesity,” Clark said.

She met one of the show’s fitness trainers, Bob Harper, and the new trainers for Season 12, Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince.

Clark started Fat2Fit to help local people get healthy and have a support group.

“I’ve always been a person that wants to help others,” she said. She offers life coaching, nutrition education, and group or one-on-one training.

To find out more about Fat2Fit, visit http://fat2fitwithmichelle.wordpress.com.

—Ruth Zschomler

Bits ’n’ Pieces appears Mondays and Fridays. If you have a story you’d like to share, call Ruth Zschomler, 360-735-4530, or email ruth.zschomler@columbian.com.