Bits 'n' Pieces: Musician to perform local gigs

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Battle Ground folk musician Tom May is touring in Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado this summer, but he also has a few gigs closer to home planned.

On July 30, May will perform with the Tom May Trio at the Lavender Festival at Heisen House Vineyards in Battle Ground (http://heisenhousevineyards.com). In addition to him, May’s trio will include Portland musician Donny Wright and Salem, Ore., musician Fuzzy Purcell.

On Aug. 3, May and his son, Vancouver musician Dylan May, will perform in Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver as part of the Terry Lee Noon Concerts series (http://bit.ly/CuejZ).

Tom May, 58, hosts the nationally syndicated radio program “River City Folk.” For his Clark County concerts, he’ll perform a mix of new material and songs from his 12 albums.

This will be May’s first time performing in Esther Short Park, though he has appeared at Heisen House before and enjoyed it.

“It’s a beautiful place to play,” he said.

Camas oil painter’s work comes to Aurora Gallery

There’s something about oil paint that seems perfect for bringing out details of rustic landscapes, said Camas artist Beth Norwood.

Norwood, a grandmother who’s painted professionally for the past 18 years, loves taking her canvas to regional settings such as Battle Ground, Curtin Creek, Sauvie Island, Ore., and coastal Oregon and Washington.

“I love the feel of oil paint,” Norwood said. “The texture, the richness. The ability to make a mistake and paint over it is wonderful. Pastel is very unforgiving. Oil is what the old masters used to use. It just feels right.”

She often paints rural roads and tree-lined hills hidden throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“A lot of my pieces seem to be familiar to people, even if they’ve never been there,” she said. “There is so much of our area that is just absolutely gorgeous. I feel blessed to live here.”

Norwood’s art will be on display through the month of August at Aurora Gallery, 1004 Main St., Vancouver.

Half of the proceeds from sales of her work will go to help the family of a local 9-year-old boy who spent 25 days in the hospital with no health insurance, she added.

“I’m hoping people’s hearts will be open to a genuine need,” she said.

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