May 2018
Vancouver's new arts plan has been adopted and we're pleased for that. Spring is here and so are the birds... in the CAVE and at Angst gallery that is, where artists ask the question, do you have to kill a bird (or anything else) to capture its likeness? Please enjoy our eclectic mix of arts tidbits.

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Advancing the arts
Bus poems get a second life...  and raise funds for the arts

With our brand new Poetry Moves website up and running, poem cards are now available for online purchase as a fundraiser for the arts. Poets, friends and family of poets, and poetry fans everywhere can buy an authentic poem bus placard "retired" from service. These poems have already traveled an average of 20,000 miles onboard a C-TRAN bus -- moving riders in more ways than one!

If you're a supporter of the arts and of the Poetry Moves program, consider ordering a poem card printed on durable vinyl and suitable for framing. One poem card sells for $20, with all proceeds going to support the Poetry Moves program.

Poetry Moves is a program of the nonprofit Arts of Clark County in collaboration with C-TRAN, providing poetry on bus channel cards in all C-TRAN buses.

Learn more about Poetry Moves

Artists: Open your doors!

Artist Jill Mayberg in her studio

Perhaps you've been thinking about applying to be in this fall's Open Studios Tour, but you're wondering what to expect. For starters, you'll be part of an event that attracts over 1,000 visitors who want to see where and how artists do their work.

Plus you'll benefit from Arts of Clark County's print, online, and social media marketing. Your artwork will gain exposure through the printed guidebook and Open Studios website. And -- while selling art is not a primary goal of the event -- artists last fall still made an average of $1,015 in sales during the tour weekend. Many artists reported new contacts with collectors, galleries, and publications as the result of participating.

So, if you are a visual artist in Clark County working in any medium, take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain further recognition as an artist by opening your studio doors to the public in the 6th annual Clark County Open Studios Tour. Encourage other artists to apply as well.

The application deadline is May 31.


Open Studios is a free self-guided tour that increases public awareness of talented local artists, while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods. Open Studios happens this fall on the weekend of November 3-4.

It's official: Arts plan adopted

Last month, thanks to Program & Policy Development Manager Jan Bader, her plan advisory committee, and consultants BDS Planning and Framework, the Vancouver City Council adopted a new Culture Arts and Heritage Plan.

The Arts of Clark County board is optimistic that this plan can set the stage for positive developments for the arts in our community. We are looking forward to working with the future Cultural Services Manager and Cultural Commission. We expect to work actively to ensure that the plan remains a priority, that bold commitments are honored, and we stand ready to partner with the City of Vancouver when appropriate in the effort to build a thriving community and an arts destination.

Read Vancouver's new Culture, Arts and Heritage Plan
First Friday picks

William Park,  Up on the Roof
Escape From Audubon
Art at the Cave

"Escape From Audubon," as artist and gallerist Anne John explains, "is based on the little known fact that the Audubon Society is named after a prolific artist who prolifically killed his subject matter in order to paint them. As a bird lover, the dichotomy is striking. Our intention is not to invite the disapproval of the Audubon Society, which does wonderful work saving and protecting avian creatures. As artists, we just can't help ourselves sometimes. I suspect there will be humor involved."

Artists featured are Cynthia Heise, Anne John, Bill Leigh, William Park, Kathi Rick, and Michael Smith.

An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., First Friday, May 4.

The exhibition will run through May 26.

108 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
Family Corvidae:
A celebration of nutcrackers, jackdaws, ravens, crows, jays, magpies, ground jays, and treepies!

Family Corvidae is a group show presented at Angst Gallery in conjunction with "Escape From Audubon" at neighboring gallery, Art at the Cave.

Opening reception will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., First Friday, May 4, and the exhibit runs through May 26.

1015 Main St., Vancouver
For other Vancouver First Friday listings, see VDA's Hot Sheet
Vancouver film director Beth Harrington shares her new film

Wednesday, May 16 at Kiggins Theatre, Oregon Public Broadcasting will present a free screening of Beth Harrington's new film, Fort Vancouver, a part of OPB's Oregon Experience series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m.

Harrington will moderate a Q&A session immediately after the film at 7:30 p.m.

Kiggins Theatre
1011 Main St., Vancouver

Brady Jandreau in The Rider, directed by ChloƩ Zhao
Acclaimed drama The Rider from award-winner ChloƩ Zhao

After a tragic riding accident, young cowboy Brady (Brady Jandreau), once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, is warned that his competition days are over. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Opens May 18 at the Kiggins Theatre.

Advance tickets $7, day of show $10. Monday all tickets are $6.

1011 Main St., Vancouver

From left to right: The shadow of KC Cooper, Gina George, John Branch. Photo by Stephanie Roberts, Fetching Photos
Vintage Hitchcock:
A live radio play by Joe Landry at Magenta Theater

On May 19, Magenta Theater will perform a staged reading of the three-act radio play, Vintage Hitchcock. Attendees will watch, enthralled, as the announcer introduces a trio of classic Alfred Hitchcock stories. Beginning with The Lodger, audiences will sit in suspense watching London in the grip of a serial killer! After a brief commercial break, the stories continue with the edge-of-your-seat script Sabotage where London is plunged into darkness after a mad bomber terrorizes citizens. Finally, The 39 Steps will lead audience members through mystery and mayhem as a hapless vacationer gets caught up with international spies.

The cast for Vintage Hitchcock features KC Cooper, Gina George, Mike Nettleton, John Branch, and Eli Swihart.

As with all Black Chair Projects, there is only one performance: May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Magenta Theater
1108 Main St., Vancouver
Poetry happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m., and will feature Leah Stenson, author of two chapbooks, Heavenly Body and The Turquoise Bee and Other Love Poems, published by Finishing Line Press in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver, Open Mic sign up begins at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m.

Our all-volunteer organization works toward building greater arts awareness, rewarding creative excellence, and expanding arts accessibility. We are working to facilitate long-term arts development for Southwest Washington. We envision a stronger arts infrastructure that includes an art center and a community-focused performing arts facility. 

Your support will help to make this vision a reality. Arts of Clark County's current programs include our annual Clark County Open Studios tour and Poetry Moves, a collaborative effort that features the words of local poets on C-Tran buses. Both of these programs have already demonstrated the power of art in our lives to connect us, transform us, and fuel the economy.
4 ways to support the cause!
If you love what Arts of Clark County is doing for our community, please consider these ways to contribute: 

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  4. Volunteer
    Arts of Clark County is an all-volunteer organization. If you have specialized skills, especially in fundraising, outreach and marketing,
    we'd love to talk with you.
ARTS brief team

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Jackie Genis, contributing writer
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Arts of Clark County (AoCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created for the purpose of promoting, encouraging, and enhancing creative expression and artistic opportunities in Clark County and Southwest Washington. The arts contribute to this region's unique character as a desirable place to live, work, and visit. AoCC and its volunteer board of directors supports all forms of art--music, theater, dance, and literary, visual, and media art--and works to ensure that arts experiences are inclusive of individuals of all ages and backgrounds.