August 2018
The long days of midsummer ought to give us ample hours to get out and enjoy the arts in our community. Enjoy, explore, discover, wander, poke around and let things pique your curiosity. Put yourself into it -- engage and participate! And most of all encourage and support the arts!

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Advancing the arts

Common Ground: The Vancouver Chautauqua promotes connections and arts awareness

Common Ground (August 6-11) is a six-day "gathering for curious people" created by The Historic Trust. Activities take place at the Marshall House, Howard House, Artillery Barracks, Red Cross Building, Providence Academy Ballroom and Chapel, and several outdoor locations. The schedule of events includes read alouds, history, literature displays, tapestry exhibitions, art workshops, opera, tours, dance, and much more.

Richard Burrows, Director of Community Outreach and Programs with The Historic Trust has led this exciting event as part of his latest effort in a long history of supporting the arts and arts education to bring art, artists, and the community together. Continue reading ...
Common Ground: A six-day gathering for curious people

Arts of Clark County is partnering with The Historic Trust to provide art workshops August 6-11, during Common Ground: The Vancouver Chatauqua -- where the public is invited to explore six days of history, art, music, and literature events. Art workshops are Monotypes with Jason Mayer, Collaborative Crochet with Bonnie Meltzer, Figure Drawing with Alder Suttles, and Felt Embroidery with Janice Arnold. The workshops will be followed by two dance performances: one led by Josh Murry-Hawkins (Washington Dance Creative) and one titled Under the Moonlight by Russell Capps and Jackie Genis. Lastly there will be an exhibition of artworks made during the workshops. Each workshop is free, though we suggest a $10 donation to Arts of Clark County to help offset costs. Space is limited. See detailed schedule to check availability. Educators: note that clock hours are available for all workshops.
First Friday picks
Pat Kruse (Red Cliff Band of Superior Chippewa), Untitled. Birch bark, red willow, deer sinew, and sweetgrass. 2015
Roben White and Pat Kruse at Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

August's featured guest in NACF's Native Artist Series is local visual artist Roben White (Cheyenne/Lakota, enrolled Oglala, Pine Ridge). Artist and local activist White works with a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics and chalk pastels. White will be joined by 2015 Regional Artist Fellow, Pat Kruse (Red Cliff Band of Superior Chippewa), a traditional birch bark artist and basket maker who is visiting from his home in Onamia, Minnesota. Kruse will exhibit and sell birch bark baskets and wall hangings. Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., First Friday, August 3

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
Providence Academy Bldg., Suites 101B and 102, Vancouver

Marc M. McVey, Green Pear
"Sin?" opens at the CAVE

Art at the CAVE opens its doors for their latest exhibition entitled "Sin?", featuring artists Michele Collier, Jessica Damsky, Kayla Griffin, Cynthia Heise, Anne John, Clarice Keegan, Ryan W. Kelly, Meredith Lewis, Marc M. McVey, Ruth Ross, Sally Sellers, Noah Alexander Isaac Stein, Dale Strouse and Samyak Yamauchi.

The subject is sin. How does a civilization's concept of sin and evil influence or express itself in fine art? What is sin? What isn't? Who cares? How do we define "Sin"?

Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., First Friday, August 3.

108 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver

Gwendolyn Morgan, Llama Love No. 3
Dream! Paint! Sing!
¡Sueñe! ¡Pinte! ¡Cante!
(pequeños animales caprichosos)

Art by Gwendolyn Morgan

Artist and recently named Clark County Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan shares her art in the new exhibit, Dream! Paint! Sing! at Angst Gallery on First Friday, August 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  
As a child, Morgan dreamed of being a naturalist, artist and writer. As an adult, she imagined painting more realistically. Nonetheless, her whimsical storybook birds and animals have emerged again and again. This is her second solo show at Angst and the bilingual animals are speaking in Spanish on behalf of all the children and dreamers of the Americas.  

1015 Main St., Vancouver
For other Vancouver First Friday listings, see VDA's Hot Sheet
Out and about

Shoppers at the 2017 Washougal Art Festival
Washougal Art Festival features 25 regional artists

The Washougal Art Festival will once again transform Washougal's Reflection Plaza into an outdoor exhibition space. The event, presented by Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA), will feature 25 professional regional artists, Saturday August 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "We are delighted with the high caliber of art that will be on display and for sale and excited to showcase these amazing artists," said Janice Ferguson, WACA president.

For a preview of artists and their work, visit the WACA website
Reflection Plaza
1703 Main Street, Washougal
Left to right: Lori Peterman as Eleanor  
Roosevelt, Mary Durall-Dupree as Bess Truman, Kristen Noel as Mamie Eisenhower, Jennifer Thoreson as Jackie Kennedy, Jan Cranston as Lady Bird Johnson, Keri Pedersen as Pat Nixon.
Black Chair Project: "Ladies First" at Magenta Theater

On August 11 Magenta Theater will perform a staged reading of the script Ladies First by Robert Gerlach and James McDonald. This will be more than the usual black box staged reading. Audiences will be entertained by the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, Bess Truman, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Kennedy staff members. This is an all-female cast.
All profits from this performance will benefit the Magenta Theater lighting campaign: a year-long effort to generate funds to upgrade the company's aged lighting to an LED system.
Magenta Theater
1108 Main Street, Vancouver
Poetry happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m., and will featuring a book launch for Matthew Eiford-Schroeder, poet and author of Consistently East, the new book from Printed Matter Vancouver. 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.

Angst Gallery
Call for artists
Second Story Gallery seeks artists to fill its 2019 calendar at the library
Second Story Gallery in Camas is accepting applications from artists who would like to display their work in 2019. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m.Friday, September 14.

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: 

  1. Donate
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  3. Shop online
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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

Cam Suttles, editor,  designer 
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.