June 2017
In this issue we take a fresh look at how to build a place for exhibiting art, making art, taking classes, using studio space -- a place where living, working, breathing artists and the community support each other to create a vibrant city. There are existing models. We don't need to reinvent the wheel. Enjoy.

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Advancing the arts

The Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington incorporates live/work artist lofts in the upper floors of the building. Photo courtesy Schack Art Center.

Building an art center that works

Not an arts center -- an art center. We need both in our community.

An economically viable visual art center that fulfills the need for exhibition space, studios, and classrooms has been a topic of conversation in Vancouver for decades. Past attempts and plans often patched a visual art component on to a performing arts facility. This can diminish both purposes, and it is ultimately unrealistic to expect that one use should financially support the other. In Vancouver's experience, the costs and limitations of repurposing older buildings have been a significant challenge in these efforts. ... Continue reading

Please attend Magenta Theater's "Moon Over The Brewery"
June 15, 7:30 p.m.

Magenta Theater's "Moon Over The Brewery" directed by Melissa Barnick

30% of the revenue will benefit Arts of Clark County 

Let's pack the house to raise funds for the arts while supporting local theater!  Magenta Theater has partnered with Arts of Clark County to promote Bruce Graham's play "Moon Over The Brewery," directed by Melissa Barnick. Please join us for this wonderful performance on June 15, 7:30 p.m. 

First Friday Pick

Arne Westerman, Long Day Shopping
Arne Westerman 
Attic Gallery in Camas

The late artist Arne Westerman (March 24, 1927 - April 17, 2017) had just turned 90 years old in March and was looking forward to this exhibit of his paintings. A reception will be held First  Friday, June 2 to honor the artist.  The Attic Gallery has shown Arne Westerman's work since 1985.

421 NE Cedar St., Camas

Eric Jacobsen, Beach Fires
Eric Jacobsen 
A Brush With Nature

Art on the Boulevard hosts the opening of "A Brush with Nature." Artist Eric Jacobsen is a "Plein Air" painter, finding true inspiration in the amazing beauty that he sees in nature. Jacobsen takes his oils wherever he goes. He sets up on his site and works until his painting is finished.

210 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
Symphony Sounds

Award-winning pianist Sofya Melikyan
Sofya Melikyan 
Skyview Concert Hall

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra closes out its 2016-2017 season with the spectacular Symphony No. 2 by Aram Khachaturian and also welcomes award-winning pianist Sofya Melikyan to Skyview Concert Hall. Melikyan will perform Strauss' celebrated Burleske For Piano and Orchestra on Saturday, June 3 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

Skyview Concert Hall
1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver
Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The popular event will feature Rob Katsuno and Dan Raphael. 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. 

Learn more

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver

5 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
    Use PayPal to make a tax-deductible donation to Arts of Clark County. 
  2. Shop
    Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Arts of Clark County using our code #84120. Just by using your rewards card number, and at no cost to you, every time you shop you'll help Arts of Clark County earn a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer.
  3. Shop online
    Use this link to login to Amazon, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase back to Arts of Clark County.

  4. Repurpose
    Donate quality or like-new items to Boomerang coffee house and consignment store. Specify that you would like proceeds to benefit Generosity Partner Arts of Clark County.
  5. 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

Jackie Genis, writer, editor 
Cam Suttles, designer, editor
Editorial Policy and submission guidelines
ARTS brief is intended to be useful to readers by offering a curated selection of stories and announcements related to the growth of arts in our region. Submitted items should be newsworthy. This means that arts-related items for content consideration must perform well in at least two of the following five areas: timing, significance, proximity, prominence, and human interest. Please submit materials to our lead writer, Jackie Genis, jackiegenis@outlook.com, NO LATER THAN THE 20TH OF EACH MONTH. Note that submission does not guarantee publication. We evaluate each submission to determine how it fits our goals for ARTS brief and whether the item under consideration aligns with the mission and vision of Arts of Clark County. We do not accept materials that primarily have a commercial objective.
About Arts of Clark County
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.