December 2016
There's a bit of a nip in the air and 'tis the season to find something special for those you love. How about a small work of art? We are blessed with options right here in our own community. So bundle up, head out on the hunt, and snag that perfect gift. Happy Holidays!

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Poetry Moves season 3 winners announced, launch party set for January 15

In mid October, Printed Matter Vancouver publishers and Poetry Moves jurors Christopher Luna and Toni Partington announced winners for Season 3 of Poetry Moves. The program is sponsored by Printed Matter Vancouver, Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, Arts of Clark County, and C-Tran. The new batch of poems will appear in all C-Tran buses from January through June 2017.  

This season's winners are poets Cherish DesRochers-Vafeados, Bruce Hall, Bill Lucking, Livia Montana, Gwendolyn Morgan, Angeline Nguyen, Bridget Nutting, Jennifer Pratt-Walter, Alex Vigue, and Desiree Wright. 

Sadly, Bridget Nutting passed away before she could learn that her poem had been chosen. Printed Matter Vancouver dedicates Season 3 of Poetry Moves to her memory.

Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will also have one poem each on the buses. Christopher is the first poet laureate for Clark County The Clark County Arts Commission recently extended his term for the third time. He will remain in the position through the end of 2019.  

Mark your calendar for official launch of Poetry Moves, Season 3! The family-friendly event includes a reading to celebrate the winners and will be held at the Vancouver Community Library from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, January 15. Poem cards from all three seasons of Poetry Moves will be available for sale at the event. All proceeds from these sales will go toward funding the program. Light refreshments will be available. 

Columbia Room
Vancouver Community Library
901 C St., 

Visitors at artist Don Gray's home studio

Arts of Clark County celebrates grant awarded by Vancouver's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Thank you to the community, artists, visitors, and our many sponsors for making this year's Clark County Open Studios tour another big success. We are so grateful for the continuing support for this wonderful program and popular event.

With the hard work of everyone involved, and the growing awareness of what Open Studios provides to our community, we are so grateful to receive an $11,000 grant from the City's Lodging Tax to put toward the continuing development of the Open Studios program. We are honored that our organization is one of 17 nonprofit and government agencies that received monies dedicated toward tourism-related projects that leave an impact in the community.  

So cheers to everyone this Holiday season as we get ready to start a new and exciting art-filled year!
Rebecca Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery to be dedicated December 9

Previously called the Sixth Floor Gallery, the hallway is being renamed in memory of Rebecca Anstine, a local artist and founding curator of the space. The community is invited to gather in celebration of her commitment to promoting arts and culture in Clark County.  

Also, an exhibit of works by artist Michelle Allen will open with a reception during the 5-7 p.m. event. Light refreshments will be served. Ms. Allen's show will run through February 2017.

Rebecca Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery
Public Service Center
1300 Franklin St., Vancouver

First Friday Picks
Small Works Art & Gift Show
North Bank Artists Gallery

Find holiday shopping inspiration at North Bank Artists Gallery. North Bank artists are featuring gift items, including art works, art prints, cards, and jewelry. You can find something unique and affordable for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Friday's opening reception runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments and string quartet holiday music performed by students from Vancouver School of Arts and Academics from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

North Bank Artists Gallery
1005 Main St., Vancouver
And even more small works...
Vancouver Community Library

Vancouver Community Library's First Friday Downtown Art Exhibit has a special twist! All art displayed is for sale at this special Friends of the Vancouver Library exhibit and fundraiser. All 9 x 9 inch art panels are by local artists and will be sold at the exhibit for $30 each. The exhibit opens Friday, December 2, 5-9 p.m. and the sale continues December 3-5.

Columbia Room
Vancouver Community Library
901 C St., Vancouver
Other First Friday arts listings: 
Magenta Theater staged reading
Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story
One Night Only - Sunday, December 11

Based on the story by Charles Dickens, and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story is an inspired adaptation of the holiday classic, reimagined through highly theatrical storytelling. Actors whimsically transform from narrators into characters, and beloved carols are sung to alternately joyful and sinister effect, giving this familiar Christmas story a fresh and energetic feel. 

 Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story is the latest production of our Black Chair Theater" staged readings - a progressive and exciting new branch of Magenta Theater. They sell out fast....they are general seating....and they will pull you into the enthusiasm from the moment the first word is uttered! We have ONE if you miss've missed it! Bah, humbug, right?

Magenta Theater
1108 Main St., Vancouver
Portland Piano International

Nelson Goerner
Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner debuts in Rose City
On December 3-4, one of the foremost pianists of his generation, Nelson Goerner, will take the stage at Lincoln Hall in Portland. Born in San Pedro, Argentinia, Goerner has been dubbed as "a true musician with "a hidden phenomenal technique" by Portland Piano International's Artistic Director Arnaldo Cohen. His programs will include Bach, Handel, Schumann, Beethoven, and Chopin, to name a few. Goerner is also conducting a master class that is free and open to the public on Monday, December 5 at the Portland Piano Company.

711 SW 14th Ave., Portland
Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The popular event will feature Mike G. and Rob Katsuno. Open Mic begins at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m. Food and libation are provided by Niche Wine Bar. Enjoy sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar.

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: 

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  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.
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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.