June 2022
Summer is a great time for celebrating the arts. June brings not just fresh berries but longer daylight to get out into nature and absorb the beauty of our surroundings. Opportunities abound from plein air painting at Shangri La Farm to composing a poem for Poetry Moves. 

ARTS brief is designed to intrigue you while sharing useful information, events, happenings, and current news related to arts growth in our region. If you love what you see here, please forward this to your friends and encourage them to join our email list and subscribe.
Advancing the arts
Vancouver re-envisions the former downtown library building as an arts center
The former Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Operations Center building
Please take a moment to offer your input for use of the former FVRL Operations Building as an arts center. Access this important 10-minute survey by clicking on the following link: FVRL District Operations Building Potential Use Survey. (Survey closes June 6!)

The City of Vancouver, AMS Planning & Research, and Framework and are working with Opsis Architecture on a reuse plan for the former Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) District Operations Building located at 1007 E Mill Plain Boulevard. With guidance from the Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission, this project builds on the strong momentum behind previous art space concepts while also identifying new and emerging needs caused by COVID-19 impacts. 

As part of this process, we are assessing the community’s demand for different types of spaces that would support a wide array of arts, artists, community businesses and organizations, and special events. Your voice is important to this process and we would like to hear from you! The survey system will automatically save your responses and allow you to log in and out multiple times without duplicating or losing previously answered questions. Be sure to click the “Submit” button at the end of the survey.

In addition to completing the survey, please forward this link to other individuals or organizations who may be interested in future opportunities to use new community spaces at the renovated FVRL District Operations Building.
*If the survey link is not clickable in the body of your email, please copy the following full survey URL and paste it directly into the address bar of your browser to access the survey: https://app.keysurvey.com/f/41619271/3a91/
Submit a poem (or two) for Poetry Moves!
Artstra is now accepting submissions for Season 12 of our Poetry Moves program, for a new group of poems to be showcased on C-Tran buses. The program welcomes poets of any age living in the Vancouver-Portland regional area served by C-Tran.

A maximum of two poems may be submitted, each of which must not exceed seven lines (no more than 50 characters per line) and must be the poet's original work. Ten poems will be selected and displayed in C-Tran buses beginning September 2022. The deadline for submitting poems is July 31.

Open Studios Tour promises to delight
Many thanks to all the artists who applied for this fall's Clark County Open Studios. This year's tour is guaranteed to be exciting with many new artists participating.

Kelly Neidig and Steven Stoltenberg
Anstine Gallery
Steven Stoltenberg, Hummingbirds (left), Kelly Neidig, Bridge City (right)
The Clark County Arts Commission cordially invites you to an exhibit of art works by local
artists Kelly Neidig and Steven Stoltenberg on display at the Rebecca Anstine Gallery through July 31, 2022. 

Art has been missing in the Anstine Gallery for two years as we all dealt with the pandemic. These paintings were chosen as a way to say, “Welcome back!” and to show how art can uplift our spirits and unify us. Art is very much alive in our community and now has returned to here for our contemplation and enjoyment. —Karen Madsen, Guest Curator

Artists reception: Tuesday, June 7, 4–7 p.m.
Light refreshments served.

Rebecca Anstine Gallery
Public Service Center, 6th floor
1300 Franklin Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
First Friday
View Vancouver gallery listings on the VDA website.
Out and about
Local artists invited to paint plein air at Shangri-La Farm, Friday June 17
Camas artist Liz Pike has invited artist members of Artisans Guild of Camas, Battle Ground Art Alliance, and the Society of Washington Artists to paint on location at her Shangri-La Farm on Friday June 17th! The public is also invited to drop in at the farm between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to view the art being made. The term “plein-air” denotes the manner of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French impressionism in the 19th century.

Shangri-La Farm is located at 26300 NE Third Street, Camas, WA 98607, but artists and the public must park at Grove Field Airport, 632 NE 267th Avenue, Camas. The Farm’s Sunflower Mobile will transport artists with their plein-air supplies, along with members of the public, on a trail through the woods to the farm. This event is free to artists and the public. It’s hosted by artist, farmer, Master Gardener and beekeeper Liz Pike and sponsored in part by the Port of Camas-Washougal.

Interested artists are asked to RSVP via email to pikeadvertising@comcast.net or text / call Liz at (360) 281-8720.
Volunteer opportunity
Design and edit this newsletter!
If you are passionate about the arts in our community and want to make a difference, this may be an opportunity for you. Artstra is seeking a smart, tech savvy, knowledgeable designer/editor to produce ARTS brief. Ideally you will have experience with email marketing programs like Constant Contact and can bring your graphic design and writing expertise to share Artstra's news with subscribers. This is your chance to help shape what ARTS brief can be — limited only by the limits of your energy. The editorial focus, depth of arts content, and frequency (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly?) are all open to consideration. Once you're up to speed with the development and delivery process, you can expect this volunteer position will require between 8 to 16 hours of work per issue in its current form. See back issues for examples of ARTS brief content mix. If you are interested, please send inquiries to artsbrief@artstra.com.
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. Artstra'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.
Five ways to support the cause
If you love what Artstra is doing for our community, please consider the different ways that you can contribute.

1- Donate
Use PayPal to make a tax-deductible donation to Artstra. 
2- Declutter
Give useable items to Nifty and Thrifty at 6607 E. Mill Plain Blvd. And when those items sell, the money is split 50/50 with participating nonprofits. Just let them know your items are donated to benefit Artstra. 
3- Shop 
Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Artstra using our code #84120. Just by using your rewards card number, and at no cost to you, every time you shop you'll help Artstra earn a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer.
4- Shop online 
Use this link to login to Amazon, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase back to Artstra.
5- Volunteer 
Artstra 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 
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 artsbrief@artstra.orgno later than the 25th 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 Artstra. We do not accept materials that primarily have a commercial objective.
About Artstra
Artstra is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization advocating for the arts in Clark County and southwest Washington. We envision a vibrant arts economy in our region, north of the Columbia River, with public/private investments and facilities that sustain artists and enrich community. Our mission is to elevate the arts, build greater arts awareness, reward creative excellence, and expand arts accessibility.