July 2016
This month we share one small story (of which there are certainly many) where a little help is needed to get a worthwhile project off the ground, and, a reminder to join a celebration of young student poets this Sunday at Esther Short Park. Happy summer sunshine!

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Advancing the Arts

Bobby Gibson, fingerstyle guitar player
Arts angels needed

by Jackie Genis

Former public radio producer, Vancouver resident, and history buff Todd Bachmann is working to create a two-night intimate summer concert at Angst Gallery that highlights artist Bobby Gibson, one of Vancouver's more famous country and western musicians. The purpose for the project is to revive a connection to Vancouver's rich country and western cultural history.  

"It will be a cabaret style performance with Gibson sharing stories of growing up here and his music career while also performing songs influenced by the stories," said Bachmann. "It will be him, his guitar, a bassist, and a drummer." 

 There is one small glich in Bachmann's heart-filled project. The cost to produce this concert is $1,000. And while grants are an option, the valuable nature of the project and the desire to make it a summer event sparked the hope that the community might be willing to help bring this concert to fruition by serving as an art angel. ... Continue reading

POETRY MOVES: Celebrate local student poets

Come out and enjoy a special Poetry Moves event on Sunday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at Esther Short Park in the stage area. A project of C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, Printed Matter Vancouver and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, this event is the public reading of student poems selected for Poetry Move's public moving art on C-Tran buses July through December 2016.

The selected student poets are:

Andrew H., Fort Vancouver High School
Ashley S., Fort Vancouver High School
Breanna K., Riverview Elementary School
Colwyn B., Fort Vancouver High School
Elora H., Discovery Middle School
Emma L., Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
Jaden L., Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
Jessica K., Fort Vancouver High School
Marley J., Hearthwood Elementary School
Rheanna N., Fort Vancouver High School

First Friday Picks

The work of tatoo artist Lady Bond
Lady Bond
Tattoos to draw you into beauty, etched in chaos

Celebrate the life of tattoos at Angst Gallery in July with artist Lady Bond. Inspired by history, personal experiences, and life around us, tattoos express unique interpretations, emotions, and ideas. Each tattoo has an identity, a personality, and a life. A closing party at Angst on July 30 will feature a temporary tattoo station, client tattoo stories, and a chance to show off "your ink" runway. 

1015 Main St., Vancouver

Photography by Gareld Gedrose 
and Sylvia Guevara
Gareld Gedrose & Silvia Guevara 
New Photography

North Bank Artists presents stunning new large format photography from artists Gareld Gedrose and Silvia Guevara. The show runs through July 30. Expect a new generation of majestic landscapes, nature, and cities delivered as an extraordinary experience. 

North Bank Artists
1005 Main St., Vancouver

Out and About
Live model life drawing

Create compelling art from the human form at Dengerink Art Supply now located in Angst Gallery on Friday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The fee is $12 plus model tip. The event provides an opportunity to hone skill levels with short and long poses in a relaxed and casual environment. Bring your drawing supplies or purchase them on site. 

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
Southwest Washington International Festival

Celebrate the diverse and rich cultures represented by our area at the Southwest Washington International Festival Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30. The event will happen at the Reflection Plaza located at 1703 Main St. in Washougal. Vendors and sponsors are still needed. The cost for a craft booth is $50.
Watercolor workshops using Yupo

Create luminescent watercolors on smooth, synthetic Yupo paper with artist Tamra Sheline at Dengerink Art Supply Friday, July 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A second workshop happens Friday, August 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Unlike traditional papers, Yupo makes it possible to wipe away the paint to enhance the light areas of your painting. The surface opens up many news ways to work with paint. Attending both workshops is recommended. E-mail Erin Dengerink to RSVP.
Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. The popular event will celebrate Tessara Dudley, a poet-publisher- educator-activist living in Portland. Dudley crafts poetry and personal essays. 

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
Symphony Sounds
Family-friendly outdoor concert in Esther Short Park

The Vancouver Symphony kicks off its 2016-2017 season with a family-friendly free outdoor concert in downtown Esther Short Park on Thursday, July 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concert will delight with familiar and lively classical music while featuring a 70 plus member orchestra conducted by international rising star Daniel Boico. Expect performances by singers from Opera Quest Northwest. The master of ceremonies will be OPB's Conrad Wilson.

July Magenta Theater Magic
"Love, Loss, and What I Wore," a staged reading  
For one night only on Friday, July 8, Magenta Theater presents a staged reading of "Love, Loss and What I Wore," by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. Magenta actresses Kelcey Ann, Lauren Scher, Rebecca L. Hoffman, KA Noel, Maya McFaddin, Tanya Gray, Brenda Lodi McGinnis and Gina George are starring as well. Theater lovers are in for a lighthearted, witty, funny and sentimental collection of stories about the nostalgic power of women's clothing. Not recommended for children. 

 "MIT: Magenta Improv Theater"  
Join the family-friendly fun that is also going to be a firecracker of a show Saturday, July 9, to celebrate the departure of MIT player and Magenta actor Matt Newport. Expect an air conditioned building with chilled bottles of water, wine, and beer for sale. Advance reservations recommended. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

"The Edge: Storytelling," rocks inspired stories and shares truth  
Transitions is the theme for  "The Edge: Storytelling" at Magenta Theater Friday, July 22. Storytelling as an age-old art is recognized also as a professional tool. Stories frame our days and deliver information in entertaining and meaningful ways. The theme is a guideline that can be freely adapted in any creative way, including a story about a change in your life or a shift in perspective. The story just must be true from the teller's life. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. 

1108 Main St., Vancouver

"Little Shop of Horrors" OPEN AUDITIONS  
Vocal and acting auditions on Saturday, July 23 - Appointment is required. Callbacks are 1 p.m. Sunday, July 24. "Little Shop of Horrors" is a sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Interested actors must sign up for an acting or vocal audition slot. 

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