March 2016
Did you know the special sounds frogs make are a sign of spring? One of our notable artists this month is passionate about frogs. And you might just find her during the First Friday art walk -- if you are lucky -- imagining a flight of flying frogs in 3D! 

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Advancing the Arts

The Ridgefield Arts Experience group
benefited from one of our grants

Grant program boosts artistic projects

by Jackie Genis

Arts of Clark County cavalry -- in the form of its grant program -- galloped over $3,600 into the lives of three nonprofits and three individuals to support projects spanning a wide array of artistic mediums. The annual grant program is designed to help other organizations and artists complete projects that benefit the Clark County arts community and align with the vision of Arts of Clark County. 

First Friday Picks

#12 Wave Study,
 oil on canvas, 48 in. x 36 in.
Robert Bickel
Sixth Floor Gallery

Submerge yourself in "Wave and Time Studies" featuring the works of Clark County artist Robert Bickel. Bickel was one of the artists selected for the 2015 Open Studios tour. Hudson Bay School Orchestra students will supply the entertainment. Student participation is the result of the Clark County Arts Commission program to spotlight young performing artists. Expect refreshments. The reception is Friday, March 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sixth Floor Gallery
Public Services Center
300 Franklin St., Vancouver

The Center Street and Detroit
Superior Bridges, 
Cleveland, OH
Oil on canvas,  32 in. x 40 in.
Christopher Mooney

Portrait and Urban Landscape painter Christopher B. Mooney is the featured artist for March at Boomerang. The exhibit opens Friday, March 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will showcase nine large scale oils. The well-regarded artist's subjects in contemporary and modern realism include bridges, portraits, and working heroes. Artist Tom Relth of Above & Below Art Studio curated the event.

Boomerang - Generosity Returns
808 Main St., Vancouver

Reclamation 8, 
John Turley
Gallery 360

Gallery 360 invites you to enjoy their March group show featuring the artwork of John Turley. First Friday Artist Reception is Friday, March 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Expect refreshments and live music by jazz pianist Peter Boesen. 

Gallery 360
605 Esther St., Vancouver
G unnar, collage, 12 in. x 12 in.
Reid Trevarthen
Chrissie Forbes and Reid Trevarthen
North Bank Artists Gallery

North Bank Artists' March show includes new works by North Bank Artist members Chrissie Forbes and Reid Trevarthen. Opening reception is Friday, March 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

North Bank Artists Gallery
1005 Main St., Vancouver

Dave and Boni Deal
Dave and Boni Deal
Second Story Gallery

Enjoy the Raku ceramics and paintings of featured artists Dave and Boni Deal at the Second Story Gallery in Camas Friday, March 4 through Saturday, March 26. The opening reception is Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m

Second Story Gallery
Camas Public Library
624 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas
Anne John, Kathi Rick, and Cynthia Heise

Enjoy an open studios experience March 4 at Angst Gallery featuring Anne John, Kathi Rick, and Cynthia Heise using Ranae (Latin for frogs) for an unplanned adventure. Witness the migratory, transformative process of artmaking while you watch skilled artists adorn three blank frogs. The artists hope to inform and enchant while weaving various talents into a pristine, thought-provoking installation that will challenge the senses.

1015 Main St., Vancouver

Out & About

Joe Feddersen, 
High Voltage, 2015
Woven: The Art of Contemporary Native Basketry
Archer Gallery

See works from 12 contemporary Native artists, each with their own unique approach to the age-old craft of weaving. Officially, the reception is Saturday, April 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., but the exhibit is currently open and runs through April 23. Many artists from across the country will attend the reception. 

Archer Gallery, Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver
Only Yesterday
Kiggins Theatre

Only Yesterday , a Studio Ghibli film opens March 11 at Kiggins Theatre.  Written and directed by Isao Takahata, this film is critically acclaimed but never before released in North America. Expect beautiful animation by one of the world's most revered animation studios.  

1011 Main St. , Vancouver
Symphony Sounds
VSA resident artist, Aaron Short, Tenor
Symphony magic
at Kiggins Theatre

A first is happening at Kiggins Theatre. The Vancouver Symphony Chamber Series is presenting "The Magic of Opera" on Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. The performance will feature distinguished resident artists. The program will include Mozart's The Magic Flute, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers.

Legendary jazz clarinetist to play benefit concert for music education

Highly acclaimed jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski will take the stage at The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's first annual Jazz Benefit Concert happening Thursday, April 21 at the Vancouver Heathman Lodge. Proceeds will benefit VSO's Education Initiative that focus on extensive music education outreach programs. Award-winning KOIN 6 reporter Tim Becker will emcee the catered event. Tickets are $100. Each ticket-holder gets one free ticket to any VSO concert beginning in March.

Poetry Happenings
Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street - - Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. The popular event will feature Joseph Green, poet, letterpress printer, and author of What Water Does at a Time Like This. Learn more.

Poetry and music at Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main  Saturday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. Guitarist Tyler Burba will play existential hymns with special guests Karen Marder, Bryce Schramm, Tiffany Burba-Schramm, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. 

Barnes and Noble, 7700 N.E. Fourth Plain Boulevard -  Cindy Williams Gutierrez is the featured poet on Tuesday, March 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. She will read from her collection The Small Claim of Bones, which describes Tenochtitlan, New Spain, and the Mexican diaspora in a journey that explores her multicultural identity. Learn more.
Calls for Artists
Society of Washington Artists 2016 Annual Spring Show & Sale

The nonprofit's annual show is open to all artists, members, and non-members 18 years of age and older. Artwork will be non-juried into the professionally judged show and embrace a wide array of mediums and disciplines. Artists may submit up to three works. Please visit for submission guidelines and details.
Battle Ground Art Alliance 15th Annual March Spring Show and Sale

Southwest Washington artists are invited to submit three entries, one of which may be in the category of this year's "Below the Surface" theme. The annual spring show and sale is a judged and juried fine art and craft show happening Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20 at the Battle Ground Community Center. The show will include recent and original works in two and three dimensions. Please visit for details and submission guidelines.
The Washougal Arts Festival

Visual artists and artisans working in all media are invited to submit work for The Washougal Arts Festival, an event organized by the Washougal Arts and Cultural Alliance. The event takes place Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal. There is a $25 fee for a 10x10 space. Applications must be submitted via e-mail, and the deadline is April 1. Art is judged on originality, creativity, mastery of craftsmanship, and an innovative use of materials. Notification for selected art is May 1. Participation is intended for professional artists exhibiting work to sell. Space is limited to 30 artists. Please e-mail Janice Ferguson for more information or to submit applications.
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  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
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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.