April 2018
A bit drizzly, but it's officially springtime, a time for tending to new growth. In this issue we offer a reminder that it's also our role as grown-ups to nurture future audiences for the arts.

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Advancing the arts
How to create a future audience for the arts

On March 18, Magenta Theater hosted a preview presentation of Portland Opera's 2018 season. It was a wonderful way to introduce opera to the uninitiated and to share with those who already love opera. We took our 4-year-old granddaughter and she loved it. I was so pleased also to see so many young people in the audience. Exposing young people to the arts is how we can ensure a future where the arts thrive. Continue reading...
Open Studios now accepting applications

If you are a visual artist in Clark County working in any medium, you are invited to apply to be a participating artist in the 6th annual Clark County Open Studios Tour.

This is a juried art event offering a unique opportunity to gain further recognition as an artist, open your studio doors to the public, exhibit, and sell your work.

Community connection

For the community, Open Studios is a free self-guided tour that will enhance your awareness of talented local artists, while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods. Open Studios happens this fall on the weekend of November 3-4.

The artist application period begins April 1, and the deadline for submission is May 31.

First Friday picks

Brenda Mallory with Todd Clark at the Academy
The Art of Brenda Mallory

The Native Arts & Culture Foundation launches its first Vancouver Native Artist Series event this First Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit is selected from artist Brenda Mallory's powerful installation piece, "Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes." Mallory addresses the ideas of disruption, repair, and renewal focusing on the interference and disruptions in systems of nature and human cultures with this spectacular work through the inspirational lens of her Cherokee history. NACF is grateful to Brenda for sharing this piece in the coming months, and to Todd Clark of IMNDN, who assisted with the November 2017 installation.

More about this event

Native Arts & Culture Foundation
Exhibit Room (Suite 101B) 
Providence Academy Building
400 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver

Tracy Leagjeld, Mt. Hood Dream
Tracy Leagjeld
Art on the Boulevard

Tracy Leagjeld's collection of monotypes in her new solo show titled, "Wandering" is a visual journey of her latest travels. Leagjeld says her art is a way to communicate and share with others her love and reverence for nature. "I love being outside surrounded by nature," she says. "Forests, meadows and deserts all have a different kind of energy. While exploring these areas I try to soak in this energy, and hopefully, this energy is transferred to the painting or print that I am working on. If this has been accomplished, I am satisfied with my work. I am not so concerned with capturing correct shape and color. I strive to create paintings and prints that allow the viewer to put themselves into the painting and feel the spirit of the place." Art on the Boulevard is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on First Fridays until 9 p.m.

210 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver

Takako Ito, Rock Church (France)
SW Washington Watercolor Society
Spring Exhibition at Angst Gallery

Beginning FirstFriday, April 6, Angst Gallery will host members and guests of Southwest Washington Watercolor Society (SWWS) for their annual Spring Exhibition. The exhibition will display over 100 watercolor and mixed-media artworks from SWWS juried members.

Formed in 1979 in Vancouver, Washington, the SWWS offers encouragement and support to artists working in watercolor and other water-media through community demonstrations, workshops, and critiques. The organization serves Southwest Washington counties of Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum.

1015 Main St., Vancouver

Sue Westfall Quast, Guardian
sculpt: ALCHEMY IN 3D
CAVE gallery mounts Pacific Northwest Sculptors exhibition

Pacific Northwest Sculptors (PNWS) will host its 4th Annual International Sculpture Day at the new Art at the CAVE gallery in downtown Vancouver. The exhibit "sculpt: Alchemy in 3D" opens First Friday, April 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thirty works by Pacific Northwest Sculptors will be on view. Artist talks featuring Craig Doerty, Chas Martin, and Sue Westfall Quast will be held Saturday, April 21 at 6 p.m. and live demonstrations by sculptors Dave Gonzo and Chayo Wilson can be viewed from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

108 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
For other Vancouver First Friday listings, see VDA's Hot Sheet

Edie Falco plays a middle-aged teacher with a lot to learn in
Outside In
Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton's new film, Outside In
At Kiggins Theatre

After serving 20 years for the crime of essentially being in the wrong place at the wrong time, 38-year-old Chris (Jay Duplass) is granted early parole thanks largely to the tireless advocacy of Carol (Edie Falco), his former high school teacher. As he struggles with the challenges of navigating the modern world as an ex-con, and with a fraught relationship with his brother Ted (Ben Schwartz), Chris ends up confessing his romantic love for Carol - a love that, given her marital status, Carol cannot reciprocate. Or can she? Carol longs for something her husband no longer provides. Meanwhile, Carol's daughter Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever) befriends Chris, finding a kindred spirit in this awkward, tormented older guy.

Acclaimed Washington filmmaker Lynn Shelton ( Hump Day, My Sister's Sister, Laggies) will be in attendance for a Q&A on April 7 after the 5 p.m. showing.

1011 Main St., Vancouver

Emma cast: Back row from left to right: Madelaine Loewen (Ashley), Evan Adent (Jeff Knightley), Annika Davila (Harriet Smith), David Hatcher (Student), Jake Martin (Martin). Front row from left to right: Savanah Brewer (Emma Woodhouse), Alison Dahl (Jane Fairfax), Karston Wilson (Frankie Churchill).

Emma: A Pop Musical!
Magenta Theater

The cast for Emma: A Pop Musical! consists of a brand new cadre of talent. A call went out to all Clark County schools and student communities to find actors and singers. As a result, students attending Pleasant Valley Middle School, Fort Vancouver High School, Prairie High School, Shahala Middle School, Laurin Middle School, and the Homeschool community make up a significant portion of the cast.

Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what's best for her classmates' love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma's relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry.

Magenta Theater
1108 Main St., Vancouver
Symphony sounds

Ken Peplowski
Jazz clarinetist Ken Peplowski
At Clark College

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the return of legendary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski for the VSO 3rd Annual Evening of Jazz live benefit concert at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, in Gaiser Hall located at Clark College. Joining Mr. Peplowski will be the Clark College Jazz Band under the direction of Rich Inouye.

Gaiser Hall
Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver

Tickets and more info
Poetry happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and will feature Judith Arcana, author of the poetry collection Announcements from the Planetarium. 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.
Call for Artists
2018 Washougal Art Festival

The Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) has begun plans for their 3rd annual Washougal Art Festival and has announced its Call for Artists. The 2018 Washougal Art Festival is happening on Saturday, August 11, at Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal. The Festival is open to visual artists working in all media and is intended for professional artists who are actively producing and exhibiting their work to sell. All entries will be juried based on originality, creativity, craftsmanship, and professionalism. Judging will also consider the expression of a unique vision and style, and the mastery over the artist's chosen medium. The Festival has limited artist vendors to 25. The entry deadline is May 1, 2018.

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. Arts of Clark County'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.
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ARTS brief team

Cam Suttles, editor,  designer 
Jackie Genis, contributing writer
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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.