January 2019
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Advancing the arts

Meet Artist Trust 

Artist Trust, Washington's statewide arts organization supporting artists working in all disciplines will be holding their quarterly board meeting in Vancouver on January 26. While the board meeting is closed to the general public, Artist Trust will separately be offering a free grant writing seminar followed by a happy hour reception the same day. This is an excellent opportunity for our community to meet Artist Trust board members and find out how our community artists can get more involved with this organization. 

Artist Trust provides both project grants and major lifetime achievement grants for artists from around Washington. Many local artists have applied and received Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) grants for projects they are working on. Just last fall Artist Trust awarded Washougal woodcrafter John Furniss a GAP grant. Furniss has participated the last two years in our Clark County Open Studios Tour. This grant not only helps him continue his practice but also offers important recognition for his art. 

Artist grant writing seminar
Artist Trust will be offering the seminar, "How to Apply for an Artist Grant" at Angst Gallery from noon to 1:30 p.m. on January 26. Attendees will gain insights on how to ensure their application stands out and doesn't miss any key points necessary to be considered. You'll find more details here.

Happy hour
At 3 p.m. Art at the CAVE gallery will host an opportunity to meet Artist Trust board members and share with them what we do here in our arts community. Please come by and share your enthusiasm for the arts with other like-minded arts supporters, not only in our community but statewide. Please also invite all your arts friends to join us. Lets make sure Artist Trust's board and directors are welcomed and given a chance to learn what we are all up to. RSVP here.

Arts of Clark County warmly thanks both Angst and Art at the CAVE for generously providing venues for Artist Trust's visit.

Poems selected for Season 7 of Poetry Moves 

Eleven poems have been selected for the next round of poems to be installed on C-TRAN buses January through June 2019. Poet and jurist Mark Sargent contributed one poem and then chose 10 additional poems from among the more than 60 entries submitted. Sargent is a native of the Pacific Northwest, who has now lived in Greece for the past 28 years.

Poetry Moves features the work of local and regional poets on every C-TRAN bus, two poems per bus, and refreshed with new poems every six months. The poems have delighted, inspired, and offered moments of reflection for riders over the past three years.

The Season 7 selected poems are by: Suzann M. Baldwin, an ́ya Bartolovic, D.H. Carol, Laurie Cutter, Lauren Duquette, David Hubka, Holly Miller, Gay Garland Reed, Jacob Salzer, and Mark Sargent.

Be sure to mark your calendar for April 28, when a celebration of Poetry Moves poets will be held in conjunction with National Poetry Month. Watch for more details in upcoming issues of ARTS brief.

Learn more about Poetry Moves
Thank you City of Vancouver!

Once again, Arts of Clark County thanks the City of Vancouver Washington and the Lodging Tax Grant Advisory Committee for awarding a generous grant supporting for the Open Studios tour program for another year.
Main Street in downtown Edmonds, Washington
Photo: SounderBruce, Wikimedia Commons
ArtsWA designates Washington's first certified creative district

The City of Edmonds was presented with its Creative Districts certification on December 3, 2018. It is the first to be certified since the Creative Districts program began in January. The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) Certified Creative Districts program was passed by the legislature and signed into law in 2017.

ArtsWA Creative District Review Committee met in mid-November and voted unanimously to accept the Edmonds application. The committee was impressed with the city's long-term commitment to its arts and culture sector, noting a Community Cultural Plan already in use since the 1990s. As a result, Historic downtown Edmonds boasts a concentration of theaters, museums, and galleries flanked by restaurants, cafés, distillers, breweries, art shops, and boutiques.

ArtsWA plans to certify more communities in the coming months. "Our goal is to certify four to six communities each year for the next several years," said Program Director Annette Roth. Washington communities interested in achieving the designation may submit an application at any time. See more info at  Creative District Community Application Guidelines  to determine eligibility and to download an application toolkit.

Vancouver filmmaker Beth Harrington
Vancouver filmmaker Beth Harrington to be honored

Beth Harrington will be honored with Clark County Arts Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award at the February Clark County Council meeting at 6:00 p.m. on February 5.

Harrington is an independent producer, director and writer, whose fervor for American history, music and culture has led to a series of award-winning and critically acclaimed films.

Her most recent works, The Winding Stream - The Carters, The Cashes and The Course of Country Music and the Grammy-nominated Welcome to the Club - The Women of Rockabilly, reflect her long-standing love of music. A rock and roll singer and guitarist, she is most noted for her years as a member of Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers on the Warner Bros. Sire Records label.

Clark County Public Service Center
Sixth Floor County Council Chambers
1300 Franklin St., Vancouver

More about Beth Harrington
First Friday pick
Jason Mayer, Meat up
Erin Dengerink, Don Gray, and Jason Mayer at the CAVE
Art at the CAVE presents Erin Dengerink, Don Gray, and Jason Mayer in January's exhibit, "The Nature of Things." Each artist explores landscape, objects, and figures in poetic and thoughtful ways; seeking beauty and hope in a complicated world.

The show will include Gray's painting, monoprints by Mayer, and Dengerink's paintings, sculptures, and an installation that incorporates a soundtrack by artist/drummer Melissa Gueiros. A limited edition book with images from each artist and an essay by Renee Marino will also be available.

Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., First Friday, January 4.

108 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
For other Vancouver First Friday listings, see VDA's Hot Sheet
Poetry happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, January 10, at 7 p.m., and will feature VoiceCatcher poets Claudia F. Savage and Deborah Brink Wöhrmann. Savage is part of the performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey and co-runs a parent-artist podcast of the same name. Her most recent book of poetry is Bruising Continents. Wöhrmann, after years of teaching writing, now weaves bodywork, nutritional studies and small-group creative workshops into her North Portland life. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver, Open Mic sign up begins at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m.

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
Barnes & Noble Open Mic is Tuesday, January 29, at 7 p.m. and will be an opportunity to read your three-minute piece of writing to a friendly audience, or just be a part of that audience, at the monthly open mic at Barnes & Noble Vancouver. The featured book is Ask Me, a collection of poems by William Stafford, Oregon's inaugural poet laureate, who lived from 1914 to 1993. Open mic pieces need not be related to the featured book or its author. Everyone's welcome to attend, whether or not they have an open mic piece to read.

Call for art
In honor of Black History Month, Angst Gallery seeks art which reflects all aspects of African- American life, culture, and history. All media are welcome. Submit up to three pieces for $10. Art can be dropped off on January 26 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or Wednesday, January 30 from  noon to 6 p.m. The Black History Month exhibit at Angst Gallery is February 1 - 23.

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
Christopher Luna on the publication of his new book Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press). Luna held the title of Clark County Poet Laureate from 2013 through 2017 and is the founder of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. Luna's first full-length volume of poetry contains work spanning 20 years, and favors prose poetry and collage poems assembled and arranged using found material. The book is dedicated to Carlos Santana, the guitar virtuoso and eponymous "vessel" who gifted Luna with the only line of poetry he has ever received from a dream.

Magenta Theater on their award of a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the purchase of a modern LED stage lighting system. The community theater, located in downtown Vancouver will use the funds to replace the current aging tungsten system. Magenta will donate the existing lighting fixtures to a new theater group in Vancouver. Thanks to an army of volunteers, the take-down and installation will take place as soon as the theater's February mainstage production, Jeeves Takes a Bow, closes. The LED stage lighting system will debut in the March production of Pack of Lies.

John Furniss on being awarded a 2018 GAP grant from Artist Trust providing funding for a project he's been designing for over ten years. The project is to build a medium sized table built from sustainably sourced wood. This grant will allow Furniss to purchase the tools and materials to carry the table design to realization.

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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