May 2016
May is here and so is the sunshine's inspiration. And it's calling all visual artists and artisans working in all media to consider applying for the 2016 Clark County Open Studios Tour. The artistic enhancing experience is sure to generate new connections among many other benefits. The deadline is May 31 so don't delay. Take a chance and go for it!

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Advancing the Arts

Fused glass art by Janet Ellis
Clark County Open Studios Tour enhances artistic growth and creates connections

by Jackie Genis

When are you going to start experimenting? 

This is the loving question artist Janet Ellis' husband asked her when she was nearly 70 years old (still looking like a youthful 50 something) about not playing it safe with her fused glass art. "It was like a wakeup call," says Ellis, "I mean how long will I be able to do this - I should experiment because you never know." 

That day was a turning point for Ellis. She gave herself permission to create outside of self-imposed creative boundaries and has since taken her glass art to entirely new and rewarding levels. "I just knew I wanted to do it, and it was worth the risk ... Continue reading

Calls for Artists
2016 Clark County Open Studios

WHO:  Visual artists and artisans living in Clark County, working in all media 

WHAT:  Clark County Open Studios is a juried art event, offering a unique opportunity for you to gain further recognition as an artist, open your studio doors to the public, and to show and sell your work. For the community, Open Studios is a free self-guided tour that will enhance awareness of talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods. 

WHEN:  Open Studios tour: Sat-Sun, November 12-13, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Society of Washington Artists 2016 Annual Spring Show and Sale

The nonprofit's annual show is open to all artists, members, and non-members 18 years of age and older. Submissions are due May 11 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 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. 


Washougal Arts and Cultural Alliance - City of Washougal

Artwork for the rotating public art program can be two- or three-dimensional pieces constructed of artistic glass, granite, stone, ceramic, metal, wood, bas reliefs, mobiles, mosaics, murals, sculptures, or a combination of these. Each artist must submit high-resolution images of their work with their application. The images should show the actual artwork proposed. The application must list the physical dimensions of the piece and materials used. To learn more and apply, e-mail Janice Ferguson.

First Friday Picks

Barbadillo Butterflies,
mixed media collage by Greg Bee
Greg Bee 
Brickhouse Bar and Grill

After indulging in a leisurely stroll through First Friday galleries of your choice, head over to the Brickhouse's Art Walk after-party to feast your eyes on new works by mixed media collage artist, Greg Bee. The local artist is a master at creative reconstructing of imagery. The show runs through May 27. The after-party starts tonight at 9 p.m. Enjoy live music and happy hour until midnight.

Brickhouse Bar and Grill
109 West 15th St., Vancouver

Paley, detail, mixed media on paper
by Erin Dengerink
Directions | Re-Directions
North Bank Artists Gallery

Celebrate North Bank Artists Gallery's 13th anniversary show Directions | Re-Directions. The exhibit represents 30 artists involved with North Bank and the arts community in Vancouver. Opening reception is this evening from 5 p.m to 9 p.m.

North Bank Artists
1005 Main St., Vancouver

Symphony Sounds
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to conclude season accompanying silent film

Celebrate the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Series season's end at Kiggins Theatre on Sunday, May 15. The musicians will accompany the 1928 Buster Keaton's lively and classic silent film Steamboat Bill, Jr. This fun event provides a great opportunity to see the presentation in comfortable surroundings while enjoying wine, soft drinks, and refreshments. 

Kiggins Theatre
1011 Main St., Vancouver
Lifetime musical journey to conclude Vancouver Symphony's season

The final program of The Vancouver Symphony's 37th season is devoted to the "alpha and omega" of Dimitri Shostakovich's symphonies. The final concerts bridge the life of the legendary composer. It is a chance to compare the first and final symphonies of one of the 20th century's greatest masters of the form. The concerts are Saturday, May 20 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Skyview Concert Hall. Maestro Salvador Brotons conducts. 

Skyview Concert Hall
1300 NW 139th St.,  Vancouver
Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The popular event is featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. Enjoy a free workshop with Marshall from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. E-mail Christopher Luna to register for the workshop. 

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
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Jackie Genis, writer, editor 
Cam Suttles, designer, editor
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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.