November 2016
The 4th annual Clark County Open Studios tour is the hot item of November happening Nov. 12-13. We love that Open Studios is one of our top programs delivering vital mission elements to create a thriving arts community. To get a sampling of the art on the tour, join us during our Preview Exhibition this Friday at the Esther Short Building.

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Advancing the arts

Deb Spofford in her Felida studio
Open Studios tour features 50 artists and loads of inspiration

Get ready to rock Open Studios!

November means Open Studios to us, and we are all about celebrating this wonderful program we created with you. We want you to get as excited as we are about the Open Studios tour happening Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's free self-guided tour includes 50 new and returning artists willing to throw open their studio doors just for you to have the chance to experience the process and inspiration behind created works. It's a great way to spend a weekend.

You will find inspiration, connect with others, and learn first-hand about painting techniques, printmaking, sculpture, glass, ceramic, jewelry, fiber arts, and photography. 

 Esther Short Building

Join us for the Preview Exhibit and Reception   

The artists' studios are located throughout Clark County. This is why attending the Preview Exhibit  and Artists Reception Friday, Nov. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Esther Short Building ( 610 Esther Street, Vancouver ) is a great way to get a sample taste of what to expect on the tour and plan a route. Free guidebooks will be available for this purpose. The Preview Exhibit, also part of First Friday Art Walk, is a fun way to connect with artists and the community before the official Open Studios tour weekend. And, if you purchase art at the preview, a portion of proceeds will go to Arts of Clark County to help support the Open Studios program. For your listening pleasure, expect music from artist Chris Bidleman's Upfront Band. Trusty Brewery will also be on hand pouring tastes of their award-winning brews. 

Follow the signs on November 12-13!

This year, along with the Preview Exhibit, free printed guides are availab le before the event at sponsors' business locations and other sites in Vancouver. You can view or print your own guide and access a custom Google map showing studio locations and suggested routes online. This year also features bold new Open Studios signs to help lead the way during the event weekend. To learn more about each artist and get a list of guide book locations visit
First Friday Pick
Open Studios Preview Exhibit and Artists Reception

Enjoy the preview exhibit and artists reception this Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Esther Short Building. This is a great chance to get a free guidebook to plan your tour for the main Open Studios event happening in just one week on November 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other First Friday arts listings: 
Magenta Theater improv and auditions
MIT: Magenta Improv Theater
"Family Friendly Show" 

On Saturday, Nov. 5, patrons are invited to attend the next and last MIT show for 2016. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Open Auditions
"Waiting in the Wings" by Noel Coward

This is a cold reading audition happening Monday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. There is no need to prepare a monologue. All adult actors will be considered. All roles are volunteer. Fourteen females and four males are needed. The Wings is a charity home for retired actresses in impoverished circumstances who have been stars in their day. The aged ladies grow older ungracefully amidst squabbles, jealousies, and grandiose memories. One great actress - Lotta Bainbridge - arrives on a warm June day. Bainbridge was married once to the ex-husband of one of the other inmates, May Davenport. Her arrival sparks a feud involving the entire home. This rarely produced Noel Coward play is Magenta Theater's 57th mainstage production and will be presented Feb. 10-25, 2017.

Magenta Theater
1108 Main St., Vancouver
Symphony Sounds

Conductor Ken Selden
Vancouver Symphony Chamber Music Series Presents:
Igor Stravinsky's Theatrical Story "Soldier's Tale"
The Vancouver Symphony Chamber Music Series returns to Kiggins Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. to present the semi-staged production of Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat. The musical tale, one of Stravinsky's most popular works, was composed and premiered in 1918. It is a theatrical work based on the Russian Folk tale, The Runaway Soldier and the Devil. Expect a seven piece instrumental ensemble comprised of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra soloists and led by guest conductor, Maestro Ken Selden. Also featured in this performance is actor and narrator Kirk Mouser. Mouser returns to Vancouver after his critically-acclaimed performance of the title role in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's all-Hamlet program.

Kiggins Theatre
1011 Main St, Vancouver
Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna, this month's Open Mic will feature Nancy Flynn, author of Every Door Recklessy Ajar and Kristin Berger, author of How Light Reaches Us. Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar. Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar.

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
5 ways to support the cause!
If you love what Arts of Clark County is doing for our community, please consider these ways to contribute: 

  1. Donate
    Use PayPal to make a tax-deductible donation to Arts of Clark County. 
  2. Shop
    Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Arts of Clark County using our code #84120. Just by using your rewards card number, and at no cost to you, every time you shop you'll help Arts of Clark County earn a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer.
  3. Shop online
    Use this link to login to Amazon, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase back to Arts of Clark County.

  4. Repurpose
    Donate quality or like-new items to Boomerang coffee house and consignment store. Specify that you would like proceeds to benefit Generosity Partner Arts of Clark County.
  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.
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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.