October 2016
With fall weather having definitely arrived, there are plenty of opportunities to step out of the drizzle and explore our creative community. Of course, we encourage you to snuggle up with your new Open Studios guidebook to check out the artists you'd like to go see on this year's Open Studios tour!  

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Advancing the arts
2016 Grants awarded

Arts of Clark County annual grants totaling $2,500 were recently awarded to support three individual artists and two nonprofits with projects that will have a positive impact on the Clark County arts community.

Mixing it up - power of networking
Artist Erika Bartlett received a grant award for her work with Arts + Biz Quarterly mixers. These mixers are a series of community building events for local artists to gather and network with others outside of the arts community. The mission for this project is to foster collaboration and industry support as well as to provide entrepreneurial and arts-related speaking opportunities. Other benefits of this project include enhancing the viability of arts as a local industry by adding a niche element vital to any profession.  ...Continue reading
Thank you Give More 24!
Generous donors offer collective support to Southwest Washington nonprofits

Thank you again to everyone who supported Arts of Clark County during Give More 24! The annual fundraising campaign created by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington makes it possible for people and businesses to make a difference by giving monetary support to participating nonprofits serving Southwest Washington in meaningful ways. 

Thanks to your generous support, Arts of Clark County raised nearly $7,800. The money exceeded our expectations. We are thrilled to continue moving forward with our mission to promote, encourage, and enhance creative expression and artistic opportunities in Clark County and Southwest Washington. Our projects and future vision reinforce art as a vital foundation for an economically thriving city that enhances our livability while nourishing our souls. 

The money received through  Give More 24! will help to sustain our annual Open Studios tour program and Poetry Moves, among others. Other plans include expanding our programming into more advocacy work. We are also developing an initiative to help build a stronger arts infrastructure into our community. This includes an arts center and facilitating more arts education for children. Thanks to your support, our work will continue to bring the power of art to the fore by showing the value art gives to our communities and to our individual lives. Please look forward to learning more details about our projects soon.

Clark County Open Studios tour guides available now
Mark your calendars for the annual Open Studios tour happening Saturday and Sunday November 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free self-guided tour is a great chance to view the works of 50 local artists in their studios while also learning the artistic process and inspiration behind their work. This is also an opportunity to purchase diverse works of art specifically created or made available for this event.  

Guidebooks are available at the business locations of our many generous sponsors and also online. Please visit the Open Studios website for more information and details. The attractive and user-friendly guidebooks will also be available at the Open Studios Preview Exhibit and Artists' Reception on Friday, Nov. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Esther Short Building at 610 Esther Street in Vancouver. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Clark County artists and the community during this family-friendly event!

Small ways to make a big difference
Arts supplies donations now needed for Winter Hospitality Overflow shelters

Donated arts supplies are needed for Vancouver's Winter Hospitality Overflow shelters. The shelters offer basic needs to our homeless, and the donated arts supplies offer a chance for children to experience joy through creative play. The volunteer arts supplies program is part of the ongoing effort to ensure every child benefits from arts education. Welcomed supplies include crayons, tablets, paper, coloring books, stickers, and paints - just about anything that could make a young imagination shine. Shipyard Millie's Vintage store in downtown Vancouver is now accepting your donations.

Read more about the art supplies program
First Friday Picks
Marilyn Singh & Melissa Singh Cole
"Galaxial Wanderings" and "Talking Waters"

Celebrate a mother and daughter exhibit at Attic Gallery in Camas. First Friday opening reception runs Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Expect wine, light refreshments, and music by Bret Malmquist. Daughter Melissa followed in her mother's footsteps to become an artist. Her works feature a unique style of paintings, murals, sculpture, and ceramics. Marilyn's works will feature a series of watercolors that capture light and changing seasons.

421 Cedar St., Camas
Art of Politics
Controversial fun through "Political Art"

The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate poetry readings reflecting the theme of "Political Art" throughout the evening. Readers include Edee Lemonier, Christopher Luna, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Livia Montana, Herb Stokes, and Desiree Wright. Please note that the political views in this year's content are not a reflection of North Bank or its Board. Each individual artist submitted works, which may or may not contain individual political views.

1005 Main St., Vancouver
Local Quilters
"Red & Black Attack!" 

The Second Story Gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library is featuring fiber art with a colorful theme presented by the Art Quilt Group. The group embraces 25 members drawn from Clark County and Portland. The fiber artists will be on hand for the Oct. 7 First Friday reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Expect live music from Brad Jensen. The show itself takes the form of wall hangings for the exception of one sculptured chair. "Red & Black Attack" is an innovative project that pushed each artist outside of their comfort zones in order to try new and interesting creative techniques.

624 NE Fourth Ave., Camas
Poetry Happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna, this month's Open Mic will feature Naomi Fast, author of  Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems and Photography. Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar. Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar.

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
Symphony Sounds
The Piano Extravaganza!
Kiggins Theatre

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra announces its return in an all-piano program at Kiggins Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Expect to enjoy listening to some of the greatest masterworks from piano and symphonic repertoire, including works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rachmininoff, and Prokofiev. French jazz pianist Claude Bolling is also among the listening highlights.

Kiggins Theatre
1011 Main St, Vancouver
Out & About
Italian shorts at Niche's 6th 
Kiggins Theatre

Italian short films are on tap during Niche Wine Bar's sixth anniversary celebration at Vancouver's historic Kiggins Theatre Sunday, October 16 at 6 p.m. Your $10 ticket includes a special commemorative anniversary wine glass, light appetizers, and of course, the films. Only 200 tickets are available now at Niche. The Italian films start at 7 p.m. 

Kiggins Theater
1011 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.
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.