January 2018
Happy New Year! There's plenty to celebrate and a whole bottle of arts energy ready to pop for 2018. Poets, artists, music, and theater! And, a reminder: if you'd like to get involved in arts advocacy, let us know and perhaps even consider joining in our trek to Olympia next month.  

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Poetry as public art
Poetry Moves launches 5th season  

Please join Printed Matter Vancouver, Arts of Clark County, and C-TRAN in celebrating the launch of Season 5 of Poetry Moves. Selected poems now appear on overhead display cards inside every C-TRAN bus through June 2018. A reading and honoring of poets will be held Sunday, January 14, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Community Library.

Poets selected for Season 5 of Poetry Moves are: April Bullard, Diane Cammer, Denise Campbell, Stella Jeng Guillory, Jennifer Pratt-Walter, Pat Sciuchetti, Gary F. Suda, Susan Williams, Angela Winfield, and Louise Wynn. 

Many thanks to our partners Christopher Luna,  Printed Matter Vancouver  Editor and Clark County Poet Laureate;  and Toni Luna, Printed Matter Vancouver Editor and Publisher. Not only has their work as judges over the past 5 seasons of Poetry Moves been phenomenal, their development and continuing work on Poets in the Schools has been instrumental to Poetry Moves' success. And thanks, of course, to C-TRAN for their unwavering support for this program. 

Each poet will be reading from their work. Arts of Clark County will have past seasons' poem cards available for purchase at $20 as a fundraiser for this program. 

Fort Vancouver Community Library
Columbia Room
901 C St., Vancouver

Advancing the arts
Arts and Heritage Day 2018
Let our voices be heard!

On February 7 in Olympia, Arts and Heritage Day will bring together artists, arts, humanities and heritage leaders, cultural professionals from around Washington state. This event is sponsored by the Washington State Arts Alliance in cooperation with ArtsWA, the Washington Museum Association, Artist Trust, and Arts Ed Washington.

This is a great opportunity for arts advocates from our community to talk with legislators about statewide arts issues in addition to specific local challenges that could be addressed by legislation. Our presence, along with many other arts and heritage advocates from across the state, will help legislators know who we are when we talk about the importance of the arts in Clark County and southwest Washington.

Last year Clark County was represented at the event by a committed handful of arts supporters including Arts of Clark County and Clark County Arts Commission board members. We met with our local legislators to talk about the arts and the need for infrastructure to grow a creative and economically vibrant community. We received positive encouragement and gained fresh insight into how our goals might be achieved.

Arts of Clark County is once again organizing a group of arts supporters who would like to meet with our legislators to inform them of arts programming underway here in Clark County and to show our support for state-funded arts programming budgets.

Please let us know if you would like to join the group. We will be scheduling meetings with legislators and will coordinate RSVPs and plans with the Washington State Arts Alliance so that we can effectively represent our community while respecting legislators' time and calendars. We can organize carpooling to Olympia. For those organizations not able to attend but who would like to include information about your nonprofit in our packets, please email Karen below.

The Arts and Culture Summit in September began envisioning the kinds of arts spaces needed in our community for both artists and audiences. Visiting our legislators is a good way to start developing the support we will need to make our vision a reality.

If you are interested and/or would like more information,
please contact Karen Madsen, Chair, Arts of Clark County.

First Friday
Painting by Anne John
Then and Now:
Anne John retrospective 

"Then and Now" is a retrospective of the work of local artist and CAVE Gallery founder Anne John. Anne's work has been shown nationally and can be found in many notable collections. In addition to being a regionally recognized and prolific artist, she is also a generous patron of local artists and the arts. 

My work is deeply rooted in the Northwest, where my palette swings with the climate. My technique involves a textural surface laid down with acrylic medium, followed by a layering of oil glazes. I am fascinated with achieving a luminescent quality: lighting the figure from within. Painting dream-like narratives, I use symbolism and sometimes humor as a social commentary. The process involves a form of psychic grounding to my purpose as an artist.
-- Anne John

Opening reception for "Then and Now" is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., First Friday, January 5 at the CAVE Gallery.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues - Sat.
"Then and Now" will be on exhibit through Feb. 28.

108 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
For other Vancouver First Friday listings, see VDA's Hot Sheet
County employees show their artistic side.

A Clark County employees art exhibit, will be on display in the Rebecca Anstine Sixth Floor Gallery through Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. 

A reception honoring the artists is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at the gallery. Pete DuBois Song Circle will provide entertainment. The event, sponsored by the Clark County Arts Commission, is free and open to the public. 

"Workforce/Artforce" features artwork by Clark County employees in several departments. The pieces are varied and shed light on a deep well of creativity and skill. The exhibit includes photography, mixed media, painting, drawing and fiber art.

The Anstine Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Sixth Floor
Public Service Center
1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
Symphony sounds
Composer/Arranger Rodney Sauer Returns to Kiggins Theatre to Conduct Original Score
VSO Chamber Series Showcases Acclaimed Silent Film The Mark of Zorro with Live Music  

The Vancouver Symphony's Chamber Music Series continues its 2017-2018 season at the historic Kiggins Theatre with the renowned 1920 silent adventure romance The Mark of Zorro on Sunday, January 21 at 3 p.m. 

Based on the 1919 story The Curse of Capistrano, this genre-defining swashbuckler adventure was the first movie version of The Mark of Zorro. Starring Douglas Fairbanks, the movie sealed Fairbanks' status as a screen legend. In 2015 the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

The Mark of Zorro is presented on the Kiggins screen with an original score by composer/conductor Rodney Sauer and featuring members of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Musicians include Eva Richey; violin, Dieter Ratzlaf; cello, Bruce Dunn; trumpet, Igor Shakhman; clarinet, and Rodney Sauer; piano.

Community Theater
Magenta Theater kicks off a new season that's sure to delight  

Magenta  Theater's 16th season launches with pure British humor in the production of  Jeeves IntervenesRapidly following on Jeeves' coattails is the juke box musical  Emma!  As soon as feet stop tapping to that music, audiences will be caught up in the whirlwind farce  Boeing, Boeing . With no time to waste,  Baskerville , starring Sherlock and Watson, will keep pulses racing and minds boggled!  To round out the season, Magenta has a ten-year revival of  Once Upon a Palace Purple !   Hold on to your hats, folks, i t's non-stop action at Magenta Theater in 2018, and you won't want to miss a second of it! 

Poetry happenings
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic  is  Thursday, January 11, at 7 p.m., and will feature Nil Aitken, author of Babbage's Dream.  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.  

Learn more

Angst Gallery
1015 Main St., Vancouver
Barnes & Noble Vancouver Open Mic is Tuesday, January 30, at 7 p.m., and will feature Matthew Minicucci, reading from his collections Translation and Small Gods. Barnes & Noble Open Mic is an opportunity to read your three-minute piece of writing to a friendly audience, or just be a part of that audience.

Barnes & Noble Vancouver

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.
4 ways to support the cause!
If you love what Arts of Clark County is doing for our community, please consider these ways to contribute: 

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  4. Volunteer
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    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.