June 2019
It's almost summer so we're planning a barbecue party like no other! Mark your calendar for August 30 and support the arts by joining our fundraiser. You won't want to miss this!

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Mark your calendar for August 30: Hootenanny for the Arts!

Please join us at Shangri-La Farm in Camas for a country style fund-raising event to benefit Artstra. Enjoy a fabulous western BBQ Cowboy Dinner and homemade pie! Wear your cowboy attire and try your luck at a game of chicken poop bingo! Suggested minimum donation: $50 per adult. Kids are free! Your donation is tax deductible. All proceeds will benefit Artstra programs in our community.

Thanks to artist, farmer, master gardener, beekeeper, and (as she calls herself) "recovering politician," Liz Pike, you'll be treated to a delicious BBQ Cowboy Dinner, along with her famous homemade pies. Liz is the owner of Shangri-La Farm and a participant in Artstra's Clark County Open Studios Tour. Her amazing generosity and positive spirit have made this Hootenanny for the Arts possible.

Chase The Light!
Photographic Center Northwest

Residents of Washington State are invited to participate in a weekend of photographic exploration, June 8 - 9. Every participant who submits photos will have one photograph selected for inclusion in a pop-up exhibition at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle on June 15. All photographs selected will also have extended visibility in an outdoor regional showcase in partnership with Friends of Waterfront Seattle and The FENCE, an outdoor photography exhibition series, beginning in late summer!

First Friday picks
Eric Jacobsen, A Lazy Day
Eric Jacobsen
at Art on the Boulevard

Eric Jacobsen's solo show "A Painter's Devotion" runs June 7 through July 31. His latest collection of oil paintings demonstrates his devotion to capturing the beauty in nature that he sees all around him. Jacobsen was born and raised in New England. He studied fine art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut where he received training in the Beaux Arts tradition of drawing and painting from life. Eric currently resides in Prineville, Oregon

Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., First Friday, June 7.

210 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
Mar Goman, Sorcerer's Dress
Mar Goman, M. Acuff, and Matt Brislawn at the CAVE
Art at the Cave presents the works of Mar Goman. M. Acuff, and Matt Brislawn. Goman's work often references the interior journey, invisible wounds, common humanity, and the process of becoming authentic spiritual human beings. Acuff is focused on the aesthetic, ecologic, and material that define the period in human/geologic history now known as the Anthropocene. On display through June will be a video installation by Vancouver artist Matt Brislawn, performing as Brizbomb. His experimental sound and video are created in real time with all analog systems.

Opening reception: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., First Friday, June 7.  

108 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
For other Vancouver First Friday listings, see VDA's Hot Sheet
Curtain Up! performers, from top to bottom peeking through the curtain: Sarah Coombs, Maddi Dorry, Mary Durall-Dupree, and Alice Tanzillo; and at the microphone: Laura Henderson.
"Curtain Up!" at Magenta

Curtain Up! is a comedy by Peter Quilter about five women who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theater and plan to bring it back to life again. The women try various fund-raising schemes but their most ambitious is to hold a concert featuring local talent and a world-famous star, who agrees to appear for no fee. However, their plans go awry and it's a race against time to keep their audience from guessing the truth of the matter. This fast-paced comedy is directed by Keri Pedersen and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd. The action takes place in a derelict British theater in the 1980s. Curtain Up! runs June 7 through June 22 at Magenta Theater.

Magenta Theater
1108 Main St., Vancouver
Kirsten Walla as Ugly and Lennox Blodgett as The Cat.
MPA's "Honk Jr." celebrates being different

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents Honk! Jr. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale of the Ugly Duckling, Honk Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe ( Mary Poppins). Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, Honk! Jr. is directed by Mark Martin and runs June 6 through June 9 at MPA's new location.

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy
6403 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
Sarah played by Hannah Mock of LaCenter leads Tristram, played by Brian Reed of Battle Ground through hidden panels and secret rooms.
"The Talisman Ring" at Love Street Playhouse

Spirited Eustacie flees an arranged marriage to find adventure -- and encounters smugglers led by Ludovic, the true heir of a noble house. Falsely accused of murder, Ludovic plunges Eustacie and others, into a world of tactics and treachery, secret panels and swordfights to obtain the one thing that can clear Ludovic's name: the Talisman Ring.

The Talisman Ring, a novel by Georgette Heyer is adapted for the stage by Christina Calvit. Directed by Melissa and David Bareford, the play runs June 14 through June 30.

Love Street Playhouse
126 Loves Avenue, Woodland
Junior Symphony of Vancouver
Junior Symphony
Summer Kickoff Concert

Join the musicians of the Junior Symphony of Vancouver, led by Conductor Collin Heade on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Cascades Presbyterian Church. The Summer Kick-Off Concert includes music by Corelli, Bach, Bizet and others. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. A reception will follow the performance.

Cascades Presbyterian Church
9503 NE 86th St., Vancouver
David Watson
David Watson
"Rebirthing the Cool: Bebop and Beyond" at Old Liberty Theater

Saturday, June 15 jazz vocalist David Watson serves up classic jazz inspiration from the 1940's and beyond. Watson sang alongside "cats like Dizzy and Miles. Monk and Hawk. Nat and Frank."

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $15.

115 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield
Poetry happenings
Emmett Wheatfall
Emmett Wheatfall
at Angst Gallery

This month's Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m., and will feature Emmett Wheatfall, author of As Clean as a Bone (Fernwood Press, May 2018), his sixth poetry collection. 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
Emerald Lake, watercolor by Susan Bourdet (from the cover of Gwendolyn Morgan's collection of poetry, Before the Sun Rises, Homebound Publications)
"Before the Sun Rises"
An evening of dance, music, and poetry

Magenta Theater is offering their stage for a guest performance on June 28 at 7 p.m. "Before the Sun Rises" features Josh Murry-Hawkins and Washington Dance Creative; Judy A. Rose, composer and musician; Gwendolyn Morgan, Clark County Poet Laureate, 2018-2020; Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate, 2018-2020; and special guests.

Magenta Theater
1108 Main St., Vancouver
Artist Trust survey
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Artist Trust provides grants and education to support and encourage artists throughout Washington State. Their annual artist survey helps assess the needs of artists around the state in order to provide better support and further elevate the voices of Washington's artists.

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. Artstra'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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Artstra, formerly "Arts of Clark County," is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization advocating for the arts in Clark County and southwest Washington. We envision a vibrant arts economy in our region, north of the Columbia River, with public/private investments and facilities that sustain artists and enrich community. Our mission is to elevate the arts, build greater arts awareness, reward creative excellence, and expand arts accessibility.