October 2018
Are you a poet? Consider submitting a 7-line (or less) poem in our call for poetry and you may just get published -- on the bus. Also, the sixth annual Clark County Open Studios Tour is just weeks away, so mark your calendar for November 3-4! 

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Advancing the arts
Calling all poets!

The power of words rolls on with Arts of Clark County's open call for poetry submissions for Season 7 of Poetry Moves. All levels are welcome to submit, including poets just getting started. Submit your work unfettered and with abandon! This is your chance to express how you feel, experience, and see the world in verse. It's your chance to offer, with your words, a moment of reflection or inspiration to thousands of continue reading...

Read submission guidelines
Visit the Poetry Moves website

Artists adapt to a digital world

As any artist knows, there's incredible satisfaction in actually creating physical objects with your own hands. This is the real attraction of the studio -- not just for the artist but everyone who encounters an artist in their place of work. Yet now we live in a world where an artist's livelihood, career, or business success depends increasingly on continue reading...

Learn more about the Clark County Open Studios Tour
View sponsor locations to pick up a free guidebook
Many thanks to our generous sponsors!
You're the best!

Give More 24 was a successful day of giving in our community. Thanks to Columbia Bank's partnership with both Give More 24! and Arts of Clark County, we had a really lively happy hour that ended with our gaining the necessary help to ensure continuation of Poetry Moves and many of our community programs. 66 donors made it clear how important the arts are to our community. And thanks again for each of you, as we promise to continue the work of getting the necessary arts infrastructure here north of the river. Without your generous support, Arts of Clark County would not be able push for keeping the arts in the forefront of our communities needs.
First Friday picks
Richard D. York, landscape painting
Richard York at Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

October's featured guest in NACF's Native Artist Series is contemporary visual artist, Richard D. York who lives and works in Portland, is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and a council member of Mt. Hood Cherokees, an official at-large satellite community of the Cherokee Nation in the Portland, Oregon area. Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., First Friday, October 5.

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
Providence Academy Bldg., Suite 101B, Vancouver
Disfigurement by Noah Alexander Stein
Politiks: The art of deception
The CAVE Art Gallery opens a new exhibition on First Friday, October 5, 2018 with an opportunity for the public to meet and engage in good conversation before the mid-term elections. Many artists will be present to discuss their work. The premise? The CAVE invited artists to express their artistic opinion about politics. Our only request was that the artists refrain from hate and bigotry. Exhibit runs now through end of October. 

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

108 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
Robert Blackaby, Waiting for Minnows
Robert Blackaby at Camas Gallery

Rob Blackaby is a multi-disciplinary fine artist with a professional background in commercial and fine art. After studying graphic design at the Colorado Institute of Art, he was employed as an illustrator and graphic designer at Lockheed/Martin Aerospace. He returned to Washington State in 1988 to work for himself as a full-time fine artist, exhibiting in various Pacific Northwest galleries. Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., First Friday, October 5.

408 NE 4th Avenue, Camas
For other Vancouver First Friday listings, see VDA's Hot Sheet

For Camas First Friday listings, see DCA's First Friday web page
Out and about
Vicki Pemberton, Rhapsody
Society of Washington Artists

The Society of Washington Artists Fall Art Show and Sale will be held October 20-21, 2018 at the newly renovated Vancouver United Church of Christ. An artists reception will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Vancouver United Church of Christ
1200 NE 68th Street, Vancouver
Denise McFadden, Lift
Southwest Washington Watercolor Society

Vancouver Art Space hosts the SWWS Fall Exhibition through the month of October. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. An artists reception will be held on October 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver
(Suite #206, upstairs near Macy's)
Chainsaw artist George Kenny
The Art of Nature at Columbia Springs

Columbia Springs hosts chainsaw artist George Kenny Monday, October 15 for the installation of nature-themed art. In addition to Kenny's work, visitors will also see an eight-panel painting by Portland Studio Artist William Park.

12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver
Presentation: "The Importance of the Arts in the Digital Age"

Enspire Arts hosts an informative presentation demonstrating how the arts support the mind, body, and spirit of today's youth living in a digital society. This presentation is designed to serve anyone interested in the social/emotional development of youth -- parents, teachers, school administrators, counselors, and youth workers. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., October 25 at Cascade Park Community Library (Community Room) and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., November 7 at Camas Public Library (Room A).

"Magenta Actors' Collective" kicks off

On the first Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon, acting classes will be led by experienced instructors. The cost per class is $5. October 6 begins with Acting 101, led by Mary Durall-DuPree and Casey Faubion. It is designed for beginning actors and individuals who haven't been on stage yet but are eager to get started. The basics will be covered, including stage etiquette, stage directions, blocking, memorization, and getting set up for scene work.

Register while space is available
1108 Main Street, Vancouver
Love Street Playhouse cooks up gourmet Italian event
Nick Cristano (played by John Casale) shakes his head in disbelief that his grandparents Nunzio (from left, played by Lou Pallotta), Aida (played by Chrisse Roccaro) and Frank (far right in photo, played by Ernie Casciato) would set him up on a blind date with Caitlin (played by Dani Baldwin)
Over the River and Through the Woods
Nick is a single guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. He still sees both sets of grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is the routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job that would take him away from his beloved yet annoying grandparents. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.
This production promises to be a scrumptious comedy beautifully told by a "well seasoned" cast of veteran Italian-American actors from here in the Pacific Northwest. A family comedy about immigrants and their journey to be part of the American dream, the passionate desire to raise and support a family, and the challenges of moving on.

Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe Di Pietro, plays October 12 through 28. Single tickets start at $20.
126 Loves Avenue, Woodland
Masquerade Gala to benefit Pacific Stageworks community theater
Revel in a spookily elegant setting with staged performances of rousing musical theater numbers and live music from members of the Peter QB Quintet at the "Dark Times Masquerade Gala" on October 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 808 Main Street in Vancouver. Presented by the newly resurrected Pacific Stageworks theater company, patrons, producers and performers are invited to gather for a festive evening in celebration of local theater.
Poetry happenings
Barnes & Noble Open Mic is Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m., and will feature Gwendolyn Morgan in her first month as Clark County Poet Laureate. She is author of
Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea and Snowy Owls, Egrets, and Unexpected Graces, copies of which will be available.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m., and will feature Genève/Geneva Chao, author of émigré. She lives in Los Angeles and is author of three books of poetry and several translations. Her books include one of us is wave one of us is shore (French/English), Hillary Is Dreaming (English), and émigré (English/French/guernesiais/pidgin). 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.

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.
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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.