July 2021
That crazy 115-degree weather has cooled down just in time for the arts to heat up—thanks to Washington State reopening after a long year of pandemic restrictions.

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Washington State opening up!
Advancing the arts
Arts Alive!
Event planned to reconnect community with the arts
Be sure to mark your calendar for the first ever Arts Alive! event planned for September 18, from noon to 4 p.m. Located at the Public Service Center Plaza in downtown Vancouver, Arts Alive! will include informational booths from local groups in a festive atmosphere of live music, dance, poetry, and performance.

A partnership of Clark County Arts CommissionArtstra, and Columbia Arts Network, Arts Alive! is designed to reconnect the community with local arts organizations and to remind everyone that the arts are still alive and well in Southwest Washington.

More information and details regarding Arts Alive! will be shared in the coming weeks. Please send any inquiries to info@artstra.org.
Open Studios artists selected
Jurors choose 50 artists for fall tour
Jewelry by India de Landa
Announcing 8th annual Open Studios artists
Jurors Steven L. Grafe, Leith Gaines, and Judith Schlicting have selected the following artists for participation in this fall's Clark County Open Studios Tour:

Stefanie Adams, Sharon Agnor, Michelle Allen, Christian Barrios, Robert Bickel, Stephanie Burton, Anne Cavanaugh, Kathleen Cosgrove, Robin Damore, India de Landa, Erin Dengerink, James DeRosso, Kathleen Duncan, Adrienne Eliades, Ann Fleming, Connie Ford, Russell Ford, Vicki Green, Anne Gilmour, Gregory Gorham, Jeff Gracz, Don Gray, Mary Grout, Abhisar Gupta, Jan Heigh, Rosemary Herr, Pamela Sue Johnson, Kendall Jones, Linda Kliewer, Julie Koch, Kara Krieger-McGhee, Bill Leigh, Cheryl Mathieson, Sam Marroquin, Jill Mayberg, Stephen Mickey, Cynthia Mosser, Liz Pike, Jason Pitzi, Tom Relth, Katey Sandy, Terri Shinners, Betsy Soifer, Paul Solevad, Lois Steiner, Steven Stoltenberg, Cathie Joy Young, Jane Wolfe, Oleg Ulitskiy, and Jennifer Williams

Fresh crop of poems sought for C-Tran buses
Get published... on the bus!
Artstra is accepting submissions for Season 11 of our Poetry Moves program, for a new group of poems to be showcased on C-Tran buses. The program welcomes poets of any age living in the Vancouver-Portland regional area served by C-Tran.

A maximum of two poems may be submitted, each of which must not exceed seven lines and must be the poet's original work. Ten poems will be selected and displayed in C-Tran buses beginning September 2021. The deadline for submitting poems is July 31.

Jurying of poems for this season is generously provided by Thabiti Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver.

First Friday Picks
Dawn of the Eclipse  by Sharon Svec
Annie Rosenberg Perkins and Sharon Svec
Corridor Gallery
The Corridor Gallery, formerly the Esther Building Art Space, is featuring the work of Annie Rosenberg Perkins and Sharon Svec beginning July 2 through September.
Opening: First Friday, July 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

610 Esther Street, Vancouver
View other Vancouver gallery listings on the VDA website.
Espacio de Arte en el Parque
Art Space at the Park continues through October

Espacio de Arte en el Parque, the program spearheaded by Artstra board member Anna Cruz, continues through October. The program is a collaborative effort between Vancouver Ballet Folklorico (VBF), Fourth Plain Forward, and Artstra and is also an extension of Artstra's Creative Relief Clark County. Many thanks to Mayor McEnerny-Ogle for stopping by in June to volunteer!
Artstra board member Anna Cruz honored
In a Virtual Philanthropy Celebration, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington has presented the Lifetime of Giving award to Anna Cruz, an artist, community health advocate, and multi-talented contributor to a thriving Clark County.

Out and about
Fern Prairie Art Fest
The second annual Fern Prairie Art Fest is a two-day juried art show and sale featuring local professional artists on Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and August 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, at Shangri-La Farm, 1.5 miles north of Lacamas Lake in the Fern Prairie area of Camas. A total of ten artists will be invited to participate. Attendees are asked to park at the rented Grove Field Airport parking lot, 632 N.E. 267th Ave., and walk the quarter-mile trail through the woods to Shangri-La Farm or take the free “Sunflower Mobile” shuttle service.

For more information, call Liz Pike at 360-281-8720.
Art in the Garden 2021
The Third Annual 'Art in the Garden Show' will be held July 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature nine artists working in metal, glass, and ceramic. The show takes place in Ann Cavanaugh's beautiful garden:

25606 NE Cooley Rd.
Battle Ground WA 98604
Art Student Annual 2021 at Archer Gallery
Archer Gallery’s Art Student Annual 2021 exhibition is a juried show, curated by Clark College art professors. This year’s exhibition will be held entirely virtually, for the second consecutive spring, due to the pandemic. Almost all of the work featured in this show has been made exclusively in our students’ homes while we’ve spent the last 15 months teaching and learning remotely.

Clark County Arts Commission update
Fresh faces and new openings at CCAC
The Clark County Arts Commission has added three new commissioners and seeks three more to represent La Center, Woodland, and the business community. New on the commission are Deborah Nagano, representing Camas, Alice Yang, representing Washougal, and Elaina Ilminen, who represents Vancouver and also serves on the Vancouver Culture, Art, and Heritage Commission.
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.
Five ways to support the cause
If you love what Artstra is doing for our community, please consider the different ways that you can contribute.

1- Donate
Use PayPal to make a tax-deductible donation to Artstra. 
2- Declutter
Give useable items to Nifty and Thrifty at 6607 E. Mill Plain Blvd. And when those items sell, the money is split 50/50 with participating nonprofits. Just let them know your items are donated to benefit Artstra. 
3- Shop 
Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Artstra using our code #84120. Just by using your rewards card number, and at no cost to you, every time you shop you'll help Artstra earn a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer.
4- Shop online 
Use this link to login to Amazon, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase back to Artstra.
5- Volunteer 
Artstra 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 Artstra
Artstra 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.