Craft

Guerrilla art opening

Guerrilla Gallery is opening to the public with an evening of art and music in the space over Rosemary Cafe (1001 Main Street) in Vancouver. Check out abstract, neo-contemporary and graf-inspired art by voidc, drop, ecru and atoms. Julio Appling opens with a set of solo upright bass at 8 p.m., and North Next Entertainment crew features DJ Wels, Level Headed, Skeptikal and Mac Smiff from 9 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. Drinks available with ID.

So many new art spaces, so much awesomeness.

J.

YWCA

Slocum House entertaining on Saturdays

Slocum House is opening its doors to concerts and performances on Saturdays during the market season, to entertain the throngs of people in Esther Short Park during the Vancouver Farmers Market. The theater will feature a monthly improv troupe, local bands and choirs, short musicals and shows as well as sneak peeks at our own main stage productions.

Saturday performances will be at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m., April through October, at the Slocum House Theatre, 605 Esther Street. Check out www.slocumhouse.com for more. What a great idea.

J.

Northwest Shirts opens retail space

Maker of iconic Northwest-and-other themed t-shirts Chris Stevens is celebrating the grand opening of his new retail store and printshop at 807 Grand Blvd. in Vancouver on Dec. 5. Northwest Shirts will be open from 11-6 on Saturday for shopping and free coffee from local roasters Paper Tiger and in the evening from 7-10 for beers and music.

Help Chris end shirtlessness (and support other local artists and crafters, too!)-

J.

Get some culture

11.27.09 Students from the Digital Technology and Culture program at WSUV are staging a tribute to the late Northwest poet and author Richard Brautigan on Friday, Dec. 4. The evening of poetry, performance and digital art will be held at 7 p.m. in the Administration building’s Tower Room (110). DTC professor John Barber is a leading Brautigan scholar and is working with the Clark County Historical Museum to make Vancouver the center of Brautigan research in the United States.

Go here for more and directions.

It all sounds just crazy enough to be fantastic-

J.

Love Lincoln’s Gallery

Lincoln's Gallery Blog Post

If you haven’t been to Lincoln’s Gallery yet, go. there. now. Just what downtown needs, it is a mellow spot with creations from Reid Trevarthan, and, this month, longboards from Kevin Bay and Ken Hann of Selfless Creations. Located at 106/108 W. 9th St., the gallery fronts div., a clothing and design shop (which was closed when I was there, so sorry if I am a little uninformed about it). The place is owned by the men of Vancouver alt-folk band Lincoln’s Beard. The band plays on Frist Friday, so go check it out then. As for me, the minute I walked in, I just wanted to grab a coffee and hang out on the gallery’s couch for the afternoon. Try that. See how it goes.

J.

Hello, August!

Craft in the Village

08.07.09 What isn’t happening this weekend?

Vancouver’s downtown art galleries are on board for Art in the Heart II, which will take place tonight from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Main Street and west to Art on the Boulevard. Artists will be out on the street along with food vendors. Of course, Craft in the Village is still going strong and takes place higher on Main Street, and Camas Live!, a first Friday art and live performance event, is set for tonight from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

And then on Sunday, the Naturally Beautiful Backyards Earth Friendly Garden Tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This self guided tour takes an inside look at six naturally beautiful backyards in Vancouver and Camas.

So…get out!

J.

Lincoln’s Beard at The Grind

Lincoln's Beard

You can find me (in case you care–and I know you do) at a Lincoln’s Beard show on Saturday night, July 11, at The Grind Coffeehouse in downtown Vancouver, 611 W. 11th St. Part of a two-month-long exhibition put on by Guerrilla Media featuring local bands and art, the show is FREE from 7 to 9 p.m.

I love the rockin’ y’allternative stylings of Lincoln’s Beard, and I especially love that Guerrilla Media has brought its artsy awesomeness to the Grind — and to First Friday and Craft in the Village, where I met them last weekend.

Be there or, well, you know the rest…

J.

Fay Kahn at Art on the Boulevard

Ivan's Garden Verses

Ivan's Garden Verses

06.19.09 Vancouver artist Fay Kahn will be featured at downtown Vancouver Gallery Art on the Boulevard through the month of July. Fay’s recent watercolor, collage and batiks will be on display.

Fay has won numerous awards for her work and last year was selected by the Fort Vancouver Historic Site to design its holiday ornament. She is a member of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society.

The First Friday opening for Fay’s work is July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The artist will be on hand, and there will live music and refreshments. Check it out-

J.

Satsang Yoga Art Show

This Thursday Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Satsang Yoga will show paintings by Katie M. Berggren. Local author Jayna Gieber and singer/songwriter Mila Polevia will be featured, as well as a wine tasting by Capstone Cellars Winery. Free massage, raffle prizes, hors d’oevres and more can be found at the studio’s holiday extravaganza.

This is one of my favorite businesses — support them if you can!

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Camas Performing Arts Series is on

The Camas Performing Arts Series will enter its 25th season this fall in a new venue, the state-of-the-art theater at Camas High School. Its previous venues, the Garfield Auditorium and the Joyce Garver Theater will both be closing this summer.

The next CPAS performance is The Bottom Line Duo on April 18. Supporters should see the season schedule in their mailboxes before then. Send an email to support CPAS or to get on its mailing list.

Camas Performing Arts Series is on

The Camas Performing Arts Series will enter its 25th season this fall in a new venue, the state-of-the-art theater at Camas High School. Its previous venues, the Garfield Auditorium and the Joyce Garver Theater will both be closing this summer.

The next CPAS performance is The Bottom Line Duo on April 18. Supporters should see the season schedule in their mailboxes before then. Send an email to support CPAS or to get on its mailing list.

J.

One Hour Fantasy Girl Premiers

Coming up…

Indie feature film One Hour Fantasy Girl is premiering in Long Beach at the Neptune Theater Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. The coming-of-age story (rated PG-13, despite its provocative title) stars Vancouver native Jon Morgan Woodward, who will attend each screening, along with the film’s writer/director and another star, for Q&A after the movie.
Movie and the beach: a winning combo-
J.

Cupola cuts the ribbon

Year-old Battle Ground artists’ co-op, Cupola Gallery, will host a grand opening ribbon cutting at its new space Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. Cupola celebrated its birthday by signing a lease at 510 E. Main Street in Old Town.

While you are there check out the new Cafe Jennifer at 219 N.W. 20th. I hear the food is tasty. You tell me-

J.

Satsang Yoga Art Show

This Thursday Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Satsang Yoga will show paintings by Katie M. Berggren. Local author Jayna Gieber and singer/songwriter Mila Polevia will be featured, as well as a wine tasting by Capstone Cellars Winery. Free massage, raffle prizes, hors d’oevres and more can be found at the studio’s holiday extravaganza.

This is one of my favorite businesses — support them if you can!

Sign up here-

J.

Angst Open House

The new Gallery Row establishment, Angst, is having a grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1015 Main Street, Vancouver, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with live music by Erik Sutten. Treats, wine and local artists will there with owner/curator Leah Jackson. Won’t you?

J.

The Cupola Gallery

A new artisan co-op, The Cupola Gallery, is emerging in Battle Ground. The co-op is seeking members to join its already robust base, with the eventual goal of opening a gallery. Current member artists include established painters, photographers and sculptors.

Another gallery in Clark County is a wonderful prospect, don’t you think?

J.

Fabulous First Friday


IMHO, there are three perfect reasons to head out to First Friday tonight in Vancouver.
First, Leah Jackson, former gallery manager at Sixth Street Gallery, and current curator at Clark County Historical Museum will have her new gallery Angst up and running at 1015 Main Street. She knocked out the drop down ceiling of the former Christian Science Reading Room and opened the space up to its full height, discovering an amazing skylight. Leah is in the process of building the space out and filling it in with art, so come by and support her — Angst is a great new addition to Gallery Row.


And, just down the block, my good pal Steve Eichenberger has some of his incredible new sculptures at North Bank Artists Gallery. Wow, Steve, these are just beyond the beyond. Bravo!
Also, if you have a minute, check out Turtle Place tonight. Work is getting underway, and the mural is sweet.
J.
PS: We WILL have the rest of the archives up momentarily! Sorry for any inconvenience.
Love, Maintenance.

2Hand Revolution

OK, I need to be careful about mixing business with pleasure, but I definitely have to tell you this one thing.

2Hand Revolution is a couple of folks (I am one of them) who think Vancouver needs to showcase its endless indie talent. Thus, a diy craft show and sale will be held at August Moon Community Center, 111 W. 39th St., just north of downtown, on Saturday Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a juried show, so, you know, we don’t end up with 30 tables of doilies (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and we get some diversity in handmade goodies.

Fine art will be considered, but we are mainly looking for affordable stuff to wear and use from Southwest Washington artisans. Tables are $35 and two scholarships are available.

Also, North Bank is looking at crafters and craftiness in its next issue, so all folks who fall into this category should email me promptly for consideration in the magazine and for an application to 2Hand.

Happy crafting!

J.

Ilwaco City Wide Art Walk


Did you notice? Gas prices are way down and temperatures are way up. So, do the obvious — go to the coast.
This Thursday is the Ilwaco City Wide Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Art exhibits, demos, snacks, music are on the menu from places like The Antique Gallery, Shoalwater Cove Gallery, Peninsula Wine Merchants, Just Treasures Antiques, Baker Bay Gallery, Wade Gallery, The Inn at Harbour Village and the various fine dining restaurants at the Port. I’ve eaten at a couple of them — they are worth the drive alone.
The photo above is by one Mr. Bruce Peterson, talented photographer, East Coast ex-pat, and top Ilwaco champion. He and his wife own the lovely Wade Gallery.
And if a buzz out to Ilwaco is too much on a school night, this weekend is a Weekend of Music at the Port and on the peninsula with Blues and Seafood, including the Bite of Ilwaco on Saturday, and, on Sunday, the festivities continue with Jazz and Oysters in historic Oysterville. And if you don’t like oysters (gasp, I know), pick up some cranberries at Oysterville Sea Farms — they are delicious.
J.

Skamokawamania

I’m feeling it again, the love for a little town called Skamokawa in Wahkiakum County that I wrote about for the last issue of North Bank.

Courtesy of Don and Kitty Speranza of the Inn at Crippen Creek Farm, I just came across a great blog that’s been around for quite a while, called Skamokacentric. The postings are few and far between but the community links feature local musicians, artisans, bakers, B&Bs, eateries and on and on — all the great stuff that drew me out that way to begin with. Can’t wait to go back.

The photo above, taken by Kathleen, the blogmaster of Skamokacentric, is from an art exhibit going on right now at Redmen Hall. Skamokawa glassblowers Kyle Gribskov and Treasure Collupy will exhibit their work during through next month. The exhibit is open Thursdays through Sundays, in the afternoons.

J.