Sight & Sound

Theater, cinema, galleries, dance, music, books.

Mike Smith at Camas Gallery

Mike Smith—an English teacher who transformed himself into a highly sought-after painter and sculptor—will be the featured artist at Camas Gallery from April 1-30. Smith received a degree in English Literature from the University of Portland, taught briefly, and then became committed to developing his art on a professional level. His early work was abstract, but Smith soon abandoned schools of art and developed his own unique, colorful style which has subsequently influenced other artists. His work contains worldwide themes and ideas, but the focus of his painting and sculpture remains the hill where he lives and has his studio in Camas.

In his 30 year career, he has had almost 100 solo exhibitions of his work, which includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, bronze, ceramic, and printmaking. Smith has had solo shows across the United States as well as in Europe. His work can be seen public and private collections around the world. A few of Smith’s collectors include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ed Asner, and directors Richard Donner and Richard Carpenter.

Camas Gallery will host an opening reception for Smith on First Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Camas Gallery is normally open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery is location is 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call 360-817-2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or visit www.camasgallery.com.

Special Screening of Salt and Fire at the Kiggins

The Kiggins Theatre invites you to a special, one-time-only screening of Salt and Fire, an internationally co-produced thriller film directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo, Lo and Behold). The film, which made its debut at the Shanghai International Film Festival, was later selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section at the most recent Toronto International Film Festival.

Two ecologists (played by Veronica Ferres and Gael Garcia Bernal) are sent to South America as part of a U.N. investigation into an ecological disaster. They are quickly kidnapped by the villainous CEO (played by Michael Shannon) of a large company held responsible for the ecological disaster. But when a supervolcano nearby begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.

This special advance NYFCS screening will include a special live-to-tape “talk back” with the enigmatic Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon. The movie will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. All seats are $10. Click here to purchase advance tickets online.

The Red Turtle at the Kiggins

The visually stunning, Oscar-nominated new film from Studio Ghibli is coming to the Kiggins Theatre starting this Friday. The Red Turtle follows the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, film is a beautiful allegory exploring milestones in the life of a human being.

“Few films have used color and light with such acuity,” says the review in the Boston Globe, “from the near monochrome of moonlight on a desolate beach to the infinite, illuminated shades of green in a bamboo forest.” The Philadelphis Inquirer calls the movie “…a profoundly simple meditation on the many ways we’ve become alienated from nature and from the Earth.”

Showtimes are as follows:

  • Friday, March 24, 4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25, 3:50 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 26, 3:50 p.m.
  • Monday, March 27, 4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.

General admission is $9, except for Mondays, when all seats are $6. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main Street in downtown Vancouver. For a sneak peek at the film, see the trailer below:

Reprise in Concert: “Unforgettable”

Reprise—a brand-new local choir made up of focused, creative, high-caliber musicians—will make its debut during two performances this weekend: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at Faith Baptist Church in Hazell Dell, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at St. John Presbyterian Church in Camas. This inaugural concert series—titled “Unforgettable”—brings together singers, directors, and community members to perform a diverse selection of choral pieces. The performances are free, but donations will gratefully be accepted at the door.

The group was formed by Janet Reiter and April Duvic, both well-known in Vancouver’s musical and artistic community. From 2007-2013, they worked together as co-directors of the Clark College Chorale. Their concert structure honored the historical significance of choral pieces as well as their technical and expressive elements, and the results were electric. As co-directors of the Clark College Chorale, Reiter and Duvic realized how well they were able to draw upon each other’s musical strengths in the areas of repertoire selections, rehearsal techniques, and producing successful and meaningful concerts.

The music to be performed during Reprise’s debut concerts reflects each director’s strengths and passions. With Reiter’s background in vocal jazz, “Pure Imagination,” “Hallelujah,” and “Unforgettable,” are a perfect fit. Duvic, meanwhile, draws on her background as a teacher of Music History and Music Appreciation at Clark College, Renaissance and Romantic works: “Gaudete” by Sweelinck and Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzes.”) Both directors love songs with strong poetic images, complex harmonies, and beautiful melodies, such as “Lullaby” by Daniel Elder, “In Remembrance” by David N. Childs, and “Tyger, Tyger” by Reginald Unterseher. The program is rounded out with works by contemporary choral composers and the rousing gospel piece, “I Sing Because I’m Happy.”

To learn more, e-mail reprisechoirsings@gmail.com.

Ken Peplowski Jazz Concert at the Royal Oaks Country Club

Legendary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski—who has been called “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” by the BBC’s Russell Davies—will take the stage at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s second Jazz Benefit Concert, happening at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday, March 25, at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

The Royal Oaks will be transformed into a quintessential midcentury jazz supper club, complete with classic cars and cigar girls. Guests will stroll down the red carpet—lined with concert posters of jazz legends—and into the club, where they will be offered a signature “jazztini” before enjoying a prime rib dinner, wine, and plenty of dancing. The Steinway piano being used for the evening is being donated by Michelle’s Piano Company.

Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club and many other venues. Peplowski’s CDs on the Capri label—“Noir Blue,” “In Search Of,” and “Maybe September”— were released to great critical acclaim and massive airplay. He has recorded music as diverse as Italian and French folk songs, avant-garde jazz, pop, and classical music. Peplowski was the musical director of the Oregon Festival of American Music for eight years, and is a longtime performer for and consultant to The Jazz Cruise. Peplowski’s new album is called “Enrapture.”

Tickets are $100 per person, and each ticket-holder will be awarded one free ticket to any Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concert during its current season. Proceeds will benefit the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Education Initiative, which focuses on extensive music education outreach programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 360-735-7278 or visit vancouversymphony.org.

Kedi: A Documentary About the Cats of Istanbul

The Kiggins Theatre is one of a select number of locations across the country showing the remarkable  documentary, Kedi, about the cats of Istanbul.  Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years, they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame—and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Critics and internet cats agree—this cat documentary, which follows the lives of seven of Istanbul’s cats, each with a distinct personality and compelling story—will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul. You can see it at the Kiggins from Friday, March 17,  through Wednesday, March 15. Click here for showtimes, ticket prices, or to purchase tickets online. For a teaser, check out the trailer below:

The Quiet Man at the Kiggins

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Kiggins Theater and Vancouver’s Downtown Association present the annual showing of The Quiet Man, the classic John Wayne-Maureen O’Hara film set in the rolling green hills of Ireland. Irish director John Ford fashions a charming valentine to the “auld sod” in this beloved and beautiful movie (filmed in glorious Technicolor, of course). Here’s a refresher on the story:

Irish-American boxer Sean Thornton (John Wayne), recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his past and settle down to a life of tranquility, he has purchased the home of his birth from wealthy local widow, a transaction that has incurred the wrath of pugnacious squire Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen), who coveted the property for himself. As time goes by, Thornton falls in love with Danaher’s beautiful, high-spirited sister Mary Kate (Maureen O’Hara), a traditional Irish girl with her own idea of how she should be courted and a brother who refuses to offer up the mandated dowry.

All tickets are $10, available at the door or online by clicking here. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m., but come early at 7 p.m. and see a live performance by the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. After the movie, you can nip over to Shanahan’s Pub & Grill for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

The Amazing Mathias at Dave’s Killer Magic

Dave’s Killer Magic Shop in downtown Vancouver presents The Amazing Mathias, performing a family-friendly magic show. The show is expected to be so popular that Dave’s Killer Magic is offering it at two times: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

Over the last 20 years, the award-winning Mathias has entertained at thousands of private parties and theatrical revues all over the West Coast, including the Magic Castle in Hollywood. For nine seasons, he headlined in his own show on the cruise ship Queen of the West. Currently, Mathias resides in the Pacific Northwest performing at private parties, corporate events, and fairs. Among his many awards are the Brad Jacobs People’s Choice Award and the Senior Stage Magic Contest Winner.

Tickets are $10 per person, available online by clicking here or by calling 360-448-9022. To find out about more upcoming shows and events at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, click here or call 360-448-9022. Dave’s Killer Magic Shop is located at 1707 Main St. in Vancouver. A vast selection of magic-related items is available to purchase on its website at www.killermagicshop.com, but we promise you’ll have even more fun if you visit in person.

Clark College Women’s Chorale: What Love Is This?

The Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble and Chorale perform their Winter Concert, “What Love Is This?” on Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Gaiser Student Center on Clark College’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Admission is free.

“Our theme for this concert centers on many different kinds of love,” says Director of Choirs Dr. Jacob Funk. “We are presenting everything from love between friends, love of music, romantic love that is reciprocated or rejected, love in satire, and the bond of love among all humankind.” The Women’s Choral Ensemble will perform the beautiful setting of “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo, as well as “Arise My Love” by Northwest composer Joan Szymko. Their portion of the program will conclude with the sublime “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre, featuring Clark College faculty members Eva Richey on violin and Dr. Sophie Christian on piano.

Additional highlights include works from Sermisy, Bach, and Haydn, as well as compositions from the last 50 years. The humorous collection “Love Lost” by Paul Sjolund combines lush harmonies with satirical love poems. “If Music Be the Food of Love” by David Dickau, “I Am in Need of Music” by David Brunner, and Haydn’s “Alles Hat Seine Zeit” are also featured on the program.

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts.

VSO Chamber Series at the Kiggins: Short Silent Films

The Kiggins Theatre is the perfect location for the next performance in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. The VSO Chamber Orchestra will play live accompaniment to three groundbreaking but not often seen silent comedies: “One Week,” a 1920s film starring Buster Keaton; “Fatty & Mabel Adrift,” a film from 1916 featuring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Mabel Normand; and “Gertie the Dinosaur,” from 1914, created by and starring Winsor McCay, an American cartoonist and animation pioneer.

This event provides the perfect opportunity for concert attendees not only to watch the presentation in comfortable surroundings, but also enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks and refreshments. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available for these and all 2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Immediately following the concert, a food and drink reception will commence next door to the theater at Niche Wine Bar. The reception is open to all concert attendees.

Above image: a still shot from “Fatty & Mabel Adrift”

Columbia Dance Presents!

Columbia Dance Company—voted “Best Dance School” in The Columbian’s 2016 “Best of Clark County” reader survey—is offering the community a beautiful and lively introduction to its repertoire during Columbia Dance Presents!, showcasing Columbia Dance students and alumni in an eclectic production featuring excerpts from Don Quixote, a colorful and dazzling classical ballet set to Ludwig Minkus’s vibrant score. Set in Spain, Don Quixote is the story of the noble knight, Don Quixote, and his faithful squire Sancho Panza, as they set out on an impossible adventure inspired by Dulcinea, Don Quixote’s courtly lady (who is actually a peasant girl, but that’s no matter to Dauntless Don). Dancers will also perform exciting new works with special guest artists.

Shows are 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Royal Durst Theatre, located on the campus of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics at 3101 Main St. in Vancouver. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for children ages 12 and under To buy tickets, click here. For more information about this event and ongoing classes at Columbia Dance, visit www.columbiadance.org or check out its Facebook page.

Above image: Columbia Dance Company dancers performing a scene from Don Quixote.

Three Together at Old Liberty

Three accomplished musicians—Don Mitchell, Judy Koch Smith and Grammy-winning guitarist Doug Smith—found each other at an open mic event in Vancouver more than 20 years ago, and they eventually joined musical forces to become Three Together, an acoustic vocal guitar-and-flute trio that plays a melodious mix of Baby Boomer tunes ranging from folk music to pop and soft rock, underpinned with tight vocal harmonies. This year, they are celebrating the release of their new CD, “Another Time Around.”

The trio will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield. Tickets are $15 per person, available by calling 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty is located at 115 N. Main Ave., and refreshments such as coffee, espresso drinks, tea, wine and beer are available from Seasons Cafe in the lobby. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and all ages are welcome. For more information, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night with Sam Roxas-Chua

March’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night features Sam Roxas-Chua, a poet and visual artist from Eugene, Oregon. His poetry has been described as “tidal,” and he has been called “a man who can take any kind of physical material and transform them into art.” According to poet Dorianne Laux, “Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect—creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful.” His first book, Fawn Language, was published by Tebot Bach in 2013 and his current manuscript, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, is forthcoming from Lithic Press. His poems have appeared in various journals including Narrative Magazine, december magazine, and Cream City Review. His collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the first place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. Most recently he appeared in a live broadcast of Dear Sugar Radio at the Aladdin Theater in support of #writersresist. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops. He holds an MFA from Pacific University.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at Angst Gallery and the show starts at 7 p.m. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Above image: detail from “Your Spine, My Ladder,” original art by Sam Roxas-Chua. To see more of Roxas-Chua’s art and poems, visit www.samroderick.com.

Noir Nights & Niche Wine

The Kiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar & Bistro are teaming up to offer a second round of Noir Nights starting Monday, March 6. This film series pairs film noir classics with pre-show wine tastings featuring wines inspired by the films. Niche proprietor Leah Jackson will be on hand to discuss the wines, which will also be available for purchase during the movie, and by the bottle as customers leave. Individual film tickets are $10, include the tasting.

The next series of Noir Nights focuses on the noir films of the legendary Orson Welles. Kicking off the series at 7:30 p.m. on March 6 is “The Lady from Shanghai,” which Welles wrote, directed, and starred in—along with his wife, Rita Hayworth. Welles plays a sap (to use a noir-era descriptive term) named Michael who finds himself drawn into a web of deceit and ultimately murder when he gets involved with a dangerous blonde (the normally redheaded Hayworth) and her disabled husband (a never-better Everett Sloane).

Up next is the notorious 1958 Orson Welles classic “Touch of Evil,” at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. Once again Welles is on both sides of the camera in this film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles with a special appearance by Marlene Dietrich, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot.

The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Niche Wine Bar is located in the same building at 1013 Main St. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre.net. All seats are normally $9, except for Mondays, when all tickets are $6.

Above image: “The Lady from Shanghai,” starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.

Newsies at Liberty

Screen-Shot-2012-07-27-at-1.36.11-PM2The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will show Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical twice: once on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m., and again on Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this not-to-be-missed, high-energy show stars original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie. They’re joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, and Ethan Steiner as Les, along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more newsies and more dancing than ever before.

If you didn’t catch the 1992 movie version starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, and Robert Duvall, here are the basic plot points: based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.

The film will be shown in the Liberty’s Granada Studio. Refreshments, beer, and wine are available in the lobby. Admission is $15 per person or $12 for students and seniors. The stage musical, which has been specially formatted for a cinematic experience, is rated PG and has a running time of two hours and 25 minutes. For more information, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Improv at the Magenta

Magenta Improv Theater is offering its second, side-splitting improv show of 2017 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. The doors of the Magenta Theater will open at 7 p.m. so that you can get wine, beer, candy, chips and other tasty snacks in the lobby and then find a good seat for the family-friendly show. Do come early—or better yet, buy tickets in advance—because MIT performances are a wildly popular blend of spontaneity, oddity, wit and a bit of pure joy.

The completely unscripted Magenta Improv show is appropriate for all ages, with rib-tickling improv after the manner of “Who’s Line Is It, Anyway?” and plenty of audience interaction. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, and they’re also available for $12 at the door (until they run out, that is). To purchase tickets now, click here. Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. There’s no reserved seating available; you’ll just have to wrestle with the other improv-lovers to get the best ones. To learn more about upcoming events at Magenta (like the staged reading of “Twelve Angry Jurors,” on March 31 or “The Rainmaker,” which opens on April 7), visit www.magentatheater.com or “like” them on Facebook.

Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread: Fiber Arts at Boomerang

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“In Progress” (one of three in a series) by Barbara Neil

Boomerang Fine Arts is showcasing local fiber artists for its March show, “Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread,” which opens First Friday, March 3, with live music and light refreshments. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original work in all fiber or fiber-based mediums, including appliqué, basketry, crocheting, dyeing, embroidery, felting, knitting, quilting, sculpture, spinning, tatting, felting, textiles, and weaving. The show isn’t just for “professional” artists; many of the artists whose work you’ll see at Boomerang this month are exhibiting their fiber pieces for the very first time. Stroll through Boomerang’s upper- and lower-level galleries and see this extraordinary work up close—and, since all the pieces on display are for sale, you just might find something that you fall in love with.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Above image: “Nest,” a texture quilt by Joanne Roth

Skip Enge’s “Soft Machine” at Second Story Gallery

Camas native Skip Enge will show watercolors with an industrial edge at Second Story Gallery in March. His show, “The Soft Machine,” opens with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, March 3. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered to guests, who will enjoy live music by keyboardist Brad Jensen while viewing Enge’s paintings and chatting with Enge himself, who will be at the reception. The reception is free and open to all ages.

“The Soft Machine” is another name for the human body, explains Enge, and the exhibit is, in part, inspired by William Burroughs’ 1961 book by the same name. Enge’s paintings also have a mid-century feel; the subdued colors and industrial themes seem connected to a time when men and machines worked without electronic interface. It’s perhaps no coincidence that Enge spent time working at the Camas paper mill—a vast hive of machinery operated by humans—where he found employment to save money for college. Enge has worked as a museum exhibit designer, graphic designer, fabricator, and “creator of solutions” for museums and collections, all while painting in his extra hours. Recently returned to his hometown, Enge is collaborating with the art department at Washougal High School on lessons for the classroom. His commissioned pieces are in collections across the country and locally at the Oregon Historical Society and PeaceHealth Medical Center. He also writes poetry—often while he’s painting—so a few poems will be exhibited alongside his watercolors to serve as his artist’s statement.

The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in Camas. The gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or visit www.secondstorygallery.net.

Above image: detail from “Beech Nut 1953,” watercolor by Skip Enge

Painting Demonstration with Earl Hamilton at Attic Gallery

Earl Hamilton will be the featured artist at Attic Gallery in March, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, March 3. The reception is free and open to the public and includes complimentary refreshments and live music. Best of all, guests to this longtime gallery of contemporary art will have a chance to see Hamilton doing live painting demonstrations; this is a rare opportunity to see a master artist at work!

Hamilton’s unique abstract paintings on canvas are bold, colorful and powerful, expressing innovative and subtly emotional energy. He creates intriguing texture by layering acrylics and using collage materials in many of his abstract works. Some of his paintings are filled with a kind of whimsical lightness, reflected in images such as castles, clowns, children, animals, and Chagall-like lovers. Whether abstract or whimsical, Hamilton’s work is simultaneously meditative, mystical, energetic, and bold.

See works by Hamilton and other artists on the Attic Gallery website at www.atticgallery.com—or better yet, visit the gallery in person to see the vivid variety of contemporary artworks, both small and large pieces, including wall hangings, sculpture, and ceramics. Questions? Call  360-833-9747. The gallery, which is located at 421 N.E. Cedar St. in downtown Camas, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and by appointment.

Above image: detail from “Sunbreak” by Earl Williams

“Flourishes” with the Southwest WA Wind Symphony

a32bec493268a3395817ced92a6f7297The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony presents “Flourishes” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at the Union High School Performing Arts Center, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St. in Camas.

The performance showcases the dramatic flamenco themes in James Christensen’sPiccolo Espagnol” and offers musical perspectives on strength and courage in Aaron Perrine’s “Only Light.” The program also includes “Symphony No. 4” by David Maslanka, a contemporary American composer for wind, band, and more. The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony is also privileged to welcome piccolo virtuoso Zachariah Galatis, a member of the Oregon Symphony, as its special musical guest.

The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony is a 50-musician, professional concert band organized in 2005, and is expertly conducted by Sam Ormson. All concerts are free and open to the public. Doors open at 2 p.m. For more information, call 360-574-8386, email wind.symphony@comcast.net, or visit www.swwindsymphony.org.