Sight & Sound

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

A Totally 80s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Washougal High School invites you to enjoy a contemporary twist on a 421-year-old classic: William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The Washougal High School Theater Arts Department is giving the play a totally awesome makeover by setting it in the 1980s. (Hint: there’s a reason they were called the Awesome 80s. IT’S BECAUSE THEY WERE AWESOME, DUDE.) See this radically righteous play in the comfort of the Washburn Performing Arts Center without ever gagging on a single spoon. It will be, like, so rad.

Don’t know that plot? Whatever! It’s totally simple: Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius, and Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia’s father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter. There’s also a guy named Bottom who looks like a donkey, lots of fairies, a beautiful fairy queen and powerful fairy king, and a mischievous supernatural creature called Puck who wishes to make amends. See? CRYSTAL CLEAR.

Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 10, 11, 17, and 18. All performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, available at the door. The Washburn Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Washougal High School, at 1201 39th St. in Washougal.

Harvest Gold Veterans Day Concert at the Old Liberty

On Saturday, Nov. 11, there will be a rock-n-roll benefit concert at the Old Liberty Theater to commemorate two events: Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and Neil Young’s birthday (Nov. 12). The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with Billy C. Wolf opening by performing the music of Bob Dylan, then Neil Young tribute band Harvest Gold will play until 9 p.m. Before and during the first set, a silent auction will be held in the theater lobby, with all proceeds going to the American Legion of La Center. The American Legion is the biggest veterans’ service organization in the United States—run by veterans, for veterans since 1919.

In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans and active service members will be given free admission. General admission is $12. Harvest Gold plays the music of Neil Young, spanning his 50-plus year career with songs by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Crazy Horse, and Neil’s solo material, as well as hits by similar bands from the same era. Get your tickets (free or general admission) online at www.HarvestGoldNY.com, in person at the Old Liberty box office, or by calling 360-887-7260. For more information, call Mona Bean at 360-831-4316.

For more information about upcoming events and concerts at the Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com. The Old Liberty is located at 115 N. Main St. in dowtown Ridgefield. Beer, wine, espresso drinks, pastries and other snacks are available from Seasons Café in the theater lobby.

Open Studios Tour

The fifth annual Clark County Open Studios Tour showcases the beautiful and distinctive works of 53 local artists whose studios can be visited on the countywide tour on Nov. 11-12. You can also see works by these artists at at Vancouver’s newest contemporary art space, the CAVE (Contemporary Arts Vancouver Experiment) at 108 E. Evergreen Blvd. in downtown Vancouver. The exhibit will be up through the month of November.

The tour itself takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. Fifty different artist studios across Clark County will be participating. As an ongoing program of Arts of Clark County, this free, self-guided tour now occupies a regular spot on the fall arts calendar for art lovers and collectors. The event has showcased more than 130 different artists to date. The event is a once-a-year opportunity to meet local artists in their native habitat, sharing how, why and where art is created. On Open Studios weekend, visitors can learn first-hand about techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass, ceramic, jewelry, fiber arts, and photography.

As demographics shift and as new residents move to Clark County, the mix of artists in Open Studios shifts as well. This year, 36% of participants—or 19 artists on the tour—are entirely new to the event. Digital printmaker Noah Matteucci, artist Megan Eckman, and photographer Jeffrey Opp, for example, are all relative newcomers to Clark County and they are also newcomers in this year’s Open Studios tour, adding to the mix of media and styles represented.

Free printed guidebooks are available at the CAVE. You can also view or print your own guide, access a custom Google map showing studio locations and suggested routes, learn more about each artist, and get a list of locations where you can pick up a printed guide—all from the event website at www.ccopenstudios.org.

Above image: detail from original painting by Camas artist Liz Pike. See more of her work by clicking here or visiting her website at http://lizpike.art/ART/Welcome.html.

“A View from the Bridge” at Clark College

Clark College Theatre opens its 2017-2018 season with Arthur Miller’s classic play, “A View from the Bridge.” Miller, who wrote “Death of a Salesman,” and “The Crucible,” brings us this classic tragedy of life, love, and loss. Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his immigrant cousins to America, but when one of them falls for Eddie’s young niece, Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes an unspeakable secret—one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

Show dates are Nov. 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. in the Decker Theatre, Frost Arts Center, on Clark College’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver. Parking is available on campus. Tickets are $15 per person for general admission, $10 for students with ID and Clark College alumni, and $12 for senior citizens. Season ticket packages are also available. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.clarkbookstore.com/site_theatre.asp or by calling 360-992-2815. If special accommodations are needed due to a disability, contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901 (VP).

The Elusive Sense at Angst Gallery

Angst Gallery presents “The Elusive Sense,” a compelling exhibit of the somber, thought-provoking works of Donald Haynes. There will be an opening night reception where guests can meet the artist on First Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. with complimentary light refreshments and music. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Nov. 25. Haynes spent two years studying painting with the noted and prolific Alexander Rokoff. Haynes’ creative work also includes photography and sculpture. Throughout the years, Haynes has focused on “the figure and the essence within it, winding about it my ideas and symbols, empty and full, as they always are.” For examples of Haynes’ work, visit www.coroflot.com/donsword.

For more information about this and other exhibits, contact Jackson at Leah.AngstGallery@gmail.com or Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066. You can also visit Angst Gallery online at angstgallery.com. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, adjacent and connected to Niche Wine Bar, so you can grab a cool drink and amble around the gallery. For gallery hours, visit angstgallery.com.

Above image: detail from “The Heart Stone” by Donald Haynes

Open Studios Tour Preview Reception

A preview exhibit and artists’ reception for Clark County Open Studios will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3, at Vancouver’s newest contemporary art space, the CAVE (Contemporary Arts Vancouver Experiment) at 108 E. Evergreen Blvd. in downtown Vancouver. Open to the public, this special event celebrates the tour’s fifth anniversary and shares the diverse works of 53 local artists whose studios can be visited on the countywide tour on Nov. 11-12.

Artist Chris Bidleman’s Upfront Band will provide music and Trusty Brewing will be pouring tastes of their award-winning brews. A portion of revenue from art sales during the preview show will go to the nonprofit Arts of Clark County. The exhibition will remain at the CAVE through the month of November.

The tour itself takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. Fifty different artist studios across Clark County will be participating. As an ongoing program of Arts of Clark County, this free, self-guided tour now occupies a regular spot on the fall arts calendar for art lovers and collectors. The event has showcased more than 130 different artists to date. The event is a once-a-year opportunity to meet local artists in their native habitat, sharing how, why and where art is created. On Open Studios weekend, visitors can learn first-hand about techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, glass, ceramic, jewelry, fiber arts, and photography.

As demographics shift and as new residents move to Clark County, the mix of artists in Open Studios shifts as well. This year, 36% of participants—or 19 artists on the tour—are entirely new to the event. Digital printmaker Noah Matteucci, artist Megan Eckman (pictured above), and photographer Jeffrey Opp, for example, are all relative newcomers to Clark County and they are also newcomers in this year’s Open Studios tour, adding to the mix of media and styles represented.

Free printed guidebooks are available at the CAVE’s First Friday preview show. You can also view or print your own guide, access a custom Google map showing studio locations and suggested routes, learn more about each artist, and get a list of locations where you can pick up a printed guide—all from the event website at www.ccopenstudios.org.

Above image: artist Megan Eckman in her studio.

Phyllis Corwin at Camas Gallery

Phyllis Corwin will be the featured artist at Camas Gallery now through Thursday, Nov. 30. Corwin is a seasoned painter who resides in Washougal with her husband of almost 50 years. She was a belly dancer, teacher, director, and costume designer for 25 years and has been painting and teaching for over 20 years. Corwin travels the world with her palette, painting exotic animals. Famous for her subject’s striking eyes—portrayals of big cats intensely staring down prey—Corwin continues to capture amazing detail with her brush-strokes. The show at Camas Gallery also includes several beautiful bird portraits. You can see more of her art on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/phyllis.corwin.

A First Friday art reception will take place at the Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, with light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public, and is an excellent opportunity to meet the artist in person and see her work up close. All the paintings and prints shown in the gallery are for sale. Camas Gallery, located at 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-817-2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or visit Facebook.com/CamasGallery.

Above image: detail from original painting by Phyllis Corwin

Photography of Steve McCarthy at Gallery 360

Detail from “Who Am I?” by Frank Josephfa

Gallery 360 invites you to view the award-winning landscape photography of Steve McCarthy, the gallery’s guest artist for the month of November. McCarthy’s breathtaking work has been featured in the Portland Japanese Garden calendar as well as in USA Today. Scenes of Southwest Washington and the Rocky Mountains will be highlighted in this exhibition. You can see more of McCarthy’s work by visiting his website at solsticephotography.smugmug.com. Also featured in November will be mixed media paintings by Gallery 360 artist Frank Josephfa. Meet both artists at the First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, featuring music and light refreshments. Both exhibits run through Nov. 26.

Gallery 360 is located inside the historic yellow Slocum House in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, call 360-693-7340 or visit www.gallery360.org.

Above image: detail from “Salmon Creek Dawn” by Steve McCarthy

Holiday Group Exhibit at Attic Gallery

No gift is more personal than art: it’s a little piece of the artist’s soul, and there’s only one like it in the whole world. Attic Gallery in Camas—the well-respected and long-lived contemporary art gallery that relocated to Camas from downtown Portland—is hosting a Holiday Group Exhibit during the month of November, featuring works by scores of notable artists. The show will be on display through the end of November, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy complimentary wine, light refreshments, and live music by Bret Malmquist.

You’ll find new ceramic works by Terri Axness, Ann Fleming, and Natalie Warrens; acrylic paintings by Sandra Jones Campbell; clay and wood sculptures by Anna Wiancko-Chasman; pastel paintings by Susan Ogilvie; watercolor and pastel paintings by Mike Smith; and oil paintings by Liang Wei.

See works by these and other artists on the Attic Gallery website at www.atticgallery.com. Questions? Call  360-833-9747. The gallery, which is located at 421 N.E. Cedar St., is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and by appointment.

Above image: detail from “I Love Eyebrows,” by Sandra Jones Campbell

Marvelous Masks at Second Story Gallery

Annette Jackson‘s contemporary masks will be on display at the Second Story Gallery, located upstairs at the Camas Public Library in downtown Camas. You can meet the artist and see her colorful, conversation-provoking masks during the First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. There will be complimentary light refreshments and live music. (You’ll also want to stick around for the “Thankful for Pie” First Friday event in downtown Camas, when shops stay open late and there will be all kinds of pie to sample!) Jackson’s exhibit, entitled “Mirror, Mirror,” will be up during the entire month of November.

Jackson designs vibrant, exaggerated faces to elicit emotional responses from viewers. She was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and graduated from NYU with a BA in Art Education. She has lived, taught, and created on both coasts. She draws upon her diverse Native American, African, and Eastern European heritage for inspiration, juxtaposing seemingly unrelated materials and forms to create masks that are sometimes whimsical, sometimes dramatic. She uses repurposed wood as her base, layering on elements as varied as lampwork beads, fused glass, metals, and enamel pieces. Some masks are symbolic, some are celebratory, and some are pure attitude. You can learn more about her work at www.annettejacksonart.com or by following her on Facebook at facebook.com/A.Jackson.Art. You can also see samples of her work at www.ginamwgallery.com, www.worldartglass.com, www.sculptsite.com, and www.rebuildingexchange.org. To contact Jackson directly, email her at A.Jackson.Art@gmail.com.

The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, and is open whenever the library is open. Ample free parking is available on the street.

Above image: detail from an original mask by Annette Jackson

Contemporary Landscapes by Tom Relth at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts—the extensive upstairs and downstairs gallery space located inside Boomerang, the coffee shop, event space, and consignment shop in downtown Vancouver—is pleased to host local artist Tom Relth for the First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 3. Relth’s studio, which is on Boomerang’s lower level, is also party of the Clark County Open Studios Tour on Nov. 11-12. Relth’s works will be displayed at Boomerang until Monday, Nov. 13.

The exhibit, “Contemporary Landscape,” showcases 50-plus of Relth’s color-rich paintings, including many of his large-scale works. “We have exhibited nearly two thousand artworks from local and regional artists,” notes Relth, who has served as Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence and gallery curator for the past two years. “The exhibitions have traversed various media and subject matter (paper, fibre arts, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.) hoping to draw an ever greater audience to the Boomerang concept. Now, it’s my opportunity to exhibit my own work.”

Boomerang will celebrate Relth’s exhibit and his participation in the Open Studios Tour with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and a special free photo booth featuring Trung Phan Photography. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for First Fridays, when Boomerang stays open until 9 p.m.

The Clark County Open Studios Tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. Tom Relth is No. 8 on the tour. Tour maps are available at every studio on the tour and online at www.ccopenstudios.org. It is free to participate and children are welcome.

Above image: detail from “Grist Mill Pooling,” pigments on canvas, 40 inches by 63 inches, by Tom Relth

Alexander Toradze Plays Prokoviev’s Third Concerto with VSO

The Vancouver Symphony’s 2017-2018 season continues with a concert featuring music by all-Russian composers on Nov. 4 and 5. The orchestra, conducted by Maestro Salvador Brotons, also welcomes piano soloist Alexander Toradze, a specialist in Russian repertoire, playing Prokofiev’s powerful third concerto. The program opens with Mussorgsky’s Persian Dances and ends with two suites from Stravinsky ballets, The Fairy’s Kiss and The Firebird Suite. Concluding the first half will be Toradze’s performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3.

Alexander Toradze is universally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. With his unorthodox interpretations, deeply poetic lyricism, and intense emotional excitement, he lays claim to his own strong place in the lineage of great Russian pianists. He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and became a professor there. In 1983, he moved permanently to the United States. Toradze regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras and is friends with such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, Esa Pekka Salonen, Yukka Pekka Saraste, Mikko Frank, Paavo and Kristian Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, and Gianandrea Noseda. Recent engagements include the BBC philharmonic and Swedish Radio Orchestras under Gianandrea Noseda, the London Symphony, and the Marinsky Orchestras under Valery Gergiev.

Performances are Saturday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Skyview Concert Hall, located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Tickets run from $10 for students to $50 for VIP seating and are available for this concert and all 2016-2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or by calling 360-735-7278. In the meantime, you can watch this video of Toradze rehearsing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Paris Orchestra at Salle Pleyel, conducted by Mikko Franck:

First Friday in Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver’s next First Friday Artwalk—from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3—will be something special! Stroll around town and enjoy complementary refreshments, live music, original art, good food, great shopping, and some of the top-notch new eateries that are popping up all over downtown Vancouver these days (check out the new taproom at Loowit Brewing, outstanding seasonal craft cocktails at The Grocery, and don’t miss Little Conejo tacos and mezcal on 114 W. 6th St.). To get a handle on everything that’s happening this month, download the First Friday Hotsheet and walking map so you won’t miss any good stuff!

Highlights include the new Night Market Vancouver at 806 and 808 Main St., bringing together creativity, great art, music and inspiration. Stop by to shop local and meet local business owners. Other exhibits and shows include “Oil & Water Works” featuring Yer Za Vue and Yong Hong Zhong at Art on the Boulevard; vibrant mixed media abstractions by Elizabeth Steinbaugh and Barbara Szkutnik at Aurora Gallery; art by Patricia Thompson, handmade quilts, and Vicki McArdle‘s cheerful textile and paperwork plus live music by singer-songwriter Emily Aldridge at Burnt Bridge Cellars; Leslie Zemenek‘s precious metals and gemstones at Exquisite Crystals; award-winning photography by Steve McCarthy at Gallery 360; colorful, Van Gogh-inspired abstracts and beautiful jewelry by Joe Cardinal at House of Vintage; and the ceramic wall art for garden and home by  at Siren Salon.

But that’s only a small sampling of everything that will be happening this Friday. Vancouver’s Arts District will be overflowing with original artwork for sale in every medium. Shops and galleries will be open late. And whenever you post a fabulous picture of downtown Vancouver on your social media, be sure to tag it with #dtVANwa so everyone else can see what’s so fabulous about the Couve!

Above image: ceramic wall art by Leticia Enquist / Labor of Love Studio. See more of her work at Siren Salon this Friday.

Magenta Theater’s Season Tickets on Sale Now

Magenta Theater’s 16th season launches with pure British humor with the production of “Jeeves Intervenes” in February. Rapidly following on Jeeves’ coattails is the pop musical “Emma” in April. In June, audiences will be caught up in the whirlwind farce “Boeing, Boeing.” Think there’s time for a rest? Nope! “Baskerville,” starring Sherlock and Watson, comes howling onto the stage in September, keeping pulses racing and minds boggled. To round out the season next November, Magenta has a ten-year revival of “Once Upon a Palace Purple.” It’s non-stop action on the Magenta stage in 2018. And yet the price of season tickets has only risen by a couple of bucks! Season tickets go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 1. Here are the details:

• Full Season Experience: $98 (priority seating for all five shows in the season)
• Season Sampler Experience: $58 (priority seating for three shows in the season—you select the shows)

In addition, the company will host eight improv shows with MIT (Magenta Improv Theater) and four Black Chair Projects (staged readings). These aren’t included in the season passes, but are reasonably priced and well worth attending. For more information about the Magenta Theater and the busy 2018 calendar of shows, visit www.magentatheater.com, call the box office at 360-635-4358, or send an email to tickets@magentatheater.com. The Magenta Theater is located at  1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Laughing on Last Saturday

Did you know that the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield hosts a stand-up comedy series on the last Saturday of every month? It’s called “Laughing on Last Saturday,” and you can find the region’s funniest talent on stage at 7:30 p.m. The next evening of comedy is happening on Saturday, Oct. 28—this month featuring headliner Tyler Boeh.

Laughing on Last Saturday is a partnership with Stage Left Entertainment, the brainchild of comedians Don Frost and Lonnie Bruhn. Each month, they host and feature local, established and credited headlining comedians. Boeh is new to the Portland comedy scene, but an old hand at comedy nationally; he’s come to the Northwest after conquering Boston and L.A. and touring the country doing comedy. Adorned with awards, Boeh’s act was chosen by LaughSpin Magazine as Best Comedy Album as well as taking second place in the Portland Comedy Competition and winning the Oregon International Comedy Competition. To learn more about Boeh, visit www.tylerboeh.com.

Tickets are $15 per person, available at the door while supplies last, or in advance by calling 360-887-7260. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. so that you can find a good seat and get some refreshments from Seasons Café in the lobby: coffee, tea, and pastries, as well as beer and wine. A word to parents: comedy shows may contain adult content, so it’s best to leave the kids and teens at home. To find out more about upcoming events at the Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Tony Starlight Show

What’s got music, comedy, impersonations, pop stars, and a guy named Tony? It’s the Tony Starlight Show, happening this Friday, Oct. 27, at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

Audience members will be treated to everything from songs (old and new and parodies, too!) to comedy sketches to impressions. Fresh from the Stony Starlight Showroom in Portland, this variety show includes homages to artists as varied as Dean Martin and the Rat Pack, Axl Rose (of Guns N’ Roses fame), and Schoolhouse Rock with a dash of Hall & Oats. The show changes every year, so  you never know exactly what you’ll see: Tom Jones singing “Happy Birthday,” a Star Trek fan wooing a young lady, or Neil Diamond telling you to sing louder!

This show is just right for anyone age 21 to 101. (If you’re 102, there’s a danger you’ll laugh so hard your dentures might fall out.) Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance by calling 360-887-7260, or $20 at the door. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Street in Ridgefield. To learn more, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Dead Beats at the Magenta

Magenta Theater‘s Oct. 27 and 28 7:30 p.m. performances of “Dead Beats” have both sold out—but hold onto your wigs and mummy bandages, because there is now an additional performance of this quirky Halloween production scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.

The Magenta Theater band (Dead Beats) plays a variety of Halloween-themed songs and there is family-friendly banter to accompany the numerous dance numbers. The only real thing missing is a lead singer for the band. And that’s what Frau Bloomer, the hostess for the event, plots throughout the show…only to be foiled by an unexpected visitor! This production is in addition to the regular mainstage season and promises to be the first of many escapades involving Professor Frankenvalley, Frau Bloomer, Algore, and Alveena.

Tickets are available online now for $12, or $15 at the door (while supplies last). The Magenta will open its doors at 1:30 p.m. so that you can find a seat and get some refreshments in the lobby: craft beer, wine, and fun snacks. The Magenta Theater
 is located 1108 Main St
. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are available by clicking here http://www.MagentaTickets.com/tickets, visiting Magenta Theater’s website at www.magentatheater.com, or calling the box office at 360-635-4358.

Meaningful Movies: Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield will host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” a film and discussion group on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. The group’s purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build a meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. The Meaningful Movies Project is an all-volunteer, community-owned organization, with no religious or political affiliations.

The next documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” which tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui, son of Japanese immigrant parents, born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon. During World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. The film documents his and his family’s experiences during the war and his nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Holly Yasui, filmmaker and daughter of Minoru Yasui, will be at the Old Liberty in person for the post film discussion.

Admission is free—and although donations are appreciated, no one will be turned away for lack of a donation. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and previews start at 7:20 p.m. Beer, wine, smoothies, coffee, tea, ice cream, and snacks are available for purchase from Seasons Café in the lobby. A discussion will immediately follow the film. The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260 or visit the group’s Facebook page at http://fb.me/meaningfulmoviesridgefield. You can also send an email to mdonavan@gmail.com. In the meantime, you can see a trailer for the film below:

Never Give Up! – Trailer from Minoru Yasui Film on Vimeo.

Lois Settlemeyer at Camas Gallery

Noted photographer Lois Settlemeyer is Camas Gallery‘s featured artist through the month of October. Born and raised on a farm in Indiana where the land was flat and the neighbors were distant, Settlemeyer had ample time to explore local forests and creeks. She kept a variety of animals as pets and the family tended the garden for food. She came to photography by a circuitous route; she worked at the Dow Chemical Company for 31 years, using chemistry and mathematics to form the structured patterns of research, analysis, and technical problem solving. Upon retirement, Settlemeyer moved to the Pacific Northwest; where she was inspired by the beauty of the mountains and streams, the forests and ocean. Photography is a medium that allows her to capture the splendor in which she lives, showing details in flowers, birds, animals, insects, fruits, vegetables, the sky, the clouds, the changing seasons.

She has now achieved both national and international recognition for her photographs, winning awards and being featured in notable publications. All the paintings and prints shown in the gallery are for sale. Camas Gallery, located at 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-817.2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or visit Facebook.com/CamasGallery. To learn more about Lois Settlemeyer’s work, visit www.photosbylois.com.

Above image: detail from original photograph by Lois Settlemeyer.

 

Earl Hamilton at Attic Gallery

Attic Gallery, a showplace of contemporary art in downtown Camas, is highlighting the works of Earl Hamilton this month. Hamilton spent most of his childhood living in a small cabin in the Oregon woods with his parents Satsuko and George Hamilton, both successful artists. The family lived self-sufficiently on their secluded homestead, painting together in their cabin’s living room. Hauling water, milking goats, collecting eggs from their chickens—and without TV and radio—Hamilton learned self-sufficiency and to trust his own artistic instincts.

Hamilton studied art in high school, where he won a Scholastic Gold Key award for the State of Oregon and a National Gold Medal Scholastic Award for a competition in New York City. He won an art scholarship while studying art at Oregon State University. Hamilton also earned The Grumbacker Award for the Northwest Watercolor Society and the First Place Sweepstake Award for the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Hamilton’s paintings are filled with a kind of whimsical lightness reflected in images such as castles, children, and animals. He layers acrylics and uses collage materials in many of his abstract works. Hamiltons’s bold and confident paintings—whether abstract or whimsical objects—are at once meditative, mystical, contemplative, and energetic.

Hamilton’s works will be on display through Saturday, Oct. 28. Attic Gallery is located at 421 N.E. Cedar St. in downtown Camas. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. To learn more, visit atticgallery.com.

Above image: detail from “Sifting Tides,” by Earl Hamilton