Angst Gallery

Ghost Town Poetry & “Poeming Health” Workshop

Enjoy a warming evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a poetry salad. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder! Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

November’s featured poet is Seattle-based psychotherapist and writer Julene Tripp Weaver, who worked in AIDS services for over 21 years. Her third poetry book, “truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS,” was published this past spring. Earlier books include “No Father Can Save Her,” and “Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues.” She is widely published in journals and anthologies including Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology (creative nonfiction). Find more of her writing at www.julenetrippweaver.com.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, 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.

Weaver will also lead a workshop at Angst Gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, entitled “Poeming Health.” If you are living with chronic illness or are a caregiver to someone living with chronic illness—or if someone you love has a chronic illness—this workshop is designed for you. The class will provide a clearing space to crystallize thoughts and feelings and clarify what is important to preserve during this time…and what can be let go. Weaver will help attendees explore personal experience through writing that is addressed to the illness, to loved ones, to pain. Writers should bring notebooks and pens. The cost is $25 per person. Register for the workshop at Weaver’s reading on Nov. 9 or by contacting Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

“Poeming Health” Workshop for Creatively Processing Chronic Illness

Attend a poetry workshop with Seattle-based psychotherapist and writer Julene Tripp Weaver, who worked in AIDS services for over 21 years. Her third poetry book, “truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS,” was published this past spring. Earlier books include “No Father Can Save Her,” and “Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues.” She is widely published in journals and anthologies including Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology (creative nonfiction). Find more of her writing at www.julenetrippweaver.com.

Weaver will lead a workshop at Angst Gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, entitled “Poeming Health.” If you are living with chronic illness or are a caregiver to someone living with chronic illness—or if someone you love has a chronic illness—this workshop is designed for you. The class will provide a clearing space to crystallize thoughts and feelings and clarify what is important to preserve during this time…and what can be let go. Weaver will help attendees explore personal experience through writing that is addressed to the illness, to loved ones, to pain. Writers should bring notebooks and pens. The cost is $25 per person. Register for the workshop at Weaver’s reading on Nov. 9 or by contacting Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Reception for Donald Haynes 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.

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

Questionable World Leaders at Angst Gallery

If you haven’t yet dropped by Angst Gallery this month, you’ll want to make a point to do so between now and Saturday, Oct. 28. That’s when you can see the compelling exhibit “Questionable World Leaders” by Bryan Helfrich.

Helfrich is a graphic, graffiti, and fine artist who has created a series of unflattering portraits of the most divisive world leaders in recent history. Questionable World Leaders features twelve portraits of ruling-class riffraff from around the globe, including Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, and other scoundrels ranging from decades ago to the present day. These compelling acrylic portraits, displayed in carefully curated vintage frames, capture some of the most infamous, dangerous, and downright ridiculous characters in modern geopolitics.

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 “Portrait of Margaret Thatcher” by Bryan Helfrich

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night Features WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall & “WA 129,” Poems About Washington

Enjoy an evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a hearty, soul-warming poetry stew. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder. Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

October’s featured poet is Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, a native of Buffalo, New York who earned his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1996. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices. These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Dave Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection, The Tangled Line, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Bugle was the winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Marshall was also awarded the Humanities Washington Award in 2015 for creativity and service. He lives in Spokane and teaches creative writing and literature at Gonzaga University, where he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities.

Marshall’s latest project is WA 129, a compilation of work featuring 129 poets, some published for the first time, honoring Washington’s 129 years of statehood. Each poem beautifully describes a deeply felt connection to Washington through poems of cherished hometowns, Washington’s wondrous landscapes, racial divisions and cultures, experiences only found in this great state, and a variety of other topics. Marshall invites WA 129 contributors to join him in reading their contributions to the book and forthcoming digital version.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 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.

How to Live Life Boldly: Looking at the Life of Frida Kahlo Through Art Making and Wine Tasting

Angst Gallery is hosting a bold new event that explores that mysterious, delightful intersection between the fully engaged creative life, the artistic process, and—most importantly—wine. “How to Live Life Boldly: Looking at the Life of Frida Kahlo Through Art Making and Wine Tasting,” is a brief workshop led by artist Erin Dengerink and Niche Wine Bar proprietor/Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson.

Come to Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver from 6 to 8 p.m. for an exploration of Kahlo’s series of artworks that were inspired by her time spent in New York City. Kahlo (in case you didn’t know) was a famous Mexican artist who drew on her own life story to create passionate, surrealist paintings. Kahlo’s work about New York depicts her reaction to her  experiences in the city. Her work could be political, personal, and fantastical. Attendees will look at images of Kahlo’s artwork, discuss the ideas and symbols in her paintings, and experiment with making their own artwork based on Kahlo’s dynamic and psychological paintings.

The workshop will be paired with a tasting of wines that inspired by Frida’s persona. Students will taste and discuss the wines and no doubt be moved to wonder by the world of art and the art of wine. No prior wine knowledge needed and no artistic experience is necessary—beginners welcome! The cost is $35 per person and includes drawing materials, paper, and wine tasting. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To sign up, email Jackson at nichewine@gmail.com. This workshop is part of “The Art of Knowing,” is a new series of workshops which will pair great wines with the work of great artists from around the world.

How to Live Boldly: Frida Kahlo, Art + Wine

Angst Gallery is hosting a bold new event that explores that mysterious, delightful intersection between the fully engaged creative life, the artistic process, and—most importantly—wine. “How to Live Life Boldly: Looking at the Life of Frida Kahlo Through Art Making and Wine Tasting,” is a brief workshop led by artist Erin Dengerink and Niche Wine Bar proprietor/Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson.

Come to Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver from 6 to 8 p.m. for an exploration of Kahlo’s series of artworks that were inspired by her time spent in New York City. Kahlo (in case you didn’t know) was a famous Mexican artist who drew on her own life story to create passionate, surrealist paintings. Kahlo’s work about New York depicts her reaction to her  experiences in the city. Her work could be political, personal, and fantastical. Attendees will look at images of Kahlo’s artwork, discuss the ideas and symbols in her paintings, and experiment with making their own artwork based on Kahlo’s dynamic and psychological paintings.

The workshop will be paired with a tasting of wines that inspired by Frida’s persona. Students will taste and discuss the wines and no doubt be moved to wonder by the world of art and the art of wine. No prior wine knowledge needed and no artistic experience is necessary—beginners welcome! The cost is $35 per person and includes drawing materials, paper, and wine tasting. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To sign up, email Jackson at nichewine@gmail.com. This workshop is part of “The Art of Knowing,” is a new series of workshops which will pair great wines with the work of great artists from around the world.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy an evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a poetry salad. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder! Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

September’s featured poet is Coleman Stevenson, the author of two collections of poems, “Breakfast,” and “The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Gramma, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology “Motionless from the Iron Bridge.” She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there including Portland State University, Mountain Writers Center, The Art Institute of Portland, and Columbia River Correctional Institution. She created and has taught the Image+Text track in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2015. She creates tarot cards and other divination products through her business, The Dark Exact. A collaborative text and image project with artist Aspen Farer, The Doppelgänger Museum, is ongoing.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, 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: Coleman Stevenson

Matthew Harmon in the Loo-vre

You might not know this, but inside Angst Gallery is a very exclusive, very high-class “inner gallery” where only the most high-end art is exhibited. It’s called “The Loo-vre,” and it is located…in the bathroom. It is open, well, any time you need to go (that is, any time you need to go during regular gallery hours). The Loo-vre’s featured artist for September is Matthew Harmon, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, roaming the “immense and ancient” forest.

He was particularly struck by the place where encroaching suburban development met the wildness of the woods, where non-living intersected with living, the rigid lines of new construction juxtaposed with the free-growing chaos of old growth forest. He is drawn to the “contentious, careless separation between our culture and the so-called natural world,” he says. “Through our technological obstructions we stave off the flora and fauna, the organic.” Harmon’s arresting artworks featuring natural, flowing forms are right at home in a space created to serve basic biological needs.

For more information about this and other exhibits—like September’s “Red” exhibit in honor of National Redhead Days—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 glass of Chardonnay and amble around the gallery. For gallery hours, visit angstgallery.com.

Above image: detail from Matthew Harmon’s “Amoeba Flower”

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy a lazy summer evening with a glass of wine and a few well-chosen words. Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a poetry salad. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder! Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

August’s featured poet is native Portlander Sean Aaron Bowers. His first collection of poetry, We Were Warriors, was published under the pseudonym Johnny No Bueno. His upcoming book, Concrete & Juniper, is due to be released in late 2017 to mid-2018. His work has appeared in Criminal Class Review, Present Tense, and Nailed Magazine.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, 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: juniper berries.

The Hum Line: Works by Erin Dengerink at Angst Gallery

The thought-provoking works of prolific artist Erin Dengerink will be featured during the month of August at Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver. Her exhibit, “The Hum Line (or the joy of not knowing)” will be on display from Friday, Aug. 4, through Saturday, Aug. 26. There will be a First Friday reception for Dengerink from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.

When Dengerink was growing up, her family had a small cabin in northern Idaho without electricity or running water, and no people for miles around. Her family spent most of every summer living in that remote space. The best gift her parents gave her was the freedom to explore the woods, meadows, and streams of that area. She learned how to entertain herself and how to avoid bears. Dengerink wandered trails alone, collecting rocks and flowers to bring back to the cabin. Often, she would dissect the flowers or smash the rocks with a hammer to get to know their structure. Dengerink came to know the landscape through the specimens that she brought home in her pockets. That same process of carefully collecting and observing is integral to Dengerink’s current art practice. Small overlooked and discarded things continue to inform her understanding of the world. This exhibit showcases the work of the past two years, in which Dengerink has developed a series of small sculptures with a focus on healing. “I think of the objects as talismans; objects that give strength or bring luck,” says Dengerink. “They are tiny tools that are meant to bring joy to the viewer.”

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.

The Hum Line: Art by Erin Dengerink at Angst Gallery

The thought-provoking works of prolific artist Erin Dengerink will be featured during the month of August at Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver. Her exhibit, “The Hum Line (or the joy of not knowing)” will be on display from Friday, Aug. 4, through Saturday, Aug. 26. There will be a First Friday reception for Dengerink from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.

When Dengerink was growing up, her family had a small cabin in northern Idaho without electricity or running water, and no people for miles around. Her family spent most of every summer living in that remote space. The best gift her parents gave her was the freedom to explore the woods, meadows, and streams of that area. She learned how to entertain herself and how to avoid bears. Dengerink wandered trails alone, collecting rocks and flowers to bring back to the cabin. Often, she would dissect the flowers or smash the rocks with a hammer to get to know their structure. Dengerink came to know the landscape through the specimens that she brought home in her pockets. That same process of carefully collecting and observing is integral to Dengerink’s current art practice. Small overlooked and discarded things continue to inform her understanding of the world. This exhibit showcases the work of the past two years, in which Dengerink has developed a series of small sculptures with a focus on healing. “I think of the objects as talismans; objects that give strength or bring luck,” says Dengerink. “They are tiny tools that are meant to bring joy to the viewer.”

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 original work of art by Erin Dengerink, on display at Angst Gallery this month

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy a lazy summer evening with a glass of wine and a few well-chosen words. Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear Oakland poets Tongo Eisen-Martin and Derek Fenner perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, “someone’s dead already,” and his poetry has been featured in Harper’s Magazine. He is also a movement worker and educator whose work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on the extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again!” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His next book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, will be the 61st Pocket Poets book published by City Lights.

Fenner is an artist, educator, and researcher. He completed a BFA in painting and photography from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University. After a decade of experience as an art educator in the juvenile justice system, he is completing a doctorate in education. His research interests include youth justice, youth participatory action research, decolonizing methodologies, and art-centered learning. He co-founded Bootstrap Press (http://www.bootstrappress.org/) in 2000, which has published over 40 books. His latest book of poems is “Hermeticities & Others,” published in 2016.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 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.

The Art of Healthy Spaces at Angst Gallery

Just in time for the long, bright days of summer, there’s an exhibit at Angst Gallery that uses light and sky to create designs that are at once restful and expansive. These recent works by local artist Erika Bartlett will be on display from July 7-29, with a First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 7.

“The Art of Healthy Spaces explores how we react to aesthetics from the viewpoint of evidence based design,” explains Bartlett. “I have been learning about our reactions to cues from nature and, just as fascinating, how our brains react when we examine the things we find beautiful. The work explores abstracted elements of the sky, repetition and light using contemporary materials and processes.” Five percent of every purchase of original fine art will be donated to the coalition for Southwest Elderly and Abuse Prevention.

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: Flipspots by Erika Bartlett. To see more of Bartlett’s mesmerizing work, visit erikabartlett.com. You can also purchase items with her designs at https://society6.com/ebartlett.

The Art of Healthy Spaces at Angst

Just in time for the long, bright days of summer, there’s an exhibit at Angst Gallery that uses light and sky to create designs that are at once restful and expansive. These recent works by local artist Erika Bartlett will be on display from July 7-29, with a First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 7.

“The Art of Healthy Spaces explores how we react to aesthetics from the viewpoint of evidence based design,” explains Bartlett. “I have been learning about our reactions to cues from nature and, just as fascinating, how our brains react when we examine the things we find beautiful. The work explores abstracted elements of the sky, repetition and light using contemporary materials and processes.” Five percent of every purchase of original fine art will be donated to the coalition for Southwest Elderly and Abuse Prevention.

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: Flipspots by Erika Bartlett. To see more of Bartlett’s mesmerizing work, visit erikabartlett.com. You can also purchase items with her designs at https://society6.com/ebartlett.

How Did I Goat Here?

There are still a few days left to drop by Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver and see the compellingly tongue-in-cheek exhibit, “How Did I Goat Here?” featuring paintings by Cynthia Heise. The exhibit will remain open through this Saturday, June 24.

Minnesota-born Heise came to Washington by way of Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Missouri. She likes to create images with a dash of humor. In this exhibit, she dives into the shallow end of her gene pool with family portraits and speculations on how she arrived at this point in reality. Her art is polychromatic, erratic, and not to be taken at face value. She welcomes you to adopt her ancestors and make them your own. When asked why her great-grandfather was painted with a goat’s head, she replied, “Just kidding.” (Get it?)

Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St., just north of the historic Kiggins Theatre and adjacent to Niche Wine Bar. For more information about the show, visit angstgallery.com or contact Leah Jackson at leah.angstgallery@gmail.com.

Above image: detail from original painting—the aforementioned “portrait” of her great-grandfather—by Cynthia Heise

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Don’t get your darling buds of May in a dither! Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear poet Robert Lashley perform some of his work—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March of this year.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Don’t get your darling buds of May in a dither! Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear poet Robert Lashley perform some of his work—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March of this year.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 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.

“Petals” Opening Reception at Angst Gallery

Just in time for spring’s slow unfurling, “Petals” will be on display at Angst Gallery from May 5-27, with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, May 5. This season is, both literally and metaphorically, a time of renewal—perhaps even an opportunity for hope, an element that’s often missing in our current, rather dystopian sociopolitical climate. Celebrate the beautiful, colorful blooms that are spring’s hallmark by coming to see work by six local artists. To get you ready for the show, here’s a little background information on each of the artists:

  • Greg Bee had a cerebral aneurysm in 2014—while pursuing an art major—which altered his perception as well as his emotional response to making art. Bee focuses on mixed media, with each piece utilizing several media and skills. Major themes include mythology, archetypes, and symbolism.
  • Erin Dengerink is a transdisciplinary artist who works with the themes of love and loss. Her artwork often incorporates natural material such as flowers, leaves, and rocks.
  • Sophia Hale is a student at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics who works with clay. This show marks a return to the medium; she has not touched clay for seven years.
  • Bryan Helfrich is a Type II – minus being, interdimensional microbiome, artist, and designer. Yep.
  • Leah Jackson is an arts advocate and bicycle activist. She is a founding member of the Mosaic Arts Alliance and owner of both Angst Gallery and its next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar.
  • Reid Trevarthen uses National Geographic magazines as a source material for his impressionistic collages of people, and landscapes.

For more information, 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.