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First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Vancouver

At 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, it’s predicted to be a lovely 89°—practically freezing, by recent standards. With summer now blending into fall, there won’t be many more days to enjoy the golden, early-evening sunshine. What better way to savor the last bit of summer than in beautiful downtown Vancouver during its monthly First Friday Artwalk, happening from 5 to 9 p.m.? 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 (you’ll definitely want to check out Little Conejo tacos and mezcal on 114 W. 6th St., next door to Nonavo Pizza). 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 abstract paintings by British artist Steven Beresford at Aevum Images; an exhibit at Angst Gallery that coincides with National Redhead Days (Sept. 1-4) and celebrates all things red; landscapes by Chuck Sites and Harry Wheeler at Art on the Boulevard; “Realism vs. Impressionism” at Boomerang; Erika Bartlett‘s mesmerizing sky-inspired patterns at Cellar 55 Tasting Room; a mother-daughter show at Gallery 360 by Lesley Faulds and Kelsey Birsa emphasizing the connection between mind and body; a book-signing party at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie with noted mystic Laura Clarson; and a seven-foot-tall painting of Jimi Hendrix at Top Shelf Martinis on Main.

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: detail from “View Through the Net, Red Side Trout,” a watercolor by Tom Gail, which you can see at Boomerang.

Call for Artists: Cars, Cars, Cars!

Boomerang is hosting a revved-up art show in July that’s all about “Cars, Cars, Cars,” in honor of the annual Cruisin’ the Gut car show and vintage care festival in downtown Vancouver. It’s possible that this popular show drawing an estimated 20,000 visitors won’t be happening this summer (read this article in The Columbian), but Boomerang is determined to celebrate American’s favorite four-wheeled friend, no matter what.

The pop-up exhibit will take place during the month of July, with an opening First Friday reception on Friday, July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring light refreshments and live music. Boomerang is now accepting submissions of car-themed art from local artists who would like to participate—works by both professional artists and artists who’ve never shown a piece of art in a gallery before. Original art in all 2D mediums is welcome—paintings, digital art, photography, collage, and more. The show will be juried on merit and craftsmanship. Here are other relevant details:
  • Email submission forms and photos before midnight on Saturday, June 24.
  • Art drop-off: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Boomerang, 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver; art pick-up: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 29.
  • Show dates: July 5-July 28.
  • No application fee to submit up to five entries.
  • All art sales will be split with 70% going to the artist and 30% to Boomerang. Art can also be donated, or listed Not For Sale.
  • Art can be up to 80 inches long on one side, but large-format works should be light enough to be handled by one person.
  • Artists should be available during the First Friday reception on July 7.
  • Initial submission should be e-mailed as .jpg images in a specific format with an artist’s contact information, biographical information, and artist’s statement; click here for complete details

Ekphrastic Meet-Up Art & Writing Group

Have you ever seen a piece of artwork that inspired you to write a story? Or have you ever read a story that inspired you to make a work of art? That’s what the Ekphrastic Meet-up is all about: an opportunity to see and to make engaging art. (It’s difficult to pronounce, but fun to do.) The Greek word “ekphrasis” means the emotionally powerful graphic or verbal description of a visual work of art. The first meeting is on Thursday, April 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Meyer Room at the Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. 8th Way in Battle Ground.

Each participant should bring three pieces of original artwork or writing. The original writing can be short or long, published or not. The artwork can be in any medium. One or more pieces may be taken home by other participants—both artists and writers—in order to serve as inspiration for paintings, poems, stories, sculptures, fiber artworks, ceramic pieces, jewelry…whatever you feel inspired to create.

At the next Ekphrastic Meet-up in May, participants will share their work and return borrowed pieces to their owners. (There will be receipts with names and contact information to insure that artwork and writing are returned to the rightful owners.) At that second meeting, all the work will be photographed so that participants can turn the images, poems, and stories into a book, including biographies and artist statements. The books will then be made available to the participants to purchase at cost and sell for profit. To be part of this event, e-mail Liz lizelfring@aol.com.

Ekphrastic Meet-Up Art & Writing Group

Have you ever seen a piece of artwork that inspired you to write a story? Or have you ever read a story that inspired you to make a work of art? That’s what the Ekphrastic Meet-up is all about: an opportunity to see and to make engaging art. (It’s difficult to pronounce, but fun to do.) The Greek word “ekphrasis” means the emotionally powerful graphic or verbal description of a visual work of art. The first meeting is on Thursday, April 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Meyer Room at the Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. 8th Way in Battle Ground.

Each participant should bring three pieces of original artwork or writing. The original writing can be short or long, published or not. The artwork can be in any medium. One or more pieces may be taken home by other participants—both artists and writers—in order to serve as inspiration for paintings, poems, stories, sculptures, fiber artworks, ceramic pieces, jewelry…whatever you feel inspired to create.

At the next Ekphrastic Meet-up in May, participants will share their work and return borrowed pieces to their owners. (There will be receipts with names and contact information to insure that artwork and writing are returned to the rightful owners.) At that second meeting, all the work will be photographed so that participants can turn the images, poems, and stories into a book, including biographies and artist statements. The books will then be made available to the participants to purchase at cost and sell for profit. To be part of this event, e-mail Liz lizelfring@aol.com.

Call for Paper Artists

Boomerang Fine Arts is putting out an open call to local artists who create works out of paper for its May show, “Paper: Made, Formed, and Simply Used Up,” which opens First Friday, May 5. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original paper-based artwork…works that are based on paper or in which paper is the key element, such as folded paper, origami, paper furniture, bookbinding, drawings, paintings, papier-mâché, and 3D paper sculptures. The show isn’t just for “professional” artists; any one can submit anything that falls within the submission guidelines, which you can see by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 15. For more information, email Call4Art@generosityreturns.com.

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.

Gallery 360 Is Looking for New Art & Artists!

Gallery 360 is seeking entries for “Spirit of the Northwest,” an exhibition in the Community Room of the Slocum House—where Gallery 360 is located—that will run from January through March of 2017. Artists are invited to submit up to three entries that evoke the spirit of the Northwest and our vibrant community. The deadline for entry is Saturday, Dec. 3. Entry forms can be picked up at the gallery during regular gallery hours, or downloaded from our website at www.gallery360.org.

Gallery 360 is also accepting applications for new gallery members. There are openings for both two- and three-dimensional artists, or an artist who does both. Applicants will be required to complete an application and have their work juried by gallery members. Being a member of Gallery 360 is a commitment of your time and talents in a creative and supportive environment. Request a gallery member application by contacting the gallery at gallery360.vanc@gmail.com or stopping by the Slocum House during regular gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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. For more information, call 360-693-7340.

Pots, Petroglyphs & Poetry at City Hall

If you’ve never visited Vancouver’s beautiful City Hall building—415 W. 6th St.—now is an excellent time. But don’t go to see the Mayor (although we’re sure Tim Leavitt would be happy to chat)—no, go to see the art! Throughout the months of January, February and March, City Hall’s lobby and conference rooms will be filled with the petroglyph-inspired visual art of Kaila Farrell-Smith, the delightfully geometric stone pots of Claire Bandfield, and the inspiring words of Poetry Moves.

Bandfield’s hand-cast stone pots are exhibited in the conference rooms. Bandfield creates her pots with cement, sand, and organic materials, and then ages her pieces by leaving them outdoors in her Prune Hill garden, resulting in various patinas and colors that make each pot different. You can buy her pots locally at Hughes Water Gardens, Pomarius Nursery and Portland Nursery.

Displayed with the cast stone pieces are poems from Poetry Moves, an Arts of Clark County project that prints poems from local poets and displays them on C-Tran buses. The poems were part of a contest judged by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and his wife, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, co founders of Printed Matter Vancouver. The poems bring inspiration to the daily bus commute—and now to the daily activities of City Hall.

In the lobby, you’ll find a large installation by Kaila Farrell-Smith, including “Vision Quest Glyphology,” a painting inspired by the petroglyphs found along the Columbia River. The paintings are displayed along with hand-tied red cords, symbolically connecting the architecture of the lobby with the past and present of the Pacific Northwest. Farrell-Smith will give an presentation about the exhibit at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, at North Bank Gallery.

Above image: a wonderful pot by Claire Bandfield

“Art for Poetry” Sale & Reception

The Clark County Arts Commission invites you to “Connections: Visual Art for the Benefit of the Written Word,” featuring artists Rebecca Anstine and Barbara AW Wright, at the Sixth Floor Gallery of the Public Service Center. Learn about poetry programs such as classes, workshops, lectures, and readings, open mic nights, Poetry Moves, and Poetry in the Shops.

The event begins with an art sale starting at 3 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 4, followed by a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 with live music, light refreshments, and discussions about poetry-inspired projects. Christopher Luna will formally accept the Arts Commission’s invitation to extend his post as Clark County’s Poet Laureate through 2016.

Proceeds from gallery art sales and art objects crafted by local artists will go to support literary arts programs across the county. Entertainment will be provided by public school arts students, courtesy of the Arts Commission’s Spotlight on Young Performing Artists program. Art will be on display throughout the month of December at the Sixth Floor Gallery in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin in downtown Vancouver.

Art for Poetry Sale & Reception

The Clark County Arts Commission invites you to “Connections: Visual Art for the Benefit of the Written Word,” featuring artists Rebecca Anstine and Barbara AW Wright, at the Sixth Floor Gallery of the Public Service Center. Learn about poetry programs such as classes, workshops, lectures, and readings, open mic nights, Poetry Moves, and Poetry in the Shops.

The event begins with an art sale starting at 3 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 4, followed by a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 with live music, light refreshments, and discussions about poetry-inspired projects. Christopher Luna will formally accept the Arts Commission’s invitation to extend his post as Clark County’s Poet Laureate through 2016.

Proceeds from gallery art sales and art objects crafted by local artists will go to support literary arts programs across the county. Entertainment will be provided by public school arts students, courtesy of the Arts Commission’s Spotlight on Young Performing Artists program. Art will be on display throughout the month of December at the Sixth Floor Gallery in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin in downtown Vancouver.

Above image: detail from photograph of frost-tinged leaves.

Wine + Art at Burnt Bridge

Here are two new reasons to drop by the Burnt Bridge Cellars this weekend: firstly, the tasting room has just released six of its fall 2012 wines, and they are aching to be tasted. Secondly, you can meet local artists Glenn Miller and Randy Hopfer from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. See Miller’s extraordinary photographs and hear Hopfer talk about the process of printing photographs on aluminum. Their photographs will also be on display for you to enjoy (or to purchase!) while you are sipping your wine.

While you’re there, you can book your holiday party or corporate event at the tasting room. Your guests will enjoy fabulous wine and mouthwatering food from Class Cooking (located adjacent to Burnt Bridge Cellars). For more information, contact Kim at kim@burntbridgecellars.com.

Wine + Art at Burnt Bridge

Here are two new reasons to drop by the Burnt Bridge Cellars this weekend: firstly, the tasting room has just released six of its fall 2012 wines, and they are aching to be tasted. Secondly, you can meet local artists Glenn Miller and Randy Hopfer from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. See Miller’s extraordinary photographs and hear Hopfer talk about the process of printing photographs on aluminum. Their photographs will also be on display for you to enjoy (or to purchase!) while you are sipping your wine.

You’ll also want to mark your calendar for Burnt Bridge Cellars’ next wine education class from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. The topic will be types of grapes—or, in wine parlance, varietals. Learn the common characteristics for popular grapes, such as what makes a Syrah a Syrah or a Cabernet a Cabernet. Tasting room manager and newly-certified Sommelier Missy will identify key flavors and explain where they come from, as well as how to use these flavors to successfully pair wine with food. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to explain which wines are your favorite and why. Tickets are $20 per person, including a glass of wine. Contact missy@burntbridgecellars.com to reserve your spot.

While you’re there, you can book your holiday party or corporate event at the tasting room. Your guests will enjoy fabulous wine and mouthwatering food from Class Cooking (located adjacent to Burnt Bridge Cellars). For more information, contact Kim at kim@burntbridgecellars.com.

Spring Art Show & Sale

The Society of Washington Artists will hold its Spring Art Show and Sale from Thursday, May 15, through Sunday, May 18, at the Harley H. Hall Building, 10000 N.E. Seventh Ave. in Hazel Dell. This show is open to the public, and all the art on display is for sale. The show is also still accepting entries through 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, from artists who wish to show and sell up to three pieces of original art. The show is open to all artists who live in Washington; it's not necessary to be a member of SWA to have your art included in the show. For details, click here.

If you'd just like to attend the show to see what wonderful things our Washington artists have made, here's the public viewing schedule:

  • Thursday, May 15, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 16, 8 am to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An artists' reception and awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, with music provided provided by solo violinist Britney Brown. The show will be judged by Robert Bickel of Ridgefield. Everyone who visits the show from Thursday through Saturday will be invited to vote on the People's Choice for the most beautiful and compelling piece of art.

Above: Detail from "Crocus" by Bobbie Myers

Sip & Paint

"Sip & Paint" is wine appreciation, creativity, and socializing, all rolled into one evening. It's better than just wine (hard to imagine, but true), or just socializing, because at the end of the evening, you'll have a completed painting that you can take home with you—not to mention the memory of a really fun evening.

Sip & Paint is led by professional artist Bonnie Junell of Bonnie Junell Fine Art. She'll demonstrate techniques and guide you through each step of your painting. (For the wine-sipping and talking, though, you'll have to rely on your own skills.) No experience is needed and, for $45, all supplies are included—a 9 x 12 canvas, paint, everything—plus a glass of wine. If you don't want to paint alone, Sip & Paint makes an excellent and unusual gift—or bring a group of friends and make it a par-tay.

The class will be held at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar in Vancouver's historic Lincoln neighborhood. Latte Da is located in a beautifully restored 1920s bungalow, with hardwood floors and lots of comfy seating. A variety of beer and delicious coffee concoctions are available to purchase, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, and a very excellent cheese plate. To reserve your spot, call 503-975-0804. Early registration is recommended because the ten available spots fill up fast.

Sip & Paint at Latte Da

"Sip & Paint" is wine appreciation, creativity, and socializing, all rolled into one evening. It's better than just wine (hard to imagine, but true), or just socializing, because at the end of the evening, you'll have a completed painting that you can take home with you—not to mention the memory of a really fun evening.

Sip & Paint is led by professional artist Bonnie Junell of Bonnie Junell Fine Art. She'll demonstrate techniques and guide you through each step of your painting. (For the wine-sipping and talking, though, you'll have to rely on your own skills.) No experience is needed and, for $45, all supplies are included—a 9 x 12 canvas, paint, everything—plus a glass of wine. If you don't want to paint alone, Sip & Paint makes an excellent and unusual gift—or bring a group of friends and make it a par-tay.

The class will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver's historic Lincoln neighborhood. Latte Da is located in a beautifully restored 1920s bungalow, with hardwood floors and lots of comfy seating. A variety of beer and delicious coffee concoctions are available to purchase, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, and a very excellent cheese plate. To reserve your spot, call 503-975-0804. Early registration is recommended because the ten available spots fill up fast.

Above: detail from "Poppy Play" by Bonnie Junell—an the basis for what Sip & Paint participants will be painting on April 29.

Kathy Winters at Camas Gallery

Camas Gallery will honor its featured artist for April—Ridgefield watercolorist Kathy Winters—at an evening reception during Camas' First Friday event. The gallery will feature Winters' works on its walls during the entire month.

Camas Gallery (formerly Ballard & Call) focuses on Northwest art of all mediums, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media paintings, as well as jewelry, pottery, metal and glass work, and fiber arts. Many of the paintings in the gallery can also be purchased as prints. For more details, visit www.camasgallery.com. For more information about Camas First Friday—"Spring Into History"—visit www.downtowncamas.com.

First Friday in Vancouver

Visit Vancouver's Downtown Association to get your copy of the First Friday "Hot Sheet," of course—that's the downloadable PDF that lists all the most awesome stuff to do during the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver. Take a peek at the Hot Sheet and see, at a glance, what's new and what's happening: new art exhibits, new places to explore, and live music to enjoy. Plan your evening by choosing from among downtown Vancouver's hip galleries, wine tasting venues, restaurants, vintage shops, clothing and home décor boutiques, and theaters with live performances. A downloadable walking map is also available. The Art Walk is always free, although you'll want to come prepared—you never know what might catch your eye or tantalize your taste buds!

First Friday at Burnt Bridge

There's a lot of fun stuff happening around downtown Vancouver on First Friday, and sometimes it's hard to choose. But if you love wine—and art, and music, and really, really, really good appetizers—here's a place you might want to stay awhile: Burnt Bridge Cellars. Burnt Bridge has been turning out award-winning wines (lots of gold and silver medals!) since it opened a couple years ago. The tasting room is a truly beautiful space, with plenty of windows, polished wood, and a long tasting counter.

Sip your Syrah while noshing on small plates from Class Cooking: a cheese board with fig and olive tapenade, lahvosh pizza with mozzarella, Italian sausage and basil, pesto rice salad with Parmesan on a bed of greens, pasta shells stuffed with spinach and three cheeses with spicy marinara, and spiced nuts with cinnamon-dried apples and peaches. (All appetizers are reasonably priced, and can be paired with wine by the glass or by the bottle.)

There'll be live blues with The Two-Bit Wonder and Joshua Bennett, new art from Vicki McArdle, photos by Randy Hopfer, and Native American story tapestries from the Vancouver Tapestry Group. For more details, visit Burnt Bridge Cellars' Facebook page.

Wine, Art & Nibbles at Burnt Bridge Cellars

There's a lot of fun stuff happening around downtown Vancouver on First Friday, and sometimes it's hard to choose. But if you love wine—and art, and music, and really, really, really good appetizers—here's a place you might want to stay awhile: Burnt Bridge Cellars. Burnt Bridge has been turning out award-winning wines (lots of gold and silver medals!) since it opened a couple years ago. The tasting room is a truly beautiful space, with plenty of windows and polished wood, and a long tasting counter where you can take your ease and enjoy the elightened conversation of vintners Mark Mahan and David Smith.

Mahan's wife, Kim, owns Burnt Bridge Cellars' next door neighbor, Class Cooking, which is mighty convenient since excellent food goes so well with excellent wine. From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, you can sip your Syrah while noshing on selections from a cheese board with fig and olive tapenade, lahvosh pizza with mozzarella, Italian sausage and basil, pesto rice salad with Parmesan on a bed of greens, pasta shells stuffed with spinach and three cheeses with spicy marinara, and spiced nuts with cinnamon-dried apples and peaches. (All appetizers are reasonably priced, and can be paired with wine by the glass or by the bottle.)

But wait, there's more! There'll be live blues with The Two-Bit Wonder and Joshua Bennett, new art from Vicki McArdle, photos by Randy Hopfer, and Native American story tapestries from the Vancouver Tapestry Group. For more details, visit Burnt Bridge Cellars' Facebook page.

 

Warm Your Heart with Art

If you're in the mood for an art show, you might consider dropping by Touchmark at Fairway Village from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. A retirement community might not necessarily be the first place you'd think of buying art, but that's why the works you'll find at Touchmark's "Warm Your Heart with Art" show are anything but ordinary. The show is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, and Touchmark has assembled a rich variety of art—one-of-a-kind handmade items, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glassware, and fiber arts—from talented local artists, as well as art made by staff members and residents such as Sharon Brannan, whose decorated gourds and stained glass will be among the art on display.

The event will be held in the main lobby and in the Fireside Room, and features entertainment by the Matthew Casey Swing Trio Band, appetizers and wine, and door prizes. There's no charge to attend, and complimentary valet parking is available. Touchmark (2011 S.E. Village Loop in the Fisher's Landing neighborhood) is a full-service retirement community with an on-site health and fitness club for people age 40 and up. For more information, visit www.touchmarkvancouver.com.

Open Studios Call for Artists

open studios logoThe Arts of Clark County (AOCC)—a nonprofit organization that promotes creative expression and artistic opportunities in Clark County and Southwest Washington—is offering a free, self-guided "Open Studio Tour" on Nov. 8 and 9 of this year. That means: they need art and artists! The AOCC is looking for visual artists who produce art in all media to promote themselves and their one-of-a-kind, created-in-Southwest-Washington works of art during the tour.

Open Studios will be a juried event, providing North Bank artists with an opportunity to connect with the public (and potential buyers) as you open your studio doors and invite art lovers to see and discuss your work—a chance to share your process and your inspiration directly with the people who will purchase your art. The goal is to enhance awareness of our talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods.

The application deadline is Saturday, May 31. For more details, visit www.ccopenstudios.org.