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Camas Needs Artists!

The Downtown Camas Association needs the help of local artists to create images for promotional items that will reflect the character of downtown Camas. Selected pieces will be used on items such as bags, t-shirts, banners, mugs, cards, and also in conjunction with online and print promotions. Artists—both adults and kids—can submit colorful artwork depicting one of three different themes: a downtown Camas streetscape, the Camas car show, or the Camas Farmer’s Market. Multiple entries are permitted, and submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. There is no entry fee or cost to participate.

In addition to being showcased on promotional items that will be given to visiting dignitaries, to welcome new businesses, and for sale at events, each participating artist whose work is chosen will receive recognition on DCA social media, in the downtown weekly newsletter, on the DCA website, and in a press release to local media. The artist will also receive two promotional items that the art is used on.

Here’s how to enter: high-resolution (300 dpi) .jpg or .pdf images must be submitted by email to director@downtowncamas.com. Art can be originally created on computer or on paper, no smaller than ten inches by ten inches. The email must include the name, age, postal address, phone number, and email address of the entrant in addition to a brief, two-sentence statement about the art. All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. All entries will become the sole property of the Downtown Camas Association and may be used at the Downtown Camas Association’s discretion on its web site, social media, print materials, and promotional items. More information can be found at http://downtowncamas.com/celebrating-downtown-camas-promotional-art-project/. For additional questions, email director@downtowncamas.com or call 360-904-0218.

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.

Artists Needed for Vintage & Art Faire

The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) is inviting artists and crafters from all around Washington and Oregon to take part in the sixth annual Downtown Camas Vintage & Art Faire on Saturday, Aug. 23. The DCA is looking for sculpture, drawings and paintings, handmade jewelry, fiber art, recycled art, ceramics, woodcarving, paper art, and any other kind of art you can think of! The “art” portion of the Faire is new this year—a perfect partner for the “vintage” element. Works of art don’t need to be old, antique, or vintage in nature—just original and high quality.

The Faire will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Camas on Fourth Avenue and Birch Streets, near Camas Antiques. The DCA is expecting to feature more than 40 vintage and antique vendors with decorative items, housewares, indoor and outdoor furniture, garden embellishments, clothing and accessories, along with upcycled and refurbished goods. Visitors to the Faire will also enjoy live music and delicious food from an array of local food vendors. Free coffee will be available for early birds!

If you’d like to be one of the Faire’s featured artists, click here for an artist application. If you’re interested in being one of the vintage vendors, e-mail camasantiques@gmail.com or roostreimagined@gmail.com.

Above photograph: an original hat created by Mack & Momma, whose other items can be seen at Camas Antiques.

Ridgefield Farmers Market

Every Saturday from early May through October, local farmers, artisanal food-makers, artists, and other vendors gather in downtown Ridgefield to sell their delicious, organic, and one-of-a-kind wares. This year, the market is being held in the newly-rennovated Overlook Park at the corner of Main and Pioneer Streets. The Ridgefield Farmer's Market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. no matter what—even if it rains!

You'll find fantastically fresh, farm-grown fruits and vegetables as well as long-time vendors Cat-Fish Photography and Silvery Star Dairy. You'll also be able to purchase plant starts for your home garden, baked goods, handmade soaps, small-batch hand-roasted coffee, a delicious drink called "choffy," and homemade jams and jellies—among many other wonderful things. For more details about the market, including a list of vendors, visit www.ridgefieldmarket.com.

The Library Needs Your Art

The Vancouver Commuity Library wants your art! On the first Friday of every month—in conjunction with downtown Vancouver's First Friday Artwalk—the library displays a variety of original artwork from local artists. The really excellent thing about this open call for artists is that it doesn't matter if you're an amateur or a professional: your works may have been viewed in galleries across the Northwest, or they may have been seen only by your cats. Either way, if you're looking for a wider audience, the library is a good place to start.

Every first Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., the library invites Artwalkers to see exhibits from local artists in every media: painting, sculpture, fiber arts, glass and metal work, ceramics, and recycled or upcycled art. If you can make it, the library can display it. Your art will continue to be displayed after First Friday, too—the exhibit will stay open during regular library hours on the following Saturday and Sunday.

To be considered, call 360-906-5106 and ask about the art exhibit submission form. When you submit the form, include an artist's statement and/or your résumé, as well as a portfolio with five to 10 images of original work representing the pieces you'd like to display. Include an index of image titles, mediums, and dimensions. The completed packet must be received by the library by Tuesday, April 1, or it may be e-mailed to dgambale@fvrl.org.

Artists Needed for April Show

Holland America Bulb Farms—a little bit of Dutch tulip-mania right here in Woodland—is hosting its first-ever wine tasting and art show event, "Art Among the Tulips," on Saturday, April 5. The show, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m., will feature local wine and works by Southwest Washington artists, along with food and live music (and, of course, tulips).

The organizers are putting out an open call for any artist of any medium: pottery, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, glasswork, or recycled arts. Artists will be chosen by jury. To schedule an appointment, e-mail stacey@habf.net or call 360-225-4512. Click here for an application. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 21.