Cynthia Heise

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 or contact Leah Jackson at

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