Founding Mothers

Women’s History Month at Fort Vancouver: Founding Mothers with Hilarie Couture

Women important in the history of this area will be honored in a special exhibit by local artist Hilarie Couture, called “Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress.” The exhibit will be on display at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center for the entire month. Couture is an accomplished portrait artist, and the exhibit will feature several portraits of local women, including the debut of new works honoring women of Fort Vancouver. Couture will give a short presentation to officially open the exhibit on Saturday, March 4, at 1 pm in the Visitor Center.

At two upcoming lectures, the public is invited to explore the history of two women of Fort Vancouver: Marguerite McLoughlin, who was the wife of the fort’s Chief Factor, and her daughter, Eloisa. Assistant Curator Meagan Huff will discuss the fascinating lives of these women, who had front-row seats for the rise and fall of a fur trading empire. This program will take place on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm, at the Visitor Center. (A second engagement will take place on Friday, March 31, at 1 pm, at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City, where you can also see a mid-19th century dress.) On March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., you can also attend a fascinating presentation by noted Northwest author and naturalist Jack Nisbet about local flora and fauna.

Women’s History Month at Fort Vancouver

March is National Women’s History Month, and at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, we are hosting several events and special exhibits to celebrate the fascinating stories of women in history. From the days of the fur trade, to the women who lived at Vancouver Barracks, to the early female aviators of Pearson Field, women have left lasting marks on this place, implementing their ideas and exerting their influence in ways still visible today. During the month of March, Fort Vancouver will honor their achievements and contributions to local history through exhibits and special programs.

Women important in the history of this area will be honored in a special exhibit by local artist Hilarie Couture, called “Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress.” The exhibit will be on display at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center for the entire month. Couture is an accomplished portrait artist, and the exhibit will feature several portraits of local women, including the debut of new works honoring women of Fort Vancouver. Couture will give a short presentation to officially open the exhibit on Saturday, March 4, at 1 pm in the Visitor Center.

At two upcoming lectures, the public is invited to explore the history of two women of Fort Vancouver: Marguerite McLoughlin, who was the wife of the fort’s Chief Factor, and her daughter, Eloisa. Assistant Curator Meagan Huff will discuss the fascinating lives of these women, who had front-row seats for the rise and fall of a fur trading empire. This program will take place on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm, at the Visitor Center. (A second engagement will take place on Friday, March 31, at 1 pm, at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City, where you can also see a mid-19th century dress.) On March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., you can also attend a fascinating presentation by noted Northwest author and naturalist Jack Nisbet about local flora and fauna.

Christmas at the Slocum House

Come visit one of downtown Vancouver’s landmark buildings this season…and check off lots of items on your Christmas list at Gallery 360‘s Holiday Gift Shop. Stroll through the gallery, located inside one of Vancouver’s most historically significant and beautiful old buildings, and see original art by 20 local artists. If you visit the gallery on First Friday, Dec. 2, you can enjoy live music by the Upfront Duo and complimentary refreshments from 5 to 9 p.m. You’ll also get a chance to meet and mingle with some of the artists themselves. This holiday exhibit runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 30.

December is also the final month to view Hilarie Couture’s “Founding Mothers” portrait exhibition at the Slocum House.  Come meet Couture at the First Friday reception on Dec. 2 and see her portraits of prominent women from Clark County’s past and present.

Gallery 360 at the Slocum House is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Gallery 360, which is located at 605 Esther St., is part of the Mosaic Art Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and arts co-op. The gallery hosts monthly themed shows as well as occasional children’s art workshops. To learn more, visit www.gallery360.org.

Christmas at the Slocum House

Come visit one of downtown Vancouver’s landmark buildings this season…and check off lots of items on your Christmas list at Gallery 360‘s Holiday Gift Shop. Stroll through the gallery, located inside one of Vancouver’s most historically significant and beautiful old buildings, and see original art by 20 local artists. If you visit the gallery on First Friday, Dec. 2, you can enjoy live music by the Upfront Duo and complimentary refreshments from 5 to 9 p.m. You’ll also get a chance to meet and mingle with some of the artists themselves. This holiday exhibit runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 30.

December is also the final month to view Hilarie Couture’s “Founding Mothers” portrait exhibition at the Slocum House.  Come meet Couture at the First Friday reception on Dec. 2 and see her portraits of prominent women from Clark County’s past and present.

Gallery 360 at the Slocum House is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Gallery 360, which is located at 605 Esther St., is part of the Mosaic Art Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and arts co-op. The gallery hosts monthly themed shows as well as occasional children’s art workshops. To learn more, visit www.gallery360.org.

Opening Night Reception for Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress

Clark County Historical Museum is hosting the exhibition Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress from Friday, Aug. 19, through the end of September. The exhibition consists of 47 portraits of remarkable women from Clark County, six of which are making their debut at CCHM. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 19. At 6 p.m., artist Hilarie Couture will speak about her artistic process, share stories about the portraits she has created, and give a demonstration.

Couture’s impetus for this project was the naming of 2016 as Vancouver’s Year of the Woman, which also coincides with the centennial celebration of the Clark County YWCA. Mark your calendars for the Clark County Historical Museum’s related events:

Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress

Clark County Historical Museum is hosting the exhibition Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress from Friday, Aug. 19, through the end of September. The exhibition consists of 47 portraits of remarkable women from Clark County, six of which are making their debut at CCHM. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 19. At 6 p.m., artist Hilarie Couture will speak about her artistic process, share stories about the portraits she has created, and give a demonstration.

Couture’s impetus for this project was the naming of 2016 as Vancouver’s Year of the Woman, which also coincides with the centennial celebration of the Clark County YWCA. Mark your calendars for the Clark County Historical Museum’s related events:

Above image: detail from Hilarie Couture’s painting of (from left) Mother Joseph, Esther Short and Dr. Louisa Wright.

First Friday in downtown Vancouver

Vancouver’s Downtown Association honors moms in two ways on First Friday, May 6: first, there’s the reception and unveiling of artist Hilarie Couture’s exhibit at Boomerang, “Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress,” which draws attention to Vancouver’s founding mothers—the women past and present who have made Vancouver more livable, more beautiful, more inviting, more inclusive, and more community-minded. Second, there are even more portraits of Vancouver’s founding mothers on the Gemé Arts windows at the corner of 6th and Columbia, where the beautiful “Heart and Stone” public art (another founding mothers-inspired work) is located.

Many downtown establishments will be hosting special events during the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m., when shops and galleries stay open late, and you can see art and meet the artists in person throughout the Vancouver Arts District. You can download the First Friday Hotsheet or visit www.vdausa.org/first-friday-downtown/ to see a complete list of all the First Friday goings-on for May 6.

First Friday & Founding Mothers

Vancouver’s Downtown Association honors moms in two ways on First Friday, May 6: first, there’s the reception and unveiling of artist Hilarie Couture’s exhibit at Boomerang, “Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress,” which draws attention to Vancouver’s founding mothers—the women past and present who have made Vancouver more livable, more beautiful, more inviting, more inclusive, and more community-minded. Second, there are even more portraits of Vancouver’s founding mothers on the Gemé Arts windows at the corner of 6th and Columbia, where the beautiful “Heart and Stone” public art (another founding mothers-inspired work) is located.

Below is a short list of downtown establishments hosting special events during the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m., when shops and galleries stay open late, and you can see art and meet the artists in person throughout the Vancouver Arts District. You can also download the First Friday Hotsheet or visit www.vdausa.org/first-friday-downtown/ to see a complete list of all the First Friday goings-on for May 6.

Artists Needed for Founding Mothers

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is looking for a new piece of public art, to be revealed in May and installed in September of this year. The VDA is currently seeking artists’ proposals for “Founding Mothers,” a site-specific piece which will grace one of downtown’s main intersections. The VDA is looking for an artist whose work will transform the street and create a focal point at the intersection. The budget for the artwork is $15,000, funded through support from the City of Vancouver and numerous private donors. The budget includes travel expenses, taxes, transportation of the artwork, and installation. The VDA will take care of permits and provide a concrete foundation meeting the artist’s requirements.

The VDA has long been a supporter of arts of all kinds in the city center, investing over $150,000 in several pieces over the years. Among the more well-known public pieces that VDA has supported are the Flying Umbrellas at Evergreen and Main by local artists at Cobalt Designworks. Another popular piece is The Phoenix at 8th and Main, created by Seattle artist Andrew Carson. Last spring, a Vancouver Arts District was established to honor the arts in downtown.

More information can be found on VDA’s website or by visiting this page: http://vdausa.org/vda-projects/public-art/founding-mothers/. The Request for Qualifications is due by Sunday, March 1. The finalists will be selected by jury in mid-March, and the artist and concept will be announced in May. Final installation will take place on Sept. 4.