2016-2017 Arts Guide

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Southwest Washington has many local visual and performing arts venues for the fine arts enthusiast to enjoy. The Messenger presents a sampling of these excellent venues and performances in this guide. For further information, check websites or call the organizations.


Angst Gallery

1015 Main St., Vancouver, WA  98660. 360-553-1014

Fantastic Plaster Masks - Friday, Oct. 8 6 p.m. & Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Students will create a unique plaster mask by forming it on their own face! (Build mask Oct. 8, paint/decorate Oct. 15)

Aurora Gallery

1004 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98660. 360-696-0449

Watercolors by Bev Jozwiak and Vickie Nelson - Oct. 17 - 31

Camas Gallery

408 NE 4th Ave., Camas, WA 98607.


Gallery 360

605 Esther St., Vancouver, WA 98660. 360-693-7340

The gallery features work of 20 local artists in the historic Slocum House. Also open on the Firs Friday of each month from 5 - 9 p.m. for Artists' Reception, featuring live music and refreshments.

Reth Studio

808 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98660. 360-561-4245. Facebook: TimRelthArtist; Instagram: TomRelth; Twitter: @Tom_Relth Open Studios

Tom Relth at Boomerang for the Clark County Open Studios - Friday, Nov. 4, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. All floors at Boomerang are wheelchair accessible.

Second Story Gallery

624 NE 4th Ave., Camas, WA 98607. 360-834-4692

The Quilt Art Group - Oct. 7 - 29; Mitchel Wyninger - Oil/acrylic - Nov. 4 -26; Sandy Caldwell - Photography - Dec. 2 - Jan. 28

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Arts of Clark County

8002 N.E. Highway 99, #505, Vancouver, WA 98665. 360-901-0044.

Arts of Clark County promotes, encourages and enhances creative expression and artistic opportunities in Clark County and Southwest Washington

Arts Equity

P.O. Box 1735, Vancouver, WA 98668, 360-695-3770, info@artsequity.org

Arts Equity develops and produces new works for stage and musical theater.

Bravo! Vancouver

P.O. Box 118, Vancouver WA 98666-0118, 360-906-0441. Tickets, 1-800-992-8499

Clark College Theatre Company, Decker Theatre

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663-3598. Tickets at Clark College Bookstore, 360-992-2815.

All show begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Decker Theatre, Frost Arts, Clark College

Fall show: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19

Winter musical: “Urinetown” music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, book by Kotis. Feb. 17, 17, 24, 25, March 2, 3 & 4

Spring show: “Stop Kiss” by Diana Son. May 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20

Clark County Arts Commission

The Arts Commission promotes and supports the arts in Clark County. The 10-member commission works to foster awareness of the arts, expand accessibility to art in public places and support collaboration among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups and cultural organizations.

The commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Public Services Center, 1300 Franklin St., 6th floor, conference room 678. Meetings are open and the public is welcome.

Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, WA 98632, info@columbiatheatre.com. Box office: 360-575-8499 or 1-888-575-8499

Mainstage Performances:

Storm Large: Friday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.  - Musician, actor, playwright, author … awesome. Touring nationally and internationally, she has performed with the likes of Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gertein and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.

The Neil Young & Harvest Mood Band: Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. - The Pacific Northwest’s premier Neil Young tribute show! A well-crafted, electrifying and heartfelt musical experience that Neil Young fans and casual listeners alike are sure to enjoy.

Laugh for Life - Comedian Paul Aldrich: Friday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. - Paul Aldrich is pure comedy: 100% clean, 100% funny! Paul’s hilarious songs and stand-up comedy have been featured at thousands of faith-based and corporate events around the world and can be heard daily on Laugh USA Radio.

Stunt Dog Experience: Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. - Stunt Dog Experience showcases rescue dogs in an interactive high-energy family show!

Men are Mars, Women are from Venus - Live!: Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. - A sexy, salacious fast-paced comedy that will have husbands and wives elbowing each other, yet laughing and giggling like kids!

The Celtic Tenors Christmas: Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. - The Celtic Tenors are a three-man vocal group. The trio—Mathew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson—weaves together an eclectic repertoire of Celtic, operatic and popular songs.

Eugene Ballet's "The Nutcracker": Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. - A perennial favorite returns to delight the audience with the classic tale of a nutcracker come to life!

Pablo Cruise: Saturday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. - Pablo Cruise released its first A&M album in 1975. Six more followed, with top 10 hits like “Watcha Gonna Do” and “Love Will Find a Way.”

Pump Boys and Dinettes: Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.- The boys from the gas station next door play a high-octane blend of country and bluegrass packed with entertaining toe-tappers about life, love and good times.

Jim Webb - The Glen Campbell Years: Thursday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. - Jimmy Webb’s most enduring legacy is his musical partnership with Glen Campbell. The two musicians worked on more than 100 recordings together.

James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash: Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. - A toe-tapping, professionally produced, trip down memory lane, celebrating the legendary Man in Black.

The Young Irelanders: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. - The Young Irelanders are a group formed of the creative ideas and talents of a select group of young Irish performers.

Under the Streetlamp: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. - Enjoy unforgettable entertainment form this quartet of recent leading cast members of the musical Jersey Boys.

Ted Vigil - John Denver Tribute: Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. - Of the half-dozen John Denver tribute troubadours, no one comes closer to looking or sounding like him than Ted Vigil.

Remember When Rock Was Young - Elton John Tribute: Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. - Starring Craig A. Meyer as Almost Elton John and featuring music by The Rocket Band.

Journey Theater Arts Group

1400 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684, 360-750-8550 - Main/Box Office

"Oliver!" - Ridgefield High School, 2630 S Hillhurst, Rd., Ridgefield, WA 98642. Oct. 21, 22, 28 at 7 p.m.; Oct. 23, 30 at 2 p.m.; Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.

"Narnia" - Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal, WA 98671. Dec. 2, 3, 9 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 4, 11 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. School Day Performance - Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Magenta Theater Company

606 Main St., 6400 NE Highway 99, Ste. G, Box 160, Vancouver, WA 98665, 360-635-4358. tickets@magentatheater.com

"Little Shop of Horrors" - Oct. 7,8, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. A Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi musical that has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for more than 30 years.

"Parfumerie" - Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. This old-fashioned, romantic Christmas tale is set in a parfumerie.

"Waiting in the Wings" - Feb 2017. The play focuses on a feud between financially strapped Lotta Bainbridge and May Davenport, former stars living in a charity home for retired actresses.

"The Rainmaker" - April 2017. A tale of love and a tale of hope, set in “a western state on a summer day in a time of drought.”

"Moon over the Brewery" - June 2017. Miriam Waslyk is a single mother who uses moonlight to help enhance the drab surroundings of the Pennsylvania coal town in her artwork.

"Prescription for Murder" - October 2017. Somebody is out to kill Dr. Richard’s wife, Barbara, in the seemingly quiet town of Bere Knighton.

"It's a Wonderful Life" - December 2017. As banker George Bailey prepares to jump from a bridge in the small town of Bedford Falls, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for town residents if he had never lived.

North Bank Artists Gallery

1005 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98660. 360-693-1840. 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thursday - Saturday. Admission is always free.

Old Liberty Theater

115 Main St., Ridgefield, WA 98642. 360-887-7260. don@oldlibertytheater.com

Birdfest and Bluegrass Festival: Oct. 1

Brian Oberlin Bluegrass Quartet opens for Jeff Scroggins and Colorado: Oct. 1

Tony Starlight Show: Oct. 7

Stand-Up Comedy: Nov. 12

Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising with Kenny Stinson and Perfect Tym'n: Nov. 19

Acoustic Guitar Summit Holiday Concert: Dec. 3

Union High School Performing Arts Center

6201 NW Friberg/Strunk St., Camas, WA 98607. 360-604-7466. Katharine.Rich@evergreenps.org.

"Wizard of Oz" - Jan. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at door: $10 Adults; $7 Students and Seniors. Cash only. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time. General seating.


Barberton Grange, 9400 NE 72nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98665. 360-546-5855. Tickets: $10 all shows.

"Just What I've Always Wanted" - Dec. 7, 8, 9 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. A time for wishes and dreams to be fulfilled. Celebrate with us as we unwrap each gift of the season with laughter, songs and merriment.

Vancouver USA Singers

P.O. Box 1842, Vancouver, WA 98668. 360-666-9489.

All performances held at the First Presbyterian Church of Vancouver, 4300 Main St., Vancouver, WA. Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

"Christmas Around the World" - Dec. 10 and 11. The featured piece will be Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies, a Spanish celebration of carols accompanied by marimba, classical guitar and harp.Special guests are the award-winning Battleground High School Jazz Ensemble under direction of Darcy Schmitt, and Kate Petak, harpist.

Mozart and Mollicone - March 11 and 12. One of the greatest choral works ever composed, the Mozart Requiem, accompanied by full orchestra. The second featured piece is All God’s Children, an oratorio for choir and orchestra by American composer Henry Mollicone.

"All You Need is Love" - May 20 and 21. Choral music about love in all its aspects: from five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre to selections from South Pacific, Carousel and songs by Billy Joel and the Beatles.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

P.O.Box 525, Vancouver, WA 98666. 360-735-7278.

Symphony Concerts - Saturdays at 3 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m. Performed at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver, WA. Chamber Music - Sundays at 3 p.m. Performed at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, WA

Oct. 1 & 2 - Ruslan and Ludmila Glinka, Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky, Mayuko Kamio, violin, Symphony No. 6, Tchaikovsky

Nov. 5 & 6 - Concert Piece for Harp, op. 39 Pieme; Sacred and Profane Dances, Debussy; Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, harp; Nocturnes, Debussy; Daphnis and Chloe No. 2, Ravel

Dec. 3 & 4 - The VSO Goes to the Movies: the music of John Williams and other iconic film scores.

Jan. 21 & 22 - Marcelo Lehninger, guest conductor; Suite No.3, Bach; Symphony No. 8, Beethoven; Piano Concerto No. 2, Brahms; Orli Shaham, piano

Feb. 25 & 26 - Iphigenia in Aulis overture, Gluck; Concertino, Weber; Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet  and Orchestra, Rossini; David Shifrin, clarinet; Symphony No. 40, Mozart

April 22 & 23 - Young Artist Winners TBA; Lyric Suite, Grieg; Pines of Rome, Respighi

June 3 & 4 - Audience Choice TBA; Burleske for Piano and Orchestra R., Strauss; Sofya Melikian, piano; Symphony No. 2, Khachaturian

Washburn Performing Arts Center

1201 39th St., Washougal, WA 98671. Box office: 360-954-3107; Info/booking: 360-954-3103. arts@washougalk12.wa.us