Author: Maureen Andrade


Local Artist’s Vision for African Residency

Artists are full of great ideas. It’s sort of what we’re known for. But sometimes an artist’s good idea becomes a generative vision. Local artist and retired teacher Russell Ford has a vision of traveling to Africa this year to teach in a new program for empowering girls through art. No one can explain his […]


Poetry Off The Page: Open Mics in Vancouver

Poetry is a pure religion for many writers and readers. Poets use images, rhythm, and carefully selected vocabulary words to express ideas that would take other types of writers hundreds or thousands of words to express. It is a spare and disciplined art form, and one that has always inspired me. I respect poets doubly […]


Artists Giving Back

Arts of Clark County founding member Laurel Whitehurst connected with Winter Hospitality Overflow last year. She offered to visit St. Andrews Church on Gher, where WHO operates during the cold season, once a week and provide arts and crafts for families at the shelter. This year she and a few other volunteers are helping out […]


First Friday’s Big Holiday Celebration

It’s that time of the month again- First Friday Artwalk in the Vancouver Arts District. Local galleries made their lists and checked them twice and hung shows with collectible and gift-able art by a variety of local artists. Joining in the festivities are also businesses like Eric Runyan Jewelers, Boomerang Coffee House, Cellar 55 and […]


Organizing the Arts for Successes

Last week I attended a forum for New Community Visions for the Arts hosted by Americans for the Arts. Those who listen to National Public Radio might recognize Americans for the Arts as donors mentioned between segments. From my assigned reading for the event I learned this organization is over fifty years old and was […]


Meet Local Singer/Songwriter Jeffrey Graham

Clark County is home to very talented young artists, and singer Jeffrey Graham is one example.  Graham attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, including two years of choir. He also took a few years of piano lessons, and then self-taught guitar. With the goal of making a career in music as a performer, […]


Honoring our Founding Mothers in “Heart and Stone”

The very busy Vancouver Downtown Association decided to do a fresh public art piece many months ago. The process of developing and implementing a project like this takes a commitment from employees, volunteers, artists, and donors. From concept to construction to installation, it is a loving labor- a gift from one group of people to […]


Reconnecting with Friends through Art

Work, relationships, and the general wear and tear of our daily schedules create a need to do something that recharges our emotional batteries. Regardless of our skill levels or the types of arts and crafts we enjoy, many of us benefit from a creative outlet. For five years, I have invited a small group of […]


This Moment Brought to You by Donors

There are many moments I’ve had as an artist, volunteer, and director in the local arts scene that have touched my heart. For example, when I was sitting the gallery at North Bank Artists over a decade ago, I watched as my older son, then two years old, took the hand of a guest and […]


Correction: Art Talk time for Thursday

The Autumn Art Talk with Artist Trust Artist at Large Erin Dengerink is indeed Thursday, but it begins at 6pm rather than 5:30 at North Bank Artists Gallery. There will be an hour of speaking following by a half hour artist mixer, for folks to chat with each other and the presenter and address any […]

5 Reasons to Collect Art

Collecting artwork can seem daunting. The question I hear most often is, “How do I know which artwork to buy?” The short answer to that- buy something that speaks to […]

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