Vancouver’s Downtown Association plans more public art in 2015

by DIwpBacon on January 29, 2015
The Phoenix Main Street

“The Phoenix” on Main St. Photo courtesy of the DVA.

Vancouver’s Downtown Association (VDA) is seeking interested artists who may want to submit their ideas for an exciting new piece of public art in Downtown Vancouver. VDA has long been a supporter of arts of all kinds in the city center, investing more than $150,000 in several pieces over the years.

Last spring, a Vancouver Arts District was established to honor the arts. Among the more well-known public pieces that VDA has supported are the ‘Flying Umbrellas’ at Evergreen and Main Streets by local artists of Cobalt Designworks. Another popular piece is The Phoenix at Eighth and Main Streets. The Phoenix was created by Seattle artist Andrew Carson.

The 2015 project will carry the theme of “Founding Mothers.” For more information, visit This project will be funded through support from the City of Vancouver and numerous private donors.



Masquerade Ball benefits the Camas-Washougal Mural Project Feb. 7

by DIwpBacon on January 29, 2015

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Camas Gallery invites the community to an elegant masquerade ball to benefit the Camas-Washougal Mural Project on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Orchard Hills Golf & Country Club. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and features dancing, prizes, silent auction, hors’ d oeuvres, special guests, and a cash bar.

Tickets are $35 and are available online here with a $2.92 service fee, or in person at Camas Gallery and Orchard Hills. Those that don’t already have the required carnival masks can purchase one at Camas Gallery for $15.

The Camas-Washougal Mural Project is an artistic effort to tell the cities’ history. Several themed murals are planned to turn blank wall spaces throughout town into stories of the past and present. Learn more about the project and the event at

Nine great student musicians compete in VSO’s Young Artist Competition Feb. 8


The finalists have been chosen. Now what remains is the always-exciting Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s 21st annual Young Artists Competition set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Continuing the competition format instituted in 2014, nine of the area’s finest young musicians will perform head-to-head in a concert that is free and open to the public with no advance ticketing required.

Finalists include: Emily Brother, piano, West Linn (OR) High School; Matthieu Galizia, piano, home school; Jeremiah Guo, piano, Camas (WA) High School; Nathan Kim, piano, Newberg (OR) High School; Cammie Lee, violin, Catlin Gable (OR) High School; Richard Lu, cello, Skyview (WA) High School; Yun Teng, violin, Camas (WA) High School; Pieter Top, piano, Wilsonville (OR) High School; Annie Zhang, cello, Westgate (OR) Christian School.

The annual competition features students performing their selections in a concert setting before a live audience. The top three contestants will then perform with The VSO at Skyview Concert Hall under the baton of internationally-renowned Maestro Salvador Brotons in concerts on April 18 and 19.

Vendors sought for the GVCC’s 2015 Shop Local event Feb. 24

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The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVCC), in partnership with other regional chambers and business associations, will host the “2015 Shop Local Business Showcase” at the Hilton VancouverSaturday, Feb. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. There are vendor spaces available to businesses interested in showcasing their products, and/or services; and spaces for local nonprofits to provide programming information and recruit volunteers.

Some of this year’s vendors include: TwinStar Credit Union, Wendel Dental, Water & Air Works, Silpada-Carol Walsh, WEO, Providence Health, SW Office Supply, BBSI Preferred Payroll, Caribbean and Beyond, The Columbian, Riverview Community Bank, Camas Meadows Golf Club, Security Signs, Jantzen Beach Modern Dentistry, NW Personal Training, and GVCC/PTAC.

To become an exhibitor, contact Susie Bauder, program and events director at the GVCC at 360-567-1093 or The cost is $180 for an eight foot, skirted table and two chairs. There are optional additional costs for electricity and banner placement/hanging. Set up time will begin at 1 p.m. and games, activities and giveaways are encouraged to engage attendees.





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