Bits ‘n’ Pieces: This pinup calendar promotes local women




Jean Stanek

The pinups are back and Vancouver photographer Kate Singh thinks you are going to like them.

Local women shine in a 2012 calendar she produced. The sexy, sassy photos help promote the models’ real careers.

Singh, who owns Aevum Images in downtown Vancouver, said women jumped at the chance to show the “play” in their “work.” Her calendar is an engaging and sassy marketing approach to “girls just want to have fun” and boost their businesses at the same time.

Vintage pinup girls of years past advertised everything from soap to auto parts but these women are advertising their careers.

The Career Girl Pin-Ups calendar is reminiscent of those Esquire produced in the 1940s. The photos fill the calendar page and the days of the month are a small tagline.

Singh was an Army nurse for 35 years, serving in Vietnam and ending during Desert Storm. Her photography hobby became a business in 2001 while she was pursuing a degree in graphic design at Clark College. Among her awards: Photographer of the Year 2004 and 2010 by the Portland Metropolitan Photographers Association.

July’s Vancouver model, Jean Stanek, looking sexy in overalls, is the first woman to retire from Longshoremen’s Local No. 4 on the West Coast, an accomplishment she wanted to proclaim. Raised in Brush Prairie, Stanek served in the Army before returning to Clark County and working for the Port of Vancouver. Next in life: Travel and life without deadlines.

Calendars, $24.95, available at or call 360-735-1595.– Mary Ricks

Violinist to perform in prestigious concert

Another year of practice really paid off for 14-year-old Rachel Graves, a violinist from Mountain View High School. Graves is one of 10 winners in the 2012 Young Artists Debut! The Van Buren Concerto Competition.

“I was really excited,” Rachel said. “I didn’t really know what to expect.” She auditioned last year but didn’t make the cut.

Rachel will perform in the April 10 Young Artists Debut! concert with conductor Niel DePonte and an orchestra of musicians from the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras. The concert will be in the Newmark Theatre in Portland.

While she plays in her school orchestra, this will be the first time she will play with a full symphony.

Rachel has been playing the violin since she was 7 years old and studies with Clarisse Atcherson of Camas.

“I always think there’s a possibility I might go into music,” Rachel said.

She will perform Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Tickets for the concert are available through MetroArts Inc. at 503-245-4885 and Ticketmaster. For more information visit– Ruth Zschomler

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