Here's a sampling of what the local arts scene has to offer:
Alcove Art Gallery: <a href="http://alcoveartgallery.com">http://alcoveartgallery.com</a>
Angst Gallery: <a href="http://angstgallery.com">http://angstgallery.com</a>
Archer Gallery at Clark College: <a href="http://clark.edu/archergallery">http://clark.edu/archergallery</a>
Art on the Boulevard: <a href="http://artontheboulevard.org">http://artontheboulevard.org</a>
Aurora Gallery: <a href="http://auroragalleryonline.com">http://auroragalleryonline.com</a>
Battle Ground Art Alliance: <a href="http://bgartalliance.com">http://bgartalliance.com</a>
Bravo! Vancouver: <a href="http://bravoconcerts.com">http://bravoconcerts.com</a>
Clark College Orchestra: <a href="http://clark.edu/news_events/MusicDepartmentConcerts.php">http://clark.edu/news_events/MusicDepartmentConcerts.php</a>
Clark College Theatre: <a href="http://clark.edu/academics/programs/humanities/theatre/season.php">http://clark.edu/academics/programs/humanities/theatre/season.php</a>
Columbia Dance: <a href="http://columbiadance.org">http://columbiadance.org</a>
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (put on by ANGAELICA): <a href="http://washougalfilmfest.org">http://washougalfilmfest.org</a>
Gallery 360: <a href="http://gallery360.org">http://gallery360.org</a>
Heritage Gallery: <a href="http://heritagefineart.com">http://heritagefineart.com</a>
Journey Theater Arts Group: <a href="http://journeytheater.orgJunior">http://journeytheater.orgJunior</a>
Symphony of Vancouver: <a href="http://oregonchamberplayers.org/jsv.html">http://oregonchamberplayers.org/jsv.html</a>
Love Street Playhouse: <a href="http://lovestreetplayhouse.com">http://lovestreetplayhouse.com</a>
Magenta Theater: <a href="http://magentatheater.com">http://magentatheater.com</a>
Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy: <a href="http://metropaa.org">http://metropaa.org</a>
Niche Wine & Art: <a href="http://nichewinebar.com">http://nichewinebar.com</a> or <a href="http://facebook.com/nichewineandart">http://facebook.com/nichewineandart</a>
North Bank Artists Gallery: <a href="http://northbankartistsgallery.com">http://northbankartistsgallery.com</a>
Northwest Classical Ballet: <a href="http://nwclassicalballet.com">http://nwclassicalballet.com</a>
Old Liberty Theater: <a href="http://oldlibertytheater.com">http://oldlibertytheater.com</a>
Ridgefield Art Association: <a href="http://ridgefieldartassociation.com">http://ridgefieldartassociation.com</a>
Riverside Performing Arts academy: <a href="http://riversidepa.com">http://riversidepa.com</a>
Second Story Gallery: <a href="http://secondstorygallery.org">http://secondstorygallery.org</a>
Southwest Washington Watercolor Society: <a href="http://swwswatercolor.org">http://swwswatercolor.org</a>
Southwest Washington Wind Symphony: <a href="http://swwindsymphony.org">http://swwindsymphony.org</a>
Vancouver Dance Theatre at Fort Vancouver High School: <a href="http://vancouverdancetheatre.com">http://vancouverdancetheatre.com</a>
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics: <a href="http://arts.vansd.org">http://arts.vansd.org</a>
Vancouver Symphony: <a href="http://vancouversymphony.org">http://vancouversymphony.org</a>
Vancouver USA Singers: <a href="http://vancouverusasingers.org">http://vancouverusasingers.org</a>
Washburn Performing Arts Center: <a href="http://washburnpac.org">http://washburnpac.org</a>
Here’s a sampling of what the local arts scene has to offer:
Alcove Art Gallery: http://alcoveartgallery.com
Angst Gallery: http://angstgallery.com
Archer Gallery at Clark College: http://clark.edu/archergallery
Art on the Boulevard: http://artontheboulevard.org
Aurora Gallery: http://auroragalleryonline.com
Battle Ground Art Alliance: http://bgartalliance.com
Bravo! Vancouver: http://bravoconcerts.com
Clark College Orchestra: http://clark.edu/news_events/MusicDepartmentConcerts.php
Clark College Theatre: http://clark.edu/academics/programs/humanities/theatre/season.php
Columbia Dance: http://columbiadance.org
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (put on by ANGAELICA): http://washougalfilmfest.org
Gallery 360: http://gallery360.org
Heritage Gallery: http://heritagefineart.com
Journey Theater Arts Group: http://journeytheater.orgJunior
Symphony of Vancouver: http://oregonchamberplayers.org/jsv.html
Love Street Playhouse: http://lovestreetplayhouse.com
Magenta Theater: http://magentatheater.com
Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy: http://metropaa.org
North Bank Artists Gallery: http://northbankartistsgallery.com
Northwest Classical Ballet: http://nwclassicalballet.com
Old Liberty Theater: http://oldlibertytheater.com
Ridgefield Art Association: http://ridgefieldartassociation.com
Riverside Performing Arts academy: http://riversidepa.com
Second Story Gallery: http://secondstorygallery.org
Southwest Washington Watercolor Society: http://swwswatercolor.org
Southwest Washington Wind Symphony: http://swwindsymphony.org
Vancouver Dance Theatre at Fort Vancouver High School: http://vancouverdancetheatre.com
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics: http://arts.vansd.org
Vancouver Symphony: http://vancouversymphony.org
Vancouver USA Singers: http://vancouverusasingers.org
Washburn Performing Arts Center: http://washburnpac.org
Galleries in Clark County have come and gone over the nine years that Elizabeth Steinbaugh has owned Aurora, the oldest art venue in downtown Vancouver, but the arts scene is stronger than ever, she said.
A lagging economy saw the number of galleries in downtown shrink from nine in 2010 to six in 2012. But those that remain have a host of prominent Washington artists to pick from.
“You really don’t know how many artists live in an area until you open a gallery,” Steinbaugh said. “I was shocked at how many we have. There are literally hundreds in Southwest Washington.”
Bev Jozwiak and Vicki Nelson, watercolor artists who grew up here and still live in the county, are probably the best know of the bunch. They have appeared in magazines and have gained national recognition for their work, Steinbaugh said.
Salmon Creek ceramic artist Michael Metz, a retired professional tennis player, is also gaining notoriety for his crystalline-glazed classical forms and organic sculptures.
“This area is becoming especially well known for our painters and potters,” Steinbaugh said.
Galleries are just the tip of the colorfully decorated iceberg when it comes to local arts, said Lee Rafferty, executive director of the Vancouver Downtown Association.
Dance has also grown increasingly prominent with the success of the Columbia Dance Studio and Riverside Performing Arts, she said.
“They’ve had great success with students going on and having careers as professional dancers,” Rafferty said.
Theater productions and symphony music are also very popular, with a variety of options to choose from.
And the Downtown Association and other groups have tried to bolster the scene with events such as the First Friday Art Walk — a free walking tour of galleries and other downtown art venues held the first Friday of each month.
“Art is one of the most important things that a community can do to make itself unique,” Rafferty said. “It beckons people on and tells them what we value as a community.”