Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Get your ART on!

April's First Friday Artwalk
April 2, 2010 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Student Juried Show: Hot vs. Cold
Student jurors chose the art to be featured during the month of April in Angst Gallery. Meet the students and the artists this Friday during Vancouver's monthly Artwalk. The process of choosing the art was part of the intern program featured in The Columbian on March 14, 2010 (our post). The nicer the weather the bigger the turnout, but the galleries are so close together, rain should not be a deterrent for you getting your art on.

May's First Friday Artwalk
May 7, 2010 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Pepe Moscoco: Photography
Meet Pepe Moscoco, a talented photographer who also writes for the Hispanic newspaper in Portland, Oregon. We'll post more info and pictures as soon as available.

June's First Friday Artwalk
June 4, 2010 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Bike Love
June is Bike Month at Angst Gallery. The gallery is looking for people who create bicycle related art. Participants are featured during the First Friday Artwalk event this year on Friday, June 4, 2010 from 5:00pm - 8:00 pm. APPLY TODAY, contact Leah.AngstGallery (@) gmail (dot) com and get your BIKE on!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

SOLD! Jason Wade Phelps art finds new homes

March was a great show for Jason Wade Phelps at Angst Gallery.

Melanie Sherman noted in the comments section of our previous post First Friday a HIT! that one of her favorite piecies was Mending. We're happy to report this whimsical piece sold. (Pictured right).

Congratulations to the astute buyer.

Local art enthusiasts believe this will be the last time Phelps work will be available at these prices. His ability to connect with his audience and technique will only expand and we wish him the best as his career develops.

Also sold through the show was the Phelps piece pictured at left, Metamorphose.

Find and enjoy more of Phelps work on his blog: Jason Wade Phelps Fine Art.

Coming Next:
First Friday Artwalk, April 2, 2010
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Student Juried Art Show
Downtown Vancouver, Washington

See you in The Couve!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bookstores read future

"To Mel Sanders, a successful author’s event or open-mike poetry night at her downtown Vancouver bookstore is like the binding of a good book. It holds the pages of her business together."
Great story by Cami Joner in The Columbian on the local bookseller scene.

Article quotes, our friend Mel Sanders from Cover to Cover Books, 1817 Main St, Vancouver (with THREE pictures!); also quotes Kol Shaver, Zephyr Used and Rare Books, P.O. Box 55, Vancouver WA 98666; Steve Tommerup, owner of Literary Leftovers in Battle Ground at 830 W Main; and Becky Milner, founder of Vintage Books, 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, Washington

With the onset of the electronic book era everything is adjusting in the bookseller's world.

When the dust settles, will the reader still want to hold a real book in their hands?

What do you think?

Read the full story here: Bookstores try to read future.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Behind the scenes at Angst Gallery

Let us be the first to tell you that the dust is flying at Angst Gallery. Exciting disclosures await, but we'd thought we'd give you a little preview.

And what's behind the wall, you ask. We'll let you know very, very soon.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Carol previews how to party

"I've donated blood before. It doesn't take very long. The needle prick is just that, a teeny-tiny, little momentary sting. It won't even make you blink," reports Carol Doane. "Really, the worst part is sitting through all the questions they ask. Once you've heard them, it's pretty boring."

We wondered why Carol chose to celebrate her birthday by asking her friends to donate blood.

"My heart is truly vested in Be The Match, the National Bone Marrow Registry and especially to raise awareness of people of color registering—half my family is of Asian descent. I would be the un-Asian half," Carol noted, and rubbed the inside of her elbow likely in anticipation of the blood donation adventure. "But @SWBlood sent me a direct message on Twitter and asked if I would spearhead a drive. I am a big believer of accepting the pie on your plate, so I gave them an enthusiastic yes and starting pressing friends and strangers into service."

How many friends have signed up?

"I keep checking the online appointment scheduler and I'm still seeing some open spots, but I'm hoping to fill the day to keep the Puget Sound Blood Center busy. I want it to be successful for the time their staff invests. My other desire is that it will encourage my friends to pause and think a moment about what their gift does during everyday life or disaster.

"It's just incredible how a simple, simple thing changes the world. It costs you your gas, your time to get to the center, maybe a little anxiety, but what you give is unmeasurable."

Carol shared pictures she snapped during her last donation that occurred at her office. The Blood-Mobile drove up, parked in front of their building and opened for business treating donors with juice and cookies, rockin' music and friendly, encouraging smiles.

"I like to engage people in conversation and one of the personnel had worked with me previously, so we spent time catching up. I met another phlebotomists and learned she was married to a youth minister and had just returned from a church retreat. She and I had an interesting conversation in a different way. I talk to everybody who enters my circle."

You mentioned three social media circles where you are promoting this event. What others are you using?

"Oh, my gosh. I am leveraging everything! I posted on LinkedIN, Plancast, created a 'poster' and uploaded it to Twitpic. I'll be writing about it on Blogger, and I'm asking friends to blog about it. I've got a steady chirp of tweets happening, too.

"We made event pages on local social media spots like Guerrilla-Media, and national hubs like Meetup and Upcoming. We actually have two Facebook pages, one through my Facebook fan page and another Facebook event page that the Blood Center set up, which is a lot cleaner than mine. I tend to get too wordy. Oh, and check out my Schmap! What else..." Carol scanned her open laptop to aid her memory, but before she got distracted with gmail, we asked what happens after the event. Her head bobbed up and a big grin covered her face.

"I'm taking a few days off and enjoying spring break with my daughter. Hoping to get a little travel time in. I'm always up for adventure. I'll post pictures either on Twitpic or Flickr and you can watch us on the road via Foursquare. And, of course, if anything extraordinary happens we'll upload it to YouTube!"

We think Carol should pace her social media pursuits, but this project is too good not to throw your whole heart into.

Join Carol on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 for

Carol's Save a Life Birthday Party

Puget Sound Blood Center - Vancouver
9320 NE Vancouver Mall Blvd
Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98662

Follow the Schmap to the Blood Center
Follow Google map to the Blood Center

Make your appointment online:

Want to, but can’t on the 31st?
Call 360-567-4800 for an alternate date.

EACH DAY Western Washington needs 900 people to donate blood.

1. Eligibility: http://www.psbc.org/programs/blood.htm

2. First Time Donors: http://www.psbc.org/programs/drives_first_time.pdf

3. Donation FAQs: http://www.psbc.org/programs/faq.htm

If you would like to see the lives that are touched by blood donation visit the Puget Sound Blood Center patient videos page.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Great Weekend for Angst Gallery

What a great weekend for Angst Gallery. It began with the Jason Wade Phelps show on First Friday, included a post and pictures on Bike Portland.org, and ended with a mention in the local newspaper, The Columbian:

"The internship program started in December as a way to give advanced art students real-world experience, said VSAA fine-arts teacher Crystal Zeller. Zeller approached North Bank and nearby Angst Gallery about collaborating to enhance classroom instruction. She has three students interning at Angst and five at North Bank."

Read the entire story here: Art is in the eye of the beholder

Sunday, March 14, 2010

First Friday Artwalk is a HIT!

Flight Over Hydra

The big show at Angst Gallery opened Friday with March's featured artist Jason Wade Phelps. Phelps welcomed First Friday Artwalk guests with an intriguing collection that demonstrates how the creative process makes sense of time, memory and experience. Response was overwhelming for this transplant from Southern Oregon.

Phelps work is on display now through March 31.

From left to right: From Where Crow Found Us and The Archer and 9 Suns.

Mending, Jason Wade Phelps.

Stop in at Angst Gallery Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 pm to encounter thought provoking designs, materials and impressions by Jason Wade Phelps.

You can view more of his work on his blog Jason-Wade-Phelps.blogspot.com.

If you are an artist and interested in discussing your work on display at Angst Gallery contact gallery owner, Leah Jackson. The gallery includes a broad array of media from canvas to ceramic, to fine jewelry, handmade cards, and books.

Gmail: Leah.AngstGallery@gmail.com
Phone: 360.253.1742.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Bike Portland hops the river and connects with client Leah Jackson

BikePortland.org wrote about the new bike corral located on Main Street, just south of W. 11th Ave and in front of Angst Gallery owned by our client Leah Jackson. Leah is a big proponent of biking and can be found traversing the city on two wheels. This installation is of note, because bicycles now have on-street parking in Vancouver, Washington.

More information about bicycling in Vancouver from the city's Web-site.

If you bike in Vancouver, like Leah does, check out this bike map compiled by the city (PDF 6.82 MB).

Read the original article on BikePortland.org:  Vancouver (WA) gets on-street bike parking — UPDATED.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cover to Cover cracks the book on the hungry writing spirit

The creative economy can only survive if there are outlets to bring the fruits of the artist's labors to the public. Angst Gallery searches out unique offerings to feed the clamoring 'art-soul' from their sunny spot downtown Vancouver at 10th and Main.

Cover to Cover Books attracts patrons in search of well placed consonants and vowels.

Ir's red door at Main and McLoughlin beckons the avid reader to browse both new and used selections. Many drift through the shelves deep in thought or lost in the discovery of new worlds as they explore the vast array of choices.

When the visitor emerges from the rows into the main area, they are greeted by the steady hiss of the espresso machine as it floods the shop with the heady aroma of freshly brewed coffee beans and the vanilla fragrance of custom steamed milk. The bookworm takes up residence in a comfortable chair, soaks up the ambiance of this popular Uptown gathering place, and taps into the free Wi-Fi.

Cover to Cover is vested in the creative community and has become a hub of scholarly activity. They host a variety of monthly programs that spotlight local poets, local authors, and encourages each indivdual voice perpetuating the city's circle of creativity.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with proprietor Mel Sanders of Cover to Cover Books and salute her 'Active Quest' to be the most sought after bookshop in the metro area.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

So many authors, so many autographed books

Camas First Friday had perfect weather for the avid audience that meandered in and out of shops on Fourth Avenue in Camas, Washington.

The Deadly Duo, Mike Nettleton and Carolyn J. Rose, packed them by autographing their latest book, The Big Grabowski, at Navidi's Olive Oils & Vinegars, 322 NE Cedar Street. Navidi's handed out awesome tastings of their organic offerings. Don't ever leave town without purchasing the gently flavored lemon olive oil. Incredible. (Pictured above: Carolyn, Mike, and sister Lana).

Thank you, Ron Gompertz, for organizing the “Arts and Letters” event that spotlighted so many wonderful authors. Can't wait to finish reading your book, “No Roads Lead to Rome.”

Contact us about Mike and Carolyn's next appearance: Now@ActiveQu3st.com

Friday, March 5, 2010

Book Signing with Carolyn J. Rose & Mike Nettleton

Carolyn J. Rose and Mike Nettleton will be signing copies of their first book in the Devil's Harbor Mystery series, "The Big Grabowski" on March 5th from 5PM – 8PM. Follow the trail of salad croutons left by the duo to Navidi's Olive Oils & Vinegars, 322 NE Cedar Street, Camas, WA 98607.

The First Friday “Arts & Letters” event celebrates local authors and student artists at select locations throughout downtown Camas. Authors will sign, sell, and read from their books, and a collection of signed books has been donated by the authors for a raffle to benefit Friends of the Camas Library, a nonprofit.

In addition to the literary offerings, participating Downtown Camas businesses will showcase the art of local students. Paintings and drawings will be juried with prizes for People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Honorable Mention for both middle school and high school students. The event is intended to feature the depth of artistic talent of the students in the Southwest Washington community.

For more information on Downtown Camas and Camas' First Friday visit DowntownCamas.com or contact Carrie Schulstad at 360-834-5445 or 360-834-5445.

Rose and Nettleton teach writing skills through the Clark College Community Education program. More about the mysteries they write can be found on their Web-site: Deadly Duo.