Community advocate is appointed to Clark Co. Arts Commission

Uta Zuendel to represent Camas on board

A longtime Camas resident is the newest member of the Clark County Arts Commission.

Uta Zuendel, 73, was appointed by Camas Mayor Scott Higgins and confirmed by City Council.

“She has a true passion for Camas and art,” he said.

Zuendel has lived in Camas since 1974.

The 11-member arts commission promotes and support the arts in the county. It fosters awareness of the arts, expands accessibility to art in public places and supports collaboration among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups and cultural organizations.

The commission also supports local artists and arts groups in their efforts to secure grants and other financing, and celebrates the creative talents and diverse skills of area residents.

“I invite people to contact me with ideas and support,” Zuendel said, regarding her new role on the volunteer board. “I am open to suggestions.”

Marquita Call, co-owner of Camas Gallery, suggested Zuendel’s name to Higgins.

Zuendel succeeds Donna Roberge, who had two years left of her four year term. In all, Zuendel’s appointment is for six years.

Her artwork includes wood sculptures.

Zuendel has worked at an art gallery in Portland. She organized art and artist exchanges between Germany and Portland.

Zuendel spent years volunteering to maintain the landscape in downtown Camas, and she started the Plant and Garden Fair in 1998.

Janice Ferguson represents Washougal on the arts commission.

For more information about the arts commission, visit