Yvonne Gee is not an artist herself, but she has become one of the key figures in the art community since moving to Washougal in 2019, publicly supporting and promoting the work of her partner, their friends, and local organizations.
Now, Gee is widening her reach. In January, the Washougal City Council approved Gee’s appointment to the Clark County Art Commission.
“I’ve always wanted to get involved in some kind of art thing,” said Gee, who lives in rural Washougal. “I’m not an artist, but I support the arts, I’m a patron of the arts, (and) I feel like everybody should have arts in their life.”
The 11-member Clark County Arts Commission promotes awareness and support 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, according to the county’s website.
The Commission also “supports local artists and arts groups in their efforts to secure grants and other financing and celebrate the creative talents and diverse skills of Clark County residents,” the website states.