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The 10 Minute Conversation: Leah Jackson

Leah Jackson is the owner of Angst Gallery, which she opened in 2008 in downtown Vancouver. She curated the award-winning Baby Boomers exhibit at the Clark County Historical Museum and is one of the founding members of the Mosaic Arts Alliance and the Sixth Street Gallery. As an artist, she works with steel and welded art, jewelry, painting and glass. She is also a founding member of Bike Me! Vancouver, a bicycle advocacy group interested in cycling education and fun on the streets of Vancouver.

Leah Jackson, Owner, Angst Gallery

Leah Jackson, Owner, Angst Gallery

What brought you to SW Washington?

I moved here in 1993. I was born in Portland but moved back to this area from Southern California in 1993.

What do you love about SW Washington?

That there is access to all of the camping and hiking and water. There are lots of arts and good food. There is access to a LOT of good stuff!

What is the best-kept secret about SW Washington?

The abundance of artists here. There are so many artists that there aren’t even enough places to show their work.

What is your favorite place to relax or play in SW Washington?

I like to play in downtown Vancouver. There is a lot to do down here. There is good food. It’s easy to walk around. Easy to find parking. It’s all easy.

If you didn’t live here, where would you live?


What’s coming up that you are excited about?

I’m really excited about a new art conversations group that has formed in Vancouver. We meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. to talk about art issues including visual arts, music, dance, theater, any kind of art. We meet at a different venue each month so anyone interested in attending should email

What would surprise people to know about you?

The fact that I ride motorcycles and snowmobiles. It’s not just about my bicycle advocacy!

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1 Jennifer Corio { 01.13.10 at 5:26 pm }

Thanks Leah for all you do for the local arts & bike scene here.

2 paul quackenbush { 02.17.10 at 11:56 am }

Leah is extremely courageous….& a great asset to the downtown community.

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