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The Hills Are Alive With Art -Plein Air and Scott Allen Exhibit

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I was pleasantly surprised last night not by the content of what I saw so much as the fact that I was able to get to all the art venues in town that I wanted to get to while meeting my other obligations…Yeah! As to the content of the venues, first was the Giant Puppet Project at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. I was so happy to see so many volunteers there. The puppets are really coming along and should make for a wonderful addition to the Apple Blossom Grand Parade. I was only there long enough myself to chit chat and say hello to Susan Evens, Merry Roy, Don Collins and Bill Reitveldt and his lovely wife while getting a few pictures before heading over to the Robert Graves Gallery. There I was pleased to see the event well attended as well and I really enjoyed the oils and pastels of Scott Allen. He presents a unique feel to his landscapes of Washington and Oregon. I was able to chat with Scott and found him a delightful character and he likes to tell a good story. He is a native of these here parts though he left decades ago for college. I was interested to hear that before he left the valley he had taken pottery here at Wenatchee Valley College before studying architecture out of the area. I asked if he was any relation to Ruth Allen or had he taken that pottery class from her. No on both of those counts, then he added that his mother and Ruth Allen once did a pottery workshop and perhaps sale (I’m unclear on that part) in the front yard of the home he grew up in. Later in the evening when I mentioned that to Denise Marker (the niece of the famous artist Walter Graham) she mentioned that she was a childhood friend of Scott’s, and, that his mother Francis was her uncle Walters secretary many years ago… how interesting it is that the art circle here in Wenatchee, is just that a wonderfully interconnected circle of art and talent. Also seen at the Robert Graves Gallery was John Crew Director of the Gallery and his lovely wife and in passing as I was coming in I visited briefly with Karen Dean of 4 South Gallery who was just leaving. Thank you Karen for your suggestions regarding the blog and thank you to John and the gallery for putting on a fine exhibit. I hope that everyone reading this will make a point of getting over to see the Scott Allen exhibit while it is here. Later in the evening I was pleased to learn that there will be some sort of plein air paint-out at the Saddlerock ribbon cutting event to be held either June 18th or June 25th. More shall be written about this as it is revealed. It sounds like a great idea and I’m sure there will be plenty of local artists who will love to paint out in nature for this late spring or early summer event.