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Icicle Prize and First Friday, New Art and Another Bike Mural

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Well, I am happy and a little bit proud to say that the recycled art project that Martha and I submitted to this year’s Icicle Prize was accepted and is on display at O’Grady’s Pantry at the Sleeping Lady Resort near Leavenworth. There are a bunch of other great pieces by the other artists there as well. It looks like pretty stiff competition. So, we’ll see how we do. The other artists who have had their artwork accepted and are on display at Icicle Arts Gallery, the grounds of Barn Beach Reserve, and Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort (grounds and O’Grady’s) in Leavenworth, Washington at Icicle Arts Gallery, the grounds of Barn Beach Reserve, and Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort (grounds and O’Grady’s) in Leavenworth, Washington are: Sally Bauer (Leavenworth), Nancy Barnhart (Stehekin), Dan Brown (Okanogan), Ed Callahan (Leavenworth), Vicky Cibicki (Cashmere), Rodney Daut and Martha Flores (East Wenatchee), Liz Forrer (Wenatchee), Doug Kinnear (Leavenworth), Aaron David Kleine (Wenatchee), Jennifer Hutzel (Leavenworth), Catey Luna (Leavenworth), Bryan S. Miller (Wenatchee), Linda Mortenson (Winthrop), Rita Picker (Leavenworth), Daniel Riordan (East Wenatchee), Carol Seaman (Leavenworth), Marv Speer (Leavenworth), Nathan Tremlin (Leavenworth), Louise Trew (Leavenworth, Mandi Wickline (Leavenworth), Carolyn Wilson (Leavenworth), Amber Zimmerman (Leavenworth), and Teri Zimmerman (Leavenworth).

The show which is part of the 2011 Icicle Arts Festival featuring the Icicle Prize in Recycled Art is sponsored by the Icicle Fund and will be on display now through September 30. The really unique thing about this year’s competition is that all of the artwork is made entirely or mostly of materials that would have been thrown away and added to a land fill, if not for the creativity of the artists involved.

There is so much more to this year’s Icicle prize that it’s more than I can put in one blog alone. But, just to add there is a wearable art division and there are student artist from Leavenworth to East Wenatchee. For more information on this year’s Icicle Prize and the guest judges and related workshops and events be sure to go to at or call them at (509) 548-2278. If you go and see the art or attend a workshop or listen to a presentation on recycled art and its history and current popularity, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Right now, I’m very much waiting for this month’s First Friday event at Two Rivers Gallery and I am also, wanting to see what’s at the other First Fridays venues in Wenatchee. I haven’t received a lot of info as yet on what’s new at the other First Fridays locations. But I know I was taken aback at the uniqueness and high quality of art at the Land Trust and other locations last month. This month should be just as good. Of particular interest for me will be to see the oils of Ruth Couraud Mattson and the wood sculptures of Milo Mirabelli at Two Rivers Gallery. I’m also interested to see the large seascape by Terry Johnson. I saw this as it was being painted at his studio but I haven’t seen the final outcome. It looked great in production, so I can’t wait to see it in the gallery. And, I always enjoy the live music by Kirk Lewellen who will be playing at Two Rivers.

And on a completely different note, Bill Rietvelt at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is still looking for someone to volunteer to be a giant puppeteer for this year’s Taste of the Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 17 – where the puppets will be wandering around the Festival interacting with the visitors. The Puppets are expected to be there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but he says that they may do some extra shifts if they feel like it. Most of the puppets have volunteers so far, but it looks like Bill still needs someone to fill the boots, so to speak, of the Giant Lumberjack and to put on the ball gown of the Giant Apple Blossom Queen… any Queens or Lumberjacks out there… if so call Bill at the Museum. And for anyone wanting to help but not up for being a giant puppet, he still needs people to sit at the tent and give out information… any volunteer sitters? Bill has most of the puppets signed up for the Autumn Leaf Festival Parade in Leavenworth on Saturday, September 24 – this is a pretty short parade. He promises it’s no more than 2 miles which starts at Noon (Line-up starts around 10 a.m. I believe). And, again… finding someone to be that Giant Lumberjack seems to be an issue. I would think that a lot of really confident lumberjack types would be falling all over themselves to be the Giant Lumberjack.

Meanwhile, I am waiting to see when the new mural on Fifth Street will start and hope to hear from Jan Cook Mack soon as to that and get to see the design which is to feature in part or in total the images of Dr. Ed Farrar and the ‘B Team’ bike riders. I have had the privileged of riding with these great folks several times and took many pictures of them which were forwarded to Jan for use in designing the mural. Can’t wait to see how it turns out . Maybe if I’m lucky I can be of some help in painting the mural… hint… hint... hint. Jan, you may not know, but I have painted a thing or two.

Well, enough for now and off to repair my bike yet again and do a ride before its get too hot.