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Art Gift Giving Opportunities Abound

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Well, it’s that time again. First Friday is upon us and to make things even better it is First Friday of December, which means that there are plenty-o-opportunities to get great art for gifts. First off, right here in town on Friday night ten downtown Wenatchee venues will be participating in the First Friday art walk and at each, you’ll have a chance to win tickets to the coming Mannheim Steamroller concert! I’m told that art walkers can fill out a chance ticket at each location, thereby maximizing their chances to win. Wow! Manheim Steamroller coming to Wenatchee...can’t beat that.

I know I’ll Start my Art Walk explorations at the Wenatchee Valley Museum to admire the "Beauty of Bronze" sculptures created by Wenatchee fifth graders ( to see the previous blog about the kids art go to: http://rodandmarthaartblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/j-paul-getty-kevin-patel-art-day-and.html or to: http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/weblogs/arts-in-the-valley-and-beyond/2011/oct/08/art-from-nature-getty-images-video-at-the-museum-a/ ) and then I’ll head on to visit the other galleries, restaurants and stores for more special treats. Refreshments are served and admission is free. Maps to all 10 venues are available at each location.

This week I got a chance to visit over at Two Rivers Gallery and snapped a few pics of the current show there. It’s a really good show. There are some great gift opportunities with plenty of gift items priced below $100.00.

On Saturday the joy continues over at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Where they will host the Christmas Family Fun Day! So, be sure and bring the family down to the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center this Saturday. There you'll live the holiday spirit as you admire the decorations, make a variety of craft items for gifts or tree ornaments, sample tasty treats, have kids' photos taken with Santa, and experience what it was like to prepare for Christmas a century ago. Fun is guaranteed! Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 kids 6-12, $10 family. Members and kids under 6 are free. Also on this weekend the Martha Flores Studio will host a Home Art Sale Featuring the art of Martha Flores and other artists including original Oils, Watercolors and Prints, Nature and Abstract Photos and Pottery and Complimentary refreshments. What a great chance to buy direct from the artists and get some great gifts for the art lover in your life or for yourself, your home or your office. Dec. 3rd and 4th from 10am to 4pm 620 Skiview Dr. East Wenatchee, WA 98802 (509) 884-4783. And if you missed the chance to see Martha Flores painting and Dancing Live at the NUART Gallery last weekend you can see the video at: &feature=channel_video_title

And the artful gift giving opportunities are not limited to venues in town. Gail from the Allied Arts of Yakima offers this Art of Giving factoid: we now have 59 artists & vendors represented in our gallery! Here's a closer look at two: Flipside Hats repurposes "waste" materials into meaningful, long lasting and limited-edition products. By re-using pre-consumer excess, they aim to rid the world of waste and inspire a generation to reduce their impact on the planet. Their hats are stylish, reversible, and charming!

Nance Danforth, contemporary oil painter, says, "My work is about simple, quiet moments... Oil paint has always been my favorite medium. It is such a sensuous experience to push gobs of luscious color around a canvas. So, it was natural for me to translate these sunlit moments into paint." Georgia O'Keeffe inspired a closer look at flowers & Danforth draws attention to "small" moments. Late Breaking News: Riley Forster, maker of welded metal yard art, will be in the gallery 12-2 this Saturday! Chat with him about his work & consider requesting custom work. So... come to enrich your spirit and sip hot coffee or cocoa while browsing for gifts of art, daily 11a-5p and Saturdays 11a-4p). For more information on the allied Arts of Yakima contact:gail@alliedartsyakima.org

Well, enough for now. Enjoy the art and Merry Christmas.

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