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Senior singers, Library Art, Old Fashioned Carols and More

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Well, it’s been another full and exciting week for art in the Valley and Beyond. Saturday was the Second Saturday Opening and Reception at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center which had a whole slew of lovely art creations for under a hundred dollars apiece in the main gallery for the Christmas show. The highlight of the night though was the live performance by the fourteen member Wenatchee Senior Center Singers. They sang so many of the Christmas Carols we all love to hear at this time of year especially when performed by good old fashioned live carolers rather than piped in music at the department store. They were also quite funny having a well rehearsed shtick of corny but lovable jokes. Watch the Senior Singer sing 'Deck the Halls' at:&list=UUNvpiC1XcVKVH-EiXJCMCsA&feature=plcp

Meanwhile here in town, the Two Rivers Gallery has been having a bit of success with their online sales of art books through according to Jan Theriault the current director of the Gallery. Jan by the way has just announced that he will seek another term as a board member for the gallery. And, at the same time board member Kasey Koski is retiring from the board as she needs all the time she has to plan her wedding. Congratulations Kasey and best of luck to you and Zeb.

Two Rivers Gallery also announced this week that Martha Flores will be the Featured Artist for the Months of January and February 2012. Martha Flores is currently out of town, but is very excited about the honor and is looking forward to the First Friday Opening and Reception coming up on January 6th at Two Rivers Gallery.

Even though Martha is out of town, she forwarded some lovely pictures of the artwork created by the participants at a workshop held at Catholic Family and Child Services just before she left town for the holidays. What a joy it has been for Martha to work on art and other creative activities such as Playback Theater this year with participants at various schools, Catholic Family and Child Services and the local emergency housing facility. She has related that she gets almost as much joy out of these kinds of community based projects as she does doing art with her own grandkids and perhaps even more than working on her own art. And, speaking of her own art, Martha’s last major art project of the year (a sculpture for the Quincy Library) is complete. The last of three days worth of firing and glazing was completed yesterday. I, for one am so looking forward to seeing it at the beautiful new library in Quincy, which was designed by none-other-than local artist and architect Brad Brisbane - a member of Two Rivers Gallery. Martha Flores and I will head up to Quincy as soon as possible to see the wonderful new library and the twenty-five pieces of art procured by the Quincy Art Foundation for the new building - all by local or regional artists I might add.

And on another note, well known regional photographer Reed Carlson will be continuing his Fall-Winter series of classes for beginning and intermediate photographers this Saturday December 17th. The subject is “Basic Matting and Framing Techniques for Photographers” The Class will be held from 9-11 a.m. at Icicle Studios, 11734 Suite C Highway 2 Leavenworth, just adjacent to Sage Mountain Natural Foods. Reed says to bring a small print needing to be matted and framed. The cost is $25, payable at the workshop by check or cash on the day of the workshop. Advanced registration is required, so be sure to call 509-548-0606 or 509-679-1789 for more information and registration. Reed says to please call or write me by Wednesday, December 14th. How fortunate the participants will be to learn from such highly praised and well known artist/photographer. Good luck with the class Reed and to all your lucky students.

Well, enough for now, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year to all in the Valley and Beyond.