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A Day In The Life of an Art Blogger in the Valley and Beyond

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Well, yesterday was an interesting and fun day for art in the valley and the upper valley. In the morning I went to take photos of the last portion of the mural Martha Flores and her volunteers have been working on at the corner of Miller and Cherry Streets in Wenatchee. The night before she and the student who had drawn the picture that served as the inspiration for the design of final (top panel) of the electrical traffic box mural was there to help complete the project as were some other new helpers. Alas it was done. So; bright and early… well about 10am, I rode out on my motorcycle (camera in saddle bag) to get the last pics of this enjoyable project.

Having accomplished that task it was time to head out to Leavenworth having switched to my other trusty stead (a 1965 Mustang) to visit with folks at the Icicle Arts Gallery on Division Street at the end of the road just above the river.

How scenic and pleasant were the surroundings. Very enjoyable indeed. I snapped a few pictures even before Anna Miller, the Gallery Director, came out to greet me. She and Melissa Madsen the Program and special Events Coordinator, were very pleasant and informative. They were each so pleased to hear too that we have a co-op Gallery in Cashmere, I am hoping to see them at this weekend’s Second Saturday opening from 5-8pm at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center. I was happy to take some photos of the current exhibit of 2D art

by April Richardson at Icicle Arts. I’m, also, looking forward to the July 22 opening of the Lance Dooley “Hand, Head and Heart” show, which will feature figurative sculptures in bronze and plaster as well as charcoal figure drawings. Lance is an art instructor at Wenatchee Valley College. Can’t wait to see the show and enjoy the frefreshments at the opening. While there Anna and Melissa gave me a Call to Artists flyer for the upcoming “Got recycled Art?” - Icicle Prize, contest which will be part of the Icicle Arts Festival sponsored by the Icicle Fund. Artist should enter their 3-D, 2-D, Installation or Wearable Art by august 15. This reminds me… I really need to complete that recycled art project I started awhile back… ahh… so much to do and way too much time to do it in. As we know, the more time one has to complete a project, the longer it takes to get to it. Having left the beautiful surroundings of the Barn Beach Reserve in Leavenworth where the Icicle Arts Gallery lives, I headed back to town and decided to make a ‘brief’ visit to the

gallery in Cashmere. Lo and behold, there ended up being a good deal of talk and planning about putting together a Junior Achievement focused Youth Center of sorts in the space above the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center. A space that at one time had a dentist an accountant (I think) and dot da da da! a dance studio.

No sooner had I returned home and rested from a hard day of art related work, did I start receiving emails and calls from regional Junior Achievement representative as I had sent out a couple of feeler emails on this topic a few Days ago. This led to more call and follow-ups with important persons in Cashmere related to this topic.

More on this later as things develop. But, I can say that if this thing takes off the center will be a place for youth to learn and experience art, music, dance and cultural activities while getting hands on experience at organizing, running, marketing and promoting a facility of the sort that would have interest to their age group. The facility and J.A. would work with the schools as well and provide volunteers to develop curricula for kids in the local schools.

And finally at the end of a busy and productive day, it was time to head on over to the Apple Sox Game where Martha Flores, Don Collins and of course Cindy and Bill Rietvelt were donning their giant puppet outfits to entertain the folks heading into the game. It was hilarious to watch Don as our Giant Coyote mix it up with the Apple Sox Coyote Mascot. And, finally, our giant Miner Puppet threw out the first Pitch. How fun was that? And, all along the way the giant puppets especially the American Indian Woman (Martha Flores) and the Apple Blossom Princess(a local High School Student) were dancing and swaying as much to the wind as to the music. Watch the video of the Giant Puppets at wenatchee Apple Sox Game.

What a great day for fun and Art in the Valley and Beyond.