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Plein-Air, Youth Center Dance Hall and Charles Collins Show with Kirk Lewellen

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I’m so glad to see that people are really jumping on board with the Plein-Air Art contest celebrating the opening of the new Saddle Rock Park.Any one interested in participating can learn more about it by going to the Two Rivers Gallery Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?fbid=214720821891899&set=pu.202718556425459&type=1&theater or can simply drop by the gallery at 102 columbia Street in Wenatchee. While I was at the Two Rivers Gallery in Wenatchee yesterday morning and saw that they had several sign-up sheets for the event filled- up. On top of the stack was one for my good friend that ‘Crazy Potter’ Terry Johnson. So being reminded of him and his expertise at pottery and all things clay and with kiln firing, which I have been delving into of late, I decided to pay him a visit. While there I took a few photos of his latest work and got some sage advice on clay and kiln firing mixed in with a goodly number old tales from his days in the Coast Guard, and as a rabble rousing motor cycle rider in his youth. That’s always fun hearing these kinds of tales, fables, down-right inventions or serious stretching of yarn that old cusses like Terry can tell, spin or unravel.

While there, I learned more about glazes and picked up some molds, kiln plates and legs and spacers to use with our kiln and he even through some other materials in the back of my truck for good measure just as I was about to pull away. That Terry… what a guy. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with for the plein-air paint-out this weekend. Today, I attended a meeting first thing this morning about the possibility of a youth oriented facility with perhaps Junior Achievement being involved, going into the upstairs portion of the building where the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center is located in Cashmere. It’s up to the Trust that owns the building to decide what will happen there; so we shall see. While there though, some alternative ideas were thrown out about possibly expanding the gallery into the upstairs as well. And, on top of that it was presented that there is one party interested in the dance floor space up their being renovated for use as a dance studio. Along that line, I asked one of the life-long community members at this meeting what was up there and found out that the Knights of Pythias used to meet up there, and that when this fellow was a youngster (we’re talking quite awhile back now) he and his buddies snuck a peek up there to gawk at the outfits worn by the KOP members. He shared also, that at least on one occasion when he was a teen, the High School used it for a school dance. Who knows, maybe there will be some dancing up there again someday, or at least some art work on display or art classes or something interesting going on up there. I still think it would be very interesting to locate some historical photos and possibly articles about activities that took place up there fifty-odd years or more ago. While there, Artie Bowman shared about the upcoming show starting in August featuring the art of Charles Collins out of Taos New Mexico. He does really unusual sculptures that are designed to come apart and form several sculptures within a sculpture as well as really fine two dimensional works as well. Readers can learn more about Charles Collins and his work by going to his web-site at: http://www.charlescollinsgallery.com/about_the_artist.shtml. I for one am really excited about seeing his work in-vivo at the gallery. The opening is set for the Second Saturday in August. And, for those who missed the fine performance by Kirk Lewellen at the second Saturday show for July, he will be performing again for the August Second Saturday opening. Anyone interested in viewing a bit of his performance from the July show can by going to &feature=channel_video_title . Hope to see you there in August.

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