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Finishing Puppets and Changing Art at the Galleries

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While most in the Valley were engaged in the Youth Parade activities and enjoying the food, arts and crafts at Memorial Park, a few folks were working away on the Giant Puppet Project in the Swing Room of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. These dedicated volunteers were quietly toiling away on the costumes of the Historic Characters of our area that will be represented in Giant Puppets. Costumes for the David Thompson Puppet, the Lumberjack, Orchardist, Native American Woman and others were all taking shape as scissors snipped and sewing machines hummed through the day.

All this happening as Bill Reitvelt ran back and forth and up and down the stairs (OK he used the elevator) to work on puppets downstairs and put together another major show at the museum upstairs. Thank you to all the people who have worked on this project since… what … November was it… I forget... I know it was cold outside and dark early in the evening. I only hope we have plenty of young strong and healthy volunteers to walk the puppets down the parade. I know my knee has bothered me since I walked… what… a mile and half in Cashmere the other day… YIKES!

Meanwhile, around town artists were engaged in changing out the show at Two Rivers Gallery which I was able to get some pics of, and Charleen Martin at gallery4 South had some materials sent to me about her upcoming show at the gallery and their upcoming First Friday event. Thanks Charleen I really like your work. While visiting with Charleen at 4South I was able to get posters for the upcoming Wenatchee Downtown Association’s Wenatchee First Friday which has the new map of all the locations currently participating in the First Friday art walk this Friday May 6th. I was able to distribute all the posters and meet some really nice folks at the same time. One of the stops I made, and I’m glad I made it, was at Amanda’s Bookstore. The two delightful ladies there were more than happy to put up a poster promoting the Wenatchee First Friday and want to participate in it perhaps by June when they hope to have their website up and running and a few other essentials. While there I was able to peruse the shelves and was happy to see that they have some nice art books there and are displaying some art as well. After visiting and taking a few photos at Amanda’s, it was off to distribute the rest of the posters at restaurants, hotels and upscale motels around town. Most were more than happy to display the Wenatchee First Friday poster. I’ll need to pick up a few more to finish getting to the far north end of town. This coming weekend is going to be great fun and very busy for this blogger. I know I will be trying to get to all or most of the First Friday venues… I’m really looking forward to the show at the PAC which will feature local Guatemalan born artist Martha Flores. And, then after staying up for First Friday and maybe blogging about it that night, it will be up bright and early for Giant Puppets and the Grand Parade…. WOOHOO!!! Can’t Wait!

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