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Martha Flores in Giant Puppet and Second Student Artists in Cashmere

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What a treat it was to find in last night’s Wenatchee World hard paper edition, the large almost half page photo of Martha Flores in the Native American Woman Giant Puppet walking down Orondo St. in the Grand Parade. As anyone who saw the parade knows, the Giant Puppets were a great his and a whole lot of fun to watch and interact with. What many might not know is that the giant puppets were created by the volunteers and staff of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center as part of the Museums celebration of “David Thompson On The Columbia” entry commemorating the 200th anniversary of The famous explorers trip down the Columbia from Canada to the Sea. Also, that the entry earned the Most Original award. Those interested can also see several video of the puppets in the parade and of the building and trying out of the puppets by going to They are a lot of fun to watch and give an insider’s perspective on the production and performance of the puppets and the puppeteers. On another note, it has been a great week off and on for birding and flower photography and plein air painting. I myself captured some decent tulip photos, something I really enjoy at this time of year, and the Wenatchee Water Color society had a fun day on Thursday painting in the gardens at the home of local artist Jan Theriault. And this weekend is expected to have lots to do for artists and art lovers alike. Leavenworth is having its ninth annual Spring Bird fest. I think I’ll try to get up there today or tomorrow to get some good bird photos if I can. And, tomorrow is the Second Saturday opening of the High school art exhibit at the cashmere Arts and Activities Center in, of course, Cashmere. I have seen the art and it is well worth seeing. There are also, posters by the 3rd grade class of Vale Elementary School. The posters have been judged by an esteemed panel of Senior Center Members and the young artist will be awarded prizes at the opening. Just in from Artie Bowman, Director of the gallery, there will be people’s choice awards for the art of the Senior High School Art students work. All who attend will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. What fun. And, of course, there will be the art of several artists from the region including the work of a Russian artist new to our radar. Yury Kronchev, who is professionally trained in Europe and has somehow, and to the benefit of all of us, ended up in our area. It’s sounds like a great night in Cashmere for artists, art lovers and the community as a whole. I’ll be there. Hope to see you too. link text