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Rusting Hulks and The Rose Live

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Last night was the Second Saturday opening for the Cashmere Youth May Featured Artist exhibit at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center in Cashmere. The Show features the work of the Cashmere High School Advanced Multimedi Class. The theme assigned by their instructor Claudia Elliott was titled the ‘Vintage Car Project’.

In this project the students were asked to interview someone in their family or family friends, who owned a car or truck before 1960 and to hear the story between that person and their vehicle. They were then to look up that very car by make, model, year and color on the internet to see what it would look like today. They were then to create a painting based on what they had found. That is in a state of rust and disrepair.

The task was then to find and express through their painting the beauty in the vintage car and to tell its story without using words. This assignment lead to really impressive pieces by these budding young artists. The colors and textures in the impressions of these rusting hulks of a by-gone era were most intriguing. Visitors to the show had the opportunity to select favorites and place their cards with their choices in the People’s Choice Award contest.

The other component of this month’s show was that of the Posters of the Vale Elementary 3rd Grade Classes a project sponsored by the Cashmere Museum. This project designed to be in keeping with the theme of the Cashmere Founders Day. These students had attended an assembly during which they were presented stories by Duane Lavigne. These stories were to serve as inspiration for the posters they were to make depicting life in the early days of Cashmere. I really liked the use of color in many of these posters and it was interesting to see which of the stories and early photos inspired the kids and how to produce their individual works of art.

This show was the first of the CAAC Second Saturday events to be live streamed on the Art News Network channel of We all had fun at the notion of people in Thailand and the Philippines watching our little show. This as I had shared that some of my blogs have been viewed by folks in those very countries and others around the world and that I had viewed on people in some of those countries.

It was a good show to try out our live feed as we had lovely live performance by Mary Mendenhall who played wood winds and the mandolin. We really enjoyed her vocal rendition of ‘The Rose,’ made famouse by Bett Midler in the film by that same name,as Mary accompanied herself on the mandolin. Very enjoyable.

At the show was also Nevonne Mcdaniels reporter and photographer for the Cashmere Valley Record and the Leavenworth Echo. So, I would expect to see an article with photos by her in one or both of those publications sometime soon. It was good to meet her and I hope to see her at more of the Second Saturday events at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center.