No sooner, it seems, was the Giant Puppet Project done and the Puppets were not even put to rest till the next parade, when Martha Flores was at it again with another great community art project. This week she has been working with the third grades classes of Mrs. Zobel and Mrs. Saltsman at Columbia Elementary on the “The Earth Is Me” project. Martha described this as a study in abstract self-portraiture. The project is part of the Resident Artist Program provided by the Wenatchee Art Education Consortium. And as I am writing this Martha is finishing up with the third grade class of Miss. Heffron also at Columbia Elementary. What a great project. Out of this project will come the seed designs of what will be the mural to be painted on the large PUD electrical box at Triangle Park.
I think it’s great that the kids in the school get to help design the mural that will contribute to the beautification of the community. How great is that? I can just see them now and for some years to come as they may pass by and say to themselves or anyone around them, “hey, that looks like the part I drew with Ms. Flores at School.” This can’t help by add a real sense of pride in and belonging to their community.
As I took pictures of the art work of the kids in these classes and met briefly with their teachers, I could see how proud the teachers were of their students and could see that Martha Flores was so happy to be able to share her artistic knowledge and experience with these budding young artists. I can’t wait to see what the murals that come from these children’s watercolors look like out in town. Meanwhile, on another note, Artie Bowman is preparing for next month’s show exhibiting the work of Scott Allen who recently exhibited at the Robert Graves Gallery at Wenatchee Valley College. Quite a coupe for Artie and the folks at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center.
On top of that, she is very pleased that CAAC will have the young singer songwriter Selena Rose Martinez (who recently performed at May’s First Friday opening at the PAC here in Wenatchee), at their upcoming Second Saturday Opening on June 11th . Hooray, for Cashmere. That should be quite a treat. This young lady has one of the sweetest voices I have heard in years. I can't wait for the opening which will be live streamed on the Art News Network of Livestream.com and will lead to a Youtube video of the performance. See you there.