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Menorahs, Rhunes, Sanshin, World Dancers and More

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Well, it’s been a fun filled and entertaining weekend so far for arts in the valley and beyond. Friday night had multiple events going on in town and in the upper valley. In Wenatchee the First Friday art walk was happening which featured a good variety of art from pottery to oils and water colors both representational and imaginative to fascinating wood sculptures at the galleries in town and a historic and cultural collection of menorahs and dreidels at the museum: to see story on this with more photos go to .

At the same time out in Leavenworth, the Icicle Arts Gallery was having its annual dinner and awards ceremony. The dinner was well attended and folks who had done so much for the gallery were recognized and received awards for their ongoing work to support the activities of the gallery and the various events that it sponsors throughout the year. The place was bubbling with the energy of musicians, artists, art lovers and very fun and interesting folks with common interests having a good time together. The food was good, the hot cider tasty and deserts to die for. All-in-all a good time.

Saturday was very full as well. The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center put on a Multicultural Festival that had the four corners of the earth represented. The artfully decorated boxes in the old Norwegean style were lovely . There one could, also,get one’s name written in Viking letters by Christie Halszyn or Japanese/Chinese calligraphy by Yama moto Masa nubu and Miko Stephens who is the International Student Coordinator at WVC. There was a Furoshiki (bath cloth)brought by David kelts from one of his visits to Japan which was beautiful as was the Sanshin musical instrument played by Japanese exchange student Jo Itokazu - see video at: . One could also and eat pastries from Italy or Norway.

Many kids enjoyed painting maracas or making paper flowers with Martha Flores who also brought some of her art representing the culture and peoples of Guatemala. There were folks presenting cultural artifacts from Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and the Philippines.

Several live performances took place as well from Magic to folkloric dancers from Mexico , Native American dancers, a Middle Eastern Dancing troop see video at : &feature=channel_video_title and Scotish Country Dancing as well… all which could watched while partaking of the spaghetti feed put on by the Sons of Italy. Yet another wonderful event put on by our local Museum.

Meanwhile across town and continuing today and through till Christmas, Terry Johnson is continuing his 38th anniversary art sale with free pottery demonstrations and instruction. Anyone interested in observing how pottery is made and wanting a quick lesson and perhaps even try their hand at throwing a pot is invited to c’mon down to Terry’s studio at Terry Signs on the avenue next to Buddy Laflours and right across from Avalon Music. It’s not that visible from the street so look for those landmarks and you’ll find it. You can’t beat a free lesson in making art.

This coming weekend is shaping up to be full and interesting as well. In Cashmere the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center will have its Second Saturday art show from 5 to 8pm. This month continues the exhibit of watercolors by world class water colorist Yuri Konishev. Yuri was trained in Europe and has his art in various public building in Germany and Russia and even painted the ceiling of a cathedral in San Francisco. I understand he had a crook in his neck for many months after that challenge.

Also, this coming weekend the Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth will host a presentation by Jasen Emmons about Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) in “the barn”, as it is called, at the Barn Beach Reserve on Saturday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. There is a $10 per person suggested donation, benefiting Icicle Arts’ 2012 education programs, and refreshments will be available. Barn Beach Reserve is located at 347 Division Street in Leavenworth and is home to the Upper Valley Museum, Icicle Arts Gallery and offices, and Barn Beach Nature Center. Reservations are not required but those wanting to reserve a seat may do so by calling (509) 548-2278.

And, of course ever one I have spoken to is very excited and interested in the upcoming Martha Flores Dancing and Painting event to be held at the NUART Gallery in the East Wenatchee Mall on Saturday Nov. 26th. Martha, as many readers may recall danced while painting or painted while dancing at the Spring Hill Marriott Suites back in September. That was so popular that she has been asked to do it again, this time in East Wenatchee. That should be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to not only see the artist at work, but to see a good representation of her art and get some good deals on original art oils, watercolors or prints.

And, so the art goes on in the valley and beyond… enjoy!