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Art Openings, Classes,Submissions, Programs and Lectures Abound

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Well, there’s no shortage of art and art related activities going on in the valley and beyond this week and the coming few weeks. For starters, local artists Lance Dooley, Nick Penny, and Jan Cook Mack will be featured at the Nov 18th opening at the new Moses Lake Museum & Art Center for the Holiday show at 401 S. Balsam, Moses Lake.

This is part of the Grand Opening for the Moses Lake Civic Center which will include Live bands, food, drink, Santa, and lots of fabulous artworks by these artists. All this will take place on Friday, Nov 18, from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

And, for those budding Photographers out there, Reed Carlson will be continuing the Fall, and Winter series of classes for beginning and intermediate photographers is ongoing. The subject is “ Colors to Die For: Fall to Winter Photography” This workshop will deals with seasonal transition colors in the Leavenworth area. The focus is on the last rich hues of fall flora and the first hints of winter’s icy glaze. Reed is a great photographer and is thoroughly familiar with the photo hot spots of the Leavenworth area and knows the tricks of lighting and use of natural lighting to get that perfect outdoor shot.

The class is from 9-11 a.m. at Icicle studios, 11734 Suite C Highway 2 Leavenworth, just adjacent to Sage Mountain Natural Foods. Bring your camera, instruction manual, and warm clothing for a walk around the river front and parks. A tripod may be useful also. Cost is $25, payable at the workshop by check or cash. Advanced registration is required. Please Call 509-548-0606 or 509-679-1789 for more information. Please call or write me by Wednesday, November 9th .

Here locally two of our local art heroes Russ Hepler and Jan Theriault became TV stars even if only for a brief moment last Thursday. Jan and Russ you have officially had your fifteen minutes of fame. Congrats to you both and the great opportunity you had to tell all about the Two Rivers Gallery and the wonderful show there now and the history and mission of the gallery. Touché.

This just in from Samantha Martinez the Events Coordinator of allied Arts in Yakima. She writes that she received the large print of one of Martha Flores’ signature pieces ‘Flowering Consciousness’ that will be part of the gallery opening on January 26th, 2012. The exhibit will be on display for one week, closing on February 3rd, 2012 at 5:00pm. The piece that Martha donated will then go to adorn the walls of the new addition to the Women’s Shelter in Yakima. Any artist wishing to donate a print to be displayed there may contact Samantha Martinez at: Allied Arts 509-966-0930 or All works for this project must have themes appropriate for children and families in an environment designed for healing and recovery.

On a note of less social significance but of some artistic value, I myself submitted this week my video Titled “Angels and Demons the Final Conflict” featuring a number of my digital art creations set to hard driving rock music to the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art’s Museum of the Macabre. In this juried art show the Juror: Amy V. Grimm who is the Assistant Professor of Art History & Museum Studies at Irvine Valley College was looking for submissions from artists evincing a peculiar, perverse, idiosyncratic sensitivity, infl¬uenced by literature, movies, television and the tabloids, in painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, fashion, graphic design, animation, photography, video, digital media, computer-based works, installation and performance for the OCCCA's museum of the macabre. We’ll see if my video makes it into the show. It could.

A little further out, up in Twisp, the Confluence Gallery and Art Center will be hosting an Artists Gathering and Graphic Design Program Demonstration on Thursday Nov. 17th from 5:30 to 8pm.

And today, Susan Evans and Martha Flores will be conducting Playback Theater with the 4th and 5th grade students at the Columbia Elementary School in Wenatchee. What a treat for those lucky kids. Playback Theater is a wonderful way to teach and encourage kids to get in touch with their own creativity as well as learning skills of empathy and respect. All-in-all a great activity for developing young minds. I will accompany them there and take a few photos for them… so perhaps a photo of this great activity will find its way into a future blog.

This weekend has plenty to fill ones artistic palette as well. The Cashmere Arts and Activities Center will host its Second Saturday reception with wine and hors d oeuvres’ at 120 Cottage Ave in Cashmere from 5-8pm on Saturday Nov. 12th

And, the Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth will have Jasen Emmons giving a presentation about Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) in “the barn” at Barn Beach Reserve on Saturday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. There is a $10 per person suggested donation

There certainly is no shortage of art and art activities going on and I am sure I only scratched the surface here. But, I can only write about so much at a time. So, enough for now, and have a very artful day.