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Art is Back, Giant Paintings, Art Videos and The Dancing Painter of Wenatchee

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There sure is a lot of interesting art and art activities going on in the valley and beyond right now.

I am particularly excited about the upcoming event in the East Wenatchee Mall this Saturday, at the NUART Gallery, where Martha Flores will reprise her Dancing While Painting Demonstration as she did this summer at the Spring Hills Suites in Wenatchee. She is going to work on at least two paintings from 11am till 3pm in her own personal magical style while dancing and swaying to the Latin Music that so moves her.

This past weekend was a treat for those who got out to Moses Lake where the art work of Jan Cook Mack, Nick Penny and Lance Dooley took front stage at the opening of the Moses Lake Art Center which moved to a new building they share with the new Civic Center. I’m told it’s incredibly beautiful and was designed with a day lit space between the two, and a large glass screen of windows which can be moved into various configurations which enables anyone going to the civic center to see the art display on the museum wall. Friday night Nov. the 18th was the opening of both the Civic Center and the Museum. The grand opening included an art show of 30 of Jan Cook Mack’s paintings, a good number of her protégé Nick Penny’s paintings and numerous sculptures and figure drawings by Lance Dooley who is an art instructor at Wenatchee Valley College. Jan C. Mack informs that the opening was well attended with several hundred people including a number of folks from Wenatchee. And, that there was a live band, food and Santa. The ‘3 Wenatchee Creators’ show will run through December 31.

Here in town this week Martha Flores will be teaching art and directing Playback Theater at the Cascade Elementary School in East Wenatchee on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd after school for two hours. She’ll also, continue the regular Tuesday Playback Theater Project along with Susan Evans with the kids at Columbia Elementary School in Wenatchee as part of their after school program. What a treat for those lucky kids at these schools.

Over at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center, Artie Bowman informs that the Second Saturday show was very successful resulting in not only good attendance and performances by Kirk Lewellen and Sharon Brodder, but some very happy Art Walkers purchased some fine art pottery and that yesterday two of Yuri Coneshev’s water colors sold. I’m starting to think that 2012 is going to be the go ahead year for the arts as folks are starting to open their wallets and want to enhance their lives with fine art again. And, not a minute too soon I would say.

The same story is beginning to unfold over at the Two Rivers Gallery where reports are that people are stepping up to the artistic plate and securing fine art now more than in recent months. I have seen it myself at both galleries. While I did a stint as docent at Two Rivers Gallery and while attending the Second Saturday Reception at Cashmere Arts and Activities Center I saw how easily folks were making the decision to add more art to their personal collections. This was a great thing to see in person.

While at Two Rivers Gallery the other day I could not help but be impressed with the three dimensional art and jewelry on display and so I snapped a few photos while I was there.

And just like at the two galleries mentioned above, the same story is being played out over at Terry Signs which now is open to the public and selling art directly from the artists… currently three artists are represented including pottery, oil and water color paintings and photography of both an abstract and natural variety.

As I popped in to Terry’s this week I was able to get some pics of the latest pottery creations going on there in the studio and get some video of the Terry the self described Crazy Artist at work and of someone making use of the potter’s wheel that Terry has made available for anyone wishing to try their hand at throwing a pot.

Meanwhile the videos that I posted earlier in the week of Terry Johnson working on one of his decoratively sculpted pots and of Sharon Brodder singing at the CAAC reception have been quite popular so far. That’s always rewarding to see.

And so, the arts go on in the valley and beyond. Till the next time… enjoy!