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The Beat Goes On With Yuri Konyshev, Fantastic Artist and Musician Too

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Well, last night’s Second Saturday opening and reception for Yuri Konyshev was a resounding success. Some folks came, left for dinner and came back for more art and socializing. Others came and stayed all the way through till the doors were closed. Some art was purchased even before the installation was complete… so I’m sure this will be a very successful show over the next two months.

All who came, were impressed with the art, ate and imbibed and thoroughly enjoyed Yuri, his wife Elvira and the Russian contingent that came and stayed till the end of the evening. What a joy it was to have this caliber of artist trained at one of the finest art schools in Europe right there in Cashmere.

And, such an enjoyable and personable fellow… who could have predicted that he would also, be quite a good guitarist and singer as well. Yes, Yuri sang at his own opening and reception… but, only after meeting and greeting everyone who came through the doors. I really have to say that the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center is really becoming the place to be on the Second Saturday of the month for not only Cashmere residents, but for anyone able to get to Cashmere and looking for an evening of art, culture and just good socializing.

It was such a splendid finish to an already fine evening in Cashmere to have Yuri singing Russian folk songs and listen along as his Russian friends joined in. It had all the qualities of an American group of friends sitting around a campfire at the beach somewhere singing songs from their youth. The harmonies and the spirit of it all more than made up for the fact that the rest of us couldn’t understand the words. Music is after all is beyond language. I recorded one of the songs and posted it on Youtube for your pleasure. &feature=channel_video_title

And, while we are all still reveling in the joyful recollection of an evening well spent in Cashmere, I have just received notice that the Icicle Arts Gallery will present Richard R. Caemmerer’s “Finding the Cosmos at Our Feet” through December 15. Anna Miller, the Director of the gallery there describes the exhibit as bold expressive original oil paintings inspired by the natural beauty and inspiration of Plain. Anna and Curatorial & Exhibit Coordinator Bryan Miller will be hosting a free reception in Richard’s honor at the gallery on Saturday, October 15, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

And so, the beat goes on. Two great art shows continuing on in the upper valley… one great watercolorist and one renowned oil painter. Who could ask for more? Enjoy, and have a very artful day.