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Saving the Earth with Recycled Art, Robert Grave in Person and a Whale of a Good time at the Gallery

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Well, it was a wonderful art filled day on the First Friday of September. For me the morning started with putting out a blog on my other blog and then I headed out to Leavenworth, where I met up with Brian and Anna Miller at the Icicle Arts Gallery (after a beautiful bike ride around the valley).

The two of them were a joy and a pleasure to spend the morning with. They gave me the nickel tour of all the art on display for the Icicle Prize Recycled Art Show. What a treat that was. I photographed more great art than I could possible fit into ten let alone one blog. We started with the indoor displays at the gallery and then moved outside to the rest of the installations there at the Barn Beach Reserve. Some really cool stuff to be seen both in and out of doors… loved it! Then we all piled into Anna’s car and headed over to Sleeping Lady Resort. It was fun talking about some of our favorite local artists like Terry Johnson and our various projects and activities in progress and or coming up – like my post card project for Cashmere and the upcoming events for the Icicle Arts Festival next weekend. Anna was sure to tell me that on Friday night Sept. 9th they’ll have the free Artwalk open to the public and a free Round-Table Discussion with the Judges of the Icicle Prize in Recycle Art titled “Talking Trash”. It will be held at the Chapel Theater at 7pm... also free… my kind of price. I’ll be there. Some of the other activities over that weekend will include workshops and a ‘Songwriting Showcase’ featuring prize winners from last year’s musically themed Icicle Prize do have a nominal cost. Sunday Sept. 11 will feature the Runway and Awards Show at the Canyon Recital Hall – she said to just go to for prices and ticket sales for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s events. Once at Sleeping Lady we went first to O’Grady’s Pantry where I photographed a bunch of cool art inside and out… only to find that some of the recycled art I photographed was part of the permanent exhibit there and not in the Icicle Prize Recycled Art exhibit. Oh well it was all great stuff and very creative and enjoyable to look at. Then onto the grounds around the rest of the Sleeping Lady Resort. I really loved the crazy chair – you just have to see it, and the gate with cool objects attached to it and the flowers made of metal bits and pieces. Then it was back to the gallery where before I left I took a few more picture of the ‘Bell On Stand’ by Ed Callahan. Some of these I took from an unusual perspective I hope Mr. Callahan doesn’t mind my take on his piece.

After doing some real work for my business, it was finally time to head out for the First Friday venues in Wenatchee. I started with the Recycled Art of the Judges for the Icicle Prize that was on display at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Wow! Great stuff… again too much to get all in one blog. You'll just have to go to the museum to see their art while it's there.

Then I was off to the other venues in town. I was so privileged as to not only enjoy the artwork of Robert Graves at the Step Above Gallery but to meet Mr. Graves himself. What a great guy. Many of you may know that the gallery at the Wenatchee Valley Community College changed its name a few years ago from Gallery 76 to the Robert Graves Gallery in honor and recognition of his instrumental efforts at getting the gallery built and opened back in the 1970’s. It was so cool to meet him and see all the folks there for him including his grandchildren. He was kind enough to pose for a photo or two for myself and others. I was so glad to see Renee’ Rogers as I was leaving… I must say, you were looking great Renee’.

The Mary Powell show at gallery4south was enjoyable as were the hors d’oeuvres and wine samples. Sadly there was no Jazz Band out front as there was last month. I was really looking forward to some music on the streets of Wenatchee again. Along the way I stopped in at Café Mela and chatted it up the barista - shouldn’t a male barista be a baristo? –but, I digress. I took photos of the art and headed over to Lemolos where they had some old and new photographs by Stephanie Fry. I liked the one taken looking down at her own boots while straddling a painted yellow line on a street.

After checking inside the PAC and seeing the lights out downstairs, I headed on over to Two Rivers Gallery where I just barely caught-up with Milo Mirabelli the wood sculptor and said hi before he headed out. Kasey Kosey the self described ‘Art Activist’ was there too and was pleased to meet Mr. Mirabelli as well. Into the gallery I went for an enjoyable evening with friends artists and art lovers all. Pete I really want to get that motorcycle ride in with you… please get that classic Triumph up and running again. Rebecca you were having way too much fun there with the musician… hope John doesn’t get jealous… just kidding. But, I have to say, the visitors were clearly having a great time and all were enjoying the music by Kirk Lewellen which was just right for the occasion. And, yes Kirk, I would like to have some cd’s of your previous recordings. And, of course, it was nice to see that some of the art work was selling… good job and well done to Sandra and Denise. All in all a fine time was had by all. What a day for art in the valley and beyond. Till the next time adieu.