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Pybus, Putnam, Glass Balloons and Art at the Cashmere Mission District

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Well, it’s been a busy last few days for me since returning from CA where I videoed the rehearsal for my granddaughters at their hip hop dance school and the trampoline birthday party at a place called Sky High Sports near the Orange county Airport from which I posted two video on Youtube.

Besides getting caught up on real work, I was able to get to some arts activities that were all very fulfilling. On Wednesday while on my way to Two Rivers Gallery to open the gallery, I was able to stop in at the Lila Putnam Gallery to get some photos of the art there by Lila and her guest artist Eleanor Graves. This was a pleasant side trip and after that and having a bit more time I stopped by the site of the future Pybus Market to get some photos of the building before the redevelopment starts. It sits right by the Apple Capital Loop Trail just feet from the river. I really wished I could have gotten some shots of the inside of the building… maybe another time another day, if I can get permission from Mike Walker.

After leaving Two Rivers Gallery I headed on over to Terry Johnson’s Studio to see what kind of creative mischief he was getting himself into. I was a little disappointed to learn that the person I had referred to him for a custom signboard, who not knowing that Terry is the last man standing who isn’t on the internet (the crazy old school artist Terry), had asked him to email some examples of his work… long story short he didn’t get to paint her signboard. Meanwhile, he was painting a great looking classic car on a signboard for the Classy Chassis Parade Dignitaries… Looks great Terry. I also, was intrigued by the new thing he is doing with glass. He has rigged up a system that allows him to blow-up wine bottles like a balloon while being heated in one of his kilns. I can see he’ll be having a lot of fun with that new toy.

Thursday, I went back over to Two Rivers Gallery to work on the lighting system only to find that it had been done… good job John. So, with time to spare, I was able to get back to the city yard to take a look at the trailer hitch for the float trailer. Inside the float that will cary the tropical birds Martha Flores and Co. have been working on and my steel eagle,in this years Apple Blossom Parade.

Conclusion, after repairing the hitch chains and oiling up the jack crank, it’ll take a bigger truck than mine for sure. So, back home I went to work on my Steel Eagle project. The eagle being done it was time to revisit the pedestal and mounting system… check, check and double check. At present I am in the middle of making a salmon that the eagle will be clutching in its claws. Friday night was a lot of fun at the Cashmere Business Districts ‘After Hours’ event at the new Mission District an old warehouse full of wineries, a confectioner, a coffee place or two, a distillery and a ‘Drinkery’ all or most of which were offering free samples. So, of course I felt the strong desire to get over there to… take pictures of the art I hoped they would have. And, so with art photos in mind, I made contacted Artie Bowman the gallery director at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center, which is just around the corner from the Mission District, and offered to take her over there for the event. And, so we did and I took plenty of pictures of the art in the various establishments there … ok, ok I had a few free samples of coffee/chocolate drinks and wine. It was fun to meet and greet with the pourers and servers at the various stops therein and visit with old friends Bob and Paula Shelton from Cashmere that happened to be there as well. Bob owns the Shelton Christmas Tree Farm in Cashmere and Paula retired last year from running her bridal shop in Wenatchee. It was good to see both of them. And surprise, surprise, what did I spy but an old counseling buddy Mike Bills, that I knew from when I used to counsel kids in the Eastmont School District many moons ago. Mike was playing guitar in front of the ‘Drinkery’ and was accompanied by drummer James Steves, or was it Steve James. Sorry about that.

But, back to the art. I really liked the wine/vineyard themed photos by Dr. Michael Danes and a number of the other photos and paintings around the various shops and the artfully created wine barrel furniture by Brian Ropp at Wine Design that were displayed in the main walkway and the lovely wine themed tapestry that I at first mistook for a painting. All in all in was a fun evening. The only disappointment was that the Smoke Blossom restaurant next door is still not open. When will that happen? After all, I’m sure they will have some art in there to photograph… if and when they ever re-open.

For now, have a very artful day.