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Dancing Zebra at the NuArt, Plein-Air at Beecher Hill and a Classy Chassis Clay Art Class

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Well, great things continue to take place in the arts community around town. Serendipity was the word for the day yesterday for Artist Martha Flores who was happy to find amongst the old photos she brought back with her from a recent trip to visit aging parents in El Salvador, a clipping of her and Robert ‘Bob’ Graves from a Wenatchee World article from the early ‘90s that she had long since given up hope of ever finding. In that article she the first local Ethnic Heritage Award and Robert Graves was awarded the first ‘Regional Treasure’ award. How cool was that.

This morning the compliments were coming in from several people for the posting of a photo of a pair of tulips I posted on Facebook. That was nice, as was the interest in the Clay Modeling Class coming up on May 19th at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The class is for kids and adults and will run from 10am till 1pm. Anyone interested can call 884-4783 or 741-0156.

Today, while stopping in at Two Rivers Gallery to open up for today’s docent, I bumped into John Barret and had a good talk about web hosting ideas for the gallery and for individual artists. Not long after that Russ Hepler stopped by to visit and inquired as to the intricacies of Face Book and updated us on the Plein Air painting event this weekend.

The “Music and Mother Nature” plein-air painting event is being hosted by the Columbia River Music Conservancy at the Beecher Hill Mansion this Sunday April the 29th from 2 -5pm. At this fundraising event there is to be live music, a garden tour with fine wine and food as well as the live action of artist painting the lovely scenery. Several two rivers Gallery members are participating in the paint-off including Jan Cook Mack, Brad Brisbine, Judy Elder, Ken Duffin, Jon Browder, Jean and Randy Knox, and Carol Brewer.

While there, I was also able to get a couple of photos of some new artwork, that was brought in early by Nicki Isaacson for the May show. Looks good…. Can’t wait to see the rest of the new art for May.

After my visit at Two Rivers I stopped in at Terry Johnson Studio to see what the Crazy Artist was up too. He had completed a mirrored piece for the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center and asked if I would take it over to Artie Bowman for him which of course I agreed to do. What I was interested in though, was what he was doing with his new trick of blowing bottles up like balloons. I was so eager to check out one of these new contraptions that I almost ruined a two piece glass sculpture he is making from said balloon bottles. Sorry about that Terry. Luckily I stopped just in time before I broke it. I guess, at times, I can be a regular bull in a china shop.

After delivering the mirror art sign to Artie for the gallery in Cashmere, I gave a call to Gary Done over at the NuArt Gallery in East Wenatchee and he let me know that he had the ‘Dancing Zebra’ display ready in his front window in the mall and I asked about getting some photos of same. So, I went over and got some pics of the show. Gary was happy to have his new assistant Maggie show off some of the paintings by Martha Flores. She was also, interested in the Clay Modeling Class at the Museum next month. Go for it Maggie... release your inner artist. The show looks good and they are excited to have the show for the Apple Blossom / Classy Chassis weekend.

Well, enough for now, and let’s hope that that plein-air paint – off doesn’t get rained out this Sunday. Have a very artful day.

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