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Out Door Painting In and Out of Town

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Well, yesterday was another fine day for art in the valley and beyond. The big story of the day was the Wenatchee River Conservatory of Music fundraiser at Beecher Mansion near the old Blewett Hwy. The event featured a whole slew of artist from Two Rivers Gallery painting live on site, while a variety of musical groups performed around the grounds. It was nice to see good friend Tanya Lawson there with one of the musical groups. And, we shared a good laugh together over a funny encounter just last week.

It was really a perfect day for the plein-air painting and the outdoor music as well. The grounds are very attractive as is the stately elegance of the mansion itself. It was great to see the likes of Jan Cook-Mack, Judy Elder, Brad Brisbane and other setting up to paint what caught their eyes. I was surprised to see Terry Johnson out and about… yes he was actually out of his studio in town and of course Jan Theriault and Russ Hepler were there. It really looked like everyone was going to have a great time.

While I visited a bit with Jan Cook-Mack, she let me know that she had done some murals inside the Mansion. So, of course I had to go inside to take a few photos of the murals. They were quintessential Jan Cook-Mack scenery murals, if not painted in the typical location. Jan and I each had fun photographing them.

One notable absence from the membership of Two Rivers Gallery was Martha Flores who was in town working on a float for the Grand Parade coming up this Saturday. And, it was for this same float decorating event that that I couldn’t stay long at the Beecher estate.

Once back in town Martha Flores and great bunch of volunteers from the ‘Embracing Cultures’ group and myself got the float, that will carry the birds we have diligently been working on, ready. This entailed attaching the armatures that will hold the birds up, attaching a skirt around the perimeter of the float, attaching a multitude of hand-made flowers to the sides and painting more flowers and leaves to the sides as well.

Everyone had a great time and the float is now pretty much ready for the final installation of the birds the day of and or night before the parade. Still the hardest one to install will be the eagle as it is the heaviest, most awkward and has to go up to the highest point on the float. Let’s hope that goes well.

Well, enough for now… see you at the grand parade. Let's hope we have good weather.