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Serenity, Symbolism, Surrealism and Passionate Poetry

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Well, last night was First Friday in Wenatchee and what a great experience it was to get out and see the art around town. Before the festivities could begin I helped deliver and install some more sculptures at Two Rivers Gallery and while I was there took a few pics of the show before all the art walkers would be there. Then as the evening approached I was off to town eager to see what awaited my eye. And, I was not disappointed.

First stop for me was Lila Putnam’s studio… where she has moved into new digs but in the same building with the same entrance off Columbia Street just across a bit from the Train and Bus station. Her daughter Maggie who has been helping her set up the new space was there and taking a much needed rest after a day of hard work. The art was lovely, bright and colorful.

Then over to the Museum, where Bill Rietvelt was just getting the refreshments out – which he was quick to add were provided by U.S. Bank… umm good. The exhibit was well worth the stop and featured the work of local art teachers and was sponsored by McDees Art Center.

There were some very pleasant pieces such as the ‘Snow Study’ by Cyndy Noyd and ‘River Run’ by Tina Reeve Tharp. I found the windows framed ‘Allegory of Light’ by Phil Thomas to be intriguing which sat right next to the ‘Apple by van Gogh, Michelangelo and Dali’ by Phil Thomas… what no Mac in tosh. As a lover of music and musically themed art I also really appreciated the ‘C Chord’ by Dan Brown… no symbology mysteries here… though there were those symbols in that one piece by Phil Thomas… hmmm. But perhaps the most touching work was a child’s portrait titled ‘That Little Missy Rissy’ by Don Collins… beautiful piece Don. And, who couldn’t appreciate the sculpture of the ‘Great Blue Heron’ by Dan Brown. After visiting with some great folks at the Museum, I headed on over to Caffé Mela.

There, I met and visited with a young artist named David Vasqueze who is featured there this month. David is an interesting young man who is self taught as an artist and who draws inspiration for his work from sources such as his own dreams and from numerology. He says that in his dreams he used to walk the streets of a place he did not know. He had this dream for years and then one day he found himself on that very street… and so, he thought “the journey had begun”. He is a self-described ‘surrealist’ and his work at times could be described as Dali meets tattoo art. He explained that his art tells a story… a story of a character he created called ‘David v 35’. His work includes pen and ink, water colors and oils. I found the pieces very interesting and worth the visit over to see them.

After visiting with David I headed over to Lemolos. There I enjoyed the block prints and oils of Dan Tuttle who has his own gallery in Peshastin. One can really see that he draws his inspiration from the forests and rural surroundings of the local area in his works. Dan wasn’t there so I couldn’t interview him but he has a pretty good short bio of himself there to peruse.

Then it was time to get back to Two Rivers Gallery where, Martha Flores was to recite some of her poetry while Suzanne Carr played flute. There it was great to see how much everyone enjoyed the paintings and sculptures of Martha Flores. While waiting for the poetry to begin, I visited with some wonderful folks… Rosanne it was great to see you out and about and to visit with you and Pete. While there I also met and chatted with new Two Rivers Gallery member Julie Doty, a pen and ink artist, and her husband Steve who is a fine wood worker. Steve and I were equally impressed by the finely crafted Maplewood rocker next to the snack table… the snacks were good too.

Back to the main room - just in time for the first of two recitals by Martha Flores. She shared with the crowd a poem written for her large oil painting ‘Faces’ and several love poems which many in the crowd described as ‘passionate’ and felt the heat had been turned up in the room. So much so the door had to be opened to cool some folks off. Two Rivers board members Russ and Jan asked if Martha had studied drama. All in all it was a great event and everyone had a very good time. And, a shout out here to Dean Tonkin, the ski team coach who I heard was there but missed the chance to meet and visit with.