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No Limits, No borders, Alusion &Reality and Lots of Art

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Well, it’s all art all the time it seems for those of us involved in the arts in the valley and beyond.

Here in town this weekend the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is hosting the ‘Secrets of the Shrub Steps’ exhibit starting at 10am this morning. As part of this educational program local artist Martha Flores, known to some as the ‘Dancing Painter’, will be working with the kids who participate in various drawing and painting experiences...those lucky kids!

Up north in the town of Twisp, the ‘Borders – Confronting Our Aesthetic Perception’ exhibit opens today at the Confluence Gallery with an artists’ reception from 4:00 to 8:00. I’m really interested to see this exhibit with its focus on using various media to ‘push beyond comfortable artistic expressions. The exhibition includes artists from the Methow Valley, the Okanogan Valley, Spokane, Pullman, the Tri-Cities and Seattle. Although, they work in a variety of media and explore a range of subject matter and styles they are linked by a willingness to push beyond comfortable artistic expectations. The work ranges from the extremely honest and penetrating self-portraits of Ben Moreau and the intensely autobiographical mixed media work of Anne Osin to the mysteriously narrative paintings of Kay O’Rourke and the mathematically based abstractions of Christopher Watts. The gallery is at 104 Glover St. in Twisp. The exhibition continues through April 14, 2012. For more information call: (509) 997- 2787.

A little closer in, Reed Carlson’s ‘Allusion & Reality’ exhibit went on display February 24th at Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth and will continue through April 3rd. These photos, inspired by the natural beauty of the Upper Valley, capture fascinating textures, colors, line, and compositions. Reed Carlson has lived behind a camera lens in Washington State for over 35 years. His work is the visual expression of the awe and love he has for the varied life and nature of the Northwest. The people, mountains, coastal beaches, and dry lands of these places are heavily featured in his photographs. The artist reception for Reed’s show will be on Friday, March 9, from 5:00-7:00PM. Refreshments will be served.

Also, in the upper valley, Icicle Arts’ After School Arts Program is now enrolling Leavenworth and Cashmere sessions, open to elementary and middle and high school students. This once-weekly, multi-disciplinary arts program costs $60 per six-week session and will be taught by local arts educator Andrea Locke along with special professional guest artists including Wenatchee’s own Martha Flores. What a great project for the kids of Leavenworth and Cashmere. Visit iciclearts.org to sign up, or call (509) 548-2278. Student may enroll at any point within the session. All sessions are subject to minimum enrollment.

Here in town, this is the weekend to change out art at Two Rivers Gallery. Martha Flores the featured Artist for January and February will hold off on taking her work down till late Sunday, so if you havn’t seen the show yet, you can still catch those vibrant colors for the first time or the 22nd time before they come down. Later this week, also in Wenatchee, Lynn Brown will be taking her work down at the Wenatchee Senior Center on Wednesday and the Martha Flores will be putting her work up on Thursday. Art featured at the Senior Center is provided through Two Rivers Gallery. Those who have recently seen the art of Martha at Two Rivers Gallery or the recent show at Icicle Arts in Leavenworth will be thrilled to know that this exhibit at the Senior Center will feature pieces not shown at either of those wildly successful shows and promises to just as colorful and engaging. I’ve see the pieces and they will not disappoint.

The new show going in at Two Rivers Gallery is described as a “celebration of the membership” and will feature the art of all the members as part of TRG’s three year anniversary celebration. Friday March the 2nd will be the First Friday Reception and Anniversary Party at Two Rivers. I’ll be in CA for a family event and won’t be able to cover the festivities en vivo, so I’ll have to rely on the efforts of Jan Theriault and others to supply some good photos and a few words to include in long distance blog on the event.

This just in from Jan at Two Rivers Gallery, they at TRG are very excited to share that they will have the art of William Reese featured in May/June at Two Rivers Gallery. What coup that was to get the work of one of Wenatchee’s most famous artists in the gallery. Congrats on that Jan.

Well, enough for now, as I need to get to work on an eagle design for one of this year’s Apple Blossom Parade floats and check on my seal and diver sculptures at Terry Johnson’s Studio at Terry Signs in Wenatchee before heading out to Twisp later today. There seems to be no limits for art and artists in our valley and beyond. Have a very artful day. Photo by Rod Daut

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