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Burgeoning Art Scene, Vicki Hillberg in Cashmere and Martha Flores in Leavenworth

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Well, the art scene in valley and beyond just keeps rolling along. Friday was a triple run for the arts. While Bryan Miller was installing the Martha Flores exhibit in Leavenworth which will run till February 19th (Opening/Reception not till February 10th), the presses at the Wenatchee World were putting out the Go! edition for January 6th which was all over the burgeoning art scene in Wenatchee. That evening was the first First Friday of the year which by all accounts was tremendously successful… no small feat in the middle of winter, I should say.

That not being enough over the weekend Artie Bowman and Sandra Dean at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center Gallery in Cashmere were installing the January / February show featuring the delightful water colors of Vickie Hillberg. While I stopped by to get pics and help install a few of the heavier pieces by Yuri Konyshev, I got a chance to visit with Vicki and hear her story as she told it to myself and another reporter from the Cashmere Record. Her art has been influenced by both traditional ‘western’ and Asian watercolorists. I for one really love the boats and the cranes. Vicki is a fun and bubbly person whose character comes through in her choice of subject, color and style.

The show includes the work of a number of other artists, each adding yet another layer of depth and variety to the current show in Cashmere. I couldn’t help but be taken in by the imaginative work of Berry DeShenny with his space road, planet to planet highway at least that’s what I see in it.

I also enjoyed the Moonlight Magic of Rose Hendrickson and the oil prints by Arlene Delzer, the whimsical mache’ sculpture of Don Browder and the pottery and glass of Terry Johnson.

With all the variety of art to be seen and the music of Kirk Lewellen, this Saturday’s Opening reception at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center should present quiet an enjoyable evening.

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