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Pybus Demo, Bike Surfing the Columbia Swamp Trail and More

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Well, it’s been a full week for art in the Valley. Friday last was of course was First Friday and having only time to get to one venue due to other commitments, I stopped in at Two Rivers Gallery where I had the pleasure of meeting friends and enjoying the art of Dean Rainey and the other artist showing there this month. It was well attended and our out of town guest a artist from Yakima loved the venue and art therein.

This week it has been a joy and a privilege to get first class access to the work going on at the Pybus Building as part of my ongoing Pybus project. Some readers may be aware that I am chronicling the transformation of the Pybus building from an old steel plant to Pybus Market.

This week the work there has been the early stages of demolition. The guys there taking out old window frames many with broken windowpanes and removing metal sheeting in the upper areas of the building. This work has presented interesting photo and video opportunities. Not only am I taking stills and videos from in and around the site, but am incorporating my other love – bike riding – into the project by riding past the site, on three sides at least, taking video of the site and the work being done there. These video shots will provide the material for a retrospective of the change at the site like a scanner or printer changing the image with each swipe right to left and left to right. Look for that to come out next year when the rebuild is complete. Yesterday, I made a point of stopping in at the current Farmers Market site and snapped a few photos of the present day market and from there got a couple of shots of the future market from there.

While riding around the loop with my camera I took the time to record some images of the river and made a fun video called Bike Surfing the Swamp which can be seen at: &list=UUNvpiC1XcVKVH-EiXJCMCsA&index=1&feature=plcp . Riding around camera in hand also presented opportunities to get photos of some of the newer art in the sculpture garden along the Loop Trail. Some readers may be aware that last year I produced a video of the public art in town and along the Loop Trail which is now on Vimeo at: &list=UUNvpiC1XcVKVH-EiXJCMCsA&index=1&feature=plcp . Thinking of an upcoming art competition involving pictures of dogs, I couldn’t help but stop and get a photo or two of this young pup along the trail.

Also this week while installing some of my own photography at the Confluence Technology Center, I had the joy of checking out the wonderful work there by Jan Cook Mack. These are truly amazing pieces and quite large. Anyone who hasn’t been to the CTC in Wenatchee should make a point of heading over there to see these wonderful oils of Jan’s.

This week I had the chance to stop in and visit at Terry Johnson’s studio and was able to see the large and unusual Egyptian Pot that he recently showed at Gallery One in Ellensburg.

I, also, had the chance this week to visit the newest gallery in town at 101 S. Wenatchee Ave. This historic old Wenatchee Building was restored and renovated by former museum Director Keith Williams. The new Roy Turner has made the entry way and main hall available to local artists to display their work. so anyone interested in showing their art there should drop in and and visit with Roy.

In other local art news Sandra Dean of the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center in Cashmere has informed this writer that classes at the CAAC have been suspended and sadly one of their own a much loved local landscape painter in Cashmere Glenn Whitaker has passed away.

Up in Leavenworth, Andrea Critchlow announced the end of the Recycled Art Show at the Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth and requests that all the artists with work in the show pick up their work after the 15th of the month. So; those who have yet to see these creative works made from recycled and repurposed material in this year’s Icicle Prize Show will need to get up to the Barn Beach Reserve in Leavenworth soon to catch the show.

Well, enough for now as I prepare to head out to get more photos and video of the Pybus Project and who knows what else I may discover out there today. Enjoy, and have a very artful day.