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Art, History and Memory Lane

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Well, there’s a lot going on artistically in the valley and beyond.

A few days back I attended the Two Rivers Gallery Board meeting where I learned a good deal about upcoming events both at the Two Rivers Gallery and elswhere.

At the meeting TRG board continued to make plans for their upcoming Fur, Feathers and Fins event that will take place in September. For that event there will be a raffle for which Artie Bowman will donate two free lessons at her art studio and Denise Marker will contribute a free picture framing. Jan Theriault the Director of Two Rivers added that other items will be offered as gift baskets and there will be a People’s Choice award at this animal/pet themed art show. Apparently some really good wine is going to be part of this event in September and for the October part of this two month event some really good beer… ummm… more on that later. Coming up a little sooner, Suzanne Grassel, whose art is featured at Two Rivers Gallery through the end of August, is going to be showing some of her heartfelt horse themed bronzes at the Wenatchee River Lodge on July 25th for a special event there. If you love horses and art that features kids and horses you will really want to see her work. The best bet to do so is to see it while it’s featured at Two Rivers Gallery. Also, here in town my own Pybus photo/video project is continuing onward. I’m down there almost every day taking photos and video of the progress of this project. For more on this project check out the Rod Daut and Martha Flores Art Blog on

Coming up on August 11th over in Cashmere, the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center will say goodbye to Dan Bozich who has been featured artist there for two months and say hello and welcome to the art of the late Walter Graham. Walter’s art will be featured at CAAC for August and September. Artie Bowman the gallery director at CAAC says that they will have music by Kirk Llewellyn and Sharon Browder will sing show tunes at this Second Saturday opening reception. That should be a lot of fun for anyone who loves Broadway musicals as well as the wonderful art of Walter Graham. This week out in Soap Lake the Soap Lake Art Guild held their Third Wednesday art presentation. Martha Flores and I attended and took with us the old door that we each had painted a side of with depictions of old Soap Lake. Volunteers had retrieved the heavy solid core closet doors from a couple of the old school rooms of the Delancy Houghton Elementary School which is being torn down. Today I spoke with local Historian Denise Keegan of Soap Lake who let me know that the school the doors came from was built in the 1940’s and used as a school till the 1990’s after which it had some other uses till vandalism sealed its fate. The door painting idea was one that Denise and some others there in Soap Lake came up with as a way to save something of the history of the town and tell more of the history of the town through art all at the same time. The idea is to build a Mural Garden wherein the doors which will all be painted on each side will be housed in glass encased structures along a garden path somewhere in the Town of Soap Lake. Her next goal is to put a proposal together from the Heritage Group and their Chamber of Commerce requesting a donation of materials from a big box store like Home Depot to build the housings. The volunteers to do the work she says they can get in a heartbeat. I truly wish the best of luck to her and all the folks in Soap Lake on that project…what a great way to preserve their history through art.

Of course the door project wasn’t the only thing going on Third Wednesday. The speakers last night were Wendy Zupan Baily who creates sculpted dolls from polyethylene clay and a multitude of materials too many to name. People were really taken with her work. So too with the presentation by a fellow named Burr Beckwith. He was quite a character – what would one expect from a guy named Burr. All kidding aside he had the audience laughing so hard they were rolling in the aisles as he told the tale of how he came to build his giant Rocket Monkey Yard Art Sculpture.

While there we checked out the Barn photos of Douglas MacArther – yes that’s right Douglas MacArther just like the famous general. And, we were happy to learn that ‘Pictorialist’ Gavin Seim whose photography I wrote about last month will be presenting his American Originals the Summer Collection series at the American Originals Gallery in Soap Lake on July 27th. He will be featuring Master Originals with titles like “Silver Moon”, “Memory Lane” and “140 minutes of Night”. Those titles really sound intriguing especially that idea of shooting 140 minutes of light at night. Anyone interested in learning more about this show can call (509) 754-5255.

Well, enough for now. And, have a very artful day.