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Las Brisas, Peggy Lewis and Icicle Arts: Great Shows Great Art

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Well, the week past was, and, the week ahead promises to be, quite the art filled week for us in the valley and beyond. Last week was the intake of artwork for the juried art show out at Peggy Lewis Gallery in Yakima. For that event I accompanied Martha Flores out to Yakima and was pleasantly surprised to meet other members of the Two Rivers Gallery there bringing their artwork as well.

Over the weekend I made a point of bringing my camera along with me when I went to Leavenworth to do a second of two days of bicycle riding up the Icicle River Rd. I had stopped by the Icicle Arts Gallery with my riding buddy after our ride on Saturday and a pleasant stop at O’Grady’s Pantry. At O’Grady’s we had coffee and were pleased to see that the Recycled Art piece by Martha Flores and yours truly from last year’s Recycled Art Show is still on display out in the patio area. That was fun to see and to show off to my riding buddy. However, when we went on over to the Icicle Arts Gallery I really wished I had brought my camera with me as I found that Bryan Miller had already put up all or most of the artwork for this year’s Icicle Prize Recycled Art Show.

So, I made a point of bringing the camera the next day. It being Sunday and Father’s day to boot, I didn’t expect that the Icicle Arts Gallery would be open, so I made a plan to get some sneak preview photos of the show shot through the windows. When I arrived, I was surprised to find that Ann the lovely docent of the Upper Valley Museum was there and that I could therefore go on in and get all the photos I needed. I was stilled interested in my ‘through the windows’ idea and did take a few pics that way… some of which I thought were pretty interesting.

I have to say there are really some great looking pieces in this year’s show; I still have hope though that our Giant Bird pieces may do well in the eyes of the judges. We shall see.

This week is busy as all get out. Wednesday is the Art Guild of Soap lake Area ‘Third Wednesday’ presentation at the Las Brisas Arts Center at 6:30pm in of course Soap lake. We are looking forward to seeing our good friends Rose and Allen Lundberg and the other artist and art lovers in Soap Lake. This month’s presentation will be by Ellensberg Photographer Douglas MacAuthur known for his Kittitas Valley Barns and Mark Peters a local wildlife photographer from Ephrata. I’m really looking forward to those presentations

Then on Thursday is the opening reception for the 45th Annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Peggy Lewis Gallery put on by the Allied Arts of Yakima. We are really looking forward to that event not only to see the art of Martha Flores and other Two Rivers Gallery members but the whole spectrum of wonderful art that we got only a glimpse of as the first pieces were coming in last week when we were there. It’s a long drive there and back but it should be well worth the time and effort. Sadly we learned this week that Sam Martinez will no longer be working full time at the Peggy Lewis Gallery, but she is planning to continue volunteering there so it is not a total loss.

Then this Friday comes the big local opening that we have really been waiting for, that being the 4th Annual Icicle Prize Recycled Art Show.

It’s really a two day event with the opening reception on Friday the 22nd from 5-7, then music by Beth Whitney Fishburn and Aaron Fishburn at Icicle Brewing Company from 7-9, and Music at South from 8-10. Saturday June 23 they will have their fabulous hip hop dance workshop with members of ‘Cruz Control’ at 12:30 for anyone ages 13 and up for $20 at Snow Creek Yoga (space is limited). Then the "Trash to Fash" runway show is at 7:30, featuring again, the ‘Cruz Control’ hip hop dancers, and local models as well as a dancers from ‘Edelweiss Dance Academie’, all followed by a Dj'd after party. Anyone interested can reserve tickets for the hip hop workshop and "Trash to Fash" on, or call 509-548-2278.

We are really looking forward to getting to as any of these events as we can. I have to say I really like how that giant eagle looks out there on the upper balcony of the Icicle Arts Gallery / Upper Valley Museum building there at the Barn Beach Reserve.

Well enough for now and have a very artful day here in the valley and beyond.