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Birds, Bowls and Trolls, Classes and Calls for Artists

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Well, there’s plenty going on for artists and art lover this week and this month in and out of town.

Here in town the Wenatchee Empty Bowls' project continues. The first community painting last month was a success! They had 90 bowls painted. On March 10th the second day of bowl painting for the Empty Bowls project will take place from 10am-4pm at the Wenatchee Public Library at 310 Douglas St. Proceeds will support the Wenatchee Food Distribution Center. This should be a fun and worthwhile event to take the kids to with a double benefit of art exposure and experience as well as learning to give back to the community and those less fortunate.

Today, March 1st, Lynn Brown changes out her artwork at the Wenatchee Senior Center and Martha Flores will take her place as the Featured artist there for the month of March. For anyone who didn’t get a chance to see either of Martha’s recent shows at Two Rivers Gallery here in Wenatchee and the Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth, this will be yet another opportunity to see the wonderful colors and imagination of this truly unique and inspiring artist. For those of you that have already seen one or both of her recent shows you’ll be happy to know that most or all of these works were no shown at the other two recent exhibits. So, a whole new experience is to be had. In the upper valley and further out a variety of art activities are taking place in Cashmere and Leavenworth and Twisp.

Tuesdays - After School Arts Program, March 6-April 17, grades 2-5, Osborn Elementary, 2:45-4:45PM Thursdays - After School Arts Program, grades 7-12, Cashmere United Methodist Church, March 8- April 19, 3:00-5:00PM 3/9/2012, "Take Your Photography to the Next Level" with Eleanor Culling, 7PM, The Barn at Beach Beach Reserve, by donation 3/2/2012, Lori Aylesworth - artwork at the 35th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 10AM-9PM, $7, www.custershows.com 3/4/2012, Confluence Gallery & Art Center - Photography class "Shoot With What You Got" with E.A. Weymuller, Use your own camera, Iphone or point and shoot to create stunning photographs, 1-4PM $75 And, a whole variety of art classes are going on at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center at 120 Cottage Ave. Classes are taught by Artie Bowman, Sandra Dean and Pam Kelly and include oil and water color painting, painting on glass and even fabric. For more information Contact Artie Bowman at: 509 782-2415.

Anyone interested in assisting with an interesting outdoor art project here in town may be interested to know about the "TROLL UNDER THE BRIDGE." Project . Russ Hepler is seeking artists to help sculpt the troll that will go under the foot bridge at 1st and Columbia Streets. If you have ideas or skills (or know someone who does) working with sculpture in cement /gunite or spray foam ... Call or contact Russ Hepler at 663-7441. That should be a fun project.

Those who are remodeling and interested in art their home will be interested to know that Two Rivers Gallery will be sharing a booth with the Museum at the Home & Garden show at Town Toyota Center March 9th, 10th, & 11th. They will have a number of artist members of the gallery on hand and examples of their art on hand. What a great way to find something new for the home to compliment that new home décor and or remodel.

And, of course this Friday, March 2nd Two Rivers Gallery is celebrating it’s third anniversary at it’s First Friday event with a special show that truly celebrated the membership of the gallery. I won’t be there, as I will be in Orange County CA. I’ve seen the show as it has been taking shape this week and it looks to be another wonderful excursion for the eyes.

Those who are eagerly awaiting Apple Blossom will be pleased to see that the work on the Birds of various nations for one of the floats this year is right on track. Martha Flores, shown here, is having a ball making these exotic birds.

For artists looking to have a professionally created portfolio of their work, they’ will be pleased to know that local professional photographer Reed Carlson is offering a Portfolio Photo Services. This is a service for artists. He will provide digital photo files for paint and web-based media using professional lighting methods. In studio or on-site shooting consultation for special projects at reasonable rates is available. I have assisted Reed once while he did a wonderful job taking gallery photos for Two Rivers Gallery and can attest to the professionalism of his work and seen the care he takes in getting lighting, position and background perfect Every Time! For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Reed at: reed@iciclevalleyphotography.com or 509-679-1789 Reed A. Carlson, Photographer.

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And, quite a bit further out of town in Orange County CA. there is a Call for Art for the ‘Random Acts of Time’ juried art show. The Random Acts of Time Curator and Juror will be William Moreno. The entries are online only, click here to enter! The deadline for entries is March 31st, 2012 and the exhibition dates are from May 5th through June 23rd, 2012. This exhibition intends to investigate “our relationship to the concept of time, the choices we make and the random, uncontrollable events that shape our lives.” To learn more and enter your art got to: http://www.occca.org/EXHIBITIONS.html#RandomActsOfTime

And, for those digital artists and photographers out there the LACDA 2012 International Juried Art Show is now accepting online submissions. Those interested in viewing the prospectus and submitting work to be juried should go to http://lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html.

Well, enough for now and remember to enjoy the beauty around you and have a very artful day.

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