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High School Students Teachers Art and Opportunity

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Well, it’s been a busy, interesting and fun filled week for art in the valley and beyond.

Last weekend Two Rivers Gallery participated in the Home and Garden Show in a booth shared with the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. They raffled three of Hank Langeman's hand carved quail pieces. The winner was Thomas Turner. They also received donations for the ‘Troll Under the Bridge’ project that is being spearheaded by Russ Hepler. Jan Theriault indicated that several artists came by and promised to join the co-op gallery.

Over at Mission View elementary, they were fortunate to have renowned local artist Martha Flores as a guest art teacher for the ‘I Am the Earth’ project. The kids were so excited and Martha was so impressed with how well the kids had been prepped by their regular art teacher Chester Ferrell. The kids were eager, asked good questions and had clearly had their art appreciation and interest stimulated prior to this art event. Good job Mr. Ferrell. In fact, the kids were so appreciative that they all wanted the handful of small drawings and paintings Martha did as demonstration pieces while there, that the only way to handle the demand was to raffle them off. Also this week, Catholic Family and Child Services offered an art class for child care providers in Quincy which was held at the Quincy Senior Center. The clay modeling class was taught by Martha Flores. Here in town the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is hosting the art of many regional high school artists in the 2012 Regional High Scholl Art Show. The show offers a refreshing variety of creative works by NCW students will be unveiled this Saturday at the 33rd annual Regional High School Art Show. Some 200 students from 14 schools are participating this year; media include paintings, 3D sculpture, decorative arts and prints.

Martha and I were able to get down to the museum today to see the show before the crowd as we had other stops to make. The works were amazing. It truly was hard to believe that some of the pieces were by high school kids. The skill level as well as the maturity of composition and theme in some of the works was impressive to say the least. Kudos to Bill and Denny for setting up another great exhibit.

The sheer amount of great work by these young artists deserves a blog of its own or a series of them really to show all of the works by all of the students. But, that is just not practical, so the best thing to do is simply go down to the museum yourself and see these wonderful art works in vivo. The awards ceremony sponsored by McDees Art Center was held from 1-4pm on Saturday. The exhibit continues through May 5th. Winners proceed to state competition in Olympia.

Before we headed out from the museum we had to stop and take yet another look at the work of"High School Art Teachers" which will be on exhibit through March 24th. Two great shows to see there just down the hall from each other.

Also, here in town while I was at the Terry Johnson Studio over the past couple of weeks working on my ‘Steel Eagle’, which will be part of the 'Embracing Cultures' float for this year’s Apple Blossom Parade, I got a firsthand look at the new art Mr. Johnson had been commissioned to create for the new El Agabe Mexican restaurant (previously known as Tequila’s). These are really great pieces of art which embrace the culture of Mexico while featuring various icons of the Mexican culture from art and film to music and history.

While there I was also able to help him change out his own sign for Terry Signs out on the avenue. Out with the old and in with the new. These signs are works of art in themselves and each celebrates Native American History and Culture.

After visiting the museum and Terry Studio on saturday, we finally had a chance to get over to the Robert Graves Gallery at Wenatchee Valley College to see the Lila Putnam and Ken Duffin exhibit before it goes away. Lovely works by each artist. I would encourage anyone to get over there to see the show while it is still there.

And for all you artist out there, you should be informed that on April 25th there will be a free webinar on Applying for the 2012 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP). Artists from across the state can participate in this free webinar on applying for the GAP. Get tips on work samples, résumés, and mastering the online application process. Questions may be submitted during the webinar. So, if you’re interested free grant money to create the art you love to do anyway, this may be an important step toward fulfilling your artistic goals and dreams. Well, enough for now. There is plenty of art to make and to enjoy. So; have a very artful day.