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First Friday, NuArt and the Most Creative Float

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Well, it was another fine week for the arts in the valley and beyond.

For art lovers the first Friday of the month is always a treat and that is true for me no less than anyone else in the valley. However knowing that I would not be able to get to more than one venue as I would be working into the hours of First Friday, I made a point of getting out to Gallery 4 South earlier in the week to visit with owner Charlene Martin and to get some photos of the art by featured artist Diana Sanford. I can tell you I was not disappointed. Diana’s work is well worth a visit to Gallery 4 South. And, I can easily imagine her art adorning living rooms across the valley. Good Job Diana and great display Charlene. and, ofcourse across the river in East Wenatchee, the Martha Flores Dancing Zebra show is on display at the NuArt Gallery in the Mall.

The other great art event this month was at Two Rivers Gallery where Jan Theriault and co. scored a real coup in getting Fran Reese to allow them to exhibit the work of her late husband William Reese. The western themed oils are stunning as are the bronze sculptures and his other wonderful pieces. A trip to Two Rivers Gallery is definitely something anyone interested in art and who wasn’t at First Friday should make a point to make while the Reese show is there. I did make it to Two Rivers myself, but was late and missed the largest swell of visitors including Fred Johnson who I am told was quite taken with the show and the availability of Reese’s Books and CD’s or were they DVD’s. Fran Reese herself was there and greeted many of the guests and friends of Two Rivers Gallery while Ron Evans played music as he sat next to a portrait of himself done by Terry Johnson after Ron’s last performance at Two Rivers. Everybody was having a really good time and Jan Theriault took delight in sending me a picture he took of me in which one can barely see that someone is right behind me who’s hair is showing over my shoulder giving the impression that I have a pony tail. Jan seemed to think that was a good look for me making me look all the more the artist. I don’t know about that, but it was an enjoyable evening spent with friends among the art while enjoying a glass of wine.

For me the evening had to be cut short as I would need to be up bright and early the next morning at O Dark 30 to get to our parade float and get it over to the parade staging grounds while making any and all last minute adjustments and additions to the float. But that didn't stop me from snapping a couple of pictures of that giant moon at the end of my street as I arrrived home Friday night.

And, that is exactly what Martha Flores and I did the next morning along with Julia Delgado of the Embracing Cultures group for whom we made the tropical birds and my Steel Eagle. In the end it all looked great. People’s Choice, Most Creative and Best use of Recycled Materials in a Float… cant’ beat that.

The waiting for the parade to start is always fun and gives one the opportunity to check out the otherfloats and entries of all kinds. I really like most all of the entries, though I do have to say that giant semi’s in the parade don’t do much for me. But, who am I to say… I’m jus’ say’n.

Driving the float is an experience in itself… it’s quite a contraption. But hearing the comments and applause of the crowd as it rolled down the parade route was admittedly a joyful experience. But, more will follow later on the float and the parade in the Rod and Martha’s Art Blog to come… perhaps a video too. We shall see on that.

Well, enough for now as it is a work day and there is plenty to do.