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From Lightning Fires to Art on the Avenue and Origami Wreaths

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Well, the arts are on the move and very exciting in the month of November in the valley and beyond.

First off, there was a great opening to the month with the First Friday events in town which were preceded, by the way, by the Television appearance of Martha Flores and yours truly on KWCC TV as guests of Laura Herrera on Wednesday October 31. There we discussed the upcoming First Friday exhibits at Two rivers Gallery and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The Museum’s show titled ‘Lightning Fires’ which is hosted by the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and which features over one hundred photographs by numerous photographers both professional and amateur will be on display till February 9th. If you didn’t get out to see it on First Friday do so. It is a must see exhibit which really portrays all of our experiences with the fires that impacted our region this fall. There are what would be best described as artful photos to amazing up close shots of the brave firefighters at work which tell the dramatic story of these brave souls putting themselves in danger for our benefit.

Along Wenatchee Avenue Café’ Mela and Lemolo’s each had some very creative art on display that is well worth a visit. I wish I could have gone in to Café’ Mela but I was early and they were closed as they prepared for the live performance that would come later in the evening. I got the best shots of the art that I could, shooting through the front windows. The artwork at Lemolo’s is fun and quirky and I like it.

For me as usual on First Friday I ended the evening at Two Rivers Gallery. The photos on display by Marc Dilley are nothing less than amazing. That he is a top tier photographer there is no doubt. The large canvas prints, and I mean large, will easily bring any space alive and fill any wall they adorn. There were many items raffled off at Two Rivers and winners from Wenatchee to Soap Lake. Stained Glass artist Harold Jones was awarded the People’s Choice award from the Fir Feathers and Scales show of the last two months. Congrats to Harold on that and to Brad Brisbane, Al Lindberg and all the other raffle winners.

Yesterday, Nov. 5th Art on the Avenue held its yearly luncheon at the Golf and Country Club in East Wenatchee. It was a nice way to connect with other artists and art lovers in the area and to show support for Art on the Avenue. It was also a chance to congratulate the kids who participated in this year’s Beauty of Bronze program some of whom were on hand to offer their gratitude to Kevin Patel for teaching them and to express their appreciation and tell what the experience meant for them. Kudos to Kevin and all the teachers and other adults who helped make that great learning experience happen for the eighth year running.

I have personally seen how Kevin works with the kids and it is truly impressive to watch how this phenomenal artist is capable of explaining and demonstrating this art form to school age kids in a way that allows for them to not only experience hands on art but to come away with a bronze sculpture they can be proud of.

Kevin’s power point presentation of how bronze sculpture is created using his J.P. Patches sculpture as an example was great and impressive to say the least.

This weekend on Saturday, will be the Second Saturday artist reception at the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center which will feature the wonderful water colors of Yuri Koneschev. Some will recall that he was featured at CAAC last year and that a wonderfully entertaining video came out of that show which can be seen at:

And later in the month at the Confluence Gallery in Twisp there will be a Holiday Origami class. This is where east meets west in a family oriented class that takes the Japanese art of paper folding in a whole new direction. On November 24 from 11am-1pm at Confluence Gallery Margaret Kingston teaches Origami wreath making. Participants will create brightly colored paper wreaths which will add a new look to holiday decorations and which will make great gifts too. The techniques are easy enough for kids, but adults will be challenged by coming up with elaborate ways of decorating the basic wreath.

The class is part of Confluence Gallery’s series of fun, easy and inexpensive classes that everyone can take part in and enjoy. They are geared towards having a gift and a skill to take home by the end of the class. Margaret Kingston is a K-12 certified and experienced art educator. She’s excited about sharing her love of art and making things with the community. This class is only $15. And for that it’s well worth the drive for a day of fun for the whole family.To register call ahead at, (509) 997-2787 or just drop in the day of the class at Confluence Gallery, 104 Glover Street in Twisp.

Well, enough for now, I’m sure there will plenty more art events and activities to report on throughout the rest of the month… so have a very artful day. Oh yes, and, remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson who once said, “Every artist was first an amateur”. So; go forth and be creative.