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Artful October

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Well, it seems that October is shaping up to be quite the month for art in the valley and beyond.

Today of course is First Friday here in Wenatchee and I for one am glad to be in town this month for First Friday as there are some really great art and art venues to see and visit. I missed the open house that occurred on September 30th at the new MAC center at Wenatchee Valley College as I was out of town for a very special birthday. So; sometime today I will really want to get over to WVC to see the new MAC Center and the “Transitions” art show there by Joe Feddersen which includes prints and glass vessels. Martha Flores was able to attend the event on Sunday and was duly impressed. So; I can’t wait to see it.

Also, participating in the WFF Art Walk tonight will be the Lila Putnam Gallery which will feature new watercolors by Lila Putnam. Her Gallery at 230 Columbia Street is at the opposite end of Columbia Street from where Two Rivers Gallery is at 102 Columbia Street, where the Fur Feathers and Scales show continues and will feature great beer and live music. It’s a straight shot from Lila Putnam’s Gallery to Two Rivers Gallery at opposite ends of Columbia Street, but most would do it by vehicle rather than walk. I am always impressed with Lila’s art and am very interested to see her new work and will make a point of getting to her place as early as possible and I always save TRG for last as I love to finish the night with socializing and sharing a glass of wine, or tonight perhaps a glass of beer.

But, before heading To Two Rivers Gallery I will definitely want to visit the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center where the “I Collect… Book Art” display of Catherine Alice Michaelis and Cindy Reitveldt will be featured. Other venues I hope to visit with the limited time I have this evening as I will work till 6pm include the Lemolo Café where I am very interested to see the photography of Al Piecka a real favorite of mine, and to Caffé Mela to enjoy the art of Ginger Reddington. These are not the only venues to visit. Others include the Drop Dead Fabulous 4th Annual Bridge to a Cure Exhibit and the Tumbleweed Bead co. for more information on any of this venues and locations readers can go to:

Next week on Saturday October 11th the art continues with the ongoing Walter Graham Exhibit at the Cashmere Arts and Activities center at 120 Cottage Ave in lovely Cashmere, where I am assure the air has cleared making it once again a venue worth traveling eight miles to see. Also, there will be a number of new works by famed Russian watercolorist Yuri Konychev. Some readers may recall that he had a wonderful show as featured artist there about a year ago from which came the popular video of he and his Russian friends singing Russian Folk songs.

Also, this month a little further out will be the Confluence Gallery & Art Center’s Membership Party. The event which is open to members and non-members alike will be at the gallery in Twisp on Saturday, October 20th from 7-9pm. That should be a fun event and one that I hope to get to. The fee for this event is $35 for non-members but the art and mix of artists and the multi-media performance by the New Wilderness Project should be worth the drive to Twisp. For more information readers can call the Gallery at: 509-997-2787 or go to their website at: .

On the other side of the mountains professional or near professional photographers looking to improve their business skills may be interested in the Business of Photography Workshop held October 6-7 with a networking event on October 12th at the Photo Center NW in Seattle. For more information on cost and registration interested photographers should go .

Another October event of interest to me and perhaps other artist in the valley will be the third annual "Around the Block" celebration at the Parklane Gallery in Kirkland. This event will feature 12 inch square art pieces of all media. Non-members are invited to participate in this show but they are not accepting mailed entries. So; the pieces would have to be delivered on October 7th and picked up soon after the show closes on November 4th. For more information readers can go to the Gallery website at

Well, we have lots of art to enjoy and look forward to this month. So; have a very artful day and perhaps I’ll see you at one or more of these events.