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First Friday, Jazz Painting and Empty Bowls Art Auction

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Well, Friday past was of course the first Friday of the month which means lots of art to enjoy around town.

For me, it was my first chance to enjoy First Friday for a couple of months. It was also my first First Friday with Martha Flores for even longer than that. What a joy that was to do the town together. For me it was also my first chance to use my new ‘Smart Phone’ camera out and about. I admit I have fallen a bit behind the techno geek world and I still need to learn how to send a photo straight from my phone to social networks and such. But uploading photos to this blog from my computer, that were taken with the phone should upload faster as the resolution will be a lot less than from my good camera. They all look the same online, so why not. It was a short evening for us, as I had to see clients into the evening, but what a great evening it was. First stop for us the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. This was my first time there since the renovations were completed and it looks great. I did kind of miss the Baseball exhibit that I had thought would be more or less permanent. Oh well, on that. The exhibit there that we really enjoyed was the “I Collect… Book Art” display of Catherine Alice Michaelis and Cindy Reitveldt.” I got a few pics of this and really enjoyed visiting with Bill Reitveldt who was so glad to have the work done at the museum.

After visiting with Bill and Cindy at the museum we headed over to Lila Putnam’s Gallery. This was my first time there for a while and Martha’s first time there ever. In fact she hadn’t seen Lila in person since the days when they both used to attend the old VAN (Visual Arts Network) meetings together back in the last century. So; there was a real old home week feel to visiting with Lila and her daughter Maggie at the gallery. Lila has some intriguing new work, including some acrylics on hand, in addition to the wonderful water colors she is known for. I really like the Twin Models and the Jazz Musicians paintings. With our late start, we didn’t get over to the new MAC Center at the Wenatchee Valley College, but another day for sure on that.

Next for us was the Two Rivers Gallery. There was a very large oil painting on the side walk in front of the gallery by Terry Johnson, situated such that if anyone didn’t know there was a gallery show going on they sure would have had they happened by. I believe a local winery is planning to buy it. Good for them and Terry and TRG on that.

Inside we found a live assortment of art lovers includings ome esteemed visitors from Soap Lake, mingling and laughing as they partook of the wine and the Mac and Jacks beer – which made sense to have as it is October and we love the fest comes with this month of the year. The Fur, Feathers and Scales themed art was great. There were some great feline pieces hanging on the walls and for those dog and puppy lovers there was plenty of canine themed art as well. And, a show like this wouldn’t be complete without art portraying horses and other large four legged creatures were in abundance.

What can I say… everyone loves animals, or at least everyone there on Friday loves artwork inspired by animals. The Bob Cat by Dean Rainy got my attention, and I was so pleased that so many folks enjoyed my “Osprey” photo and my “In Flight” digital painting.

There are some other interesting art events going on around town at this time that deserve mention here. First and foremost the Wenatchee Empty Bowls project is something near and dear to my heart. For those readers unfamiliar with ‘Empty Bowls’, Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to fight hunger. The idea is that potters, artists, and community members work together to create handcrafted or hand painted bowls, which are then sold or auctioned off at a simple soup and bread dinner for the community. The funds raised go to benefit an organization that feeds people in need, and the guests each take home their bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

I still remember the first Empty Bowls event I was exposed to up in Chelan back when I used to counsel kids at the schools there. It was a great event that really brought the community together and did a lot for those in need.

In the upper valley Leavenworth has been doing a yearly Empty Bowls festival consistently for 16 years now. Here in Wenatchee it is the second year running for Empty Bowls and hopefully it too will continue on for many years to come.

Local artist Martha Flores recently painted a large bowl in her home studio which will be one of those donated by local artists to be auctioned off at the Empty Bowls Dinner. Community members wishing to participate can attend a community painting event at the Wenatchee Public Library on November 17 from 10am-4pm, on December 8th from 10am-4pm and lastly on December 20th from 1:30pm-6:30pm.

Participants will buy a bowl for $15 then paint it and then pick-up their bowl and have a soup dinner at the Empty Bowls Dinner which will be held on January 18th. All proceeds from the event will go to support the efforts of the Wenatchee Food Distribution Center which supports 13 food banks in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

On another note, there is a new Upper Valley Art Facebook page that Sherri Hosieni and other artists and patrons of the arts will be posting information on the visual arts to from Wenatchee to Leavenworth.

Well, that enough for now. So; goodbye from your artful blogger and have a very artful day.