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Community Arts Festival

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Today, Saturday October 20, 2012 is the day of the Community Arts Festival at Recovery Innovations at 701 n Miller Street in Wenatchee. This morning Martha Flores and myself visited there to check out the show and I of course wanted to interview Cody Stitt, the Director of non-profit Recovery Innovations, about the vent.

From Cody, who had a few pieces of his own in the show, I learned that this is actually their second such event, the first having been just this past spring.

It started with an idea he told me that sprang from the fact that RI has weekly art classes for their participants. They wanted a way to let the students exhibit their work and as a fund raiser they decided to invite in some local artists who support the mission of community mental health.

And, there was no shortage of local talent who were willing to bring in some of their work for a good cause. Martha Flores and I really liked so much of the work there, that we couldn’t help but to buy a number pieces before we left.

Represented there was the art of Kim Jeffers the “Yartist”… we brought home a steel puppy for our backyard made by Kim. Karen Dean’s pottery with her special glaze was there in abundance and at great prices. Martha Flores couldn’t help but to do a good deal of her Christmas shopping right there at Karen’s table.

There were pots by Terry Johnson, as well as oil pastels by Jerold Kinney and of course the oils and bronzes by Martha Flores and my own digital art. And, lest I forget there were the numerous pieces created by the various students/artists. All in all it was great to see the way RI has created a much more comfortable inviting environment as compared to how the place was twenty years ago when Martha worked for the old Chelan Douglas Mental Health in that same facility. And, from the top down Cody and his wonderful staff give off such a caring and encouraging vibe that I can’t help but imagine the success the clientele must be experiencing there. What a great idea and I wish them all the greatest success with this fundraiser and anyone ready this today there is still time to get down to RI at 701 N. Miller street in Wenatchee. For directions call: 509 662 7105.