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Bridge Decor, Artful Wellness and Colorful Reality

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Well, the later part of October has been busy in the valley and beyond for exhibitions, fundraisers, bridge decoration, Bridge Eyes, a new Upper Valley Art Facebookpage and more… as the month’s not over yet.

Last weekend was the art show at the Performing Arts Center put on by Two Rivers Gallery with artwork picked to compliment the Russian musical theme of the evening which featured the music of Elgar, Borodin and Tchaikovsky. As Two Rivers Gallery President Jan Theriault put it “Art and music pair well together.” The artworks represented various media, oil, acrylic & watercolor paintings, wood sculpture, pottery, fused glass were all there and are available at Two Rivers Gallery. Jan added that, “The Gallery & the Orchestra will partner at each musical event this year.” Their next exhibit theme will be “A European Christmas” on December 15th. That gives me time to search through my European Photos.

This week, I was able to get over to the foot bridge to the Apple Capitol Loop Trail to get photos of the annual October Breast Cancer Awareness bras display which I photographed to promote the cause and while I was there I got to video some Boing fuselages passing underneath on rail car flatbeds... now that was a treat.

Saturday of this weekend the folks over at Recovery Innovations had their second art show and fundraiser featuring the art of group members who participate in art classes at RI there and a number of local artists interested in promoting mental health and wellness. I was pretty pleased that my “Bridge Eye” and my two other pieces sold… all for a good cause.

It was great to see the work of both the professional artist and the students and how pleasant and inviting the atmosphere is now at RI. Thanks to Karen Dean for efforts to spread the word and help promote this event. Kudos are deserved by Cody Stitt the Director for the imagination and willingness to break out of the box and thereby further promote hope, empowerment, wellness while connecting the peers in the group with the community.

Also, this weekend was the Member Gathering out at the Confluence Gallery, so after spending some time at RI Martha Flores and me headed on up to Twisp. There we met Nicole Ringgold, the Executive Director,who showed us around and happily explained how the gallery works and explained what membership entails. We always love heading to the upper Methow Valley just so we can stop in at the Confluence Gallery… and, yesterday was no exception.

The current show is titled “Altered Realities” and features the collage and mixed media art of Tanya Gonzales Ortega, Jeffrey Winslow, and the wonderful hanging sculptures of Rhys Court. We would have loved to have stayed for the meeting which would be followed by live music entertainment by singer songwriters Benjie Howard and Maketa Wilborn of the New Wilderness project, but it’s a long drive home and we had a pretty full day… oh well next time perhaps.

Well, enough for now and have a very artful day.