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April Was A Month for Art in Action

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Well, it’s been a great month for art in the valley and beyond and May looks to be another great month ahead.

First as regular readers of Art in the Valley and Beyond will recall was the tremendous Art Walk in Ellensburg which was described previously and can be read at: http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/weblogs/arts-in-the-valley-and-beyond/2013/apr/08/fanciful-woods-fabric-portraits-and-art-for-nature/ . That was followed not long after with the fun and varied art works presented in the Second Thursday Art Walk in West Seattle. That day I had the opportunity to check out a few of the venues there before helping to set up at the Nature Consortium for the event.

First stop was to Alkie Arts which features artwork typically of local Seattle Artists. I always enjoy what Diane Venti has to offer at her gallery right across from the north facing beach of the Alkie peninsula of West Seattle. Second on our tour of venues in the art walk was Mind Unwind on California Street, the main drag of West Seattle and where most of the art venues are situated. They do a lot of art classed there for both adults and children. There was a bit of a science fiction theme going on the day we were there.

Next for our little tour was Arts West which is a local live theater venue which hosts a limited number of artworks by artists from around the state. There were three featured artists here in April with styles varying from the acrylic’ Bull Market’ of Stacey Nuemiller to the acrylic and mixed media piece ‘Spill’ of Tamara Stephas and the oil and casein on panel ‘Sky Over Port Townsend’ by Patty Haller.

Next stop was to the more avant-garde Twighlight Gallery which was featuring the work of Seattle Artist Robroy Chalmers. I had seen a large indoor installation of his work at the Arts West Theater Gallery last year which covered two walls and a ceiling. Some of his work continues the same content style and technique but in a much smaller and enclosed space...in fact this is in a box. Other works were more easily viewed and photographed two dimensional pieces.

And then of course was the art of our own local Wenatchee artist Martha Flores at the Nature Consortium.

Here in Wenatchee on the 24th was the presentation of the colorful poster created by Ron McGaughey of Manson for the Pybus Public Market and the unveiling of the plans for a large bronze sculpture commemorating the founder of the original Pybus steel plant by local sculptor Lance Dooley who was classically trained in Italy.

And just a little out of town last week was the performance art event at the Icicle Brewing Co. in Leavenworth which was put on by the Icicle Arts Gallery also in Leavenworth. There folks were entertained by the joyful live painting by Martha Flores done while dancing to Latin music out in the courtyard in front of the local hotspot for music and beer. The video of this can be seen on Wedia at: http://www.gowedia.com/videos/2013/apr/24/martha-flores-paints-spanish-dancers-while-dancing/

After, the dancing and painting the fun continued with more live painting inside by Rusty Gibbs. And, while Rusty painted, Andy McKee played guitar and was accompanied by Seth Julian Garrido on sax who had found the best acoustics of the joint down at the bottom of the stairwell leading to the brewing vats. I was fortunate to get some live footage of Rusty, Andy and Seth before the batteries on my camera ran out and a short video of which can be seen on Wedia at: http://www.gowedia.com/videos/2013/apr/24/performance-art-at-icicle-brewing-co/

Also this week the large sign for the Pybus Public Market went up over Orondo Street. It looks like it will really grab people’s attention to steer them down to the river front Public Market building. This weekend was the time for local artists showing at the Two Rivers Gallery to change out their work from the April show to the May show. Sunday while dropping off art there I got a sneak peak at some of new works going in. Anyone who loves horses, art of all kinds and fanciful creatures like Sasquatch will be more than enticed by the works coming in at TRG. Also notworthy there at Two Rivers Gallery was the cutout stand up poster created by Terry Johnson of TerrySigns for the 'Where is Art?' project that is the brainchild of Harold Jones which should start up sometime soon. So; more on that later. The cutout looks great a just bit like the image of on Harold Jones...hmmm. And Kudos to Terry one of whoms paintings sold even befor the show was put up on the walls. Fortunately he another Pig painting ready to go.

Good job Terry and Harold.

And, as always, I can’t wait to see the show there and around town on this month’s First Friday on May third. See you there.

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