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Art Collaboration, Peace and Progressive Art

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Well, there has been a bit of activity for art in the valley and beyond in the last week or so.

First off, last Friday a gathering was held at the Convention Center in the Red Apple Room of parties interested in the improvement of collaboration amongst the various art galleries, organizations and institutions with an art focus, orientation or interest in the valley. The event was paid for by the Wenatchee Downtown Association which was represented at the meeting by Linda Hagland and facilitated by Thom Nees. Also, there was Jan Lutz from the wine industry, and reps from Arts on the Avenue, the former Gallery 4South, Wenatchee First Fridays, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, the Wenatchee World, Two Rivers Gallery and others too numerous to list here.

The focus seemed to be to get the parties to not only think of how collaboration happens and what it looks like but to see a need for a designated organization whose purpose is to act as the agent of collaboration or at least an agency which is best positioned to act as such an agency of collaboration as part of its mission. We shall see where this goes as another such meeting is being planned for a month or so from now.

The evening before was the sneak preview of the new Snowy Owl Theater at the Sleeping Lady Resort. This was well attended with supporters and community members eager to see Harriet Bullett’s latest project which features a ceramic mural made of a series of octagonal tiles created by Terry Pollier. We all got a chance to see the really well constructed venue and experience its state of the art sound and lighting systems. After Harriet gave a short talk we all watched a visually engaging video and mingled with friends new and old. I can’t wait to see what great cultural events will take place there.

Over the weekend all the members of Two Rivers Gallery began changing out their art and Russ Hepler began preparing for the new show of which he is the featured artist. And, yours truly installed three pieces of art at the Performing Arts Center as featured artist there for March and April. Hope you get a chance to get over and see these two large Photos and a unique acrylic painting there. Certainly anyone buying tickets (teaser alert) at the ticket booth will see one of my paintings which is very apropos to the setting.

Just yesterday, I got a chance to check out how the set-up is coming for the opening this Friday at Two Rivers Gallery. I really like the new works by Russ Hepler and the new non-objective works by some of the other artists / members of TRG including the Peace and Non-violence themed works by yours truly. Also, there are a great collection of landscapes and some western art by Walter Graham, pottery and that famous Spanish Dancer created by Martha Flores which she painted while dancing to Latin Music over at the NUART Gallery last Thanksgiving weekend. One can almost hear the music, hand clapping and clicking of heals while gazing at this wonderful piece of eye candy.

Today, there is a luncheon at the Barn Beach Reserve in Leavenworth at will there will be information and planning for this year’s Bird Fest… more on that later. And speaking of Leavenworth, for all those amateur and professional videographers out there, you might want to check out the first annual Leavenworth International Film Festival at: http://leavenworthfilmfestival.org/ to look at submission guidelines and rules.

Tomorrow night, Mission View Elementary will be holding a gallery walk of the art created by the third graders who participated in the ‘I am the Earth’ art project taught / facilitated by Artist in Resident Martha Flores. The walk will then be followed by a concert.

This Friday is, of course, First Friday, and I for one can’t wait to get out and about to see the works of artists such as Vicki Derooy at the Tumble Weed shop and Gallery, the colorful art of Carlton artist Tania Gonzales Ortega at the Lemolo Café and Deli, and the topography inspired art of Scott Bailey in the MAC at Wenatchee Valley College. It looks to be a great evening of art and artful entertainment around town. Look forward to seeing you all out there.

And for those, who are members and supporters of the Confluence Gallery in Twisp, there is a brainstorming, artist networking and artists’ professional development meeting at the gallery in Twisp on March 7th at 5pm.

Well, enough for now. See you out an about and just for thought, think of these words by Salvador Dali, “Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.” 'State of Peace' by Rod Daut

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