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High School Art, Sensual Topography, Phenominal Abstracts and More

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Well, March so far is turning out to be quite impressive and inspiring for art in the valley.

First off I have to give all props to all the young student artist who participated in the High School Art Show at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. I got a chance to visit and photograph the exhibit as it was still going up last Friday before the official opening of the show. It was phenomenal. Denny Diver had done, and was still doing, a great job when artist Martha Flores and I stopped in. Anyone who loves art, artists, and is supportive of and interested in youthful creativity and the artistic promise they hold up for all of us to see just has to see this exhibit.

Friday was of course the First Friday of the month and so I got around town early to catch as much of the art in photographs as I could before the crowds set about town. One of my first stops was at the Tumbleweed Shop and Studio where Vicki DeRooy is the featured artist. There I found also, the paintings of Linsay Breidenthall which I really like. They had a really nice display and I really enjoyed chatting with Tyler, one half of the husband / wife team that owns and runs the shop. We talked about making a video of the jewelry crafting process, so one day soon I hope to get over there for a video shoot.

Later in the afternoon, I got in to Café Mela where Jan Cook Mack and her student Claudia Wiggns are featured in the front window areas. Jan’s work impressed as always and so did the art of Claudia who has really learned well from her tutelage with Jan. In the back of the café’, I was interested and pleased to see the art of old friend and colleague Steve Zimberoff there. Right On! Steve.

Then, I got over to Lemolo’s Café’ and deli where the art of Tania E. Gonzales is featured. Her work is colorful and inventive. I enjoyed her art there as I have when I have seen her work elsewhere.

Next Stop was to the Performing Arts Center where yours truly is featured this month. But; not before a brief stop to enjoy a piece of sculpture that was new to me in the Arts on the Avenue display on First Street. The abstract horse and rider form there really caught my eye.

And then over to the PAC. The newest of the works there and the only painting is one that will be moved to Leavenworth for the ‘Time’ show later this month. So;if you want to see it in Wenatchee head on over to the box office area to see ‘Time is on My side’ en vivo. Near the bar is the large photo ‘String Theory’ and above the staircase is ‘Minds Eye’. I like the look of this one from outside as well as inside.

Before it got too late to beat the crowds, I headed on over to the MAC at Wenatchee Valley College where the Topometry Topology and Topography show by Artist and Art Dept Director Scott Baily is featured. I really like these. Some of them, surprisingly enough, have even though cool in color, a really sultry even sexy look to them. Good job Scott.

Last stop for the evening was to Two Rivers Gallery, where longtime member and lifelong Wenatchee artist Russ Hepler is the featured artist for March and AprilHis abstract forms with all of their color, texture and geometric features don’t belie the sometimes subtle impressions of human forms - some reminiscent of forms such as the famous Reclining Mayan or the facial features form of an Aztec god.

Kudos to Russ both for his own art and for the phenomenal job he did of displaying all the art this month. The whole show was enticing from the traditional western art of the late Walter Graham to the metal art of Mike Deetering to the impressive and emotive Native American acrylic painting by Terry Johnson to the abstract paintings of some of the other artists and the Peace Art of this artist. The geometric quality of ‘Peace by Piece’ really caught the attention and more than a few questions by our Stained Glass Artist Herald Jones.

I was so pleased to see how many younger folks came in to see all the art. Friday’s reception had perhaps the biggest crowd I have seen at Two Rivers Gallery perhaps since opening four years ago. was it the great art or the great food provided by Chuck's Seafood Grotto. I think both.

What a great First Friday event and what a great month for art in the valley this is turning out to be. Hope you all get a chance to see the art at all these venues like this 'Spanish Dancer' by Martha Flores at Two Rivers

And, while enjoying the art think on the words of Robert A. Schumann, “to send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist”