Well, Friday night was a great night for the arts up in Leavenworth at the Barn Beach Reserve. Anyone who has been following these blogs knows that the theme of the show which had its opening reception at Icicle Arts was called ‘Expressions of time’.
I have to say that Alicia McKee did a great job in putting the show together and there was really a broad spectrum of art styles and mediums on this theme. Everyone had their own unique interpretation of the theme. And, that just made it all the better.
I should say that it was a full night up at the reserve as at the same time the Upper Valley Museum of Leavenworth, which shares the building the gallery, was holding it’s Grand Re-opening at the same time. I was interested and please to learn that Bill Rietveldt and Denny Driver from the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural were not only present for the opening but had been on loan from WVMCC to the Upper Valley Museum for weeks putting together the new look of the museum together. Thanks to Brenda Abney the WVMCC Director, who coordinated with Jeff Parsons and the Upper Valley Museum’s Board of Directors to do this joint remodel project. From Brenda I learned that the two museums were once upon a time one and the same organization only separating back in ’06. So, there is a long history of cooperation, communication and planning together. That’s great.
And, back to the art. Well what can I say. There were wonderful pieces by lots of artist some I know and others I was pleased to meet chat and visit with. So many works were so striking like the large painting of a tree lined orchard path by Dan Tuttle which jumped out at me the moment I walked into the gallery. And this piece of Dan’s was different from his ‘Cross Section’ non representational piece just across on the opposite facing wall from his trees.
Then there was the attractive piece by Charleen Martin who is so well known for these lovely silhouettes of African Ladies carrying goods to market on their heads. I really appreciated the collage by Shelby Jo Helton titled ‘Lately’ which seemed to capture a real moment in time. This piece was of even more interest to me as I have been working with mixed collage materials myself of late. Good job Shelby.
And, who couldn’t help but to notice the copper bird atop this weather vane by Jessica Dietz. Jessica was really a joy to visit with… she was so excited and full of energy. I am interested to watch the video she has out now on working with copper. I was interested to learn that she is studying welding too so that she can do even more with the whole weather vane motif than she is able to do now.
I also, enjoyed visiting with Kasey Koski who had this large mixed media collage work depicting the 100+ year old house that she and her husband purchased and are remodeling over on Pennsylvania Ave. in Wenatchee. Good luck Kasey. Those old house are a lot of fun to work with and have such unique features like river rock foundations and true dimension old growth lumber in the framing. The piece was enjoyable and calls into question the stories those old walls could tell.
And right next to Kasey’s piece was this wonderful ‘Women of Winter’ by Nathan Tremlin. This piece portrays women skiers from various eras from 1909 to the present and draws from vintage photos and movie posters of the Pacific Northwest and Leavenworth in particular. A very enjoyable piece indeed.
But, of all the works there one that really reaches out and takes hold of the time theme is the ‘Time in the hands of a Little Winged Monster’ by Cindy Rietveldt. I love what she wrote about her paper Mache’ sculpture, “ More and more, my sense of time is that it’s certainly out of my control, it definitely flies. There’s always less of it than I anticipated and it’s being played with by some dark creature with a sense of humor.” Wow! Cindy.
This blog wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the live music provided by Andy McKee and his musical partner for the evening Rusty Gibbs on percussion. Andy actually works for Rusty at Gibbs Graphics. www.gibbsgrapicsart.com. And, Rusty, as many readers may know is a member of Recycled Rhythm; a percussion band using all recycled percussion instruments like pvc pipes. How cool is that. They don't have a website but play a lot of local festivals like Earth Day and Salmon Festival and are pretty well known up in Leavenworth.
With music by Andy and Rusty the only thing left to mention was the excellent complimentary wines provided by Ed from Eagle Creek wines http://eaglecreekwinery.com/wines/. Great art, great folks, live music and free wine… what else could one want on a lovely Friday night in Leavenworth. Can’t wait till the next Icicle Arts opening reception in June for the Bird Fest show. But, more on that later.
Well, enough for now and keep those expressions of time in mind and don’t let that dark little monster steal away your hours from whatever it is that fulfills you in your real time.