About the September 6th Wenatchee First Fridays ArtsWalk
What kind of art moves you? Performing? Cinematic? Literary? Culinary? Visual? Are you drawn to the tried-and-true, traditional modes of expression with realistic drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures, or is it the more experimental and contemporary forms and media that get you going?
Come be-the-art at the filming of Nicole Conners’ ‘Alley Happening’ Performance Art piece, occurring sometime between 6 – 6:30pm; stop in and meet the artists at various exhibition openings; or hang around and wrap-up your night with Indie Music at Caffè Mela. For Sept 6th, 5 – 10 PM, here’s a bit about the events and why it’s worth going out to experience Wenatchee’s Art …LIVE.
Nicole Conner Photography is a new addition to the art walk. Nicole is teaming with cinematographer Charlie Voorhis and staging a ‘happening’ in the north end of Art Alley, off 113½ S. Wenatchee Ave. You’re invited to watch or participate as Charlie films what happens when everyday people have the opportunity to combine sound, movement, colored smoke and flying chalk. A word about Performance Art, it happens only in the moment. It may carry on in video, but in a 15 minute window, on September 6th, between 6 – 6:30 PM, the piece will evolve…once. Or visit her new studio as she and Charlie talk about the making of videos.
Wenatchee fabric artist and quilter, Linda Riesterer has her work hanging in the new showroom of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Applying what our great-great grandmother’s called ‘hand-work’ and utilizing the artifacts of modern technology, Linda constructs ‘cloths’ that explore traditions, tell stories and capture memories. Linda will be on hand talking about her artform; her ideas and techniques behind each piece. This installation coincides with the NCW Harvest of Quilts Show. Artist Reception: 5 -8PM
A doll has been defined as “A small-scale figure of a human being used especially as a child's plaything.” But the Wenatchee Valley Museum’s new exhibit “Not Your Ordinary Doll” goes beyond that definition. These are not just any dolls, but dolls made by Washington artists that convey a mood or attitude, that tell a story or make a point. Created out of many different materials these artists’ dolls bring back the playfulness, mystery and cultural significance lacking in commercial department store dolls. Free on the first Friday of the Month. 'til 8PM
Caffè Mela, functions as Wenatchee’s downtown creative hub. Long known for good coffee and as a live music venue, the walls of the coffeehouse provide some of the best hanging space in town. This month Rae Helseltakes you on her Alice in Wonderlandish photographic journey from her year spent in Venice. Ginger Reddington is showing her large format acrylic scenes from the Methow region. Rae will be on hand for this Installation Opening: 5 – 6:30 PM. Doors close at 6:30 PM to get ready for the After the ArtWalk Music. re-opening at 7 PM.
In Lemolo Deli and Café, the stylized landscapes of Leavenworth artist Dawn Kranz carry a hint of impressionism and sometimes even a giddy leap into fantasy. Familiar local scenes will often take on a twilight warmth or atmospheric mood in the artist's practice of luminism. Open ‘til 8-ish PM.
The work of Cashmere cartoonist, Dan McConnell is opening at Two Rivers Gallery. Dan, who provides cartoons for The Good Life and Wenatchee World, is taking his work off the pages of newsprint and onto the walls of the gallery. As Wenatchee’s co-op gallery, you will also see a sampling from 40 local artists. Keyboardist Don Housden rounds out the gallery’s presentation. Opening Reception: 5 – 8 PM.
After the ArtWalk Music at Caffè Mela Headliningthis month is the Indie sounds of Seattle's Eternal Fair, with opening act Animal Eyes. Doors open at 7 PM. Show starts at 8 PM. Advance tickets: $8. At the door: $10
You will find information and touring maps in all the venues, or go to the Wenatchee Downtown Association's website, where they have generously posted printable flyers.