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July 5th WENATCHEE FIRST FRIDAYS Self-Guided ArtsWalk-Bike-Drive

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Since the WVC Campus galleries are on summer hiatus, the July 5th Wenatchee First Fridays ArtsWalk is conveniently grouped in the Historic District. At most venues, there are opening receptions between 5 -8 PM …come meet the artists.  Here’s a bit about the artists and their month long installations.

Shelby Jo Helton is back from Boston and putting to good use, her BFA in Illustration.  On the walls of Lemolo, you’ll find Shelby’s charming interpretations of dreams, her life and our natural surroundings.

Jerrold Kinney has the main installation at Two Rivers Gallery.  Jerry’s oil paintings are reminiscent of the romantic soft landscapes of the Hudson River School.  Joining his work is a new installation by members of this artists’ co-op.

On the walls of Caffè Mela, Jennifer Evenhus has a two part installation; non-objective abstract oils in rich earth hues on the front wings and her brighter impressionist pastels, in the back.

Nicole Bishopp’s work references Chinese paper-cuts. Hidden among the positive/negative Sharpie Pen drawings is a world of whimsy.  The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Tasting Room, in their new digs, is a recent addition to the ArtWalk. 

Until a few years ago, Lindsay Breidenthal‘s full time job was fighting forest fires…painting only in the off season.  Now she works full time as a professional artist; painting in oils her encounters with nature, wildlife, and wildfires.  Joining her at Tumbleweed is Jenny Couch, perhaps better known as Wenatchee’s ‘meter-maid.’  Jenny’s yard-art is created from concrete castings of large broad leaves.

As always, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is full of wonder as keepers of our cultural heritage.  Two revolving installations are featured.  New, up in the Gold Gallery is a collection of early 1900’s images of NCW from the studio of Alfred G. Simmer.  Continuing in the Downstairs Gallery is the wonderful, colorful collection of costumes, props and photographs from Wenatchee’s theatrical productions…from the early 1900’s to last year.  Free on first Fridays.

Around every corner, you’ll find Wenatchee’s wonderful Art on the Avenues installation of bronze sculptures.  AOTA walking maps can be found at the Fountain Plaza.

While speaking of bronze sculpture, continue your ArtWalk down to the Studio of Artist Lance Dooley, in Pybus Market.  Lance has been commissioned to create a 7’ bronze of ET Pybus.  This is a working studio where you can follow the summer long sculpting effort, from maquette (mock-up), to last month’s armature building, this month’s the clay phase…and on to preparing the piece for the casting of the bronze in November.

While you’re at Pybus, stop, talk to the artists of the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market Artisan’s Event and check out, in many mediums, their work.

Rock-the-Walk by wrapping up your evening and the July 5h ArtWalk with the 2013 Summer Concert Series in Centennial Park, 7 – 9:30 PM.Portland’s “Modern Kin” headlines the first of this summer long, free Friday-night series.  Opening is Wenatchee’s favorite indie band, Poor Folks Live Well. In this family friendly setting, you’ll also find kids’ activities, cold beverages, and food.

You’ll find the flyer with maps and information in the venues.  Pick up a map and plot the course for your self-guided exploration of Wenatchee’s Arts.


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