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Take a Walk for Wenatchee's Arts

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Map of Venues participating in the August 2nd Wenatchee First Fridays ArtsWalk

Down at Pybus Public Market, make sure to find Lance Dooley’s sculpture studio.  He’s been given the commission of creating a 7’ bronze of ET Pybus.  Under the gaze of the public, Lance has spent the last 3 months creating this sculpture.  It’s a great artist-in-action moment.  As Lance works on ET, he takes time to talk with people about the difficult and time consuming processes of creating, then casting bronze sculptures.

Two Rivers Gallery, down on 1st and Columbia St., is exhibiting the fruits of their second annual Plein Air Paint Out.  Brad Brisbine, local architect and plein air oil-painter has a solo installation in the gallery’s front space.  This is a joint installation with the co-op members of Two Rivers. Plein Air refers to the painting process where artists go out and paint on location….braving the elements to capture what they see, as they perceive it. 

Twisp artist Ginger Reddington’s impressionistic canvases are hanging at Lemolo Café & Deli. Ginger has developed a unique style of painting: from black glue-line, to multiple layers of color, finishing with an over-glaze of wax.  And just in case you don’t already know, Lemolo has great food in a fun environment.

Tumbleweed, on Palouse Street, is barely a year old, and they’ve already expanded, doubling their original size.  This is an artisans’ space with a ‘cool’ fun current-culture vibe.  Jessica Russell’s jewelry designs, made in the shop, are sold in more than 90 stores and museums across the US, as well as in France and Australia.  Each month, Tumbleweed spotlights one artist’s work.  August features a line of baby onesies created by Natalie & Robyn Gibbons for the new moms who “dress their babies in love.” Refreshments!

If the vibe at Tumbleweed isn’t already enough to make you want to linger, this month they are presenting Streetside Music at Tumbleweed. Two guitarists, Will Lukenmeyer (you may know Will as a bassoonist in the Wenatchee Valley Symphony) and Mitch Bryan will be bringing rhythmic folk style guitar lines (comparable in style to that of Simon and Garfunkel or the Avett Brothers), with the second guitarist improvising counterpoint riffs, melodies and lyrical lines.  These are young high energy guys…playing music for the love of it. Expect some fun!

The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Tasting Room, on the corner of Wenatchee Ave and Palouse St., is showing the work of Josh Tarr.  When Josh isn’t tending his duties as the owner of the American Shoe Shop, he is often out in the surrounding foothills photographing.  While reluctant to call himself ‘artist’, he is a photographer with a terrific ‘eye’, using the modern camera’s high-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI) technology to capture the landscapes and skyscapes of NCW…with amazing results. 

At Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center you’ll see photography circa early 20th century in the work of Alfred G. Simmer.  In contrast to the Tarr installation, Simmer, using technology of the day, records a different point of view, photographing people and their activities.  Along the way, he captured snippets of Wenatchee’s culture.  Especially compelling are the intimate shots of historic events and the almost unrecognizable bustling images of Wenatchee Avenue.  The museum is also hosting the Closing Reception for “Wenatchee Valley Theater - Then and Now”, a colorful exhibit drawing on theater memorabilia from throughout the Valley. This is your last weekend to view this fun show! The museum is always free the first Fridays of every month.

Nationally recognized Wenatchee artist, Jennifer Evenhus has installed a strong two-part exhibition at Caffè Mela, Wenatchee’s premier coffeehouse and coffee roaster.  In the front wings, hang her non-objective abstract oil paintings; on the back brick wall, her brighter impressionist pastels.  Open ‘til 8 PM on 1st Fridays, Mela’s a great place to pause for espresso, local wine, beer or cider!

Rock-the-Walk and wrap up your Wenatchee ArtsWalk night at the Summer Concert Series in Centennial Park, 7 – 9:30 PM.  Seattle bands Davidson Hart Kingsbery and The Swearengens will be taking the stage.  In this family friendly setting, you’ll also find kids’ activities, cold beverages, and food.

The wonderfully wacky and often Wild Women of the Apple City Roller Derby will again skate the ArtsWalk district.  They’ll be assisting art-walkers move around to the participating venues, and be handing out printed flyers and maps.  If you ask, they’d love to tell you about their sport of Roller Derby!

To plan your personal August 2nd Wenatchee First Fridays ArtsWalk, you’ll find the printable map and venue information at the Wenatchee Downtown Association’s website: http://www.wendowntown.org/

We are putting together a list of musicians and visual artists who would like to exhibit or perform during the year-round First Fridays ArtsWalks.  Send resume and examples of your work to: wffs.artwalk@gmail.com .

 

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