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Wenatchee First Fridays...take a Walk for Wenatchee's Arts October 4th

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About the October 4th Wenatchee First Fridays ArtsWalk

What kind of art moves you?  From the MAC Gallery on Campus to Wenatchee’s Historic District, artswalk night you’ll have a diversity of art forms to explore.  There’s so much going on around town—something for everyone’s taste—but to experience it, you really have to be there.  Hearing about visual art or just seeing images or listening to music secondhand is a pale imitation to experiencing it in person.   Come see the amount of creativity that’s on display and feel good about our community.  Make a night of it and plot you own self-guided tour of Wenatchee’s arts.

   Here’s a bit about the events and why it’s worth going out to experience Wenatchee’s Art LIVE

  Remembering Rae Dana at the MAC Gallery on Campus. The WVC Art Department remembers artist and instructor Rae Dana with a collection of paintings, prints, and drawings that show the broad range of her talents and expression.  Her abstract works are rich and lyrical, drawing inspiration especially from the landscape. 
                When she passed away from cancer in 2010, Rae Dana left a big hole in the WVC Art Department.  She was a respected artist who had shown her work widely, an instructor passionate about helping students understand the history of art, and an advocate for the arts community at large.  She was largely a product of the Wenatchee Valley as she had been a student at WVC and received her BA from Central Washington University, but she also gained great perspective from her time getting her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California.

At the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, innovative quilter Geraldine Warner will give a short talk (6:00-6:30 PM) about the evolution of quilting, from traditional through art quilting, including a question and answer session. This talk will be of interest to both the general public and quilting aficionados, and is in connection to the Linda Riesterer…the Quilt Explored installation. Linda Riesterer, who specializes in applique and hand quilting with embellishments of beads and embroidery, is showing six different styles of work from her personal collection.  
              The Chamber, in their new location, showcases regional wines in their Tasting Room, and uses their showroom walls to present the art works of area artists.

In the Main Gallery of Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, through a partnership with the Wenatchee Doll Club the Museum presents “Dolls: Life Before TV” displaying dolls in a series of different scenes. The dolls come from the museum and private collections and range in age from the mid-1800s to the early 1950s. The exhibit is brought to life with historic artifacts and photographs from the museum’s collections.
            Plus “Not Your Ordinary Doll,” in the Lobby Gallery, displays 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.
           A reminder… our museum is always free on the first Friday of every month and stays open until 8 PM.

Caffè Mela, functions as Wenatchee’s downtown creative hub.   Long known for its good vibe, beverages and as a LIVE music venue; the coffeehouse also hangs the work of area artists.  This month Ginger Reddington exhibits painting from the Methow region, and Rae Helsel shows photographs from her year in Venice.  Wrap your art walk into their Happy Hour, 5:00 – 6:30 PM.  Doors close at 6:30 PM to get ready for the After the ArtWalk Music.  Doors re-open at 7 PM.

After the ArtWalk Music at Caffè Mela. Come out to Caffè Mela on Friday, October 4th for Rose Windows and SuperMother at 8pm!  Rose Windows brings back the American and British rock styles with standard Western tradition in the instrumentation of their music! Doors are open at 7pm, so come have a drink or two before the show!  Show starts at 8 PM.  Advance tickets: $8.  At the door: $10

Lemolo Deli and Café is a great place to pause on your arts walkabout. While there, try a selection from their vast menu of hand crafted foods featuring local produce, regional microbrews and Northwest wines.  On the walls of Lemolo’s this month hang the stylized landscapes of Leavenworth artist Dawn Kranz.  In her work you’ll find 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

As you’re out and about on your arts walk, pick up the walking map for Wenatchee’s stellar Art on the Avenues sculpture installations.  You’ll find copies at the Wenatchee Chamber, or in the AOTA’s small kiosk at Fountain Plaza (down by the PAC).  This current bi-annual outdoor show ends May of 2014.  The collection includes Wenatchee’s permanent collection; however most sculptures are available to purchase.

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Wenatchee First Fridays
Established  2.1.2011

 The purpose: By joining many individual venues into an organized art walk, we believe a collective effort magnifies the community interest and cultural awareness in the arts.


The goal: To move people throughout multiple participating venues; exposing venues to new patrons and patrons to new art…which in turn, provides more opportunities for our artists working in their many different art forms.



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