Writers’ Competition winners announced
WENATCHEE — The winners of Write on the River’s third annual Writers’ Competition will be awarded during the conference May 15-16 at Wenatchee Valley College. Alcoa provides $1,200 in cash prizes for writers who won in fiction and nonfiction categories. Read the winning entries at writeontheriver.org.
Third annual Writers’ Competition winners:
First place: Logan Volkmann, Wenatchee
Second place: Diane Blake, Leavenworth
Third place: Tascha Spears, Loomis
Honorable mentions: Ann McCreary, Winthrop; Cynthia Neely, Leavenworth
First place: Karen McHegg, Seattle
Second place: Elizabeth Jackson, Ellensburg
Third place: Aaron Baumann, Walla Walla
Honorable mentions: Jake Lodato, Malaga; Thomas Davies, Leavenworth; Joann Anderson, East Wenatchee
Final winners in High School Art Show
WENATCHEE — Students from Waterville, Eastmont and Wenatchee high schools took home People’s Choice awards for their work in the Regional High School Art Show, which ended April 3 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Each winner earns a gift of art supplies from McDee’s Art Center.
◗ First place: Joey Bareither, Waterville High School, “Self Portrait” charcoal drawing
◗ Second Place: Alex Semmons, Eastmont High School, “My Door,” mixed media
◗ Third Place: Tatiana Pickett, Waterville, “Self Portrait,” charcoal drawing
◗ Honorable Mention: Nik Penny, WHS, “Night Lights,” oil painting
Art library sale
WENATCHEE — Two Rivers Gallery, 102 N. Columbia St., hosts a sale of art books formerly held by Betty Andrews from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Half the proceeds from the sale go to support the nonprofit gallery.
Mary Lou Sanelli, “The Immigrant’s Table” 5:30 p.m. Saturday; Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St.; $25 548-5697, 667-9371
Author Sanelli provides a staged reading from her book, “The Immigrant’s Table,” at a Sons of Italy dinner show. The evening begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner prepared by SOI chefs and Sanelli’s performance. A gelato dessert and book signing complete the event. Sanelli is a regular columnist for City Living and contributes pieces to The Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and NPR. Advance tickets are required, from the phone numbers above or from M&E Memorial Markers or Attic Window Quilt Shoppe.
“Vintage Wedding Gowns” 2 p.m. April 22; Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St.; $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, $2 kids 6-12; wvmcc.org 888-6240
WVMCC’s 2010 series of midweek afternoon educational programs begins with “Vintage Wedding Gowns.” Along with displays of gowns from the museum’s collection dating back to 1888, a narrator provides information on the events of Wenatchee at the time each dress was worn, and information about the brides themselves.
Garth Stein, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” 7 p.m. April 22; North Central Regional Library Distribution Center, 16 N. Columbia St.; free 548-1451
Garth Stein discusses his best-selling novel at NCRL’s Columbia River Reads One Book author. The story is told from the point of view of a philosophical dog who believes when he dies, he will return to earth as a human and become a successful race car driver. Stein’s book was a Starbucks spring/summer 2008 book selection and the No. 1 BookSense selection for June 2008.
Maria Semple, “This One is Mine” Presentation 7 p.m. Friday; Leavenworth Library, 700 Highway 2; free
Writers’ workshop 10 a.m. Saturday; Kristall’s Restaurant, 280 Highway 2; $29.70
Signing 3 p.m. Saturday; A Book for All Seasons, 703 Highway 2; free 548-1451
Seattle author Semple shares her first novel, “This One is Mine” in Leavenworth this weekend. With a lot of humor, the book tells the story of a woman living the good life with her family in Los Angeles and her risky affair with a bass player. Her writers’ workshop at Kristall’s covers how to use pacing, character, dialogue, plot and narrative techniques to write a successful novel. Semple had a 15-year-long career writing for television shows, including “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Arrested Development.”
Ana Maria Spagna, “Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey” 1 p.m. Sunday; A Book for All Seasons, 703 Highway 2; free 548-1451
Stehekin author Spagna signs her latest book in Leavenworth. “Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus” results from research she conducted about her father’s involvement in a 1950s civil rights movement. The experience includes Spagna’s own journey from her childhood in Los Angeles to a trail crew in the North Cascades. “Test Ride” won the 2009 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize.
Bennett Photographers showing Through June 30; Mary Kazda Art Space, Quincy Public Library, 108 B St. S.W.; free 787-2359
Ephrata educators James and Mary Bennett display photographs for the latest exhibit at the Mary Kazda Art Space. Taken at Monument Hill and other local areas, the photos include close-up images of wildflowers just beginning to bloom for the season. James teaches at Monument Elementary School, Mary at Pioneer Elementary School.
Methow Aviary exhibition Reception 5 p.m. April 24; Winthrop Gallery, 237 Riverside Ave.; free 996-3925
Winthrop Gallery displays a collection of artwork depicting birds of the Methow region. Paintings, sculpture and photographs are included. The exhibit opens April 22 and continues through May 31.