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Fine Arts Festival draws 40 artists from around the Northwest

CHELAN — July has given way to the heat of August, and the dust from last weekend’s rodeo in Omak is settling. Come noon Friday, the Fine Arts Festival will have the last of its booths up and the band will be getting ready to play.

LEAP fundraising goal falls short

Sad in an age when a guy can get get money hand over fist to make potato salad, but a Wenatchee multimedia arts project to be funded largely through Kickstarter missed its goal this week.

Methow writing contest will bring one play to life next spring

Dear aspiring writer and/or theater aficionado: yours is a hard and thankless job, but what if we told you we found what might be your perfect breakthrough? The Methow Valley Theater in Twisp is hosting a playwright competition starting now, and any and every creative mind in Okanogan and Chelan county is invited. But this isn’t any old writing contest where they toss you a plaque and some cash at the end of it — no, there’s a much cooler prize at stake: the chance to have your play performed ...

Juried art show offers $1,000 prize

North Central Washington artists have the chance to win up to $1,000 in a juried art show on display Jan. 25 to Feb. 15 at Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Art wanted for Soap Lake’s Winterfest

Take your art to Soap Lake this weekend for a chance to enter the 10th annual Winterfest Art Show & Sale in December. The Soap Lake Art Guild is offering cash prizes up to $250 for best of show, best student art, people’s choice and divisional awards for different mediums.

Small art sought for new museum project

Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is trying something new this holiday season — everything in the lobby gallery will be tiny, and for sale.

“Peace through Art” show taking submissions

Icicle Arts Gallery posed a question to local artists: What does peace mean to you? The nonprofit gallery is taking submissions for its holiday show, “Peace through Art,” opening Dec. 6 in Leavenworth.
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Ahead of her time: Peer through portraiture

Dam construction and watercolor painting probably don’t immediately gel in your mind. But for Z. Vanessa Helder, they were a pairing that spurred on an artistic career 70 years ago -- and then a rediscovery this summer at Tacoma Art Museum
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Long-lost painting by Van Gogh is identified

AMSTERDAM — A painting that sat for six decades in a Norwegian industrialist’s attic after he was told it was a fake Van Gogh was pronounced the real thing Monday, making it the first full-size canvas by the tortured Dutch artist to be discovered since 1928.
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Barbie’s pink jeep won’t be parked out front for this show

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is collecting dolls for two shows this fall, but not the Barbie and Ken variety. Curator Bill Rietveldt invited artists statewide to submit dolls of any medium, that tell a story or convey some sort of point.
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Prizes offered in loop trail paint out

Better scope out your spot now, painters. Two Rivers Gallery is hosting a live painting contest July 13 along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail.

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Brush Benders back up the Bard

WENATCHEE — Columbia River Brush Benders have been painting sets for the Short Shakespeareans for at least 10 years, said spokeswoman Marilyn Michel. This year they are painting a two-sided castle that’s about 12-feet-by-8-feet, with an interior and exterior scene, and a backdrop forest scene measuring 36-feet-by-8 feet for “As You Like It.” It’ll take 18 painters about 150 hours to finish the work.
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A strong showing: Visual artists gain ground in Wenatchee

Until about four years ago, Martha Flores’ “Flowering Consciousness” — a 5-foot canvas bursting with bright, tropical blues and greens — never ventured outside of her home. Painter Russ Hepler put away his abstract works in a rented storage unit.