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August arts: A First Friday preview

This Friday, eight different art venues will participate in a self-guided tour put on by Wenatchee First Fridays. The goal of the tour, held each month, is to introduce community members to new art and new venues in the valley. It’s also an opportunity to meet people who share your interest in the arts and support local businesses. Participation is free, and many of the venues fall along a central downtown walking route.
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Short Shakes’ 38th year brings new script, new partnership

For Short Shakespeareans, a local youth theater program, their 38th year is one filled with firsts. Branching out from their normal rotation of Shakespeare plays, Director Kelly Atwood made the decision this year to put on “Much Ado About Nothing.” The comedy, written by Shakespeare in the middle of his career, has never been done before by Short Shakes. It opens tonight at the Riverside Playhouse.
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LEAPing again

The Local Enterprising Artists’ Project is returning to Wenatchee for a third year.
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Painting with friends: Wenatchee Watercolor Society exhibit opens Friday

WENATCHEE — Watercolor painting sometimes gets a bad rap. It has a reputation as a soft art form. Gentle. Non-threatening. The paintings are vulnerable to direct sunlight. Watercolor is, as described by an art critic for The Guardian, "primroses and birds' nests, hop farms and watermills, miles of dappled trees beneath mildly overcast skies."
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April art: Your monthly First Friday guide

Spring is in the air and art is all around. The First Friday Art Walk is tomorrow evening and fresh artwork is blossoming at galleries, shops and cafes around town. Come check it out.
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A call to artists: ‘Music as Muse’

TWISP — Artists are invited to contribute to an upcoming exhibit, “Music as Muse,” at Confluence Gallery in Twisp. The show will open on July 23 and will run through August 27.
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March art walk comes in like a lion

Tomorrow evening, meet the next generation of great artists, take a crash course in geometry and engineering, and get your hands dirty with clay and beeswax. It’s Art Walk time again. Here is your monthly guide to what’s happening this First Friday.
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February arts: Your First Friday guide

WENATCHEE — Tomorrow evening, step outside your comfort zone through spoken word and dance, dive into deep space and spend a few minutes reflecting on the natural world. It’s Art Walk time again. Here is your monthly guide to what’s happening this First Friday.
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Art show winners announced

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center has announced the winners of its NCW Juried Art Show. Two judges evaluated about 220 entries and awarded the following:
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December arts: Your monthly First Friday guide

WENATCHEE— The First Friday Art Walk is taking the month of January off, so this will be your last walk until February. That feels like a million years away, doesn’t it? From the Art Walk venues and artists themselves, your monthly guide:
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Partnership brings theater to schools

Several school districts are in partnership with Icicle Creek Center for the Arts to bring the performing arts back into their schools. As an example, Eastmont School District received an in-house grant to facilitate this action and the first result of the collaboration is a 45-minute musical called “The New Improved Hansel and Gretl: the Musical, which toured area schools this month. In just one week, the play was performed for 10 area elementary schools (including ones in the Eastmont, Leavenworth and Cashmere school districts) and was seen by over ...

Art in NCW: Why contemporary art matters here

WENATCHEE — There are a few hallmarks of a healthy arts community. First, in towns where the arts thrive, there are venues where local artists can display their work. Second, artists in healthy arts communities have the opportunity to hold their work up for critique by their fellow professionals. This weekend, North Central Washington artists will get both.
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2015 Stanley Lifetime Achievement Award winners announced

WENATCHEE — The Numerica Performing Arts Center proudly announces the 2015 Stanley Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Terry Valdez as the recipient in the professional division and Adele Wolford as the recipient in the volunteer division. These winners will be recognized at the Numerica Festival of Trees “Holiday Spice” concert at the Numerica PAC on November 19 at 7 p.m.