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Art graces downtown Wenatchee’s avenues

Wander the streets of Wenatchee, and you’re likely to meet up with a howling coyote, a wise old turtle, dancing rabbits or lounging bears. Art on the Avenues places sculptures and other art pieces on public display for viewing, touching and admiring.
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Celebrating the North Central Regional Library’s 50th year, Friends of the Wenatchee Library join in sponsoring author appearances by Lois Lowry throughout the area this month.
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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.
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OLYMPIA — Three north Central Washington high school students are among the 11 winners of the statewide Superintendent’s High School Art Show, which selects student works for the state’s permanent collection.
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Apples everywhere

It was just coincidence that David Chui got to chronicle the final harvest of a Chelan orchard. Chui, a Seattle information technology worker, practiced photography from the mid-1970s, when he left his native Hong Kong to attend school in Canada.
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WENATCHEE — North Wenatchee Gallery and Red Chair Press, at 2107 N. Duncan Drive, Suite 802, are seeking entries for their Wenatchee Print Exhibition taking place Aug. 15.
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A new program by the city of Wenatchee Arts Commission begins this year. “Out of the Box” will be funded by the One Percent for Arts fund, paying artists $500 for each utility box they paint.
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An unstoppable urge to create

This says a lot about the passion Martha Flores has for making art: Not even Catholic nuns at her elementary school could squelch her desire to create. And they tried. Flores, 63, remembers the nuns at her El Salvadoran school giving her grief for drawing in class when she should have been doing what the nuns considered to be more productive work, like embroidering or sewing.
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Wenatchee artist John Crew still has ‘something to say’

When sculptor and poet John Crew met me at his Wenatchee home for an interview, he was sporting a tie-dyed T-shirt. Along with his distinguished-looking white beard, I imagined he was an aging hippie who had done well in life, but John quickly clarified that point. “I graduated from high school in Chelan in 1958,” he said. “I’ll be 71 this year. I remember back in the ’60s someone yelling at me and calling me a hippie. I didn’t even know what a hippie was; I thought they were telling ...

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The Lake Chelan Fine Arts Festival returns this year with some new features. Preceding the Aug. 20-22 event, a Gallery Gala Preview Party takes place 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Campbell’s Resort Park Room with a first look at the juried art gallery.

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The Lake Chelan Tourism Promotion Group’s fifth annual “My Lake Chelan” photo contest offers cash prizes for the best photos from the lake, with a submission deadline of Sept. 30.
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People & places

Congratulations Central Washington Hospital earned the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines’ Silver Performance Achievement Award, in recognition of the hospital’s high standard of stroke care.
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Deep covers

Mike Lawson’s characters usually come with a flip side. In his latest thriller novel, “House Justice,” dirty-pool-playing Speaker of the House John Mahoney wallows in graft all day before refreshing himself as a volunteer Little League umpire. Mahoney’s chief fixer, Joe DeMarco, is outrunning his past as the son of a Mafia family. And Benny and Betty Ann Mark, a nice middle-aged couple from Tacoma, just happen to be a pair of stone-cold killers.
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Retired wildlife biologist Heather A. Wallis Murphy leads a hike at Mission Ridge to observe plants, landscapes and wildlife. Participants will learn how to sketch and journal their observations.
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The Robert Graves Gallery at Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth St., is accepting proposals for solo, two-person and group exhibitions for the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

Medical center donates $100,000 to college campaign

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has contributed $100,000 to the Wenatchee Valley College Center for Music and Art fundraising campaign. This is the second-largest gift to the campaign, according to campaign chairman Dan Jackson.

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Seattle native Ford arrives in Wenatchee to share his 2009 novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.”
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Set to scale

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but what is its value in notes? The answer may be found within the walls of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St., where an exhibit celebrating musicians goes up Friday. Forty pieces by Northwest artists — depicting musicians in paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture — are on display for “Picture the Musician” through Dec. 24.
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School of thought

WENATCHEE — Cashmere artist Dan McConnell paints schools of fish on utility boxes at the entrance to Town Toyota Center on Thursday. The artwork is part of the “Out of the Box” utility box art project, a nationwide effort to spruce up the urban landscape. McConnell hopes to have the painting done by early next week. Then he’ll move on to paint an Abraham Lincoln scene on a box at Lincoln Park. “I like this public art,” McConnell said. “It seems like a good thing to get art out of ...