There are more ways to travel than just for pleasure. Beyond the popular landmarks, museums, restaurants and beaches, there are cultures that differ greatly from our own. Author Rick Steves’ 2009 book, “Travel as a Political Act,” expounds on his own experiences exploring foreign cultures and the new knowledge and perspectives with which he’s come home.
Individual artists throughout the state are invited to submit applications to Artist Trust for its 2011 Grants for Artist Projects program. The grant awards up to $1,500 for the development, completion and presentation of artist projects, which may be in any creative discipline, including visual, performance, literary, media, emerging or cross-disciplinary.
OMAK — Virgil “Smoker” Marchand was already a recognized artist before he jumped into steelwork about a dozen years ago. He was born in Inchelium and grew up in Omak with his grandmother, Mary Marchand.
Massive steel sculptures created by a well-known artist of the Colville Indian Reservation are turning up far from the sculptor’s home near Omak. To the north, Virgil “Smoker” Marchand took one piece as far as Edmonton, and more than a dozen of his larger-than-life works are scattered across the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve, just across the Canada border from Oroville.
The Washington Apple Education Foundation is currently accepting entries for its 2011 Year of the Apple art contest. All Washington students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2010-11 school year may participate.
LEAVENWORTH — Call her the rock lady. Gretchen Daiber wears sturdy coveralls, goggles, earplugs and a dust mask when she attacks a slab of granite with a commercial power saw and its diamond-tipped blade. She uses a roto-hammer, grinders and chisels to break and shave away unwanted stone until the form of an animal is all that’s left.
The April concert of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra comes next Saturday night. This season, under its new conductor Nick Caoile of Central Washingon University, has been one that has given the group new life.
Work by Northwest artists hangs at a new gallery on the upper floor of Columbia Furniture, 34 N. Wenatchee Ave. The public opening for A Step Above is on April 29, featuring paintings by Rob Blackaby and Anne Martin McCool.
I was remiss to have not mentioned earlier that April is National Poetry Month. Remiss, for had I alerted readers in advance, they could have had the opportunity to take part in NaPoWriMo (formally known as National Poetry Writing Month, but that’s, like, five extra syllables, so no THANK you). It’s OK everybody, I missed that boat when it set sail as well.
Portland, Ore., author Chelsea Cain reads from and discusses her latest novel, “The Night Season,” at the library. The fourth in her Archie Sheridan mystery series, “The Night Season” sends the sleuth on a hunt for a serial killer after bodies surface during a period of heavy rain.
Vendors are needed for downtown Wenatchee’s First Friday Art Walk starting June 3. The monthly event takes place along Wenatchee Avenue and at the Convention Center Fountain Plaza, 121 N. Wenatchee Ave.