Digital photography has made it progressively easier to capture the autumn beauty of North Central Washington — and there’s a lot of it to capture, year after year. Go! Magazine readers submitted more than 90 pics to this year’s call for “Images of Autumn,” our annual collection of your fall beauty photos. We sifted through them and selected our favorites, including Tom Dark’s cover image: Camas Meadows off Blewett Pass. Many thanks to all for contributing; look for future photo requests in these pages.
Recipients of the Stanley Lifetime Achievement Awards have been named by the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee. In the professional division, artist Jan Cook Mack has been recognized for her work portraying the North Central Washington region and esteemed civic leaders.
For the first three Fridays in December, Confluence Gallery keeps its doors open until 7 p.m., featuring live music and refreshments to accompany the annual Holiday Exhibit and Gift Sale, “Tropical Holidays.”
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.