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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 ...
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Northwest author Welch shares episodes from his nonfiction book in Leavenworth. “Shell Games” is an intense ride through the world of geoduck poaching and smuggling for black market dollars
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A Plain story worth telling

Behind a century of change in this mountain community is the story of hardworking people whose lives and livings have been preserved, remarkably, in a revealing new collection of vintage photographs. “It’s all about story,” says Byron Newell, a fourth-generation Plain native, career logger, amateur historian and now photo-book publisher. “The story of early Native Americans, the story of my family, the story of the community’s settlers and their industries — it adds up to a tale that’s definitely worth telling.”

Images of Autumn

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.

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In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “Picture the Musician,” a variety of instruments are on display Saturday.
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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.
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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.”
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Dan Tuttle invites guests to an open house for his latest exhibit at Peshastin Creek Gallery. His work in the show includes paintings and block prints.

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The museum displays its collection of antique bells in its lobby through the holiday season. Items include 19th-century mission bells, ornate handbells and a bell made from a hand grenade.

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“T.A. Weaver and the Columbia River’s Remaking,” slide show 7 p.m. today; Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 12 S. Mission St.; free, donations accepted; www.wvmcc.org 888-6240