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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.

Check it out: Art

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

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Wenatchee Winter Wine Gala 6 p.m. Saturday; Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St.; $40 advance, $45 at door; www.wvmcc.org 888-6240
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Put your pens to work, because the submission deadline is almost up for Write on the River’s 2011 writers’ competition.
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Learning experience

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.
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Check it out: Art

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.

Marchand has designed ice sculptures, eyeglasses

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.
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Colville artist’s sculptures chosen for Beebe Springs Natural Area

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.
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Check it out: Art

The City of Wenatchee Arts Commission Community Art Support Grant Program is accepting applications for grants to any organization promoting art programming within city limits.
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Bit by Bitt

Don’t ask Mark Bittman what exotic new ingredient he’s into. He’ll answer you — it’s Spanish smoked paprika called pimentón — but he doesn’t want to talk about it.

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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.

Shapemaker

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.
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Talking it over: Steward was instrumental to the symphony

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.
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Check it out: Art

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.
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I was going to make this column a poem, but …

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.