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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

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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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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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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.