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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.
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Check it out: Art

Village Art in the Park returns for its 2011 run at Front Street Park on Friday. The annual public market features displays of artwork for sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekend through Oct. 16.
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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.
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Check it out: Art

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.
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Check it out: Art

Artwork by East Wenatchee painter Romella (Bagdon) Cheney is on display at A Step Above, within Columbia Furniture, 34 N. Wenatchee Ave.
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Check it out: Art

Enter photographs of your time spent at Lake Chelan for a chance to win cash prizes in the Lake Chelan Tourism Promotion Group’s sixth annual “My Lake Chelan” photo contest.
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Off the clock: Art by Lance Dooley

If you need a little inspiration on how to find your life’s purpose and follow a creative career path, look no further than East Wenatchee artist Lance Dooley.
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Check it out: Art

The latest featured artist at Two Rivers is oil painter Ruth Couraud Mattson. The September/October exhibit includes wood sculptures by Milo Mirabelli, bronze sculptures by Larry Gay, and artwork by dozens of other member artists.
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Check it out: Art

Following the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, the Wenatchee Valley Museum displayed four large panels with photographs of the destruction. Commemorating 10 years since the event, the museum exhibits the panels with signatures from Wenatchee Valley community members, as well as a new panel depicting the site in its current state.

Woods House liquidation yields $36,800 in grants

WENATCHEE — The shutdown this summer of the Woods House Conservatory of Music left more than $36,000 to distribute to Wenatchee Valley music and arts efforts. The nonprofit performance and teaching space at 323 First St. closed in midsummer, and used its operating funds to found the Woods Family Music and Arts Fund, administered through the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
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Author Larry Brooks — with assistance from Kay Kenyon — gives constructive feedback to local writers at this season’s first members-only event.
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Check it out: Art

The museum unveils its new exhibit for its October First Friday reception. View photographs by Kathryn Stevens in the Gold Gallery. A collection of vintage sewing supplies are on view in the lobby cases and a team of Wenatchee fifth graders present a sculpture made from found objects in nature.
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The story of Avi

Avi is coming to North Central Washington next week to visit several schools and give a public presentation Tuesday at the Wenatchee Public Library. In a phone interview last week, Go! talked with Avi at his home in Colorado about writing and his ideas on how to develop the next generation of young writers and readers.
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‘Best of’ named at regional art show

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center awarded dozens of artists at the 33rd annual Regional High School Art Show Saturday. Jurors chose from more than 200 pieces submitted by students from 14 school districts. Thirteen pieces were named “Best of Show,” which means the work will be sent to the statewide competition in Olympia in May. The award winners also received gift certificates to McDee’s Art Center in Wenatchee, which is sponsoring the exhibit.
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Troll bridge ahead

WENATCHEE — The next time you go trip-trapping over the Riverwalk Crossing footbridge, look down through the planks. You might find a crouching troll with pointy ears, a scruffy beard and a broad, friendly smile. “I don’t want him to scare people. We want the kids to come down here, too,” said Russ Hepler, a longtime Wenatchee artist.
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Apple Blossom chooses its art

The 2012 Apple Blossom Festival unveiled its annual art print last week, a pastel named “Spring Blossoms” by Wenatchee native Marjorie (Payton) Smith. Smith studied art under Fern Duncan at Wenatchee High School (class of 1948) and later studied at Redmond School of Fine Arts and the Kirkland Creative League. Smith is known for her portraits and pastels.
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Several NCW students win state art awards

OLYMPIA — More than a dozen North Central Washington art students won state awards at the 39th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show in Olympia May 18. Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn honored Nate Downey of Okanogan High School with the Superintendent’s Award for his ink and watercolor piece, “Monkey Business: Art of the Subordinate Hand.”

Pull up a chair for Harvest Fest contest

WENATCHEE — The Visual Arts Network is looking for a few funky chairs, and not just for sitting, for its “Chairs Gone Wild!” contest at the Wenatchee Taste of Harvest Festival. Cash prizes up to $100 will be rewarded for the most outrageous, best harvest theme and people’s choice chairs. Any old chair can be dressed up for the show, from thrift-store throwaways to chairs made out of found and recycled materials — skis, wine corks or apple bins, for example. An antique power wheelchair decorated by artist Bob LaFollette ...