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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.

Check it out: Art

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.
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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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Check it out: Art

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.