LEAVENWORTH — Icicle Creek Center for the Arts is starting a new series of virtual talks with local artists ranging from topics on creativity to artistic ideology.

The first episode, which will be streamed at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Icicle Creek’s Facebook page and at icicle.org, features Ellensburg painter and sculptor Austin J. Smith.

The virtual talks, which can be viewed for free, are more of a conversation about one’s methods and craft, said Mason Elliott with Icicle Creek. Each episode will also include a new interviewer based in North Central Washington.

“Artists are some of the most displaced workers right now,” Elliott said. The virtual talks will give those artists the “platform that they usually have and let them express themselves.”

The second episode in the series will feature filmmaker Jeff Ostenson, who is a producer at North 40, he said. The talks will be released the last Wednesday of each month.

An artist for the third episode is still to be determined, Elliott said.

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