The other-worldly crossover possibilities that bubble to the surface in October are reflected in the offerings for this month’s Wenatchee ArtWalk as artists delve into new territory, testing the bounds of earthly existence.

Whether it’s using simple lines and geometric shapes to portray different planes of reality or using color and texture to mimic the natural landscape, the self-guided tour of Wenatchee’s arts scene provides an opportunity to explore and reflect. The free event is Friday in downtown Wenatchee.

Interested in lightening it up a bit? Never fear. Enjoy artisan chocolates, bubbles, hard cider and just see if you can catch up to some artsy pumpkins.

Here’s what’s happening:

Robert Graves Gallery

Wenatchee Valley College Sexton Hall, Ninth Street entrance

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday

First Friday reception: 5-7 p.m.

‘Conflicting Realities’

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Carolyn Nelson’s paintings and ceramic sculptures are influenced by the landscape surrounding her Yakima home.

Paintings and ceramic sculptures by Yakima artist Carolyn Nelson are featured through Oct. 24. Nelson’s expressionist artwork is influenced by the sage steppe and basalt towers in the landscape surrounding her home. She mixes architectural and organic images with human figures in both her painting and clay, exploring the human condition and the relationship to the natural world.

MAC Gallery

WVC Music and Art Center 1300 Fifth St.

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

First Friday reception: 5-7 p.m.

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"ReStructured" uses wooden I-beam replicas to create a forest of pillars at Wenatchee Valley College's MAC Gallery.


This collaborative project features the work of WVC Art Department colleagues Scott Bailey, Natalie Dotzauer and Yev Rybakov. In an installation distinct from any of their individual artistic practices, the trio endeavored to use the simplest gesture possible to create an engaging new environment in the familiar space. The work will be on display through Oct. 25.

Two Rivers Gallery

102 N. Columbia St.

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

First Friday reception: 5-8 p.m., with piano music by Jeannie McPerson.

Watercolor sketching by John Lane

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(Detail) John Lane produces watercolor sketches with a mix of ink and watercolor in his own style.

Lane is new to watercolor but spent 35 years as a Seattle architect. He started with pencil sketches and then developed a style combining the sketching he did as an architect with application of color. He experimented as he went, adding ink and watercolor, eventually applying the ink to both a watercolor wash and as linework to dry paint. The product, he said, is best described as “watercolor sketching.”

509 Bierwerks

200 S. Columbia St.

Gallery hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday

First Friday reception: 6-9 p.m.

Shelby Campbell designs and Andy Jaynes photographs

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Photography by Andy Jaynes is on display at 509 Bierwerks.

509 Bierwerks features local artists and makers who will have their work for sale during First Friday. Featured in October is the work of Shelby Campbell with Heirloom Apparel & Design, the photography of Andy Jaynes and the handcrafted skin care of Noe’ Fresh.

Designer Floors

19 N. Wenatchee Ave.

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

First Friday reception: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lindsay Breidenthal’s nod to Art Deco

Breidenthal is exploring geometric pattern and color in this new group of paintings. Using oil, acrylic and gold leaf, her works give a nod to the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and ‘30s.

Hilton Garden Inn

25 N. Worthen St.

First Friday reception: 5-8 p.m.; appetizer and drink specials available 5-7 p.m.

Willow Merritt’s Yeti Chocolates

The Hilton Garden Inn Wenatchee is featuring chocolatier Willow Merritt for October’s First Friday. Yeti Chocolates is a Rock Island-based, small-batch artisan chocolate company, where chocolates are made using high-quality ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible to create tantalizing flavors.

Collapse Contemporary Art Gallery

115 S. Wenatchee Ave.

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Gallery hours: 4-7 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday

First Friday reception: 4-10 p.m.

Copyright Bandits: An International Collage Group Show

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"Ignorance is Bliss" by Miss.Printed, a Norwegian artist who runs the Scandinavian Collage Museum in Rennebu, Norway. Miss.Printed is one of 41 collage artists participating in an exhibit at Wenatchee's Collapse Contemporary Gallery.

Featuring collage artists from Peru, Scotland, Mexico, France, Spain, Norway, Australia, Germany and all across the USA, the exhibit runs through Oct. 27. This exhibit displays techniques in the current collage landscape used by some of the medium’s top artists, dabbing in paper, textiles, encaustic and other mixed media.

Pans Grotto

3 N. Wenatchee Ave., Suite 2

‘Divination Communing with the Other Side’


Art inspired by the spirits are on display at Pans Grotto.

Join Pans Grotto for a group art show inspired by the spirits themselves. Who wouldn’t want to talk to a loved one who has passed or get advice from the other side? Artists showing what that looks like to them for the entire month of October.

Tumbleweed Shop & Studio

105 Palouse St., 423-4722

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

First Friday reception: 5-8 p.m.

The Bubblery

This artisan soap and skin care shop in Leavenworth is owned by Shawna Villalvazo. She has been formulating soap, herbal blends and oils for more than 20 years and has established her business on the idea that if something is good for you on the inside, it’s also good for you on the outside. Everything in her shop is handcrafted by her and her staff, made with the best all-natural ingredients.

Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center

127 S. Mission St.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

First Friday reception: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., free

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The exhibit gives families a chance to become astronomers.

My Sky

My Sky invites children and adults to explore the sun, the moon and the stars together. Families are encouraged to “look up,” not only when they visit the exhibit, but also in their everyday lives. And My Sky gives families a chance to practice science skills such as observing, communicating, noticing patterns, predicting, imagining and more.


17 N. Wenatchee Ave.

Gallery hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

First Friday reception: 5-8 p.m.

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Ginger Reddington gets inspiration from the local landscape.

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Mela is happy to host work by Twisp artist Ginger Reddington. “I am so honored to have my work back in Cafe Mela for the month of October,” she said. “I have new pieces for your viewing pleasure — all inspired by this beautiful state in which we live.”

Ye Olde Bookshoppe

11 Palouse St.

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

First Friday reception: 5-8 p.m.

Mystic North Jewelry

Mystic North Jewelry creates beautiful pieces with little touches of nature such as locally hounded crystals and dried wildflowers. She also does custom orders for Memento Mori Jewelry to preserve your special memories.

Lemolo Cafe & Deli

114 N. Wenatchee Ave.

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

First Friday: open until 6 p.m.

Marti Lyttle

Marti Lyttle has long been attracted to capturing a place, a plant or a person in its natural state. She describes her acrylic and mixed media work as “studies of my appreciation for the world around me and an attempt to visually document the abundance and beauty of life.”

Mission St. Commons

218 S. Mission St.

Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Butte Brand apparel

Mission St. Commons hosts apparel company Butte Brand, offering hats, beanies and T-shirts. The company brings adventure, culture, community and a philanthropic approach to the outdoors, giving 10% of its sales to land- and water-based nonprofits.

Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

137 N. Wenatchee Ave.

First Friday reception: 5-8 p.m.

Mike Bills music and Phillippi Cider Co.

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Mike Bills performs Friday at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, part of the First Friday Artwalk.

Enjoy the music of Mike Bills and hard cider from Phillippi Cider Company during the First Friday reception. The $10 tasting fee is waived with a bottle purchase.


115 S. Wenatchee Ave.

First Friday reception: 4-9 p.m., free

Radar Cabinet of Curiosities

The traveling sideshow marvel includes small oddities, tiny paintings, creepy sculptures and other things unmentionable. Exhibit is for the 21-and-over crowd.

Pybus Public Market Events Center

3 N. Worthen St.


Niki Stewart’s work is influenced by sacred designs created as form of devotion in India. There, dyed rice flour is used to create patterns on streets and sidewalks and in temples. The rangoli can take minutes or hours to create, and are meant to be walked on, with the prayers released as the images are smudged. “I have spent two years trying to translate this sacred process onto my canvas using my medium of oil paint,” she said. Her work is on display this month at Pybus Public Market.

Paintings by Niki Stewart

Niki Stewart’s paintings are strongly influenced by her trips to India, featuring her interpretation of India’s oldest, devotional art form, sacred rangoli. Her paintings are on view in both the Pybus Event Center and board room. The exhibition runs through the middle of November.

Wells House

WVC Campus 1300 Fifth St., 888-6240

First Friday reception: 5-7 p.m.

Wells House Players

Find out about the “Wells House Players” who presented plays on the patio from 1994-2007. Read original playbills, and view photos and amazing costumes along with set decorations and props.

Julie Aynn Photography

15 Palouse St., #103

Gallery hours: By appointment only

First Friday reception: 5-8 p.m.

Wenatchi Sweets and Barn Cat Creations

Wenatchi Sweets specializes in specialty made sweets for all occasions including decorative sugar cookies, delicious cupcakes, pies, cakes and more. Barn Cat Creations produces artisan soap and body products made in small batches by hand to ensure quality, design and unique styling.

Traditions Home and Holiday Decor

19 S. Wenatchee Ave.

Matthew Kimmel’s pottery

Matthew Kimmel, an Eastmont High School art instructor, shows off his skills with a series of pottery pieces that emphasize color and form through an exposed clay body and a focus on simplicity of design.

Link Transit Art Tour

Columbia Station, 664-7624,

Art on the Move: ‘Still Life with a Pumpkin’

Catch them if you can!

Link Transit’s Art on the Move project for October, titled “Still Life with a Pumpkin,” appears on T-shirts worn by artists traveling on buses and visiting First Friday ArtsWalk venues from 5 to 8 p.m. Catch one in a social media post tagging Link Transit and be entered to win a fun prize. Free Link Transit service begins at 4 p.m. on all First Fridays on routes 1, 5, 7, 8E, 8W, 11 and 12. For information about becoming an Art on the Move Artist or how to participate in the social media challenge, contact Selina Danko at 664-7624 or email