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Art in NCW: Why contemporary art matters here

WENATCHEE — There are a few hallmarks of a healthy arts community. First, in towns where the arts thrive, there are venues where local artists can display their work. Second, artists in healthy arts communities have the opportunity to hold their work up for critique by their fellow professionals. This weekend, North Central Washington artists will get both.

2015 Stanley Lifetime Achievement Award winners announced

WENATCHEE — The Numerica Performing Arts Center proudly announces the 2015 Stanley Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Terry Valdez as the recipient in the professional division and Adele Wolford as the recipient in the volunteer division. These winners will be recognized at the Numerica Festival of Trees “Holiday Spice” concert at the Numerica PAC on November 19 at 7 p.m.

November arts: Your monthly First Friday guide

WENATCHEE — After you check out the Bailey/Allan show at the Robert Graves Gallery, make a swing through town to see the rest of this month’s First Friday offerings. Here’s your monthly Art Walk guide from the walk organizers:

Inside Harper Lee’s world

Journalist Marja Mills spent time living next door to the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird." The memoir she wrote about the experience is our Columbia River Reads selection. Mills will speak about the book Thursday night at the Wenatchee Public Library.

Chelan’s newest gallery to close

CHELAN — Gallery Muse, located across the street from Campbell’s Resort on Woodin Ave. in Chelan, will close later this month. Rose Weagant Olcott and her husband, Jason Olcott, opened the gallery last December. The couple also owns a bar just down the street called A Shot of Gratitude.

Kaddish For The Rest Of Us’

On August 19, 2015, and after a previous summer that saw our communities fighting what was then the largest wildfire in Washington State history, another hellacious wildfire ignited in our neighborhood. Access to this fire meant negotiating a poorly designed and dangerous road, with only one way in and that same way out. In the early moments, the fire exploded, driven by fickle and excited winds in the narrow canyon. In what must have been a desperate attempt to outrun the smoke and flame, a forest service fire engine, E642, ...

September arts: Your monthly First Friday guide

The First Friday Art Walk program is alive and well in Wenatchee. In fact, it’s growing. In April the walk jumped the river, with the opening of the RadarStation Gallery in East Wenatchee — a quirky, well-curated showcase for surrealist art. And this month the Wenatchee Book Company is joining the walk. Check out what’s happening at the bookstore and the rest of the Art Walk venues here in your monthly guide.

Another leap: Multi-arts event returns Saturday to the PAC

WENATCHEE — On the day we meet for coffee, Nicole Benoit’s fingernails are painted a bright, eye-catching green. She’s just wrapping up a run as Sally Bowles, the seriously self-involved nightclub dancer in a PAC production of “Cabaret,” and Sally favored green nails. But this day we’re here to discuss Benoit’s other big role this summer — organizer of the second annual LEAP event.

Life is a ‘Cabaret’: Hot August Nights show opens tonight at the PAC

“Cabaret” is one of those musicals everyone knows, or thinks they do. It feels familiar. A happy song-and-dance show. Maybe you can hum along to a few of the numbers. Maybe you saw the 1972 film version starring Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. But Jaime Donegan, who is directing the production of “Cabaret” that opens tonight at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, says the story runs deeper and darker than most folks remember.

Student’s painting is Pybus print

A painting by Maya Dominguez of East Wenatchee has been selected as the 2015 Pybus Public Market art print. Dominguez will be a senior at Eastmont High School next year, where her art teachers are Mark Wavra and Matthew Kimmel. The colorful acrylic painting chosen as the print, titled “Wildflowers,” won Best of Show at the Regional High School Art Show this year.

First Friday Arts Walk happenings

Sasquatch sightings in East Wenatchee, fighting the stigma of mental illness at the MAC Gallery and three local masters sharing wall space at Caffè Mela. It’s First Friday time again. As always, all receptions are free. Here are this month’s art highlights:

Leavenworth nonprofit celebrates new location and programs this Sunday

There’s a lot to celebrate at Artis, the art-making and art education hub of Leavenworth formerly known as Icicle Arts. The nonprofit is celebrating 11 years in Leavenworth. In that time, the nonprofit has hosted countless art classes for all ages and abilities and provided art opportunities to the more than 500 students in the Cascade School District. Last year, the organization moved to its current location next to Sage Mountain Natural Foods and changed its name to Artis, an open-ended statement and an expression of Artis’s wide-ranging approach to ...

Plight of the honeybee: Elena Hartwell bases drama on mysterious bee die-off

Bees are disappearing. They are getting lost, unable to find their way back to their hives, and they are dying in record numbers. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why this is happening. It’s a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder, and it could be due to pesticides, mites, or dwindling access to the kinds of food sources bees need. For playwright Elena Hartwell, what’s happening to the bees seems to parallel aspects of the human experience — disappearance, loss, the way people can sometimes ignore a troubling issue because they just don’t ...