The communities served by Methow Arts are filled with public art pieces, ranging from sculpture to mural to chainsaw art! Led by local and regional teaching artists, our public art tours help you learn more about the artist who created the piece, what story the art might tell, the process behind creating the art. We suggest watching these videos before you visit the pieces of art, as well as afterwards. The artwork is located in Brewster, Pateros, Omak/Okanogan, the Methow Valley, and Leavenworth. Let us know what you think.
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PUBLIC ART TOURS
The Frank Matsura Murals of Okanogan (all ages/family)
Artist Dan Brown takes you on a tour of the public murals of Japanese photographer Frank Matsura. If you live in Okanogan you’re lucky enough to see these murals in person by walking around town. Otherwise, you can experience them through this video.
Schoolyard Art: public art at Okanogan High School (all ages/family)
Artist Dan Brown takes you on the tour of the vast and varied collection of student artwork located outside Okanogan High School.
“Unveiling Leavenworth,” public art in Leavenworth (all ages/family)
Artist Amber Zimmerman interviews mural artist Amanda Gibbs about a large mural in Leavenworth. Exploring Leavenworth’s murals is a great family activity. We recommend visiting the downtown area midweek if possible.
Memorial to the Methow, public art in Pateros (all ages/family)
Colville Tribal member and photographer Roxanne Best introduces you to the “Memorial to the Methow” installation in the Pateros Park, featuring sculptures by artist Smoker Marchand that honor the Indigenous people of the Methow Valley.
Learn more about the “Memorial to the Methow” HERE.
Cove Park Chainsaw Carvings, public art in Brewster (all ages/family)
Artist and retired art teacher Dan Brown introduces you to the chainsaw art of Jacob Lucas at Cove Park in Brewster.
Smoker Marchand public art in Omak (all ages)
Filmed by Roxanne Best.
Icicle Creek Chandelier & Soul Salmon public art in Leavenworth (all ages)
Artist Amber Zimmerman takes you on an art walk through Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, showing you “Icicle Creek Chandelier” by Dale Chihuly and “Soul Salmon” by various artists.
Grandsons Carrying Water public art in Twisp (all ages)
Sculptor Bruce Morrison describes the process behind artist Richard Beyer’s cast aluminum sculpture Grandsons Carrying Water, located in the Twisp Commons near the Methow Valley Community Center. (3D visual art, public art)
Materials: None required, but we suggest you bring a journal or sketchbook and a pencil, or even a lump of clay.