Methow Arts Fest returns on the 4th of July!

Mon, July 4, 11:30-4:30pm, 2022

Calling all superheroes! Methow Arts Fest returns to the Methow Valley after a two-year break. Methow Arts invites you to their superhero-inspired Methow Arts Festival – MONDAY THE 4TH OF JULY – in the Twisp River Park.


(Brittany Walsh, Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley Believe it or Not! Contortionist-Acrobat!)

Day-long music & performance, food vendors galore, hands-on Arts Booths, the ever-popular Pie-Eating Contest, Beer Garden and much more.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, kids get to make unlimited art projects all day for free. In fact kids 12 and under pay no admission whatsoever – a big thanks to our generous sponsors! Kids 13-18 are just $5 with unlimited art making.


DUSTY 45s You won’t want to miss the Dusty 45s and other dynamic stage performers including Never Come Down, Austrian Amazon Manuela Horn, our emcee Danbert Nobacon and a few soon to be announced bands!

The Dusty 45s have inspired and fired up crowds for over two decades to the delight of fans and critics alike. With their signature style and unique sound, the band is a consistently powerful and energetic player in the Americana field. Led by charismatic singer/songwriter, guitarist and trumpeter, Billy Joe Huels, the raucous band tears through Huels’ original songs that draw inspiration from the roots of Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Honky tonk and Jazz.

Current members of The Dusty 45s also include Jerry Battista (lead guitar), Rod Cook (Lead Guitar) Robin Cady (upright bass), and Kohen Burrill (drums). Huels and his outfit have steadily built their fan base since 1997. The Dusty 45s have toured extensively and they backed Rock and Roll hall of famer, Wanda Jackson multiple times. A highlight with Jackson was when they joined her opening for Adele’s “21” tour in 2011. The Dusty 45s have also shared the stage with many other musical greats including, Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlisle, John Prine, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lucinda Williams, Leann Rhymes, Michael Franti & Spearhead to name a few. In 2007 Huels starred as Buddy Holly at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and just recently interviewed Ken Burns for Seattle’s PBS affiliate (KCTS) regarding his 2019 documentary, “Country Music”. The Dusty 45s have released 7 recordings. The 2014 album, “Live and On Fire”, showcases the best of their bold and brassy sound recorded live in Seattle WA. Huels and the band are currently working on a new recording, due out in 2020. Find more @ www.dusty45s.com


NEVER COME DOWN Weaving together modern and traditional styles of bluegrass and americana, Never Come Down is a Portland, Oregon based 5-piece composed of Joe Suskind (guitar), Crystal Lariza (vocals), Brian Alley (banjo), Kaden Hurst (mandolin), and Ben Ticknor (bass). Their dedication to thoughtful songwriting and dynamic arrangements highlight polished technical skills and a commitment to listening to each other. Formed in 2018, the band’s self-titled debut arrived shortly thereafter, and their second album “Better Late Than Never” was released in 2021. They’ve toured internationally and have found acclaim from festivals and venues such as Iceland Airwaves, John Hartford Memorial Fest, Americanafest, FreshGrass and RockyGrass. Never Come Down website.



MANUELA HORN, also known as the Austrian Amazon, is a yodeling, dancing, acting comedic force of nature. After small roles in independent movies and her own German children’s TV show, she turned her 6′ 2″ height into an asset as a host for corporate events and galas across the globe. Not to mention, Manuela stands 6′ 7″ while in her heels! Expect the unexpected!


ART BOOTHS

Hands-on ART-making booths include Costume Station with Superhero capes and POW! Headbands, Dress up & Photo Station, Ancestral Skills, watercolor ribbon sticks, painted rocks and favorites such as Tie Dye Tshirts. These give Arts Fest participants a chance to engage with ART through projects ranging in difficulty suiting all age groups and levels of manual dexterity. This year kids 12 and under are admitted for FREE! Kids 13-18 are just $5 and all kids get access to unlimited artmaking for free.


(Photography by E.A. Weymuller.)

Since 1987, Methow Arts Alliance has worked with the community to produce a unique arts festival at Twisp River Park. Held on the 4th of July annually, this community event features day-long entertainment, over 12 hands-on-art booths (hosted by a professional artists from the Artist in Residence roster for the Okanogan region) for children and adults, a local food zone, a pie eating contest, artist demonstrations, field games and much more!


DATE: Mon, July 4th, 11:30-4:30pm, 2022; LOCATION: Twisp River Park, Twisp, WA; TICKETS:$15/Adults, $5/kids over 12. Kids 12 and under are FREE.  

Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, kids get to make unlimited art projects all day for free.  Advance tickets – ticket holders do not need to wait in line: TICKETS HERE and Methow Arts office in Twisp. CONTACT: Methow Arts, 509.997.4004, info@methowartsalliance.org


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Sun Mountain Lodge, eqpd, Icicle Fund, ArtsWA, NEA, Community Foundation of North Central WA, Hank’s Harvest Foods, KTRT, Freestone Inn, Willowbrook Farm, Okanogan County Lodging Tax funds and many more!