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ANDA UNION

Fri, Mar 24, 7pm, 2017

ANDA UNION 2017

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AT THE WINTHROP BARN, WINTHROP, WA

Anda Union’s thoroughly addictive combination of Mongolian musical styles is a reflection of their roots. Hailing from differing ethnic nomadic cultures the nine strong band unite tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia. Anda Union bring a wide range of musical instruments and vocal styles together in a fusion that Genghis Khan himself would have been proud of. Keenly aware of the threat to the Grasslands and their age old Mongolian culture, Anda Union are driven by their fight for the survival of this endangered way of life, by keeping the essence of the music alive.

AnDa Union are part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in old and forgotten songs, drawing on a repertoire of magical music that had all but disappeared during China’s recent tumultuous past. AnDa Union hold on to the essence of Mongolian music whilst creating a form of music that is new. Anda Union combine different traditions and styles of music from all over Inner and Outer Mongolia, developing an innovation previously unheard of. The very existence of a music group like Anda Union is new to Inner Mongolia:

“Our music draws from all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified. We all have different ethnic backgrounds and we bring these influences into our music. There is a wealth of folk music for us to learn, so far our repertoire of songs is like a drop in the ocean.”

The group describe themselves as music gatherers, digging deep into Mongol traditions and unearthing forgotten music. They are on a mission to stimulate their culture and reengage young Mongols, many of who have forgotten how to speak their own language. Saihanniya is working hard to open a bar in the capital Hohhot, where she will promote music.


“I found an old golden wheel with half its spokes broken in an old dusty shop. It looks like a wheel that once turned the warrior carts of the great Mongol armies. I will hang this wheel in my bar as a warning to Mongolian people that our culture is broken and needs to be mended. Bataar, the drummer adds,” young Mongolians like us now understand how important our culture is but maybe the next generation won’t care and we have to prevent this from happening”.

Anda Union all trained in traditional Mongolian music from a young age, many coming from musical families. They are part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in old and forgotten songs. As a group they hold on to the essence of Mongolian music whilst creating a form of music that is new. Anda Union combine different traditions and styles of Mongolian music, developing an innovation previously unheard of.

Driven by their thirst to discover the power and magic of the rich and powerful Mongol traditions and culture, they have been stunning people all over the world with their music for the last fifteen years.


DATE: Fri, Mar 24, 7pm. Doors open at 6:30 for sales and 6:15 for ticket holders. TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Reserved/$25 (first 5 rows), $18/Adult, $7/student child (5yrs-17yrs). Online HERE. Methow Arts in Twisp and Riverside Printing in Winthrop. CONTACT: Methow Arts, 509-997-4004, info@methowartsalliance.org. Cash/Check only at event please.

The Miss Firecracker Contest

Mar 3, 4, 10, 11, 2017, 7pm

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An explosively funny Southern Comedy by Beth Hebley, directed by Jane Orme.

The place is a small Southern town, the time a few days before the Fourth of July. Carnelle Scott (aka “Miss Hot Tamale”) is rehearsing furiously for the Miss Firecracker Contest—hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation. The unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker winner, complicates matters a bit, as does the repeated threat of Elain’s eccentric brother, Delmount, to sell the family homestead and decamp for New Orleans. But, aided by a touchingly awkward seamstress named Popeye and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perseveres—leading to a denouement of unparalleled hilarity, compassion and moving lyricism.

Featuring:
Rebecca Thomson
Robin Nelson Wicks
Amy Sweet
Emily Doran
Andrew Tuller
Chase Rost

DATE: Mar 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7pm LOCATION: Merc Playhouse TICKETS: $5-$18 CONTACT: info@mercplayhouse.org, 509-997-7529

Free Learn to Crochet

Saturdays, Mar 4, 11, 18, 10-noon, 2017

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crocetSaturdays, Mar 4, 11, 18, 10-noon

Learn to crochet, learn a new stitch or how to read patterns.

Twisted Knitters, Twisp, WA. susanhamer@mac.com

Confluence Gallery Exhibit: GAIA & Figure and Form in the Community Gallery

Mar 4, 2017- April 18, 2017

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Lakeside-Retreat,-watercolor,-Jim-Weaver,-GAIAMarch will feature GAIA in the Main Gallery along with Figure & Form in the Community Gallery. GAIA is a group show celebrating the profound beauty and mystery of our Mother Earth. Figure & Form presents sketches and drawings inspired by the human body created by the Confluence Life Drawing artists. Artist in Residence, Shaila Yovan Tenorio brings her residency exhibit “Songline” to the gallery gift shop.

Join the Confluence Gallery for an Opening Reception for both exhibits on Saturday, March 4, 4-8pm. The exhibits run through April 18.

DATES: Sat, Mar 4- Apr 18 LOCATION: Confluence Gallery and Art Center, Twisp, WA CONTACT: 509-997-2787 (Top artwork, Lakeside Retreat by Jim Weaver.)

The Methow Arts 2016/17 Season

2016.17 Season

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MarchFourth!  SAT, DEC 17, 7PM – ADULT ONLY [18+]

We’re thrilled to announce our 2016/17 Season bringing a variety of talents to the Methow Valley.

Methow Arts nurtures the diverse artistic passions of our community by producing and presenting high quality and compelling performances from around the world.

This year’s line up boasts Grammy-nominated artists from Colombia [HERENCIA DE TIMBIQUI], Throat-Singers on tour from Mongolia [ANDA UNION]; Our next show on Dec 17 brings a 22-person troupe [MARCHFOURTH!] combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy brass, and Big Band, with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats, and Vaudeville-style performers;. 2017 starts off with award-winning vocals and A Capella with San Franciscio’s THE HOUSE JACKS and lush harmonies with the lovely DALA from Canada.


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FRI, SEPT 30, 7PM


 

HULA HOOPSMARCHFOURTH!

SAT, DEC 17, 7PM
18 YRS AND OLDER ONLY.

WINTHROP BARN


 

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SAT, FEB 11, 7PM

WINTHROP BARN


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FRI, MAR 24

WINTHROP BARN


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SAT, APR 22

WINTHROP BARN


info@methowartsalliance.org  – 509-997-4004 – methow arts

Announcing our 2016/17 Season

2016.17 Season

tiny

season-promo-clCLICK HERE for tickets to our next show

MarchFourth!  SAT, DEC 17, 7PM – ADULT ONLY [18+]

We’re thrilled to announce our 2016/17 Season bringing a variety of talents to the Methow Valley.

Methow Arts nurtures the diverse artistic passions of our community by producing and presenting high quality and compelling performances from around the world.

This year’s line up boasts Grammy-nominated artists from Colombia [HERENCIA DE TIMBIQUI], Throat-Singers on tour from Mongolia [ANDA UNION]; Our next show on Dec 17 brings a 22-person troupe [MARCHFOURTH!] combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy brass, and Big Band, with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats, and Vaudeville-style performers;. 2017 starts off with award-winning vocals and A Capella with San Franciscio’s THE HOUSE JACKS and lush harmonies with the lovely DALA from Canada.


micHERENCIA DE TIMBIQUI

FRI, SEPT 30, 7PM


 

HULA HOOPSMARCHFOURTH!

SAT, DEC 17, 7PM
18 YRS AND OLDER ONLY.

WINTHROP BARN


 

poster-webTHE HOUSE JACKS

SAT, FEB 11, 7PM

WINTHROP BARN


ANDA UNION 2017ANDA UNION,

FRI, MAR 24

WINTHROP BARN


DdalaALA

SAT, APR 22

WINTHROP BARN


info@methowartsalliance.org  – 509-997-4004 – methow arts

Methow Skills at TwispWorks

Saturdays through Sep 2016

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TwispWorks-MethowSkills-Resize-2016Saturdays after the Farmer’s Market, come to TwispWorks for creative workshops inspired by the Methow. Expert instructors will lead a variety of unique and practical classes Saturday afternoons through September.  Learn hands-on artisan and sustainable skills, gain experience and confidence for DIY projects at home, and take part in the vibrant Methow Valley community at TwispWorks, where people, places and ideas come together.

All information can be found at:  twispworks.org/what-is-twispworks/continuing-education/


Saturday, September 3rd -
DIY Great Coffee at Home – Presented by Blue Star Coffee Roasters

Saturday, September 10th –
September 10th Methow Skills Workshop: Residential Plumbing 101 With Viv Mannon

Saturday, September 17th – Leatherworking with Mike Jolley

Saturday, September 24th –
Compost 2 Color Workshop with
Sara Ashford


For full workshop descriptions and prices visit our website www.TwispWorks.org.  Pre-registration is required for Methow Skills workshops. To register call 509.997.3300 or email register@twispworks.org.

Community/Weekly & Ongoing Classes and Events

Summer 2016

Spinning and Weaving at Twisted Knitters
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Matt Armbrust leads Monday night pottery class

Line Dancing
Mondays, 6 pm, Lessons at 6:30pm
$4. Twisp Grange. 509.429.2064.

MVCAC Pottery Class
Mondays,  6-9PM.
Classes are designed as an 8 week course covering beginning, intermediate and advanced technique. Enrollment is continuous.
$225/8 week punch card. Mattpotter@holdenvillage.org/509.997.1022

Summer Reading Program at the Library
11 week program to inspire young readers with a different event each week.
Twisp: 509.997.4681, Winthrop: 509.996.2685

Broga with Erik WittenbachBroga-Yoga for Men
Tuesdays through Apr 19, 6-7am$10/class. Information Station @ Twispworks
Contact Erik Wittenbach, willowbrook39@yahoo.com

Quilter’s Open Studio
Wednesdays, 12-5 pm  
Free. 309 Hwy 20, Twisp. 509.997.7020

Life Drawing Workshop
Thursdays, 6-8pm
$25/drop in, $80/four sessions in advance
Live models. All levels. Confluence is hiring models for this class.
Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787, www.confluencegallery.com

Spinning at Twisted Knitters

Spinning at Twisted Knitters

Fix Your Gear Nights at eqpd
First Thursday of each month, 4-7pm
Bring your sports gear to eqpd for a free and quick fix up!
eqpd at TwispWorks. eqpdgear@gmail.com

Improv
Thursdays, 5:30pm
Practice at the Interpretive Center at TwispWorks. 509.341.4900.

Freestyle Dance
Fridays, 5:45-6:45 pm.
Open to any who love to dance. $5
The Studio, Glover St. in Twisp, 509.996.2017.

Sam Carlin & Lucid Glassworks, open studio Saturdays @ TwispWorks

Sam Carlin & Lucid Glassworks, open studio Saturdays @ TwispWorks

Live Music
Fridays & Saturdays, various times/locations.
Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Twisp River Pub, Twisp River Suites & Copper Glance regularly host live music, open mic and karaoke on weekends in Twisp and Winthrop.

Open Campus @ TwispWorks
Saturdays, 10am-2pm.
TwispWorks.org

Methow Skills @ TwispworksSaturday afternoons after the marketTwispworks.org

Glassblowing Demonstrations
Retail Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm408 Lincoln St, TwispWorks Campus
Watch as Sam Cariln creates beautiful works of glass including her signature line of “dot” tumblers.

Jazz in the Methow

Sat, Nov 5, 7pm

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nancy-zahnModeled after several popular jazz concerts that have been held at the Merc Playhouse in the past, the series opens with a concert on November 5 featuring vocalists Nancy Zahn and Laura Love with special guests. Local musicians Lynette Westendorf, Chris Frue(Breathe), Wayne Mendro, Dr. Howard Johnson, Bob Hougham and Terry Hunt have been integral parts of the shows in the past with concerts of original music being particularly memorable.lauralovepromo2


Call 509-997-0222 or visit www.cascadiamusic.org for more information. Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2696389

6th Annual Trashion Show

Apr 30, 7pm, 2016

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Trashion show 2015 Faurest Nelson WickscmykConfluence Gallery and Art Center holds its 6th annual Trashion Show on Saturday, April 30th, at the Twisp Community Center.

A fabulous runway show with upcycled recycled outfits ranging from ‘Street-Styl’ to ‘Country Couture’ transformed from everyday trash.

Confluence Gallery is also seeking designers to walk their runway. Transform your junk into wearable, even functional, outfits for the runway show. This is your chance to create an entirely unique piece of art and win fabulous cash prizes with hundreds of spectators applauding your design.

With your $20 Designer ($10 student) fee you could win: Grand Prize $150, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $50, People’s Choice Award $50, Most Recycled $50, 55+ Award $50, Youth 13+ $50.

Contact Confluence Gallery if you’re interested in being a designer – the deadline is April 20.

(Photo left, Faurest Nelson Wicks, 2015)


You must be thirteen years of age or older to attend/participate. TICKETS: $15 per person (ages 13+) general admission in advance and at the door. $30/advance for VIP seating, includes 1 drink of choice, in advance at Confluence Gallery. DATE: Apr 30, 7-10pm. Doors open at 6pm. LOCATION: The Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. CONTACT: Confluence Gallery & Art Center, 104 N Glover St, Twisp, WA. 509.997.2787, confluencegallery.com

 

 

 

Fridays & Saturdays: Live Music in the Valley

Weekends in Twisp and Winthrop

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Local favorites Wild Mountain Nation

Live Music Fridays & Saturdays, various times/locations. Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Twisp River Pub, Twisp River Suites & Copper Glance regularly host live music, open mic and karaoke on weekends in Twisp and Winthrop.

 

Old Schoolhouse Brewery

THURS, MAR 31, 7pm: Wild Mountain Nation

The local band plays a Thursday night special gig at OSB

FRIDAY, APR 1, 7pm: Open Mic Night

Ultra popular open mic night happens on the first Friday each month

SATURDAY, APR 2, 7pm: Evan Egerer

The high energy rock singer/songwriter from Tri-Cities is back.

Copper Glance

Closed through April 13

Twisp River Suites

FRI, APR 1, 5-7pm: Rico Stover and Joe Marver

Methow Valley Tenth Graders Write Their Journeys

Winter 2015

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by Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director

Help us coGIVE BIG 2ntinue funding for programs like this!

Give Big TO ART on Tuesday, May 5th. LEARN MORE HERE

 

 

Tenth graders in Kelly Grayum’s Liberty Bell High School English classes took a journey this past winter: a writing journey. The assignment was to narrate a personal journey, either external or internal.

It is a Camino tradition to carry a rock with you the entire way until this point. Once you arrive at the Cruz de Ferro, it is the custom to leave the rock in the pile. The idea is that once you leave this extra weight behind, you can finish the Camino knowing that your burden has been lifted. Depending on the person, this can be interpreted in a literal or spiritual sense.

~ Taya Delong

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The unit began with students reading short stories and novels that centered around the idea of a journey.  They then evaluated the stories for elements that make them powerful narratives.

We turn another corner and catch a glimpse of the next section. The gradual terrain transforms into a curvy, hilly mess. “Oh no,” we groan. To make matters worse…several small children zoom right by us, leaving us dead last. From then on everything falls completely apart.

~ Danielle Mott

Next, students began writing their own stories, basing them on journeys that were personally meaningful. Methow Arts’ teaching artist Shannon Huffman Polson came into the class to work with students, sharing her strategies for shaping narratives structures and general writing techniques.

After I had exited the plane, I saw myself in a new light. I was not a shameless survivor. I was a person who would risk anything to keep from getting rosy-cheeked.

~ Sebastian Hogness

Once the narratives were written and revised, Grayum evaluated them according to criteria such as character development, storyline, word choice, emotional connection, relevance, and conventions.

 It didn’t look like earth, and yet it looked like the most earthly thing I had ever seen. People get used to beauty, and people get used to the extraordinary, but this was beyond that. I could never get used to something like this.

~ Corinne Dietz

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Narratives receiving top scores in all areas are shared below.

Jennifer Colvin: A Colvin Family Road Trip

Taya Delong: Astorga to Acebo

Corinne Dietz: A Day with the Anasazi

Nate Hirsch: Sliding on Rubber

Sebastian Hogness: No Shameless Survivor

Danielle Mott: Fire and Ice

Exie Romero: Inside these Walls

Reed Stanbery: Getting the Finger

The best feelings were the ones that started in your heart.  For example the feeling of excitement as we’d run up the walkway to Nana and Grandpa’s house on our first day out of school. Or the daring feeling of gliding on their slick wooden floor in the kitchen, with your socks on. Then the feeling of a cool, or  summer warm, breeze swirling around you, because Nana couldn’t stand a house without open windows. 

 ~ Exie Romero


This residency was brought to students by Methow Arts Alliance through its Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership.  The partnership serves more than 5,200 students and 370 teachers across Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Omak, Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Pateros, and Methow School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School. Residency sponsors in the Methow Valley include the the Public School Funding AllianceArtsWA, the Methow Valley School District, and the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.


 

Contact: info@methowartsalliance.org or 509.997.4004

 

The Best Flowers for Mother’s Day

Spring 2015

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director

Are you debating which flowers to get for Mom for Mother’s Day? Omak fourth graders have a beautiful solution: custom watercolor paintings. The five fourth-grade classes at East Omak Elementary School worked with teaching artist Margaret Kingston last week to create these vibrant paintings.

After a lesson in the principles and elements of art, where students explored the concepts of color, shape, line, texture, and value, the students set to work with their heavy-duty watercolor paper and paint sets. The paintings dried overnight, and then the students enhanced the color and texture of their designs using strategically placed colored pencil shading.

And voilà–Mother’s Day art is ready! What better way to celebrate the wonder of spring and the wonderfulness of Mom?

 

 

 

 

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Methow Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program serves more than 5,200 students and 370 teachers across Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Omak, Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Pateros, and Methow School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School. Program sponsors in the Omak region include the Omak School District, Omak Kiwanis, Okanogan-Omak Rotary, Confluence Health, and the  Community Foundation of North Central Washington. THANK YOU!


Contact: info@methowartsalliance.org or 509.997.4004

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Spring 2015

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by Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director

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April 30 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day and students at Methow Valley Elementary School gave the day the honor it is due. Some students arrived at school with their pockets already stocked with original or personally meaningful poems, but those who didn’t were treated to a trip to the Gumball Poetry machine.

Like the name suggests, the Gumball Poetry machine is a device designed to dispense gum or toys in little plastic bubbles but which, with a little creative energy, now spits out poems in little plastic bubbles.

Students lined up in the school commons areas to get a turn at the machine. Some pocketed their poems immediately, others read theirs aloud to students in line. And emerging readers headed back to the classroom to get a little help figuring out what the poems actually said.

Teachers with recess duty reported that students were engaging with each other and with the poems out on the playground, reading poems to each other, swapping poems, and trying to figure out what the poems mean.


 

The poems for National Poem in Your Pocket Day came from various sources: the poetry of 2013 Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt (who will be visiting schools in Okanogan and the Methow in June), Methow Valley fifth graders, who participated in a poetry residency with teaching artist Kelleigh McMillan, and Methow Valley sixth graders, who took some narrative writing initiated with teaching artist Shannon Huffman Polson and turned it into poetry through classroom sessions with teacher Kelly Van Bueren.

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The Empty Tree

Path winding through the lush forest

Rocks protecting the precarious forest path, guiding it through the dark, dense space of spiky pines

At the end of the well-worn trail

Stands a lone tree, guarded by dilapidated small fence

A young boy lies underneath its skimpy shade playing a wooden flute

Tracks of music swirl around the bony, crooked limbs

Flourishing and a warm companion for the scraggly tree

Brimming it with life and song

But the boy leaves

He always leaves

As does everything else

In summer, footprints in the squishy mud circle around the fence playfully

In winter, ski tracks brush past the tree

At night, an old owl swoops down and settles in the tree’s unwelcoming arms

They all leave

And the only thing that ever stays is

The tree

~ 6th grader Lindsay Worrell


This residency was brought to students by Methow Arts Alliance through its Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership.  The partnership serves more than 5,200 students and 370 teachers across Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Omak, Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Pateros, and Methow School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School. Residency sponsors in the Methow Valley include the the Public School Funding AllianceArtsWA, the Methow Valley School District, and the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.


Contact: info@methowartsalliance.org or 509.997.4004

Paschal Sherman Indian School Students Tour Seattle

Spring 2015

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IMG_3417by Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director

Eighth and ninth graders at Paschal Sherman Indian School traveled to Seattle for two days in late April. Sixteen students and five chaperones rode the bus from sunny Omak to Seattle’s waterfront, where plans to tour the Olympic Sculpture Park on foot were thwarted by pouring rain. It was determined that a harbor cruise by boat would give the students both a look at the Sculpture Park from the water as well as a memorable nautical experience; for many students, this was a first trip on a big boat.

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Despite the rain, students spent much time up on the deck of the boat, admiring the cityscape from the water and learning about Seattle’s shipping docks, waterfront businesses, and role as a port city. They saw ships big and small, and they even saw some California sea lions lounging on a buoy.

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After dinner in the Seattle Center Armory, the group attended the new rock musical  at Seattle Repertory Theatre. In the intimate seating of the Leo K. theater, the students had excellent views of the stage, as well as of the talented 3-actor cast that brought this creative and unique musical alive. After the show, the students walked through the Seattle Center campus back to the bus, admiring the beauty of the Space Needle at night.

After a night in a Bellevue hotel, the group walked around the Pioneer Square area before taking Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, where they learned many interesting things about Seattle’s geographic and city planning history. Although some students were initially worried about descending into the bowels of the city, they quickly learned that they were actually in the original street-level Seattle area and that much structural reinforcement made the tour safe. Making the tour especially enjoyable was the witty and knowledgeable tour guide, who turned out to be an actor who had performed for these same students with Jet City Improv about four years ago, through Methow Arts’ school presenting series.

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IMG_3480Few trips to Seattle are complete without a visit to the Fremont Troll, and the Paschal Sherman students loved the hands-on (and feet-on) experience of exploring the giant sculpture. The 6-hour drive home over a snowy Steven’s Pass seemed to fly by, as students looked through their photos and already began reliving memories of a busy and rewarding urban field trip. They’ll share their experiences with the other students at the school, who will anticipate their own opportunities to visit Seattle when they are older.

IMG_3457For many students, the trip was the first time they had seen a professionally-produced play; some had never been to Seattle. Most of the ninth graders participated in last year’s field trip as eighth graders, but they were surprised and delighted to discover that all the elements of this year’s trip were different: a different play, different tours, different sites. They are learning that there are many ways to experience Seattle.

This field trip was coordinated by Methow Arts Alliance and was sponsored by a private donor from the Methow Valley, the Community Foundation of North Central WA, the Paschal Sherman Indian School, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtsWA.


CONTACT: Methow Arts Alliance, 509.997.4004, info@methowartsalliance.org

MV Community Center Christmas Bazaar

Sat, Nov 21 & Dec 5, 9-3pm, 2015

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Christmas bazaar 2015.cdrCelebrate the season with the 35th annual Christmas Bazaar. Handmade gifts and art abound with food and beverages available. There are two opportunities to shop this year, so don’t miss it! Saturdays, November 21st and December 5th from 9-3pm. Buy local for your holiday gifts this year. See you there!


DATE: Saturdays, November 21 & December 5th, 9-3pm LOCATION: Methow Valley Community Center, 201 S. Hwy 20, Twisp CONTACT: 509.997.2926

Block Prints Feature Birds, Mammals, and Fish of the Methow Valley

Winter 2015

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_DSC0453Methow Valley fifth graders examined the fish, flora, and fauna of the Methow River watershed through the lens of artists by designing and carving images on linoleum blocks. In this interdisciplinary unit students first learned about the creatures that inhabit the riparian zone, forested areas, and other ecosystems of the Methow Valley in a workshop in their classrooms with a local naturalist, Dana Visalli. They then sketched images and learned how to carve blocks and print them with local teaching artists, Laura Gunnip of Door No. 3 and Emily Post.

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The blockprints were created through an interdisciplinary unit offered annually to fifth graders in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week and with sponsorship from the Methow Valley Ranger District.  The block prints feature the fish, birds, mammals, and habitat of the Methow Valley.

There are many outstanding examples of block prints from the last 15 years. Many are featured in a free calendar, Living With the Methow River, produced by the Methow Resource Council through a collaboration with Methow Arts Alliance.    _DSC0484      

This residency was brought to students by Methow Arts’ Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership.  The partnership serves more than 5,200 students and 370 teachers across Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Omak, Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Pateros, and Methow School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School. Residency sponsors in the Methow Valley include the Methow Valley Ranger District, the Public School Funding Alliance, ArtsWA, and the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

 

 

 

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The Fishing Day project is a collaboration among Big R, Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Dick Hill Tackle Shop, Friends of Northwest Hatcheries, Methow Arts Alliance, Methow Conservancy, Methow Recycles, Methow Restoration Council, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, Methow Valley Fly Fishers, Methow Valley School District, National Endowment for the Arts, Okanogan Conservation District, Okanogan- Wenatchee National Forest, Trout Unlimited, Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Arts Commission, Washington State Parks, Wild Fish Conservancy, and Yakama Nation.


_DSC0499INFO: Methow Arts Alliance, 509.997.4004, info@methowartsalliance.org

 

Poetry in Wood and Paint: New Work From Laura Karcher, Carol McMillan and Patty Yates

Exhibit, May 20-June 22; Reception, Sat, May 23, 5-7pm, 2015

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Desert Lines by Patty Yates

In this show at the Winthrop Gallery, artists Laura Karcher, Carol McMillan and Patty Yates explore the relationship of visual art to poetry.

“I plan to pair paintings and poems for this show,” Carol explains. “I see that the flow of the grain in wood is like the flow of words in a poem, and, of course, the flow of paint on paper/canvas. Visual and 3-D art are poetry in other media.”

“I think we all have poetry in our artist soul,” says Patty. “I’m thinking of the poetry in a line. For my beginning there is a pen and ink drawing. What develops from there is my poetry.”

“I believe there is always poetry involved when I work with something as naturally beautiful as wood,” says Laura. “You see it in the grain and you sense it as you work the wood. The poetry is in the wood, my job is to reveal it.”

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Spring Tree Roots by Carol McMillan

 


DATES: Exhibit, May 20-June 22; Reception, Sat, May 23, 5-7pm. Refreshments will be served. LOCATION: Winthrop Gallery, 237 Riverside Ave, downtown Winthrop. Every day, 10am-5pm. CONTACT: 509.996.3925

 

At the Merc: Reader’s Theater Production

Fri & Sat, Jan 22 & 23, 7pm, 2016

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Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23 brings a heart-stirring evening of incisive writing, powerful characters, and poignant situations. Join the Merc Playhouse for staged readings of two one-act plays:

readers theaterRain by Garry Williams and directed by Christine Kendall

&

The Red Coat by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Ki Gottberg

Featuring:
Tim Odell
Emily Doran
Leo Shaw
Cece Odell
Larkin Lucy
Jane Hill

Admission is by donation. General Seating​. Doors open at 6:30pm


DATE:  ​Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23, 7 PM LOCATION: The Merc Playhouse, Twisp ADMISSION: By donation CONTACT: info@mercplayhouse.org, 509.997.7529

Kids’ Summer Pottery Class with Jim Neupert

Tues-Thur, Aug 11-13 OR Aug 18-20, 9:30-2pm, 2015

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JimNeupertKid'sWorkshopJoin Jim Neupert for 3 days of pottery instruction. For kids 7-12 years of age.

There will be two sessions (see below.) Sign up early. These classes fill fast!

The kids will work at the site of a working pottery studio. In this safe supportive environment, experimentation and invention are encouraged and children’s natural instincts are cultivated. They will have a chance to work on hand building projects as well as being able to work on a pottery wheel.

The class will take place at Jim Neupert’s Studio, 92 Lower Beaver Creek Rd, 5 miles south of Twisp. Sign up now, space is limited.


DATES: Tues-Thurs, Aug 11-13 and/or Aug 18-20, 9:30-2pm AGES: 7-12. COST: $125, materials provided. LOCATION: Jim Neupert’s Studio, 92 Lower Beaver Creek Rd. CONTACT: Jim Neupert, 509.429.9475, jimneupert@gmail.com

Limited space. Sign up early!

CALL to ARTISTS: Twisp, WA needs a T-shirt

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TwispWA_CoverArt_SunburstThe Town of Twisp and Methow Arts Alliance are seeking innovative designs that broadcast the essence of Twisp, WA to the world for years to come.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES


 

DEADLINE:Friday, June 12-5pm, 2015

NOTIFICATION OF WINNING ARTWORK:Tuesday, June 16th

T-SHIRTS READY:Sat, July 4th

PRIZE! $250 and marketing galore!

Winning artwork will be printed on t-shirts available to residents and visitors for years to come.

Artwork must be print ready. Please reference the instructions below under GUIDELINES before you submit your work. We can help! SUBJECT: Twisp T-Shirts, Email: info@methowartsalliance.org

Put your pen, pencil or paintbrush to paper and let the creating begin. The chosen artist will receive a check for $250 and tons of free marketing via social media, press releases and website. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote Twisp, WA and to receive marketing for you as an artist/artist team or graphic designer. Contact us at Methow Arts with questions via email: info@methowartsalliance.org


CONTEST GUIDELINES:

1)      THEME:We are open to your interpretation and ideas. We encourage an innovative, professional and thoughtful design that captures the essence of Twisp.

  1. You may use Twisp’s local branding efforts as a guideline if you wish. Please note that they are not required elements.

i.     Branding efforts have revealed the following as core elements of Twisp’s identity (from Twisp Chamber of Commerce):

  1. FRIENDLY. ART. & TASTE. As connected to: a. Our local Farmer’s Market, local food and agriculture; b. the Arts; c. Nature/wilderness access and; d. The community of Twisp.

2)      ALL ARTWORK MUST BE 100% ORIGINAL – please don’t copy other artists’ work.

3)      ARTWORK MUST BE PRINT READY AND DESIGNED FOR T-SHIRTS. Remember to create a design that works on a t-shirt. Size and format are important. Please reference the following article for print-ready instructions for t-shirts: http://tinyurl.com/TwispTshirtGuidelines

Email us with any questions prior to sending your work to us. We are happy to help if you contact us on or before June 10th. We may not have time to respond to requests sent after that date. Send an email to us with questions @ info@methowartsalliance.org with a SUBJECT: Twisp T-Shirt question

4)      PLEASE NO REFERENCE TO DATES OR A SINGLE EVENT.

5)      WHO CAN SUBMIT? Anyone of any age may submit a design.

6)      SELECTION PANEL: Selection will be made by a qualified panel of artists and Twisp, WA representatives.

7)      PRIZE: $250 and marketing opportunities (i.e. promoted online broadly with optional spotlight/participation in 4th of July parade.)

8)      SUBMISSION INFO:Please submit application and artwork to Methow Arts Alliance

1 – Preferred! Email: info@methowartsalliance.org, Subject line: Twisp T-shirt Contest entry or link to large files via dropbox.com. We will send confirmation of receipt.

2 – USPS mail: Methow Arts Alliance/ PO BOX 723/Twisp, WA 98856

3 - Bring to us on disk/jumpdrive @ Methow Arts’ office. Call us first to arrange!: 109 2nd Ave,

Suites B/C, Twisp, 98856

9)      CONTACT:Please email us @ info@methowartsalliance.org for more Twisp, WA info from the Twisp Chamber of Commerce. Or go to our website at the following link to find more information: http://www.methowarts.org/twisp-t-shirt-contest/

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES

 

Winthrop 49ers Days

May 8-10, 2015

Winthrop 49er Days

Winthrop 49er DaysCelebrating its 70th year, Winthrop’s 49er Days is a celebration of our rich western and horse history. The event kicks off with the annual Ride the Rendezvous, week-long horsepacking excursion through the Methow Valley high country. As the horse-train enters Winthrop on the final day, the community comes out to celebrate their arrival back home. On Saturday, Winthrop celebrates its rich Western history with a grand parade including the largest representation by horses of any parade in Washington State. Saturday is a full day of activities for the kids, the cowboys and the cowgirls. Then on Sunday, the cowboys help you celebrate Mother’s Day with more events and activities. All the events are open to the public. Don’t miss this historical celebration!


SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 8

The Ride to Rendevous teamsters and horseback riders will kick-off ’49er Days by riding into downtown Winthrop at high noon.


SATURDAY, MAY 9

ACTIVITIES IN DOWNTOWN WINTHROP

  • 10:30am: Vigilanties and West Coast Country Heat perform downtown in front of Jacks Saloon.
  • 11am: The ’49er Days Parade begins through main street with more pack strings than any parade in the state, plenty of horses, floats, a band or two, old-time vehicles and much more. Join the parade! The parade entry form can be found here.
  • Following the parade at 12:00 noon kids can join in old fashioned games in front of Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe including egg toss, pie eating contest, international gummy bear spitting and more.

ACTIVITIES IN THE WINTHROP PARK STARTING AT 12pm – NOON:

  • Outfitter Display Camps
  • Mountain Men Camp
  • 12pm Lauralee Northcott Cowboy Songs and Poetry, local musicians and members of Columbia Chapter of Western Music Association in the band shell.
  • 4:30pm Fairfax Junior High School Band performance in the band shell.
  • Crafts and Merchandise Vendors
  • 12 -2pm: food services available in the park. Hot Dogs and Brats provided by the Methow Valley Snowmobile Association, pulled pork by the Kiwanis and snow cones.
  • 5-6pm: Outfitter Dinner in the Park, cost $20.00

 

ACTIVITIES AT THE WINTHROP BARN

  • 7-9pm: “Around the Campfire” in the Barn. Cowboy poetry, music and campfire stories. $10 admission
  • 9:30pm Country Western Family Dance in the Barn. $10 admission

SUNDAY, MAY 10


IN THE WINTHROP PARK

8-10am: Washington Outfitters and Guides Association serves a Mother’s Day cowboy breakfast in the Winthrop Park. Cost $10.00

10am- 2pm: Live Auction and State Packing Competition. Competitors will show how fast and well they can wrap gear and load a mule.

Please visit the Washington Outfitters & Guides Association website for more details on the Ride the Rendezvous and the history of this fine organization.

 

It’s Complex: The 2014 Methow Fires, Ecological Effects, and Recovery

June 6, 7:30pm, 2015

Co-sponsored with the Seattle Mountaineers as part of National Trails Day.  The Methow Conservancy’s Julie Grialou will give a program on the 2014 “Carlton Complex” fires, the impact on flora and fauna, short and long-term ecological effects, and how the affected areas are starting to recover ecologically.


At the Mazama Community Club, free. www.methowconservancy.org

Trashion Fashion Show 2015

Sat, Apr 25, 7pm, 2015

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11083924_1080625518630547_6031346056673119209_nConfluence Gallery and Art Center is holding its 5th annual Trashion Show on Saturday, April 25th, 7-10pm (doors open at 6pm) at the Twisp Community Center.

Awards include:

  • Grande Prize $150
  • Youth Award $50
  • Most recycled $50
  • Over (age) 55 Award $50
  • People’s Choice Award $50

View the work of designers who crafted Street-Style, Country Couture and Upcycled Recycled Outfits. Watch models walk the RUNWAY!

Ticket prices for the event are $15 per person (ages 13+). Limited VIP seating is available for $30 which includes one drink of your choice.

Check out the film chronicling the 2013 event: VIEW METHOWTV’s VIDEO HERE


DATE: Sat, April 25, 7pm, doors open at 6pm.  SHOW INFO: $15/ticket, $30/VIP Seating, Ages 13+ CONTACT: Confluence Gallery, call with your interest in being a designer (DEADLINE IS APR 20) or a model: 509.997.2787, FACEBOOK CLICK HERE

Phoenix Festival Raises $12,984 for Community Fire Recovery

Dec 1, 2014

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EmceesThe Phoenix Festival, a music and arts festival organized to benefit fire and flood recovery efforts in the aftermath of Washington’s largest wildfires, drew over 700 people on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The festival raised a total of $12,984, with all admission proceeds and donations going to support Methow Valley Long Term Recovery, a non-profit group formed to help the community recover from this summer’s disasters and prepare for future events.Roger-and-Me

Presented by TwispWorks in collaboration with Methow Arts Alliance and the Confluence Gallery & Art Center, the festival took place at the TwispWorks campus and was a swirl of activity as visitors meandered among art booths, demonstrations and exhibits of printmakers, glassblowers, potters, woodworkers—and even a community bicycle shop. There were film screenings at the Spartan Art Trailer and a Raku firing demonstration.


 “I think most of us that live here in the Methow realize that it’s a special place and consider ourselves fortunate to be here,” said Don Ashford, Methow Arts Alliance President. “This summer’s strife [actually] strengthened the bonds between people. It made us more aware of community and our interdependence. The Phoenix Festival was like a great big thankful smile. We set aside a day to enjoy, even celebrate, the fact that we were still here. We know that together, we will make it.”


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Chief among the day’s activities was the Share Room, an interactive art exhibit that displayed the fire-inspired/ravaged items, art and photographs of over 30 fire victims and artists, including Tamara Jennings, Salyna Gracie, Ben Sabold, Susan Speir, Jenn Tate and Teri Pieper.

Emcees Don Ashford, Danbert Nobacon and Robert Thran helped direct the festivities from the stage, while local food and live entertainment kept the crowd’s energy robingoing, with donated cider, beer and coffee from Sixknot Cider, Stoup Brewery, Hillar’s Beer and Blue Star Coffee Roasters and live entertainment from comedic Right Now Improv and poi spinner Christina Stout, who enthralled the crowd with her spinning fireballs.

Live music and performance kept the crowd dancing until the wee hours of the night with over 10 bands including local acoustic singer/songwriter Lindsay Picolet, tribal beats from Thione Diop, Bakra Bata, rockabilly tunes from The Dusty 45’s, soul musicians with local roots Luc & The Lovingtons, Lynette Westendorf and her brother Roger, local band Wild Mountain Nation and local DJ’s Eors Markos and Travis Smith.

thione diopThe festival was supported by the presence of Aero Methow Rescue Service, local law enforcement and 70 volunteers.

Stay tuned for next year’s 2nd annual Phoenix Festival, as the Methow Valley community rallies together once again to continue to rebuild our community.

(Photos by Teri J. Pieper)

Twisted Knitters: Fixing Your Mistakes in Knitting!

Sat, Oct 4, 1-3pm, 2014

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TwistedKnitters_SockKnittingClassEven the most seasoned knitters make mistakes. In this two-hour class at Twisted Knitters, Katie Swanson will teach you techniques for fixing mistakes as if they never happened.


DATE: Saturday, October 4, 1-3pm  LOCATION: Twisted Knitters in TwispWorks, 502 S. Glover St., Twisp, WA  COST: $12 CONTACT: Susan Hamer, 509.997.0233 or susanhammer@mac.com

 

Thank you for your support!

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Dear Friends, funding for the arts

Thank you so much to so many who have contacted us and sent wishes about our beautiful valley. The loss here has been great, but we are strong. The Carlton Complex Fire has burned in excess of 250,000 acres and it is estimated we have lost about 300 homes. The fire continues as do efforts for restoration.

We want to be sure to invite friends from afar to continue to visit our region, to support our businesses and play in our beautiful mountains and rivers. Power was restored last week, the arts are hopping, restaurants are cooking and lodging is plentiful. Although times are hard, we are strong! I strongly believe “We can do it!”

Visit our webpage for changes and updates to some of the planned arts events. And continue to send questions about the fire and ideas our way.

With warmth and appreciation,

Amanda Jackson Mott, Executive Director, Methow Arts
amanda@methowartsalliance.org
http://www.methowarts.org/

At the Merc: Twelfth Night

Aug 1-10, 2014

Twelfth Night Merc

Twelfth Night Merc

The Merc’s Artistic Director, Ki Gottberg, brings a western flavor to this classic comedy by William Shakespeare. One of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Twelfth Night  includes a love triangle, misplaced identities and a shipwreck. Place the action on a ranch with a bunch of cowboys, singing and dancing, and watch the fun unfold. Directed by Ki Gottberg.


 

DATE: August 1-10, Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm and Sunday 2pm. LOCATION: The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. ADMISSION: Adults $15/Youth 18 & Under $5. “Pay What You Can” performance Thurs., August 7, 7:30 pm. CONTACT: 509.997.PLAY

Paula Christen: Livin’ the Dream

Paula Christen will teach a watercolor workshop this fall.
Paula Christen will teach a watercolor workshop this fall.

Paula Christen will teach a watercolor workshop this fall.

Flowers blooming, gardens are growing and craft fair flags are flying! It is the warm season with fall soon on the way. Along with the rising temperatures, workshops and classes that allow you to explore your creative side, pop up just like the sunflowers. Yes, every time I saw paintings at a show or art festival, I had to stop. I dreamed of being that person; painting, showing my work and meeting people through my art. Sadly, for over 20 years, that was all I did – dream. I was afraid.

It was too scary to think about taking a first step toward that big dream or signing up for a class.

Everyone would know so much more. Not having done any artwork for years, the other students would be far ahead of my rusty skills. I would not be good enough and it would crush my dream. I would fail.

Maybe I would even have to let go of my shiny dream. Sounds silly, but it was so important to me, I could not start.

Finally, it was more painful to think about how I would feel if I did not take a class. Not doing it was me “failing me”. Even if those first paintings were bad (and they were), I had to start. Not doing it was no longer an option. It was time to step off the curb and board the train.

Well, actually, it was a plane, because my first real class was a workshop in France. See, there was another dream I had – travel to Europe. So I rolled all those dreams into a big ball of life firsts. Once you commit, it’s easier to keep the momentum going – a first passport, a first transcontinental flight and traveling solo. That trip is a major milestone in my life – not just for the travel and art, but also for pushing me to live, not just dream.

We all have those risky dreams. Some will become our best memories and some will just gather regrets.

How do we know which ones are going to be the best? Choose to chase the dreams that scare you a little. Pick the ones that are painful to imagine your life without having lived that experience. Everybody starts at Day One – Rembrandt, Picasso, Jimmy Buffet and Hemmingway all had a first day of living their dream. Will you be bad at first? Very likely. Will you get better? Absolutely! Now, quit reading this and go live your dream.

 


Paula Christen, watercolor artist and teacher, lives and maintains a studio in Winthrop. She will be teaching a 2-day workshop “Fall Colors in the Mountains” at the North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama WA. October 24 – 26, 2014. Contact Paula at www.paulachristen.com

Methow Valley Students’ Summer Reading Recommendations

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YWCMethow Valley Students’ Summer Reading Recommendations

Are your kids looking for a great book to read this summer? Methow Valley Elementary School students have just the recommendation for you!  Each spring, Methow Arts and the public elementary school host the Young Writers’ Conference, which celebrates the art and craft of writing by engaging students in writing activities. Creative professionals in the community lead workshops that celebrate all the ways we use writing and reading in our daily lives.

At this year’s conference, students in grades three through six wrote and recorded a creative radio review of their favorite book. The workshop was led by director Jennifer Abel Kovitz and assistant publicist Missi Smith, both of 45th Parallel Communications, a publicity agency that serves fine independent book publishers. The students prepared audio clips that are being aired on KTRT/97.5 throughout the summer of 2014.

Concurrently, Winthrop’s independent bookstore, Trails End Bookstore, is featuring a window display of all of the recommended titles, along with information about the students who recommended them. The display has piqued community interest, and passersby are already coming into the bookstore to inquire about particular titles.

The goals of the Young Writers’ Conference are to provide students with opportunities to:

  • View themselves as writers and feel a part of the writing community
  • Hear life stories from individuals who have chosen writing as a career
  • Observe techniques and skills used by practicing writers
  • Integrate art, music, performance, and storytelling into the writing process

Click here to listen to individual students’ audio clips.

Presented by the Methow Valley School District and Methow Arts Alliance, the Young Writers’ Conference is sponsored by the Public School Funding Alliance, the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, Trails End Bookstore, and ArtsWA.

 


Contact: info@methowartsalliance.org or 509.997.4004

 

Art Happenings at TwispWorks

Spring and Summer 2014

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Wild Mind Film Camp will be held July 16-27 this year at TwispWorks

Wild Mind Film Camp will be held July 16-27 this year at TwispWorks

Award-winning filmmakers Doug Pray and Peter Vogt will host their third annual Wild Mind Film camp for aspiring documentarians at TwispWorks July 16-27, 2014. The 2013 camp, featured filmmakers from around the globe who made films on  Methow people, places and events including the Spartan Art Project and Lightning Bill Austin.

Geomancer Karin Wimmeder, a German artist who creates designs based on energetic channels in the earth, will spend several months at TwispWorks this spring. Watch for a public event in June to complete an earth-based community art project with Karin.

When the Methow Valley Interpretive Center reopens in April 2014, visitors can explore a growing Native Plant Garden that includes more than 250 species of native plants (designed and installed by Rob Crandall of Methow Natives); a replica of a traditional Native American pit house (constructed by volunteers and students from the Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak) and an artwork gate made by students in the Liberty Bell High School welding lab at TwispWorks.

KTRT_WEBKTRT the Root moved to TwispWorks! The Root’s successful membership drive helped fund some much-needed new equipment for the station. In 2014, KTRT will move into its new home in the North Warehouse.
Methow Valley Clay Art Fest, featuring Tara Wilson and Jason Briggs, will take place Thursday, July 31-Sunday, August 3. Nationally renowned ceramicist Deb Schwartzkopf, along with Master Methow-Valley-Clay-Art-Fest_WEBceramicists Don Ashford and Seth Charles, drew crowds for the first annual Clay Art Fest in 2013, organized by TwispWorks partner Matt Armbrust. Anyone interested in clay can also join Matt for Sip’n’Spin, a free open pottery studio held every Wednesday evening from June to September.
“Intimate Performances” in the Spartan Art Project bring audiences into close contact with performers. Recent performances have featured violist Tim Betts of the Kairos Quartet; performer and author Danbert Nobacon; violinist Tara Weaver, poet Patrick McGann, and old time musicians Eli West and Cahalen Morrison.

CONTACT/INFO: www. TwispWorks.org, 509.997.3300

Cancelled! Methow Valley Clay Art Fest

Cancelled! 2014

Clay Art Fest

Clay Art FestMatt Armbrust will host the 2nd Annual Clay Art Fest at the Methow Valley Clay Art Center. This year will feature local and national talent! Demonstrations will take place over the next two days, with Suzi Jennings and Brian Kooser on Friday and Tara Wilson and Jason Briggs on Saturday.


 

Contact Matt Armbrust for details, 509-997-1022

Students in La Manzanilla, Mexico learn the Art of Watercolor Butterflies and Owls

Mar 12, 2014

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TwBruce with students in Mexico, la Mariposaisp artist Bruce Morrison guides elementary school students in La Manzanilla, Mexico, through the process of painting watercolor butterfly (“la mariposa”) masks. Bruce, who is a teaching artist in our Artist-in-Residence program, worked with students at Brewster Elementary School to paint owl (“el buho”) masks earlier this winter (CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE); now he is connecting those students with these in La Manzanilla through Skype and a pen pal (“amigos de pluma”) program.

Methow Arts donated the watercolor paint sets and paper supplies to the Mexican students, many of whom had never painted before and who are, according to Bruce and his partner Karen, having fun learning brush technique and experimenting with color.


Bruce with students in Mexico, la Mariposa, 3CONTACT: info@methowartsalliance.org, 509.997.4004, Methow Arts

Art Happenings at TwispWorks

Spring and Summer 2014

KTRT_WEB
Wild Mind Film Camp will be held July 16-27 this year at TwispWorks

Wild Mind Film Camp will be held July 16-27 this year at TwispWorks

Award-winning filmmakers Doug Pray and Peter Vogt will host their third annual Wild Mind Film camp for aspiring documentarians at TwispWorks July 16-27, 2014. The 2013 camp, featured filmmakers from around the globe who made films on  Methow people, places and events including the Spartan Art Project and Lightning Bill Austin.

Geomancer Karin Wimmeder, a German artist who creates designs based on energetic channels in the earth, will spend several months at TwispWorks this spring. Watch for a public event in June to complete an earth-based community art project with Karin.

When the Methow Valley Interpretive Center reopens in April 2014, visitors can explore a growing Native Plant Garden that includes more than 250 species of native plants (designed and installed by Rob Crandall of Methow Natives); a replica of a traditional Native American pit house (constructed by volunteers and students from the Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak) and an artwork gate made by students in the Liberty Bell High School welding lab at TwispWorks.

KTRT_WEBKTRT the Root moved to TwispWorks! The Root’s successful membership drive helped fund some much-needed new equipment for the station. In 2014, KTRT will move into its new home in the North Warehouse.
Methow Valley Clay Art Fest, featuring Tara Wilson and Jason Briggs, will take place Thursday, July 31-Sunday, August 3. Nationally renowned ceramicist Deb Schwartzkopf, along with Master Methow-Valley-Clay-Art-Fest_WEBceramicists Don Ashford and Seth Charles, drew crowds for the first annual Clay Art Fest in 2013, organized by TwispWorks partner Matt Armbrust. Anyone interested in clay can also join Matt for Sip’n’Spin, a free open pottery studio held every Wednesday evening from June to September.
“Intimate Performances” in the Spartan Art Project bring audiences into close contact with performers. Recent performances have featured violist Tim Betts of the Kairos Quartet; performer and author Danbert Nobacon; violinist Tara Weaver, poet Patrick McGann, and old time musicians Eli West and Cahalen Morrison.

CONTACT/INFO: www. TwispWorks.org, 509.997.3300

Kids Pottery Class with Jim Neupert

Starting Apr 22, Tuesdays 3-5pm, 2014

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Students will learn hand building, glazing and be able to work on the wheel.


DATES: Six Tuesdays starting April 22nd, 3-5PM; FEE: $80/all materials included. LOCATION: Methow Valley Elementary Art Room; CONTACT: Jim Neupert, 509.429.9475, jimneupert@gmail.com (space is limited).

Brooke Bourn – Behind the Scenes

Sat, Mar 8, 7pm

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TICKETS ONLINE: CLICK HERE

INTERVIEW WITH DON ASHFORD, KTRT, 97.5FM

Show your support for BROOKE BOURN when she competes for the prize on Sat, March 8th, 7pm at the Winthrop Barn and cast your vote! One of six local stars, BROOKE will be paired with a professional ballroom dancer from Utah Ballroom Dance Co. After only one week of practice she will compete in Dancing with your Stars – Methow Valley style. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch her and all couples compete for 1st place, receive commentary from local judges and dance their hearts out in full costume! Make up and hair will be coordinated locally by Nectar Skin Bar. The second half of the show showcases 22 professional ballroom dancers in a variety of styles and beaming costume. EVENT DETAILS – CLICK HERE

 


Family

Brooke with her mother and two sisters.

BROOKE BOURN was born in the Omak Hospital and raised in Winthrop on the Chewuch River in what is now called The Bournhouse- a nightly rental in downtown Winthrop- as the eldest of four daughters of Mike and Melinda Bourn.  She attended Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Spanish. At age 25, Brooke spent the summer commercial salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska which began a work hard/play hard lifestyle.  Summers were spent as a deckhand and cook on a purse seiner in Alaska and winters were spent hiking, biking, sailing, climbing and exploring the lands and waters of Mexico, Central and South America, Southeast Asia and the Western US.  After becoming a mother to Rio age 6 and Levin age 5, the work hard/play hard lifestyle continues, still spending summers fishing in Alaska, but winters are now spent sledding, skiing, skating, cooking and reading with her family.


QUICK FAGood Brooke BournCTS ABOUT BROOKE BOURN

I WAS BORN IN: The Omak Hospital (although we lived in Winthrop, WA).

FAVORITE THING TO DO ON THE WEEKEND/SPARE TIME: Cooking, dancing, making jewelry, reading, any outdoor activity: skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, etc..

FAVORITE FOOD: GREEK- lots of feta, garlic, kalamata olives… rich, salty and washed down with retsina (Greek wine – of course.)

BIG CHALLENGE FOR THE NEXT YEAR: Transitioning out of commercial fishing into year-round work in the Methow to be with my children.

MY MOST EXCITING PLACE: I am so grateful for the many amazing places I have visited!  Mekong River adventure in Laos, biking the Yucatan to Pacific Coast of Mexico (being awakened at gunpoint one morning!), Sailing through tropical storms off the coast of El Salvador, climbing in Patagonia, dodging motorcycles in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (the most dynamic and vibrant city I’ve ever visited), solo camping on Baranof Island in Alaska and coming eye-to-eye with a black wolf- a very spiritual moment…..


Ballroom-Select-Photo_WEBEvent Details

Join Methow Arts on Saturday, March 8th for a spectacular evening showcasing 22 different styles of Ballroom Dance. Ballroom dance is taking our nation by storm and re-igniting a passion for this electrifying style of dance.

The evening starts with a Dancing with your Stars locals competition. What do you get when you take six local stars, pair them with six professional ballroom dancers, and give them one week to practice? A Dancing with your Stars – Methow Valley style. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch these couples compete for 1st place, receive commentary from local judges and dance their hearts out in full costume! Make up and hair will be coordinated locally by Nectar Skin Bar.

Our local stars: Brooke Bourn, Rayma Hayes, Jenn Tate, Sam Naney, Walt Pearce, and Tori Karpenko! And our local judges: Deirdre Luvon, Danbert Nobacon and Carolanne Steinebach. The winner is selected by a combination of judge and audience votes. Play your part and come out to support your favorite. We encourage you to book a PARTY TABLE for optimal viewing ASAP as we expect to sell out! TICKETS HERE.

A big THANK YOU to our local lodging sponsors The Bournhouse and River Run Inn for providing hospitality and comfy beds for Utah Ballroom Dancers all week!


DATE: SAT, MAR 8, 7pm LOCATION: The Winthrop Barn. TICKETS: PARTY Tables/$100 (4 reserved seats)/Reserved Seat/$25  – you will be placed with others at table if you book partial table (We expect to sell out!); Students/$5. Twisp Daily Business, Riverside Printing in Winthrop, Methow Arts and online at brownpapertickets.com. CONTACT: Methow Arts (.org), 509.997.4004, info@methowartsalliance.org

Jenn Tate – Behind the Scenes

Sat, Mar 8, 7pm

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Show your support for JENN TATE when she competes for the prize on Sat, March 8th, 7pm at the Winthrop Barn and cast your vote! One of six local stars, Jenn will be paired with a professional ballroom dancer from Utah Ballroom Dance Co. After only one week of practice she will compete in Dancing with your Stars – Methow Valley style. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch JENN and all couples compete for 1st place, receive commentary from local judges and dance their hearts out in full costume! Make up and hair will be coordinated locally by Nectar Skin Bar. The second half of the show showcases 22 professional ballroom dancers in a variety of styles and beaming costume. EVENT DETAILS – CLICK HERE

TICKETS ONLINE: CLICK HERE


JENN TATE is a local high school graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University. She is a busy mom of two girls and a full-time business owner of Earth anjenn tate outdoorsd Sky Studios, which focuses on marketing,  graphic and web design. Jenn also teaches Pilates in downtown Twisp as a way of “keeping [herself] from going crazy,” she says, and paints as much as she possibly can with several recent exhibits underway (view artist page here). She plays piano for fun, reading a lot and loves random and irrelevant facts.


 

QUICK FACTS ABOUT JENN TATE

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Jenn Tate, Photo by Yuko Ishii

I WAS BORN IN: Portland, Oregon

FAVORITE THING TO DO ON THE WEEKEND: Painting in my studio with the heat cranked up to 85 degrees, in shorts and a tank top. Barefoot.

FAVORITE FOOD: Seriously? Really good bread, and wine. Or really good wine, and some bread. Mix n match.

EXCITING PLACE I HAVE TRAVELED: Nicaragua, in a dugout canoe, with a 7 month old baby.

MY FAMILY AND THOSE WHO SURROUND ME: Four unruly cats, one huge dog, two incredible and amazing girls – my house is a beautiful, messy, happy zoo!


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Join Methow Arts on Saturday, March 8th for a spectacular evening showcasing 22 different styles of Ballroom Dance. Ballroom dance is taking our nation by storm and re-igniting a passion for this electrifying style of dance.

The evening starts with a Dancing with your Stars locals competition. What do you get when you take six local stars, pair them with six professional ballroom dancers, and give them one week to practice? A Dancing with your Stars – Methow Valley style. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch these couples compete for 1st place, receive commentary from local judges and dance their hearts out in full costume! Make up and hair will be coordinated locally by Nectar Skin Bar.

Our local stars: Brooke Bourn, Rayma Hayes, Jenn Tate, Sam Naney, Walt Pearce, and Tori Karpenko! And our local judges: Deirdre Luvon, Danbert Nobacon and Carolanne Steinebach. The winner is selected by a combination of judge and audience votes. Play your part and come out to support your favorite. We encourage you to book a PARTY TABLE for optimal viewing ASAP as we expect to sell out! TICKETS HERE.

A big THANK YOU to our local lodging sponsors The Bournhouse and River Run Inn for providing hospitality and comfy beds for Utah Ballroom Dancers all week!


DATE: SAT, MAR 8, 7pm LOCATION: The Winthrop Barn. TICKETS: PARTY Tables/$100 (4 reserved seats)/Reserved Seat/$25  – you will be placed with others at table if you book partial table (We expect to sell out!); Students/$5. Twisp Daily Business, Riverside Printing in Winthrop, Methow Arts and online at brownpapertickets.com. CONTACT: Methow Arts (.org), 509.997.4004, info@methowartsalliance.org

Peruvian Amazon Slideshow by the Bondi Family

Wed, Mar 19, 6:30pm, 2014

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peruvian amazonPlease join the Bondi family as they present a slideshow about their trip in the Peruvian Amazon. This is another installment in the Armchair Traveler Series.

LOCATION: The Stone Room at the Methow Valley Community Center. CONTACT: 509.997.2926

Volume 5: Po-St Series at Door No. 3

Jan 18-Mar 20, 2014

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Po-St_WEBDoor No. 3 Print & Book Art Studio warmly welcomes Jessica Spring for an exhibition of original prints along with a hands-on Daredevil Letterpress Valentines workshop.

Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press (www.springtidepress.com) in Tacoma, WA where she designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides and ephemera — incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. This (formerly) cutting edge technology requires lots of lead type, heavy presses, and heaps of patience. Spring is a collaborator in the ongoing Dead Feminists series and teaches book arts and typography at Pacific Lutheran University.

Saw_WEBSpring will be showing her “Volume 5: Po-St” series, with prints incorporating letterpress and collage. Born out of wandering through Volume 5 of The Golden Book Illustrated Dictionary, Jessica’s “wandering” is today’s equivalent to browsing the internet while strolling down memory lane. Her illustrations and words delight in their obsoleteness. Each print incorporates collaged elements from the actual dictionary with ephemera, wood & metal type, and one sentence including the phonetic spelling of the chosen word. These playful exquisite prints will be on view at an open house dinner reception at Door No. 3 on Saturday, January 18 from 5 – 7pm.

On Sunday, Jan 19, 10am-4pm, Jessica teaches the one-day “Daredevil Letter Press Valentine’s Workshop.”

DATE: Open House Dinner Reception, Sat, Jan 18, 5-7pm; Exhibit runs through March 20; Letter Press Workshop, Sun, Jan 19, 10-4pm. LOCATION: Door No. 3, Room 3 at the Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp, WA. CONTACT: doorno3twisp@gmail.com, 509.997.2044

 

Adult Pottery Class with Jim Neupert

Starting Apr 14, 5:30-8:30pm

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Neupert_Raku_WEBMondays and Wednesdays starting April 14th (sixteen classes)
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Cost: $260 includes all materials needed. Pay per night option available.

Students learn hand building, wheel techniques, decorating and glaze methods. Instruction will be according to each individual’s abilities.


Location: 92 Lower Beaver Creek Rd., Twisp, WA (Jim’s studio)
Contact: Jim Neupert at (c) 509.429.9475 or jimneupert@gmail.com (space is limited).

The Yawp, an Interview with Amalia Webber

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AmaliaW_WEByawp coverThe Value of Creating a Magazine for the Visual and Literary Arts

FILL OUT AMALIA’S SURVEY and provide valuable feedback about how to get this publication in your hands. By filling out the survey you enter to win TWO FREE TICKETS to the Methow Arts event Nomadic Massive on February 1st.

Amalia Webber is a Senior at Liberty Bell High School in the Methow Valley and a Methow Arts Alliance intern in Twisp. Here she talks with us about her new endeavor to design and publish “the Yawp”, a Literary and Visual Art Journal of local high school students’ works. The first publication will hit stand in January at the latest with two more to follow.

Q. So, you’ll be publishing a Literary and Art Journal named the Yawp at Liberty Bell High School? How did this project come about? And why is called the Yawp?

A: I first thought of creating a magazine when coming up with ideas for my senior project. I knew I wanted to do something no one had done before and I wanted it to be creative. One day I was brainstorming with my friend Patti Watson, and we both agreed that we knew who the “theater kids” or “music kids” were in our school, but we didn’t know who the talented writers or artists were. So, from here we decided to create a magazine specifically for visual and literary art in order to give our classmates more exposure.

Our project advisor, Adam Kaufman came up with the name “The Yawp”. It is a reference to the poem “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman where he writes “I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.” It’s a metaphor for artistic expression.

Q. How is the project organized? Who is doing the work finding, selecting and placing the artwork?

A: I am the editor for the art portion of the magazine, while Patti is the editor for the literary portion. Together we collect work by talking to teachers and reaching out to students from 7th – 12th grade. Once they submit, we go through all the submissions together and select which ones to publish.

Q. Why did you choose to get involved in this project?

A: I’m interested in magazine layout and design as a career, so this is giving me a chance to explore that before college, while also doing something I think could make a real difference. I know how great it feels to be recognized for performing arts so I hope more writers and visual artists will start to get the same recognition.

Q. What will make this project different/interesting?

A: As editors we’re trying to be creative in how we curate and select the work. We’re not just tossing down poems, paintings, and short stories on a page, but we’re trying to give the magazine a cohesive design. This is also the only student run publication in the community, which makes reading a bit more intimate.

Q. How can we get our hands on it and when? How often?

A: You’ll be able to find The Yawp at Rocking Horse Bakery, Twisp Works, Confluence Gallery, Methow Arts, Liberty Bell High School and other locations. We’re hoping to publish 3 issues- one in December, March, and June.

Q. Will it be online or is it just printed?

A: Right now the magazine will just be in print, but if we find that people would prefer to see it online, we might switch to an online magazine or blog.

Q. Can the community subscribe or have it delivered in their mailbox?

A: Yes! Details will be coming later and posted on The Yawp’s Facebook page.

Look for more information or contact us at Methow Arts, 509.997.4004, info@methowartsalliance.org.

Introduction to Silversmithing

Saturdays, November 23 to January 11, 12 - 3pm, 2013

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Previous_Student_WorkThis 8-week class will cover fabricating sterling silver sheet and wire, pendant making, chain making, soldering, handsaw work and stone setting. Students will complete two take-home projects during the class. FEE/TUITION: $250 plus the market price of silver. LOCATION: Glitter & Grit Silversmith, TwispWorks, 502 S. Glover St., CONTACT: Sarah Jo Lightner to sign up, 509. 341.4149, sarahlightner@rocketmail.com

Keyster, Darch, Armbrust Exhibit

Sept 29-Nov 2

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Pushing the envelope:  To attempt to extend the current limits of performance. To innovate, or go beyond commonly accepted boundaries.

Three established artists, Matt Armbrust, Kayla Darch and Donna Keyser, present their daily practice of creating new work. Each artist has made 1-10 new pieces a day for two months all uncensored are on display at Confluence Gallery September 29- November 2, 2013. This is a great insight into the process of making art and exploring the roads not often taken. Notebooks sketches paint studies as well as finished work will be on display.

Kayla Darch grew up in the Methow Valley, WA she draws her inspiration from the outdoors and  the history of the valley. Her experiences as a farmer’s daughter and through stories told of her ancestors who homesteaded here she explores ideas of home, work, play and the significant role that our physical surroundings have in our experiences, memories and perceptions of things. She explors the blurred line between what is real and imagined, present and past, and the tangible and intangible wherein representational forms are painted in heightened colors with bold brushstrokes until they almost become abstract. Kayla’s work suggests narratives that address larger ideas of human experiences and perceptions of the physical world.

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Donna Keyser, House 1

Matthew Armbrust recieved his B.A. in Music from Central Washington University (CWU). While in attendance at CWU, he studied the violin under Carrie Rehkopf and Heather Netz of the Kairos String Quartet. Likewise Matthew is a ceramicist with a focus on functional ware.  At the center of Matthew’s work is a drive to beautify and bring appreciation to the pieces of our lives that are important, but typically conceived of as mundane. While Armbrust is currently pursuing an Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) under the instruction of Stephen Robison at Central Washington University, he remains connected to the Methow through family and friends. One current local venture is the Spartan Art Project, a Spartan travel trailer that Armbrust and two other Methow artists are converting into a safe place for artistic experimentation. The trailer will serve as both a formal exhibition gallery and an interactive space for producing art.

Donna Keyser is a local painter, designer and curator. She lives in Twisp and works from her studio at TwispWorks. She grad

uated from Cornish College of the arts where she studied printmaking, video art and painting. Her work explores visual, metaphoric and religious visions of paradise.

DATES: Sept 29- Nov 2 LOCATI

ON: Confluence Gallery, Twisp. CONTACT: 509.997.2787

Eco-printing and Flower Bashing Workshop with Sara Ashford

Saturday, August 17, 10-1pm

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Sara AshfordEnjoy the floral fruits of your labor year-round. Show off those hard-earned blooms in every season!  With eco-print bundling and flower bashing, you can turn your flower harvest into beautiful works of wearable art. Culler Studio’s Sara Ashford will teach you this fun and easy technique, and you will take home two hand-sewn scarves that boast the vibrant colors of your favorite blossoms.

All materials provided, but you’re welcome to bring leaves or flowers from your home garden to work with!

FEE: $65, LOCATION: Culler Studio, South Warehouse, Studio C @TwispWorks, CONTACT: Sara Ashford, 509.341.4042, cullerstudio@gmail.com

Winthrop 49er Days

May 10-11

horseMother’s Day weekend in May is the 68th annual ’49er Days Celebration. Winthrop will be filled with living history when packers and pack trains, cowboys, cowgirls, and an entire wagon train all converge for three days of western events and fun.

The celebration begins at high noon on Friday, May 10, in downtown Winthrop with the arrival of the “Ride to the Rendezvous” wagon train. The wagon train, sponsored by the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association (“WOGA”), spends five days traversing Methow Valley’s back country trails to reach Winthrop just in time for ’49er Days. (if you are interested in joining the five day “Ride to Rendezvous” wagon ride, more information can be found here)

Saturday, May 11th, at 11am, the Winthrop ’49er Days Parade takes center stage on main street. This parade boasts more horses than any other parade in Washington and is known for the longest pack strings anywhere. The parade also has mountain men, royalty, fire trucks, old cars, homemade floats, as well as marching bands, funny and interesting characters, and school kids. Come watch, or come be a part of the parade!!!

After the parade and all afternoon, in the Winthrop Park, join the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association for their annual packer rendezvous party. This year marks the 24th anniversary of WOGA joining the ’49er Days celebration! WOGA members set up display camps to offer folks a glimpse of outdoor life, a taste of campfire cooking, and a sample of cowboy music and poetry. They also provide outdoor activities for children and Western vendors and demonstrations.

Then Saturday evening join the Outfitters for dinner from 5-6:30pm. Join all the Outfitters in their display camp, for lots of back country style cooking. Tickets sold at the gate.

From 7-9pm is the “Around the Campfire” cowboy performance with campfire stories, cowboy poetry and songs. At 9:30pm the party moves indoors to the Winthrop Barn for more dancing and cowboy swing.

Sunday’s events include a Cowboy Breakfast from 8-10am in the Winthrop park.

From 10am-2pm is the popular Packer Competition. Come see first hand how the cowboys and cowgirls “mante-up” all of the camp gear while being timed and then pack it onto mules for a trail ride around our prearranged course with a trail judge.

Also from 10am-2pm at the Winthrop Park is the live Western Auction. Up for bid: horseback, rafting, fishing and hunting trips, art work, tack, Ride to Rendezvous Quilt and many other miscellaneous items.

The Winthrop Barn. www.winthropwashington.com

Garden Art at the Methow Valley Inn

May 12-Sept 13

Opening:: Sun, May 12 at 12pm featuring a local marimba band.

The garden is open to the public daily from 10:00 to 6:00p.m.
May through September.

Launch Party for Corinna Luyken’s ‘The Book of Mistakes’

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Every mistake we make has the potential to become something truly uplifting if we can look at it with a little bit of humor and ingenuity. In Corinna Luyken’s THE BOOK OF MISTAKES an artist learns about the creative process and the way in which “mistakes” can blossom into beautiful inspiration in this memorable debut.
Author and illustrator Corinna Luyken’s beautiful and distinctive style—filled with inky lines, pops of color, and a gorgeous use of negative space—makes this book a visual standout with a multitude of details to pore over. Perfect for features on Corinna’s artistic process, self-referential picture book round-ups, or book round-ups that touch on life’s changes, THE BOOK OF MISTAKES is destined to become a modern classic.


CorinnaTHE BOOK OF MISTAKES is told in minimal, playful text that takes readers though an artist’s idea and the many mistakes she makes while she creates. As the young artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in unique and unexpected ways, showing readers that mistakes are defined by how we deal with them. By the book’s end, this story becomes more than an exploration of the creative process—it becomes a meditation on how we are all works-in-progress.
Corinna Luyken grew up in different cities along the West Coast and lived many years in the Methow Valley. After studying printmaking, creative writing, and dance at Middlebury College in Vermont, she settled in Washington. The Book of Mistakes is her debut picture book. Please visit her at www.corinnaluyken.com or @CorinnaLuyken.

DATE: Book signing, reading and launch party date. The new date is yet to be announced. LOCATION: Trail’s End Bookstore, Winthrop, WA. CONTACT: www.corinnaluyken.com.

The Value of Art and Funding for our Community

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performanceThis morning, President Trump submitted his administration’s first budget request to Congress. The proposal calls for an elimination of all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in fiscal year 2018.

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FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – AMANDA JACKSON MOTT, METHOW ARTS ALLIANCE

I have spent the majority of my professional life helping connect people to one another through the arts, cultural exchange and the humanities. There has never been a time when the arts didn’t help shape who I was and who I became — from hands-on arts education from my parents who were artists and teachers throughout my school years to transformational cultural experiences as an adult. I’ve been able to share what I learned with my own community and now my daughter as she finds her creative voice.

It is with this in mind that I write about the Trump administration’s proposed budget that eliminates federal agencies that are the bedrock of America’s cultural and artistic vision: the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. These are organizations that invest in the people who live in communities of all sizes. Programs stimulate local economies through partnerships with schools, veterans’ hospitals, nonprofit arts and culture organizations, libraries, museums and more.

Shutting down these critical agencies is not a financial decision to balance the federal budget:  Their budgets are very small. Together with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (also facing proposed elimination), they make up only 0.02 percent of the annual federal budget. However, the impact is exponentially large and has garnered bipartisan support across the country for their role in job creation and attracting businesses into communities.

Rural areas, low -income communities and schools in Okanogan County and across the country would suffer disproportionately from reductions in government arts funding. By using a combination of state and federal funds, state arts agencies award more than 25% of their grants to rural  areas like ours, 54% to low-income communities and 45% to arts education  projects.

(In addition to contracting over 30 local teaching artists, Methow Arts brings high-caliber touring artists from around the globe. This means that over 5,000 students in six school districts within Okanogan County get to experience world-class performance without traveling to an urban setting. Many students never leave the region. By investing in culturally diverse performance, Methow Arts brings a breadth of cutting edge performance art from around the world: Mongolia to Peru, Colombia to the Ukraine and Argentina. Investing over $45,000 a year in artist and event fees means diligent fundraising and grantwriting. In fact in 2016 over $43,000 came from NEA-funded grants.)


Paschal Sherman Indian School Students watching CADFor my organization alone, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) contributed more than $43,000 last year in funding, over 17% of our budget. These funds leveraged vital grant dollars to Methow Arts that are over $125,000 that fund arts education programs for six school districts in Okanogan County, wages to over 30 local professional artists, promotion of cultural tourism for our towns and creative industries, public art creation and installation and cutting-edge performances from around the globe. Needless to say, elimination of NEA would require us to cut arts education for rural students in their schools. For most schools Methow Arts programs are the only art instruction they receive during their school day and out. They would simply go without art education.

(Left, Paschal Sherman Indian School engages in a performance from international artists Combinado Argentina de Danza.)


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I believe that the opening of hearts and minds that happens when people have access to other cultures and creative self-expression is core to a healthy and thriving community and country.

Americans for the Arts states that students have better academic outcomes when they participate in arts learning, and a large majority of business leaders say that “creativity is of high importance when hiring.” The arts and humanities are good for the success of young people and good for the economy, and we all benefit from that.

As Johnson said in 1965, this is about more than just the money: “It is in the neighborhoods of each community that a nation’s art is born. The arts and the humanities belong to the people, for it is, after all, the people who create them.”

If you have any questions, would like to support the Arts in a greater way or would like to know more about our programs, please contact me at 509-997-4004 or amanda@methowartsalliance.org. See the information below from NASAA (National Association for State Arts Agencies) regarding today’s announcement that President Trump submitted his administration’s first budget request to Congress that calls for an elimination of all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in fiscal year 2018.

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Amanda Jackson Mott, Executive Director – Methow Arts Alliance


Information from NASAA as of March 16, 2017

This morning, President Trump submitted his administration’s first budget request to Congress. The proposal calls for an elimination of all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in fiscal year 2018.

If this budget is enacted, the elimination of the NEA would have dire consequences for every state. For a synopsis of what’s at stake, please see NASAA’s Statement on Proposed Elimination of the NEA, issued early this morning.


This is the first—not the final—step in the FY2018 appropriations process. The President’s request outlines his administration’s policy priorities. However, Congress holds the constitutional authority to appropriate funds to federal agencies. Congress needs to hear from you that elimination of or radical reductions to the NEA are unacceptable to taxpayers.


National Association for State Arts Agencies  has been preparing for months for this scenario. As Congress begins work on its own budget bills, we are already working with champions on Capitol Hill to deploy a bipartisan strategy for pushing back. Here’s how you, your council members and constituents can help right now:

  • Contact your House and Senate delegations. Urge them to oppose the President’s request and provide full funding for the NEA.
  • Remind your delegation that 40% of the grant dollars appropriated to the NEA go to states and regions. These funds address state priorities. Rural and low-income areas would be disproportionally hurt by the elimination of the agency.

 

 

March at the Merc with Keynote native speaker, Jeanette Armstrong

Sun, Mar 26, 7pm, 2017

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jeanette armstrongThis year’s March at the Merc, sponsored by the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, will feature speaker Jeanette Armstrong.  Ms Armstrong is a Native author, educator, artist, and activist. She is considered to have written the first novel by a First Nations woman in Canada. She is the director of the En’owkin Center, a cultural and educational organization operated by the Okanagan Nation.

DATE: Sun, Mar 26, 7pm. LOCATION: The Merc Playhouse, Twisp, Wa. CONTACT: 509-997-0620, mvinterpretivecenter@gmail.com

Still Life Paintings Brim with Color

Winter 2017

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Using sketching and acrylic painting techniques fourth grade students at Methow Valley Elementary School created still life compositions through a Methow Arts Artist-in-Residence program. Teaching artist Deirdre Cassidy showed students a diversity of examples throughout art history and taught them about the nature of the content in still life compositions. In this residency students explored line quality, line contour, and various color schemes including monochromatic and dichromatic, based on primary colors.

Students learned about the effects of varying line qualities, how to depict from observation, and how to build a composition using geometric and organic shapes. They also learned vocabulary terms such as “monochromatic,” “dichromatic,” and “critique.”

Says 4th grade teacher Tiffany Surface, “The students really seemed to grasp the concepts being taught and it fit right into our ‘How We Express Ourselves’ unit” (referring to an International Baccalaureate unit that is an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; and the ways in which we reflect on, extend, and enjoy our creativity; and our appreciation of the aesthetic). She continues, “The environment provided by the residency creates focus and purpose. Each student gained skill and knowledge.” Surface also remarked on Cassidy’s adeptness with balancing instruction, demonstration, and hands-on learning.


_DSC0297The paintings will be displayed at Confluence Gallery in Twisp from April 15 through May 20, during the run of its Otherworlds show. The public is invited to visit this free exhibit.

This art residency was brought to students by Methow Arts Alliance’ Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership.  The partnership serves over 5,200 students and 380 teachers across greater Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Brewster, Methow, Okanogan, Omak and Pateros School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School on the Colville Reservation.

This still life residency was sponsored by the Methow Valley School District, the Public School Funding Alliance, ArtsWA, Icicle Fund, and the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

 

 

 

 


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lucien paz   chicane ashford

 

artwork, clockwise from top left: Kady Hammer, Samantha Miranda, Chicane Ashford, Lucien Paz


INFO: Methow Arts Alliance, 509.997.4004, info@methowartsalliance.org

 

Methow Valley Watershed Block Prints: Water Provides

Winter 2017

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_DSC0304Methow Valley sixth graders examined the fish, flora, and fauna of the Methow River watershed through the lens of artists by designing and carving images on linoleum blocks. In this interdisciplinary unit students first learned about the creatures that inhabit the riparian zone, forested areas, and other ecosystems of the Methow Valley in a workshop in their classrooms with a local biologist, John Crandall. Crandall helped students determine a theme for the project. This year’s students decided that clean water is a priority for them, so they created the 2017 theme: Water Provides. (Previous years’ themes were “It Takes a Watershed” and “Aid the Shade.”)_DSC0279

The students then sketched images and learned how to carve blocks and print them with local teaching artists, Laura Gunnip of Door No. 3, Emily Post, and Jennifer Molesworth in a 5-day residency. The first day or two of the residency is spent creating a design and transferring it to the linoleum block using tracing paper, pencils, and Sharpies. Then the carving, which usually takes two days, begins. Students use special carving tools with different sized tips to cut thin or thick lines in their block, remembering that what is cut away will remain white, and what is left on the block will print black. After the carving, the printing begins, using block print ink spread on plexiglass slabs, brayers to ink the block, and bamboo barens to transfer the ink to the printing paper . Students typically make an initial print and then return to their block with carving tools to refine the design. Once each student has created a final print, the project is complete.

 

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The final prints are collected and shared with stakeholders in the Methow Kids’ Free Fishing Day event, which always takes place the second Saturday in June, when hundreds of local and regional children flock to the federal fish hatchery in Winthrop to participate in fish-related activities and fish in a stocked pond. Several favorite prints are selected to serve as promotion for the event, in print and online media.

There are many outstanding examples of block prints from the last 15 years. Many are featured in a free calendar, Living With the Methow River, produced by the Methow Resource Council through a collaboration with Methow Arts Alliance.

This art residency was brought to students by Methow Arts Alliance’ Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership.  The partnership serves over 5,200 students and 380 teachers across greater Okanogan County with arts programs in classrooms in the Brewster, Bridgeport, Methow, Okanogan, Omak and Pateros School Districts, and in the Paschal Sherman Indian School on the Colville Reservation.

This block prints residency was sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation with additional assistance from the Methow Valley School District, the Public School Funding Alliance, ArtsWA, Icicle Fund, and the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

 

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_DSC0268The Fishing Day project is a collaboration among ArtsWA(Washington State Arts Commission), Bonneville EnvironmentalFoundation, Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Ecotrust, Friends of Northwest Hatcheries, Jim’s Pumping Service, Methow Arts Alliance, Methow Recycles, Methow Restoration Council, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, Methow Valley Fly Fishers, Methow Valley School District, National Endowment for the Arts, North 40 Outfitters, Okanogan Conservation District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Yakama Nation.

The 2017 Methow Kids’ Free Fishing Day takes place on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

 


INFO: Methow Arts Alliance, 509.997.4004, info@methowartsalliance.org

 

Adult Pottery Class with Jim Neupert

Starts Apr 10, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm, 2017

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Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pmjim neupert pottery

Starts Apr 10. Hand building, wheel techniques, decorating and glaze methods. Instruction according to each individual’s abilities. $20/class, all materials included. $10/extra studio time per session (no instruction). In Twisp, WA (Jim’s studio). Register: 509-429-9475, jimneupert@gmail.com, limited space.

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