Fourth-Annual William Stafford Birthday Reading

Fri, Jan 17, 7pm, 2020

Join Confluence Gallery in this communal tribute to poet, William Stafford, renowned for his wisdom and his love of the land. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite Stafford poem or tale to share.

Featured readers Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Christine Kendall, Sam Owen, Masie Shaw, and Greg Wright. The featured readers will read one Stafford poem and a poem of their own that resonates with the Stafford poem.

Audience members are invited to participate. Bring your favorite Stafford poem or tale to share.
Singer-songwriter Ken Bevis will close out the evening with a Stafford Methow River poem set to music.

Birthday cake and other refreshments will be served.

INFO/CONTACT:, 509-997-2787 DATE: Friday, Jan 17, 2020, 7pm. LOCATION: Confluence Gallery, Twisp

Jazz Jam Session & Dark Skies Party

Tues, Jan 14, 6:30-9pm, 2020

Join the Westendorf Jazz Trio for a great evening of music, art, and fun. Lynette Westendorf will be on piano, with Howie Johnson on bass and Kirk Schumacher on drums. Music inspired by star-related songs just for the evening, including Stardust, Stella by Starlight, Turn out the Stars, and a great Sun Ra medley.

At this event you have the opportunity to:

– Bring your own instrument and be a part of the jam session.

– Learn more about the Methow Dark Sky Coalition.

– Participate in the Art Contest and win great prizes, including Paul Piggot’s beautiful Milky Way by Night framed photo (value $120). Art supplies and tables will be provided. Winners will be announced at 8:30.

DATES: Tues, Jan 14, 6:30-9pm LOCATION: Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp COST: $15 suggested donation

Willow Gathering Basket Class with Kari Bown

Fri & Sat, Jan 24 & 25, Jan 31 & Feb 1, 2020

Fri & Sat, Jan 24 & 25, Jan 31 & Feb 1, 2020

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center is excited to announce Kari Bown’s 2020 Willow Gathering Basket Class! In this class you will make a willow gathering basket and learn all aspects of basketry including how to sustainably and ethically gather materials.

Space is limited and registration is required. See below for more details on how to sign up.

DATES: Jan 24 & 25 (Fri, Sat), Jan 31 & Feb 1 (Fri, Sat) COST: $125 with a $20 materials fee REGISTRATION: call or email Kari Bown 509-997-1345,    

Sip & Paint – Watercolor with Amber Wray

Tues, Jan 21, 5:30pm, 2020

In this 2.5 hour class, students will learn basic watercolor technique to create a unique and colorful landscape painting.

Spots are limited! Be sure to purchase your ticket in advance!

Includes materials, instruction & two glasses of wine or beer.

Prepay for 3 classes and get a 10% discount. Email us to reserve your spot @ Prepay by sending a check to us at MAA/PO Box 723/Twisp, WA, 98856.

All instruction and supplies provided. Clothing appropriate for painting is recommended. 

DATE: Tues, Jan 21, 5:30-8pm. And monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. NOTE. FEE: $45/class or $121.50 for three prepaid. Email us to reserve your spot @ Prepay by sending a check to us at MAA/PO Box 723/Twisp, WA, 98856. LOCATION: Methow Arts, 204 N. Glover St, Twisp, WA.

*Please note that classes must have 6 or more registrants or the class will be canceled. When necessary, we will alert registrants of cancellation within 72 hours prior to event.

2020 Methow Arts Festival

Sat, July 4, 11:30-4pm, 2020


With Headliners Delhi 2 Dublin!


Are you visiting us for Methow Arts Fest on July 4th? We highly recommend Sun Mountain Lodge as a destination for our events. Be treated like royalty high above the Methow Valley. 

Vancouver-based Delhi 2 Dublin is a group of musicians who mash up electronica and world music, keeping it heavy on the Bhangra, Celtic and Dub flavours. Fusing tabla, fiddle, dhol, Punjabi vocals, and electric sitar with scorching electronic beats, the crew takes listeners on a wild ride through global sounds and synchronicities.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Twisp, WA with music, ARTmaking projects, aerial arts, pie-eating contests and so much more….

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



Hands-on ART-making booths include beaded chokers, summer wreaths, Top Hats, Slime-making, Dress up & Photo Station, Ancestral Skills and favorites such as facepainting and Tie Dye Tshirts. These give Arts Fest participants a chance to engage with ART through projects ranging in difficulty suiting all age groups and levels of manual dexterity. New this year kids 12 and under are admitted for FREE! Kids 13-18 are just $5 and all kids get unlimited artmaking for free.

NEW! Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, kids get to make unlimited art projects all day for free. Held in the Twisp River Park and starting just after the Independence Day Parade through Twisp, the festival offers something for everyone. The core activities are over a dozen art booths offering a variety of arts experiences for all ages.

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Enjoy our Old Schoolhouse Brewery BEER GARDEN and LOCAL FOOD ZONE, pie-eating contest
A fresh mix of tantalizing options from our local food vendors: FORK, Rockinghorse Bakery, La Fonda Lopez, Teriyaki Corral, Taco Bahia and Iced Blue Star Coffee at the drink tent & beer garden. Enjoy OSB beer, spiked lemonade, gin & tonic and other chilled beverages in the beer garden. Bring ID! In an effort to reduce waste, please bring a waterbottle or purchase/rent one from us. We offer free water during this event.  TICKETS HERE

pie eatingPIE EATING CONTESTS start at 12:45pm. Sign up at the Volunteer/T-shirt booth. The increasingly popular pie-eating contest will move to center stage so the rest of us can watch the hilarious battle of mouth, stomach, and will.

Day-long stage music and song is intriguing; and live music keeps the scene dynamic, as well as providing a vibrant backdrop for the many celebrations of art happening around the entire park.

(Photos courtesy of E.A. Weymuller.)

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

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

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

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

Breaking Legs

Jan 10-12 and Jan 16-20, Thurs-Sat, 7pm. Sun, 2pm, 2020

By Tom Dulack, directed by Carolanne Steinebach.

The action takes place in an Italian restaurant owned by a successful mobster and managed by his beautiful unmarried daughter. When the daughter’s former college professor arrives to ask for financial backing for a play he’s written about a murder, the funs begins. The three main Mafiosi are thoroughly intrigued with the idea of producing a play. The daughter becomes enamored of the playwright, who is delighted to have the family’s support. but doesn’t want the romantic entanglement … well, yes he does. His bubble is burst when he discovers, through the “accidental” death by train of a lesser thug, that his backers are gangsters. In this madcap situation, murder and menace are served up with a healthy helping of pasta and laughter.

DATE: Jan 10-12 and Jan 16-20, Thurs-Sat, 7pm. Sun, 2pm. TICKETS: $20/Reserved adult, $7/Reserved youth, $18/Adult, gen admission, $20/At the door, gen admission, $5/Youth gen admission. INFO:

DECEMBER: Critters in the Rivers

December 2019

The 2019 ‘Living with the Methow River Calendar offers monthly information about our river habitat. It also showcases students’ artwork created in Methow Arts Education Programs after learning about our rivers from biologists. Learn more about our critters by visiting some the following sites: Twisp Ponds Discovery CenterCottonwood Trail, The Winthrop Barn Trail, and Whitefish Island.
(This month’s artwork by 6th grade student, Dashe McCabe.)


Saw-whet owls are primarily cavity nesters and use old woodpecker holes. They are also known to nest in dense vegetation when tree cavities aren’t available. They are found in a variety of woodland habitats including riparian forests.

The tiny Northern Saw-whet Owl is almost as diminutive as the Elf Owl and Peru’s Long-whiskered Owlet. Named for its repeated tooting whistle, some say the bird sounds like a saw being sharpened on a whetstone. It has bright yellow eyes and a large, rounded head without ear tufts.

Saw-whet Owls sometimes fall victim to collisions, and the mature forest habitat they favor is increasingly lost. In addition, habitat shifts caused by climate change may affect the southern range limit of this species in the future.

The Living with the Methow Calendar is available each year at Methow Arts and numerous location. These are free to the public with funding and support is provided by Washington Department of Ecology and Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Additional support from Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, MRC partners, Bureau of Reclamation, the Methow Valley School District, Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, Methow Valley Fund, PSFA, Icicle Fund, and generous members of Methow Arts.

Station 2: Twisp Ponds Discovery Center


A Methow River Collaborative Project.

There are few better places to spend a sunny autumn afternoon than at the Twisp Ponds Discovery Center located at 53 Twisp River Road, Twisp, WA.

Located just a half mile out of Twisp on Twisp River Road, the Twisp Ponds site is a complex of streams, rearing ponds, meandering trails, public art, and interpretive stations that serves the dual purpose of education and support for populations of steelhead trout, spring Chinook salmon, and coho salmon. It’s a working restoration site, yes, but it’s one that is open to the public (as well as dogs!). With some sections of trail lined with willow, mock orange, and rose, and other areas passing through majestic black cottonwood stands, the Twisp Ponds provides a place for a lovely afternoon stroll, a scenic spot to sit and paint or write, and a wild-feeling site for children to explore, not to mention incredible bird-watching opportunities.

The Twisp Ponds weren’t always such a lush refuge, however. At one point the property was slated for residential development. But between 2001 and 2007 Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation purchased nine separate parcels from four landowners and in 2002 began riparian planting and other restoration projects, as well as constructing an open-air interpretive center to use for educational programs. Four more properties were added between 2007 and 2009, bringing the site’s size to 37 acres.

Rob Crandall, who has spearheaded most of the restoration projects at the Twisp Ponds on behalf of the Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation (MSRF), points at red osier dogwood and quaking aspen near the stream banks. “Those were planted about ten years ago by students,” he says, “and now I’m actually having to trim things back to keep the trails clear.” It’s a sign that the restoration efforts have paid off. “We’re in the jungle stage,” says Crandall, “which is an indicator of our success.”

The vision for the Twisp Ponds has always been one that integrated education and outreach efforts with the actual restoration work at the site. MSRF Executive Director Chris Johnson has long been a proponent of partnerships, and sees the public as a partner in the Twisp Ponds. “Chris felt like in order for the project to succeed,” says Crandall, “there needed to be community buy-in.” Crandall explains that as residents and visitors tour the site, see changes over time, and enjoy the trail system, they will support the project’s restoration goals.

Outreach efforts at the site begin early, with the Twisp Ponds providing an outdoor classroom for students from the Methow Valley and from around Okanogan County to learn aquatic ecology, natural history, species identification and life histories, hydrology, and water quality through Watershed Watchers, an environmental education program that integrates a science curriculum with art activities such as botanical drawing and storytelling.

Students get structured sessions with naturalists and teaching artists, but the Twisp Ponds can be enjoyed just as readily on a self-guided tour. Grab a guidebook from the kiosk, wander across the first stream, and follow the 1-mile looping trail in either direction; both paths will take you across bridges, through cottonwood groves, and past three public art pieces—Bruce Morrison’s “Father Flood” carving, Cordelia Bradburn’s “Blue Heron and Smolt” cast aluminum heron in the water, and Steve Love’s cast aluminum “Twisp.” A fourth piece, Dan Brown’s rusted steel “Bringing Home the Bacon-Salmon,” marks the entrance to the Twisp Ponds from the road. Artwork at the Ponds was provided through a partnership with Methow Arts Alliance and MSRF.

Native grasses whisper in the wind. Songbirds warble to each other from the dappled light of cottonwoods. Rose hips seem to glow in the mid-day sun. The splash of a beaver tail prompts frogs to croak from the riverbank. A kingfisher swoops over the water. A skim of snow on distant peaks hints of winter’s imminence, but for now the Twisp Ponds are an oasis of golden light and sparkling water, an ecosystem perfectly in balance.  

Learn more about the Twisp Ponds here. (Photos above: Top, fall foliage makes the trails a vibrant journey; Bird boxes by Patrick Hannigan (Nice Nests) and daughter Posey line the trails encouraging visitation by a breadth of birds; Blue Heron and Smolt by Cordelia Bradburn rises out of a pond to greet visitors; Twisp by Steve Love honors the history and meaning of Twisp, WA; Bottom, students walk the trails. )

The Twisp Ponds is one of four semi-natural sites where the Yakama Nation acclimates juvenile Coho salmon from northwest hatcheries before releasing them into the river. These young salmon are small and vulnerable. The trees surrounding the lowest pond at the Twisp site, where these Coho are reared, have not yet grown to the point where they provide cover for fish, making the Coho easy picking for mergansers and other predators. The lack of shade in the ponds also stresses the fish, slowing their growth.

To increase shade and reduce predation at hatcheries, raceways and rearing areas are often fully covered with netting. This approach isn’t possible at the large and irregularly shaped Ponds site. To provide increased cover for the short term, we’ve installed four floating cover rafts.

MRC Monitoring Coordinator John Crandall, Independent Learning Center (Liberty Bell) Biology teacher Sara Mounsey, and several of Sara’s 9th-12th grade students assembled these structures from PVC pipe donated by the Omak Home Depot. These structures float on the surface of the ponds and are held away from the shore by ropes. Dead grass and branches gathered from the site fill in the frames to provide shade under the structures.

A Methow River Collaborative Project.
Coordinated by Methow Arts, the Methow River Collaborative is a project of the Department of Ecology, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation and Methow Arts Alliance. True to the Methow, the project uses locally crafted artwork to connect the very things we value about where we live: the river, nature, our community, art and learning. Find more articles, activities and updates HERE.

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