Sip & Paint – Watercolor with Amber Wray

Tues, Nov 19, 5:30-8pm, 2019

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.

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

DATE: Tues, Nov 19, 5:30-8pm. And monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. NOTE. There will be no class in December and classes will resume in January. FEE: $45/class or $121.50 for three prepaid. 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.

Beginner Spinning Class at Fiber

Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 10am-2pm

Leah Arroyo from Promised Land Fibers will be teaching a beginner spinning class at Fiber LLC on Wed, Nov 6, 2019, from 10am-2pm. There are 6 spaces in the class and 4 wheels available. If you have a wheel, please bring it. Come a bit early to get set up, so that we’re all ready to go at 10am. You may want to bring a sack lunch or a snack to keep your energy up. Roving provided.

When: Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 10am-2pm. Where: Fiber LLC, across from North Cascades National Bank. Cost: $50. Info: 509.997.1420.

To hold your spot, please drop off a check or cash to Fiber at 109 West 2nd Ave, Twisp.

OCTOBER: Critters in the Rivers

October 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, Silas Wilson.)


Ravens are scavengers and can be seen feeding on salmon carcasses. Decomposing salmon carcasses provide valuable inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus to the watershed. Ravens and other animals feed on carcasses and help disperse these Nutrients far from streams.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAVENS AND CROWS-North Central Washington is home to a variety of birds.

Ravens and Crows – Who’s Who?They look a lot alike, but there are subtle differences…
Is that big black bird a crow or a raven? How can you tell? Ravens (seen on right here) often travel in pairs, while crows (left) are seen in larger groups. Also, study the tail as the bird flies overhead. A crow’s tail is shaped like a fan, while the raven’s tail appears wedge-shaped or triangular. Another clue is to listen closely to the birds’ calls. Crows give a cawing sound, but ravens produce a lower croaking sound. Listen to their calls HERE ON BIRDNOTE

DID YOU KNOW…. in honor of Halloween

Shakespeare’s Crows, Owls, and Ravens – With Rod Molzahn

© Illustration by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

From BirdNote: Shakespeare’s tragedies and histories are filled with crows, owls, and ravens, birds of evil portent, promising sickness and death. Shakespearean actor Rod Molzahn describes some of them! King Henry speaks to Gloucester: “The Owl shriek’d at thy birth – an evil sign; the Night-Crow cried, aboding luckless time, the Raven rook’d her on the chimney’s top, and chattering Magpies in dismal discords sung.” Lady MacBeth, contemplating the killing of King Duncan, observes, “The Raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements.” Bolingbroke describes midnight as, “Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night when Screech-Owls cry…”

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.


Oct 25 – 27, 2019

BE SPONTANEOUS! Looking for a creative reset now? No need to wait another moment! Join me in the beautiful Methow Valley in Washington state for a weekend of exploring creative ways to print and present your photographs. There are so many methods and materials we can use to craft a unique print. We’ll explore alternative printing methods, each using traditional art materials combined with inkjet printers.

We’ll focus on printing on alternative materials such as rice paper, canvas, watercolor paper, wood,  and glass. We’ll also dive into Image Transfers on exciting surfaces and how to choose the most effective surface to express your ideas.

Materials for printing are provided as well as access to traditional art supplies and large format printers. No prior printing experience is necessary.

Cost for Workshop: $850. Includes materials for alternative printing.  A deposit of $250 is due at time of registration.

Register at the following link:

Valley Goods Gift Shop and Holiday Emporium

Dec 5-Jan 4, 2019

Valley Goods Gift Shop and Holiday Emporium returns to TwispWorks Campus

Valley Goods, the ultimate holiday pop-up shop is returning to the TwispWorks campus for the holiday season! Brought to you by Methow Made, a marketing program that gives Methow Valley artists, makers, producers and micro-manufacturers exposure to customers who love the Methow Valley and want to support our local economy, inspired gift giving is easy at Valley Goods.

Open December 5th through January 4th, visitors to the TwispWorks campus will find the breadth of the Methow Valley’s bounty all in one place!  Featuring goodies from over thirty local vendors and staffed by local artists, Valley Goods is sure to make ticking off your holiday gift list a treat this season!

So mark you calendars and plan to join us on for the grand opening celebrations during Gear Up & Mistletoe Madness on Thursday December 5th

Are you a local artist, maker or producer interested in selling through the holiday season? Valley Goods would love to talk to you! Contact Sarah at TwispWorks or call 509-997-0679 for all the details.


Valley Goods is located on the TwispWorks campus in Building #9. Grand Opening, Thursday December 5th from 4-7PM.

Open December 5th – January 4th from 11AM-6:30PM Monday through Friday and from 11AM-3PM Saturday & Sunday. Closed December 25th & 26th.

Support our kids today!

Oct 1-31, 2019

Your donation via Give Methow supports FREE Arts Education Programs for 721 Methow Valley students

HELP US reach all public school students with free in-school learning programs that integrate arts education into curriculum.



  1. We ensure that all kids in the Methow Valley (721) have ACCESS to ART! We make sure that a public school kid’s day includes the Arts and that our programs are offered free of charge.
  2. We hire and mentor local artists (25+ artists) to teach important art lessons– guaranteeing that our artists can live and work in our community.
  3. We work with teachers, principals, administrators and artists to develop innovative art curriculum that aligns with WA State learning standards.
  4. We provide all art supplies necessary to teach our programs.
  5. We integrate the Arts into other subjects – helping students think creatively through the process of learning in subjects such as math, science, biology and geography.
  6. We bring renowned and diverse performing artists from around the globe to perform and engage with students – guaranteeing that our rural students are exposed to different cultures and beliefs. Performances have included artists from Ghana, Canada, Crow Nation Tribe, Argentina, United States, Colombia, Mongolia, Ukraine, Peru, and Mexico.
  7. We THANK YOU for making the Arts a vibrant part of our students lives!

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,    

Methow Valley 4th graders create art for Farmers Market

Winter 2019

by Ashley Lodato

Education Director, Methow Arts Alliance

Every good farmer knows that selling your products requires proper marketing. You want to attract people to your booth, provide them with a visual representation of what you’re selling, and demonstrate that you’re knowledgeable about your produce.

In a recent Methow Arts residency with teaching artist Judith Robertson, Methow Valley 4th graders created beautiful fabric banners to showcase the fruits and vegetables that they and other students grew in the school garden. 

First, Robertson worked with Classroom in Bloom staff, who manage the school garden, to divide students into groups, each of which would focus on a particular type of crop: alliums (onion, etc), roots and leaves (lettuce, carrots, etc), nightshades (eggplants, tomatoes, etc), and fruits & tubers (apples, potatoes, etc).

Next, students worked in their small groups to pencil sketch their products onto large banners, cut from repurposed sheets donated by Hotel Rio Vista.When the sketches were complete, they diluted acrylic paint with water so it would absorb into cotton fabric, and began painting their banners in vibrant colors. When the paint was dry, the final step was outlining the fruits and vegetables in black permanent marker. 

The banners are used in the annual school garden Farmers Market for parents and community members. After the market, the banners are moved into the school cafeteria, where the vivid colors of the autumn harvest brighten up even the darkest winter day.

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 the Public School Funding Alliance, ArtsWA, the Methow Valley School District, Icicle Fund, the Robert B. McMillen Foundation, and the Methow Valley Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. Special thanks to Hotel Rio Vista in Winthrop for donating the sheets used to create the banners. 

INFO: Methow Arts Alliance, 509.997.4004,

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