Hannah Viano designs art panels for Twisp Creative District

Spring 2021

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A series of art panels will soon be installed on buidlings in downtown Twisp, thanks to a recent grant from the Washington State Arts Commission, matching funds from Methow Arts and In-kind support from the Town of Twisp.

For the project Methow Arts hired local artist Hannah Viano to design artwork that would help in connecting different unique aspects of Twisp, WA. The artwork also should encourage one to walk around Twisp and explore.

Viano is an artist and illustrator based in the Methow Valley. She strives to mix art, science, history, and education together to foster curiosity and sense of place. “Starting with simple tools I create, graphic, modern images that timelessly capture the movements of the hand inside each line, and distill down the essence of a subject,” says Viano. Beyond original art pieces, this comes to life in children’s books, teaching residencies, and public art projects.

The Project includes four 3 ‘ x 6 ‘ steel panels. Each will have a colorful powder coated steel as the background with core-ten steel cut to depict the art images and smaller details made from stainless steel. One depicts the Methow Valley Community Center showcasing the Vibrance, Community and Commerce of Twisp. The second is a design of the Twisp Lookout Tower focusing on Recreation, Forestry and History. The third is an iconic barn located just outside Twisp representing Agriculture, Farming and Foodways. And the fourth depicts a boat on the Methow River, Relaxation, Recovery and Rivers.

“The panels are intended to connect both visitors and community members with Twisp’s history and story,” says Amanda Jackson Mott, executive director of Methow Arts and Twisp Creative District Project Administrator. “We’ll add a fifth vinyl design to the Bus Kiosk on Glover Street which will incorporate all four designs and serve as a place to elaborate about our Creative District and future projects.”

Twisp was officially designated a WA state Creative District last June. The project is funded by ArtsWA, Since that time Methow Arts and the Town of Twisp have teamed up to implement its first Creative District project. Designs will be on display in Methow Arts windows starting in March for public viewing. INFO: amanda@methowartsalliance.org.