TwispWorks – A Center for Creative Enterprise

Spring at TwispWorks, 2016

The TwispWorks campus is a center for creative enterprise, located on the site of the historic Twisp Ranger Station. We are a place where people, place and ideas come together to create products, art, learning and connection. Our campus partners are an eclectic group of businesses, artists, community services and educational programs.

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Starts Memorial Day weekend. Saturdays are the perfect time to visit the TwispWorks campus! Visit with working artists, tour studios and shop for unique local goods. Attend a workshop or visit the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. Tour the Native Plant Demonstration and Natural Dye Garden or just relax and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn from FORK which offers a variety of lunch items from their truck. Campus tours available 10am–2pm starting Memorial Day weekend on Saturdays.

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“The inspiration for my paintings comes from the working side of the maritime world, a world I have known all my life: tankers, container ships, barges, rusty old bulk carriers,” says painter Melinda Hannigan who splits her time between Seattle and the Methow Valley where she has a studio in the Gateway Building on the TwispWorks Campus. “The colors and markings on these working ships are endlessly varied and often starkly beautiful. I manipulate color, perspective, composition and texture, and as a result my paintings include realistic images that become abstract canvases.”

Hannigan’s work has been shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. An exhibition of her work called “Scratching the Surface: Exploring the works of Melinda Hannigan” was held at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in 2005-2006. Her paintings were used extensively in the documentary “Sweet Crude”, a film about the oil industry, pollution and social protest in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. The 2008 publication of the book Women of the Sea included a chapter about Melinda and her art. Melinda was interviewed by Oregon Public Radio and has been a featured speaker during artist residencies in Ireland and in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Melinda’s studio is located in the Gateway Building on the TwispWorks Campus. Contact:

SaraCuller Studio

Culler Studio is a working art studio that focuses on earth pigments, ancient and exotic, and locally-gathered botanicals to create unique colors in art. Sara Ashford, whose family sported the surname “Culler,” seemed destined to develop a love for pigment. After many years, she merged her love of color with her intensive knowledge of textiles to open the Culler Studio.

Join Sara and her daughter Grace Ashford for the 4th annual mother/daughter show, Elements, hosted by Culler Studio on Sunday, March 6th from 10am-5pm. The show features newly created art pieces and gorgeous wearables by Sara, along with Grace’s most recent jewelry designs in mixed metals and stone.

Location: South Warehouse on the TwispWorks campus. Hours: most weekdays 11-4pm and Saturdays 10-2pm. Contact:

ApffelShivelight Studio

Working with a mix of media collage and paint Mary Apffel’s love of nature and light is captured in her artwork portraying nature through enchanted realism on canvas and woodblock. She loves the Methow Valley and finds endless inspiration from its natural settings and innovative community.

Mary settled here in 1979, homesteading on 20 acres in the Upper Rendezvous area with friends and family. Although she was only able to stay a couple of years, Mary and her family stayed connected to the Valley, visiting their cabin often until moving here permanently in the summer of 2015. Mary’s love for, and connection with, light, trees, rocks and other elements of landscapes appear in her most recent artwork.

Location: Gateway building, TwispWorks campus. Contact:

Visit to see our full listing of partners and to view the TwispWorks calendar of upcoming events, classes and workshops. See you at TwispWorks!