Photo by Sue Misao


Confluence celebrates 25th

Confluence Gallery & Art Center in Twisp will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala event on July 23 at Pipestone Canyon Ranch. The evening includes dinner, music and dancing featuring the Hunt-Westendorf Quintet and Laura Love, and live and silent art auctions. Cost is $50 per person, and reservations close June 28. Tickets are available at the gallery and at For more information, call 997-2787.


Art proposals sought for Winthrop & Mazama kiosks

Methow Arts Alliance, in collaboration with the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, is seeking proposals for original artistic designs that will be installed at existing trail kiosks in Winthrop and Mazama.

Two original designs will be selected to be installed this summer. The selected artists will receive a $400-$600 honorarium for their work.

The request for proposals is open to all artists and artist teams over the age of 18, who currently reside, and/or work in Okanogan County.

Applications must be received by July 12.

The joint project is intended to bring original and local public artwork to the Methow Valley trail system. Each kiosk will feature a plaque recognizing the selected artist and connecting viewers with the Methow Arts website,

For information, email or call 997-4004.

Frank Matsura talk in Twisp

The Okanogan County Historical Society is hosting a series of free speaking events titled “A Priceless Legacy: Honoring Frank Matsura, Photographer, 1873-1913.” The next talk will be on June 21 at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp at 7 p.m. and will feature speaker Michael Holloman of Pullman. He will present “Shadow Men – Curtis & Matsura” comparing the photographic styles and significance of the works of Edward S. Curtis and Frank S. Matsura. For more information, call (509) 486-1903.


Weavers’ works displayed

Local weavers Kay Reiber and Katie Swanson will have their work featured at the 2013 Northwest Weavers Conference, sponsored by the Association of Northwest Weavers’Guilds, at Western Washington University in Bellingham from June 17-23.

Reiber’s vest created from her hand-woven fabric was chosen for the juried Fashion Show on June 20. Swanson had two scarves accepted for the juried show. Conference exhibits are open to the public and admission is free. For more information, visit

Reiber and Swanson are members of the Methow Valley Spinners & Weavers Guild, which meets weekly on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. at 102 Old Twisp Highway.


Bluegrass in Cashmere

The Eleventh Annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival in Cashmere will be this weekend (June 14-16). Cost is $25 for a day pass; $30 for the entire weekend. The festival will be at the Chelan County Expo Center, 5700 Wescott Ave.

Performers include The Gibson Brothers, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Kevin Pace & the Early Edition, Bluegrass Regulators and Brother’s Keeper Bluegrass Band. For more information call (509) 548-1230 or visit


Methow Arts Festival is coming 

It’s not too early to begin planning for the 26th annual Methow Arts Festival, on the Fourth of July at Twisp Park from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The festival, with the theme “Art Sparks the Imagination,” will feature performances by the Gothard Sisters and the Blackberry Bushes, along with activities for all ages.

Local foods, drinks, and treats will be available for purchase during the festival. Admission is $5 for kids 6 years and older, and $7 for adults. Children 5 years and under get in free. Free tickets are available to clients of the Cove Food Bank, Room One, and the Methow Valley Senior Center at those locations. Advance tickets and reduced-fee family passes are available at, Twisp Daily Business, Riverside Printing in Winthrop, and the Methow Arts Office in Twisp.

For more information, or to volunteer (and receive a free T-shirt) call 997-4004 or email


Trash art show in Leavenworth

The Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth is now accepting submissions from eligible artists in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties for a juried exhibition of “Recycled Art,” displaying Sept. 20- Oct. 25. Artists of all ages may submit artwork. Eligible artwork must demonstrate green values (reduce, reuse, recycle) by containing a minimum of 75 percent salvaged, found, or recycled materials. The deadline to enter is Aug. 20. For more information visit, call (509) 548-2278 or email