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Mary Ann Larson of Winthrop talks about her intricate process of weaving baskets from pine needles and grasses as she displays her wares, along with obsidian knives made by her husband, at Saturday’s Farmers Market in Twisp. Larson spends winters in Arizona, and when she returns to the valley each spring is greeted with plenty of pine needles on her land to use in her weaving. She also teaches classes. Photo by Sue Misao



Classrooms Can! grants awarded

Three classroom projects designed to engage high school students through innovative approaches received surprise $1,000 awards just before the end of the school year.

The awards are part of the “Classrooms Can!” program of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, which selected 47 projects from 130 applications.

Projects proposed by three teachers in the Methow Valley School District made it through the competitive process – Classrooms Can Be Art (Independent Learning Center, math teacher Kim Odell), Classrooms Can Romance the World (Liberty Bell High School, English teacher Dani Golden) and Classrooms Can Make Electric Guitars (Liberty Bell, design technology/construction teacher Bob Wilson).

In Classrooms Can Be Art, students will work with local artists and artisans to create art that focuses on community and identity.

In Classrooms Can Romance the World, students will do a poetry residence with poet laureate Sam Green and have an opportunity to publish their work.

In Classrooms Can Make Electric Guitars, students will learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts by assembling electric guitars.

Awards were distributed in arts education, literacy, math and science, technology, and wellness, for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Projects will be implemented during the coming academic year.


Ceramic artist offers lecture, workshop

Confluence Gallery and Art Center will host a free reception and slide lecture with Wally Bivins, a Seattle ceramic artist who is exhibiting his ceramic horse vessels in the current show at Confluence, on Friday (June 21) from 7-9 p.m.

A demonstration workshop with Bivins will be held on Saturday (June 22) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Twisp River Pottery, 959 Twisp River Road. Cost is $85 with lunch provided. No experience is necessary. For information call 997-2787 or visit


Christen wins awards

The watercolor “Bound for the Barn” by Winthrop artist Paula Christen has won two awards at the Palouse Watercolor Socius’ 2013 Regional Juried Show. The painting was selected by Latah Federal Credit Union for the $500 Purchase Award, and for the $300 Gritman Medical Center Third Place Award.

The show features the work of artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana and will continue at the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery until Aug. 3.