-arts-jazzJazz on deck

The as-yet-unnamed jazz quartet of David Weidig on guitar, vocalist Meghan Sullivan, Doug Wolfe on string bass and Mike Harvey on trombone gave an early evening performance on the deck of Twisp River Suites on Friday. The combo played two hours of jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, among others. Photo by Laurelle Walsh



Writers read and share

The Methow Asylum for Writers is holding a literary event this week for writers of all skill levels and genres to talk, brainstorm and share their work.

The words and ideas will be spurred by hors d’oeuvres and acoustic guitar music by David Weidig. Bring your stories and ideas on Thursday (July 18) to the Confluence Gallery in Twisp. Admission is by donation.



Sun printing class

Laura Gunnip will offer a summer print workshop on Sunday (July 21) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Door No. 3 in the Methow Valley Community Center. Participants will gather objects from nature to create Cyanotype prints, a fast, easy printing technique that uses the summer sun. The rich blue and white prints work well with enlarged photo negatives as well as flat objects like leaves and petals. Some fabric is provided or participants can bring their own light-colored cotton fabric. Tuition for the class is $50. To register call Laura at 997-2044 or email doorno3twisp@gmail.com.



Brooks book featured

Sea Star Wishes, a book illustrated by local artist Erik Brooks and written by Bonney Lake, Wash., author Eric Ode, has been selected as the book of the month for July by Kenn Nesbitt, the children’s poet laureate for the United States. Nesbitt was recently appointed to the national post and this is his first book-of-the-month pick. Brooks has written and illustrated several children’s books, including one that was the winner of a Washington State Book Award in 2011.



Outdoor movies slated

Celestial Cinema, the movies-under-the-stars program introduced last summer, will offer two outdoor movies this year: Up on Aug. 9 and The Goonies on Aug. 16. Both movies are rated PG.

The shows will be at Spring Creek Ranch in Winthrop. Food service by local vendors begins at 6:30 p.m.; kids activities with prizes provided by local retailers will start at 7:30 p.m.; and the movie will roll at 8:30 p.m. each evening. Suggested donation is $10; kids under 10 are admitted free.

Bring blankets and chairs, but leave your dogs at home.

Proceeds from the shows will benefit the Confluence Gallery & Art Center in Twisp and Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop.

For more information, call 996-2495 or visit www.springcreekwinthrop.com/celestial-cinema.



Next up at Confluence

Confluence Gallery & Art Center’s next exhibit, “Inside Out, Design in the Methow,” will open on Aug. 3 with a free public reception from 4-8 p.m. at the gallery in Twisp.

The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 21, will focus on designed interior and exterior space and the objects and forms used to define them. It will feature 50 artists showing a wide array of hand-crafted and designed works.

A free presentation and panel discussion will be offered Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp.

For more information, call 997-2787 or visit www.confluencegallery.com.