Art PartyFlower children

Out of school on Professional Day, a passel of 2nd- to 6th-graders gathered at Confluence Gallery for a four-hour art party with instructor Laura Gunnip last Friday. The kids made vivid blue sun prints at the gallery using the cyanotype process, and then went down to a secret location along the Twisp River to do a natural art installation using yarn, flowers and found objects. Here, from left, Ila Newman, Camille Odell, Thomasin Schkrohowsky and Lily Colin string marigolds and zinnias into garlands to decorate their art installation along the Twisp River.
Photo by Laurelle Walsh


Writers’ meeting added

A new writers’ group formed by Methow Asylum for Writers has been so successful that a second monthly meeting has been added. The group will now meet on the second Wednesday of each month from noon-2 p.m. and on the third Monday of each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All meetings are in room 7 of the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. Prose writers and poets are welcome at either or both of the meetings. Participants are asked to help cover room rental fees. For more information call 997-9070 or email


More at The Merc

• Madcap Melodrama, a Seattle ensemble which includes The Merc Playhouse’s new Artistic Director Ki Gottberg, is offering a benefit performance of their first audio play, an adaptation of the tale by J.R. Planché of The Vampire, or the Bride of the Isles, at the playhouse in Twisp on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students under 18. All proceeds benefit The Merc. Recommended for ages 12 and up. To experience the sound on a deeper level, headphones may be rented for an additional $10.

•The Merc’s former artistic director, Julie Wenzel, will return to direct local choreographers and dancers in the second annual Broadway Dance Review on Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. each evening. Audience members have a chance to vote on a “People’s Choice” award each evening. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18.

For more information about all performances call 997- 7529 or visit or