Brilliantly hued tomatoes and golden roasted garlic are captured in the food photography of Ned Frisk, on display during the “Food as Art” membership party at Confluence Gallery and Art Center.

Brilliantly hued tomatoes and golden roasted garlic are captured in the food photography of Ned Frisk, on display during the “Food as Art” membership party at Confluence Gallery and Art Center.

By Ann McCreary

Confluence Gallery and Art Center offers a feast for the senses, presenting “Food as Art” at its annual membership party on Saturday (Oct. 19).

The evening will feature displays, discussions, demonstrations and tastings offered by local food artisans at the gallery.

“In the Methow we have such an abundance of high-quality producers and culinary artists. This is a destination for food producers, growers, value-added producers. I want to showcase that aspect of art,” said Kate Posey, a cheese maker who is coordinating the event.

“Culinary artists are true artists and it’s just a different medium for exploring their work through the senses. It’s an unconventional avenue to explore art,” Posey said.

Discussions and demonstrations will be presented by Kyle Kroger from Old Schoolhouse Brewery, apple specialist Richard Murray, Molly Patterson of Glover Street Market, Stewart Dietz Catering, Kari Bown on food fermentation, Meg Donohue of Blue Star Coffee Roasters, and Lindsay Evans of Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery.

The gallery will be divided into stations where food artisans conduct brief presentations about their particular culinary passions, and offer “nibbles” of their creations, Posey said. Some presenters may collaborate with others to offer complementary food pairings, she said.

The event also features a display of food photography by Seattle photographer Ned Frisk. The gallery’s current exhibit, “Artist Practice,” will provide a backdrop for the event.

The membership party will be held from 6-8 p.m. and is free to current members. Non-members can become a member at the door for $35 per person, or $50 per couple, which is the cost of a basic membership. For more information call 997-2787.