Workshop offers help for artists

A workshop that will help artists identify and pursue funding opportunities will be offered Thursday (Jan. 9) at Confluence Gallery in Twisp from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Cost is $20. Bring a laptop if you have one. To register, call 997-2787.


Readers’ Theater staging two one-act plays

The Merc Playhouse Readers’ Theater will present two one-act plays by David Ives, Sure Thing and Arabian Nights, on Jan. 17 and 18. The plays — described as contemporary comedies — will be directed by Morgan Tate and performed by Kathleen Chavey-Reynaud, Lori Ludeman and Jesse Tissell. Admission is by donation. The shows start at 7 p.m. For more information, call 997-7529.


Betts, Nobacon perform for Spartan Art

The Spartan Art Project at TwispWorks will host “intimate performances” by viola performer and Kairos Quartet member Tim Betts, and by local musician Danbert Nobacon, longtime member of the band Chumbawamba, on Jan. 18. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Spartan Art mobile gallery. Attendees will be asked to “pay as inspired.” For more information, call 997-1022.


Confluence show features art teachers, students

A new exhibit, “Teachers and Their Students,” opens Jan. 18 at Confluence Gallery in Twisp and will run through March. 1. Artists Dan Brown and Patty Yates will curate a show of artwork by teachers from throughout the region and their students. Teachers include Brown from Okanogan High School, Reed Carlson and Don Collins from Wenatchee High School, Phil Thomas from Manson High School, Sue Walker from Chelan High School, Robin Nelson-Wicks from Liberty Bell High School, Stefanie Clark from Wenatchee Valley North, Jody Olson from Tunk Valley, Ted Moomaw from Salish Immersion School, and Yates. Each teacher will choose a minimum of eight framed works by their students, and will each include at least one piece of their own.

There will be an opening reception on Jan, 18 from 4 – 8 p.m. For more information, call 997-2787.


Exhibit, workshop at Door No. 3

Door3-SpringPrint2_TDoor No. 3 Print & Book Art Studio at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp hosts Tacoma artist Jessica Spring for an exhibition of original prints that opens Jan. 18, along with a “Daredevil Letterpress Valentine” workshop by Spring on Jan. 19. Spring owns Springtide Press where she designs, prints and binds artist books, broadsides and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Spring will show her “Volume 5: Po-St” series of prints incorporating letterpress and collage beginning with an open house on Jan. 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. and continuing through March 20. Spring will offer her workshop the following day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will be a hands-on introduction to letterpress printing focusing on the creation of prints and cards using the presses at Door No. 3. Cost is $85. Reservations are required by calling 997-2044 or email


Poets at the Basecamp
Sam Lucy

Sam Lucy. Photo by Don Nelson.

Local poetry will be the focus of the North Cascade Basecamp’s Soup and Presentation series on Thursday (Jan. 9). Linda Robertson, Sam Lucy, Bo Thrasher, Ken Bevis and others will read from their works beginning at 6 p.m. A soup dinner is available beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Basecamp on Lost River Road. Cost is $8 per person or $15 for two. For more information, call 996-2334.