Cascadia offers scholarships to students

Cascadia, the Methow Music Association, will award three separate Christine Cherrington Memorial Scholarships for local music students.

One scholarship is based on financial need and another is based on merit. Applications for both are due Feb. 28, and auditions for each will be held March 9 in the Methow Valley Community Center.

A third scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a graduating Liberty Bell High School senior with priority given to students who plan to major or minor in music at an institution of higher learning. The applications are due April 30 and the recipient will be announced at the Liberty Bell awards ceremony in May.

Applicants for the Cherrington merit- and need-based scholarships must demonstrate a commitment to the study of music and active involvement in music.

Private music teachers can recommend their students for scholarships, and applicants can pick up a scholarship application form from their teachers or at the Cascadia office, Room 9 in the Methow Valley Community Center.

The completed form should be mailed to Pipestone, P.O. Box 1013, Twisp, WA 98856, by Feb. 28. Students will be notified of their audition times by March 1. Awards will be determined by a panel of adjudicators selected by Cascadia.

Information about the scholarship for high school seniors is available in the counselor’s office at Liberty Bell High School.

For more information about the Cherrington scholarships, call 997-0222 or 997-9344, or visit

Winter Jazz, part 2

The second Winter Jazz at The Merc performance will be on Feb. 22, showcasing a large ensemble of local talent.

The show is hosted by the Hunt/Westendorf Quartet, with Terry Hunt on guitar, Lynette Westendorf on piano, Steve Sanders on bass and Mike Conrad on drums. The opening set will feature the Pipestone Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mike Harvey. Members include Harvey and Kyrie Jardin on trombones; Alan Fahnestock, guitar; Frank Vander Wall, bass; Richard Wasson, congas; Don Mendro, drums; Maggie Coon, piano; Marcy Stamper, flute; and Emele Clothier on vocals.

The second set will include the Hunt/Westendorf Quartet as well as Harvey on trombone, Bob Hougham on trumpet, Wayne Mendro on sax, flute and clarinet, along with vocalists Laura Love and Mark Osin.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Admission at the door is $5 to $15. For more information call 996-3418.

The final event for Winter Jazz show will be on March 28.

Confluence exhibit explores definition of “woman”

“Woman: Lady. Girl. Female. Chick. Dame. Broad. Lassie. Wench. Maiden. An Artist’s Interpretation” is what Confluence Gallery in Twisp is calling its next major exhibit — opening on March 8, International Women’s Day and promising an “intriguing and provocative show,” according to gallery Executive Director Nicole Ringgold.

The exhibit will run through April 19. An opening night reception will be held from 4 – 8 p.m.

Co-curators Ringgold and Joanne Marracci asked artists to interpret their definition of ‘woman’ by creating up to five pieces using a variety of visual media. Artists were also asked to submit two sentences or less describing their understanding of what it is to be a woman. Male artists were also encouraged to participate and provide their perspectives.

Confluence will hold a free panel discussion on March 29 at 5:30 p.m. The Merc Playhouse will also offer a reading of Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo, which will be directed by Ashley Lodato, at a date to be determined. For more information, call 997-2787.

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Local watercolor artist Paula Christen’s work graces the cover of the current issue of Cross Country Skier, the Journal of Nordic Skiing. The painting is titled “6-Leg Classic.”