Texas Two Step by Judith Smith will be part of the show. Photo courtesy Confluence Gallery

‘Raven’ opening at Confluence

“Raven,” an exhibit of work by local artists reflecting on the theme of the corvid’s place in the valley, opens April 26 at Confluence Gallery in Twisp. The exhibit runs through May 31.

“These corvid birds are a common sight in the Methow Valley and have been described as intelligent, playful, quarrelsome, a trickster, a powerful symbol and subject of mythology, folklore, art and literature for thousands of years,” according to a Confluence press release.

The exhibit was curated by Mary Lou McCollum and Suzi Jennings. An opening preview party and artist reception will be on April 26 from 4 – 8 p.m. For more information, call 997-2787.

Also on April 26 in conjunction with the “Raven” opening, Confluence will unveil its newest gallery space: the bathroom. To be called The Loovre,  it “will function as a separate gallery space, and Confluence will ask artists to submit work specifically for that space. Each installation will coincide with the gallery’s main exhibit,” said Confluence Executive Director Nicole Ringgold.

The Loovre’s first exhibit will feature the work of local potter Matthew Armbrust with an installation called “Phases of the Moon.”


Winthrop Gallery exhibit opens

Winthrop Gallery will host an artists’ reception on April 26 for its new exhibit, “Artifacts,” which opens April 23 and runs through May 26. The free event will be from 5 – 7 p.m. For more information, call 996-3925.


Music at Spartan Art Project

The Spartan Art Project at TwispWorks will offer another of its Intimate Performance events, featuring jazz duo Alexis V.O. and Company followed by the Alder Street Quartet playing Ravel’s String Quartet in F major, on April 26 beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 997-1022.


String students offer recital

Students of Pam Hunt will perform on violin, viola and cello at a recital on April 26 at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. The free event begins at 3 p.m. For more information, call 997-9344.


Willy Wonka Jr. coming to The Merc

The Children’s Musical Theater at The Merc Playhouse will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. from May 9 through May 18.

The play, directed by Missi Smith, features words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. It is based on Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The cast features 33 Methow Valley children, with costumes, lights and sound by Liberty Bell High School students and set pieces by Liberty Bell’s construction, welding and art classes through a partnership with the Public School Funding Alliance. The production is sponsored by the Winthrop Kiwanis and Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m. May 15 will be “pay what you can Thursday,” with a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for those under 18. For more information, call 997-7529.


Wizard of Oz in Omak

The Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus will present The Wizard of Oz at the Omak Performing Arts Center beginning May 2. Other performances will be May 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. The shows will be at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for students and $8 for children under 12, and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com.