By Ann McCreary
Art made using the usual materials, along with lattes, pavement and even human bodies, are among the diverse approaches that will come together at the Twisp Art Walk on Saturday (June 7) from 4-8 p.m.
Glover Street will be closed along its length from Twisp Avenue to TwispWorks, transforming downtown Twisp into an interactive, pedestrian-only street party. Art Walkers can leisurely stroll along Glover Street to enjoy art, theater, interactive displays, music, food and drink geared to all ages.
This year’s Art Walk theme is “Art Spawn,” celebrating the importance of rivers in the Methow Valley.
A focal point of the Art Walk will be the opening of Confluence Gallery and Art Center’s new exhibit, titled “Our River,” depicting the cultural history and fish habitat of the Methow River.
In keeping with the exhibit and Art Walk theme, Confluence Gallery will organize a one-of-a-kind, participatory event — creation of a “human river” extending from the gallery to TwispWorks.
At 6 p.m., participants will lie down on Glover Street, head-to-toe, to create a stream of bodies, said Nicole Ringgold, Confluence Gallery director.
Ringgold said volunteers will be passing out slips of paper to people at Art Walk in advance of the event, providing an Art Walk schedule and instructions on how to participate in the human river.
“It’s a first,” Ringgold said. “We want to put Twisp on the map.”
She has arranged for a local pilot and photographer to fly over the human river to document the event.
TwispWorks will also offer a unique opportunity for the public to participate in creating art during the Art Walk. Karin Wimmeder, an Austrian artist who is visiting the Methow Valley, invites citizens to join in creating a large, public art display in the paved area in the center of TwispWorks.
Wimmeder is a public artist and a geomancer, which she describes as someone who “works with the energy of the earth.”
Wimmeder has outlined a large circular painting, 48 feet in diameter, on the pavement. Within the circle are representations of the rivers that run through the Methow Valley and the animals that live here. The public will be asked to help paint interior designs, and the painting will remain in place until it fades away, Wimmeder said.
At the center of the painting Wimmeder will install eight large, colorful flags extending nine feet from the ground to their peaks, “to symbolize the connection between the earth and heaven.”
With the public’s help, the art installation will bring the vacant space to life, Wimmeder said.
TwispWorks will also be the site of another first for the valley — a “Latte Art Throw-Down” sponsored by Blue Star Coffee Roasters.
The public can watch as local and visiting baristas test their skills at latte art — made by pouring steamed milk into espresso and creating patterns and designs on the surface of the latte.
“It will be a very fun, playful, friendly gathering,” said Meg Donohue, owner of Blue Star Coffee Roasters. “It’s more about community-building than competition.”
The Latte Art Throw-Down will begin at 5:30 p.m. An espresso machine will be set up near the street at TwispWorks for the public to observe the baristas at work.
In addition to these events, more than a dozen other locations along Glover Street will be hosting Art Walk activities, including:
• Glover Street Market — wine tasting and natural foods.
• Cinnamon Twisp Bakery — artwork by Ginger Reddington.
• Methow Valley Inn — garden art and sculpture.
• Mick & Micki’s Red Cedar Bar — local watering hole.
• The River Bank — fish print booth, interactive river hydrology booth and grilled food (but not salmon) hosted by water and fish agencies.
• Methow Valley Interpretive Center — gyotaku (traditional Japanese) fish printing, natural and native history of the Methow Valley.
• Spartan Art Project — opening of “Pataphysics,” a mixed media reflection on humans, insects and their reactions to each other by Karel Renard.
• Artist studios — metal work, fiber, jewelry and more at TwispWorks.
• Methow Arts — open studio by metal artist Jessica Dietz and Little Library project by Steve Ward.
• Trout Unlimited — “The Art of Fly Tying” with Leaf Seaburg from Methow Fishing Adventures, and salmon puppets.
• The Merc Playhouse — The Amish Project, a one-woman show, performed by Terri Weagant at 7 p.m.
• Peligro — opening of “Releasing the Dogma of Birdsong,” a show of mixed media collage by Salyna Gracie.
• The Studio — “Reclamation,” an exhibit of recycled metal, wood and paint artwork by musician, filmmaker and artist Terry Hunt.
Food and refreshments can be found at eateries along Glover Street, and TwispWorks will provide food and a beer garden.