Margaret Kingston

Margaret Kingston

Kingston is Confluence artist is residence

Margaret Kingston is Confluence Gallery & Art Center’s artist in residence for three months through spring 2016, and will create a body of work that will be exhibited from April 23–May 4.

Kingston, a Methow Valley resident, creates intricate oil paintings that might be mistaken for photographs. “Often featuring snowy basins, backcountry skiers, and white-capped peaks, the paintings capture a startlingly realistic representation of the snow’s texture, the shadows, and the sunlight of the scenes,” according to a Confluence press release.

“I try to play up the atmosphere and feelings that occur from the image,” Kingston said in the press release. “I’m trying to capture the breathtaking moment of beauty that I think most people can relate to during an experience in the mountains.”

Kingston and her partner, Jonathan, relocated to the Methow Valley from New England in 2012. She is a state-certified K-12 visual arts teacher.

Kingston’s studio is on the second floor of the gallery building on Glover Street in Twisp.

For more information, call 997-2787.

Scholarship auditions at Cascadia

Cascadia Music will hold its annual Christine Cherrington Memorial Scholarship auditions for merit scholarship on March 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Applications are available through music teachers, at the Liberty Bell High School counselor’s office or at the Cascadia Music office in Room 3 at the Methow Valley Community Center.

Students should prepare a piece of music, three to five minutes long, for presentation to three judges. Auditions will be held in Room 6 at the Community Center. First prize is $300, second prize is $150 and third is $50.

The winner will perform as a featured soloist in a piece with the Pipestone Orchestra at Cascadia’s Music Days on May 28.

Need-based scholarships will also be awarded for spring, and applications are available at the Cascadia Music office or from music teachers.

Applications for both merit and need-based scholarships are due at the office by Feb. 22, or may be mailed to Cascadia, P.O. Box 1013, Twisp, WA 98856.

For more information, call 997-0222.

‘Last Salmon’ premieres at The Merc

“The Last Salmon,” an original chamber musical based on the children’s book by local author Phil Davis, will be presented at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp for two weekends in late February and early March.

The show was written by Ki Gottberg, The Merc’s artistic director, and composed by Casey James. It debuts on Feb. 26 and will continue on Feb. 27 and 28, and March 3–6. Weekday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. March 3 is pay-what-you-can night. Tickets are $5 to $18, with limited reserved seating available. Purchase tickets online at

“The Last Salmon” uses contemporary music styles such as hip-hop and indie-pop to tell a story that begins with the Native American First Salmon ceremony and follows the cycle of the wild salmon.

The Methow Conservancy will facilitate post-performance discussions following the show on Feb. 27, March 3 and March 6. For more information, call 997-7529.

Peplow exhibit in Seattle

“Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,” prints by Baylie Peplow, a former resident of the Methow Valley, are being featured in an exhibit in Seattle. Peplow, who runs Red Umbrella Designs, will be recognized for the many logos she has designed that adorn businesses and organizations around the valley, including the Glover Street Market, Methow Trails and Classroom in Bloom.

Peplow’s whimsical, colorful prints and drawings are on view through mid-March at Johnston Architects at 100 N.E. Northlake Way in Seattle. Venues are open late this Friday (Feb. 5) from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of the Fremont First Friday art walk, but people can also visit Johnston Architects during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. People are encouraged to call ahead at (206) 523-6150 because it is a working architectural firm.

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