Photo courtesy of Confluence Gallery
Mary Powell’s work “Pasayten Trail” is part of the “Walking the Wild Edge” exhibit that opens Aug. 12 at Confluence Gallery.

“Walking the Wild Edge,” a new exhibit that explores the pure beauty of wild nature and the tension of human-wild interaction opens Saturday (Aug. 12) at the Confluence Gallery & Art Center in Twisp.  A reception with the artists is scheduled from 4 – 8 p.m.

Many local artists included in the exhibit were inspired by the delight of wildlife right outside their doors in the Methow Valley, as well as the intimidating aspects of wilderness, said Salyna Gracie, Confluence executive director. Their work looks at “the edges where wilderness, wildlife and people meet” and the way “being on the edge of untracked wild can make us feel small or isolated,” Gracie said.

The Methow Conservancy is partnering with the gallery for this exhibit and will host a program titled “Stories and Inspiration from the Methow’s Wild Side” on Aug. 17, from 7:30–9 p.m. The free presentation will feature exhibiting artists sharing their wild Methow stories and reflecting on their creative inspiration and the artwork they have in the show. Jason Paulsen, executive director of the Methow Conservancy, will guide the discussion. A portion of exhibit profits will benefit the conservancy’s conservation work.

A solo exhibit of Seattle artist Stephanie Hargrave’s encaustic art, titled “B I O T A,” also opens Saturday in the Confluence Community Gallery. Hargrave uses beeswax, resin and pigments that are heated, layered and fused. Her paintings combine biology and botany in abstract form.

“Biota is a succinct word that describes what I try to capture in a lot of my work,” Hargrave said. “It is the plant and animal life of a particular region or period  — from the Greek ‘biote’ meaning way of life, or ‘bios,’ meaning life,” Hargrave said.

Hargrave will teach a class through Confluence Gallery titled, “Encaustics: The Basics and Beyond,” on Aug. 13, from  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at VMG Studio on the TwispWorks campus. The workshop will provide a history of the ancient medium of encaustics and instruction on equipment and techniques. All materials are included in the $185 fee.

For more information contact Confluence Gallery & Art Center, 997-2787.