Photo courtesy of Confluence Gallery
Mary Powell’s painting, “Old Molson Ranch,” will be on display at Confluence Gallery.

It’s a rare occurrence, but this weekend both Confluence Gallery and the Winthrop Gallery are opening new exhibits with receptions on the same day.

And since they don’t overlap, art fans can easily take them both in.

On Saturday (April 21), the Winthrop Gallery unveils “An Artist’s Life” with a public reception, including refreshments, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show opens on Thursday (April 19).

“An Artist’s Life” poses the question: When you look at artwork in a gallery, have you ever asked yourself, “How did they do it?”

The show offers a response to that question, according to a press release. “Through words and pictures, the artists of the Winthrop Gallery will give you a look at the actual work of creating art,” the release said. “See artists at work in their studios or out in the natural world that inspires them. Learn how artists carve a space in their lives for making art and what influences the creative process.”

“An Artist’s Life continues through June 4. Spring hours at the gallery are Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 996-3925 or visit www.winthropgallery.com.

At Confluence Gallery in Twisp, two exhibits will open with a public reception from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday:

• “Rural Life,” oil paintings by Mary Powell, opens in the Community Gallery. Powell’s paintings focus on rural scenes of the Methow Valley and Okanogan County.

• “Some Abnormal Growth,” pen-and-ink works by artist-in-residence Eli Klemmeck, will open in the gallery’s gift shop. The solo show features works created during Klemmeck’s three-month residency. In a press release, the gallery described Klemmeck’s work as “whimsical and surreal, with a touch of the dark and mysterious,” drawing inspiration from the natural world while adding his own twist of otherworldly imagination.

The exhibits continue through May 19. For information, call 997-2787 or visit www.confluencegallery.com.