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ARTS
Earnest offers a Wilde look at human conventions, pretensions

Earnest offers a Wilde look at human conventions, pretensions

“A trivial comedy for serious people” is the subtitle of The Importance of Being Earnest, a play that mocks social traditions and is still relevant today, 120 years after it was first performed. “The play pokes fun at how seriously we take our own little dramas,” said Ki Gottberg, who directs the production that opens Friday...
Folksinger Brittany Jean debuts at R&B

Folksinger Brittany Jean debuts at R&B

In an uncharacteristically quiet moment in the beer garden at the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, singer-songwriter Brittany Jean made her Methow Valley debut, captivating the audience with only her acoustic guitar and sensitive vocals as she performed what has become an anthem of the Carlton Complex Fire. Just a year ago, as the wildfire...
Chamber music festival merges music, art and nature

Chamber music festival merges music, art and nature

Five inspiring concerts, free performances throughout the valley, and the inauguration of art made from discarded pianos are among the enticements of the 20th-annual Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. The festival also includes opportunities for behind-the-scenes glimpses of the musicians and how they work their magic, and presentations that will help …
Arts briefs

Arts briefs

Campbell exhibit at The Merc The Merc Playhouse in Twisp will host an exhibit of oil paintings by Caryl Campbell beginning Friday (July 24) and continuing through Oct. 30. The exhibit, titled “The Wilderness Journal,” is presented by Confluence Gallery. Campbell is a long-time Methow Valley resident and an amateur naturalist. Her work can be...
R&B festival again brings high-powered lineup to Winthrop

R&B festival again brings high-powered lineup to Winthrop

The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival will open Friday (July 17) with the song “Wildfire,” written and performed by Pateros resident Brittany Jean. The festival will then move into a weekend of R&B stars with headliners Elvin Bishop …
Artists explore how we humanize the natural landscape at Confluence show

Artists explore how we humanize the natural landscape at Confluence show

“Hardscapes” opens at Confluence Gallery this week, an exhibit that invites artists to take a deeper look at how humans invent, design and engineer structures and systems that alter the natural world around us – both the …
Arts briefs: July 15, 2015

Arts briefs: July 15, 2015

  Malotte part of Port Townsend exhibit A photograph by local artist Sherry Malotte has been selected to be included in the 17th Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Exhibition, “Expressions Northwest,” which will be held from July 31 to Aug. 30. Juror Kathleen Moles, an independent art curator, writer, and editor based in the...
Mural by Twisp painter installed in Leavenworth garden

Mural by Twisp painter installed in Leavenworth garden

A mural by Twisp painter Ginger Reddington depicting harvest, river rapids, and history of the Leavenworth area was dedicated at a community garden in the Bavarian-themed village at the end of June. Reddington’s mural — 12 feet wide by 4 feet tall — is one of three works of art commissioned for the E. Lorene Young Community Garden. The...
Arts briefs: July 8, 2015

Arts briefs: July 8, 2015

Confluence to open new show Confluence Gallery in Twisp will host an opening-day reception for its next exhibit, “Hardscapes,” on July 18 from 4–8 p.m. The exhibit runs through Aug. 22. Confluence invited artists to “take a deeper look at how humans invent, design, and engineer structures and systems that alter the natural world around...
Teens win awards at Young Adult Art Intensive

Teens win awards at Young Adult Art Intensive

Fifteen kids ages 12–16 participated in last week’s Young Adult Art Intensive at TwispWorks — a three-day art camp designed to “encourage kids to think about art in new ways,” according to co-leader Matt Armbrust. Camp participants primarily focused on sculpture and printmaking. At an exhibition and awards ceremony Friday evening (June 26), Jessica Marker received the...