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Abstract art explored in new exhibit

Abstract art explored in new exhibit

An exploration of abstract art — its contradictions and failure to abide by rules — is the focus of a new exhibit at Confluence Gallery and Art Center opening Saturday (Jan. 14) with a reception from 4 – 8 p.m. Curators Vern White and Joanne Marracci have brought …
Start the new year with trio of one-act plays at The Merc

Start the new year with trio of one-act plays at The Merc

Three one-act plays will make up The Merc Playhouse presentation “Getting Through — Double Edged Comedies for the New Year,” opening Jan. 19 and continuing through Jan. 28. The three plays, all directed by The Merc’s Artistic Director Ki Gottberg, are: • “Sure Thing,” written by David Ives, the author of “Venus in Fur,” which was on...
Adult contemporary dance series offered in Twisp

Adult contemporary dance series offered in Twisp

A new six-week adult contemporary dance series will be offered by Laurel Carlton beginning Jan. 19 at the Twisp Movement Studio on Glover Street. Carlton, who grew up in the Methow Valley and has danced for many years, said she …
‘Fresh,’ ‘Living Color’ exhibits open at Confluence on Jan. 14

‘Fresh,’ ‘Living Color’ exhibits open at Confluence on Jan. 14

Confluence Gallery will open a new exhibit, “Fresh — A Collection of Contemporary Abstraction,” on Jan. 14. Also opening that day is a solo exhibit by Chelan artist Gene Barkley, “Into Living Color,” in the community gallery. Both exhibits run through Feb. 19. There will be an opening day reception from 4–8 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the...
Stratman wins local Poetry Out Loud competition

Stratman wins local Poetry Out Loud competition

Liberty Bell High School junior Mia Stratman won the Methow Valley School District’s fifth annual Poetry Out Loud competition at The Merc Playhouse last week, qualifying to compete in the …
December arts events

December arts events

For your planning purposes, here’s a roundup of upcoming holiday events: • Thursday (Dec. 22): Cookie decorating with Santa Claus at Sun Mountain Lodge, Methow Room. Free; begins at 11 a.m. For more information, call 996‑2211. • Friday (Dec. 23): Open mic with Ben Gilmore at the Methow Valley Ciderhouse in Winthrop. Free; 4 – 9 p.m. For more...
End of the trail for Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band – but not the music

End of the trail for Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band – but not the music

It’s been a harmonious 17 years for the Methow Valley’s nationally renowned Western music trio, the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band. Now Lauralee Northcott, a Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band founder and only original member left …
Busy December offers lots of entertainment, activities in the valley

Busy December offers lots of entertainment, activities in the valley

A planner’s guide to enjoying the holidays By Ann McCreary December delivers an abundance of music, theater, art, community gatherings and shopping to celebrate winter and the holidays in the Methow Valley. To help plan for the busy month ahead, following is a roundup of December diversions. Music Saturday (Dec. 4): Liberty Bell High School...
Galleries shift into seasonal mode with new art shows, holiday gifts

Galleries shift into seasonal mode with new art shows, holiday gifts

It’s often noted that the best things in life come in small packages. Local galleries and artists are taking that notion to heart, offering small works of art that are perfect for gift-giving, stocking stuffers or a cold-weather indulgence for yourself. Confluence Gallery is featuring “One Foot 3: Thinking …
Missoula Children’s Theatre has become a perennial Methow Valley tradition

Missoula Children’s Theatre has become a perennial Methow Valley tradition

With more than 60 kids involved in the week-long theater intensives the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) brings to local schools, there are as many opportunities to discover a muse or calling. Fifth-grader Willow Frady’s favorite part is what she called the “overdo-it challenge.”