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R&B Festival donations announced

R&B Festival donations announced

The Winthrop Music Association, the nonprofit organization that presents the annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, reported that it has made donations to several organizations from the festival’s 2016 proceeds. They include: • The Cove Food Bank in Twisp, $3,750. • The Washington Blues Society Musician Relief Program, $500. • The Methow Valley School District...
Storyteller evokes America’s history from personal perspectives

Storyteller evokes America’s history from personal perspectives

A solo performer brings to life two tales from America’s past in two shows at The Merc Playhouse on Saturday (Sept 24) and Sunday (Sept. 25). Actress Michèle La Rue creates a cast of distinctive characters in this “story hour for grownups.” She will perform a story called “The Bedquilt,” written in 1906 …
Brady features Chopin in benefit concerts for Room One

Brady features Chopin in benefit concerts for Room One

Local pianist Michael Brady will present two concerts — on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 — at The Merc Playhouse to benefit Room One, the nonprofit social services agency in Twisp. The concerts — with the theme “A Recital/Lecture, the Subject Being Chopin” — will include the composer’s last major works for the piano as well as Brady’s commentary on them, on Chopin’s...
Full metal yellow jacket

Full metal yellow jacket

A giant yellow jacket will soon hover high in the air above the Twisp Commons next to the Methow Valley Community Center. An 8-foot-long metal sculpture (not including antennae) by local artist Barry Stromberger is expected to be installed soon, a collaboration of Methow Arts and Methow Salmon …
Local artists capture spirit of Ponderosa pine in Winthrop Gallery’s new exhibit

Local artists capture spirit of Ponderosa pine in Winthrop Gallery’s new exhibit

The stately Ponderosa pine, an iconic tree of the Methow Valley and much of the West, will be celebrated in a new exhibit opening Wednesday (Sept. 14) at the Winthrop Gallery. Winthrop Gallery artists will capture the spirit of the Ponderosa pine in photos, paintings, sculpture, baskets and more. Photographer Teri Pieper, basket maker Lauralee...
‘Round and Round’ leaves town

‘Round and Round’ leaves town

A sculpture by the late Bernie Hosey called “Round and Round” was removed Monday (Sept. 12) from its prominent spot on the TwispWorks campus adjacent to Highway 20. The large metal sphere was loaded onto a flatbed truck and removed by Harry Hosey, Bernie’s brother and executor of his estate. It will become part of...
Participatory poetry

Participatory poetry

People may envision poetry as staid, formal or exclusive. But Washington’s poet laureate, Tod Marshall, will disabuse anyone of that image — Marshall will excite readers and writers about the power of poetry to fuel the imagination through links with rock concerts, fishing and …
Weekend watercolor workshop next month

Weekend watercolor workshop next month

Painting animals and birds presents a unique set of challenges — for example, effectively depicting fur, feathers, eyes, grass and water. Local watercolor artists have an opportunity to learn from a master in the field when internationally renowned watercolor artist Stan Miller teaches a two-day workshop in mid-October entitled “Painting Animals in Watercolor.” Miller will show students...
New Confluence Gallery exhibit aims straight for the hearth

New Confluence Gallery exhibit aims straight for the hearth

The notion of the hearth conjures up warmth and coziness, and there is no shortage of those sentiments in Confluence Gallery’s new exhibit – nubby shawls, tempting ceramic tea sets, and paintings and sculptures that complete the ambience of home. But the theme also inspired artists to reflect on …
Renowned cello, bassoon duo in concert at The Merc Playhouse

Renowned cello, bassoon duo in concert at The Merc Playhouse

An evening of chamber music performed by a cello and bassoon duo will be held Sunday (Sept. 4) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Rebecca Rust, cello, and Friedrich Edelmann, bassoon, are a husband-and-wife team based in Germany that performs throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, including three private performances for the emperor and...