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2014 Art Fest Gallery

2014 Art Fest Gallery

The 2014 Methow Arts Festival had everything you need for a successful summer shindig — high temps, good food and a fun crowd. We hope you enjoy our gallery, the product of two staff photographers as well as community contributions.
Arts briefs: July 9, 2014

Arts briefs: July 9, 2014

This week: South American music at free concert Sunday at Pearrygin, Chamber Music Festival opens July 24, the Merc advises that you Git ready for Shakespeare, pardner, and Celebrate old-time music at the Shafer on Aug. 9
Elements of ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ interpreted at Winthrop Gallery

Elements of ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ interpreted at Winthrop Gallery

By Laurelle Walsh
Three Methow Valley artists — Lauralee Northcott, Dennis Kirkland and Cliff Schwab — present their recent work in a show titled “Earth, Wind and Fire” that opens this week at the Winthrop Gallery, located at 237 Riverside Ave. An artists’ reception will be held …
R&B Festival tuning up for 27th year

R&B Festival tuning up for 27th year

The usual stellar lineup is headed to the Methow Valley for the 27th annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival on July 18 – 20 at the Blues Ranch just west of town. Performers scheduled to appear include Lady “A,” The Soul of John Black, DoctorfunK, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, David Vest, Roy Rogers & the Delta...
Arts briefs: July 2, 2014

Arts briefs: July 2, 2014

This week: New show at Winthrop Gallery opens July 9 and Free concert at Pearrygin Lake on July 13
Historic climb 

Historic climb 

Five of the 26 travelers who accompanied local historian Bill Hottell on a recent trip to Ireland took a break atop the remote rock island called Skellig Michael, off the coast of County Kerry. From left, Walt Havens, Louise Stevens, Suzi Jennings, Scott Jennings and Kathleen Havens had to negotiate 619 steps carved out of...
TwispWorks artist sets out ‘to carve something bigger’ than herself

TwispWorks artist sets out ‘to carve something bigger’ than herself

By Laurelle Walsh

Stone carver, university professor and part-time valley resident Batya Friedman slowly chips away on an ancient limestone pillar at her …

Swenson plays body as instrument in ‘Human Jazz’ 

Swenson plays body as instrument in ‘Human Jazz’ 

By Laurelle Walsh

Combine mime with dance, vocals and improvisation; mix in elements of shamanism, shape-shifting and play, and you begin to get the picture of …

Arts briefs: June 25, 2014

Arts briefs: June 25, 2014

This week: Arts Festival back for the Fourth of July in Twisp and Summer reading for kids gets easier with radio recommendations from peers.
Sisters on the Fly landing in Winthrop this weekend

Sisters on the Fly landing in Winthrop this weekend

Sisters on the Fly, a nationwide outdoor adventure club for women, will return to Pine Near RV Park in Winthrop this weekend for another “Winthrop, Wine and Western Women” celebration. The group was formed in 1999 and now has more than 4,000 members, according to its website, www.sistersonthefly.com. Its mission statement is, “Offering empowerment and...