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Lower Valley: March 23, 2016

Lower Valley: March 23, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Randy Lewis made an important discovery in the art world last month when Linda Melvin delivered five watercolor paintings to his art shop in Seattle: two landscapes and three still-life watercolors of ceramic plates. The early 20th century paintings and the artist, E. Wells, were unknown in the art world. Linda had...
Lower Valley: March 9, 2016

Lower Valley: March 9, 2016

By Joanna Bastian A receding snowpack forms small rivulets by the porch steps before trickling down the walkway into puddles to become small ponds that burst their pothole dams in a rush to the creek that rolls into the river and onward to the sea. In the morning I linger on the porch and listen...
Lower Valley: Feb. 24, 2016

Lower Valley: Feb. 24, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Melissa Kendrick, one of Carlton’s permanent artists-in-residence, studied at the Art Institute of Seattle and ran her studio, ProletariArt, Art for Commoners, in a Seattle neighborhood. The studio was named out of Melissa’s deep conviction that art should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income or ability. In her Seattle studio, Melissa...
Lower Valley: Feb. 10, 2016

Lower Valley: Feb. 10, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Just about everyone in the Methow Valley might be living on a piece of history. On Libby Creek, Wendy and Bill Snook live in a red cabin, next to a pair of quiet ponds and a bubbling creek. Being the curious type, Wendy searched out the story of their homestead through interviews...
Lower Valley: Jan. 27, 2016

Lower Valley: Jan. 27, 2016

By Joanna Bastian I attended Lynette Westendorf’s annual birthday concert, “A Whimsical Retrospective of My Life in Music.” It was a gift to hear her musical journey, beginning with early piano recitals, shenanigans on the organ bench in church services, road trips with the band, and all the life experiences that continue to inspire her...
Lower Valley: Jan. 13, 2015

Lower Valley: Jan. 13, 2015

By Joanna Bastian It is time once again for the Pacific Northwest’s most distinguished winter event: the Conconully Outhouse Races. Athletes representing Carlton’s finest have laid plans for a stunning comeback in 2016. If pushing outhouses and crafting witty puns are your forte, the Carlton team wants you! Meet at the Carlton Store this Saturday...
Lower Valley: Dec. 23, 2015

Lower Valley: Dec. 23, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I sent out a thick batch of cards last week and, spoiler alert, I wrote “Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year” in each of them. Sorry if you were waiting to be surprised with something a little more creative, like, “Season’s Greetings from the Bastians.” If I were to...
Lower Valley: December 9, 2015

Lower Valley: December 9, 2015

By Joanna Bastian This week marks the 74th anniversary of the United States entering the Second World War. The Methow Valley felt the effects as gas, food and other materials were rationed. Men were drafted into service, women stepped into the work force, and children collected recyclables. Everyone felt the weight of the war. Seventy-two...
Lower Valley: Nov. 25, 2015

Lower Valley: Nov. 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Black Canyon Road south of Methow has a new canyon, compliments of last Tuesday’s rainstorm on Nov. 17. While the upper valley received over a foot and a half of snow, the lower valley received an equal amount of rain, if not more. One foot of snow generally equates to 1 inch...
Lower Valley: November 11, 2015

Lower Valley: November 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I had planned a column featuring all autumn quotes, such as this gem from Jack Kerouac: “Swinging on delicate hinges the autumn leaf almost off the stem.” But then it snowed. Writing about autumn suddenly felt passé, like pumpkin spice latte. Speaking of pumpkins — we roasted a pumpkin earlier this week and mashed...