Chamber music concert sold out
The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival’s Valentine’s Day concert at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp is sold out, according to Liz Johnson, the festival’s interim executive director. This year’s Chamber Music Festival will be at Signal Hill Ranch, between Twisp and Winthrop, from July 25 – Aug. 1. Last year’s event was cancelled because of the Carlton Complex Fire.
Confluence closing for new floor installation
Confluence Gallery in Twisp will be closed from Sunday (Feb. 15) through March 3 while new flooring is installed. The project is supported by donations from the Moccasin Lake Foundation and the Methow Valley Fund. The gallery reopens March 4 for the opening of its “XX XY” exhibit, with a reception from 4 – 8 p.m. For more information, call 997-2787.
Documentary on tar sands mining at Twisp River Pub
Jennifer Ekstrom, an eastern Washington native, will show her award-winning documentary Last Rush for the American West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale and the American Frontier at the Twisp River Pub next Wednesday (Feb. 18) beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door; an optional dinner costs $10 and starts at 5:30 p.m.
According to a press release, the documentary exposes plans to strip-mine almost a million acres of tar sand and oil shale deposits in the upper reaches of the Colorado River Watershed and highlights a resolute contingent of Utah citizens and local experts as well as indigenous leaders from the tar sands-impacted communities in Alberta, Canada, as they encourage American taxpayers and voters to help them stop the mining.
In addition, the Carlton Complex Assistance Network (CCAN) will present an update on the fire recovery status, needs and actions.
For more information, call 997-4142. To learn more about the movie, visit www.lastrushforthewildwest.com.
Popular features at Omak Film Festival
Wenatchee Valley College at Omak’s student government is partnering with the Omak and Mirage Theaters to present the 12th Annual Omak Film Festival from Feb. 19 to March 12.
“The goal of the partnership is to bring films that would not make it to the Okanogan — films that are riveting, captivating, educational and entertaining,” said Livia Millard, WVC at Omak multicultural coordinator.
The films include:
• Boyhood (PG 13), Feb. 19 – 21.
• Whiplash (R), Feb. 22 – 25.
• Theory of Everything (PG 13), Feb. 26 – 28.
• Selma (PG), March 1 – 4.
• Birdman (R), March 5 – 7.
• The Imitation Game (PG 13), March 8 – 12.
Admission is $9 for adults and $6.50 for children under 11. Discount matinees are $6.50 for all ages. WVC at Omak students with current student ID will be admitted free with one guest.
For times and to determine which theater the films will be shown in, visit www.omaktheater.com or call the Omak Theater, (509) 826-0860, or the Mirage Theater, (509) 826-1615.
Life drawing classes at Confluence
Robin Nelson Wicks will be the instructor for a four-part Life Drawing Series presented by Confluence Gallery in Twisp beginning March 5. The classes will feature live models in a two-hour session format. The other sessions are on March 12, 19 and 26; all are from 6 – 8 p.m. Cost is
Confluence is hiring models for the series. If you are interested in modeling, or to register for the drawing series, call 997-2787.
Exhibit explores meaning of gender
Confluence Gallery’s next major exhibit, “XX XY,” debuts with an open-night reception from 4 – 8 p.m. on March 7. The exhibit runs through April 11.
Confluence invited artists to explore gender in today’s world. In a press release, Confluence said, “A show about men and women, bodies, flesh, attitudes, and changing roles of the two sexes in society is bound to bring some uncomfortable moments to the more sensitive viewer and this exhibition will be no exception.” For more information, call 997-2787.
Learn about fine art photography
Thomas Dodd will talk about transforming photographs into works of art in a class on March 8 at Confluence Gallery in Twisp. The class is from 1 – 5 p.m.; cost is $150. Classes are open to all ages and experience levels. For more information, call 997-2787.
‘Body Love’ art project opens in Chelan
Make Studio, an interactive art studio in downtown Chelan’s Gallery Muse, invites the public to the “Body Love, Body Art
Project,” opening Friday (Feb. 13) from 6 – 8 p.m. The free show features art mannequins designed and created by local artists.
“The goal of the ‘Body Love, Body Art Project’ is to create a window into the artists’ body perceptions,” said former Methow Valley resident Rose Weagant Olcott, curator of the project. “It’s a very vulnerable position, to offer a representation of the body to the public. That’s where the artistic stylization comes into play.”
The show will continue through February. For more information, call (509) 795-6544.