Known for the quality of its light and its big open views, Beaver Creek is populated by artists. So great are these artists in number and so prolific are they in the artwork they produce that they decided to create an exhibit dedicated to the place that inspires their creativity.
The exhibit, “The Art of Beaver Creek,” opens at Confluence Gallery in Twisp on Saturday (Oct. 17) and runs through Nov. 21. The exhibit can be viewed in person during Confluence Gallery’s regular hours (Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.), or virtually via a link at http://www.confluencegallery.com.
Curated by Jennifer Molesworth and Cheryl Wrangle, “The Art of Beaver Creek” honors “the cultural and natural character of the Beaver Creek watershed, including wildlife, ranching, water, recreation, scenery, Pipestone Canyon, rattlesnakes, cataclysmic disturbance, history, people and art,” according to a press release.
Said Molesworth, “once a year the show committee for Confluence Gallery meets to decide which exhibits to run. When we suggested one dedicated to Beaver Creek and the artists who work there, the committee was very enthusiastic.”
Show participation is not limited to Beaver Creek artists, however; it also includes a beloved area for artists who are based elsewhere. Artists exhibiting in “The Art of Beaver Creek” include neighborhood locals like Jim Neupert (pottery) and Laurie Fry (painting) as well as regional artists like Dan Brown, whose metal deer sculpture provides a nod to the public lands surrounding Beaver Creek as well as to the hunting season that is concurrent with the exhibit’s opening.
Four other Beaver Creek artists share a special connection – a family one. In what is surely a unique situation, “The Art of Beaver Creek” features art from four family members spanning three generations. Legacy work from longtime Beaver Creek resident, the late Sue Marracci, will hang near jewelry created by her daughter, Joanne Marracci, and paintings by her son-in-law, Vern White, as well as near the art of her grandson, Tyler, a 2019 Liberty Bell High School graduate.
In addition to paintings, photography and 3D art, the exhibit includes some unconventional submissions, such as a short video by Leslee Goodman and poems by Christine Kendall. Additionally, Confluence Poets will host a free, virtual poetry reading on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibit.
“The Methow Valley has so many great communities and watersheds that are special and unique. Beaver Creek is just one fine example of that,” Molesworth said.
For more information, email SarahJo@ConfluenceGallery.com or call 997-2787.