The photography installation “The Fifth Season,” which was on display in the Winthrop library until recently, will soon have a new home: the Twisp Civic Building.
The Twisp Town Council endorsed a request by Liz Walker, Executive Director of Clean Air Methow, to install the seven life-size photographs featuring community members talking about their experiences in dealing with wildfire-related issues include smoke. The photos, by local photographer Ryan Bell, were in the library from its opening in June through last November. They are printed on lightweight metal.
While in the library, the photos included an audio component that allowed visitors to listen to recordings by the people portrayed. The listening stations won’t be part of the Civic Building display, but placards will summarize the presentation by each of the pictured people.
According to Walker’s presentation, “each subject was selected for their unique story about resiliency about coping with wildfire and wildfire smoke … They touch on themes of grit, service, acceptance, preparedness, and determination.”
Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody is one of the people featured in the display. Others are Tom Venable, Methow Valley School District superintendent; Dr. James Wallace, a Family Health Centers physician and Okanogan County health officer; Cody Desautel, Colville Confederated tribes executive director; Eric, Cara, and Colm Godwin, a Methow Valley family; Kathy Moses, Colville Confederated tribes public information officer; and Alma Chacon and Laura Rivera of the Wenatchee Center for the Advancement of Families and Education.
Walker said it would be up to the town to determine how long the exhibit will be displayed. Public Works Director Andrew Denham said he would consult with Walker about installing the artwork.