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THE WHEEL KEEPS TURNING

By on March 23, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
THE WHEEL KEEPS  TURNING

Tossing in his day job promoting the arts and returning to actually making art By Jamie Howell “Idiocy. Great word,” says Mike Caemmerer. “I’m good at it.” Hands covered in drying clay, Mike sits with a potter’s wheel spinning quietly … Continue reading

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Picking up the violin

By on March 23, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Picking up the violin

‘The violin is my job, it’s my hobby, it’s the way I volunteer…’ By Susan Lagsdin Michelle Vaughn was 11, giddy about the orchestra recruitment assembly at her elementary school, where she’d heard junior high students ably playing the Pink … Continue reading

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Lives & landscapes: Local filmmaker captures the moments

By on March 23, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Lives & landscapes:  Local filmmaker captures the moments

By Susan Lagsdin In the office or out in the field, Jeremiah Higgins wears whichever figurative hat any day’s filming needs him to wear, as do most of the small crew of film makers at Voortex Productions in Cashmere.  He … Continue reading

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Gary Hesse

By on February 25, 2020 in Arts with 1 Comment
Gary Hesse

LST stage veteran treasures the teamwork and relishes the rich variety of roles By Susan Lagsdin “Just say the lines and don’t trip over the furniture.” That’s good advice from playwright Noel Coward for an actor agonizing a little too … Continue reading

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Kasey Koski’s real art? Art for everybody!

By on February 25, 2020 in Arts with 3 Comments
Kasey Koski’s real art? Art for everybody!

By Susan Lagsdin Kasey Koski’s creativity colors just about every domestic and professional move she makes, and over the years it’s moved her art from personal to studio-scale to public.  “I call it CCD — my ‘creative compulsive disorder,’” She … Continue reading

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Wenatchee artist roams and returns

By on January 27, 2020 in Arts with 1 Comment
Wenatchee artist roams and returns

Sometimes, you have to go away just so you can come back home By Susan Lagsdin Small towns and even small cities have their share of high school graduates who ache to light out on their own, to leave home … Continue reading

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Dance to a dream

By on January 27, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Dance to a dream

‘I’ve known since middle school that I wanted to run my own dance studio’ By Susan Lagsdin When Becca Allen opened Next Step dance studio in 2008, she realized her own life was a series of judiciously calculated moves — … Continue reading

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Artist Updates

By on December 22, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Artist Updates

By Susan Lagsdin Every year, we like to chronicle the progress of a few people from Chelan and Douglas counties who’ve been featured in past The Good Life artist profiles.  It’s tough to choose from the rich trove of creative … Continue reading

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Learning to be a writer

By on November 24, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Learning to be  a writer

It means, well, writing, writing and sometimes taking ‘no’ as an answer By Susan Lagsdin Lorna Rose-Hahn, Wenatchee writer, frames a publisher’s turn-down in the most positive of terms: “Handling rejection, getting familiar with it and making it work for … Continue reading

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Opening of another show: PAC tech keeps ’em coming

By on November 24, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Opening of another show: PAC tech keeps ’em coming

By Susan Lagsdin “’Yea! It’s the weekend!’ said no stagehand, ever.”  So proclaims the poster in the office of Mike Locke, operations director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Night and day, and especially when most people seek out entertainment … Continue reading

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Making art in the new old way

By on October 28, 2019 in Arts with 2 Comments
Making art in the new old way

By Susan Lagsdin Kirk Dietrich is good natured about being 67, with his five super-tech-savvy design employees all at least 30 years younger than he is.  They’re experts in gaming, websites, social media, user interface, video.  “When I started doing … Continue reading

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Stretching for a Miracle

By on October 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Stretching for a Miracle

A first time for everything: Team-building teacher takes on a new director role By Susan Lagsdin It was a Wednesday night in early October. As Dani Schafer-Cloke came striding into the room, she flashed a hello to a few old … Continue reading

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Rapping Sewhilkin Jimmy

By on September 23, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Rapping  Sewhilkin Jimmy

By Susan Lagsdin Reading the printed text of rap is about as satisfying as the recitation of a grammatically translated Elvis song (“You are not anything but a hound dog, barking all the time… You have never caught a rabbit … Continue reading

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Adele Wolford: Maven of Arts on the Avenues looking to pass on her love of visual arts

By on September 23, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Adele Wolford: Maven of Arts on the Avenues looking to pass on her love of visual arts

By Susan Lagsdin Adele Wolford, clipboard in hand, turned away from inspecting the popular bronze statue To Life at the east end of Wenatchee’s pedestrian walkway and greeted her interviewer in mid stride. “I’m working,” she called out cheerfully, gesturing … Continue reading

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Artist gets joy and gives joy with his sketching of homes

By on August 24, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Artist gets joy and gives joy with his sketching of homes

Story by Marlene Farrell Photos by Kevin Farrell Mogens Bach is a relatively new board member of Cascade Medical Foundation (CMF), but he’s been putting his artistic talent to work for their cause.  His sketches of homes were such a … Continue reading

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Hey, let’s start a theater

By on August 24, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Hey, let’s start a theater

By Susan Lagsdin What’s in a name?  When two local couples made the big leap in 2016 to start a new theater company, they christened it the Full Circle Theatre Company. It symbolizes a return for them, said Pete Kappler, … Continue reading

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Printmaker Sarah Horowitz

By on July 29, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Printmaker Sarah Horowitz

By Susan Lagsdin Scene #1: Across from Icicle Ridge, the artist plunks down rocks to secure the corners of an unwieldy three-foot by nine-foot banner of heavy blue mulberry-tree paper to the uneven ground.  Straddling over it at times, she … Continue reading

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Song of Rylei — With a good woman and heartfelt lyrics, can success be far away?

By on July 29, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
Song of Rylei — With a good woman and heartfelt lyrics, can success be far away?

By Susan Lagsdin Like love or happiness, success can only be measured accurately by the person experiencing it.  Rylei Franks — not boasting, just grateful — thinks he may be approaching it.  The Wenatchee singer/songwriter is one of the more … Continue reading

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Into a troubled life came riding saviors — and music

By on June 25, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Into a troubled life came riding saviors — and music

By Susan Lagsdin Horses and music, music and horses — how better to sooth the troubled soul of a girl who might have headed nowhere, or worse?  And, with those loves grown into twin proficiencies, what better way to live … Continue reading

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Making funny: For Alex Haley, Putting on a good show is as cool as being in a good show

By on June 25, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Making funny: For Alex Haley, Putting on a good show is  as cool as being in a good show

By Susan Lagsdin What big-time comedian would you like to spend a whole day with, to soak up some vibes, take away a few pointers?  “Jerry Seinfeld,” Alex Haley said immediately. He likes those trademark “So what’s going on with…?” … Continue reading

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Telling stories… better

By on May 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Telling stories… better

By Susan Lagsdin You might hear, “I don’t quite know how to write the ending,” or “I’m really nervous about reading aloud,” or “I’ve marked a few typos for you — the rest is great,” but something you’ll never hear … Continue reading

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Self-admitted tumbleweed has tried many things, but stayed true to her art

By on May 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Self-admitted tumbleweed has tried many things, but stayed true to her art

By Susan Lagsdin Heritage Heights, a senior living facility in Chelan, is full of history and lively personalities. Last winter, six local artists eagerly captured those elements as they painted portraits, or in a few cases abstract representations, of individual … Continue reading

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Making the scene: Prop master Jill Sheets creates theater magic with the aid of helpful volunteers and clever problem solving

By on April 22, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Making the scene: Prop master Jill Sheets creates theater magic with the aid of helpful volunteers and clever problem solving

By Susan Lagsdin Theatre prop master and producer Jill Sheets isn’t worried yet, but she does have a problem.  “I need a realistic newspaper like this on top of the stack every night, and I don’t want it to get … Continue reading

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Playing with words: Author leads a romp with language — helping kids spark their brains

By on April 22, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
Playing  with words: Author leads a romp with language — helping kids spark their brains

By Marlene Farrell They call her Dr. Fu. Every summer for the past 15 years, Amy Carlson dons this new identity to lead her summer book camps in Leavenworth. New names help launch Dr. Fu and the campers on adventures … Continue reading

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Copper maiden works her magic

By on March 31, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Copper  maiden works her magic

By Susan Lagsdin “You don’t need a weatherman To know which way the wind blows…”  — Bob Dylan,  Subterranean Homesick Blues Nor, frankly, do most of us really need a weathervane on the rooftop. Step outside, watch the trees, check … Continue reading

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Jameson Varpness: The choir is better when all voices have a place

By on March 31, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Jameson Varpness: The choir is better when all voices have a place

By Susan Lagsdin When Jameson Varpness first saw Wenatchee almost four years ago, just 26, just out of grad school in Nebraska and grateful for a first job in his area of expertise, he was stunned.  “Nobody had told me … Continue reading

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The Good Life cartoonist goes MAD

By on February 26, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
The Good Life cartoonist goes MAD

By Dan McConnell After about 50 years of yearning to be one of MAD magazines “Usual Gang of Idiots,” as of Jan. 2, I achieved my dream.  I started cartooning in 1980 with my Apple Andy weekly cartoon strip, went … Continue reading

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Pole dancing and belly dancing?

By on February 26, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
Pole dancing and belly dancing?

By Marlene Farrell Belly dancing and pole dancing might not appear to have much in common, but for Nadège Margaria, they are the two foci of an evolving passion. Nadège described the standing ovation she received after a performance in … Continue reading

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Joy, hope and love: When the Wicklines come on stage, faces smile and toes get tapping

By on February 26, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
Joy, hope and love: When the Wicklines come on stage, faces smile and toes get tapping

By Marlene Farrell Photos by Kevin Farrell Eight friends shared a stage for a Christmas show. Behind them, the floor to ceiling windows gave a sense they were playing, not just for their audience, but also their tunes were spilling … Continue reading

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Yarn magic: Hats and scarves add personality to outdoor artwork

By on January 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Yarn  magic: Hats and scarves add personality to outdoor artwork

By Lisa Robinson  with Kate Walker I’ve always wanted us — Wenatchee — to embrace our Art on the Avenue sculptures like the one by Seattle’s sculptor Richard Beyer’s best-known and best-dressed public artwork, Waiting for the Interurban, which wears … Continue reading

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