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Making art in the new old way

By on October 28, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
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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In the bleak midwinter comes a sweet song played on a hammered dulcimer

By on January 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
In the bleak midwinter comes a sweet song played on a hammered dulcimer

By Marlene Farrell Watching Julia Pinnix play her hammered dulcimer, it seems like musical magic coming from the intricate motion of her two handheld hammers, curved like wooden spoons.  To Julia, it’s second nature.  She is a self-described, “visual learner.” … Continue reading

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The sensory feel of clay

By on January 28, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
The sensory feel of clay

By Marlene Farrell Serendipity started Mijanou Fortney on her journey of teaching pottery classes and opening her business, MF Pottery.  She took a roundabout path to art. She grew up in Montana and majored in anthropology at Bates College in … Continue reading

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Submissions sought for new Central WA poetry journal

By on January 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Submissions sought for new Central WA poetry journal

A new print journal featuring local poets and their work is targeted for publication in May 2019. The Shrub-Steppe Poetry Journal is now accepting submissions.  “The purpose of this project is to gather the many poets of Central Washington under … Continue reading

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ARTISTS UPDATE: Creators keep on creating

By on December 24, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
ARTISTS UPDATE: Creators keep on creating

By Susan Lagsdin Every January, we riffle through our files to find a few previously-highlighted artists who will share with our readers recent life developments and insights on their work. In 2019, our picks from the past demonstrate a range … Continue reading

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When this artist packs up and leaves town, it’s a good thing

By on November 27, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
When this artist packs up and leaves town, it’s a good thing

By Susan Lagsdin Jane Walter Bousman — spurred by a pivotal transition a decade ago — has created a symmetrical two-part life for herself that’s personally and artistically satisfying, with just enough of a wide-open future to keep it interesting. … Continue reading

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Mark Smeltzer: If getting attention is the way to make money in show business, this actor feels he’s a natural

By on November 27, 2018 in Arts with 1 Comment
Mark Smeltzer:  If getting attention is the way to make money in show business, this actor feels he’s a natural

By Susan Lagsdin The venue was peaceful, with upholstered chairs in the sunny view window of a hillside home in Broadview, where 27-year-old voice artist and actor Mark Smeltzer is living, for a short time, with his parents. However, spending … Continue reading

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From STONES comes jewelry & a great deal of joy

By on October 29, 2018 in Arts with 1 Comment
From  STONES  comes  jewelry & a great deal of joy

By Vicki Olson Carr Bernice Holmes Bernatz worked for the United States Forest Service for 29 years. After she retired she looked around for an interesting and challenging hobby. Her first passion was horseback riding and she still owns a … Continue reading

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First came the publisher’s call, and then came the book

By on October 29, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
First came the publisher’s call, and then came the book

By Susan Lagsdin Megan Robinson was about to apply for a plum teaching job at Seattle’s University Child Development School, and she was determined to wow the interviewers. She asked her dad, Tom Robinson, to help her construct a science … Continue reading

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IN THE FLOW: Niki Stewart has drifted around the world, finds her inspiration in India and paints in Wenatchee

By on September 24, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
IN THE FLOW:  Niki Stewart has drifted around the world, finds her inspiration in India and paints in Wenatchee

By Susan Lagsdin Being in the flow is an essential state of being for Wenatchee oil painter Niki Stewart. “When I have a preconceived concept in my mind, my ego gets in the way. It breaks the flow and makes … Continue reading

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Focusing on a life artfully lived

By on August 28, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Focusing on a life  artfully lived

By Susan Lagsdin Erin Nash was last seen by our readers last year on a cover of The Good Life in a super-selfie, leaping into the air with her friend Brianna, with Wyoming’s Grand Tetons as a backdrop. Her story … Continue reading

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