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Letting go

By on May 23, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
Letting go

Paring down, clearing out, heading in a new direction: Local designer and crafter takes on a new art By Susan Lagsdin This is a coming-of-age tale. But it’s not about a pre-teen who sees the world newly after conquering a … Continue reading

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The beat, clang and twang goes on for Tom Lenny

By on May 23, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
The beat, clang and twang goes on for Tom Lenny

By Sebastian Moraga Give Tom Lenny a bell, a pie pan, a snowboard, a few springs and ask him to build something, and chances are he’ll be stumped. Or rather Stumpf-ed. Tom, a retired chief operator at Rocky Reach Dam, … Continue reading

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Dan Gemeinhart interviews Teri Fink about her new novel, The Clovis Dig

By on April 25, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
Dan Gemeinhart interviews Teri Fink about her new novel, The Clovis Dig

(Editor’s note: Dan Gemeinhart is the author of five novels for young readers: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Good Dog, Scar Island, Some Kind of Courage and The Honest Truth, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Dan … Continue reading

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Fearless

By on April 25, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
Fearless

Putting it all together, this singer-songwriter finds clear direction after a career change and a move to Chelan By Susan Lagsdin Wylee Williams, a singer, guitarist and songwriter newly residing in Chelan, is fearless about full disclosure of his checkered … Continue reading

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A dance to being creative during COVID

By on April 25, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
A dance to being creative during COVID

Owner Lindsey Martin: ‘I’m just a little hustler’ By Susan Lagsdin Lindsey Martin isn’t going to let this year’s ever-shifting pandemic standards of Levels 1, 2 or 3, dampen her creativity.  Her Wenatchee studio, Dance Creations, adheres to safety rules … Continue reading

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fire and glass

By on March 27, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
fire and glass

When pulling glass from the fiery furnace, ‘it’s like honey on a warm summer day’ by Marlene Farrell Stepping inside the Peshastin warehouse of Boulder Bend Glassworks, one senses how harnessing the power of heat yields such delicate beauty.  Beyond … Continue reading

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POP-UP ART

By on March 27, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
POP-UP ART

Marlin Peterson makes art that jumps off the page — or wall or asphalt parking lot — while teaching others that yes, you can get paid to make art By Susan Lagsdin Is it an alien invasion, or just a … Continue reading

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Marlene Farrell

By on March 27, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
Marlene Farrell

Taking the long run to be a published author By Susan Lagsdin Leavenworth writer Marlene Farrell needn’t go far from home to enjoy an enviable medley of work, art, recreation and family — not always symmetrically balanced but full and … Continue reading

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Clean shots

By on February 22, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
Clean shots

For real estate photographer, the art is in the uncluttered details By Susan Lagsdin “I remember one of the first houses I photographed professionally,” Travis Knoop recalled.  “[Realtor] Kathy Emerick, liked my work but picked out one shot and said, … Continue reading

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Welding a career, polishing a life

By on January 25, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
Welding a career, polishing a life

Bronze artist starts fresh in Wenatchee By Susan Lagsdin After quickly summarizing several discreet steps in the process of sculpting bronze from clay to burnished metal (described more clearly on the internet than in this story), in a generous stroke … Continue reading

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One person’s junk is Lynn Palmer’s scrap metal art

By on January 25, 2021 in Arts with 0 Comments
One person’s junk is Lynn Palmer’s scrap metal art

By Jaana Hatton Lynn Palmer likes to work with her hands. Gardening, cooking and — welding.  Yes, those things are related. They are creative outlets, sparks of ideas that become real through her fingers.  It’s junk metal that really brings … Continue reading

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Artist update: Sherry Krebs

By on December 28, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Artist update: Sherry Krebs

‘I certainly am getting my money’s worth out of my house payment’ Five years ago in The Good Life, we predicted that “It’s very possible that Sherry Krebs will never run out of energy. Certainly she will never lack for … Continue reading

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Artist update: Dan McConnell

By on December 28, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Artist update: Dan McConnell

‘I usually do a few cartoons every day, culminating in a Tuesday email submission to The New Yorker’ Dan McConnell, who regularly does the “Then and Now” cartoon for The Good Life, has been drawing for almost 40 years, everywhere … Continue reading

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Artist update: Brian Ohme

By on December 28, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Artist update: Brian Ohme

‘Keep your ears open; I may take another turn around the block’ In 2010, fans enjoyed Brian Ohme’s eclectic trio SumGuy playing the naturally grown music he characterized then as “spiritual, humorous, about truth — searching, persevering, and taking chances. … Continue reading

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Artist updates: Ana Maria Spagna

By on December 28, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Artist updates: Ana Maria Spagna

ANA MARIA SPAGNA ‘I’m lucky to be in a place that feels new during an era when others are feeling very stuck’ Ana Maria Spagna learned to love the mountains from her work for the Forest Service and the Park … Continue reading

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What’s it worth?

By on November 24, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
What’s it worth?

The question is easy to ask, but for art appraiser Jerry Goroski, the answer takes some work By Susan Lagsdin Not all “old stuff” stories turn out this well (if they did, Antiques Road Show would lack suspense). But Wenatchee … Continue reading

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Fabulous Feet: ‘We’re just dancing for the love of dance right now’

By on November 24, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Fabulous Feet: ‘We’re just dancing for the love of dance right now’

Editor’s note: At our deadline, COVID-19 restrictions were reinstated and the studio is again temporarily closed. By Susan Lagsdin Nobody needs to remind veteran Wenatchee dance instructor Melissa Miller-Port that Pandemic 2020 meant her Fabulous Feet studio was shuttered for … Continue reading

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Ode to live music

By on October 25, 2020 in Arts with 1 Comment
Ode to live music

Remembering a time before the music stopped By Emily Keenan Just last year, together with my bands, we sang amongst the beauty of the vineyards. We attended parties, weddings, grand openings and hippie festivals. We played alternative covers at church … Continue reading

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Designer has the feel for space

By on October 25, 2020 in Arts with 4 Comments
Designer has the feel for space

By Susan Lagsdin Diana Hoyt, the interior stylist with Deep Water Home & Electronics, designed much of the Carlisle Classic Builders entry in the 2020 virtual Home Tour (see related story).  When asked, “What’s your very favorite all-time project to … Continue reading

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Werner Janssen writes about the intriguing life of Harriet Bullitt

By on October 25, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Werner Janssen writes about the intriguing life of Harriet Bullitt

By Werner Janssen When I retired as manager of Holden Village after 20 years of being involved in the development of the facility and community, our family moved to Leavenworth, which had become an unofficial next-step community for numerous individuals … Continue reading

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Leyton’s Crazy World

By on May 25, 2020 in Arts with 1 Comment
Leyton’s Crazy World

12-year-old has YouTube channel: ‘Making people laugh and smile is my favorite thing’ By Leyton Pinto Twelve-year-old boys throw baseballs. They hit home runs and celebrate their touchdowns.  I can’t throw a baseball and I definitely can’t leap high into … Continue reading

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Walking the wild side with pen and camera, a life-long naturalist turns his world into art

By on April 27, 2020 in Arts with 3 Comments
Walking the wild side with pen and camera, a life-long naturalist turns  his world into art

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin Keith Warrick, 82, has explored and hiked for most of his life, recording with camera and sketch pad the scenes in nature that serve his prolific artistry.  Though his eyesight is tricky … Continue reading

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Wenatchee author has aspirations, attitude and at last — Asperfell

By on April 27, 2020 in Arts with 0 Comments
Wenatchee author has aspirations, attitude and at last — Asperfell

By Susan Lagsdin Wenatchee teacher and author Jamie Thomas is a world-builder.  When she writes fiction, she first envisions the setting, not one on our present earth but one made of her imagination, a retreat from reality that is sometimes … Continue reading

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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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