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fall 2014 During the summer of 2014, hundreds of thousands of acres burned or were destroyed in the Methow Valley and throughout Okanogan County as a result of wildfire, leaving more than 300 families without homes, including many students served by Methow Arts’ Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership. This partnership provides arts education to over 5200 students in seven school districts. Numerous evacuations of neighborhoods created frightening and stressful experiences for other students. Methow Arts would like to recognize the valuable role that the arts can play in the healing process. It is our goal Amanda Jackson Mott this year, through art experiences, to help in the healing process for these students. Now Executive Director Methow Arts Alliance more than ever, students in the Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership—most of whom already lack art teachers at the elementary school level—need access to the highquality arts education provided by Methow Arts through grants and donations. We need your help. If you would like to sponsor increased and enhanced arts education opportunities for students in the school districts affected by the Carlton Complex Wildfire and other fires, please contact me at Methow Arts. Thank you for helping to recover our valley,

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magazine connects audiences with the work of our many resident and visiting artists and the organizations that provide a breadth of arts programming. It is a celebration of the vision, genius and creativity that abound in the Methow Valley and beyond. To receive this publication in the mail, please become a member of one or more of our collaborating Arts Partner organizations. Thank you for supporting a rich and varied arts community. Published and designed by Methow Arts Alliance 509.997.4004

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Not only is the valley plentiful in excellent restaurants, rustic lodging and shopping. The Methow Valley also offers many unexpected surprises in the form of artwork outdoors. The map below provides a start for journeys outdoors in all seasons. Updates and more information can be found online. Future magazines will bring updates, so please stay tuned. And by all means, if you know of any art that we have missed, please give a call or send an email to let us know. The map will be online as well at www. CONTACT: 509.997.4004,





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A Valley Like This - William Stafford silver star - William Stafford Transitions - Mazama Kiosk - Barry Stromberger Flora & Fauna of the Methow - Bruce Morrison, Jim Neupert, and MV Elementary School students where we Are - William Stafford The War of the Frogs and Cranes Richard Beyer Wildland Firefighter Memorial - Barry Stromberger Ask Me - William Stafford Town Trailhead Kiosk - Jessica Dietz Winter in the Methow - Tori Karpenko and Liberty Bell High School students Wait for Me - Bruce Morrison Our Forests, Fire, and Recovery Laura Rudd, Kathleen Briley, and MV Elementary students Sean McCabe Memorial - Tara Gregg and Barry Stromberger Positive Graffitti - LBHS students under direction of Sean McCabe LBHS Entry Sign - Bruce Morrison and Jim Neupert Cougar Tapestry - WAC. Uknown Arist Botanical Prints - WAC. Uknown Arist Seasons of the Methow - Deirdre Cassidy, Janet Essley, and 5th & 6th grade Seed to Table - Nicole Ringgold and MV elementary students Fishy Pillars - Janie Lewis. Assisted by 5th & 6th grade The Methow - Bruce Morrison and Jim Neupert is this Feeling about the west Real? - William Stafford Bringing Home the Bacon/Salmon - Dan Brown Father Flood - Bruce Morrison Blue Heron and Smolt - Cordi Bradburn Twisp - Steve Love Grandfather Flood - Bruce Morrison Children Taking Water to Herbs Richard Beyar Seasons of the Methow - Kate Jones Fish Grow on Trees - Nicole Ringgold Entro - Bernard Hosey Round and Round - Bernard Hosey Wedgeshed - Laurie Kain Home: Past and Present - David Joel From the wild people - William Stafford Time for serenity, Anyone? - William Stafford


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fall ART calendar Classes/artist opportunities ORANGE, Exhibits BLUE.

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ongoing classes Line Dancing Mondays, 6 pm. Lessons begin at 6:30pm. $4. Twisp Grange. 509.429.2064.

Eco Printing Sat, Sept 13, 10am-1pm Learn this fun, easy technique of turning fall's flowers and leaves into beautiful works of wearable art. $50. Culler Studio, TwispWorks.

EVENTS/CLASSES/EXHIBITS Fire Sept 26-Jan 3 An exhibition of artwork inspired by FIRE. See article. Methow Gallery, TwispWorks, 509.997.0255 The Big Sleep: Conversations on Finality Sept 27-Nov 8, Reception Sat, Sep 27, 4-8pm Artists interpret feelings behind the nature of death. See article. Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787,

Learn to Knit Lace Sat, Sept 13, 10am-1pm Start a simple knitted lace scarf. Learn all the basics and handy tips to get you from start to finish! $18. Twisted Knitters at TwispWorks.

Spinners and Weavers Thursdays, 1pm Meet and spin/weave. 137 Old Twisp Hwy. 509.997.5666 Fix Your Gear Nights at eqpd First Thursdays of each month, 5-8pm Bring your sports gear to eqpd for a free and quick fix up! eqpd at TwispWorks.

SEPTEMBER Pipestone Orchestra Holiday Concert Rehearsals Beginning Thurs, Sept 4, 6:30-8:30pm Rehearsals begin for the annual Holiday Concerts. Twisp Community Center, Room 7, 509.997.0222, The Vampire or the Bride of Isles: Audio Play Fri-Sat, Sept 5-6, 7pm & Sun, Sep 7, 2pm Recommended for ages 12 and up. See Article The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 509.997.PLAY or www. Winthrop Vintage Wheels Show Fri, Sept 6, 5-7pm, Sat Sep 7, 8-4 Iconic wheeled treasures take over the town of Winthrop. See article. 509.996.2125, Intimate Performances at the Spartan Art Project Sat, Sept 6, 7pm Jessica Jasper and Racheal Nesvig play Mozart in this mobile art gallery. Pay as inspired. Spartan Art Project, TwispWorks. Adult Pottery Class with Jim Neupert Mondays and Wednesdays starting Sept 8 (sixteen classes), 5:30-8:30pm $260/materials included. Pay per night option. Hand building, wheel techniques, decorating and glaze methods. Instruction according to individual’s abilities. (Limited space.) 92 Lower Beaver Creek Rd, Twisp, WA (Jim’s studio). 509.429.9475,

Quinn the Band at Twisp River Pub Mon, Sept 15, 8:30pm Soulful and heartfelt, gritty and sweet. Twisp River Pub. 201 Hwy 20, Twisp. 509.997.6822 Kids Pottery Class with Jim Neupert Tuesdays starting Sept 16 (six classes), 3-5pm $85/materials included, ages 7–12. Students learn hand building, glazing and will work on the wheel. (Limited space.) Methow Valley Elementary Art Room. 509.429.9475, Kids’ Art Party! Fri, Sept 19, 10am-2pm Students grades 2-6. $35/first artist in the family, $30/ additional artist. Limited space. Register/Info: Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787, Fall in the Methow Through Sat, Sept 20 Images of fall in the Methow. Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787, The Fabulous Fall Follies Sat, Sept 20, 7pm Featuring over 12 talented acts. Methow Valley Community Center, 509.997.2926 ART Forum Thurs, Sept 25, 5:30-7pm An evening of discussion and celebration of the arts. Meet Karen Hanan, Washington State Arts Commission’s new Director. Bring ideas, learn about ArtsWA, mingle with artists, organizations and cultural leaders. Methow Arts Alliance, 509.997.4004,

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Danbert Nobacon & Friends, Fri, Nov 14, 7pm

Last Sunday: the Lamprey Sun, Sept 28, 3pm Free. Methow Valley Interpretive Center, 210 5th St., Twisp. Community Harvest Potluck Sun, Sept 28, 4-8pm Gather with neighbors and friends bring a dish to share. See article. TwispWorks, 502 S. Glover St, Twisp. Inside and Outside Through September 29 New work from Laura Aspenwall, Michael Caldwell and Marcy Stamper. A showing of blown glass, paintings and photography. Winthrop Gallery, 237 Riverside Ave, 509.996.3925

OCTOBER Shrines, Altars & Sacred Objects Oct 1- Nov 24; Artist reception Sat, Oct 4, 5-7pm A show of artwork by co-op gallery members. See article. Winthrop Gallery, 237 Riverside Ave, 509.996.3925 Mosaic Mojo Hat-Making Workshop Sat, Oct 4 & Sat, Oct 11, 11am-1pm Learn to knit this fun hat featuring a pinwheel top in garter stitch, and mosaic-pattern band with a rolled

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edge finish in this 2-part class. Knowledge of knit and purl stitching is necessary. Participants will be taught this special kind of slip-stitch patterning. $24.Twisted Knitters at TwispWorks. Expeditionary Art: Imaging the Arctic Oct 7, 7-8:30pm Methow Conservancy First Tuesday presentation. Explore the Arctic with artist Maria Coryell-Martin. Location TBA. Methow Conservancy. 509.996.2870. Murder by the Book October 10-26, Thurs-Sat, 7pm; Sun, 2pm A witty light hearted and inventive thriller. See article. $15/Adults, $5/Under 18. The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 509.997.PLAY, Eco Printing Sat, Oct 11, 10am-1pm Learn a fun and easy technique of turning fall's flowers and leaves into beautiful works of wearable art. $50. Culler Studio at TwispWorks. Eli West - Intimate Performances Sun, Oct 12, 7pm Bluegrass. Pay as inspired. Spartan Art Project at TwispWorks. Phoenix Festival Sat, Oct 11, 4-10pm A creative arts festival to benefit recovery efforts of the summer fires. Music, interactive art, local food vendors and opportunities for our community to rebuild after a devastating disaster season. Call to participate. By donation. See article.TwispWorks, 509.997.3300, Kids’ Art Party! Fri, Oct 17, 10am-2pm Students grades 2-6. $35/first artist, $30/additional Limited space. Register: Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787, New Techniques in Indigo Dyeing Sat, Oct 18, 10am-1pm Learn about one of nature's most beautiful and complex natural dyes. Instruction on different shibori techniques. $50. Culler Studio at TwispWorks. An Evening of Salsa Membership Party Fri, Oct 24 Salsa dance instruction, music, food for members. 35$/membership, 50/family membership. Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787, Room One Soup Dinner Sat, Oct 25 At Winthrop Barn, details TBA. Room One. 509.997.2050. Watercolor Workshop with Paula Christen Fri-Sat, Oct 24-25 At the European-style lodge North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama, WA. All levels. $508/includes meals, social hours and lodging. 509.996.2598, Natural Dyeing from Start to Finish Sat-Sun, Oct 25-26, 10am-3pm Make 5 colors from raw plants and turn them into finished dyes. Will dye silks, yarns, cottons. $175. Culler Studio at TwispWorks.

Halloween Dance Party Fri, Oct 31, 8pm Hosted by the Methow Valley Theater. At the Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. $10/entry.

EARLY DECEMBER Winter Wonder Dec 5-14 The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 509.997.PLAY or


Cashore Marionettes Sat, Nov 1, 7pm Powerful, entertaining, surprising. Tickets/Twisp Daily Business, Riverside Printing Winthrop, See article. Methow Arts (.org), 509.997.4004, Auditions for Gypsy Nov 2- 4, 7pm Auditions for the Methow Valley Theater’s late March show. Rehearsals begin in January. Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. Returning the Bones Fri-Sat, Nov 7-8, 7pm Solo Performer Series. See article. $15/Adults, $5/ under 18. The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 509.997.PLAY or

Danbert Nobacon & Friends Fri, Nov 14, 7pm 4th Bi-annual Show. At the Merc Playhouse. Contact Danbert Nobacon. 509.997.0609. Missoula Childrens' Theatre: Robin Hood Auditions: Sat, Nov 10, 12:30-2:30pm Performances: Sat, Nov 15, 3 & 7pm Methow Valley Elementary School. Info: Methow Arts, 509.997.4004, Holiday Show: Snow and Indigo Nov 15-Jan 3 Curator Jennifer Molesworth. Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787,

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Holiday Gift Show at the Winthrop Gallery Wed, Nov 26-Jan 5; Artist reception Sat, Nov 29, 5-7pm Crafts and gifts by local and regional artists. See article. Winthrop Gallery, 237 Riverside Ave, 509.996.3925


Cascadia’s Holiday Concerts Sun and Mon, Dec 14, 15 Cascadia's gift to the community. By donation. Methow Valley Community Center.

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Liberty Bell Drama Company Variety Show Fri, Nov 21, 7pm Song, dance, comedy and more by Liberty Bell High School Students. At the Merc Playhouse. Contact Danbert Nobacon. 509.997.0609.


The Kinsey Sicks Fri, Dec 12, 7pm Dragapella – “straight” from San Francisco. Adults (18 and over) only. Winthrop Barn. Holiday tables available. We expect to sell out! www. Methow Arts (.org), 509.997.4004,

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Learn to Knit Lace - Intermediate Level Sat, Nov 8, 11am-2pm Must be comfortable with basic knitting skills. Start a simple knitted lace scarf and learn basics and handy tips to get you from start to finish! We will use a free pattern and you will need to bring approximately 220 yards of sport, DK or fingering weight yarn, and US8 knitting needles. $18. Twisted Knitters, 502 S. Glover St., Twisp.

Christmas at the End of the Road Fri, Nov 28, 2-6pm, Sat, Nov 29, 12-6pm A weekend of holiday spirit in true Western tradition. Winthrop, WA. 509.996.2125,

The Wailin’ Jennys Sat, Dec 6, 7pm Folk, bluegrass, pop and rock. $15/Students, $20/ Adults.

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SAVE THE DATE SAT, Oct 11, 4-10PM at TwispWorks A creative arts festival to benefit fire and flood recovery for the Methow Valley. An arts-inspired experience full of music, performance, interactive art-making, local food and beverages, and opportunities for our community to rebuild after a devastating disaster season. At TwispWorks, more details soon, find it @

Artists, local businesses interested in participation contact TwispWorks @ 509.997.3300 Call for Creative Submissions: Accepting fire-inspired creative work in any medium including visual, installation, audio, video, musical or performance art. 509.997.3300/Tori

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Playwright Contest

Missoula Childrens Theatre: Robin Hood

If you’ve ever had aspirations of writing a play, but needed a kick start, this may be just the motivation you’ve been waiting for. Methow Valley Theater (MVT) is excited to announce its 2015 Pen The Play Playwright contest. Begin now (or dust off that old forgotten transcript) to complete your dream by May 1, 2015. The winners will have the thrill of watching their production come to life by Methow Valley Theater onthe Methow Valley Community Center stage in Twisp.


SAT, NOV 15, 3pm & 7pm AUDITIONS: Mon, Nov 10, 12:30-2:30pm

The winning 1st place Adult playwright will also receive $1,000.00, and the Young Writer (under 18 years of age) $500.00 in the form of scholarship in the field of their choice.

Auditions held for students K-12. INFO: www., info@methowartsalliance. org, 509.997.4004. At the Methow Valley Elementary School.

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Community Harvest Dinner @ TWISPWORKS Gather with neighbors and friends to celebrate the harvest and our resilient Methow Valley community at the fourth annual Community Harvest Dinner on Sunday, September 28 from 4-8 pm at TwispWorks. All are welcome at this free event sponsored by TwispWorks’ Methow Made program and the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. Please bring a potluck dish to share. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, cooking and clean-up. Free, but contributions toward the costs are appreciated. DATE: Sun, Sept 28, 4-8pm. TICKETS/COST: Free, but contributions toward the costs are appreciated. CONTACT: At TwispWorks, Twisp, WA. Alison Gillette at 509.997.3300, to volunteer.

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BOOK-IT THEATRE’S “LA MARIPOSA” Bilingual theatre comes to Okanogan County in the form of Book-It Repertory Theatre’s “La Mariposa,” which will be performed at ten area schools at the end of September. With narrative text spoken as dialogue by the characters, the original adaptation of Francisco Jimenez’s autobiographical story will be performed in both Spanish and English by Book-It’s touring company actors. The plotline revolves around Francisco, who is the son of Mexican migrant farmers. When Francisco starts first grade at a new school in his new home –the United States—he longs to be a part of the world around him, but struggles with an unfamiliar language and making new friends. He finds comfort in the slow-moving caterpillar that lives in a jar by his desk. Francisco knows the caterpillar will become a butterfly, but how? Gradually, the metamorphosis takes place, and the caterpillar and Francisco are beautifully transformed. For many students in the fire-ravaged school districts in Okanogan County, the story’s message about the challenges of new beginnings will have a special resonance, as families and communities begin the process of recovering from and rebuilding after the Carlton Complex Wildfire and other wildfires. Book-It Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspiring its audiences to read. Methow Arts and Book-It Theatre are collaborating to provide this tour through a generous gift from Paul G. Allen and Jo Lynn Allen in honor of their mother, Faye G. Allen, a long-time teacher and theatre lover. CONTACT: Methow Arts (.org), 509.997.4004,


ART EXPLOSION: PATEROS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CREATE MURAL By Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director – Methow Arts Pateros School art teacher Todd Steenhard has a glass display case outside his classroom where he features student art, but he had a vision for something even more vibrant—a mural on the white walls surrounding the case. Through Methow Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program, Steenhard connected with Riverside artist Jody Olson, who is known for her mural work around the Okanogan region. Together, Steenhard and Olson coached high school students through the process of designing and painting an interior wall mural in acrylic/latex paint. Consisting of images of oversize art materials, the mural explodes off the wall (hence the inspiration for the name “Art Explosion”). In the process of creating the mural students learned techniques for enlarging and foreshortening, mixing colors, and a fresco technique called “pouncing,” which is a process of transferring a design from pricked paper to a wall. The cartoon-style mural pops with colors, drawing the gaze of passersby to the display case at the heart of the mural. Orange pigment pours from a giant paint can next to a 10’ long paint brush and a pencil nearly as big as a student; nearby are ceilingheight scissors. Juxtaposed with the finished art pieces it surrounds, the mural was created using the materials it represents. “Art Explosion” is located outside the art room at the Pateros School. This residency was created by Methow Arts Alliance with funding/sponsorship from Webster Furniture, the Pateros PTO, the Pateros School District, the Community Foundation of North Central WA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtsWA. CONTACT: Methow Arts (.org), 509.997.4004,




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A FILMMAKER'S JOURNEY Feature by Marcy Stamper. Photography by E.A. Weymuller

When thinking about a subject for a new documentary film, Pete Vogt looks for people he sees as “rebels and button-pushers.” While he is particularly interested in stories about music, sports, and the environment, it is a more-elusive quality—what Vogt calls “where the rational meets the irrational in everyday life”—that really pulls him in.

Even given irresistible characters and an interesting topic, “what you really want is somebody who wants to tell their story,” said Vogt. “But if they don’t want to—then they may be sitting on something that will shed an entirely different light on the subject.” Vogt first strayed into the world of film several decades ago via a graduate program in critical writing. “I was interested in understanding film from a critical viewpoint, in getting under the skin of why, while there were many good films, there were so few great films being made at that time—or, really, ever,” he said. As part of the program, he was assigned to make his own film. “I never really found out why great films are hard to find—except, as

I discovered, films are really hard to make. There are a lot of moving parts,” he said. Vogt acknowledges that he has high standards. “I’m hard on films—I want people to rise to the expectations of what the craft and art should be.” After years of making documentaries and short fiction films, Vogt has refined his expectations. “I once thought it was important to change the world, to have that in the back of your mind,” he said. “Although I still want that, I accept that raw entertainment is O.K.” He considers a moment. “A filmmaker’s duty is to love the world in a particular way, and to evoke and amplify the part of the world they love through their craft. It’s an impetus to correct something wrong—‘I love the world so much that I’m going to be a voice to change it.’”

The watershed moment in his career came when he and his friend Doug Pray, a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, collaborated on Hype, which chronicled the grunge scene in Seattle. “It was a large and important-enough topic that it got attention,” said Vogt. The film got great reviews and played at major film festivals. Although they finally sold Hype to a distributor, that success came with a harsh dose of reality. “It just really hurts to put that much work into it and to make something pretty damn great, and the distributor makes money—and you get zero,” said Vogt. He was so disillusioned by the experience that he decided to become a farmer. For more than a decade, Vogt grew chilies,

Vogt’s first films in graduate school were highly experimental. “The filmmakers there came out of the art world—painters, poets, musicians. They didn’t feel bound by narrative structure,” he said. “It was kind of liberating, and a lot of fun.” Even within this narrative freedom, Vogt was captivated by the way filmmaking enabled him to tell the stories he thought were vital. “I made crummy documentaries, with poor production values,” he said. “But they had heart.” After school, he took filmmaking fairly casually, making “Hollywood-ish, indy films and down-home documentaries” while working other jobs.

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garlic, quinoa, and amaranth on his property outside Twisp. Although he loved farming, after four years without touching a camera, he found himself getting antsy.

tric pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee, was a perfect example of how a good story about an intriguing character can evolve into something much deeper.

Vogt started making shorter, “slightly eccentric” documentaries and found it felt fun again. His films started to get exposure on public television. The series Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, which Vogt co-directed, looks at the evolution of contemporary jazz through an understanding of the musicians and their music, and was particularly well received.

“We were off and running before knowing exactly where it was going to go, except being the story of his life,” said Vogt. Soon the story became much more complex, providing a window into the culture and politics of baseball. “The film started out to be a lark, then became a large story about what happens when people speak their minds in a corporate structure,” he said.

He also delved into films about sports. High & Outside, a documentary about the eccen-

Vogt is currently finishing up another sports documentary called The Play, which chronicles “four seconds of football that defy the imagination,” a notorious series of maneuvers in a 1982 match-up between the University of California and Stanford that clinched the game for California in a chaotic—and still controversial—string of events that even included the Stanford marching band. But Vogt’s attraction to sports isn’t just about the memorable plays or colorful players. “I’m interested in our deep memory of sports,” he said. “Why do people remember and cherish sports so deeply—more than art, for example?”

Vogt has recently been helping other filmmakers learn to tell the stories they find compelling through an intensive documentary filmmaking workshop in Twisp called Wild Mind Film Camp, which he co-directs with Pray. Participants—who come from around the country—make short films about everything from Methow Valley history to

environmental issues to more-personal topics. The films are screened for the public at the culmination of the workshop. Running the workshop, like making movies, is completely consuming. “It takes such chunks out of your life that you always think you’ll never make another,” said Vogt. In the end, he is lured back by his passion for storytelling. “People need good stories. I’m going to tell the stories nobody else is going to tell, and tell them in a way that nobody else will.” he said.


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An Audio Play of

The Vampire or the Bride of the Isles By J.R. Planche. Adapted by Ki Gottberg Back By Popular Demand! Thrill as you journey into a live soundscape, watching the battle between good and evil. Madcap Melodrama, a Seattle ensemble which includes The Merc Playhouse's Artistic Director, Ki Gottberg, invites you to an encore presentation of their audio play, an adaptation of the tale by J.R. Planché of The Vampire, or the Bride of the Isles. This 1920 Melodrama gave London audiences the shivers as they watched the wicked and seductive progress of an undead Lord mesmerizing his way into the noble hearts of royalty. Now, as adapted by Ki Gottberg, Madcap Melodrama brings the tale to today's audiences, enhanced by a live soundscape. Madcap Melodrama, a Seattle ensemble which includes The Merc Playhouse's Artistic Director, Ki Gottberg, invites you to an encore presentation of their audio play on September 5th through the 7th.

Featuring Dominic Cody-Kramers, Ki Gottberg, Gin Hammond, Brennan Murphy, and Kate Wisniewski.

DATES: Fri, Sat, Sep 5 & 6, 7pm Sun, Sep 7, 2pm. TICKETS: $15/Adults, $5/Youth 18 & under. Recommended for ages 12 and up. To experience the sound on a deeper level, headphones may be rented for an additional $10 (limited to the first 20). LOCATION/CONTACT: The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 509.997.PLAY (7529), [TWISPWORKS] [METHOW GALLERY]

FIRE Fire; a helpful tool, even a potential lifesaver but summer fires can be destructive beyond belief. In The Methow, all kinds of fires inhabit our land and our psyche. As the flames from the summer fires dwindle, what are we left with? The Methow Gallery exhibit, Fire, asks artists to reveal their feelings about the subject. Does an image etched on the mind need to become tangible, do words need to be set down or the blob that was a boat become sculpture?

Colorful Sails Light Up Campus Austrian artist Karin Wimmeder, summer artist-in-residence at TwispWorks, created “I Land,” a 3-D piece that includes a painted mandala topped by lively sails that draw energy from the earth and enliven the TwispWorks parking lot. Step into the center of the piece to see magnificent views of the surrounding hills, and feel the future possibility of this signature public space. At TwispWorks, 509.997.3300

There are as many stories about the firestorms of 2014 as there are people to tell them. Methow Gallery will present some of these ‘stories’ from September 26-January 3. Come in and see what rises from the ashes. And remember…help the recovery effort-buy local! Contact the curators at if interested in participating DATES: Sept 26-Jan 3, Thurs-Sat, noon-7pm or by appointment. LOCATION: Methow Gallery at TwispWorks. CONTACT:, 509.997.0255 Karin Wimmeder's piece "I Land" draws the eye @ TwispWorks.



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[CONFLUENCE GALLERY] The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce presents two wonderful opportunities to enjoy Winthrop’s boardwalks and historic charm this fall. On Friday and Saturday, September 6th and 7th, enjoy the 39th Annual Winthrop Vintage Wheels Show. Cars and Motorcycles will take over Winthrop’s main street, travel trailers will be on display at nearby Pine Near RV Park, antique tractors will be showcased at the Shafer Museum and vintage bicycles will adorn Rockinghorse Bakery’s storefront. This comprehensive showcase of antique and vintage wheels of all types is a unique way to discover what else Winthrop has to offer, including shops, restaurants, pubs and coffee roasters. If an old-fashioned cowboy Christmas sounds just right, Christmas at the End of the Road is a magical weekend of holiday spirit in true western tradition. Wrap up your Thanksgiving weekend with storytelling and a Night Hot Air Balloon Glow on Friday, November 28. Saturday, November 29th, brings more family fun with the Christmas at the End of the Road 5K and 1K Run, a visit from Santa, campfires caroling and fireworks and other activities throughout the day. DATES: Winthrop Vintage Wheels Show, FriSat, Sep 6-7, Christmas at the End of the Road, Fri-Sat, Nov 28-29. CONTACT: 509.996.2125,

Kids’ Art Parties! Confluence Gallery offers art parties for elementary students (2nd6th graders) this fall. Join them for student workshops where children express, create and connect with art. Confluence has scheduled parties to coincide with professional days, early release and school holidays. Party fees cover instructor and basic supply costs. The party themes offer something for everyone, and with hopes that they will offer your child new and fun ways to expand their brain power! DATES: Sept 19, Oct 17, Dec 12, 10am-2pm. COST: Registration required. $35/day for the first artist in the family, $30/day for each additional artist. Maximum 10 artists per party. Spaces fill quickly! Payment required to secure a spot. REGISTRATION: Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787,

The Fabulous Fall Follies The Fabulous Fall Follies rides again at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. Featuring over 12 talented acts, "our goal is to entertain you, tickle your fancy, and bend your senses", say organizers Kelly Donoghue, Mark Holm, and Kirsten Ostlie. Acts may include singers, dancers, magicians, animal acts, illusionists, and musicians. DATE: Sept 20, 7pm. LOCATION/ CONTACT: The Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp. 509.997.2926,


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Cashore Marionettes & Arts Education Night For adults and children. Unmatched in artistry, grace, and refinement of movement, the acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. A performance by the Cashore Marionettes is a celebration of life. The program consists of a collection of engaging pieces encompassing a broad range of themes, each delivered with a simplicity that expresses the essence of the moment, providing a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and children alike.

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Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a is Created by One Man and his Exquisite Marionettes” full evening unlike anything else - Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight, the original vignettes provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. The performance explores a range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing. The marionettes are engineering marvels and the quality of movement is extraordinary. The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. To further honor the vibrancy of life’s unpredictable journey, Methow Arts is offering free tickets to students and families who lost their homes in the wildfires of the past summer. We believe that art heals the spirit and we invite those who have lost so much to join us for an evening of optimism and hope. Additionally, as always Methow Arts is committed to increasing access to the arts and provides complimentary tickets to clients who may not otherwise have the resources at the following social service agencies: The Cove, Room One, and the Senior Center at those locations. The evening opens with a performance by local students and celebrates the power and impact of art in our communities.

COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS Methow Arts will offer free tickets to its Regular Season Shows to those who lost homes/businesses in the summer fires. Please call to redeem prior to the show, 509.997.4004, SPONSORSHIP: If you have an interest in sponsoring our free ticket program, contact us:, 509/997.4004

DATE: Sat, Nov 1, 7pm. LOCATION: Winthrop Barn. TICKETS: Twisp Daily Business, Riverside Printing Winthrop,, Methow Arts in Twisp, and at the door. PRICE: $15/ADULTS, $5/


An Evening of Salsa/Membership Gathering Save the date for a night of Salsa dance instruction, music, Latin food and more dancing in celebration of our members. This event is free to current Confluence members and open all who become members at the event. Location to be announced. = twispworks campus, twisp, wa

COST: $35/membership individuals, $50/membership families & couples. DATE: Friday, October 24, time TBA. CONTACT: Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787,

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Shrines, Altars & Sacred Objects

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In October the Winthrop Gallery presents a show of artworks that explore and celebrate our spiritual natures. The places and objects that hold special meaning either through association with the past or by simply causing us to experience a sense of awe. Art that inspires contemplation. “Every childhood has its talismans, This show by the member artists of this co-op gallery the sacred objects that look innocuincludes paintings, photographs, ceramics, fabric arts ous enough to the outside world, and more.

but that trigger an onslaught of vivid memories when the grown child confronts them.”

DATES: Exhibit, Oct 1-Nov 24. Reception, Sat, Oct 4, 5-7pm, refreshments will be served. LOCATION: The Winthrop Gallery, 237 Riverside in downtown Winthrop. Fall hours are 10am-5pm, Thursday-Monday. 509.996.3925, (Fencepost Shrine by Laura Karcher.)


Returning the Bones Written and Performed by Gin Hammond The Merc’s continues its Solo Performer Series with this presentation of Gin Hammond’s Returning the Bones. Based on Gin own family’s true story, she plays 28 characters with multiple dialects as she explores subjects of race, family and dreams. In 1948 in a small southern town, a young African-American medical student is faced with the question of continuing the fight for Civil Rights or escaping to Paris to live the life she’s always dreamed. At times both funny and poignant, Gin takes us on a journey of many miles, perspectives and epiphanies.

Methow Gallery is located in Donna Keyser’s studio in the South Warehouse of TwispWorks. Run by Keyser and her partner Laura Karcher, the Gallery is both a brick and mortar showcase and online sales gallery featuring local art and craft. The services of the Methow Gallery and their business De*Sign are multifaceted, encompassing a gallery at Sun Mountain Lodge, an artist studio, an online blog at, commissioned artwork and numerous services including home and business consultation, graphic design and artwork installation. Their online blog, displays work from the Sun Mountain Lodge location, titled The Gallery. Curated by Keyser and Karcher, The Gallery exhibits many of the region’s most accomplished painters with a heavy emphasis on the natural beauty of The Methow Valley. The blog also keeps readers updated on news from the Methow Valley art world. Methow Gallery currently hosts the work of Matt Armbrust, Sarah Jo Lightner, Cheryl Wrangle, Karel Renard, Jeff Winslow, Donna Keyser, Laura Karcher, Anna Rogers, Bob Hutchins and Dan Brown. Find more information about METHOW GALLERY at partners and hot topics. HOURS: 10-3pm, Wednesday-Saturday. CONTACT/ LOCATION: The Methow Gallery at Donna Keyser’s Studio, TwispWorks. The Gallery at Sun Mountain Lodge. 509.997.0255,

Gin Hammond is a Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater grad and a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. She has performed in shows around the country, including in Washington D.C. where she won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for the performance of The Syringa Tree. She previously appeared at The Merc as part of the Madcap Melodrama ensemble. Gin Hammond comes to the Merc on November 7th and 8th, 7pm.

DATES: Fri, Sat, Nov 7 & 8, 7pm. TICKETS: $15/Adults, $5/Youth 18 & under. LOCATION/CONTACT: The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 509.997.PLAY (7529),

Top left clockwise: gallery sign at night; Lookout; Walnut bench by Laura Karcher, Balsam root ring, Sarah Jo Lightner.

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The Big Sleep: Conversations on Finality The Confluence Gallery has asked artists to determine and interpret their own feelings about the nature of death. From honoring the life that was lived or the body that is left behind, to exploring the entity that carries on, to even contemplating the “death” of concepts or ideas (i.e. the death of innocence, civilizations, ideologies, etc.). By presenting a small number of different interpretations and bringing the subject of death out into the open, curators Joanne Marracci and Vern White hope to give others permission to explore their own very personal, complex and contradictory attitudes towards death. "By allowing its expression by artists of many mediums, we hope to ignite dialogue about the infinite perspectives of this intimate yet universal subject," says Joanne. DATES: Sept 27-Nov 8. Opening, Sat, Sept 27, 4-8pm. LOCATION/CONTACT: Confluence Gallery, Twisp, 509.997.2787,

Left to right, Requiem (detail) by Yuko Ishii, mixed media, photography, wax panel ; Daffodil Urn by Carol Green, thrown mica clay, etched copper; Famous Last Words by Nicole Brauch, mixed media.


Murder by The Book By Duncan Greenwood and Robert King Directed by Jane Pappidas Crisp, witty exchanges pepper this light hearted and inventive thriller that unfolds with a series of macabre twists. A thriller writer indulges in vitriolic word duels with his estranged wife until she shoots him. An amateur detective from next door attempts to solve the murder before calling the police. But appearances are never quite what they seem and the audience is left trying to figure out who did it. Snappy exchanges poke fun at marriage, money, mystery, and, of course, novelists. Directed by Jane Pappidas, and featuring the talents of Danbert Nobacon, Laurelle Walsh, Emily Doran, Don Fitzpatrick and Michael Carmichael. DATES: Oct 10-26. Thurs, Fri, Sat, 7pm; Sun, 2pm. TICKETS: $15/Adults, $5/Youth 18 & under. “Pay What You Can” performance Thurs, Oct 16, 7pm. LOCATION/CONTACT: The Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 509.997.PLAY (7529),



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Micro-Manufacturing Launches A new outdoor gear manufacturer, eqpd, is making creative, stylish wares in the company’s TwispWorks shop space—and doing it with a Methow flare. Eqpd (pronounced “equipped”) founder and chief designer Jonathan Baker has a 20-year history in the outdoor industry, designing everything from helmets to backpacks. Baker has launched his own venture with an initial run of tough, versatile tote bags, along with elbow/knee pads good for everything from mountain biking to gardening.


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Eqpd has already hired two employees and is establishing partnerships across the Valley. Natural dyes artist Sara Ashford and Baker have collaborated to create a special, “Methow Color,” a vibrant yellow hue made from locally sourced rabbit brush and other natural ingredients. Beginning in August, eqpd will host a monthly free "First Thursday: Fix Your Gear Night" at its studio in the Gray Shed at TwispWorks. Anyone can use eqpd’s sewing gear and advice to sew, patch or repair sleeping bags, jackets, tents and more.

For the best in regional giftware, be sure to visit the Winthrop Gallery's annual Holiday Gift Show. Each year the gallery invites artists and crafters from throughout the region to bring their finest giftware to this show. DATES: Nov 26-Jan 5. LOCATION: The Winthrop Gallery, 237 Riverside in downtown Winthrop. Fall hours are 10am-5pm, Thursday-Monday. CONTACT: 509.996.3925, www.winthropgallery. com

In another gesture of local support, eqpd has pledged $1 from every tote bag will be donated back to TwispWorks’ community programs. LOCATION: The Grey Shed, Bldg. 7, TwispWorks. CONTACT: Jonathan Baker, 603.996.1104, or TwispWorks at 509.997.3300 (eqpd holds a monthly "First Thursday: Fix Your Gear Night at its studio @ TwispWorks.)



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11 WAYS THE ARTS HELP HEAL The wildfires of 2014 burned hundreds of thousands of acres leaving more than 300 families without homes, including many students served by Methow Arts’ Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership. These programs provide vital arts education to over 5200 students in seven school districts. Numerous evacuations of neighborhoods created frightening and stressful experiences for other students. Methow Arts Alliance would like to recognize the valuable role that the arts can play in the healing process.

1. The arts show you that life can be more or better than before. 2. The arts change a person’s physiology and attitude 3.

from one of stress to relaxation. The arts are familiar so they inspire feelings of security rather than fear.

4. The arts help externalize internal burdens. 5. Through visual arts, people can express experiences that are too hard to express with words.

6. Listening to and playing music calms neural activity in the brain and lowers blood pressure, leading to stress reduction.

7. Like meditation, engagement in the arts leads to reduction of stress and a clearer mind.

8. Poetry and expressive writing provide access to the unconscious self and a means of processing feelings.

Print by Robin Dogget of Door No.3, "Our valley is sprouting already! Grow Grow Grow. "

Now more than ever, students need access to the high-quality arts education provided by Methow Arts Alliance. We need your help to support enhanced arts education opportunities for students in the school districts affected by the Carlton Complex Wildfire and other fires. For sponsorship and donation information please contact us at 509.997.4004,, methowarts (.org), po box 723, twisp, wa 98856

9. Theater relaxes the viewer, captures the viewer’s attention

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completely, and stimulates the viewer’s emotional process.

10. Creative expression fully engages the mind, distracing from stressors.

11. Because the arts are widely appreciated, music, art, theater, and dance provide a means to integrate into a community, helping combat feelings of isolation.

HELP OUR VALLEY RECOVER - support local The advertisers on this page represent business owners whose homes or businesses were destroyed as a result of the wildfires this Summer. Supporting local businesses will help our valley and local economy to recover. Thank you for your helping in this process. (We offer FREE advertising to local business owners whose home/business were destroyed in the 2014 fires. Please contact us for information at Methow Arts.)

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Fall ART Magazine - 2014  
Fall ART Magazine - 2014  

Your guide to local arts and culture in the Methow Valley. Art grows here. Methow Arts Alliance