Get a taste of the local
The arts come alive in Okanogan Country. Looking for artwork? Twisp and Winthrop boast galleries galore, with local artists’ featured paintings, photography, sculptures and more. Take in larger artwork in places like TwispWorks, a campus partly devoted to letting our art side out. Walk past the murals throughout Okanogan, and see large reproductions of historic Frank Matsura photographs on billboards and walls. Check out the wooden carvings along Bridgeport’s Foster Creek Road, made out of the stumps of trees otherwise cut down. Looking for a production? The Methow Valley has its theaters and productions throughout the year, from musicals to comedies and more. The Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus keeps music roaring in the country with concerts in season and its annual spring musical.
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Samba Daramy hand-weaves a basket during Art in the Park, an annual event in Omak’s Civic League Park.
An old Chevy pickup sits in an area yard.
Take a tour of area
History With several cities marking more than 100 years in the area, history is one of the many things to be explored in Okanogan Country. The Okanogan County Historical Society operates the Okanogan, Molson and Conconully museums, and Shafer Museum in Winthrop. Check out information about miners, orchardists, loggers and other activities which founded the area. The Okanogan museum also features the Fire Hall Museum, which is a reproduction of the original building, complete with an old fire engine parked inside, and the Wilson Research Center. The Borderlands Historical Society keeps its heritage alive with artifacts and records for Oroville, Molson, Chesaw and Tonasket. Old Oroville Depot features a variety of special exhibits throughout the year, along with its regular exhibits, such as an old train car. With Grand Coulee Dam in sight, see how the massive structure was built at the Colville Tribal Museum and gift shop in Coulee Dam. The dam visitor center also offers historical information.
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