Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The 15th Annual Methow Valley Home Tour! “Firewise Homes: Fire-adapted Building and Landscaping”

Confluence Gallery presents The 15th Annual Methow Valley Home Tour!

“Firewise Homes: Fire-adapted Building and Landscaping”

August 6th 10am - 5pm

$25 per person or $20 per person for car pools of four.
Tickets with a tour map go on sale at Confluence Gallery August 2nd – 6th.
104 Glover Street Twisp, WA 98856
Call to purchase via telephone at 509-997-ARTS 

The 2016 Home Tour, “Firewise Homes: Fire-adapted Building and Landscaping” looks at valley homes from a more practical, rather than purely aesthetic, standpoint.

How can smart design, layout and construction choices make our homes more resilient in fire country?

Each summer, Confluence Gallery and Art Center hosts the Methow Valley Home Tour, an exclusive peek inside some of the valley’s most beautiful homes, and an opportunity to learn about design, architecture and innovative construction.

Firewise living is more than just defensible space around your home. Designing a home to be Firewise includes considerations such as good access to your property, a home that is shielded from ember intrusion and living in harmony with the natural environment. The homes featured on this year’s tour highlight best practices of Firewise living.

Join us for a FREE presentation by the Okanogan Conservation District
Living with Fire: Your Role in a Fire Adapted Methow Valley

Friday, August 5th 7-9pm at Confluence Gallery

The Methow Valley is a magnificent place that we all treasure. It is also a place where wildland fire is a fact of life and a key part of this ecosystem. The flora and fauna of the Methow are adapted to fire, and there is a lot that we humans can do to be fire adapted too. This dynamic presentation by Kirsten Cook of the Okanogan Conservation District will introduce you to the key knowledge, skills, and tools to be ready for wildfire. Whether it’s your home, business, or neighborhood, you have an important role to play in making our community more resilient.

For additional information contact 509-997-ARTS

Thank you to our generous Home Tour sponsors! KTRT, Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Methow Ready, Miller, Nash, Graham and Dunn, Johnston Architects, Mazama Store, Integrated Design Concepts!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Dancing the Wild Symphony: An Embodied Exploration into How the Sounds of Nature Move Us

Dancing the Wild Symphony: An Embodied Exploration into How the Sounds of Nature Move Us


Dancer Christina Stout will be facilitating a 4-day experiential movement workshop, called Dancing the Wild Symphony: An Embodied Exploration into How the Sounds of the Nature Move Us.

The workshop runs August 23-26th and is in connection with Confluence Gallery's "Music as Muse" exhibit in the Methow Valley, Washington. This workshop marks the culmination of a year of focused art-making, dance, and performance training for Christina. All levels of dance experience are welcomed, but some history of embodied movement practice will be quite helpful. The workshop does not cost any money; the value exchange is your sincere commitment to all workshop times and the culminating performance at Confluence Gallery. 

Out-of-town participants are welcomed to camp on Christina's property along the Twisp River, very near to the workshop locations. Please fill out the registration form below in the body of an email and return it to Christina at Please feel free to contact her directly by email or telephone at 509.997.0484 if you would like to participate and have questions. 

Christina Stout is a lifelong dancer who makes her home in the Methow Valley. Having grown up doing ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater, she discovered modern dance in college, then performing professionally as a fire dancer and toured in a ritual theater troupe. Her current movement explorations, training, and projects continue to take her toward the experimental. She has had the opportunity to study intensively with--and is currently influenced by the work of Anna Halprin, Jennifer Monson, Ralph Lemon, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Luciana Achugar, and Bebe Miller. Her motivation as an artist is rooted in the exploration and expression of the human being's inherence and generative role within the more-than-human earth community. 

Workshop Focus:

In this 4-day workshop, our aim is to allow the other-than-human music of the natural world to move us and move through us in unexpected ways. We will use group, partner, and individual explorations and experiments to begin moving beyond our habitual perceptual and movement patterns in order to facilitate embodied relationship, personal process, and develop expressive material for our culminating performance. The principle of synaesthesia will bring greater dimensionality and complexity to the way we perceive and experience relationship between self and other, dancer and musician, mover and moved, performer and audience. We will tune our sensing bodies to the crescendo of the dawn chorus in an aspen grove--where we will do the majority of our movement research, we'll also spend time in the studio developing our material, and finally enact our movement score during a short performance installation in the Confluence Gallery. Our material will arise through an eclectic mix of movement research techniques, improvisational dance exercises, and soul-centric and nature awareness practices. We will enact our score in the Confluence Gallery for the closing reception of the upcoming exhibit "Music as Muse" on Friday, August 26th, at 6pm. The value exchange for the workshop is your sincere commitment to all workshop times and the culminating performance. Limited camping available for out-of-town participants. Registration form below. 

 Workshop Schedule:

Check-in/Welcome: Tuesday, August 23rd, 5-5:30pm

Tuesday, August 23rd, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesday, August 24th, 6am-4pm (generous lunch break)
Thursday, August 25th, 6am-10am and 4-8pm
Friday, August 26th, 10am-2pm

Performance: 6pm on Friday, August 26th

Closing Circle: Friday, August 26th at 7pm

Registration Form:

Mailing Address:
Emergency Contact (Name, relationship, and phone number):

The questions below are an opportunity for you to place yourself inside of the context of our work and begin your journey-- imaginally, autobiographically, and practically. Through reading your responses, I can begin to attune myself to each participant and the group as a living being and gather resources for our dance-making. Thank you for your sincere responses; they will be read with great care and consideration.

What interests you about this workshop? Any expectations, hopes, or fears you can name?

What is your dance/movement/somatic/expressive arts experience?

How do you feel about getting up early to experience the dawn chorus outside in an ecologically diverse location two days in a row?

What is your performance experience? How does your body feel when you imagine being a part of an improvisational performance installation in an art gallery? 

Do you feel that you have the inner resources to stay present in the group as you move through any challenging emotions that arise throughout the workshop, including during the performance?

Can you commit to all workshop times including the performance?

Our workshop times overlap with some typical mealtimes. We will take breaks to eat and rest. Is there anything particular you would like me to consider when planning our breaks/schedule?

Anything else about yourself or your current personal edges right now that may be helpful for me to know or that you might need to give some particular attention to during our time together?

Any allergies, physical, or medical conditions that may shape your participation in the workshop?

Where you will be coming from? Would you like to carpool? As a driver or passenger?

Do you need any help with accommodations? Would you like to camp on our land? If so, do you have a tent, tiny house, camper, or RV?

Do you have a place in your home to host an out-of-town participant for the duration of the workshop?

Would you be interested in volunteering on either end of the workshop with set-up and break-down or other behind-the-scenes tasks?

Please cut and paste this form into a new email and return it to

I look forward to dancing with you!


Whatever we do,
that is a prayer--

for our lives,
for the earth.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Now Renting! Residential and Commercial Spaces at Confluence Gallery.

Confluence Gallery is now renting a One bedroom residential apartment and Fantastic shared/individual Studio spaces!

Residential suite 201 is located on the second floor of Confluence Gallery. A fully functioning one bedroom/one bath apartment is available for 6 month lease with a month to month option. $550/month includes utilities and wifi access. First month plus security deposit of $550 and references are required. Pick up a rental application at Confluence Gallery. Make an appointment to view the apartment by calling Salyna or Sarah Jo at 509-997-ARTS.

Suite 201 is a fantastic office or studio space on the second floor of Confluence Gallery. 385 Sq ft two adjoining rooms with a door in between. Lots of natural light. Access to shared kitchen and two restrooms.
$200 month plus $25 utilities for the shared option. $395 plus $50 utilities for the whole studio.

Suite 205 is one room 125sq ft. on the second floor of Confluence Gallery. Natural light from one window. Access to shared kitchen and two restrooms. $165 month for the full studio plus $25 utilities.

One year lease with first and last month rent as a security deposit are required.
For addional details and viewing contact Salyna Gracie at 509-997-ARTS

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Music as Muse Opening Reception July 23rd

 Music as Muse opens at Confluence Gallery

July 23 - August 27, 2016 
Opening reception July 23 4-8pm
Confluence Gallery 104 Glover St Twisp, WA.
Free to the public

Music as Muse explores how music works as creative inspiration for artists. Each artist will display a cohesive collection of works firmly rooted in their musical muse.
Fully functioning and fantasy musical instruments will be featured in this exhibit, along with digital media and dance.
Music as Music is a partnership exhibit with the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival.

A portion of commissions will be donated to the festival, a non-profit organization that presents high-quality concerts with musicians from around the world at venues in the Methow Valley.

A series of FREE concerts will be presented at Confluence Gallery during this exhibit.
Poster Art by Masha Falcov

Fellowship Quartet Performance at Confluence Gallery
With live painting by artist Cammy Davis

Friday, July 29 2016
6pm doors open, 6:30 show 
Confluence Gallery 104 Glover St Twisp, WA

Confluence Gallery will host the Fellowship Quartet String ensemble for a free concert in the gallery July 29th.
The Fellowship Quartet concert is sponsored by the Methow Chamber Music Festival as part of the Music as Muse exhibit.

Each summer the Methow Chamber Music Festival assembles the Fellowship String Quartet, an ensemble of college students who are majoring in instrumental performance and plan to become professional musicians, to present free concerts for the Methow Valley community. The 2016 Fellowship Quartet members are students at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH. Founded in 1865, Oberlin is the oldest continually operating music conservatory in the United States. This year’s members are Asher Wulfman, violin; Delaney Meyers, violin; Stephen Hart, viola; and Miriam Liske-Doorandish, cello.

Artist Cammy Davis will co-create an abstract painting inspired by the string quartet music in the gallery. Cammy is a mixed-media artist from Southern Oregon whose work has been featured at fine art galleries throughout the Northwest. She produces art tutorial videos and most recently “Music Art Videos” showcasing how music affects and inspires her creativity. Cammy’s painting will be auctioned during the Music as Muse exhibit.

Free Concerts at Confluence Gallery!

Wednesday, July 27 2016 - violin/cello duo 3-5pm
Wednesday, August 3 2016 - sextet rehearsal 3-5pm

Confluence Gallery 104 Glover St Twisp, WA

Join us for Open Rehearsals as Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals musicians tune up for the festival.
Free concerts at Confluence Gallery open to the public on Wednesday July 27 (violin/cello duo )and Wednesday August 3 (sextet rehearsal) .

Music as Muse closing reception and Improvisational Dance Performance with artist Christina Stout

Friday, August 26th 4-8pm; Performance at 6pm.
Confluence Gallery 104 Glover St Twisp WA
Free to the public

Join us for the closing reception of Confluence Gallery exhibit Music as Muse as we explore how music works as creative inspiration for artists.
Attendees will be treated to a special improvisational dance performance by local teaching artist Christina Stout and students..

Music as Music is a partnership exhibit with the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival.
A portion of commissions will be donated to the festival, a non-profit organization that presents high-quality concerts with musicians from around the world at venues in the Methow Valley.

Sparling Art Auction benefits Confluence Gallery and Methow Chamber Music Festival!

The art on auction are works that were collected over a lifetime by the late Drs. Gerald and Virginia Sparling, pillars of our local Methow Valley arts community.

The Sparling family has generously donated the bulk of their collection for the joint benefit of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Confluence Gallery, who will display the works for sale July 28 – August 6 on the Festival grounds.

View the collection during open rehearsals from 9-12 on:

 July 28, July 30, August 2, Aug 4 and Aug 6.

Find selections from the catalogue at this link:

This sale respects the family’s wishes that the art itself remain connected to the local community and the proceeds be used for the benefit of local arts organizations.

Contact Confluence Gallery for details on the auction catalogue and the schedule for viewing the collection at Signal Hill Ranch. 509-997-ARTS

images and text courtesy of Methow Chamber Music Festival

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Community of Collectors: Art Collecting 101 with Jody Bento July 2

Confluence Gallery and Art Center presents:

A Community of Collectors: Art Collecting 101

With Jody Bento of 
Seattle Art Museum

Saturday, July 2nd

11am to noon @ Confluence Gallery

FREE to the public!

104 Glover St Twisp WA

Have you ever wondered why people collect art and how they go about doing it? 

Why buy original artwork?

These questions and more will be explored Saturday, July 2 when we will have the pleasure of hosting Jody Bento of Seattle Art Museum who will conduct her popular “Art Collecting 101” workshop. This workshop has been successfully presented at the Seattle Art Museum during their popular First Friday lecture series, as well as other arts organizations in the state. We are pleased to announce that Jody will generously offer this course free of charge. Join us for this interactive conversation at Confluence Gallery!

Jody Bento works at the Seattle Art Museum where she oversees SAM Gallery, as well as the museum’s art book store and three gift shops. She’s been at the museum for 15 years and has successfully cultivated a growing gallery where 80 artists show their work.

Call for Submissions! Artist in Residency Program Summer/Fall 2016

Confluence Gallery announces:

Call for Submissions! Artist in Residency Program Summer/Fall 2016

One selected artist will receive three months of studio space at Confluence Gallery from August 1st – October 31st and a solo exhibit in the Gallery gift shop October 15 -November 19 2016.

Studio space is located on the second floor of the Confluence Gallery. The studio is 230sq ft, with two divided workstations. The smaller workstation is perfect for writing, reading, or computer work with a built in desk and lots of shelving. The larger workstation has two large built in desks, one for sitting and one for standing, and some built in shelving. The studio has one window for natural light. The entire space is carpeted.

The studio space has access to a communal kitchen, an outdoor deck and two bathrooms. Artists will have 24 hour access to the studio.

Artists will provide all other materials needed to support creating a body of work for the exhibit. Materials used during residency must be conducive to a public working environment near offices and other studios. Please no loud tools or toxic materials.

The works created in the residency must be completed and ready to display by October 15th for an opening reception at the Confluence Gallery.

Submit a resume, letter of intent and up to 10 digital images to

Entry Fee: $15
Fee can be submitted by mail, at the Gallery, or by phone.
Deadline: July 15, 2016

Confluence Gallery and Art Center 104 Glover St. PO Box 716 Twisp, WA 509-997-2787