Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Announcing Confluence Gallery Artist in Residence Bryan Putnam!

Confluence Gallery is pleased to announce
Bryan Putnam as our Spring/Summer Artist in Residence

Bryan will receive three months of studio space on the second floor of the Confluence Gallery from May 1st – July 31st and a solo exhibit in the Gallery gift shop July 23 - Aug 27 2016.

Bryan Putnam spent the last two years teaching art at the University or Oregon, where he received his MFA in printmaking and drawing in 2014.  His courses included Intaglio Printmaking, Intro to Printmaking, Screen print, Advanced Printmaking, Advanced Drawing, and Intermediate Drawing.

During his residency at Confluence Gallery, Bryan intends to create drawings, paintings, and prints made on found paper, wood, and other materials gathered from farms, businesses, and wild spaces in the Methow Valley. These small works will represent characteristic features of the valley – both expected and unexpected. He aims to create 'portraits of place’ inspired from the odd and quirky creative works (yard art or farm art) that pop up across the Methow like native plants. He has been discovering these little bursts of creativity across the landscape and refers to them as 'rural impulse artworks.’

Along with the creation of prints and paintings, Bryan will craft a small series of ‘zine-like artist books in an attempt to document and invigorate a sense of connectedness and place in the Methow Valley. By sharing aspects of eccentricity, beauty, creativity, and wonder of nature, He hopes that his work may invigorate creativity, community, and thoughtfulness in our locality.

Bryan grew up in the Methow Valley and he and his wife decided recently to move home to Twisp. The birth of their little girl and a desire to put roots down in a place that they deeply care about were at the forefront of that decision. Bryan also decided to shift his artistic path from a focus on academia to a focus on full-time studio production. He hopes the Confluence Gallery residency will help him to kick start this goal as well as further connect him with the local community.

Please help us to welcome Bryan to the Confluence Gallery Family of artists!

Look for an announcement of a Comics and Zines workshop coming soon!

For more information about Bryan Putnam and our Artist in Residence Program, please contact Salyna Gracie at Confluence Gallery 509-997-ARTS

Jam Session! An Experiential Drawing and Painting Workshop June 11-12

Jam Session!
An Experiential Drawing and Painting Workshop

With teaching artist Diana Sanford

June 11 – 12

$225 per artist for two days 9am -5pm

Liberty Bell High School Art Room Winthrop, WA

Ever wonder why we “play” music but do art “work”?

Come practice improvising in this playful, interactive workshop.

The ability to be spontaneous, receptive and in the moment is vital in our creative process. In this workshop, through carefully structured exercises, you’ll train your brain to readily engage the spontaneous mode, strengthening it to become an equal partner in your art making.

This is a fun, interactive and intense workshop open to all students with basic comfort with the materials. Music will be used to stimulate creativity at this workshop!

Materials list will be provided, contact Confluence Gallery.

Maximum of 14 students - Reserve your place in advance! Registration deadline is May 28th. or 509-997-ARTS

This workshop combines Diana Sanford’s experience as a psychotherapist and her many years painting, with a passion for teaching. You can find out more about Diana on her website

Summer Art Camps for Kids!

Confluence Gallery and Art Center is pleased to offer a series of art camps for children ages 5-8 and 8-11. Camps take place for four weeks, 10am-2pm, every Tuesday through Thursday July 5-July 28. Camps will be located at the Education Station and other locations on the Twispworks campus. 

Each weekly session is $150 per student. To participate in one or all art camps in the appropriate age range, complete parent permission and registration forms and return it (with payment) to Confluence Gallery. Email us for forms at 509-997-ARTS

Arte Flamenco! World Music Concert at Confluence Gallery May 28th

Confluence Gallery and Art Center presents 

Arte Flamenco!

Saturday, May 28th

6pm doors open; 6:30pm showtime

$15 in advance and at the door

Beer and Wine available

Arte Flamenco, music and dance duo, features Dancer/Singer Esther Marion and guitarist Rafael Vargas presenting the art of Flamenco in traditional and modern form. 

The passionate and intricate play between the guitar, song, dance, footwork and hand clapping creates an authentic experience in true fiery Flamenco style! Don't miss this fantastic and intimate World Music concert in the gallery! Bravo!

104 Glover St. Twisp, WA 509-997-ARTS

Thank you to our World Music Concert Series Sponsors: KTRT 97.5 and Blue Star Coffee Roasters

Fantastic shared Studio spaces available for rent at Confluence Gallery!

Fantastic shared Studio spaces available for rent!

Confluence Gallery and Art Center!

Fantastic shared Studio spaces available for rent!

Suite 201 is 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 203 is two rooms is on the second floor of Confluence Gallery two adjoining rooms with a door in between. Lots of natural light. Access to shared kitchen and two restrooms. $275 month for the full studio plus $25 utilities. Shared option can be negotiated.

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

GiveBIG for Confluence Gallery Extended Through May 4th!

    GiveBIG 2016 has been extended through midnight May 4th! So many donors have participated that the Seattle Foundation's site had some technical problems this morning. Lucky for us they are extending the event!

GiveBig is a 1-day event where contributions made to participating non-profits will receive a partial match from the Seattle Foundation, helping your donation to Confluence Gallery stretch even further to support the arts in the Methow Valley Community. Together We Can Make an Impact for ART!TODAY through midnight May 4th you can make a contribution and have it count towards GiveBIG, It's easy to participate! DONATE HERE on our Confluence Gallery profile page.

Since 1988 Confluence Gallery and Art Center celebrates the artistic vision of our community bringing artists, viewers and students together through its center for art, education and diverse cultural activities.In 2015 your purchases contributed over $90,000 to artists in our region!

Confluence presents a wide variety of events including art openings, poetry readings, musical performances, a home tour, and a fashion show along with art education for children and adults.Our art center provides professional development for working artists though an artist in residence program, artist mentoring and training for all stages in an artists career.

GiveBig donations for 2016 will be utilized to support our art education programming including our newly developed Professional Development Program for Artists which fosters artist development with the tools and resources they need for success. Our goal is to raise over $10,000 to support this valuable programming for artists and students in our local community! CLICK HERE TO DONATE

THANK YOU to our patrons, members, volunteers, donors and sponsors for helping our non-profit gallery to enrich our community with quality art experiences and economic vitality.
For more information about this donation program and how your contribution helps us to offer quality art programs for our Methow Valley Community please contact Salyna Gracie at 509-997-ARTS

Thank you for choosing to support Confluence Gallery and Art Center

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Confluence Gallery's 6th Annual Trashion Show! April 30

Confluence Gallery and Art Center presents:

6th Annual Trashion Show!

Saturday, April 30th
7-10pm (doors open at 6pm) 
Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, WA. 

Ticket prices for the event are $15 general admission (ages 13+). Advanced tickets are available at Confluence Gallery 104 Glover St. Twisp, WA or by phone 509-997-ARTS

Join us for the Confluence Gallery's 6th Annual Trashion Show. A fabulous runway show with Upcycled Recycled outfits ranging from Street-Style to Country Couture transformed from everyday trash.

Local adult and student designers have transformed junk into wearable, even functional, outfits for our fabulous runway show. These unique pieces of art compete to win fabulous cash prizes with hundreds of spectators applauding their designs! Our audience gets to choose their favorite for the People’s Choice Award.

Special features of this year’s Trashion show include a specialty cocktail designed by Copper Glance, complimentary coffee bar from Blue Star Coffee Roasters, and a delectable menu of tapas and desserts by Rocking Horse Bakery. Food and Drink will be available at 6pm when the doors open. Come early, have dinner and a drink while we warm up the runway!

Trashion Show was the brainstorm of Methow Valley Artists Lisa Doran, Laura Karcher, Laurie Kain and Donna Keyser. Together they hoped to tap into a new outlet for artistic expression, merging fashion and recycling into a living art display.

In bringing together Confluence Gallery with community organizations that promoted recycling, they hoped to encourage people to look at things they may ordinarily throw away in a whole new light and with new purpose. Getting the local community to make and talk about art in a new way and finding new possibilities of what can be considered art is the heart of what the Trashion Show is all about.

The Trashion Show runway experience makes a living, breathing, eco driven visual display and certainly retains the special magic created at the very first show 6 years ago.

The nature of art itself is often provocative, as is this show. There really are no rules. This is a chance for everyone to look at what and how we consume, and shift that perspective to reuse in a creative way.

Our brave designers and models have worked for months transforming trash into unique and functional works of art. Please cheer them on and remember to vote for your favorites!

This event is brought to you by Confluence Gallery & Art Center, our amazing team of volunteers, event sponsors and fantastic designers and models!