Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Women’s Panel

VBlast, Wheels of the Lord
In conjunction with the current exhibit and International Women’s Day, Confluence Gallery & Art Center will hold a panel discussion on Saturday, March 29th. The purpose of this panel is to introduce women who are involved in a diverse range of careers and offer an arena for the audience to engage in questions and open communication. Panel members include:

GreerMaier, scientist
Sam Thrasher, farmer
Ashley Thrasher, fire fighter
Penny Smith, hospice nurse
Kelly Edwards, academic
Anna Tolin, defense attorney
Sarah Brown, full-time mother
Margot Page, author
Laura Love, musician

Doors will open at 5:30pm. The guided discussion will begin at 6pm. Finger food and refreshments will be served. This is a free event, although a small donation will be requested for refreshments.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Loovre

Matthew Armbrust, Conspicuous Flask
The job of an exhibit curator is not easy. The role is almost political in nature - deciding which artists to include in each exhibit, how and where to hang the submitted work. Curators must take into consideration whether each artist's work fits within the exhibit theme, if the work is the quality sought for that show, and how likely it is that the piece will sell.

Curators periodically run into the difficult decision of not including an artist in a show. Another challenge is how to display each piece (which essentially defines the show) in a way that both honors the piece and gives it sufficient spotlight that may result in a sale.

Interestingly, although some artists are insulted by having their work hung in the bathroom, it generates a large number of sales. Humorous, yes. However, consider this: not only is bathroom foot traffic high, but visitors take time to look at each piece while using the toilet.

To solve the issue of which art piece to hang in the bathroom, Confluence has decided to open a second gallery: The Loovre. The bathroom will function as a separate gallery space, and Confluence will ask artists to submit work specifically for that space. Each installation will coincide with the gallery's main exhibit.

In conjunction with the upcoming exhibit Raven, Confluence will hold a Grande Opening for The Loovre, featuring the work of local potter Matthew Armbrust with an installation called "Phases of the Moon."

The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 4-8pm. The show will run through May 31.


Judith Smith, Texas Two Step
What comes into your mind when you think of Ravens?

These corvid birds are a common sight in the Methow Valley and have been described as intelligent, playful, quarrelsome, a trickster, a powerful symbol and subject of mythology, folklore, art and literature for thousands of years.

This intriguing bird has inspired Mary Lou McCollum and Suzi Jennings to curate “Raven” at Confluence Gallery and Art Center this spring. Come see how a few selected local and regional artists will explore this theme, giving a tribute to this mysterious and majestic  friend of the Methow.

Opening preview party and artist reception: Saturday, April 26 , 4-8pm. The show will run through May 31.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014 Trashion Show!

It’s spring and the snow is melting. Dog toys might be re-emerging in your yard. Perhaps you’re in the mood to purge so will probably plunge into your children’s room, your closet or shed, and create a large pile to haul off to the senior center. You might even gather enough stuff for a yard sale.


Confluence Gallery and Art Center is holding its 4th annual Trashion Show on Saturday, May 10th, 7-10pm (doors open at 6pm) at the Twisp Community Center.

Instead of holding a yard sale, why not design fashion out of trash, enter your outfit into the Trashion show for the chance to win a prize? With your $20 Designer ($10 student) fee you could win:
Grande Prize $150
Youth Award $50
Over (age) 55 Award $50
People's Choice Award $50

Do you have a closet lined with old ties? Is your shed filled with copper wire, bicycle tubes, chicken wire, or snow fencing? Maybe you have collections of corks, bottle caps, old CDs, tin cans, magazines, toilet paper rolls, or gum wrappers. You name it – your junk can be up-cycled into a wearable, even functional, outfit. This is your chance to create an entirely unique piece of art and watch as it makes its way down the runway, strutting to the tunes of DJ Noah Ashford, hundreds of spectators applauding your design!

Contact Confluence Gallery if you’re interested in being a designer – the deadline is May 1!

Ticket prices for the event are $15 per person (ages 13+). Limited VIP seating is available for $35 which includes a table seat by the judges and a free drink of your choice.

This event is brought to you by Confluence Gallery & Art Center, sponsored by Blue Star Coffee Roasters, WasteWise, and Methow Recycles. Also supporting the event are Twisp River Suites, Freestone Inn and Peligro.

Art Parties for Kids!

We have two art parties for kids coming up next week. We hope you will join us!

1) March 20 – Painting with Watercolors with Deidre Cassidy

2) March 21 – Spring Is Here! Abstract Chaos with Margaret Kingston

12:30-4:30pm both days

Cost: $35 per day for the first artist in the family, $30 for each additional artist.

Age: 2nd-6th graders

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 we sincerely hope you’ll offer your child new and fun ways to expand their brain power!!

Registration: Call Confluence Gallery @ 997-2787 (payment required to secure a spot)

Maximum 10 artists per party. Sign up now – spaces will fill quickly!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Methow Valley Studio Tour

Suzi Jenning's studio, Twisp River Pottery
The Methow Valley Studio Tour invites you to celebrate locally crafted art. We are an art show located in the beautiful Methow Valley, nestled on the east side of the North Cascades. Surrounded by mountains, the river, and picturesque, sweeping views, the Methow offers ample outdoor recreation, exquisite dining and lodging, shopping, and an abundance of art and artists. We hope that you’ll experience this amazing for yourself!

Regional artists show and sell their work at artists’ studios throughout the Methow Valley. When you visit the studios, you’ll find magnificent completed pieces, some works in progress, raw materials, tools, and a significant amount of inspiration.

This is an opportunity for you to meet the community of artists, to discuss their work and vision in person. When you buy these hand-crafted works of art, you will truly own an “original.” By shopping locally, you’re not only supporting the local economy and helping artists to thrive – you’re also doing your part for our environment.

The 2014 Studio Tour will take place on September 20 a& 21. Regional artists will be present to share their work with you at different studios. Be prepared for a most enjoyable and cultural shopping experience. Stroll through some local artists’ gardens, gaze at the views, meet the artists, shop locally, and enjoy the great selection and variety of art.

The Studio Tour is a self-guided art tour with no admission fee, and is accessible by car or bicycle. Hours are 10am to 5pm.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Woman: Lady. Girl. Female. Chick. Dame. Broad. Lassie. Wench. Maiden. An Artist's Interpretation.

Nicole Brauch, "One Foot In The Past"
This intriguing and provocative show opens at The Confluence Gallery in Twisp on International Woman's Day March 8th, 2014.

March 8th marks the annual International Women's Day Celebration. All around the globe the focus ranges from respect, appreciation and love towards women to celebrating women's economic, political, and social achievements. Starting as a Socialist political event, it blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Eastern Europe, Russia and former Soviet Bloc. In some regions the day lost its political flavor and has become more of an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a combination of Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Yet in other regions, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong and political-social awareness of women's struggles worldwide have been exposed.

The Confluence invites you to be inspired, stimulated, and yes, maybe even shocked. The show hopes to instigate dialogue and discussion about the many facets of being a woman in the world.

For this exhibit, co-curators Nicole Ringgold and Joanne Marracci asked artists to interpret their definition of “Woman” by creating up to 5 pieces using a variety of visual media. To accompany their work, artists were also asked to submit 2 sentences or less describing their understanding of what it is to be a woman. Not limited to female artists, male artists were also encouraged to participate and provide their perspectives.

As a component to the exhibit, the Confluence will hold a panel discussion on Saturday March 29th. The purpose of this panel is to introduce women who are involved in a diverse range of careers and offer an arena for the audience to engage in questions and open communication. At present, panel members include a scientist, politician, farmer, fire fighter, hospice nurse, professor, defense attorney, musician, and a stay-at-home mother. Doors will open at 5:30pm. The guided discussion will begin at 6pm. This is a free event.

During the span of the exhibit, the Merc Playhouse, just across the street, will partner with the Confluence with a reading of Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo. The reading, which will be directed by Ashley Lodato, considers the career vs. marriage debate from the perspectives of two women. Seen by many as a response to Wendy Wasserstein's late 80's “feminist” play The Heidi Chronicles, Rapture, Blister, Burn is a funny and scathing examination of the idea of “having it all.” A full-time mom and a feminist academic decide to switch lives – completely.

The Confluence Gallery will hold an art opening on March 8th, 4-8pm. The Women show runs through April 19th.