Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fall In The Methow

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”
L.M. Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables”

We are fortunate to live in the Methow where we can experience the wonders of the changing seasons. The passing of the seasons brings for all of us a plenitude of new experiences and sensations. For many of us autumn, with its rich shapes, textures and colors is the most beautiful and meaningful of all the seasons.

Fall In the Methow will celebrate the glory of autumn in the Methow. Artists were invited to share their responses to this wonderful season.

Fall in the Methow will bring together the art of Valley artists whose work is motivated by the wonders of the natural world. We are excited about the possibilities presented by the idea of art inspired by beauty of our Valley in the fall.

The show will span 6 weeks, opening August 2nd until September 20th. The opening is August 2, 4-8pm.

Mary Powell, Little Outbuilding

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2015 Show Schedule

We are very excited to announce our 2015 show schedule. We have a terrific line up of themes and a dynamic group of volunteer curators. We hope you participate in the fun!

Without further adieu, here is Confluence Gallery's 2015 Confluence Show Schedule:

Jan 10 - Feb 14
Curator: Mary Lou McCollum

NOTE: Gallery will be closed for 2 weeks Feb 14 - Feb 28

Mar 7 - April 11
Coincides with International Women's Day
Curators: Nicole Ringgold/Joanne Marracci & Vern White/Matt Armbrust

April 18 - May 23
Coincides with Trashion Show
Curators: Dan Brown/Jennifer Molesworth/Michael Azzano

May 30 - Jul 11
(Possibly) coincides with Art Walk
Curator: Suzi Jennings

Jul 18 - Aug 22
Coincides with Home Tour
Curators: Salyna Gracie/Theresa Miller

Aug 29 - Oct 3
Coincides with Studio Tour
Curator: Matt Armbrust

Oct 10 - Nov 14
Coincides with Membership Gathering & Halloween
Curators: Nicole Ringgold/Joanne Marracci

Nov 21 - Jan 9, 2016
Coincides with Winter Holidays & Black Tie Event
Curator: Salyna Gracie

Friday, June 20, 2014

Call To Artists: In A Land of Snow and Indigo

Photo courtesy Live In Art

Artists are being invited by Confluence Gallery to contribute to a story called “In A Land of Snow and Indigo”. The exhibit opens on November 15th and extends through the new year until January 20th.

Are you familiar with Jan Brett’s Annie and the Wild Animals? The synopsis: Annie was lonely. Taffy, her golden-haired cat, had disappeared. Life in the woods was empty. There was no one to love and be Annie's friend. Outside, the snow was deep and the winter seemed endless. Annie tried her best to encourage Taffy to return but without success. A moose and a bear and even a wildcat are not as soft and cuddlesome or as friendly as Taffy. Where could Taffy be? Jan Brett's story is told mostly through wonderfully detailed full-color illustrations. The wonders of the forest and the seasons are an expressive backdrop to the tale of the animals. Story within story forms as the intricate borders subtly foreshadow the main plot of Taffy's final return to her friend Annie.

Now, imagine a winter wonderland: the quiet of snow, shadows stretching across the horizon, cold, crisp air, and magnificent icicle stalactites. Peer from the warmth of your home through the windows or reflect on a day of snowy adventure – tell us what you see. What emotions emerge? How do these images translate into a storyline? How would you depict the story through your art?

We invite you to submit up to 5 original pieces in any medium, any size. However, please note the curator(s) have the right to refuse work , even after work is delivered to the gallery, if it does not contribute to the direction, cohesiveness, or available space of the show. We are looking for high quality execution and thoughtful content that contribute to the vision of the show as stated above.

**Each piece will require an artist's statement (1 page max) explaining the piece and it's relation to the theme of the show or it will not be hung.**

  • Contact us with intent to submit by September 12th 
  • Submit Jpegs of work or work in progress by October 3rd (for marketing materials) 
  • Email Artist Statement for EACH piece (include title) by Tuesday November 4th (in email or word doc only, no pdf's or handwritten statements please). 
  • Submit Completed works, Bio, Inventory Sheet and Confluence Gallery Contract by Sunday, November 9th. 
  • All works must be for sale. 
  • All submissions must be your original works (you may submit prints for sale as long as they accompany the original work) and never previously shown in the Methow Valley area. 

Please feel free to email us directly at or call the Confluence Gallery at (509) 997-2787 if you have any questions about the show or the requirements. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


Nicole Ringgold & Jennifer Molesworth, Curators

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our River Panel Discussion

Photo courtesy UCSRB
Friday, June 13

In conjunction with our current exhibit Our River, Confluence Gallery & Art Center will hold a panel discussion on Friday, June 13th. The purpose of this panel is to engage in dialogue about our river and what it means to us as a community. The informal discussion will be facilitated by Derek Van Marter, Executive Director of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board.

Panel members include:

Bruce Morrison, artist
John Crandall, fish ecologist
Kelleigh McMillan, farmer and poet
Elaine Marquezz, former guide and commercial fisherwoman
Lynette Westendorf, musician
Kevin Van Bueren, North Cascades Fly Fishing guide
Ray Peterson, OCEC Board Member
Kent Woodruff, wildlife biologist

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.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Home Tour 2014

August 9

Mark your calendars now for the 13th Annual Methow Valley Home Tour scheduled for Saturday August 9, 10am-5pm. The tour, brought to you by Confluence, will include 10 unique homes in the Mazama area. The theme this year is “Rooflines” and the homes will reflect several architectural styles from shed roofs to dormers. The homes selected are located along a bicycle friendly route so participants are encouraged to bring their bikes or rent from local bike shops.

Tickets: $25 per person or $20 per person for groups of four.

Tickets can be purchased the week prior to the tour at Confluence Gallery. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at Confluence and at a booth at the Mazama Store.

Children’s Summer Art Camps

Confluence is pleased to offer a third series of summer art programs for children ages 6-10. Camps take place every Tuesday through Thursday, July 8-31, 10am-2pm. They are located in the bright Confluence classroom with access to a large, open lawn behind the building. Children will spend time making art and taking adventures to the Methow River just 2 blocks away.

Three-day camps cost $110 per child.
Registration forms are now available! Call Confluence to register.

Following is a description of each remaining camp:

Children’s Art Camps with Laura Gunnip
Sunshine Print-O-Rama - t-shirts, flags, paper & fabric printing using the sunshine
Ages 6-10
July 8-10
10am-2pm at Confluence

Children’s Art Camps with Laura Gunnip
Art Bandit Mystery Tour - create fun art installations around town/in the park/by the river to the surprise & delight of friends and neighbors
Ages 6-10
July 15-17
10am-2pm at Confluence

Children’s Art Camps with Margaret Kingston
Puppet Making
Ages 6-10
July 22-24
10am-2pm at Confluence

Children’s Art Camps with Keri Miles
Backyard Art - Create art for your garden or backyard! Using natural and recycled materials we’ll make mosaic rocks, backyard lanterns, secret garden fairies, year-round flowers, and more. Bring your creativity and any small interesting materials you’d like to recycle.
July 29-31
Ages 6-10
10am-2pm at Confluence

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Loovre #2

Next up in the LoovreVblast!

The Confluence bathroom functions as a second gallery space. Each installation coincides with the gallery's main exhibit. In conjunction with the upcoming exhibit Our River, Confluence will hold an opening for The Loovre, featuring the work of local artist Vblast.

Vblast is a contemporary artist working in the fields of painting, sculpture and multimedia art. His work revolves around the themes of History, Conflict, and Entropy. Multi disciplinary by nature, the artist often combines painting and three dimensional elements to create a melange of color and texture.

Surrounded by visual and audio chaos in his subterranean studio dubbed “ Manland Art Labs,” Vblast often works on multiple pieces simultaneously. Deadlines, curing schedules for materials, mood and musical mayhem all contribute to the creative flow. Audio stimulation is an important part of the process at the Art Labs. A byproduct of 25 years in the music industry, Vblast was the front man for the Seattle based industrial performance art band The Pleasure Elite which left a trail of spilt beer, blood, broken glass and rabid fans across the United States and Europe. Hard core heavy metal, spoken word, jazz, and random movie dialogue is the staple for any day’s given tasks. The artist’s motto is “ Keep it loud bro, real loud.” Combined with piles of textbooks, tear sheets, magazines, and natural objects of dubious origin, eye candy as inspiration is always within arm’s reach. A pot of hot coffee stands ever vigilant to bolster the flesh when it sags beneath the demands of the will.

Devotion to his craft goes beyond the description of job or career, and into the realm of an ever biting need to create that borders on masochism and pathology. Vblast states “the term ‘artist’ defines me and my life in its entirety. Since the day I could grasp a pencil, I have been making art in a variety of forms and mediums. It is the process as much as the end result that consumes me as well as a dedication to quality. Whether or not the work is accepted or even liked is of no concern to me. It is the moment of interaction between myself and the canvas or object that drives my obsession. I will paint ‘til death, and with some luck, I will die in my studio in front of a really kick ass piece. Hopefully finished. That would be the shizzle.”

The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 4-8pm. The show will run through July 26th.