Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blood and Thunder: Contemporary works by Vblast at Confluence Gallery

Confluence Gallery presents:

Blood and Thunder

Contemporary works by the artist Vblast 

In the Community Gallery at Confluence Gallery and Art Center

July 23 - August 27
Opening reception July 23 4-8pm

Blood and Thunder is a series of mixed media paintings and 3D works reflecting on the artists 25 year career in the punk / metal / industrial music scene.

For Methow Valley artist, Vblast, music and art have been so intertwined it is difficult sometimes for
him to determine where one ended and the other began.Starting with jazz band in school days and progressing through a series of punk and metal acts that pulled him across the country and abroad for over 25 years. During that time he was creating art often to promote and accompany the musical work he was involved in. Zines, posters, t-shirts, backdrops, stage props, videos, and album cover art. The final band in his career, of which he was a co-founder and owner, was The Pleasure Elite. A Seattle based metal punk art rock ensemble known as much for its live performances as its provocative music and lyrical content.

To say that Vblast loves hard aggressive music is an understatement. For him, this pounding pulsing form of expression has been a part of his life for so long that he would not be who he is without it. He says "It changed and saved me, drove and consumed me in an inferno of creativity that left me burned, scarred and marked. It is that first cigarette in the morning, the first drink after a hangover, the moment you taste your own blood in a fist fight. Glorious. It appeals to my contrarian nature and antisocial disposition. A middle finger raised in defiance of the prurient pop culture that drowns us in mendacity. It begs no allegiance or favor, and offers no quarter. If you don’t get it, or don’t like it, that is fine with me. But you have my sympathy. No, not really. Turn that shit up to 11 and tell me you can’t hear the angels. I dare you."

Vblast (aka Vern White) is a self taught artist who began drawing at an early age. After working at a variety of jobs, the artist entered the world of commercial art and design. For over 25 years he honed his skills in the arena of independent graphic illustration and pre-production. In 2001, Vblast devoted himself full time to his art and began a journey into non objective abstraction. His art has been exhibited in Northwest galleries and venues,as well as,in private collections worldwide.

For more information about this exhibit contact Confluence Gallery 509-997-ARTS
and visit the artist's website at

FREE! Art Collecting 101 with Jody Bento of Seattle Art Museum

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ghost Summer: Bryan Putnam Artist-in-Residence Exhibit at Confluence Gallery

Ghost Summer
Bryan Putnam, Confluence Artist-in-Residence
July 23 – August 27
Opening Reception July 23 4-8pm

 Ghost Summer is a collection of zines, drawings and fragments of writing inspired by the ideas, places, and stories currently haunting his imagination. These works explore his personal ghosts and begin to unmask ideas and questions at the core of his artistic practice.

As Confluence Artist - in-Residence, Bryan Putnam received 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 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.

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Icicle Fund Grant awarded for Website Design and Development!

Confluence Gallery has been awarded a generous grant from the Icicle Fund to design and develop a new website for our gallery and art center!

This grant will help us to launch an online presence that reflects the high quality of our programming and make it easier for our patrons to engage in our exhibits and events.

Established in 1999, the mission of the Icicle Fund is to support the environment, the arts and history through innovative collaboration in North Central Washington. Confluence Gallery is grateful for this support as we continue to expand the quality art experiences we offer our local community!
Stay tuned for website launch later this year!

Friday, June 10, 2016

World Music at Confluence Gallery: Sin Fronteras June 18th

World Music at Confluence Gallery: Sin Fronteras 

Music from the Nueva Canción Tradition of Latin America

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Doors open 6pm; show 6:30pm
104 Glover St., Twisp, WA
Tickets for the concert are $15, and can be purchased in advance
(by phone call 509-997-2787) or at the door

At a time in the Pacific Northwest when there is growing involvement in arts and social justice, there has been renewed interest in the nueva canción (“new song”) movement from Latin America. Seattle area trio Sin Fronteras (“without borders“), are highly skilled performers of this tradition and emigrated to the U.S. from Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. They describe the music as having “vibrant rhythms, soulful melodies, and breathtaking harmonies – songs of life, humanity, and love.” The song lyrics alone are some of the most beautiful poetry in the Spanish language. 

The roots of nueva canción are based in the rural folk music of Chile, and spread from there to Argentina, Spain, and other Latin countries. In support of the “common people”, the music made extensive use of traditional musical forms and instruments, such as the quena, zampoña, charango and cajón, and feature the guitar (from Chilean cueca). Sin Fronteras continues this tradition, adding the cuatro, Argentinian bombo (bass drum), and Venezuelan harp. 

Don't miss this fabulous World Music experience in an intimate setting at Confluence Gallery!

This concert is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, and Northwest Heritage Resources.
Confluence Gallery World Music Series is sponsored by KTRT 97.5 and Blue Star Coffee Roasters

Artist to Artist! July 9 at Dan Brown's Studio in Okanogan WA

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Shared and individual Studio spaces available for rent!

Fantastic shared and individual 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 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