Thursday, May 26, 2016

Auction of Sparling art collection benefits Confluence Gallery and Methow Chamber Music Festival!

In a spectacular display of generosity, descendants of the late Drs. Gerald and Virginia Sparling have agreed to donate the bulk of their family's art collection for the joint benefit of the Confluence Gallery and the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. 

"This is a wonderful collection gathered over a lifetime," said Confluence Gallery board member Mary Lou McCollum. "The Sparlings appreciated living with original art. Their art is now being shared with collectors both in our valley and beyond, keeping the memory of Jerry and Virginia alive for a long time to come."

Festival executive director Liz Johnson said, "I'm blown away by the size and quality of this gift. Construction is underway now on the Festival grounds to provide a suitable gallery to display this beautiful collection."

The art will be sold in silent-auction format during the upcoming summer Festival, July 28–August 6, 2016. That period coincides with the Confluence exhibit, "Music as Muse", which will explore how music works as creative inspiration for artists.

These works were collected over a lifetime by the late Drs. Gerald and Virginia Sparling, pillars of our local 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.

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.

The collection will be open to the public for viewing and bidding each concert day during open rehearsals starting at 9am, and open to ticket-holders prior to the evening concerts beginning at 6pm.

Contact Confluence Gallery or Methow Chamber Music Festival for details on the catalogue coming soon.

Content for this article courtesy of  Methow Chamber Music Festival.

Arte Flamenco! World Music and Dance at Confluence Gallery

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

Back to the Garden Opens June 11th!

God's Eye with Bronze -  Acrylic on Panel 10" x 10" x 1" by Kalindi Kunis
Confluence Gallery and Art Center presents

Back to the Garden

Sterling Botanicals by Nicole Ringgold

June 11, 2016 - July 16, 2016. 

Opening reception June 11 4-8pm

What brings you back to life? Artists will present works that explore ideas of renewal and growth; literally and metaphorically returning to the garden. 

Back to the Garden will feature a special solo exhibit "Sterling Botanicals: A Hand Fabricated Collection" by silversmith Nicole Ringgold.

Back to the Garden is Curated by Methow Valley artists Joanne Marracci and Melissa Raye-Hovee

Thank you to our Exhibit Sponsors:
KTRT, Floyd Company, Wastewise Methow, Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Rocking Horse Bakery, Cinnamon Twisp, Winthrop Mountain Sports, Sawtooth Dental. Miller Nash Graham and Dunn

Call to Artists: Gallery Gift Shop Open Call!

A Call To Artists:
Gallery Gift Shop Open Call

Confluence Gallery in Twisp, WA is taking submissions for art to be sold in our successful, year- round gallery gift shop. We invite artists to submit visual art and quality craft items for review.

Please submit up to 5 clear images of individual pieces or product lines to be juried.

Describe the medium and/or process of your art or products and the corresponding price points.

The open call deadline is July 1, 2016 and all accepted art must be delivered to Confluence Gallery by August l 1, 2016.

Each piece must be:

· Your own original work.
· Available for sale.
 ·Created in the last 3 years.
· Any Size
· Any Medium
· Ready for hanging with appropriate hardware/wire secured to work (works without hanging hardware will not be accepted)

· Please note the curators 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 gallery. We are looking for high quality execution that contributes to the diversity and vision of the gallery gift shop program.

Submit by 7-1-16 (email to WITH samples of work to be juried.
Artist Statement and Bio by 8-1-16 (in email or word doc only).
Completed works, Inventory Sheet, and Confluence Gallery Contract 8-1-16. 

The Confluence Gallery and Art Center is a non-profit gallery. All shipping costs to and from the gallery of unsold works is each artist's responsibility. See Confluence Gallery Shipping Procedures form for details.

Confluence Gallery offers commission structure of 60/40 to non-members and 65/35 to member artists.

Please email or call Executive Director Salyna Gracie at the Confluence Gallery (509) 997-2787 if you have any questions about the submission requirements. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer 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

Special Occasions Rental at Confluence Gallery!

Design your next event in our beautiful Art Gallery!

Perfect for small events or meetings for 30-75 people. 

Sit down events up to 35. 
Cocktail hour events up to 75.

$75 for four hours plus $30 each additional hour.

Banquet tables and chairs for up to 35 on site.

Food assembly area with sink

Additional features available upon request

Reserve your date at Confluence Gallery 509-997-ARTS

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Call for Submissions! Artist in Residency Program Summer 2016

Confluence Gallery announces:

Call for Submissions! Artist in Residency Program Summer 2016

One selected artist will receive two months of studio space at Confluence Gallery from July 1st – Aug 31st and an exhibition reception September 3rd 2016.

Studio space is located on the second floor of the Confluence Gallery and Art Center. The studio is 300sq ft, with two divided workstations. The studio has windows for natural light and access to a communal kitchen, an outdoor deck and two bathrooms. Artists will have 24 hour access to the studio.

The Mural residency at Confluence Gallery is a unique opportunity to combine personal practice, community engagement, and the creation of civically-focused public art. Artists will work with gallery staff to design a public art Mural on the Confluence Gallery building that captures the spirit of the Methow Valley, WA. Local artists and students may be involved during the installation of the mural.

Artists will receive a $150 stipend for paint and will provide all other materials needed to create the mural. Materials used during the residency must be conducive to a public working environment near offices and other studios. Please no loud tools or toxic materials.

The mural created in the residency must be completed and ready to display by September 3rd 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: June 15, 2016

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