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When this artist packs up and leaves town, it’s a good thing

By on November 27, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
When this artist packs up and leaves town, it’s a good thing

By Susan Lagsdin Jane Walter Bousman — spurred by a pivotal transition a decade ago — has created a symmetrical two-part life for herself that’s personally and artistically satisfying, with just enough of a wide-open future to keep it interesting. … Continue reading

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Mark Smeltzer: If getting attention is the way to make money in show business, this actor feels he’s a natural

By on November 27, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Mark Smeltzer:  If getting attention is the way to make money in show business, this actor feels he’s a natural

By Susan Lagsdin The venue was peaceful, with upholstered chairs in the sunny view window of a hillside home in Broadview, where 27-year-old voice artist and actor Mark Smeltzer is living, for a short time, with his parents. However, spending … Continue reading

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From STONES comes jewelry & a great deal of joy

By on October 29, 2018 in Arts with 1 Comment
From  STONES  comes  jewelry & a great deal of joy

By Vicki Olson Carr Bernice Holmes Bernatz worked for the United States Forest Service for 29 years. After she retired she looked around for an interesting and challenging hobby. Her first passion was horseback riding and she still owns a … Continue reading

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First came the publisher’s call, and then came the book

By on October 29, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
First came the publisher’s call, and then came the book

By Susan Lagsdin Megan Robinson was about to apply for a plum teaching job at Seattle’s University Child Development School, and she was determined to wow the interviewers. She asked her dad, Tom Robinson, to help her construct a science … Continue reading

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IN THE FLOW: Niki Stewart has drifted around the world, finds her inspiration in India and paints in Wenatchee

By on September 24, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
IN THE FLOW:  Niki Stewart has drifted around the world, finds her inspiration in India and paints in Wenatchee

By Susan Lagsdin Being in the flow is an essential state of being for Wenatchee oil painter Niki Stewart. “When I have a preconceived concept in my mind, my ego gets in the way. It breaks the flow and makes … Continue reading

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Focusing on a life artfully lived

By on August 28, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Focusing on a life  artfully lived

By Susan Lagsdin Erin Nash was last seen by our readers last year on a cover of The Good Life in a super-selfie, leaping into the air with her friend Brianna, with Wyoming’s Grand Tetons as a backdrop. Her story … Continue reading

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Snatchee Records: Music new to the ears

By on August 28, 2018 in Arts with 2 Comments
Snatchee Records: Music new to the ears

By Susan Lagsdin Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve shouted your throat raw rocking out in a cacophonous press of Saturday night beer drinkers, and maybe your favorite groups weren’t necessarily “Acid Teeth,” “Potbelly,” “Phasers on Kill,” or “The … Continue reading

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Big headed art: ‘I’m motivated to make art that … basically moves the audience to let their freak flag fly’

By on July 23, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Big headed art:  ‘I’m motivated to make art that … basically moves the audience to let their freak flag fly’

By Susan Lagsdin Mega-monsters with two-foot diameter heads and goofy grins, knobby noses and improbable ears, goblins and goofuses and pirates and wazzats all prance around voguing for the camera and catch even their creators unaware. After one of Sara … Continue reading

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Traveling play director has people singing and dancing wherever he goes

By on July 23, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Traveling play director has people singing and dancing wherever he goes

By Susan Lagsdin Theater director Jaime Donegan pulled into town in mid-July after a cross-country trek from the East Coast. Relaxing with laptop and binders in a far corner of the Numerica Performing Arts Center’s vacant lobby — a kind … Continue reading

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Not only birdhouses

By on June 27, 2018 in Arts with 2 Comments
Not only birdhouses

Wood artisan crafts plenty of nesting boxes, but he also makes and re-builds furniture: ‘I maybe dream about it… and then start building…’   By Susan Lagsdin Living far up the Skagit Valley, woodcrafter Thomas Howell’s young life was shaped … Continue reading

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Family’s saga became historical fiction … and a writer was born

By on June 27, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Family’s saga  became historical  fiction  … and a writer was born

By Susan Lagsdin Jane Nagler of East Wenatchee is still a little dazzled by the fact that she is a published novelist. Her books tell stories that she’s harvested over the years from her pioneer ancestors, and the more she … Continue reading

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A little girl who desperately wants to grow up and 3 women who are making it possible

By on May 30, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
A little girl who desperately  wants to grow up and 3 women who are making it possible

When I am 13, I’ll be a great Queen Then I won’t have to cook and I won’t have to clean… By Susan Lagsdin This is not an excerpt from the diary of new Windsor wife Meghan Markle, nor is … Continue reading

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Not your mom’s dolls

By on April 23, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Not your mom’s dolls

By Susan Lagsdin OK, OK — this is not your mother’s doll collection. You might not have gifted your third-grade niece with one of them. Possibly you don’t have one on your shelf. But you could… If you do want … Continue reading

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Keeping her eyes on the world

By on April 23, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Keeping her eyes on the world

Local designer keeps a clear focus on family, foreign travel and photography By Susan Lagsdin To celebrate their 1999 graduation from Eastmont High School, Kayme and her boyfriend Dustin went on an adventure: a month-long trip to Europe with her … Continue reading

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United in love & music

By on March 29, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
United in love & music

By Susan Lagsdin She came from classically-trained musical parents who, from her first piano lesson at age five, craved the concert stage for her; to help out a combo that needed him, he spontaneously decided to buy a first string … Continue reading

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Razzle dazzle ’em! — One man’s magic reached hearts and minds

By on March 1, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Razzle dazzle ’em! — One man’s magic reached hearts and minds

By Susan Lagsdin Wizard, magician, trickster, prestidigitator, sorcerer, conjuror, illusionist… no matter what we call them, they captivate us. For fun or fortune they draw us in for the inevitable “gee whiz,” that tiny moment when the world tips a … Continue reading

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Dancers: Sometimes puzzling onstage, but graceful in life

By on March 1, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Dancers: Sometimes puzzling onstage, but graceful in life

By Susan Lagsdin “So, do you notice how people move — out on the street, all around you?” Dancer and dance instructor Andrea Locke fielded this question with a positive, “Oh yes!” Her special interest in kinesthetics, the science of … Continue reading

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Circles in art, circles in life

By on January 31, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
Circles in art, circles in life

By Susan Lagsdin Within the cozy confines of Amber Zimmerman’s studio, circles are everywhere. Since 2015, when she designed a commemorative artwork after the death of a friend, her focus has been mostly on the mandala. That intricate spherical design originated … Continue reading

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A nice guy who gets a jolt out of theater

By on January 31, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
A nice guy who gets a jolt out of theater

By Susan Lagsdin At a glance, you can probably tell musical comedy veteran Jeff Heminger, 37, is often cast as the nice guy, the handsome leading man. In years hence, some local director will doubtless demand “get me a young … Continue reading

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ARTISTS UPDATE: 4 who keep on creating

By on December 28, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
ARTISTS UPDATE:  4 who keep on creating

By Susan Lagsdin Each new year we like to look into past issues for few local artists who’ve been introduced to you, just to see what’s been going on. This year we hit a treasure trove. A LOT has been … Continue reading

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Waxing eloquent: Artist etches the topography of her past

By on November 29, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Waxing eloquent: Artist etches the topography of her past

By Susan Lagsdin Food on the plate, furnishings and fabrics, the color of walls, custom-made cards to friends — all precise and all creative expression. For years Alessandra Piro brought her keen and educated graphic artist’s eye for color, texture … Continue reading

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The voice: Creating a satisfying, rewarding life in theater and beyond

By on November 29, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
The voice: Creating a  satisfying, rewarding life in theater and beyond

By Susan Lagsdin By Susan Lagsdin “Being an actor kind of caught me by surprise,” explained David Cochran Heath, recently retired from a satisfying and life-sustaining 31 years in the theater. To local actors, most of whom freely donate their … Continue reading

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Life as an entertainer: ‘THIS is what I know how to do’

By on October 25, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Life as an  entertainer: ‘THIS is what I know how to do’

By Susan Lagsdin Wenatchee actor and director Matthew Pippin’s life rotates around two major non-competing forces: a love of family and a love of performance. His devotion to both gives him an intense sense of purpose. Though he’s 35, he … Continue reading

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Former dancer looks back on the steps of her varied life

By on October 25, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Former dancer looks back on the steps of her varied life

By Susan Lagsdin Laraine Burrell, who took a major step moving solo to Wenatchee in January, is invigorated by her law position at Jefferson, Daniels, Sonn & Aylward and eager to involve herself in the community. And she finds the … Continue reading

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Ric’s tree house: 30 year project of reusing found objects

By on September 27, 2017 in Arts with 1 Comment
Ric’s tree house: 30 year project of reusing found objects

Story and photos by Donna Cassidy Tree houses are for kids, right? Not so. Chelsea Evans recently wrote to The Good Life saying, “My dad — Ric Evans — is an artist and over the past 30 years, has built a … Continue reading

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New arts space in an old place

By on September 27, 2017 in Arts with 2 Comments
New arts space in an old place

By Susan Lagsdin This new community of artists is still a bit of a riddle. What’s hidden in plain sight? What’s ancient in tradition with a cutting-edge spin? In the back of a building with almost a century of history, … Continue reading

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John McQuaig on the bagpipes: First come the jokes then come the haunting notes

By on August 29, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
John McQuaig on the bagpipes: First come the jokes then come the haunting notes

By Susan Lagsdin John McQuaig is learning to play the bagpipe. He knows the jokes, and he tells them pre-emptively; a bagpiper, particularly a novice, needs to steel himself to the reality of his avocation and deal with it. Q: … Continue reading

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Judge Lesley Allan’s creative quilting is a break from the bench

By on August 29, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Judge Lesley Allan’s creative quilting is a break from the bench

By Susan Lagsdin Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan is imbedded every working day in the human drama of crime and punishment. For 20 years she has focused on Chelan County’s felonies (sometimes 150 contacts a week) and domestic violence, rotating … Continue reading

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The perfect word

By on July 26, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
The perfect word

I pad through the bone yard of discarded poems, pawing through broken metaphors and remnants of rhyme, sniffing for a trace of freshness among the similes. Mold and moss drape the old thoughts; the staleness stifles. I gasp for clarity. … Continue reading

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Sip and paint

By on July 25, 2017 in Arts with 1 Comment
Sip and paint

By Mary Gallagher I first heard about “Sip and Paint” on Facebook. Friends and family were posting smiling faces, a drink in their hand and colorful paintings they claimed were created in a span of a few hours. Some were … Continue reading

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