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Crowds can’t help but sway and smile when the accordion tunes roll out

By on March 28, 2017 in Arts with 2 Comments
Crowds can’t help but sway and smile  when the accordion tunes roll out

By Susan Lagsdin Frank Calipristi certainly looks the part as he strolls through the dining room of King Ludwig’s Restaurant or livens up the summer crowds at Leavenworth’s central gazebo. His dapperness and demeanor, the dark lederhosen and embroidered shirt, … Continue reading

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MOVE YOUR FEET TO LATIN BEATS: Zumba teacher is dancin’ to the music

By on March 28, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
MOVE YOUR FEET TO LATIN BEATS:  Zumba teacher is dancin’ to the music

By Susan Lagsdin The super-efficient 29-year-old professional who might greet you at the Wenatchee Mayor’s office can find answers to all your queries. She’s new, but she’s gaining in-depth knowledge of civic processes and an on-track vision for inclusionary policies … Continue reading

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Mark Wavra: Never a one-man show

By on February 22, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Mark Wavra: Never a one-man show

By Susan Lagsdin The work tables in the big, airy art room at Eastmont High School are arranged almost counterintuitively: they form a hollow circle facing each other, with space around the perimeter. Mark Wavra said, “At first they were … Continue reading

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Oly Mingo: A 10-year art balancing act

By on February 22, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Oly Mingo: A 10-year art balancing act

By Susan Lagsdin Just another day at work for Oly Mingo, creative director of North 40 Productions. He drives down from Entiat, a short distance that keeps his frenetic work pace — constant deadlines, unscheduled changes, distant shoots, occasional all-nighters … Continue reading

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Chad Yenney: Art made with old magazines, an Xacto knife and try-it-out imagination

By on January 30, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
Chad Yenney: Art made with old magazines, an Xacto knife and try-it-out imagination

“I fooled around with collage at Eastmont, but it wasn’t until I saw something Jeff (his boss) had put together on the computer as kind of a joke that I thought ‘Hey, cool. I could do that…’” By Susan Lagsdin … Continue reading

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Ron Evans: Terrible art student now an imagination-fired artist & gallery owner

By on January 25, 2017 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Ron Evans: Terrible art student now an imagination-fired artist & gallery owner

By Susan Lagsdin Ron Evans is not bragging. He’s just explaining. “I think I was the first-time lucky winner of the coveted Eastmont High School Academic Suspension award. I’d failed my senior year, and they offered me another year of … Continue reading

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Bonnie Van Hoven: Once bitten by the theater bug, she has happily never recovered

By on January 25, 2017 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Bonnie Van Hoven: Once bitten by the theater bug, she  has happily never recovered

By Susan Lagsdin When a theater artist responds to an interview request with “Oh, no — there are lots more people who are involved as much or more than me,” you know she’s a team player, and that collaborative instinct … Continue reading

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Guitar and repair man lance tigner Lives His Art

By on November 30, 2016 in Articles, Arts with 2 Comments
Guitar and repair man lance tigner Lives His Art

By Susan Lagsdin Lance Tigner’s left forearm is heavily inked, so when he plays his beloved Martin guitar the muscles ripple under a blue tattoo of that same instrument. It’s ornamented with a musical staff and notes of a song … Continue reading

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Lynn Love: A musical life

By on October 26, 2016 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Lynn Love: A musical life

By Susan Lagsdin When Lynn Love sat down to her white baby grand piano to play and sing Carole King’s heart-tugging ballad Way Over Yonder, it was totally effortless — the most natural thing in the world. That’s probably because … Continue reading

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Paintings, puppets and performances

By on August 31, 2016 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Paintings, puppets and performances

By Alan Moen When it comes to creative couples, it’s hard to beat the team of Bill and Cindy Rietveldt of Peshastin. High school sweethearts in New York, they married after graduation. A year later the young couple — with … Continue reading

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Shaping a life in clay

By on June 29, 2016 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Shaping a life in clay

By Susan Lagsdin Picture a world where every person could say about their job: “It’s not work; it’s a pleasure. I hope I can ______ until I breathe my last breath, because this is my life.” Wenatchee artist Daniel Patrick … Continue reading

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Singing and strumming stories from the heart

By on May 25, 2016 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Singing and  strumming stories from the heart

By Susan Lagsdin “This is me in all of my passion and all of my gladness. This is me and a few pleasures in life that are precious to me… This is me in all of my madness and all … Continue reading

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Paul Roberts: Writer on big topics finds little Leavenworth a peaceful respite

By on April 27, 2016 in Arts with 0 Comments
Paul Roberts: Writer on big  topics finds little Leavenworth a peaceful respite

By Marlene Farrell Paul Roberts claims two hometowns, Leavenworth and Seattle. They differ in size, culture and pace, and Paul, a journalist for over 30 years, enjoys straddling both worlds. He said, “Leavenworth is a good place to raise kids, … Continue reading

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Dean Rainey: Western artist actually grew up working on a Badger Mountain ranch

By on April 27, 2016 in Arts with 0 Comments
Dean Rainey: Western artist actually grew up working on a Badger Mountain ranch

By Susan Lagsdin In 1927, East Wenatchee artist Dean Rainey’s great-grandfather was deer hunting on horseback up on Badger Mountain, and he chanced upon 1,100 acres that became the family’s ranch. Years later, being raised there inspired and informed Dean’s … Continue reading

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The many faces and acts of TJ Farrell

By on March 2, 2016 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
The many faces and acts of TJ Farrell

    By Susan Lagsdin So, picture Orc, the big-fanged creature from Lord of the Rings, wearing Icelandic pop rave Bjork’s scintillating swan tutu dress and heading to work down the seriously businesslike halls of the Chelan P.U.D. It’s Halloween … Continue reading

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Guitar making man

By on January 27, 2016 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Guitar making man

By Susan Lagsdin Freeman Keller is an ardent, life-long outdoor athlete with an inquiring mind. His desire to solve the mystery of “how does it go?” resulted in well-crafted hydroplanes (when he raced boats) and bicycle frames (when he raced … Continue reading

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Fun stuff: Holiday Events at the Numerica PAC

By on December 2, 2015 in Articles, Arts, Events with 0 Comments

The Numerica PAC provides affordable, family events this holiday season. Tickets are on sale now for the GINGERBREAD FACTORY on December 20, HOLIDAY MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN on December 16 & 20-21, andOLD TIME WENATCHEE RADIO CHRISTMAS CAROL on December 23. Gingerbread Factory presented by … Continue reading

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A firefighter’s photographer

By on July 29, 2015 in Articles, Arts, Landscapes, Photos with 0 Comments
A firefighter’s photographer

By Susan Lagsdin Wenatchee photographer Cary Ulrich said he sees no irony, neither correlation nor disconnect, in his last two full-time occupations. For almost 40 years he created by hand exquisitely detailed scale-model buildings for architects’ clients on the West … Continue reading

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Lady of the Irish dance

By on June 16, 2015 in Articles, Arts, Health with 0 Comments
Lady of the Irish dance

By Susan Lagsdin Though she’s lithe and lean, Angela Schaub would probably not be picked out of a line-up as a teacher of traditional Irish step dancing. “There are very few Asians in the field,” she admitted, then quipped that … Continue reading

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Crank in Up: Paul and Kelly Atwood at the theater

By on April 28, 2015 in Articles, Arts, Events with 0 Comments
Crank in Up: Paul and Kelly Atwood at the theater

By Susan Lagsdin “Louder, faster, funnier…” There aren’t too many artistic endeavors for which this is the prime directive. But musical comedy demands it, and for dozens of productions over the years from Chicago and Big River to Hairspray, Annie, … Continue reading

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Artist as medium

By on March 25, 2015 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Artist as medium

  By Susan lagsdin You’d never ask a writer her favorite word, or a violinist his favorite note, but here goes a question to Wenatchee painter Lindsay Breidenthal: “What’s your favorite color?” She was actually looking forward to the question. … Continue reading

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Summer arts programs open registration

By on February 26, 2015 in Arts with 0 Comments

Leavenworth – Icicle Creek Center for the Arts has opened registration for nine educational programs scheduled for the summer of 2015. Scholarship funding is available. The 2015 education programs offered by Icicle Creek Center for the Arts include: Icicle Creek … Continue reading

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Mountain film festival opens Feb. 19

By on February 11, 2015 in Articles, Arts, Events, Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments

  Leavenworth — Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will host the 2015 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) on February 19 in the Snowy Owl Theater. The event is a benefit for the Northwest Avalanche Center. The Vancouver International Film Festival … Continue reading

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An eye for the smiling and soulful sides of life

By on January 27, 2015 in Articles, Arts, Landscapes, Photos with 0 Comments
An eye for the  smiling and soulful sides of life

by Susan Lagsdin “I think most photographers learn to look at the world in a special way. There might be a dead tree that looks ugly to other people, but when I look at it I see beauty — line, … Continue reading

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Writers’ competition opening

By on December 10, 2014 in Articles, Arts, Events with 0 Comments

Write On The River is pleased to announce the opening of its seventh annual writers’ competition, generously sponsored by Alcoa. It’s time to boot up the computer and get those creative juices flowing! Categories are nonfiction (essay, article, or memoir, on … Continue reading

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Follies Guild named Mobile Meals as beneficiary

By on December 10, 2014 in Articles, Arts, Events with 0 Comments

The Wenatchee Valley Follies Guild named Mobile Meals on Nov. 19, 2014 as the beneficiary for their tri-annual fundraiser show “Follies: A La Mode” to be held in January 2016. The Follies Show is a variety show featuring local talent, … Continue reading

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Staying true to a special way of seeing the world

By on October 29, 2014 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Staying true to a special way of seeing the world

By Susan Lagsdin “The eye sees; the mind edits; the heart interprets.” This simple equation of aesthetic sensibility is a mantra Robert Wilson lives and teaches. The Wenatchee painter, recently returned to the region of his own artistic awakening, at … Continue reading

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Wenatchee River Watershed Photo Contest

By on August 21, 2014 in Arts, Events, Outdoor Fun, Photos with 0 Comments

Winners will have their photos published in 2015 stewardship calendar.   Chelan County, (August, 2014): From the ridgetops to the valley bottom, the Wenatchee River watershed provides residents and visitors alike with a spectacular place to live, work, and play. … Continue reading

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Nature seeker: Open air, large canvases, lush colors, a favorite pet… but no people

By on June 25, 2014 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Nature seeker:  Open air, large canvases, lush colors, a favorite pet… but no people

by Susan Lagsdin   “Sometimes I feel like I’ve got to hurry up and do everything — people say ‘You should paint downtown Winthrop,’ ‘You should paint that old car.’ You should paint that stream’ and I think, “Yes! Yes!’ … Continue reading

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Dave Notter: A man & a violin making music that flows through an almost magical scene

By on May 28, 2014 in Articles, Arts with 0 Comments
Dave Notter:    A man & a violin making music that flows through an almost magical scene

By Susan Lagsdin Surrounded by tall pines, with the rocky mumble of the Methow’s Beaver Creek sounding in the background, a 100 horse riders, dusty and trail-weary after the annual Spring Ride, circle around a central campfire, its sparks and … Continue reading

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