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Into a troubled life came riding saviors — and music

By on June 25, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Into a troubled life came riding saviors — and music

By Susan Lagsdin Horses and music, music and horses — how better to sooth the troubled soul of a girl who might have headed nowhere, or worse?  And, with those loves grown into twin proficiencies, what better way to live … Continue reading

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Making funny: For Alex Haley, Putting on a good show is as cool as being in a good show

By on June 25, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Making funny: For Alex Haley, Putting on a good show is  as cool as being in a good show

By Susan Lagsdin What big-time comedian would you like to spend a whole day with, to soak up some vibes, take away a few pointers?  “Jerry Seinfeld,” Alex Haley said immediately. He likes those trademark “So what’s going on with…?” … Continue reading

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Telling stories… better

By on May 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Telling stories… better

By Susan Lagsdin You might hear, “I don’t quite know how to write the ending,” or “I’m really nervous about reading aloud,” or “I’ve marked a few typos for you — the rest is great,” but something you’ll never hear … Continue reading

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Self-admitted tumbleweed has tried many things, but stayed true to her art

By on May 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Self-admitted tumbleweed has tried many things, but stayed true to her art

By Susan Lagsdin Heritage Heights, a senior living facility in Chelan, is full of history and lively personalities. Last winter, six local artists eagerly captured those elements as they painted portraits, or in a few cases abstract representations, of individual … Continue reading

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Making the scene: Prop master Jill Sheets creates theater magic with the aid of helpful volunteers and clever problem solving

By on April 22, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Making the scene: Prop master Jill Sheets creates theater magic with the aid of helpful volunteers and clever problem solving

By Susan Lagsdin Theatre prop master and producer Jill Sheets isn’t worried yet, but she does have a problem.  “I need a realistic newspaper like this on top of the stack every night, and I don’t want it to get … Continue reading

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Playing with words: Author leads a romp with language — helping kids spark their brains

By on April 22, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
Playing  with words: Author leads a romp with language — helping kids spark their brains

By Marlene Farrell They call her Dr. Fu. Every summer for the past 15 years, Amy Carlson dons this new identity to lead her summer book camps in Leavenworth. New names help launch Dr. Fu and the campers on adventures … Continue reading

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Copper maiden works her magic

By on March 31, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Copper  maiden works her magic

By Susan Lagsdin “You don’t need a weatherman To know which way the wind blows…”  — Bob Dylan,  Subterranean Homesick Blues Nor, frankly, do most of us really need a weathervane on the rooftop. Step outside, watch the trees, check … Continue reading

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Jameson Varpness: The choir is better when all voices have a place

By on March 31, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Jameson Varpness: The choir is better when all voices have a place

By Susan Lagsdin When Jameson Varpness first saw Wenatchee almost four years ago, just 26, just out of grad school in Nebraska and grateful for a first job in his area of expertise, he was stunned.  “Nobody had told me … Continue reading

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The Good Life cartoonist goes MAD

By on February 26, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
The Good Life cartoonist goes MAD

By Dan McConnell After about 50 years of yearning to be one of MAD magazines “Usual Gang of Idiots,” as of Jan. 2, I achieved my dream.  I started cartooning in 1980 with my Apple Andy weekly cartoon strip, went … Continue reading

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Pole dancing and belly dancing?

By on February 26, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
Pole dancing and belly dancing?

By Marlene Farrell Belly dancing and pole dancing might not appear to have much in common, but for Nadège Margaria, they are the two foci of an evolving passion. Nadège described the standing ovation she received after a performance in … Continue reading

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Joy, hope and love: When the Wicklines come on stage, faces smile and toes get tapping

By on February 26, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
Joy, hope and love: When the Wicklines come on stage, faces smile and toes get tapping

By Marlene Farrell Photos by Kevin Farrell Eight friends shared a stage for a Christmas show. Behind them, the floor to ceiling windows gave a sense they were playing, not just for their audience, but also their tunes were spilling … Continue reading

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Yarn magic: Hats and scarves add personality to outdoor artwork

By on January 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Yarn  magic: Hats and scarves add personality to outdoor artwork

By Lisa Robinson  with Kate Walker I’ve always wanted us — Wenatchee — to embrace our Art on the Avenue sculptures like the one by Seattle’s sculptor Richard Beyer’s best-known and best-dressed public artwork, Waiting for the Interurban, which wears … Continue reading

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In the bleak midwinter comes a sweet song played on a hammered dulcimer

By on January 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
In the bleak midwinter comes a sweet song played on a hammered dulcimer

By Marlene Farrell Watching Julia Pinnix play her hammered dulcimer, it seems like musical magic coming from the intricate motion of her two handheld hammers, curved like wooden spoons.  To Julia, it’s second nature.  She is a self-described, “visual learner.” … Continue reading

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The sensory feel of clay

By on January 28, 2019 in Arts with 1 Comment
The sensory feel of clay

By Marlene Farrell Serendipity started Mijanou Fortney on her journey of teaching pottery classes and opening her business, MF Pottery.  She took a roundabout path to art. She grew up in Montana and majored in anthropology at Bates College in … Continue reading

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Submissions sought for new Central WA poetry journal

By on January 28, 2019 in Arts with 0 Comments
Submissions sought for new Central WA poetry journal

A new print journal featuring local poets and their work is targeted for publication in May 2019. The Shrub-Steppe Poetry Journal is now accepting submissions.  “The purpose of this project is to gather the many poets of Central Washington under … Continue reading

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ARTISTS UPDATE: Creators keep on creating

By on December 24, 2018 in Arts with 0 Comments
ARTISTS UPDATE: Creators keep on creating

By Susan Lagsdin Every January, we riffle through our files to find a few previously-highlighted artists who will share with our readers recent life developments and insights on their work. In 2019, our picks from the past demonstrate a range … Continue reading

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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 1 Comment
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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