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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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These hills are alive with the sound of a well-played guitar

By on June 28, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
These hills are alive with the sound of a well-played guitar

By Susan Lagsdin Some people can point to a map of the U.S. or the world and say, “I live here. I grew up there. My parents live there. My grandparents live there. My cousins…” But Gavin McLaughlin just sweeps … Continue reading

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Traffic patterns as art

By on June 28, 2017 in Arts with 2 Comments
Traffic patterns as art

  By Susan Lagsdin Shifting bands of sunshine on a table, the call and response of birdsong, the mailman’s route, the pulse of empty and full in a school hallway, the swirl of tall grasses in the wind… Adele Little … Continue reading

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PAINTIN’ in the GIRL’S ROOM

By on June 28, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
PAINTIN’ in the GIRL’S  ROOM

By Linda Hightower Last summer when all the staff at Cashmere High School enjoyed their summer vacation, their ladies restroom underwent a major transformation. After Marla Bailey, a local artist and substitute teacher, used the women’s restroom at CHS, she … Continue reading

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All the world is a stage for David Williams

By on May 31, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
All the world is a stage for David Williams

By Susan Lagsdin David Williams greets his third-grade students with a high-five every day at the classroom door, he sings along with them to learn multiplying by 12’s and equivalent fractions, and he admits his lessons get a little theatrical-goofy … Continue reading

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Aimee Stewart: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME

By on May 31, 2017 in Arts with 3 Comments
Aimee Stewart: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME

By Susan Lagsdin Here’s an intriguing What-if. What if hyper-creative fantasy artist Aimee Stewart had been born and raised on “Frontage Road,” “Junction Avenue” or maybe “Industrial Way”? Would her art be more prosaic, her life more normal? But oh … Continue reading

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A poet works a fish boat — and gets it

By on April 26, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
A poet works a fish boat — and gets it

“These guys have seen enough to know the difference between discomfort and danger. They’ve learned that laughing at discomfort is the only way to survive. When the weather went south the circle of eye contact between us was constant; I … Continue reading

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‘You’ve gotta have the eye’: Photographer Marshall Mahler

By on April 26, 2017 in Arts with 0 Comments
‘You’ve gotta have the eye’: Photographer Marshall Mahler

By Susan Lagsdin Photos by Marshall Mahler Wenatchee photographer Marshall Mahler knows the difference between hard work and good luck. One time, for nine mornings straight he woke in the dark before a cold dawn and hiked from his camper-truck … Continue reading

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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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