Residents of Metaline Falls, Wash., received the 1997 Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award at Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival. The town was among 30 competitors statewide vying for the coveted award.
The town, some 80 miles north of Spokane, received the medallion for revitalizing its old high school, designed by the famed Northwest architect, Kirtland Cutter. The building, now known as Cutter Theatre, is a million-dollar community cultural center.
Town residents contributed 21,000 volunteer hours, $50,600 in cash and $21,400 in in-kind donations.
Doing their own recognition, Mayor Lee McGowan and the town council presented certificates of honorary Metaline Falls citizenship to people in the north Pend Oreill County area who also contributed to the effort.
Streets of art
Art on the Avenues, a year-round public sculpture exhibit, begins its third year in Wenatchee with 35 new pieces of work displayed at 32 sites, most clustered in the downtown area.
Created from a variety of materials - bronze, cast aluminum, black marble, granite - each sculpture displayed outdoors on a pedestal is for sale. In the past three years, the city has exhibited nearly 70 pieces and has purchased 11 for permanent exhibition.
Each year sees a new collection of sculptures loaned to the community by artists from across the nation. Northwest artists displayed this year include Simon Kogan of Olympia, William Reese and Jan Cook Mack of Wenatchee and Brandon Zebold of Seattle.
Art on the Avenues is a nonprofit organization formed in 1994 by a group of Wenatchee Valley residents and artists. The program is fairly unique, with only two other similar programs in Grand Junction, Colo., and Pullayup, Wash.
Walking tour maps are available at The Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce and most shops in the downtown area. For more information, call (509) 662-0059.
The Palouse Empire Fair in Colfax, Wash., will host a talent show Sept. 7, and is looking for contestants of all ages to compete. The age categories are 8 and under, 9 to 17, 18 to 25, 26 to 54, and 55 and older. The top four winners in each age group will compete in the fair.
Entries must be submitted by July 31. Each entrant will receive detailed information on tryout dates and times in the mail. Entry forms are available in the fair office at 310 N. Main in Colfax or by calling (509) 397-6263.
Take a seat, please
The Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History in Lewiston is soliciting decorative furniture for its fund-raiser, “Please be seated!: A ‘Chair’ity Auction,” on Oct. 11.
Artists are asked to create novel or artistic decorative items using the medium of their choice. Pieces must be artistically created or refinished, not commercially produced. Besides chairs, last year’s event included tables, keepsake boxes, pedestals and clocks.
Registration deadline is July 25; deadline for project completion is Sept. 26. To receive an entry form, call the Center for Arts at (208) 799-2243.
Give it a try
“Experimental Surfaces,” a workshop for ceramic artists and ceramic art students taught by Lenora Simon Lopez, will be July 16, 20 and 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Spokane Art School. Cost of the workshop is $30, plus a $20 lab fee. Call 328-0900 to register.
“The Head Imagines Itself,” an exhibit featuring artists Joseph McFarlane and Lee Ayars, will be featured at the Lorinda Knight Gallery, 523 W. Sprague, July 11 to Aug. 9.
McFarlane uses prints as his medium, while Ayars is a ceramic artist. An opening-night reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Strike up the band
Disc Makers is accepting demos for its second Northwest Independent Music World Series. The competition is open to independent acts based in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, playing original music in any genre.
Six finalists will be chosen to perform for industry professionals and the press on Thursday, Aug. 28, at The Showbox in Seattle. The finalists will also be featured on a CD distributed to the music industry and radio.
Prizes include guitars, a multi-track recorder, mixing console, effects processor, microphones, and the recording, mastering, manufacturing, and promotion of a major label quality CD.
A processing fee of $15 must be sent with a demo tape or CD, by July 16 to: Disc Makers IMWS, 42650 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538-3135. For a complete event packet, call (800) 468-9353 or visit their web site at www.discmakers.com.