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MAC Gallery at Wenatchee Valley College
With the Music and Arts Center (MAC) and its associated “MAC Gallery,” the Art Department at Wenatchee Valley College is working to provide for the cultural needs of WVC students, including a welcoming forum for the community to experience high-quality contemporary art by invited first-rate art from working artists from the region and beyond, as well as exceptional work by WVC faculty, and students.
The MAC Gallery is a beautiful, white cube exhibition space, hosting monthly exhibitions. It enhances the instruction of the Art Department by providing chances for students to directly experience professional works of art, excellently displayed. Furthermore, the placement and prominence of the gallery in the building makes it a destination for the community that will augment the privately run Robert Graves Gallery, located in the other corner of our campus. Exhibitions complement Music Department events in the adjacent recital hall, as well as the mission of WVC to provide cultural opportunities for the entire community.
An affiliate with The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, this gallery is a place for local artist to display and sell their work as well as provide education about art. The gallery is open for viewing most days and holds a First Friday Reception on the first Friday of each month from 5:00-8:00 PM.
Museum Gallery – The Gallery’s changing exhibits explore art, history, sciences and rich diversity of North Central Washington.
Historic Mural: The Saga of Wenatchee
This is a WPA mural created in 1939 by Peggy Strong. This mural, original to the building, depicts the history of postal service in the region. It belongs to the people of the USA, and is catalogued by the Smithsonian
Art on the Avenues operates “To provide our communities with sustainable, innovative, and educational programs through the exhibition and sale of sculpture”. Currently featured are 85 sculptures throughout Wenatchee conveniently located to provide a walking tour opportunity for our community.
Art on the Avenues relies on community support. Tax-deductable donations can be mailed to Art on the Avenues PO Box 3325 Wenatchee, WA 98807. If you would like to contribute to their endowment, please contact the Community Foundation of North Central Washington by calling 509.663.7716. To purchase a sculpture please contact us by calling 509.662.0059
Jan Cook Mack grew up in the United States and Taiwan, and received her Fine Arts degree from Bennington College in Vermont. She established herself as a fine artist in New York City before moving to eastern Washington State in 1986.
Mack is working on a series entitled “100 Views of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers,” after Hokusai’s series “100 Views of MT Fuji.” She also has painted official portraits of Vermont’s Governor Madeleine Kunin, Senator Arthur Gibb, and two federal judges. Her work is collected by Bankers Trust, Exxon, IBM and is displayed in numerous corporate headquarters.
Artist’s studio and gallery open to visitors. Oil paintings and prints specializing in valley landscapes, orchards, fruit (apples, cherries, peaches) wilderness scenes (lakes and waterfalls). Open Year Around, Sat & Sunday, weekdays by appointment (509) 662-8383.
Lila Putnam is a watercolor artist who lives and works in East Wenatchee, Washington.She has been painting much of her adult life and has been exhibiting since 1984.She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, Eastern Washington Watercolor Society, Western Colorado Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.She has received many awards including 1st Place and Best of Show in juried shows across the Northwest.Lila says this about her work:”Small magical subjects that are hidden in the quiet corners of nature excite me”.
Martha Flores Studio is located in East Wenatchee but you can find some of her paintings and prints for sale at Wenatchee’s Two Rivers Gallery, 102 N. Columbia St.
Flores was born in Guatemala and grew up in El Salvador. She moved to the United States at age 15, spending more than two decades in the Los Angeles area. There, she earned master’s degrees in fine arts and counseling psychology. She moved to Wenatchee in 1992. She’s worked as an art teacher and family counselor.
She incorporates art therapy into her family counseling work, with the goal of bringing healing to the budding artists. She said poetry, theater, painting and sculpture are tools she uses to increase self-esteem, practice relaxation and “let the unconscious mind get in touch with the past.”
On Friday, September 21, 2007, Gallery ’76 was rededicated as The Robert Graves Gallery to recognize Mr. Graves’ efforts to establish a public art gallery for the citizens of North Central Washington and to honor his 34 year teaching career at Wenatchee Valley College.
With the change of the gallery’s name to the Robert Graves Gallery, a new logo was designed and it was unveiled at the opening reception which was attended by approximately 100 – 200 art supporters, former students, individuals involved with gallery project as well as Mr. Graves’ family members.
Wenatchee First Fridays Arts Walk’s Goal: “To move people throughout multiple participating venues; exposing venues to new patrons and patrons to new art…which in turn, provides more opportunities for our artists working in their many art forms”.
Wenatchee First Fridays presents monthly self-guided tours of Wenatchee’s Arts Scene. This event samples local Visual, Performing, Literary and Culinary Arts events in galleries, shops, studios, streets, museum, theaters, churches, artisan markets and coffee houses. While centered in Wenatchee’s Historic District, the event also includes out-lying venues. 5-8 P.M., some venues have different hours. Free.