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Kmbris Bond believes in art’s connecting power

Kmbris Bond, a bomb of energy and artistic vision, is the winner of the 2019 Spirit of Pybus poster contest.

“I feel validated and humbled,” Bond said about the achievement. “It also started new conversations”

That is what Bond likes; conversations, connections, a sense of togetherness in the community.

“I like connecting the dots,” Bond stated, those dots being people and organizations.

She is doing her best to bring people together through art. If Bond is not teaching at one of the popular “Class with a Glass” sessions, she can be found out on town sketching with the “Urban Sketchers” group or instructing a class with the Yaymaker company. Bond also gives art instruction at the Collapse Gallery at 115 South Wenatchee Avenue (www.collapsegallery.com)

Kmbris Bond Urban Sketchers

in conjunction with Rachel Courtney’s business “Pretty Nice Creations” (www.prettynicecreations.com.)

“Class with a Glass” classes take place at 10 S. Columbia St. in Wenatchee in the third floor roomy studio. The usually offer painting sessions towards the end of the week. Private classes can also be arranged. These classes are fun, relaxing and enable people to come with friends or make new ones. Find out more at www.classwithaglass.com.

Kmbris at Lavender Estates

Yaymaker offers art instruction at various local eateries, mostly Inna’s Cousine at 26 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee (www.innascousine.com), Casa Tapatia at 1650 Grant Road, East Wenatchee (Facebook), and Chateau Faire Le Pont at 1 Vinyard Way in Wenatchee in the Olds Station area (www.fairelepont.com). Connecting art-minded people with local restaurants creates a nice bridge between the physical and the mental elements.

Kmbris Bond likes bringing people together

Urban Sketchers (Facebook) is a loosely organized, relaxed event for sketchers who like to take a closer look at Wenatchee’s cityscape, be it a business, a park or anything else we come across town. Anybody can join in at any time.

Bond served with the AmeriCorps this year, working at the Nature Conservancy office in Wenatchee. Besides being an art-lover, she is also a nature-lover. Add to that a vineyard owner, growing a bounty of grapes just outside of Wenatchee in Malaga. She is looking forward to focusing more on nature appreciation and observing our sacred natural spaces.

The Nature Conservancy will give her a stipend, which Bond will most likely spend towards art classes in Italy.

Kmbris Bond by her winning Pybus Poster

There’s more: on Sundays Bond can be found at the Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meetings as the newly hired music director. Her clear, strong singing voice washes over the attendees like a refreshing spring shower. The Fellowship is an open-minded and open-armed get-together for anyone who would like to attend, regardless of one’s beliefs or lack thereof.

Kmbris Bond teaching at a Yaymaker class

Bond hasn’t been a dedicated artist all that long; she emerged herself in it four years ago. Along the way she has enjoyed instruction from such local talents as Jan Cook Mack (www.jancookmack.com), now a friend of hers. Another Wenatchee artist, Martha Flores (www.facebook.com/marthafloresart) has had a positive impact on Bond’s creativity.

Some of the new conversations she is having now are with the Our Valley Our Future organization in Wenatchee. The group is forward-looking and aspires to improve the lives of the valley’s residents – everybody’s.

“Art should  also be accessible to underserved populations,” Bond commented.

She believes in the healing and uniting effect of creative activities. One of her wishes is to see art more incorporated into health care.

“It’s cleansing and relaxing,” Bond said.

Bond knows that from personal experience: she lets art carry her worries away and be an escape from daily demands.

In November 2019 Bond will have a chance to further her art and teaching skills: she was accepted to the TAT-Lab (Teaching Artist Training) which will run until March. She will have weekend classes on how to empower artists to teach and much more. It was no small matter for Bond to be accepted as only thirty artist are accepted. She was recommended by a fellow artist and friend, Nicole Haskey, who has already completed her TAT training.  

With all that Bond has already accomplished in Wenatchee, she is nowhere near done – just getting started is more like it. She is looking forward to creating connections and avenues for a cohesive community through art.

Jaana Hatton