Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About

Tania Gonzales-Ortega, Calavera
Wed, Oct 29, 5-8pm
at Confluence Gallery & Art Center
Cost: Free

Confluence will be hosting "Conversations About Death" an open discussion forum to coincide with its current exhibit The Big Sleep: Conversations on Finality.

This public event will be held at the Confluence Gallery & Art Center on Wednesday Oct 29th from 5pm - 8pm. Coffee, Tea and goodies will be available. This is a free event open to everyone.

Our modern society has been reluctant to discuss this topic that will affect all of us at one time or another. Yet popular culture tends to portray death on film and television as fearful, tragic, grizzly, often violent -which has not helped to dispel our own fears about the subject itself.

The format of "Conversations About Death" will be simple and similar to a death cafe. People come together to talk about all things death and dying related. However, it is not intended to offer bereavement or grieving support. It is non-denominational. There is no agenda. Nobody selling anything. Just open frank conversation. That is what the co-curators Joanne Marracci and Vern White have attempted to do with The Big Sleep exhibit at the Confluence. "Starting the discussion about death can be the hardest part. We felt that showing various artists' interpretations of death will help others allow themselves to discover their own feelings, questions, and needs regarding death and dying," says Joanne.

On hand at the event will be experts in the field of Death and Dying. Heidi Ruth Dittrich, PhD, a Death Midwife and retired UW professor has hosted Death Cafes in Bellingham WA and Kelly Edwards, PhD, a professor of Bioethics and Humanities at UW School of Medicine will be attending to facilitate discussions and answer questions. A list of possible topics will be available at the event to help stimulate conversations. Joanne notes, "I had never heard of a Death Midwife until I started my research for The Big Sleep. There must be others like me who have loved ones dealing with death and are unaware of all the resources and services available. We are not alone. We don't live in a vacuum. That's why I felt compelled to have this event. I think it's important to connect with others who may have similar situations and questions. It's about time we started the conversation."

Friday, October 10, 2014

Art Party - Experiment with Etching

Friday, October 17 (No School – Professional Day)

Cost: $35 for one artist, $30 for each additional artist in the family.

Location: the Methow Valley Elementary School Art Room

The party begins with a search for interesting leaves and natural objects. We will learn a crayon resist etching technique that involves carving away paint to reveal the colors underneath.

Join Margaret Kingston for the fun, skill building and bring home some unique artwork.

Snacks will be provided, please send a lunch with your child.

Call Confluence Art Center to register #997-2787 and pay by Wed, Oct. 15.

Next Party: Nov. 3rd 12:30- 4:30 with Margaret Kingston! Space is limited, so register now!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Loovre: What's Whole Is Already Broken

'What's whole is already broken', an installation by Laura Gunnip

The Loovre, Confluence Gallery, September 27 - November 8, 2014

Do the precious things we acquire over time define us? How do we choose what to keep? Which to let go of? What if we lose or break something irreplaceable? How can we hold these things lightly without fear of losing them? Laura Gunnip's installation 'What's whole is already broken' is in 'The Loovre' at the Confluence Gallery from September 27 - November 8, 2014.

"To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal, to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends upon it, and when the time comes to let it go, to let it go." - Mary Oliver

Love the crystal vase because it is already broken.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Executive Director Position Opening

Confluence Gallery & Art Center is seeking a full-time Executive Director. The ED is responsible for the overall management and operation of the organization. The ED represents the mission, goals and values of the organization in a clear and inspiring manner and serves as the liaison between and among the staff, volunteers, the general public and the Board of Directors. Salary DOE. For job description and application packet, go to Confluence is an EOE. Application deadline: 10/15/14.

Please share with anyone you think may be interested in applying.

Thank you,

Confluence Gallery & Art Center
104 Glover Street
PO Box 716
Twisp, WA 98856
(509) 997-2787

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Havana Nights! Salsa Dancing Lessons

October 24
Location: The Twisp Grange
Free for Confluence members
$35/person which gives you an annual membership

Be transported to Cuba at Confluence's annual membership gathering. Come learn how to salsa dance with instructors Heather Haugland and Antonio Diaz from Rumba Northwest in Bellingham.

Feast on Latin appetizers, and enjoy a no-host bar serving delicious Mojitos’.

Beginners and professional dancers welcome!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Poetry Workshop with Daemond Arrindell

Confluence Gallery and Art Center is thrilled to offer a 2-day poetry workshop with renowned Seattle poet and teaching artist Daemond Arrindell at Confluence.

As written in the Seattle Times, "Daemond Arrindell is a Seattle poet, teacher and spoken-word performer who engages everyone from inmates to high-school students to reveal themselves out loud.”

November 8-9
Schedule TBA will culminate in a public reading of the fruits of the workshop
Cost: $65

Stay tuned for more details!

Phoenix Festival: Call For Submissions

October 18, 2-10pm
TwispWorks Campus

TwispWorks, in partnership with Methow Art Alliance and Confluence Gallery & Arts Center, present the Phoenix Festival, a creative arts festival to benefit fire and flood recovery for the Methow Valley. Phoenix Festival is an arts-inspired experience full of music, interactive art, local food and beverages, and opportunities for our community to rebuild after a devastating disaster season. Through music and art we will come together, honor our experiences and share our love for the Methow Valley.

Call for Creative Submissions:

If you are interested in submitting or presenting your fire-inspired creative work in any medium including visual, installation, audio, video, musical or performance art; setting up an art/craft or food retail booth; contributing to the “Share Room”, or otherwise becoming involved in Phoenix Festival, please fill out the referenced submission form and email it or take it into the TwispWorks office, 502 S. Glover St., Twisp.