Wenatchee’s Art Scene
Art on the Avenues
Combine a nice walk around the downtown area with art appreciation by taking the walking tour offered by Art on the Avenues. Starting in 1995, local volunteers gathered willing artists around the country to loan pieces of sculpture to the community for a year. From that beginning the project has grown to have about 60 sculpture locations stretching as far as East Wenatchee and to Pangborn Memorial Airport.
Within a central downtown core of a few blocks you can see (and touch) dozens of bronze pieces that have been placed on basalt pedestals, reflecting the local geology. Residents, businesses and organizations have purchased more than 30 permanent pieces of sculpture over the years, keeping them on display for the community. About 20 new pieces are moved into the revolving exhibit each spring. Walking map brochures can be found at many downtown locations. For further information, call 886-2019 or visit www.artontheavenues.org
Performing Arts Center
A testament to the Wenatchee Valley’s commitment to the arts,
the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee is a venue you might expect to find in a much larger community. Playing host to everything from local performing arts and civic events to national and international touring artists, the PAC of Wenatchee offers something for everyone in a 500-seat, intimate setting. It’s mission is to bring together leadership and resources to: 1. Provide a performing arts center of excellence and 2. Educate, inspire, and celebrate the performing arts! Discover one of North Central Washington’s treasures, and “Live Life Live!” at the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee! For a list of upcoming events or tickets call (509) 663-ARTS or visit www.pacwen.org
Woods House Conservatory of Music
Originally the home of the Rufus Woods family, the Woods House Conservatory of Music is a place for music students and lovers of music:
The mission (of the Woods House) is the ‘conservation’ of music, through teaching, providing concert opportunities to the community and supporting other music groups, organizations and music education programs.
There is always a way to be involved, be it enjoying a recital, participating in a workshop or a class, teaching or volunteering. Visit woodshouse.org for more details.
Icicle Creek Music Center
Located just outside Leavenworth, Washington, the ICMC campus is steeped in natural beauty and creative energy. This unique non-profit organization offers an opportunity for performers, students, and audience alike to experience world-class music performances, retreat opportunities, and educational programs in a magnificent yet intimate setting. Programs include a year-round chamber music concert series, an International Chamber Music Festival and Institute, an Annual Piano Festival, a Youth Symphony and Summer Symphony, private lessons, and more. Visit www.icicle.org for more information.
Music Theater of Wenatchee
As the show must go on, there is always something to enjoy by the Music Theatre of Wenatchee. Comprised of volunteers, MTOW selects and preforms hit comedies, melodramas and thrillers. The season culminates with a spring musical production during Wenatchee’s Apple Blossom Festival. Visit www.mtow.org for the schedule and information about tickets.
Mission Creek Players
The Mission Creek Players exists to allow directors, actors and technical artists the opportunity to explore their art with traditional, classical and experimental theatre. Anyone can propose to direct or produce a play for our season. We encourage artists to get involved in current productions to get to know how the group works. We are all passionate about the art forms of theatre. If you’re just here for a visit, check out their website to see their schedule at www.ncwtheater.com.
Two Rivers Gallery
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. Located at 102 N Columbia Street in Wenatchee, 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.
Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
From the Ice Age “Clovis” people and Native American heritage through early pioneers to the apple industry of today, the WVMCC interprets life along the Columbia River. Enjoy premanent and change exhibits, gift shop, historic murals and special events all year long. Visit www.wvmcc.org for more information.