TwispWorks Artist Residency Bears Fruit

The first round of a new artist residency program at TwispWorks has led to art large and small—and lasting connections between artists and the community.

Laurie Kain, a glass blower and mixed media artist from Twisp, used the residency to prepare for several studio shows—but she says the most stimulating aspect of her time at TwispWorks was her work with 7th and 8th graders at Liberty Bell Jr. High.

The students penned drawings on the theme “the earth meets the sky;” Kain combined three of those drawings into one, and used it to decorate an information kiosk at TwispWorks.

Martine Workman, a visiting artist from Seattle, created the Methow Mill--a tiny weekly newspaper describing day-to-day life in the Valley. Martine’s fresh eye and fine line drawings bring everything from deer hunting to salmon into relief. She also helped 5th graders at Methow Valley Elementary create their own small books.

A new mural adorning the Road Shop building at TwispWorks was created by visiting artist David Joel. The piece reflects Joel’s journey from childhood in the wheat fields of Eastern Washington to adulthood in on the Puget Sound. Somewhere in between lies the Methow Valley, Joel said.

Joel also guided students from the Independent Learning Center in creating a smaller mural that hangs in the ILC classroom through a Methow Arts Education Residency.

Kayla Darch, an oil painter and sixth generation Methow Valley resident, used her fall studio time to prepare for a show at the Confluence Gallery. Darch will continue her residency into the spring of 2012, when she will explore the history of the Valley through paintings drawn from old photographs.

The TwispWorks residency program expects to welcome two to four more artists in the spring of 2012. The program is a partnership of Artist Trust, Methow Arts and Confluence Gallery and Art Center.

(Left bottom, Home Past & Present Large by David Joel; Right top, Barn Painting by Kayla Darch)