Museum 2007 Exhibits
Bill Rietveldt, Exhibits Coordinator
Regional High School Art Show
The exhibition season began in 2007 with the regional level of the State High School Art Show, which ran from
February 24 through April 7. The regional show is part of a program run every year by
the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the only program like it in the
U.S. Top award winners from the regional exhibits (10 from our region in 2007) are
entered at the state level and exhibited in Olympia. The museum’s participation in this
program serves hundreds of students, teachers and residents from Chelan, Douglas,
Okanogan and Grant Counties. 2007 was the 28 Annual High School Art Show for our
region, and the 14 year that the Museum has been involved. Many teachers, students,
and students’ parents have told us they appreciate the more professional presentation,
higher level of security, and the general prestige of exhibiting in a museum gallery.
Self Portrait by Katherine Stromberger of Liberty Bell High School (Winthrop) went on
to receive a Certificate of Recognition at the state level during the Superintendent’s
High School Art Show, and was on display in Olympia in May.
Contemporary Prints from the Collection of Crow’s Shadow Press
April through July the museum exhibited recent prints (lithographs, etchings, engravings, linocuts, woodcuts and
monotypes) from Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts created by artists working with the Institute’s Tamarind Master
Printer Frank Janzen. Mr. Janzen was present for the opening reception and talked about the work, the artists and the
Crow’s Shadow provides Native American artists with a connection to the mainstream art world, including a venue
where students, instructors, and professional artists can come together to share, learn and create. Located on the
Umatilla Indian Reservation, it includes a large printmaking studio (the facilities for Crow’s Shadow Press), a changing
exhibit gallery, computer graphics lab and photography darkroom as well as an extensive library, private studio space
and administrative offices.
Wenatchee Valley Artists
In August a juried exhibition of local artists’ work opened in the Main Gallery and was displayed through December 29.
From drawing and painting to mixed-media and sculpture, from abstract to super realism, the exhibit showcased the
diverse talent of artists living and working in the Wenatchee Valley. Artists included in the exhibition were José M.
Blázquez, Dan Bozich, Lindsay Breidenthal, Pat Dickinson, Anita Eaton, Martha Flores, Neal Hedges, Jim Huber, Susie B.
Jensen, Terry Johnson, Jerrold Kinney, Kasey Koski, L. S. Lilot, Catey Luna, Diana Sanford, Barbee Teasley, Dan Tuttle,
Dennis Weddle, and Lilly-Anne Wilder.
The wide variety of materials used by our local artists was summed up by Kasey Koski in her Artist’s
Statement: “Creativity is a driving force in my life and I have chosen to allow it to direct me and my
path. When asked, ‘What medium do you work in?’ my response is naturally, ‘Anything I can get my
The passion of our artists was explained by Anita Eaton: “Life seems much
more precious when I am exploring it through drawing and painting.”
Faces of Tradition: Portraits of Mexican Artists in the Yakima Valley
While the works of Wenatchee Valley artists were on display, visitors also had
the opportunity to view portraits of Mexican artists in the Yakima Valley. A
powerful exhibit of photographs by Eduardo Calderón focused on Mexican-
American artists from the Yakima area at work and at play, demonstrating
through music, dance and handcrafts some of the customs that have defined
Mexican culture for generations.
Eduardo Calderón is a Seattle-based photographer is known for his ability to
document cultural identity in modern society. He created the exhibit in
partnership with the Yakima Valley Museum and it was underwritten by the Folk
Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Quilts from the Museum’s Collection and Friends of the Museum
In October the museum had the opportunity to display a lovely picture quilt made by
the local quilting group Loose Threads. Members are Kay Hall, Carrolyn Halvorson,
Jamie Morgan, Sunny Hemphill, Lynn Pittsinger, Anita Salvatori, Kathy Storrs, Susan
Towne and Geraldine Warner. Their quilt, titled “Wenatchee Wonders,” is based on a
painting by Wenatchee artist Jan Cook Mack. Each member of the group made one to
three pieces of the quilt individually; then Geraldine pieced them together, Lynn
quilted the quilt, and Kay applied the backing.
To accompany this quilt, we created an exhibit that included some quilts from the
museum’s collection. The resulting exhibition spanned almost one hundred years with
examples of presentation quilts, decorative quilts and functional quilts.
Christmas from the Museum’s Collection
In December a special holiday exhibit shared photographs of the Wenatchee area from
Christmases past along with toys, games and dolls that may have been given as Christmas gifts.
Ranging from a handmade cradle from the 1890s to an Erector set from the 1940s, the objects
provided a glimpse into the excitement of Christmas morning for Wenatchee’s children through
The exhibit also offered Christmas mysteries to solve! Many of the people in the photographs
were unnamed, so we invited visitors to help us identify them. And we weren’t disappointed!
The little girl with a sled who has been seen in the museum’s Main Street exhibit for some time
has been identified as Hazel Somerville. She lived with her family in Baker Flats in the early
1900s. Lee Klawitter was identified by his daughter in a photograph showing him portraying
Santa Claus in 1955 at the Wenatchee Elks Lodge Christmas party for children.
This exhibit was especially wonderful in engaging our visitors to become participants in preserving our past for the