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Museum to Host NCW’s Regional High School Art Show

???????????????????????????????The museum is proud to sponsor the Regional High School Art Show in cooperation with the North Central Educational Service District and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction each year.

This show features works by top art students from all over North Central Washington. The art show opens during the March First Friday Art Walk on March 6.

There will be an additional reception and awards ceremony Saturday, March 14 from 1 to 3 pm. The works judged “Best of Show” move on to the state “Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show” in Olympia.

The museum’s regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 to 4. First Fridays mean FREE admission from 10 am to 8 pm the first Friday of every month. For members regular admission is free. For non-members admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children 6 to 12.

For more info on the high school art show, contact our Curator of Exhibits Bill Rietveldt at 888-6247 or billr@wvmcc.org.


WVM to Reopen Small Artworks Gallery

smallartAt the beginning of this year the Wenatchee Valley Museum opened a “Small Artworks” Gallery as a pilot project. It was an effort to benefit North Central Washington artists and local art collectors and to foster a greater appreciation for collecting and displaying art in our area.

The pilot program was a success and now the Museum is expanding the Small Artworks Gallery!  Two additional cases have been added in the museum’s entrance lobby to display work. A “Call for NCW Artists” is available to encourage participation and the gallery will open on November 7during the Wenatchee First Friday ArtWalk in time for holiday shopping.

The deadline for North Central Washington Artists to submit their work to be juried is October 4, 2014.

Here are the rules for the exhibit:

Artists must be 18 years or older and live in Chelan, Douglas, Grant or Okanogan County.

Artists may submit up to 10 pieces in any media. NO STUDENT WORK PLEASE.

All work must be No Larger than 16” in any direction, including any mats or frames.

All work must be priced under $100. All sales will be done through the Museum with a commission rate of only 30%.

All submissions are by digital image – up to 10 images may be submitted.

For more information contact:  Bill Rietveldt, WVMCC Curator of Exhibits, 888-6247, billr@wvmcc.org

Personal History and People Of Our Past

My father, Cecil Piper, born in 1899 in Black Diamond, Kansas was full of stories of his life and times. I could never get enough of them. I am sorry today for any I did not hear, or heard and have slipped through a crack in my memory. I do recall him saying that store-bought butter was unaffordable at 10 cents a pound for his family of 14 siblings. It was a good thing that his mother churned her own.


I was born in 1932. As a young child, I felt as if I were born in the wrong times — I felt as if I should be living in my father’s time. The Piper’s homestead in Flagstaff, Arizona was the place I loved to go to spend the summers. Up to 1945 two irons at a time were heated on the kitchen’s wood stove for pressing clothes, as was the water for the big round tub to bathe in in the kitchen where it was warm at night, or you could bath in the horses’ watering trough on a hot day. Now and then a water truck came to fill the cistern if rain was scarce, then the red pump to pump it out for use in the house; we used the outhouse during the day, the chambermaid during the night; kerosene lamps for reading the Bible, the RCA Victrola for music to dance by.

These recollections and more are why writing for the People of the Past excites me. They take me back to my childhood homestead and even now, I could never get too much of that.

– Gloria Piper Roberson   

People Of Our Past 2011 A Hit!

On Feb. 25 we hosted our annual People Of Our Past living history event at the Museum and it was a hit!

Many were in attendance and this year we had the special honor of featuring John Harmelt, the last chief of the Wenatchi, played by his own grandson. Here’s a short recap of the event and you can get your own full-length copy of this DVD at the Museum store or by clicking here.

Special thanks to Howell At The Moon Productions for shooting the event and to Stemilt Growers‘ Marketing Department for editing it!

John Harmelt: The last chief of the Wenatchi

John Harmelt (c. 1847-1937)

John Harmelt was the last chief of the Wenatchi band of Salish-speaking Indians who for millennia lived in the river valley that now bears their name.

He inherited the leadership from his father around 1902. By this time the Wenatchis had been assigned to the Sahaptin-speaking Yakama reservation after their traditional lands, granted to them by the 1855 Treaty, were overtaken by white settlers.

During the course of his life Chief Harmelt fought the government over its broken promises, traveling on several occasions to Washington, D.C.

But sadly, he did not see his hopes and demands met and he and his wife died when their Cashmere home burned to the ground.

One of greatest Wenatcheeains to be portrayed at our People of Our Past historic event, Harmelt will be played by his very own grandson, William Dick.

Come, speak with history this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.