The board of trustees of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center has contracted with Sandor “Sandy” Cohen of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to become the museum’s new executive director.
“We are pleased to have received so many applications from very qualified candidates, both locally and nationally,” board president Karen Russell said. “It was a difficult decision but we are confident that Sandy, with the support of our staff, board and community, has the ability to take us to the next level in our strategic planning.”
Cohen, who most recently served as director of the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in New Mexico, was one of three finalists recently interviewed by the board. Cohen’s other museum positions include director of the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, and assistant director of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, D.C. He holds a master of arts degree from Wright State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Towson State University in Baltimore, Md.
Cohen and his wife, Debbie, will be relocating to Wenatchee and he will begin his new post no later than June 15. He fills a position vacated by Brenda Abney in December. Jim Russell has served as the museum’s interim director during the candidate search.
Lynn Bourton of Diversified Human Resource Consulting was hired by the museum to oversee the recruitment process. Staff and board members were involved in interviews, and a public reception was held at the museum so that community members and stakeholders could meet the final candidates.
The national touring exhibit “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of the Traditional Arts” will open Friday, May 1, at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. It recognizes exceptional folk artists through art objects, photographs, videos and interactive media.
“The exhibit presents a journey across America through the lives of individuals whose creativity is rooted in their cultural identities and communities,” said Jill Linzee, director of Northwest Heritage Resources, which is co-presenting the exhibit with the museum.
Five live programs associated with “Extraordinary Ordinary People” will take place at the museum May 15, 22, 30, June 5 and 12. They include three concerts, folk poetry, and a presentation on cowboy and Indian culture of Eastern Washington.
Admission to the museum is free all day, with a reception being held from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Wenatchee First Fridays art walk program. The museum is located at 127 South Mission Street in Wenatchee. For more information call (509) 888-6240 or visit www.wvmcc.org.
Every spring, dedicated New Yorkers line up in Central Park to witness the extraordinary array of birds that grace the park every year. The oasis of green acts as a magnet for the twice-yearly migration of millions of birds moving along the Eastern Seaboard.
Filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball captures this phenomenon in his film Birders: The Central Park Effect, screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St. The film is sponsored by the North Central Washington Audubon Society.
Devoting equal time and affections to birds and birders, Birders explores a distinctly New York phenomenon, telling a story of humanity, nature and the precarious balance between the two.
Not only does the film capture the diversity of the birds chancing the park but the diversity of the people who watch them. The colorful cast includes acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, a fashion-adverse teenager and a bird-tour leader who has recorded every sighting she has made since 1940.
Filmmaker Kimball said: “I hope that this film conveys how a vital piece of nature can exist in the most unlikely of places and that now, more than ever, we need to make every effort to preserve nature wherever we find it.”
The Wenatchee Valley Film Series is presented by Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Trust for Public Land and the Chelan Douglas Land Trust. Screenings are free but a $5 donation is suggested.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite everyone to participate in a Wings and Wheels-themed “Pop-Up Museum” on Friday, October 3 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.
A pop-up museum is a temporary exhibit created by people who show up with objects to display and share – sort of like a community show and tell.
If you would like to participate, bring any object that fits the Wings and Wheels theme to the Museum Friday, October 3, between 5 pm and 8 pm.
There will be blank labels available for you to fill out with information about whatever it is you are sharing. You can write about how this possession came to be yours or how it is meaningful to you. Then you put your object and label on one of the display tables and stay to share stories and information with other participants and visitors for as long as you like. By 8:00 everyone packs their objects away and takes them home.
Image: That is an autographed toy plane signed by legendary aviators Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon after their historic non-stop trans-Pacific flight from Japan to Wenatchee in 1931. It was presented to Lewis M. Shreve and later donated to the museum and the people of the Wenatchee Valley by John L. Shreve.
At 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, email@example.com
The Wells House Committee announces a “Spring Tea” on May 31st at 1:00 p.m. to be held at Wells House, 9th Street and Nelson, in Wenatchee.
This fundraising event will feature afternoon “high tea” treats with specialty teas presented by Cha at Pybus Public Market. A highlight of the event will be a display of a period wedding dresses from 1910 through 2000. Funds raised from the event will help refinished rooms for bridal party use.
Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Wenatchee Museum & Cultural Center at 127 S. Mission in Wenatchee. Stop by or call 509-888-6240 for more information or to reserve a ticket. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required.