2015 Tumbleweed Film Festival

by Dennis Peterson

28. June 2015 · Comments Off on 2015 Tumbleweed Film Festival · Categories: Art, Life Style, Oroville, Places

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JULY 30TH – Opening Party

Kick off the 6th annual Tumbleweed Film Fest at the Pastime. Festive reception followed by shorts at Vicki’s Back Door. One of a kind Oroville event!

JULY 30TH -Vicki’s

Vicki’s Back Door Club featuring opening night!  Award winning films. Local brews, wine, and popcorn!

Limited Seating Tickets Available at the Door July 30th.

JULY 31ST – ALPINE BREWING

Alpine Brewing BBQ on the patio, German beers locally brewed. Chill out with funny shorts in Alpine’s restaurant
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AUG 1ST – ESTHER BRICQUES

The awesome evening at Esther Bricques Winery.  Could be the most fun and romantic night in the entire Okanogan. The Mood Swings Band will perform live prior to the film presentations!

If you like a smile with your music then seek out an ukulele player’s club to entertain you. If you’re patient one will find you! The Okanogan Ookoolele Club found the stage at Omak’s Art in the Park, Friday, and played to smiles on their little “jumping flea” instruments.

Okanogan Ookoolele Club with members of the Twisp Ukulele Club

Okanogan Ookoolele Club with members of the Twisp Ukulele Club

The club played several well-known tunes that got the happy audience to share their voices with the group, and several ukulele players from the Twisp area joined them on stage for the largest gathering of players in the history of the club. Spontaneously, the Randy Battle Bluz Band gathered at stage right to offer their harmonies, as well. The result as you may expect, produced even more smiles.

Randy Battle Bluz Band (left) Join Voices with the Ukulele Players

Randy Battle Bluz Band (left) Join Voices with the Ukulele Players

Ukulele clubs can be found in many communities around Washington state and even in the big cities. This easy to play instrument is great fun and offers an excellent opportunity for singer/players at home to get out and have some group fun. The residents of the Okanogan Valley need go no farther than Omak Music to find a wide range of instruments, and ukulele clubs are constantly seeking new members to share the fun with. Join the fun!

Photos and video by Nancy Peterson

We’ve written before about Jojo’s Cafe in Osoyoos and once again we were very happy to have made the short trip across the border. You never know what you’re going to experience at open mic affairs, but last evening was especially enjoyable.

High School student Sadi Bleiken carried her father’s guitar to the “stage” and delivered two extremely well done songs, the second, a Celtic refrain, was done a capella. Caught off guard we barely had time to get a camera rolling to capture these presentations so I hope Sadi appears again when we’re better prepared.

Sadi’s first song, Feeling Good

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The Community Cultural Center of Tonasket sponsored their first Art Gala Fundraiser Saturday. The idea stemmed from the Oroville Friends of the Library art judging they used to hold several years ago. Building Manager Valerie Braman wanted to expand the idea to include dinner, a silent and live auction.

An estimated 90 people attended the Art Gala. Visitors were given a voting card and were asked to vote on their favorite artists’ interpretation of the theme, birds and/or feeders. Of the 32 participating artists, the majority were painters but many artists submitted felt, metal, wood, feather painting, rock sculpture, photography and stained glass.  The art judging function also provided hors d’oeuvres and music by Steve Kinzie, Sam Howell, and Rob Thompson.

“It was fun seeing all the different interpretations and media, it was like a fancy art gallery showing. Our community really needed something like this. I don’t think it has been done quite like this before. The interest was surprisingly huge; I had to turn down artists because of space issues. I think something like this can really spread interest in art culture. We had help from some art students and I want to continue this legacy to help art thrive in the community”, says Valerie Braman.

The Gallery

The Gallery

Brian Sanderson and Jean Pfeifer  orchestrated another highlight of the evening –  an Italian dinner of pasta, handmade meatballs and marinara sauce. The silent auction consisted mainly of handcrafted items. The live auction was all artwork the participating artists generously donated. Music by Reed Engel and John Jones during dinner was a big hit.

John Jones and Reed Engel

John Jones and Reed Engel

All proceeds went to the Front Building Renovation Fund. The Community Cultural Center needs a new front façade that will include handicap accessibility, a covered entry way, new energy efficient doors and a new smooth sidewalk.

Artist and auctioneer George Traicheff  says poetically  “Art is everywhere around us. An artist designs our buildings, the packaging of our foods, the clothes we wear, the electronics we use and the cars we drive. We need to support art in any way we can”.

Artists were given prizes donated by the local businesses. First place went to Priya Shellenbarger who created a beautiful sunflower with feeding birds in needled felt. Second place was a tie between Roxie Pelton, landscape and birds oil painting, and Diane Brokaw who painted a bird on 3 different kinds of feathers. Next year’s Art Gala is already scheduled for April 23rd. The artists voted on next year’s theme – grapes.

Sunflower by Priya Shellenbarger

Sunflower by Priya Shellenbarger

Photos by Valerie Braman