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Regional High School Art Show    
On View through April 12, 2014

The 35th Annual Regional High School Art Show opens at the Wenatchee Valley Museum on Tuesday, March 18. Fourteen North Central Washington schools are participating this year with 225 works of art in many media. Four jurors made the difficult decision of which 15 pieces would go on to the State High School Art Exhibit in Olympia, as well as which works would be awarded 1st through 3rd in eight different categories. The awards were presented March 22 at a Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Museum. All award winners received gift certificates to McDee’s Art Center in Wenatchee, which generously sponsors the awards each year. The show is made possible through the sponsorship of the North Central Educational Service District and partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, additional funding has been provided by the Apple Valley Kiwanis Club.


A River of Baskets: Columbia River Tribal Basketmakers
Opening May 16, 2014. On Display through August 2, 2014

Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center has been working with dedicated basketmakers and a volunteer committee to plan and implement a special exhibition on Columbia River basketry and associated programs. We are very proud of the progress and are looking forward to revealing the final product on May 16, 2014, during an opening celebration. Please take a moment to view a short clip about the exhibit at, "A River of Baskets" or click the here to be directed to the page.

A River of Baskets Artists (in order of location on the river):
Dianne O'Neil, Rodney and Colleen Cawston, Elaine Timentwa Emerson, Carol Allison (loaning works by grandmothers Suzette Showdy-Terbasket and Cecilia Nehumpshin-Allison), Randy Lewis (Storyteller), Bernadine Phillips, Vera Best, Vivian Harrison, Lindsey Howtopat, Wilson Wewa, Joseph Lavadour, Mary Dodds Schlick (loaning historical baskets), Pat Courtney Gold, and Ellen Fuller.

Committee Members and Advisors:
Elaine Timentwa Emerson, Mary Dodds Schlick, Brenda Abney, Susan Evans, Jeanie Garrity, Michael McKee, William D. Layman, Johnny Buck, Patti Bailey, Richard Taylor, Lauri Malmquist, Bill Rietveldt, Jackie Cook, Pamela Camp, Jack and Claire Nisbet, Carol Oliver.


Historic Mural: The Saga of Wenatchee
This is a WPA mural created in 1939 by Peggy Strong. This mural, original to the building, depicts the history of postal service in the region. It belongs to the people of the USA, and is catalogued by the Smithsonian.  



Liberty Theater Pipe Organ - This beautiful, fully operational 1919 Wurlitzer pipe organ from a local movie theater was restored and installed in the Museum's performance center in 1989. Curtains behind the organ open to view the full installation, featuring pipes and a variety of operational musical instruments used to add sound effects to organ accompaniments.

Great Northern Railway Diorama - From the earliest days of settlement, Wenatchee's future depended on improving transportation in and out of the valley. The coin-operated HO gauge diorama re-creates several historic routes over the Cascade Mountains and sends a model train chugging along the tracks, over trestles, and through two historic tunnels. The display includes artifacts and information on the 1910 Wellington Avalanche - one of the worst railroad disasters in US history - and the 1974 Malaga Apple Yard explosion. A nearby depot waiting room and telegraph office complete the exhibit.

Home Address: Anywhere in the Air - This exhibit illustrates the "golden age of flight" with aviation pioneer, and North Central Washington native, Clyde Pangborn. Photographs and artifacts celebrate Pangborn's life and career, including his record-setting adventure in 1931 when he and partner Hugh Herndon completed the first non-stop, trans-Pacific flight from Sabishiro Beach, Japan to Wenatchee, Washington. The bent propeller from their aircraft – Miss Veedol – is a featured highlight of the exhibit. exh_Pangborn
Coyote's Corner - This area is being transformed into a hands-on children's activity area where self-guided art projects, books, interactives items will be available for fun exploration. The room is scheduled to open at the end of April 2014. Use of the room is free to members and visitors with regular admission. Come check out the progress!
Native People of the Columbia Plateau: Trade, Tradition and Change - explores how American Indian groups of the Columbia Plateau interacted with each other and the outside world, and how that interaction affected their traditions. Petroglyphs from Rock Island, photographs, trade goods, food items, and beadwork are highlighted features. exh_NatAm

Ice Age Mystery - This exhibit explores the 11,000-year-old Clovis culture, with special attention to a Clovis site discovered in East Wenatchee in 1987. Five of the large points from that excavation are on display as well as scientific casts showing the variety of magnificent stone knives, scrapers, and bone tools that were recovered from the site. Learn about "The Clovis Conflict: 1987-1992".

Washington's Apple Industry - This provides history and a description of the industry that made Wenatchee the "Apple Capital of the World." Our full-scale apple industry exhibit is located downstairs, below the Main Gallery. It includes a 1920s-era apple sorting line (pictured) where apples were catapulted into the air, landing in canvas bins. Photographs and text illustrate all aspects of apple production and marketing, past and present. exh_Apples

Queen's Court - Celebrating the history of Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festivals from 1920 to the present, this exhibit displays formal portraits of Apple Blossom Royalty. See how hair and clothing styles have changed over the years in this fascinating look at more than 90 years of pageantry!

Guided Docent Tours are available by request. Contact 509-888-6240 to schedule.




Last updated: 8/4/2014 9:47:13 AM