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Meet the Artists, Part One

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Claire Seaman
Those who were at Empty Bowls' glazing days in January may have noticed a table in the back, where skilled artists were hard at work painting bowls slightly larger than the average soup bowl. Each year local artists participate in the Empty Bowls event, donating their time, creativity, and talent as they create a unique and beautiful bowl. These bowls are then sold through an online auction, and the money generated is used to support local food distribution through the Community Cupboard's food bank.

This year, the Empty Bowls' Artist Roster has two very impressive young artists who, while new to creating an artist auction bowl, are anything but new to Empty Bowls. Charlotte Massey and Claire Seaman have both grown up in Leavenworth and, as Claire says, "have been painting bowls since we could hold a paintbrush." Between them, they likely have a couple dozen painted soup bowls at home; they both remark that they can literally watch their interests and personalities take shape as they look at past years' bowls-from Harry Potter to environmental activism, Mount Rainier to Starry Night, their bowls show their progression through childhood. This year, though, will be their first as official artists of the event. At 18 and 17, respectively, Charlotte and Claire are the youngest artists to participate in the Empty Bowls auction. Their bowls, like the others, will be available for online bids starting March 5, and running through March 18.

Charlotte Massey has always considered herself crafty, but only started painting seriously in the last year. As a requisite for graduation, Charlotte took an AP art class-and found that she not only loved it, but was also quite good: "I was amazed at how well things turned out." One of her school projects won Best in Show at the North Central Regional High School Art Show, and the piece went on to the State competition and was displayed in Olympia. She received the Art in the Park Scholarship, and during the summer the Art in the Park artists helped her set up a booth where she sold her artwork-the earnings from this were enough to pay for a six week backpacking trip through Europe! Since coming back from Europe, Charlotte has had many of her pieces on display and for sale at local coffee shops. They can currently be seen at Lemolo Cafe and Deli in Wenatchee.

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North Carolina's bluegrass band 'Nu-Blu' performs in Cashmere
Straight from Siler City, North Carolina, Cashmere Community Concerts, rolls out a great big Pacific Northwest welcome to Nu-Blu, Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Nu-Blu brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass to audiences across the nation year-round. While acknowledging the traditional sounds that have defined bluegrass, Nu-Blu is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in acoustic entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Band members are Carolyn Routh, on bass and vocals; Levi Austin on banjo and vocals; Austin Koerner, on mandolin; and Daniel Routh, on guitar and vocals. Carolyn's soprano vocal approach carries a phrasing and emotional elegance that shows a clear originality. Daniel and Levi provide inventive singing and harmonies to fill out the vocal sound, while all four members demonstrate instrumental prowess. Nu-Blu is finding itself more and more at home on the radio charts, most recently with the evocative "Jesus and Jones." Be sure to mark your calendars and join Cashmere Community Concerts for a stellar show!

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True North performs at Cashmere Community Concert's 14th anniversary
Cashmere Community Concerts is pleased to welcome to our stage once again, the superb, True North, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Hailing from Oregon's beautiful Willamette valley, Americana-bluegrass quartet True North combines traditional bluegrass instrumentation with fat harmonies and folk-edged songwriting for a distinctive sound that is fresh, warm and memorable. True North's tight and careful arrangements can be alternately big and wild, or tender and deliberate.
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