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100-Year Anniversary and 6th annual Fresh Air Artists Festival

July 4-8, 2014, in Central Washington
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High Country Artists will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Carpenter Family Historic Home with a Pioneer Queen's Tea and Art Festival during the 4th of July weekend (our weekend extends from Friday through Tuesday, so make plans now to spend a few days here!)  You are invited to participate in this year's milestone event which will include an Anniversary Party and Pioneer Days Queens Tea at the Carpenter Home.  Enjoy some cake, have a cup of tea, visit with the Queens and take a guided tour through this 3-story mansion while our tour guides fill you in on the Carpenter Family history.   Included in this 5-day weekend will be an opportunity for artists to fresh-air paint in the beautiful country surrounding our central Washington home,  then enter these paintings in an Art Show for a possible cash award.  Master artist Ned Mueller will offer a two-day workshop on Fresh Air painting, and Author Janine Brodine will provide two workshops on Writing.  Young and old, novice through experienced are welcome.  This exciting event has proven to be a huge hit with festival participants, giving them ample opportunities to create their art en plein air, while at the same time experiencing the home-town hospitality offered by the High Country Artists at the historic Carpenter House Museum in Cle Elum.

Make your reservations NOW to attend the 2014 Fresh Air Artists Festival in Central Washington!!

100-Years Celebration and Fresh Air Artists Festival Schedule of Events:

Friday - Tuesday, July 4-8

          Festival Registration at Carpenter House Museum
          Kittitas County Fresh Air Paint-Out

Saturday, July 5

          Queens' Tea & Anniversary Party at the Carpenter House immediately

          following the Pioneer Day's Parade

Sunday, July 6
          Plein Air Painting Workshop "The Art of Seeing"  by Ned Mueller

Monday, July 7
          Plein Air Painting Workshop "The Art of Seeing" by Ned Mueller
          "Novel Structure" Writing Workshop by Janine Brodine

Tuesday, July 8
          "Write Around Roslyn" Writing Workshop by Janine Brodine

          Art Exhibit, Wine & Hors d'oeuvres Reception, Music and Awards

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION AT THE CARPENTER HOUSE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY - The Carpenter House will be open Friday through Monday, July 4-7, from Noon to 4:00, and Tuesday, July 8, from 9:00 - 10:00 AM.  This historic family home serves as the host site where participants can gather and relax, partner up for a day of painting, leave messages, get tips about good painting sites, sources for supplies, photo printing, and information on food and lodging.  Painting workshop participants will meet their instructor here and caravan to the selected workshop site of the day, and the Monday Writing workshop will meet here as well.  Volunteers at the Gallery will help participants register for festival events as well as accept paintings and entry fees for the Tuesday afternoon Art Exhibit. 

, Friday - Tuesday, July 4-8. 

Fresh Air painting can begin on Friday, July 4.  Registration Fee is $25.  For any plein air artist (novice to experienced) who would like to paint independently in Kittitas County.  Artists will register at the Carpenter House.   All paintings entered into Tuesday's Exhibit must be framed and wired for hanging.  High Country Artists provide information on painting sites, maps and directions, and have canvases and frames suitable for fresh air paintings available for purchase. 

Submitted artwork from the Paint Out will be displayed and juried for cash awards at the Carpenter House Museum and Art Gallery on Tuesday, July 8.  Entry fee per painting into Tuesday afternoon’s Art Exhibit is $5.  Entry deadline is 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 8.  All paintings entered in the Exhibit and sale can be sold at a price set by the artist, beginning Tuesday afternoon.  Art work may hang in the gallery until 4:00 PM on Friday, July 11.  Artists wishing to sell their entered art work will set a selling price commensurate with his or her normal pricing structure.  A 30% commission on all artwork sold will be retained by the High Country Artists.  Artists’ check, with the buyers names and addresses, will be mailed by August 10, 2014.  Artists agree that their names and images may be used for promotion of the Fresh Air Artists Festival.

QUEEN'S TEA AND 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT THE CARPENTER HOUSE, Saturday, July 5, immediately after the Pioneer Days Parade and till 4:00 PM.

All are invited to participate in this year's milestone event which will include an Anniversary party  and Pioneer Days Queens Tea at the Carpenter House.  Have some cake and tea, visit with the Queens and take a guided tour through this 3-story mansion while our tour guides fill you in on the Carpenter Family history.

PLEIN AIR PAINTING "THE ART OF SEEING" WORKSHOP BY NED MUELLER - Sunday and Monday, July 6 and 7, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Early Registration Fee, paid by May 15, is $125 per day - Late Registration Fee is $150 per day.  Participants will gather at the Carpenter House Museum between 8:30-8:45 AM each day, then caravan with the instructor to the day's painting site.

Learn from the master of plein air painting, Ned Mueller, as he demonstrates how to make a plein air painting work.  Ned is a very accomplished and highly respected artist, having been drawing and painting for over 60 years. He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. He has participated in many of the major invitational shows in the country, including the "Artist's of America Show","Great American Artist's Show", "Prix de West Show", "Oil Painters of America", "Pastel Society of America", "The Northwest Rendezvous Show" and the annual "Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition. He shows in some of the Finest Galleries in the country, has won numerous awards and is included in many private fine art collections. He is a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of America, California Art Club, Northwest Pastel Society, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, Northwest Rendezvous Group, and the American Society of Marine Artists. Ned has been designated as "Master Artist" status with the Oil Painters of America. He has participated in the Autry Masters show the last two years in Los Angeles and he continues to challenge himself to grow artistically. Ned is asked to jury Regional and National Art Shows and he loves to teach and share his many years of knowledge and experience as he teaches classes and workshops regionally, nationally and internationally.

Ned states, "We will try to see things less literally, but in more of an "Abstract" way. In other words to not see literally the mountains, trees, grass, water, etc. but to see them as an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. This is to see them more as an artist and it then opens up a whole lot more possibilities for things to paint and I think also helps us find our own voice. We will concentrate on the process of painting and not be so concerned with doing "finished" paintings, and I feel it frees us up to learn with less pressure. We will work on what makes a plein air painting work; the mood, rhythm and movement along with an interesting and compelling arrangement of values, masses and color. I will do class demonstrations and will work with each individual as to their own personal needs. We will have some group critiques. Bring a sense of humor, we will work hard and have a good time doing it."

REGISTER EARLY for this two-day workshop, as space is limited! 

Download Ned's workshop Materials List here.

WRITING WORKSHOPS BY AUTHOR JANINE BRODINE, Monday and Tuesday, July 7 and 8:  Early Registration Fee, paid by May 15, is $30 per day - Late Registration Fee is $40 per day. 

Author Janine Brodine

Janine Shinkoskey Brodine has taught memoir and fiction writing courses to adults and English to secondary students.  The former director of the Puget Sound Writing Project at the University of Washington, she now writes and creates photographs at home in Roslyn.  She co-authored and edited three books including Journals in the Classroom (1996) and Missing Pieces: Memoirs of WWII (1998) - a book that was a collaboration of 65-85 year old memoir students.

Monday's Workshop "A Novel Structure: Beginning, Middle and End":  Participants will meet at the Carpenter House Museum at 10 AM until Noon.  Janine states "A novel’s structure can be equated to a screen play’s script. Opening action grabs the reader and a sympathetic character encounters a challenge. As the movie continues, the theater-goer meets additional characters who either help or hinder our heroine.  Toward the end of the movie, she almost conquers the challenge only to find an unexpected roadblock. Whew! She can overcome that one and we have a happy ending. One can plan a novel using the same approach to beginning, middle and end. In the workshop, we will look at a couple of movie structures and do some initial planning of a novel!"

Tuesday's Workshop "Write Around Roslyn":  Participants will meet at 10 AM at a Roslyn, WA location to be announced for an orientation, then break into small groups (3-5).  The small groups will walk around Roslyn until early afternoon, stopping at locations, writing for 5-20 minutes, then sharing writing and having lunch.  Writers will then return to a given location for an Open Mike of their writing.  The workshop will conclude at about 2:30.  The result is that writers tap into their creative selves in a big way!

ART EXHIBIT, WINE & HORS D'OEUVRES RECEPTION, AND AWARDS at the Carpenter House Museum, Tuesday, July 8, 4-6 PM.

The public is invited to meet the artists, sample the fine wines and hors d’oeuvres, and listen to the upbeat live music provided by Roslyn entertainer Marc Brodine at the historic Carpenter House Museum and Art Gallery.  This very special afternoon will cap off the Fresh Air Artists Festival and give all a chance to mingle with the artists, see their art works on display, and share the excitement as local supporters present cash awards for the top art pieces created during the Festival.   Artists must have their art, ready for hanging, entered into the show by
10:00 AM this day.