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Astronaut Dreams -- Reaching Goals and Flying High

How does a toilet work, in outer space? Thanks to a ninth grader's curiosity, then science teacher Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger researched the question on a NASA website, and in the process, brought…
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Community Giving -- All Year Round

Life happens. And while there are other, more expressive ways of voicing this observation -- some singularly  inappropriate for the family newspaper -- the intimation is the same: people lose their…
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Colombia Churches and Cows -- The Charcoal Drawings of Jordan Henderson

  The best time to hear of your adult children's adventures -- the really exciting ones that make good stories -- is after they are home and --  your parent's heart says -- safe. When my son…
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The Dentist Artist -- Sculpture by Shelia Coe

Childhood Christmas gifts create lasting memories. Often, they even shape our future. And so it was for ceramic artist Shelia Coe . . . sort of. It just took a little longer than her mother, whose…
Bronze, silver, ruby, and moonstone necklace by Rachelle Moore, guest artist at Wenaha Gallery

Bright, Shiny Jewelry -- The Corvidae-Inspired Art of Rachelle Moore

Crows, ravens, jackdaws, magpies -- while members of the Corvidae family are notorious for raucous dissonance, they also possess a captivating charm that invites jewelry maker Rachelle Moore to their…
Ceramic leaf dishes by Jane Holly Estrada

Falling Leaves and Radiochemistry -- The Ceramic Art of Jane Holly Estrada

In her day job, Jane Holly Estrada is a radiochemist, dealing with a concept -- radiation -- that many people rightly or wrongly associate with loooooooooong periods of time. But when the white…

Librarian in the Studio -- The Print & Printmaking Art of Anne Haley

It took 50 years, but  Anne Haley was finally able to take ninth grade shop class. Of course, she was no longer in ninth grade, but that's not such a bad thing: one time through on that is enough…

Giving Gifts -- Tis the Season, All Year Round -- Dayton's Project Timothy

Christmas is the season for giving. It sounds like a Facebook meme, or the inside of a holiday card, and like most pithy sayings, merely brushes the surface of truth. In reality, people in need…
Belle, by Wenaha Gallery artist Monica Stobie.

Life Is a Journey -- The Primitive Rock Art Paintings and Sculpture of Monica Stobie

Some humans live for many many decades, while others measure their lifespan in moments. But all humans, whether or not they ever physically walk on the earth, leave a footprint. It is part of their…
World War I Service Banner preserved and framed through Wenaha Gallery, banner is the property of the First Congregational Church of Dayton WA

The Things You Find on Church Clean-up Day -- A World War I Service Banner

Anyone who has ever participated in church clean-up day knows that the most exciting aspect of the event generally wraps around lunch. But for a group of Congregationalists in Dayton, WA, a find in…
Handcarved Eagle Flute by Wenaha Guest Artist Roger McGee.

The Sensual Flutist -- Roger McGee Hand-Carves an Ancient Instrument

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The hauntingly beautiful music of Native American musicians Carlos Nakai and Mary Youngblood is nothing short of sublime. And while neither Grammy Award winner is a resident of Oregon or Washington…
Palus Museum historical site in Dayton WA showcasing the Palouse Indians Lewis and Clark and the pioneering homesteaders

Honoring an Ingenious People – The Palus Museum Celebrates the Heritage of the Palouse Indians

  We live in an area rich with history, steeped with the life stories of brave, hardworking people. Frequently, those of us who reside in the West now associate those brave, hardworking…
Dawn's Jade Glow by Paul Henderson, guest artist at Wenaha Gallery.

Expressions in Espresso -- The Coffee Art, and More, of Paul Henderson

Very few of us, after watching a movie, embark upon a yearlong project of intense and highly disciplined creativity, but fine artist Paul Henderson of Yakima, WA, finds insight in uncommon places. "My…
Ring Handled Vessel, pottery sculpture by artist Anne Bullock at Wenaha Gallery.

Celebrating the Extraordinary of Ordinary -- Anne Bullock's Raku, Stoneware, Pottery and Multi-Media Art

  Woven baskets and clay pots -- these humble vessels have been used by ordinary people throughout history. And although they have been and still are a major factor in the daily lives of many,…