Last Sunday @ the MVIC: Fish, Fire & Floods

Sunday, October 26 5-6:30pm   Stream ecosystems are constantly changing and are often altered by episodic floods and droughts. Add a high-intensity wildfire, and conditions in the stream or river at the bottom of the hill can change rapidly. Bureau of Reclamation’s Jennie Molesworth will speak about the effects of this summer’s natural disasters on the Methow Valley’s river ecosystems.     For more information, contact Carolyn Schmekel, mvinterpretivecenter@methownet.com


SBA Recovery Resources for Business, Individuals

The Small Business Administration has declared our area a disaster, and SBA representatives have set up an office in Twisp to offer the following services: Answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan programs Explain the application process Help individuals and business owners complete their loan applications Types of Disaster Loans Available: Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property Read the Rest…

MVIC Arrowhead Sign

Methow Valley Interpretive Center Closing for Winter

It has been a great year for the Methow Valley Interpretive Center: the Native Plant Garden doubled in size; students from the Colville Indian School completed two-years worth of work on the Native Pithouse; nine successful “Last Sunday” talks took place; Seattle’s Burke Museum displayed their “Salish Bounty” exhibit and more. Next year will be even better, and the MVIC team will be taking a few months off in order to work on exciting upcoming projects! Regular open hours will Read the Rest…


“I Land” is a landing place in a sea of asphalt

“I Land”, an installation artwork by visiting Artist-in-residence Karin Wimmeder, is a new landing place in the sea of asphalt at the center of TwispWorks. Wimmeder’s work at TwispWorks is meant to draw attention to the center of the TwispWorks campus, from which you can see expansive views of Mt. McClure and surrounding hillsides. Few people ever stop to notice the views because the space is a vast expanse of unwelcoming asphalt. In the next year or so, TwispWorks plans Read the Rest…

The North Warehouse, built in 1939 by the CCC.

The North Warehouse, built in 1939 by the CCC.

Renovation Bids Requested

It’s time to build! The Twispworks Foundation is seeking bids from licensed General Contractors for the renovation of the North Warehouse, a 6,000 square foot 1934 building on the TwispWorks campus.  This historic building is currently uninsulated and it’s time to upgrade the utilities and bring it in to modern use. Contact Tori Karpenko at 509-997-3300 for the bid packet and to arrange for a tour of the building.


New Partner Twisted Knitters

A hearty welcome to our newest TwispWorks partner, Susan Hamer of Twisted Knitters! Susan offers FREE drop-in knitting and crochet classes during her open hours. A frequent knitter and crocheter, Susan is also a developing weaver. She’s going to have open hours FOUR days a week! Monday, Friday, and Saturday, 11am-2pm, Wednesday 2-5pm. Check out her website for upcoming classes, knit groups and schedule changes. Congratulations Susan and welcome to the TwispWorks family!

Batya Friedman

Batya Friedman

New Partner Batya Friedman

This summer, Seattle-based stone carver Batya Friedman set up an open-air studio space in TwispWorks South Shed. A student of Pratt-based stone carver Sabah Al-Dhaher, Friedman started carving seven years ago, intrigued by the challenge of working with stone. Her hand-carved approach works to honor the natural form of the stone, a technique termed “direct carving” and the three pieces of Kansas limestone currently in the South Shed are Batya’s biggest undertaking to date. In a past life, they served as Read the Rest…


Liberty Bell HS Welding Lab Off to a Great Start

This September started the third year of the Liberty Bell High School Welding program on the TwispWorks campus, and there is no sign of slowing down. The class is at capacity with 18 students comprised of a mixture of intermediate and advanced (returning 2nd and 3rd years, respectively) as well as first-year students. Veteran teacher and local artist Barry Stromberger still helms the wheel, working with all levels at once! As the year goes on, returning students will work with Read the Rest…

River Sprite Ashford mask 2048

Don Ashford joins Clay Art Fest lineup

Don Ashford Master ceramicist and Valley local Don Ashford will be joining in on the Clay Art Fest activities on Friday, August 9th. An active artist for more than 40 years, Don’s pottery, sculpture, and masks can be found across the country and the world. From 10am-5pm, he’ll demonstrate the making a very large, black porcelain mask that will be used as stage decoration at a Reggae festival later this summer. This will be a multimedia demonstration with lots of music and food, Read the Rest…

The new gate at the native plant garden

The new gate at the native plant garden

LBHS Welding Students Build Gate for New Native Plant Garden

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center received a nice surprise today in the form of a brand new gate, built by Liberty Bell High School welding students, with instructor Barry Stromberger. The design of the gate replicates a Methow Native American basket motif. Find out more about the LBHS welding program.