Honoring the History of the Twisp Ranger Station

A painting from Kayla Darch depicting the Ranger Station employees

Honoring the History of the Twisp Ranger Station

Works from TwispWorks’ Spring/Summer 2012 Artist Residency.

TwispWorks’ collaborative project “Honoring the History of the Twisp Ranger Station” helps connect the historic uses of the TwispWorks property with its current redevelopment.

The project, made possible through a grant by the Leavenworth-based Icicle Fund, includes paintings by Kayla Darch, an audio soundscape by Dakota LaCroix, an interactive design installation by a team of University of Washington students, a short film by Terry Hunt, and research by the students of the Independent Learning Center.

Artists and students interviewed retired Ranger Station employees and searched through old photographs to create their own interpretations of the history and importance of the Twisp Ranger Station, as well as to convey the effect the closing of the station had on Twisp.

“In Their Voices”

Multi-media artist Dakota La Croix spent six months capturing the stories of some of those who worked here over the decades. The result is “In Their Voices,” a feature-length audio documentary exploring themes of work, fire, community and loss. Listen here.

Kayla Darch paintings

Seventh-generation Methow Valley resident, oil painter Kayla Darch created a series of paintings based on historic Forest Service photos. She talks about her work here.

TwispWorks Today and Tomorrow: a film by Terry Hunt

Local film-maker and award-winning musician Terry Hunt created a 10-minute documentary of the history of the ranger station and its transformation into TwispWorks, including an original score. Watch the video here.

Historical Timeline

Students in the Methow Valley School District’s Independent Learning Center, an alternative high school, researched and created a timeline of important milestones in the history of the ranger station and the town. The research will be compiled and displayed in a sign on the TwispWorks campus next spring.