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Changes coming to Main Street art - Cedar panels to be replaced; benches to stay

  • Written by Lisa Allen

It was just over 10 years ago city leaders were working on Duvall’s downtown renovation project. The focus was to add a special element into the Historic District décor through the incorporation of artwork that would reflect the town’s deep connections to the Valley Snoqualmie River.

Artist and council member Dianne Brudnicki, who with Matthew Waddington, organized a committee to develop their vision, spearheaded the idea. “We asked for artists’ ideas for wood planks since we wanted them to last longer than cloth banners that some other cities have used,” said Brudnicki.

Many local artists responded and the collective results are the dramatic and unique pieces of artwork on 18-foot cedar panels that grace the downtown area. Also added to the beautification project were numerous bright red benches sporting delightful historic Duvall scenes laser-cut into the backs that range from a replication of an old Hix’s Market photo to the 1968 Great Piano Drop. Fish and waves stamped into the crosswalks continued the theme.

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Letter from the Publisher: a news membership for less than $8 a month

  • Written by Eric LaFontaine

It’s safe to say the traditional model of circulating a newspaper has changed. Gone are the days of paperboys and 5 a.m. deliveries. News consumers no longer get their sports scores or election results the morning after. News is immediate and, depending on your age, typically begins through a digital touchpoint.

Our conversations have shifted from did you read that in the newspaper to did you see that on Facebook or Patch? Our thirst for news, both local and national, hasn’t declined (as the industry has) over the last few decades, it’s actually grown. Great stories are great stories, regardless of how the reader engages.

The only thing that’s truly changed in our industry is the method in which readers consume their local news. Operating within the current newspaper model is similar to shoving a square peg into a round hole. We (as the newspaper of record) keep pounding away, trying to force the peg into the hole, all the while it’s pretty clear it’s not going to fit. Now is the time for a disruption.

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Annual Arts and Craft Show Annual Arts and Craft Show Chapter HW of the P.E.O. Sisterhood

  • Written by Valley View Staff

The Duvall Visitors Center, 15619 Main Street, will be the site of the 5th annual Chapter HW Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Art and Craft Show. Event dates are Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The show will feature local artists and crafters displaying a variety of mediums: pottery, paper art, jewelry, gourd art, wool crafts, and other items for gifts. There will also be drawings to benefit scholarships for women. The Chapter HW PEO Art and Craft Show is a philanthropic fundraising endeavor. All of the proceeds go to support higher education for women. PEO is a philanthropic organization that celebrates the advancement education for women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College, and encourages women to achieve their highest aspirations. There is no entry fee for the show.

Garden art shines at Art in Bloom

  • Written by Lisa Allen

Duvall’s 14th annual Art in Bloom at Kokopelli Gardens, hosted by Duvall Foundation for the Arts, featured 25 artists and over 1,000 pieces of art. Guests at the Gala and Artists’ Reception the evening of Aug. 2 enjoyed dinner, dessert, music and wonderful weather as they strolled the grounds and admired all the lovely creations. Over the course of the three-day event, nearly $30,000 was raised. (Art in Bloom is free to the public on Saturday and Sunday).

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Tolt Historical Society Museum celebrates grand opening

  • Written by Lisa Allen

The Tolt Historical Society Museum, which has finally found a permanent home in the Hjertoos House at Carnation Tree Farm, officially opened its doors to visitors July 20 with a grand opening celebration. With the historic home’s double front porch in the background, society trustee Jim Jordan, noting the celebration was on the same day as the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, thanked all those involved in the museum’s creation.

A special appreciation going to Roger Thorson, owner of the 113-year-old former farm home of his great-grandparents, Andrew and Bergette Hjertoos.

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