Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center celebrates First Friday on February 3rd from 10am to 8pm with free admission. This marks the beginning of the end for the popular “Beacon of Friendship” exhibit, which closes February 11th.“Beacon of Friendship has been extremely successful,” Exhibits Curator Kasey Koski explains. “There has been great interest in the many tokens and treasures brought back from our sister city in Misawa, Japan.”According to Koski, it’s been nearly 30 years since the 17th century Ronin prints were on display, as well. “Having such a large, important collection of prints is a real coupe for a museum of our size. I’m glad we were able to showcase them as a part of this exhibit.”There is still time to come sit in the stylized tea house, make your own origami creation, practice your calligraphy or write a haiku. Plan for a full hour and watch the entire “Upside Down Pang” video. Come enjoy the beauty of the many kimonos and banners brought back from numerous sister city exchanges.Up next in the featured gallery will be the annual high school art show. The 38th Annual Regional High School Art Show is sponsored by the museum in cooperation with the North Central Educational Service District and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction each year. Look for it’s opening on Friday, March 3rd.

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