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Artist and author Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield

It’s mid-day on a Saturday in February, and artist Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is pulling on a pair of heavy work gloves. “I melted my first ones,” she says as she heads out the back door of her working studio at Lone Pine dressed in jeans and a work shirt and takes a short trail down an embankment. She is headed for “the pit,” a large hole about 3 ½ feet deep currently capped by large sheets of corrugated sheet metal. Portions of the covering metal are blackened by heat and smoke.

What's happening from March 3

What's happening from March 3, 2015.

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Theater show opens Friday

The Theatre Company of The Dalles presentation is directed by Scott Simmons. Polehn and Paulsen are lovers who meet in 1951 at a quaint coastal inn in Northern California. The catch? They are both happily married to other people. Since they don’t want to stop seeing each other, they agree to meet once every year at the same inn for a romantic weekend together.

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Magill hooked by new hobby-b

The work is meticulous and requires precision placement of the cork handle, reel seat, end cap and guides, but Lane Magill finds building fishing rods to be a source of relaxation.

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A ‘Grizzly’ tale of suspense, humor

Local author, a former biologist, will be signing first book Saturday at Klindt’s

What's happening from Feb. 22

Nonprofit events calendar from Feb. 20, 2015.

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Nonprofit events calendar from Feb. 15, 2015,

Native American art featured at Maryhill

GOLDENDALE – Maryhill Museum of Art opens its 75th Anniversary Season March 15 with the exhibition “American Indian Painting: Twentieth-century masters.” The landmark exhibition brings to the Columbia River Gorge a collection of 35 paintings of a type seldom — if ever — exhibited in the Pacific Northwest.

Poster art sought

The White Salmon Arts Council is holding its annual contest for a design to advertise the Art and Wine Fusion. The event will be held in White Salmon on July 25, and is a lively summer street fair featuring artists, local wineries, music and food.

Writers In Progress to host open mic at TD Art Center

The Dalles Art Center will host an open mic from 7 to 8 p.m. organized by Writers In Progress (WIP), a local writing group, on Friday, Feb. 27 at the center, 220 E. 4th St. The event will kick off with readings from two members of WIP, poetry by Lettie Young from her indie-published collection “Love Like Dead Skunk,” followed by Ted Bryant, author of “Sporting Chance” and “Silverdale One,” who will discuss the art of villanelle construction. The mic will then be open to the public for 3 to 5 minutes each until the end of the hour. Published members of WIP will be available to sign copies of their books.

What's happening from Feb. 6

Nonprofit events calendar from Feb. 8, 2015.

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Events calendar from Feb. 4, 2015

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Student art show winners named

Winners in the Mid-Columbia Middle and High School art show at The Dalles Art Center have been selected.

What's happening from Feb. 4

Nonprofit events calendar from Feb. 4, 2015.

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Play with clay at the Art Center

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield will be teaching an individually structured, friendly open studio ceramics class over the course of eight weeks at The Dalles Art Center.

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