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The Arts Scene: Exploring heroes through artwork

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- What is the definition of a hero? Is it a human who achieves something out of the ordinary, or is it an appreciation for a being that enhances our lives? This year’s theme for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra looks at heroes in music, not only human but the mythical and miniscule.

The heroic activity of pollinators is celebrated by the YSO through the arts with exhibits at Essencia Artisan Bakery and the Cellar Gallery at Gilbert Cellars.

A call for artists went out last year as a collaborative effort with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy to celebrate the work and lives of pollinators: butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

The result is a blend of drawings, prints, fiber arts, photography, oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media from 33 artists. A total of 48 artworks were split among Essencia and Gilbert Cellars. The exhibit at Essencia includes two collages of printmaking art from the children’s art-making event with artist Christie Tirado.

The artwork at Gilbert Cellars will open with a special reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Essencia will hold an artists’ reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 17.

The YSO also has “Pollination Appreciation” programs, including “Planting for Pollinators” on May 14 at the Yakima Arboretum, “The Beekeeper & The Botanist” on May 15 and “Pollinators and Pollination” on May 21 at Yakima Valley College, and “Hear Nature Sing: The Voices of Bees, Bears and Butterflies” at The Seasons Performance Hall on May 22.

The culmination of the celebration of the heroic activity of pollinators is the performance of “Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)” by the Yakima Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at The Capitol Theatre.

• David Lynx is executive director of the Larson Gallery. Learn more at

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