If you've been unable to have perused the new Wallowa County Visitor Guide, your correspondent suggests that you do so. This new publication is fresh, slick, very professional and quite striking. The quality of the photographs and copy is excellent. Congratulations to the Chieftain staff. The Guide is a tribute to our county.

However, there is one problem in the Arts section with regard to the Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts. The description of the festival, arguably one of our year's most prestigious events (no, it's not the Academy Awards but a great deal less tawdry and self-serving) is thorough and correct. But then it careens into a blurb on the Quick Draw, a related but quite separate event.

To clear up the confusion, the following information is offered:

? The Quick Draw happens each year on Saturday night, the first weekend of June.

? Admission is free to arts council members, $6 to others.

? Artists must complete their projects in 11/2 hours and they are then sold by silent auction.

? Council members have a chance to take home a piece from the Artists of the Wallowas collection for a year.

This is a fascinating evening, an opportunity to hear live music, drink some wine or beer and watch these artists work. For information: 541-432-9050

Forthcoming eventsThe Wallowa Valley Youth Arts Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24. This is held at the Joseph Community Center and the artist reception starts at 2 p.m. The festival features an art show, music by local youth musicians, art activities and a paint-your-own-T-shirt contest ($5). Entry forms will be at local schools by April 8 or they can be picked up from the charming Missy Marshall at Uptown Art in Joseph. For information: 541-432-9050.

Under the radarThe Missoula Children's Theatre attempts to answer Freud's legendary question, "What does woman want?" The solution to this eternal enigma may lie in the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea." Auditions are Monday, April 5, at the Joseph High School cafeteria. There will be two performances at 3 and 7 p.m. April 10. Tickets are $2 for pre-schoolers, $5 for K-12 and $7 for adults.

Tom Hutchison covers the arts for the Chieftain in collaboration with the Wallowa Valley Arts Council. Contact him at (hutchisonthomas@hotmail.com).

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