Thorp Fire House Project
The old fire house in Thorp has been in the PUNCH family since the early 2000s when one of PUNCH’s founding members Howard Barlow bought it from the volunteer Fire Department in a silent auction. Howard and his wife Lorraine lived and made work there. Their two kids spent the first years of their lives there. And after Howard and Lorraine moved into a “real house,” the Thorp fire house has been home to several other artists and their studios. In October 2021, PUNCH Projects officially took over the space and has created a gallery and art bar where we regularly host performances and readings. Additionally, our snack bar offers beer, non-alcoholic beverages, candy cigarettes, charcuterie platters and an assortment of other tasty treats. In the warmer months, there’s also a huge backyard space that features a stage and live performances, yard games and outdoor sculptures. We are just an hour-and-half east of Seattle, and centrally located between Spokane, Portland and the Methow Valley. Our space welcomes the local community, visiting artists, travelers and guests from around the world to join us for art exhibitions, poetry readings, musical performances, film screenings, installations, performances, and other arts-related productions.
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