The tiny town of Thorp is almost exactly in the center of the state of Washington. It was pretty much just sitting out there all lonely-like until a bunch of artists (Justin Gibbens, Justin Beckman, Howard Barlow, and the rest of the crew from Punch Gallery in Pioneer Square) claimed it as an art colony. Every summer, these artists celebrate by flinging open their studio doors in historic buildings—the former firehouse, Methodist church, and post office included—and grilling up some foods, leading a $20 rafting float on the Yakima River, and building campfires for art-loving, six-pack-toting campers. Oh, and bands play. It's Summerfest. (Thorp, Fri–Sun,