This Sunday, June 28, two exhibits currently on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture are coming to a close. But, the museum has a few new exhibits on the schedule for the rest of the year, featuring art from near and far.
One of the two closing exhibits is Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates. Comprised of 50 artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures and films by 25 Emirati artists, this exhibit is a reflection of how the United Arab Emirates has approached economic development over the last 40 years, while also maintaining its people's tradition and heritage. Director of Museum Experience at the MAC, John Andrew Moredo-Burch says the exhibit is only being featured in a handful of U.S. cities. After its run in Spokane, Past Forward make two more stops before returning to Dubai.
Also closing after a seven-month run is The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis. For the collection, the Spokane-based photographer captured the palettes of two dozen artists, all who have a connection to the Inland Northwest. Some photos are displayed alongside a piece of art by the featured artist to show the connection between the palette and the finished piece.
Though two exhibits are closing, there will be new art filling the two gallery spaces soon. Moredo-Burch says replacing one of the current exhibits will be works from Saranac Art Projects, a local, non-profit artist cooperative that brings together artists and curators in the Inland Northwest. The new exhibit is set to open on July 24, running through the middle of September.
Following that, the MAC welcomes the Spokane Watercolor Society from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29 for a juried show that is open to all watercolor artists.
And from Nov. 14 to Feb. 7, 2016, New York artist Sean Kenney's exhibit, Nature Connects, comes to the MAC. Nature Connects is a series of works made from Lego toys. Kenney's art includes portraits, home decor and sculptures, all made from the tiny, plastic pieces.
Plans to turn one of downtown Spokane's largest eyesores — the long-vacant Ridpath Hotel — into an urban apartment complex are ever so slowly chugging toward reality. But a project of this scope is going to take time, and until it's underway the Ridpath block will continue to showcase graffiti, broken and boarded-up windows and other unpleasantries related to its vacancy. However, a new effort to make the scene around the hotel more inviting and less unsightly should change this unwelcome atmosphere sooner than expected.
Window Dressing, an local project that puts creative displays and art installations into empty downtown storefronts, is partnering with the Downtown Spokane Partnership and local sponsors to host installations at the Ridpath and the Ridpath Motor Inn starting in September. A call for artist proposals was issued today, offering a $500 stipend to artists whose installations are chosen for each of five designated sites (one includes the skywalk between the two buildings). Submissions are due on August 2 at midnight, and a tentative opening reception for the project is set for September's First Friday event. The full timeline and information for interested artists is listed here.
Window Dressing's first storefront display was revealed last January, at 1011 W. First, in the Music City Building where Terrain was held for many years before moving to its new home last fall. Other artists' projects have since rotated in and out of that spot, and Window Dressing also has hosted installations at a second site, 702 W. Main, near River Park Square. The most recent project there was tied to Get Lit! in April, but now that the spot at the corner of Main and Wall is going to become an Urban Outfitters store, that space won't host any more projects.
A historical marker is being publicly unveiled on Friday afternoon to remember a Spokane man’s courageous actions more than 150 years ago.
Amos Bradley fought in the Civil War, and for his bravery he became the recipient of one of the first Congressional Medals of Honor ever awarded in the United States. Bradley later moved to Spokane in 1885, and lived here until his death in 1894. To honor the late Spokane veteran, a new historical marker is being dedicated in his memory at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.
The monument was erected in part by the Fairmount Memorial Association. Faimount's VP of Operations David Ittner says that although Bradley already had a government marker on his grave, it's now time to give him a monument.
“He's the last Congressional award winner to not have a historic monument," at one of the Fairmount Memorial Association cemetery parks, Ittner says.
He says each year Fairmount picks a person to commemorate with a monument.
“Bradley was kind of just next in line,” Ittner says. “There’s not a particular order. We just get together and decide who we'll do next.”
All of the historical markers, however, represent significant individuals who were important in the history or development of Spokane.
Bradley’s is the twenty-third historical monument dedicated by the Fairmount Memorial Association, in cooperation with The Spokane Law Enforcement Museum and the SPD History Book Committee.
It's startling to consider that the Antiques Roadshow has been airing on PBS stations around North America for 20 years now. To celebrate these two decades of dropping jaws with announcements that a painting picked up at a yard sale for $10 is actually worth $30,000, the show is going on a U.S. tour this summer, and Spokane's turn is up next.
While it's too late to get tickets to have your curiosities appraised at Saturday's taping at the Spokane Convention Center — the free tickets were sent out in April to those who applied and were drawn from a pool of applicants — the event is still sure to cause a buzz as show-goers tote oddly shaped artifacts around downtown Spokane.
Those lucky enough (between 5,000 and 6,000 people) to nab entry into the show can find out all they need to know online about how the event works. Ticket holders are allowed two items per person, and based on the number of people who'll get in the doors, that potentially adds up to 10,000-12,000 items appraised by the show's experts.
Tomorrow's event will be taped to create three hour-long episodes of the show to be aired next year for Antiques Roadshow's 20th season. The event also will gather footage for the series' quick highlights special, Junk in the Trunk, which offers brief overviews of funkier finds appraised during each season that didn't make the original episodes' cut.
Antiques Roadshow last came to Spokane in 2007. During that visit, a local resident brought in a pair of letters written by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, as well as a framed and signed portrait of the 16th president.
Readers — if you have tickets to tomorrow's event, what do you plan on bringing down to be appraised?
Wow, thanks for that great explanation. Almost sounds criminal how they are doing business.
^^apparently this is a one-way conversation.
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