Arts

Monday, August 4, 2014

Downtown Spokane marmot mural getting a new look

Posted By on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

As the summer heatwave continues, so does artists' work on new murals along the walls of four downtown railroad overpasses. Today, work also begins on a fifth mural recently added to the line-up of the Spokane Arts-led project.

With some additional funds secured toward the project, the arts vitality nonprofit chose another site for a mural to brighten the dark and dirty corridors dissecting downtown's streets. In June, Spokane Arts approached long-time local artist Tom Quinn about re-envisioning a familiar montage he painted at the intersection of Division and Sprague more than 20 years ago. The current mural, showcasing Spokane's unofficial mascot — the marmot — has long been a fixture of downtown, but as the Inlander mentioned in our big Sprague Avenue profile back in May, Quinn isn't a fan of this particular body of work, calling it "grotesque:" 

“Even I don’t think it looks like a marmot,” he says. “People would come by and say, ‘Is that a gorilla?’”

Quinn has other well-known murals around town — the Gonzaga mural that’s now in storage, the faded train murals in Hillyard, the Felts Field mural at the airport, the fish mural farther down Sprague — but the marmot mural was his first, painted in two weeks in June of 1993.

An underpass like that is a difficult place for a mural. “Greasy mud” and pigeon guano drips down, Quinn says. The relative privacy means people pee on the walls. Then there’s the vandalism, too — someone recently felt the need to leave a miniature graffito in the marmot’s nostril.

“I would love to repaint that sometime,” he says.

Quinn's design for the current mural's replacement still highlights iconic features of the city and the region's history, and there's even a marmot or two as a tribute to its forebearers. 

The artist's design for the Sprague-facing side of the underpass. - TOM QUINN
  • Tom Quinn
  • The artist's design for the Sprague-facing side of the underpass.

Spokane Arts program manager Austin Stiegemeier says the decision to add a fresh look to the existing mural was partly due to Spokane Arts' partnership with the Downtown Spokane Partnership and the economic development group's long-planned efforts to spruce up what it's calling the Division Street Gateway, a main entrance into the city from I-90. 

"We didn't put a call out [for submissions] for this one because of the unique situation that he'd painted it a long time ago," Stiegemeier says. "We wanted to do something new there, but also give credit to and do something with the artist."

Quinn's new Spokane-centric mural should be completed sometime in October, while the four ongoing murals at the Maple, Howard, Cedar and Wall street overpasses are set to be finished by September.

These two panels, along with others, are going on the Division-facing side of the underpass. - TOM QUINN
  • Tom Quinn
  • These two panels, along with others, are going on the Division-facing side of the underpass.

Also on the topic of public murals — Spokane Arts just this morning put out a call for volunteer artists for a separate project it's calling the Mobile Murals Program. The inaugural project in the program is to create temporary art fences around Spokane residents' favorite downtown eyesore — the vacant, weed-filled pit at the corner of Division and Third.

With a goal to create a visually-pleasing barrier around the blighting site, local artists or artist teams are invited to submit their designs — to be painted or displayed on plywood panels — by a deadline of August 25. The panels are then set to be installed in early October. If mural space remains after this first round of submissions, a second call for more artists could be announced in September. 

Not much has changed at Division and Third since 2012, when this photo was taken. Spokane Arts' new plan is to display art, instead of campaign signs, at the busy intersection. - CHRISTIAN WILSON
  • Christian Wilson
  • Not much has changed at Division and Third since 2012, when this photo was taken. Spokane Arts' new plan is to display art, instead of campaign signs, at the busy intersection.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

CAT FRIDAY: Cats + art = an awesome First Cat Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

"Walter Kitty" - SHAWFAN KHAN
  • Shawfan Khan
  • "Walter Kitty"

Cats are a lot of things to their owners — snuggly companions, non-judging confidants, sources of great joy and comedic relief. To Spokane artist and designer Shawfan Khan, her cat Crusty is all of these things but also has become the muse for her latest work. The lifelong artist hasn't always painted cats, but after relocating to Spokane about two years ago and a subsequent decision to adopt a shelter cat, she was inspired to create a new body of work — whimsical, imaginative watercolors themed around the feline form.

Khan's art is being featured at Pottery Place Plus (203 N. Washington) through the month of August, and for today's First Friday gallery events she'll be at the downtown art space for a reception this evening, from 5-9 pm. 

The artist describes her collection of cat watercolor drawings as "quirky and entertaining... I try to capture some of [the cat's] silliness by illustrating a series of cats secretly plotting world domination, or just anthropomorphizing them from pop culture."

Many of Khan's pieces are inspired by Crusty, the cat she adopted from SCRAPS a little more than a year ago. When she went to the shelter, the first-time cat owner says she was looking to bring home a Siamese kitten. Instead she picked Crusty, an older, somewhat disheveled former stray, because he reminded her of a dog she'd once had. 
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"He greeted me at the cage and he wanted me to pet his head," she remembers. 

Crusty stood in as the live model for many of Khan's paintings exhibited in her show, and she says he enjoys watching her paint perched in his kitty basket in her home studio.
 
"[The art] is cartoonish, but it's still realistic, so I'd look at his anatomy, and he's a very active cat. I'll see him do goofy things so that gives me inspiration to paint — it will trigger something," she says.

Khan's art background includes a degree in art and graphic design from Oregon State University, along with a degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She also works in interior design alongside her art, the latter of which includes commissioned pieces and pet portraits. See more of Khan's work on her website and Facebook page

Pottery Place Plus is exhibiting Khan's work alongside illustrations by Saju Kobayashi Kelch, inspired by paper cutouts, Japanese Ukiyo-e and comics. Both artists' work is on display through Aug. 28, and the gallery is open daily
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The first Spokane Arts Awards wants your nominations

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM


Though it's still a little early for work here to begin on the Inlander's big Fall Arts issue (on stands Sept. 18), the Spokane Arts Fund has for weeks been focusing on a big, first-of-its-kind arts event set for October: Create Spokane Arts Month

With a purpose — to celebrate and showcase our region's creative minds and to encourage appreciation and participation in the arts — and a logo nailed down (designed by local arts familiar Tiffany Patterson) focus is shifting toward encouraging the public to nominate major contributors to the Spokane arts community for the first Spokane Arts Awards.
In May, Spokane Arts held a contest to design the logo for Create Arts Month. - TIFFANY PATTERSON
  • Tiffany Patterson
  • In May, Spokane Arts held a contest to design the logo for Create Arts Month.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 8, at midnight, and it's really easy to do. Simply go to the Spokane Arts website and fill out this form to nominate an individual in one of four categories: leadership, collaboration, inclusion and imagination.

Here are descriptions of the ideal candidate for each award category as defined by Spokane Arts:

Leadership — excellent stewardship of resources, positive and consistent advocacy, a role model for others in the arts, a venture culturalist

Inclusion — enacting just and diverse community, building bridges across divides, proactive approach to accessibility and inclusion

Collaboration — creating and supporting partnerships, sharing resources, finding shared solutions, brings new meaning to the phrase “democratic participation”

Imagination — an energizing and inspiring presence, jaw-dropping creativity, a sky’s the limit approach, excellent execution of innovative ideas

The organization encourages nominators to consider people from a range of backgrounds, with distinct or broad ties to the local art scene. Nominees could be educators, artists, volunteers, an organization, community leader, donor, business or other entity. After filling out some basic contact info, the nomination form asks for a short 5-10 sentence paragraph explaining why the person or organization being nominated should be recognized in a respective category. 

Looking for ideas or inspiration? Click through past arts and culture coverage in the Inlander here.

Recipients of the Spokane Arts Awards are to be recognized at the Spokane Arts Awards Costume Ball celebration on Oct. 30 at the Davenport Hotel, the culminating event for Create Spokane Arts Month. 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EVENTS: Summer outdoor movie and concert series

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:39 PM


Sorry to be a downer, but summer is already more than halfway over, which may be news to those who haven't bothered to keep track. There are less than six short weeks from now until Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of the season. What have you done so far to enjoy the warm weather, outdoors and summer living in the Inland Northwest? Don't forget that our big Summer Guide issue has lots of suggestions for exploring the outdoors, arts, music, theater and food scenes, as well as lots of events for families to enjoy.

Yet if you've been too busy to flip through the Inlander's online or weekly print edition of the community events calendar, there's a chance you've missed listings for the many local, outdoor concert and film series (most listed here are free). There's no better time to enjoy what's otherwise an indoor activity — here's a round-up of what we know of happening around the region.

MUSIC

Manito Park Bench Cafe | The quaint, seasonal cafe hosts free, live music every Friday night, from 6-8 pm, through Aug. 22. It's all ages but those of age can enjoy a beer/wine garden serving No-Li brews. 

Riverfront Park Fountain Cafe | The park's newest food stop hosts free, live music every Wednesday night, from 6-8 pm, through Aug. 20. 

Sandpoint Summer Sounds | The Park Place stage in downtown Sandpoint hosts free, live music for the annual Summer Sounds concert series on Saturdays, from 4-6 pm, through Aug. 30. 

Rock the Nest | The return of Kendall Yards' outdoor, summer concert series on Wednesday nights is set for July 30, at 7 pm, and live local bands perform weekly through Aug. 20. 

Browne's Addition Summer Concerts | This annual outdoor series is on Thursday nights, from 6-8 pm, through Aug. 28, at the Coeur d'Alene Park gazebo.

Community members gather to enjoy live music for the Riverstone Park summer concert series. - CDA ARTS & CULTURE ALLIANCE
  • CdA Arts & Culture Alliance
  • Community members gather to enjoy live music for the Riverstone Park summer concert series.

Summer Concerts at Riverstone | The Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance host a free, Thursday night concert series in Riverstone Park, from 6:30-8 pm, through Aug. 28. 

Performers on the Patio | Enjoy live music and the scenic vistas of Arbor Crest Winery's Cliff House Estate grounds, during two ongoing, summer concert series. Thursday's Performers on the Patio concerts, from 5:30-7:30 pm, offer free admission, and run weekly through Sept. 25. Saturday's Concerts on the Cliff series are $8/person, with music from 5:30 pm to dusk, through Sept. 28. Remember, because it's at a winery, these shows are only open to ages 21 and up. 

Outdoor music this summer isn't limited to these series. There's also concerts at the Gorge Amphitheater, the upcoming Festival at SandpointNorthern Quest's outdoor summer concerts, the Spokane Symphony's special summer concerts, Schweitzer's Fall Fest during Labor Day weekend and several other local festivals. For the most updated info, make sure to keep up with the Inlander's weekly print and online music listings.

FILM

Spokane Valley Summer Movies in the Park | Outdoor screening at dusk, with free crafts and activities in Mirabeau Meadows Park starting an hour before the show. July 25, Despicable Me 2; and Aug. 22, Frozen.

South Perry Summer Theater | Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for The Shop's annual (free) summer tradition of projecting movies from its parking lot onto the side of Casper Fry restaurant. Movies start at dusk, every Saturday through Aug. 23. July 26, The Lego Movie; Aug. 2, Raiders of the Lost Ark; Aug. 9, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Aug. 16, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure; Aug. 23, Frozen.

Friends of Pavillion Park Movies in the Park | All screenings (free) start at dusk and are free to the public. Pavillion Park movies: July 26, Turbo; Aug. 2, The Princess Bride; Aug. 9, Star Trek Into Darkness; Aug. 29, Brave. Half Moon Park movies: July 25, How to Train Your Dragon; Aug. 16, The Croods

Airway Heights Moonlight Movie Series | Screenings (free) start at dusk in the outfield of Martella Ball Field at Sunset Park. July 25, National Treasure; Aug. 8, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2; Aug. 29, Free Willy.

Spokane County Parks Swim and a Movie | The Northside and Southside Family Aquatics Facilities host a two-hour evening swim, followed by a family film screening. Gates open at 6 pm; movies start at dusk. $2-$3. Aug. 2, The Lego Movie; Aug. 16, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

THEATER

Tomato Plant Girl | An outdoor theater performance on the lawn of the University of Idaho's Hartung Theater, featuring a script geared toward younger audiences. Picnic meals are welcome and encouraged. Showing July 24-26, and July 31-Aug. 2 at 7 pm. $5/youth ages 16 and under; $15/adults. (208-885-6465)  

Shakespeare in the ParkMontana-based Shakespeare in the Park travels around the Western U.S. every summer, performing free plays to the public. This year's Spokane stop is a performance of "As You Like It," on Sat, Aug. 23, at 5 pm, in Liberty Lake's Pavillion Park.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Still time to get your Terrain submission in

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

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If you're an artist in the Inland Northwest, you should know about Terrain. And if you don't, here's the skinny: The evolving arts festival has traditionally taken place on one night in October in downtown Spokane and features an enormous amount of visual arts, music, performances and more.

So, there is still time to get your work on the walls at Terrain. Submissions close at midnight on Aug. 1, so head on over to the Terrain site to learn what you need to do.

Also, all the art is for sale. Last year's show saw almost $8,000 in sales in that one night.

Here's more about submission guidelines and other cool Terrain info we mentioned way back in May when, uh hum, you could have got your submission in.

Terrain is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 at the Music City Building.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Garland's Tinman Gallery to close as owner retires

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Tinman Gallery owner Sue Bradley is retiring at the end of the month, but will continue to serve on local arts nonprofit boards. - YOUNG KWAK
  • Young Kwak
  • Tinman Gallery owner Sue Bradley is retiring at the end of the month, but will continue to serve on local arts nonprofit boards.

For more than a decade, the Tinman Gallery (811 W. Garland Ave.) has been an arts and culture business fixture in the Garland District, as well as to the greater Inland Northwest arts community, showcasing fine art by the region's top artists.

Yet all good things must come to an end, and yesterday Tinman Gallery owner and longtime arts supporter Susan Bradley announced that this month's is the last show and art sale at the gallery before she officially retires at the end of July. The gallery-wide sale, titled "Tinman's Greatest Hits," features artwork Bradley has collected over the past 11 years by the following artists: Harold Balazs, Mel McCuddin, Kay O'Rourke, Ric Gendron, Ken Spiering, Timothy Ely, Virginia Carter, Stan Miller, Marianne Figgins, Charlie Palmer, Ilse Tan, Len Heid, Kathleen Cavender, Scott Kolbo, Melissa Cole, Val Pate, Gay Waldman, Sheila Evans, George Flett, Kevin Red Star and Terrence Guardipee.

Bradley says it wasn't easy to decide to move on from the gallery, but she wants to spend more time with her husband who retired last October, and also plans to focus more on the four arts nonprofits for which she serves as board member: the Spokane Art School, MAC Foundation, Artist Trust and the Garland Business District.

"It's a difficult decision because I really loved helping the artists get their works out there," Bradley says. "I have really appreciated getting to know the artists and the people who came in to buy the art."

This morning marked the first day of the final show and sale, and already half a dozen pieces have been sold. Bradley estimates about 100 or so pieces she's bought for the Tinman's collection are offered for sale — artwork she personally doesn't have room to hold on to. Many of the artists included in the show aren't extensively producing and showing as they once were, so Bradley considers it a "last chance" for collectors to purchase their work.

Along with the artwork, the gallery's inventory of bestselling, art-related and children's books, handmade candles, greeting card and other gift items is on sale for 50 percent off original prices.

As far as the future of the Tinman Gallery space, located adjacent to the Spokane Art School's headquarters, Bradley says she'll announce its future planned use in the coming week.

"Tinman's Greatest Hits" started today, July 8, and continues through July 26. The gallery is open Tues-Fri, from 10 am-6 pm, and Sat, from 10 am-4 pm.


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

PHOTOS: Terrain's Bazaar

Posted By on Sat, Jun 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

On Saturday, Wall Street, just south of Riverfront Park, was transformed into an outdoor market of goods for Terrain's Bazaar. Vendors, mainly local and regional artists, sold paintings, prints, sculptures, clothing and jewelry, as bands performed on a main stage. A beer garden sat across from the main stage, while across the street were food trucks. 

People walk down Wall Street during Terrain's Bazaar. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • People walk down Wall Street during Terrain's Bazaar.

Aaron Abolofia of Tiny Mammoth Ink, left, sits with his friend Melissa Estma and dog Lola at his booth. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Aaron Abolofia of Tiny Mammoth Ink, left, sits with his friend Melissa Estma and dog Lola at his booth.

Mimosi soaps and salts display their product at their booth. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Mimosi soaps and salts display their product at their booth.

Lois Green, center, of Green Girls, explains the different oils she produces to customers at her booth. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Lois Green, center, of Green Girls, explains the different oils she produces to customers at her booth.

Water Monster performs. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Water Monster performs.

Michelle Heyn, left, of Rock Rings Hula Hoops demonstrates her skill to children. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Michelle Heyn, left, of Rock Rings Hula Hoops demonstrates her skill to children.

Ryan Desmond displays his paintings at his booth. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Ryan Desmond displays his paintings at his booth.

The Great PNW was one of over 40 booths at Terrain's Bazaar. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • The Great PNW was one of over 40 booths at Terrain's Bazaar.

People walk down Wall Street during Terrain's Bazaar. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • People walk down Wall Street during Terrain's Bazaar.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Spokane mural project seeking a youthful perspective

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

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Attention all young artists: Here's a chance to have your art incorporated into the mural project we wrote about in this past week's issue.

The Spokane Urban Murals Painting Collaboration invites you to share your picturesque visions during the upcoming painting project. Artists ages 6-10 are encouraged to create any form of unique art displaying an interpretation of Spokane’s slogan, “Near Nature - Near Perfect.” All submissions should be mailed to Ink Art Space by June 30. The piece should be submitted with the following information: the young artist's first name and last initial, age and a parent's email address.

The artwork will be evaluated by artists on the SUMAC team and used as a source of creative inspiration for the mural under the Howard Street underpass. Following the close of the project, the artwork will be shown at Ink Art Space and in an online gallery.

Find more information about the project here.


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Top Choice: Why the SFCC graphic design show is about fresh meat

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Bovine, the SFCC graphic design portfolio show mascot, stops by to pose with Inlander staffers. - LIORAH WICHSER
  • Liorah Wichser
  • Bovine, the SFCC graphic design portfolio show mascot, stops by to pose with Inlander staffers.

The theme of the SFCC graphic design student portfolio show is all about fresh meat.

“We know it’s hard to break into the design industry, and each year there are new graduates from our program and other schools flooding the area looking for jobs,” says Liorah Wichser, student art director for the event. “The professionals may see us as 'fresh meat' to the industry, so we decided to go with that for our theme. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and as a result, we’re having more fun.”

In a twisted way, the best choice for the mascot was Bovine the cow.

“We’re all a bit of Bovine on the inside,” says Mickenzie Burns, student event manager. “Starting as a fresh slate, molded and painted over and over again until, with one last coat of fresh paint, we’re pushed out into the world for all to see.” Covered in typography, she swung by the Inlander for a photo op, only to get a flat moments later. But a quick stop at Golden Rule brake and she was good to go.

Check out the Grade A stuff this Friday, June 6, starting at 5 pm at Hamilton Studios, 1427 West Dean Avenue. 

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Just a few days left to enter the Spokane Arts Fund logo competition

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

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You've still got a few days to submit a logo to the Spokane Arts Fund for their first annual Create Spokane Arts Month, a celebration in October dedicated to creativity and art in the Spokane community. The inaugural event is set to include more than 50 different events and expects to draw as many as 30,000 attendees. The logo will be used for advertising the event, on both their website and any print media produced.

Executive Director Shannon Halberstadt says the logo they are looking for needs to reflect the creativity in the Northwest, and illuminate the culture and individuality of the Spokane area. The contest will favor new and emerging artists as competitors, as entry is free and anyone has the opportunity to submit their design. A committee will review the entries, and the winner will be awarded with $200 and a profile on the Create Spokane website with an optional link to the designer's own website.

Contest rules include:

1. The logo should have the phrases "Create Spokane" and "Arts Month" somewhere. The URL www.createspokane.com is optional but encouraged.
2. Entries should be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line "Arts Month Logo Contest." Full name, phone number and email address is also required.
3. Entries need to be high quality JPEG or EPS files.
4. Digital files should have the entrant's last name attached.
5. The artwork submitted needs to be original.
6. There is a maximum of three entries per competitor.
7. Contest submissions must be received no later than May 31 at 5 pm.

Create Spokane will feature activities and events put on by partners backing the project, an open studio series with local artists, writers and musicians, and a fun, fabulous costume ball at the end of the month where various creators in the community will be celebrated with awards. All events are open to the public, and we'll have more about it in the coming months.


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