A while ago we told you about applications for Terrain’s new event, Bazaar, which is coming up on June 21. And we now know a lot more about what to expect: Like Terrain, it’s got beer, music and a focus on local artists. Like Terrain, it’s appearing an at otherwise-empty location for just a single day before evaporating into the mist.
But the fun is in the details, and — as its organizers have found — Bazaar is an entirely new beast. The format is more of a carnival/marketplace, with artists selling a variety of items — visual art, prints, photography, jewelry, soaps, paper goods, etc. — from more than 50 decorated booths. The idea is getting more young (read: not rich) people involved with buying local art, so most of the items are less than $100.
The setting is outdoors
at the old Wonder Bread Factory, located just north of Riverfront Park on Post Street between at Broadway and Mallon. Organizers were looking for an urban spot close to downtown that would fit with their longtime goal of turning unused spaces into something alive. It could get warm out on the pavement, so they’re working on tents and shade.
UPDATE 5/31: The location has been moved, organizers announced, after a final contract with the property owner couldn't be settled in time. Bazaar will now be held downtown at 200 N. Wall Street, near Riverfront Park. (The poster has also been updated.)
The live music lineup includes: Manatee Commune, Emby Alexander, Mama Doll, Water Monster, Mallows, Teen Blonde, Pine League and Cloak & Dagger. Get more details and updates here.
We don’t know all the vendors, but they’ll include the Inlander’s own art director, Chris Bovey, with his series of Spokane-area landmark prints.
The booths are all spoken for at this point, so artists who want to participate will have to patiently wait for next year. Applications are live for Terrain, though, through Aug. 1.
Two years ago, a group of local designers launched a branding project for some of their favorite Spokane neighborhoods. Tonight, it returns with new neighborhoods and the addition of beloved parks as The Hoods 2.0. The show is hosted by Fellow Coworking and Luke Baumgarten, who wrote about the first iteration of the project back in 2012 when he was a staff writer here at the Inlander.
The new neighborhoods include: Cliff/Cannon, Manito/Cannon Hill, Riverside, Northwest, Grandview/Thorpe and Kendall Yards.
The parks include: Manito Park, Cliff Park, Franklin Park, Holmberk Park, Shadle Park and Linwood Park.
Place is a powerful influence in art of all types, partially because it’s a fun challenge. The character of a place is by nature communal, because it’s based on the impressions of many people and defined by the ways those impressions overlap. It takes into account history and expectations, because when we become familiar with a place we can see its long arc of change.
This also makes it controversial, which is partly why people seem to never tire of discussions about our city and our neighborhoods. (Both recent commentaries we’ve had about “Spokane” as a concept — here and here — drew dozens of comments. And the first Hoods show was not without some controversy.) In every city, there’s a constant conflict between the official vision for what a place should be — defined by neighborhood councils, city leaders, visitors bureaus — and the full picture of what it is right now for all the people living and working there.
It’s something we’ve been thinking about a lot here at the Inlander with our Sprague Avenue project. We were interested in Sprague in the first place because it’s a thread between so many diverse stories. In some ways, it’s an attempt to deconstruct the common idea of “East Sprague.” If you haven’t read Thom Caraway’s poem for our Sprague project, you should do that.
It’s also the theme of a series of local landmark prints Inlander Art Director Chris Bovey has been doing on the side for the past year. Here’s one of his latest ones — which is not part of the Hoods 2.0 show, but maybe 3.0 will include areas just outside Spokane proper:
As of this posting, you’ve now got roughly 1,951 hours to submit your art for Terrain 7, this year’s installment of one-night, juried arts extravaganza that’s been growing each year since its inception. (If you keep a detailed record of how you procrastinate for 1,949 of those hours, would it count as art?)
The submission description says: “Terrain displays work that spans all media: sculpture, fiber art, photography, graffiti, film, installation and performance. We make no distinction between high art and low art — we simply want to showcase emerging artists with talent and fresh perspectives.” The art types listed on the entry form are: visual, film/video, installation, 3D/sculpture, musical performance, non-musical performance and interactive/generative.
Each artist can submit up to 10 entries, with collaborations counting as one entry for each participating artist. Things you’ll want to have on hand for each entry:
• Up to four image files to give the jury a sense of the piece
• Links for YouTube or Vimeo videos and other supplementary materials
• Title and names of any collaborators
• Sales information if you’re selling: price and whether there are multiple copies
Over the past 20 years, Bill and Kathy Kostelec have captured images of Spokane and other locations in black-and-white with antique large-format cameras. Their exhibit, “Contact Prints: Silver Platinum and Gold,” is on display through May 30 at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery.
Here, they talk about their work and show why it’s more challenging — and rewarding — than snapping photos with a point-and-shoot.
See other First Friday listings at inlander.com/FirstFriday.
The Kolva-Sullivan Gallery and neighboring Trackside Studio are both debuting new exhibits for First Friday this evening. At the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, former colleagues Robin Dare and Robert Kraut are showing their art together for the first time in 17 years. At Trackside Studio, the ceramic works of art professors and friends Mardis Nenno and Terry Gieber are on display as a farewell show for Gieber, who is retiring. Both exhibits are open through most of the month.
Thank you to everyone who entered our Best Of Coloring Contest. We received quite a few entries (none in blood) and what was most surprising is how many adults still love to color — they gave us more entries than the kids. We dug through our prize closet and came up with:
• $20 in Pizza Rita coupons!
• A ticket to the Shrine Circus!
• A pack of Tiffany Patterson Stickers!
The winner in the 0-4 age group is Scarlett Price, age 4. We loved her addition of eyelashes and Whiskers!
The Winner in the 5-10 age group is Declan, age 7. We loved how impressionistic his extra watercolor strokes are.
The winner in the 10-16 was Maddie Speare, age 11. We loved her rainbow background.
The Winner in the 17+ category was Noralene Harland, age 54. So much effort went into making an amazing piece it was a no-brainer for our staff.
And one more surprise category was the Artist's Fav, selected by Tiffany Patterson. "I've chosen 9-year-old Daegan — I love the addition of 'awsome' albeit misspelled which I fully can relate to. I also was quite impressed with the striped antlers...such creative vision!"
"Very Carefully," a new exhibit featuring the work of Hank Chiappetta, Sarah Fagan, Patty Franklin and Rik Nelson, is on display at the Chase Gallery from April 3 to June 27. The First Friday artist reception on April 4 from 5 to 9 pm.
We'll have our First Friday listings and a map updated by Friday here to plan your route.
Excitement and the smell of fresh paint filled the air Thursday at a public information meeting to introduce INK, a new organization that will offer writing and visual arts classes to youth in Spokane. Author Jess Walter is one of the founders of the group, which is housed at 224 W. Sprague and modeled after 826, a national nonprofit that offers writing education and mentorship to students ages 6-18.
Beyond writing, INK will take aim at all arts education that's "under-attacked" in Spokane, Walter said, creating the type of vibrant arts community artists his age wish they'd had as kids.
Organizers plan to hold a soft opening in May, a fundraiser in June and offer a full curriculum — ideally, entirely for free to students — by the fall. Each week, the space will offer two writing and two visual arts classes after school for middle and high school students, with additional weekend workshops for younger students and possibly adults.
Eventually, the space is likely to be home to regular readings, First Friday exhibits of student work and one-on-one mentoring. The group may also branch out to teaching classes at community centers or libraries.
"We are so open about what this should be," Walter said. "We don't want any limits."
Last summer, at the suggestion of a Spokane Falls Community College instructor, local photographer Clara Wilson applied to an event called Spectrum by RAW. The arts organization puts on one-night showcases that feature young artists in a variety of disciplines — film, fashion, dance, visual arts and more. At the time they were planning a show in the Spokane area that didn’t pan out, but the director of the upcoming Seattle show decided to go through Spokane submissions. Wilson’s photos caught her eye, and she got in touch.
Wilson, who also recently won third place in an international competition hosted by Photographers Forum Magazine, says she thinks it’s of utmost importance that artists support each other. So when she saw the Seattle event putting out a call for additional submissions, she encouraged Heather Biggs, Tyler Bolen and Jessica Flatt — friends and collaborators at SFCC — to also apply.
“I wanted to share this opportunity to show at RAW with others who I knew were great photographers and would appreciate this opportunity as much as I would,” she says.
All four were accepted for the show on April 17 at the Showbox. Artists are responsible for selling tickets to the event, so if you’re going to be in Seattle or feel like supporting them, you can purchase tickets here. More background on the show is here. They answered some of our questions about their art:
How did you get interested in photography, especially as an art form?
HEATHER: I was born and raised in Cheney, Washington. However, I always thought of Spokane as my home. My family is full of hunters and outdoorsmen, and they taught me to appreciate the land. I spent a good part of my childhood on the backroads of Washington. As a family we'd go for drives looking for wildlife about twice a week. When I was 21 I attended beauty school and fell in love with the magazines more than the art of cosmetology itself. I realized at that point that if I could mix fashion photography and the outdoors, I'd be set. So now, that's what I mainly do.
TYLER: I got interested in photography when I first took it as an art credit in high school. It wasn't until I was going to Spokane Falls Community College that I got into it as an art form.
JESSICA: I've always been interested in art, but photography struck my interest in high school. It wasn't until seven years later when I decided to go to college that I really realized what I could do with my photography and how I can turn something so plain into an amazing work of art.
What themes or messages are in your work? Are you more interested in the technical aspects of photography or in the ideas?
HEATHER: 90 percent of my work has to do with women and their struggles. It's not always obvious at first glance to the viewer, but they all have some sort of underlying theme. I think it’s important as a woman to photograph women being vulnerable, it's only at that point that you're truly your strongest.
Without the technical aspects of photography, it doesn't matter how fabulous your ideas are. I decided that on my own I wasn't able to get consistent results. So I went to SFCC in Spokane, and got the technical stuff down. Now that I know it, I can just focus on the ideas.
TYLER: The themes that are in my photography, as in my fine art work, are to show that there still is beauty in old and decaying things. For example, when I photograph abandoned places that aren't in great shape, I like to photograph it in a way that shows there is still beauty just like when it was first built.
JESSICA: The themes that I normally stick to are either Fantasy or Nature and Landscape. I try to mix the two when finding locations for my fine art pieces of work.
CLARA: My niche or genre in photography is conceptual fine art portraiture. My image making process is therapeutic for me, from beginning to end of the process. ... I love to play with light and draw emotion by setting the mood through different lighting sources and techniques. I love to mesh conceptual, tableau, fine art and portraiture. Doing so has enabled me to create a surreal bond between fiction and nonfiction, love and hate, happiness and sorrow.
What makes Spectrum by RAW a particularly good opportunity?
HEATHER: Raw is an amazing opportunity for someone from such a small town. Artists from all over are showcased in one venue — stylists, musicians, designers, dancers and photographers, all in one spot. You're surrounded by like-minded individuals, and have the opportunity to share your work with a much larger audience than an individual show.
TYLER: I submitted my work knowing that I might not get into the same show [Clara] got into, but at least that I might get into a different one. When I found out I got into the same one I was thrilled. Raw is a good opportunity because they focus on getting exposure for the talent out there.
JESSICA: This is a really great opportunity to get your name out there and be a part of group where artists support other artists. You are also in other cities, so your name gets out in other communities as well.
Do you feel like there's a lot going on in Spokane, or is it a disadvantage to be so far from cities like Seattle?
HEATHER: Spokane has come such a long way since I was a kid. The art scene has really picked up, and it's becoming a more culturally diverse area. Seattle I believe, is just a little bit ahead of Spokane — don't worry, we will catch up!
TYLER: Spokane doesn't have a lot going on as apposed to cities like Seattle, Portland, New York. Cities like those have, from what I have seen, more art galleries, art museums and a lot more art-related jobs.
JESSICA: I feel that there is a lot that goes on in Spokane, but I think there should be more publicity in getting these events out there and into the public eye.
CLARA: I feel Spokane has a lot going on for the art community. Events like Terrain and First Fridays are wonderful opportunities for photographers to try and get their work shown in multiple showcases around Spokane.
Find out more about the the show and their work here.
Downtown Mural Project
Spokane Arts, the nonprofit community arts organization, is looking for artists and artist teams to submit proposals for a series of new murals in downtown Spokane.
Painting of the murals is scheduled for this summer, from June to August, and the sites include the cement walls of railroad overpasses crossing Howard, Wall, Maple and Browne streets. Some of the overpasses will be painted on both sides, others only on one side, the request states.
Artists are to be compensated for their work, ranging between $1,500-$1,750 depending on the mural location. Materials, equipment, site prep and other expenses are also being covered by Spokane Arts.
The project is only open to local artists/teams, as its goal is to "provide the area’s visual artists with an opportunity to develop mural projects that will encourage progressive attitudes toward visual communication in public spaces, fostering a sense of ownership and community interactivity in the railroad underpasses."
Details on the application requirements and submission process is can be found here. The deadline to apply is April 8.
Spokane Arena 20th Anniversary Project
In addition, Spokane Arts is looking for qualified artists/teams for a larger, long-term art project to commemorate the Spokane Arena's 20th anniversary next year.
The project, co-organized by the Spokane Public Facilities District (PFD) and Spokane Arts, is to commission a piece of artwork for the interior main entry of the arena. Plans are to reveal the piece, being budgeted for $45,000, at a special event in mid-September 2015.
Specific proposals for the artwork aren't being requested at this time, but interested artists can apply to commission it here. The deadline to apply is July 17, 2014. A pre-proposal workshop for interested artists is planned for next Tuesday, March 18, at 1:30 pm at the arena's northeast entrance.
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