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


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 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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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What to expect from Bazaar, Terrain's new event

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Bazaar will be held outdoors at the old Wonder Bread factory, where signs on the exterior have almost faded away. New location, see update below. - LISA WAANANEN
  • Lisa Waananen
  • Bazaar will be held outdoors at the old Wonder Bread factory, where signs on the exterior have almost faded away. New location, see update below.

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.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Hoods 2.0 and Spokane’s sense of place

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

On the top, two designs from the first round; below, previews of new designs from The Hoods 2.0. - THE HOODS
  • The Hoods
  • On the top, two designs from the first round; below, previews of new designs from The Hoods 2.0.

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:

  • Chris Bovey

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Submissions now open for Terrain 7

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

  • Christian Wilson

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

Complete your submissions here by Aug. 1 at midnight. If you want to get involved in a way that doesn’t require as much artistic skill, inquire about volunteering at [email protected]


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Friday, May 2, 2014

Time & Light: The large-format photography of Bill and Kathy Kostelec

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 11:05 AM

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

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Friday, April 4, 2014

A First Friday art preview at Trackside and Kolva-Sullivan

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

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.

See a preview video from the Chase Gallery here and browse our full First Friday listings here.

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Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

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!"


Thanks to everyone who participated! You can see a gallery with more of our favorites here, and you can still download the coloring pages for yourself here.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A First Friday preview of the new Chase Gallery exhibit

Posted By on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM

"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.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Local artists start nonprofit to offer writing and art classes to young people

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

INK board members hosted an informational meeting at the space Thursday. - HEIDI GROOVER
  • Heidi Groover
  • INK board members hosted an informational meeting at the space Thursday.

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.

  • Leah Sottile

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."

For now, INK is looking for volunteers, teachers and class or workshop ideas. If you're interested in volunteering, email [email protected] Keep up with the group on its Facebook page here.

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