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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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