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.
It's been a while since we took a look at some of the local projects on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms. Here's a summer update.
A duo of local designers called PACT is raising money to create wallets, cases and satchels made of only USA-tanned leather. The laser-cut patterns are brought together right here in Spokane by a nontraditional fastening system. Rather than a logo, a PactMark — a rectangle with a pattern of filled and open circles unique to each customer — represents their commitment to individuality and minimalism.
This campaign launched last week and is already 14 percent of the way to the $50,000 goal with 24 days remaining.
Goal: $50,000 • Deadline: Jul. 31 • Minimum donation to get something: $20 for you to customize your own PactMark pattern; $35 for a wallet
My Knowledge Clothing Company seeks to encourage others to live and dream. A project of 14Four designer Joey Bittner, the "dream" series consists of shirts with quotes, dreamcatchers and clouds on them to serve as daily reminders to keep chasing your dreams.
Goal: $2,500 • Deadline: Jul. 27 • Minimum donation to get something: $7 for a sticker pack
Craftsman Mike Ross saw a story on the news that he could not ignore. Unclaimed or unidentified cremation remains of war veterans were being placed in a memorial wall, but they were shown inside plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Ross knew that those veterans deserved better, so he started making purple heart wood urns. He is now trying to raise money so that he can craft and donate at least 50 by September.
Goal: $2,500 • Deadline: Jul. 30 • Minimum donation to get something: $1-10 for a thank you card including pictures of the urn and ceremony; $15 includes a piece of purple heart wood along with the card
Coming to the end of their second campaign on Kickstarter, Nana Needs a Rutabaga is a children's book about two boys who go to the grocery store with their Grandmother and end up chasing a monkey that popped out of a animal cracker box all around the store. The illustrations are paid for, but funding would go toward the costs of publishing.
Goal: $5,200 • Deadline: Jul. 11 • Minimum donation to get something: $10 for a thank you postcard with the cover illustration; $20 for an electronic copy of Nana Needs a Rutabaga
Your Own Mobile App allows you to design your own app to share messages and pictures with your family or close friends without having to show the rest of the world.
Goal: $2,000 • Deadline: Jul. 23 • Minimum donation to get something: $2 for your own app for you and another person for one year; $5 for you and four other people for one year
Mobile is the American way of life — mobile phones, mobile computers, mobile food and even mobile fashion trucks are sweeping the nation. As we talked about in our article last July, McCall Stover kicked off the Spokane fashion truck trend with a vintage flair. Today, the mobile fashion truck trend is expanding and creating a new dynamic in the constantly evolving fashion world.
The fashion truck trend first budded in the vintage clothing community in 2010 in bigger cities like New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston and Washington, D.C. Since then many independent boutique owners made the decision to swap out their permanent stores for a more freeing and flexible mobile shop.
These fashion forward hot wheel owners can choose their daily location and connect with a more diverse demographic of customers. They also can host shopping parties, or provide a dose of fashion to festivalgoers and college students.
In the last year, the Houston fashion truck culture has expanded so much it's culminated in a bi-monthly fashion truck fest where all local fashion trucks gather and host a night of food, music and fashion.
Because these boutique owners are always on the go, they have to think outside of the box — literally — to display their merchandise and store brand. Although this trend is blazing America, major designers and retailers are slower to catch onto this trend than independent boutique owners. Cynthia Rowley was the first major designer to craft a fashion truck in 2010.
Even though this trend is primarily nestled in big cities, Spokane is developing a fashion truck culture of its own. The Northside boutique, Swank, launched its fashion truck, Swank a-go-go, in April 2013 by owner Jody Mallonee. The idea formulated after Swank employees moved to college and discovered the lack of accessible fashion. Swank a-go-go is available to shop at private homes, public events, office parties and sorority and college events.
As for Stover, Spokane’s first fashion truck creator, she is still carting around her 1967 travel trailer filled with clothing, jewelry and assorted décor items. Vintage Side Show can be spotted at local street fairs, festivals and concerts. This vintage street boutique started the Spokane fashion truck trend, which will hopefully continue to expand.
If you want to learn about fashion trucks in your area, an ingenious website was created for this purpose— fashiontruckfinder.com.
For the Outdoors Issue in this week's paper, we asked a few regional photographers about their work capturing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In interviews and emails, they all offered advice and encouragement on how to get the best pictures you can. Most of it comes down to planning, patience and a sense of adventure.
Here's some of the extra tips and photos they had to share.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Conklin emphasizes the importance of getting out to the hard-to-reach places that make for rare and compelling images. Finding the perfect photo takes a lot of time, patience and dedication, he says. You've got to get you and your gear to the locations where others won't or can't go.
You have to put in the miles.
“There’s a lot of cool places," he says. “You put in your time. You figure it out. It’s just hard work and dedication.”
Conklin says he recently sold photos to National Geographic because he had made the effort to shoot a remote climbing area in Montana. He admits they weren't his greatest photos, but he put himself in a position to have a photo National Geographic ended up needing.
For gear, he suggests keeping things as light as possible. He will often carry a minimal load of two Nikon camera bodies and two lens. When he can he will take along some light-weight off-camera lighting equipment.
“You’re always going extremely light," he says. “You take the bare amount of gear.”
Otherwise, he recommends focusing on your craft instead of your equipment. Buy the best gear you can afford, but it's more important to just get out and make the best photos you can.
Like other outdoor photographers, he stresses the importance of planning your photos around the best possible lighting conditions — the golden hours. In adventure photography, he says that can be especially challenging when trying to summit a mountain or cross a dangerous ridge to get the shot right as the light is changing. Climbers could risk getting stuck in the dark.
"You rarely are climbing at those golden hours," he says. "[But] that’s what separates the lions from the sheep — going that extra mile."
More photos at: jedconklin.com
Fine Art Photographer
Hometown: Cheney, Wa
Advice on equipment:
The best equipment out there for photography is given to you at birth. How you see things, and the specific way you look at the world greatly effects the images you produce. I used very entry level Dslr cameras for years, and it wasn't until I went to school that I actually started getting consistent results. Learning how your camera works and what you can do with it, along with some basic editing skills, that is what really makes a difference.
Advice on location:
The easiest advice I can give about finding a great location is as easy as getting lost. Turn off your gps and drive on some old dirt roads for a few hours. The inland northwest is full of so many beautiful landscapes, you don't need to drive far. If you're looking for a specific location try Turnbull Wildlife refuge, Palouse falls, or go for a hike on one of the many trails located in Riverside State Park.
Advice on framing:
How you frame your image really depends on where you're placing your subject and where you want the viewers eyes to be drawn. Remember the rule of thirds, if you're unfamiliar with the rule of thirds Google has some great diagrams to get you started. I try to lead people through my images with things provided in my scene like a road or a fence.
Advice on lighting:
You will hear nature and landscape photographers say they only photograph during the golden hour (early morning or right before sunset.) This is the best lighting but not the only time you can get a great photograph. Chase the sun, look for natural lighting that really brings out the beauty of a location.
Photography is such a therapeutic medium. I photograph because it makes me happy, and opens my eyes to the amazing surroundings that I am lucky enough to live so close to. Everything is beautiful, it just depends on how you look at the world. No matter your reasons for being interested in photography, enjoy yourself, and by all means have fun with it! The best advice I can give is to represent what YOU see with each image. Remember the emotions you felt when you were photographing a specific location and take that with you to the editing room. If you’re a realist and prefer not to do any post production, try to convey how the location made you feel while framing and setting up your shot. Two key words to learn, bracketing and masking. Good luck, and HAVE FUN!
Hometown: Inglis, Florida
Advice on equipment:
All of the photographs that I have taken have been with my iPhone 5s. However, I have shot and worked with the Mark II and highly enjoy and recommend this body! I advise everyone to look into getting/renting the Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens as well. These two pieces together blow my mind! But, if you only have an iPhone and do not have the financial flexibility (like myself at the moment) to invest into this equipment then really take advantage of your mobile camera telephone!
Advice on location:
Some of my favorite locations to shoot include: Palouse Falls, Steptoe Butte, Lake Sullivan, any & everywhere in the Cascades. I really enjoy shooting in and around lakes. If you can catch some stillness and good lighting, you're going to be able to create a very powerful Photograph. Take advantage of the beautiful uniqueness of the Pacific Northwest!
Advice on framing:
I use two different methods of framing: 1.) I love to have a healthy balance of landscape and sky in every Photograph. Not over composing with too much sky and a lack of landscape, or vice versa. 2.) I really enjoy photographing people in these powerful outdoor environments, to me people are the heartbeat of photography. So when composing a photograph with someone in these outdoor scenes, I like to remember the rule of thirds. I also, like to create some sort of vantage point. Whether that is climbing on top of my car, getting on my friends shoulders, or climbing a tree, having a vantage point over your subject can add so much more emotion and depth to your photograph.
Advice on lighting:
When I started photography I had no idea how important and how much lighting was a key factor when taking a photograph. Quickly did I learn that lighting could make or break a photograph. I try as much as I can to shoot early in the morning and in the last few hours of the evening. As do many other photographers. Be careful shooting in the middle of the day when the sun is out and blazing, no one likes a washed out photograph! Take advantage of those foggy early mornings. One of my favorite times to go out and shoot!
My philosophy of photography is to shoot what you love. At times I have found the pressure to shoot what everyone else is shooting, because that is what is popular at the time. If you love landscapes, shoot landscapes. Portraits? Shoot portraits. Street photography? Shoot that! Do what you love. Do not be afraid to try new things though. One other thing I try to live by is to have an open heart and mind to learn and be refined as a photographer. I have SO much to learn and never want to have the mentality that I have "finally arrived". Practice and walk in humility when you are behind the lens of your camera.
Some final thoughts that I try to keep at the forefront of my mind is to make it about the people. Be bold and adventures! Get outside! We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. So much opportunity to experience and capture the beauty that surrounds us daily.
More photos at: instagram.com/ioegreer Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fine Art Landscape Photographer
Hometown: Redmond, Wash.
Advice on equipment:
I am not much of an equipment junkie, but do feel that it is important to stay updated with new technology. I am finding that It is nice to have larger resolution and sharper lenses as newer stuff comes out. It is also important to have the full focal range covered, preferably from 16-200mm+ with polarizers for every lens. A very stable tripod is absolutely necessary for landscape work, and one of my most important pieces of equipment.
Advice on location:
Photograph locations that you have a personal connection with, abut don’t forget to try new spots as well. Try to research images before hand, this way you can avoid accidentally copying compositions that have already been done.
Advice on framing:
Try not to include everything in the frame. Isolate individual portions of your image, and ask “does this enhance or detract from the image?” I like to walk around an area for quite a while trying different compositions and really getting a feel for the setting.
Advice on lighting:
Shoot during the golden hours, about 1-2 hrs around sunrise and sunset. This is usually when light is at its best. Although, don’t throw out the idea of shooting mid-day if the light isn’t harsh. Blue sky and puffy clouds are great during mid-day down in the Palouse throughout the spring and summer.
I think this quote does a pretty good job of summing it up:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" — Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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