First Friday — May 1, 2015
Artist receptions on Friday, from 5-8 pm, unless otherwise noted. Events are listed alphabetically by venue. Most exhibits are open through the month.
402 W. Main
WORDS | 3 Minute Mic, Auntie’s monthly open mic poetry series hosts guest reader and local author Sharma Shields during the “Remember the Word” segment. Readers have up to three minutes to perform; content not censored. Hosted by Chris Cook. Event begins at 7 pm.
Avenue West Gallery
707 W. Main, second floor
MIXED MEDIA | Carol Schmauder exhibits her jewelry and watercolors in “Steampunk Dreams Among My Shattered Reality,” an exhibit running through the month of May. Reception May 1, 5-8:30 pm.
827 W. First
MIXED MEDIA | Local artist Amia showcases her newest modern/abstract works in a show titled “Show Me the Gold,” featuring art from acrylics, collage, film, photography and other objects. Includes live DJ set by Kain Bridge One, from 5-9 pm.
608 W. Second Ave.
PHOTOGRAPHY | Local photographer and outdoorsman Aaron Theisen showcases his latest series of Northwest outdoor photography.
1213 W. Railroad
PAINTINGS | The winery hosts paintings by Spokane artist Kay O’Rourke, with a Beacon Hill Buffet from 6-8 pm and live music by Lonesome Lyle Morse from 7-10 pm.
221 N. Wall
SCULPTURE | Featuring metal artwork by third-generation farm Jim Bauer, made from rusted pieces of old farm equipment and other found objects. Reception May 1, from 5-8 pm, includes live music by Charisa Faith.
Community Building/Saranac Commons
19-35 W. Main
SHOWCASE | “Teen Emerging Artist Art Show” featuring work by students in the visual arts programs of Lewis & Clark High School. Includes displays of traditional fine art in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and metal arts, alongside dynamic digital media in the form of web pages, software development, animation and more. Opening reception May 1, from 4-6 pm.
Downtown Spokane Library
906 W. Main
PAINTING | “Celebrating Watercolors” features the work of Joy Gruenewald and Keiko Von Holt. Reception May 1, from 6-8:30 pm, featuring music by Pamela Benton. Artwork on display through the month.
Downtown Student Gallery
404 Second St., Cheney
SHOWCASE | The new Eastern Washington University-run gallery features student and faculty works as well as guest-curated shows. Its first exhibition, “Small Towns,” is a collaborative multimedia exhibit celebrating regional small towns, and includes work by 18 local artists. Reception May 1, from 4-6 pm. Show runs through June 14.
516 W. Riverside
PAINTING | Landscape painter Charles W. Palmer showcases “Sunlight & Shadows,” featuring new works exploring the reflection of light in familiar local settings.
East Sprague Art Gallery/Object Space
1818 E. Sprague
SHOWCASE | “Primordial Collision” is a group show featuring the work of BA and BFA students at Eastern Washington University.
176 S. Howard
SHOWCASE | A mother-daughter collaborative exhibit of artwork by Donna Preston and Payton Taylor.
Express Employment Professionals
331 W. Main
MIXED MEDIA | See artwork created by children served by the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, with all proceeds from art purchases going back to the nonprofit.
Grande Ronde Cellars
906 W. Second
PAINTING | New works in watercolor and oil by artist Lisa Marie Brown. Her show titled “Just Breathe,” is inspired by prana, meaning life force, vital energy or the breath. Reception May 1, from 5-9 pm.
115 S. Adams
PHOTOGRAPHY | “Light Upon Water: Learning to See” by R. Alan McFarland features images of abstract light patterns of light water in different settings and times of day. Reception May 1, 5-8 pm. Show also open on May 9, 16 and 23, from 2-4 pm, or by appointment.
808 W. Main, third level
MIXED MEDIA | Local artist Steven A. Scroggins displays his floral landscape-themed art through the month of May. Reception from 5:30-7:30 pm also includes live music in the food court by the jazz orchestras of Rogers High School and Shaw and Garry middle schools.
301 W. Main
DIGITAL | Mexico City-based artist Cynthia Galan’s interactive piece invites the public to explore Spokane’s history and imagery. Best viewed from 7 pm-dawn, from the street.
LeftBank Wine Bar
108 N. Washington
PAINTING | Spokane artist Tom Norton’s artwork is on display at the wine bar through the month. Reception May 1, 5-9 pm. Also includes El Corazon wine tasting ($5) and live music by Carey Brazil at 7 pm.
164 S. Washington
MIXED MEDIA | For May, the award-winning cidery hosts paintings and mixed media pieces by Spokane artist Jon Swanstrom in a collection titled “Look Around You.”
39 W. Pacific
SHOWCASE | May’s featured artist is Debbie McCulley. Reception May 1, from 5:30-9 pm including live music by Maxie Ray Mills.
Marmot Art Space
1206 W. Summit Parkway
SHOWCASE | Spokane-based artist Ben Joyce is May’s featured artist (and also the subject of a profile in the April 30 Inlander), for a show titled “Eclectic Collection.” Joyce is known for his regional, geography-themed mixed media pieces, including his latest public installation depicting the Spokane River at the Spokane Convention Center. Reception May 1, from 5-8 pm.
McCarthy Art Company
601 W. Main
SHOWCASE | Artists and artisans from the traditional to the cutting edge display their work, including painter Theresa Rocha, woodturner John Goldsberry and painter/sculptor Jason Goldsberry, along with other artists. Reception May 1, 5-9 pm.
Nectar Tasting Room
120 N. Stevens
DRAWING | Artist Kim Long’s intricate and imaginative drawings of the natural world are on display. Reception on May 1 also includes music by Kosh and wine tastings for Red Mountain Estate Winery, Terra Blanca.
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
2316 W. First
SHOWCASE | The Bearing Public Sculpture Project, a local nonprofit, hosts a collaborative event with the MAC to share the voices of local and regional veterans who share their writings, art and stories. May 1, 5-8 pm.
Patit Creek Cellars
822 W. Sprague
SHOWCASE | “A Visual Journey: That Which is Individual is Universal,” is a solo showcase of artwork by Spokane’s Melinda Melvin. Reception also includes live music by the Angela Marie Project, from 7-9 pm.
32 W. Second
INTERACTIVE ART | Paintings by the business’ artist instructors Ali Blackwood, Ashley Moss, Audreana Camm, Bethany Ellifritz, Heather Hofstetter and Todd Rhoads are on display. Also make your own piece for $10.
Pottery Place Plus
203 N. Washington
SCULPTURE | Ceramic sculpture artist Ginger Oakes and portrait artist Margeaux Kliewer are the gallery and retail store’s guest artists for the month. Reception May 1, from 5-9 pm.
River City Brewing Co.
121 S. Cedar
BEER | The brewery hosts its “Liquid Art” series, pouring a special, cask-conditioned beer that night only, from the minds of brewers Moose and Todd.
River Park Square
808 W. Main, first floor
MUSIC | Live music by Jaw Rawley (guitar) and Tom Norton (keyboard), from 5:30-7:30 pm. Also includes a display of paintings by Norton.
Robert Karl Cellars
115 W. Pacific
PAINTINGS | Emily Travis showcases her abstract acrylics on canvas.
122 S. Monroe
TEXTILES | See a display of tush kyiz, historic textiles that hung in the yurts of the Kyrgyz people of Central Asia. These pieces of art by a nomadic people have since faded into the past when the Soviet rule discouraged ethnic art forms.
Saranac Art Projects
25 W. Main Ave.
MIXED MEDIA | SAP member and local artist Bernadette Vielbig presents “Maelstrom,” a collection of sculptures and drawings made of repurposed materials. Also featuring guest artist Robert Fifield’s “Pivot,” abstractions of aerial views of pivot-centered irrigated fields. May 1-30; opening reception May 1, from 5-9 pm. Gallery open Thu, 12-5 pm; Fri-Sat, 12-8 pm.
701 W. Riverside
MUSIC | Live guitar and harmonica music by Kevin Keenan, from 5-7 pm.
159 S. Lincoln St.
MIXED MEDIA | “The Art of the Dragon: Expressions of the Steam Plant” was created by Saint George’s Upper School art students, and includes works in many media, including photography, drawings and paintings.
Steelhead Bar & Grille
218 N. Howard
PHOTOGRAPHY | Local professional photographer Tony Roslund displays his macro fish fly images, showing flies by Chewelah-based hand-tier John Newbury.
Tinbender Craft Distillery
32 W. Second
MIXED MEDIA | Featuring Karmen Naccarato’s series “Tale of the Invincible Machine,” “Steampunk Industrial” and “Windows: The Eyes are the Windows to the Soul,” a series of images of the local homeless population.
115 S. Adams
MIXED MEDIA | May's show features new works by resident artists Chirs Kelsey, Mark Moore and Gina Freuen, including recently fired sculpture and one of a kind functional forms. Reception May 1, 5-8 pm; also May 2, 12-4 pm. Gallery hours Wed-Fri, 11 am-3 pm. Exhibit continues through May 30.
Urbanna Natural Spa.Salon & Wine
168 S. Division
PAINTINGS | A showcase of paintings by Shana Smith, a Montana-based artist who recently relocated to Spokane. Reception from 5-7:30 pm also includes live music by guitarist Rod Blackman.
V du V Winery
12 S. Scott
SHOWCASE | Artwork by Darcy Lee Saxton and live music by Crushpad, from 5-9:30 pm.
Vintage Hill Cellars
319 W. Second
PHOTOGRAPHY | “A New Light” by Callie Sobosky.
Wollnick’s General Store
421 W. Main
PAINTINGS | Abstract acrylics by Joshua Hansen and Sxot Carpenter are displayed alongside ceramic sculptures by Tom Pickett.