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American Primitive - Visual Art

If the paintings of Jane Wooster Scott look a little familiar, in fact resembling the works of Grandma Moses, it's not by accident. Scott, who had never planned to pursue a career in art, copied a painting by the famous 20th-century artist for a friend who had just moved into an old Victorian house. She signed the work "Grandma Wooster," not realizing that her new hobby would become her life's work.

Having moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career, Scott's next accidental art gig was when her friend Jonathan Winters didn't have enough canvases for an upcoming show. He asked her if she could bring some of her work, and even though the gallery didn't want her, Scott's works -- more than 30 of them -- all sold within the first hour.

Now she's in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Reproduced Artist in America, including not only her giclee prints but also jigsaw puzzles, mugs, greeting cards, even state lottery tickets. This weekend, you can not only see her Folk Art rural landscapes and city-in-winter scenes, with their bonneted children and women in bustles, you can also meet Scott herself, who will be on hand for an unveiling of her most recent works.

--Sheri Boggs

Jane Wooster Scott * Douglas Gallery * 120 N. Wall St. * Sept. 7 - Oct. 5 * Artist Receptions: Saturday, Sept. 7, from 5-8 pm and Sunday, Sept. 8, from 2-5 pm * Call: 624-4179

Must be the Waffle Dogs - Festival

You're not going to the Fairgrounds this year. You're going to the Spokane County Fair & amp; Expo Center (or SpoCFEC, pronounced "spoke-feck," if you prefer military-style acronyms of the sort that we just made up). You'll be going there on Sept. 6-15 to attend SCIF, the Spokane County Interstate Fair, along with a quarter-million other discerning consumers of super-sized corn dogs and alligator jerky, funnel cakes and Aussie Onion Bursts and the ever-popular Waffle Dog on a Stick (syrup provided). Among carnival rides, the 10-story Giant Ferris Wheel returns, along with the Energy Storm and the Zillerator -- two attractions guaranteed to make those waffle dogs reappear.

Want to see a chicken being hatched or the Inland Northwest's largest pumpkin? The exhibit halls offer a quack-quack here and a moo-moo there -- not to mention whatever sounds are made by llamas and alpacas (who inspired the Fair's motto this year, "Wooly Wooly Good Times").

Entertainment ranges from our own Symphony Orchestra to Trick Pony, America and the Alaskan racing pigs. So get on down and stare deep, deep into some knowing alpaca eyes. During SCIF at the SpoCFEC, you're sure to have some WWGT.

-- Michael Bowen

Spokane County Interstate Fair * Spokane County Fair & amp; Expo Center * Havana St. and Broadway Ave. * Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 15 * 8:30 am-11 pm daily, except for Sept. 15, from 8:30 am-8 pm * Tickets: $6 ($8 at the gate); $4 ($5.50 at the gate), youth ages 12-17 and seniors; $2 ($3 at the gate), children ages 6-11; free; children 5 and younger; 85 cents for carnival rides; $15, unlimited carnival rides (Sept. 9-12 only) * Call: 477-1766

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