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February's First Friday shines a spotlight on artists of color for SATURATE 

click to enlarge A piece from the installation "Close/Divide" by Spokane artist May Kytonen at Saranac Art Projects.
  • A piece from the installation "Close/Divide" by Spokane artist May Kytonen at Saranac Art Projects.

Spokane's monthly arts showcase features events, including gallery receptions, live music and a chance to meet local artists, across the downtown core and sometimes beyond. For February's event, also called the Winter Arts Tour, Spokane Arts has coordinated coinciding shows and arts events for the second annual SATURATE. The city-wide collaboration presents a special focus on diversity, and highlights the work of often under-recognized artists of color. Venues that are specifically hosting SATURARE events are denoted below with [S]. (Red stars denote Inlander staff picks.) All events are organized alphabetically by venue and take place on Friday, Feb. 2, from 5-8 pm unless otherwise noted.

The following listings were compiled from information provided by Spokane Arts and Downtown Spokane Partnership, as well as host venues and artists. For more info, visit firstfridayspokane.org and spokanearts.org. (CHEY SCOTT)

1900 House and Home, 114 W. Pacific

Featuring art by Tea Kurtz, Isaac Denton and Heidi Farr.

Anthropologie, 885 W. Main

Laurie Ann Greenburg showcases her collection "Four Strands" and hosts a macrame knot-tying class.

[S] Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main

A reading with poets Davy Nguyen and Kimberly Povloski. Also includes the monthly "3 Minute Mic" series (8 pm) with guest Patty Tully.

Avenue West, 907 W. Boone

"Abstracts in Color," macro-photography by artist Jerry Mudge.

Barili Cellars, 608 W. Second

Expressionist watercolors by Jessica Wade. Reception 4-9 pm.

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.

Larry Ellingson showcases his newest wall-mounted sculptures, with live music by Maxie Ray Mills. Reception 5-10 pm.

Bridge Press Cellars, 39 W. Pacific

Nature-themed photography by Tiffany Hansen, with live music by William Nover. Reception 5:30-9 pm.

[S] Chase Gallery, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

A continuation of "Connectivity | Matters," featuring work by Heidi Farr, Jake Miller, Naoko Morisawa, Rachel Smith and Patrick Sullivan. February's reception includes performances by the Weddle Twins at 6 pm.

Community Building, 35 W. Main

A showcase titled "Community Building in Zeller Frames," featuring works by multimedia artist Bob Zeller, including posters, photos and more.

Core Pilates & Wellness, 1230 W. Summit Pkwy.

Paintings by Becky Gromlich.

Craftsman Cellars, 1194 W. Summit Pkwy.

Paintings by Tamara Toth Taylor.

Dodson's Jewelers, 516 W. Riverside

"Pouring Passion" by Elise Beattie features post-pointillism paintings exploring various subjects and themes.

[S] Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main

The collaborative human trafficking and domestic violence awareness art show "If You Really KNEW Me," continues on the third floor gallery, along with a community art show in the first floor gallery. Local beatboxer/vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brotha Nature performs from 6:30-8 pm.

The library also hosts Spokane artist Daniel Kytonen's new art installation "Consolation & Desolation: Presence in the Interstitial" consisting of site-specific paintings.

Fellow Coworking, 304 W. Pacific

Featuring John deRoulet's oil paintings and prints of Spokane residents. Also includes an analog synth workshop with Technological Taxidermy.

[S] Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St.

"African Americans: Our Cultural Impact" by Art Jacobs features charcoal and pastel portraits of prominent African Americans throughout history.

[S] Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Rd.

See "A Mixed Media Melange," a collection by Tracy Poindexter-Canton.

Jundt Art Museum, 200 E. Desmet Ave.

A reception for the new exhibit "From the Collection: Pop! and Beyond," with custom, on-site screenprinting by Ammonite Ink.

[S] Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams

"The comeuppance of a lazy antisocial rabbit" by Melanie Lieb Taylor expresses childish themes and the underlying political agenda to condition the young mind.

Kress Gallery, 808 W. Main

Central Valley High School's third annual student art exhibition, "Unearth."

Leftbank Wine Bar, 108 N. Washington

Jeremy Salazar's work emphasizes impressionism through portraits in a variety of media. Reception 4-11 pm.

Liberty Ciderworks, 164 S. Washington

"In the Field" by Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton celebrates the physicality of wilderness and reflecting on human impacts on wild places.

[S] The Lorraine Building, 308 W. First

"Forward Movement" by Jacob Johns is a performance "with new works made to move society forward." Feb. 2-3 at 7 pm.

Marmot Art Space, 1202 W. Summit Pkwy.

The gallery celebrates its "unofficial" third anniversary with a collection of oil paintings from Peterson/Roth gallery in Bend, Oregon.

Maryhill Winery Spokane, 1303 W. Summit Pkwy.

Featuring the work of sculptor, painter and designer Katie Staib.

[S] New Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague

"Birds of a Feather: Through Thick and Thin" features art by Melissa Cole, Ric Gendron and Kim Long.

Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington

February's guests artists are Cassandra Quintero, who makes handmade bow ties, and pressed-flower artist Judy Meddaugh.

[S] Saranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main

"Close/Divide" is an installation exploring Asian American identity and community by Spokane artist May Kytonen. SAP also showcases "Growth Chart" by Yaro Shon Neils, an exhibition focusing on cultural metaphors about pregnancy and the womb.

[S] Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley

Artwork by Amber Holt.

[S] Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy.

The Diverse Voices writing group, open to all experiences, seeks to support and elevate diverse voices. Thursday, Feb. 8 from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Spokane Art School, 811 W. Garland

"Breath Strokes," led by artist Deanna Camp, lets participants transfer their artistic energy onto paper or canvas using a gentle yoga practice and mediation. Sat, Feb. 3 from 10 am-2 pm ($40/session.)

T's Lounge, 703 N. Monroe

Artwork by local artists Jason Bagge, Zemek and Tasko Lopez.

Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, 115 S. Adams

See founding member Chris Kelsey's newest works in a show titled "Tangentia: Out from the Arc."

V du V Wines, 12 S. Scott

Surrealistic portraits by Don Russell, along with music by house band Crushpad. Reception 5:30-9:30 pm. ♦

The original print version of this article was headlined "Artistic Saturation"

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