Gifts for All

Explore December's First Friday arts showcase to shop for yourself and everyone else

A piece by Megan Marten-Haworth from Bringing It Home at Kolva-Sullivan Gallery.
A piece by Megan Marten-Haworth from Bringing It Home at Kolva-Sullivan Gallery.

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. Receptions for this month's event happen on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5-8 pm, unless otherwise noted below, where events are listed alphabetically by venue. These listings were compiled from information provided by First Friday organizer Downtown Spokane Partnership, as well as host venues and artists. Red stars denote Inlander staff picks; for additional information, visit (CHEY SCOTT)

Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main

The store hosts its first Friday poetry open mic featuring guest host Twahan Simultaneous; guests can share up to three minutes' worth of material. Event from 8-9:30 pm.

J Avenue West Gallery, 907 W. Boone

"Ink Drops" by Spokane-based artist Keiko Von Holt is an abstract collection of works in watercolor, ink and sumi-e.

Barili Cellars, 608 W. Second

Live music by the Jazz Project in celebration of the winery's fourth anniversary.

J Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.

"This Western Life: Land to Table" by Betsie Richardson is a collection of colorful landscape paintings of the Northwest. Reception from 5-10 pm includes a bistro buffet, new release wines and live music.

Bistango, 108 N. Post

The martini bar continues to celebrate its 12th anniversary and the holiday season with live music by Chris Lucas, from 4-8 pm.

Bridge Press Cellars / Marketplace Wine Bar, 39 W. Pacific

Spokane artist Audreana Camm is the winery's featured artist for December. The Emily Rose Band also performs, from 5:30-9 pm.

Cherry Street Studios, 1123 S. Cherry St.

Spokane black-and-white film photographers Bill and Kathy Kostelec host their 8th annual holiday open house on Dec. 1 from 5-9 pm and Dec. 2-3 from 1-5 pm.

Core Pilates and Wellness, 1230 W. Summit Pkwy.

The studio showcases the work of artist Oksana Tepp, alongside other local artists as part of the Kendall Yards Artisan Festival.

Community Pint, 120 E. Sprague

The beer bar displays modern, nature-inspired paintings by local artist Linnea Tobias.

Decorum, 126 N. Washington

The local shop hosts a holiday-themed open house with refreshments and music.

Express Employment Professionals, 331 W. Main

Oil and watercolor paintings by Steve Wineinger in a show titled "Rhythms of Life," which also features custom-made frames by the artist.

Hills' Restaurant & Lounge, 401 W. Main

Live music by the Front Porch Trio, this time consisting of Steve Simmons, Alan Fisher and Rick Singer, from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Josefine's Salon Concepts, 312 W. First

The salon showcases art by six students at University High School.

Kendall Yards, West Summit Pkwy.

Businesses throughout the Kendall Yards district participate in the annual Artisan Festival, which features more than a dozen artists showing and selling their wares for holiday gift giving, along with food producers, live music and more. Dec. 1 from 4-8 pm and Dec. 2 from 10 am-3 pm.

Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams

Paintings by Megan Marten-Haworth, a SFCC professor of art, in a collection titled "Bringing it Home."

LeftBank Wine Bar, 108 N. Washington

Organic, nature-inspired paintings from local artist Kirsten Stobie's new winter collection are on display.

Liberty Ciderworks, 164 S. Washington

A photography showcase by Nathan Huestis features iconic Northwest scenes from the Palouse to the Cascades.

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, 23110 E. Knox

A showcase of original paintings by Inlander graphic designer and Pinot's Palette instructor Ali Blackwood, with live music by Robby French.

LR Montgomery Studio, 428 E. 21st Ave.

The local artists hosts his "NW Landscape Paintings" art show and open house on Dec. 1 from 5-9 pm, Dec. 2 from 10 am-9 pm and Dec. 3 from noon-5 pm.

Marmot Art Space, 1202 W. Summit Pkwy.

The gallery continues its retrospective exhibition of work, which now includes several newly added pieces, by the late 20th century artist Ruben Trejo. Reception from 4:30-8 pm.

Mom's Custom Tattoo, 1226 W. Summit Pkwy.

The studio hosts a book launch for the collaborative project Phantasmagoia by tattoo artist Traci Manley and author Melanie Huff.

Overbluff Cellars, 304 W. Pacific

The winery hosts the first public viewing of the JR Traveler photography series.

Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington

For December's guest showcase, the gallery hosts work by artists with the Spokane Jewelers Guild in a show titled "All That Glitters."

Resurrection Records, 1927 W. Northwest Blvd.

An opening reception for "Ya Filthy Animal," a Home Alone parody art show featuring work by artists from around the region. Proceeds from art sales support the cancer care funds of Susan Webber and Kelly Vaughn.

River Park Square Kress Gallery, 808 W. Main (third floor)

A collection of work by middle school students of Spokane Public Schools. Also includes live music by young local guitarist Blake Busch, from 5-6 pm.

Robert Karl Cellars, 115 W. Pacific

Mixed media art by Spokane-born artist Heidi Farr is displayed; the winery also releases its 2014 claret.

Saranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main

SAP presents its annual Small Works Sale, featuring small, affordable and original works by its member and guest artists. Reception from 4-9 pm.

Scout Real Estate, 428 W. First

See a watercolor collection featuring paintings of children, animals and landscapes by artist Sheila Johnson.

Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy.

All are welcome to participate in "Virtual Reality First Friday," a collaborative art-making event with Google's Tilt Brush program.

Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main

A live concert by local two-piece rock band Indian Goat, consisting of Garrett Zanol on guitar/vocals and Travis Tveit on drums and vocals. Concert from 7-8 pm.

Steelhead Bar & Grille, 218 N. Howard

Photography by Mead High School student Nick Nelson, in a continuation of the show "What I See."

Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, 115 S. Adams

The studio hosts the fourth annual "Cup of Joy" invitational, showcasing ceramic cups and unique interpretations of drinking vessels by more than 30 professional artists across the U.S. Includes a reception on Sat, Dec. 2 from noon-4 pm.

V du V Wines, 12 S. Scott

A showcase of paintings by Spokane artist Karen Mobley, whose large format oil paintings depict the movement of light and shadow on water. Also includes music by Crushpad from 5-9:30 pm.

Weathers and Associates, 105 S. Madison

Live jazz by Jess Tinsley and his sons.

William Grant Gallery and Framing, 1188 W. Summit Pkwy.

The gallery shows watercolor and acrylic paintings by artist Patty Murphy. ♦

Indie Folk: New Art and Songs from the Pacific Northwest @ Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 21
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Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's Associate Editor, overseeing and contributing to the paper's arts and culture sections, including food and events. Chey (pronounced "Shay") is a lifelong resident of the Spokane area and a graduate of Washington State University. She's been on staff at the Inlander since 2012...