Coeur d’Alene’s Art Spirit Gallery is gearing up to host an exhibition featuring celebrated artist Mel McCuddin. The works of the 83-year-old painter have graced the gallery frequently over the course of its nearly 20-year existence. This particular exhibit gives McCuddin the sole spotlight, as 41 of his new works take center stage alongside selections of the artist’s older material. McCuddin’s unconventional method begins with random paint smearing and results in finished works that are equal parts abstract and realistic. The artist strives to pull the images he sees on the spattered canvas into the eyes of viewers; Inland Northwest residents are advised not to pass up this opportunity to see them.
Sept. 9 through Oct. 8; opening reception Fri, Sept. 9, from 5-8 pm • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • theartspiritgallery.com • 208-765-6006
— Isaac Handelman