Since the 1960s, Mel McCuddin has been a fixture of the local art scene, and has developed an instantly recognizable style that brings a wry sensibility and a distinct visual sense to images of nature and everyday tableaux. Beginning with stark, expressionistic backgrounds on large canvases, McCuddin’s oil paintings are practically improvised, as he lets his human and animal subjects (as well as their quirky personalities) develop in real time as he works. Check out his latest exhibition starting this weekend at Coeur d’Alene’s Art Spirit Gallery, where the artist has featured dozens of showcases since the space first opened in 1997, and you can see for yourself how an artist can work for decades and not miss a step.
Fri, Oct. 9 through Sat, Nov. 7, open Tue-Sat 11 am-6 pm • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 S. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • theartspiritgallery.com • 208-765-6006
— Nathan Weinbender