Harold Balazs and Rudy Autio met at art school at Washington State University, and later in life the duo enjoyed laughing over a bottle of Bushmills. Balasz left behind a legacy of sculptures in the Pacific Northwest like his Lantern outside Spokane’s First Interstate Center for the Arts, and his famous message to “Transcend the Bullshit.” Autio left behind not only multimedia art in the Pacific Northwest and Finland, but a legacy as one of the most masterful artists working with clay in the United States. Both luminaries are showcased this month at Coeur d’Alene’s esteemed Art Spirit Gallery, with an opening reception to honor two friends’ legacies in art on Friday, Aug. 9, from 5-8 pm. The show runs through Sept. 7.
Fri, Aug. 9 through Sat, Sept. 7; open daily from 10 am-6 pm • Free • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • theartspiritgallery.com • 208-765-6006
— Carson McGregor