Saturate highlights Spokane's under-recognized artists of color

Saturate highlights Spokane's under-recognized artists of color
FROM LEFT: Amylou Lagaras at the South Hill Library, PORTAL at Saranac Art Projects and Jiemel Lin at Chase Gallery

Each spring, Spokane Arts coordinates a special feature for First Friday to spotlight the region's many artists of color. That showcase kicks off April 5, with most exhibitions remaining on display throughout the month. In addition to visual art, Saturate includes performances and curatorial projects led by people of color. Highlights include an exhibit at the Chase Gallery featuring art by six artists of color across a variety of mediums. The Spokane Print Fest also joins the roster, along with art at several branches of the Spokane Public Library. Information below is listed alphabetically by venue, and all designated Saturate events are noted with J. Most receptions take place Friday, April 5, from 5-8 pm, unless otherwise noted. Find additional details at and

Staff PickAvenue West Gallery, 907 W. Boone
Japanese-style paper dolls and origami by Patti Reiko Osebold. Paintings by Christine Owens also displayed.

Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Art by Valerie Lindberg with music by Spare Parts.

Barili Cellars, 608 W. Second
Landscapes by Ricco DiStefano.

Ben Joyce Studios, 806 W. Third
Art by the local "painter of place."

Bistango, 108 N. Post
Music by Robert Riggs from 4-10 pm.

Bon Bon, 926 W. Garland
Art by Caitlin Keogh.

Bridge Press Cellars, 39 W. Pacific
Music by the Sara Brown Band from 4-10 pm.

Staff PickChase Gallery, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
The Saturate group show features art by Jeff Ferguson, Jiemei Lin, Brandon Johnson, Antonio Romero, Geetha Alagirisamy and Azzah Sultan. Reception April 5 from 4-7 pm.

Staff PickClay Connection, 714 E. Sprague
Sculpture by James McLeod in From the Abundance of the Heart do the Hands Create. Reception April 5 from 5-8 pm.

Craftsman Cellars, 1194 W. Summit Pkwy.
Art by Sandy Aronson. Reception 2-8 pm.

Staff PickEast Side Library, 524 S. Stone St.
Art by Shantell R. Jackson.

Express Employment Professionals, 331 W. Main
Watercolors by Janie Edwards.

Staff PickDowntown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main
Art by Tim Gonzalez, Chadchom Chezkhun and Frances Grace Mortel is displayed through the month on the third floor. The library also showcases Grace June's Survive photography project and hosts a song craft event with local musician Lindsay Johnston (Donna Donna, Vanna Oh!).

First Avenue Coffee, 1011 W. First
Paintings by Eric Rau and Anna Rau.

Staff PickIndian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Rd.
Art by Geetha Alagirisamy on display through the month.

Iron Goat Brewing Co., 1302 W. Second
Oil paintings by Conrad Bagley in A Show of Fabric.

Staff PickInland Northwest Women's Show, 404 N. Havana
Shades of Me, an annual showcase of art by brown artists in the Inland Northwest. April 6-7 (show entry $7).

Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams
Measurements of Experimentations features mixed media art by Robert Kraut.

Staff PickKress Gallery, 808 W. Main, third floor
Traditional Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e art by Keiko Von Holt. Reception April 5, 5-8 pm.

Leftbank Wine Bar, 108 N. Washington
Art by Travis Chapman and music by Kori Ailene.

Liberty Ciderworks, 164 S. Washington
Art by Cherise Stutzman. Reception 4-9 pm.

Staff PickMarmot Art Space, 1202 W. Summit Pkwy.
Art by Ric Gendron from his Santa Fe residency.

Maryhill Winery, 1303 W. Summit Pkwy.
Photography by Ira Gardner.

Staff PickNew Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague
Woodwork by Antonio Fletcher in Blowin' in the Wind. Reception 12-6 pm.

Staff PickNorthwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First
As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition and Plateau Art celebrates art of the indigenous cultures of the Columbia River Plateau.

Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington
Paintings by Sharon Ronning and pastels by T. Kurtz. Reception 5:30-9 pm.

Resurrection Records, 1927 W. Northwest Blvd.
The Keyboard Cat Tribute Show, featuring art by Charlie Schmidt and local artists. Reception 6-9 pm.

River City Brewing, 121 S. Cedar St.
The First Friday garage party (4-10 pm) features art by Caitlin Keogh and music by Whisk&Keys.

Robert Karl Cellars, 115 W. Pacific
New art from members of Bear Creek Mercantile.

Staff PickSaranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main
PORTAL by the Portal Collective features site-specific installations. Also on display is Krista Brand's Into Pieces.

Staff PickShadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley

Acrylic paintings by Vicky Trujillo-Malmo, on display through the month.

Staff PickSouth Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry

Art by Amylou Lagaras, on display through the month.
Staff PickSpark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy.

Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy.
The Diverse Voices Writing Group supports adult and teen writers of all backgrounds. Meets April 4 at 5:30 pm.

Spokane Art School, 811 W. Garland
Integration by Jamie N. Nadherny (aka Lou Lou Pink).

Steelhead Bar & Grille, 218 N. Howard
Acrylics and oil paintings by Ellen Blaschke.

Staff PickTerrain, 304 W. Pacific
The Spokane Print Fest celebrates all things printmaking, with demos, work for sale from local artists and the debut of the new printmaking exhibition, Tangible Gestures. Festival April 5 from 5-11 pm. Workshop ($50) April 6 from 10 am-noon.

Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, 115 S. Adams
Form and Function features ceramics by Amanda Bury and Cozette Phillips.

Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington
Art by Sami Perry and Yevgeniy Ampleyev. Reception and wine tasting 3-6:30 pm.

William Grant Gallery & Framing, 1188 W. Summit Pkwy.
Salted copper wall art by Anthony Gallaher.

Wonder Spokane, 821 W. Mallon
A spring pop-up for AS2, the Art Spirit Gallery of Coeur d'Alene's new satellite gallery. Reception 5-9 pm. ♦

Come From Away @ First Interstate Center for the Arts

Tue., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 13, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 14, 1 & 6:30 p.m.
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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...