Visual Arts Tour

Thirty-seven galleries, so little time.


1. IRIMI ARTS AND ANTIQUES 112 South Cedar St. DÉCOR | The gallery hosts a collection of lighting, art and household items from the Art Deco period. Live music. 879-4619

2. FRENCH QUARTER 1311 W. Sprague Ave.
| Sarah Greener’s unique and whimsical style and method of applying multiple layers of mixed media to canvas create these bright and expressive images. Harp with Julie Smith. 624-5350

3. KOLVA-SULLIVAN GALLERY 115 South Adams St. #A CERAMICS | Tenth Annual Archie Bray Resident Artist exhibition represents the best of emerging talents in American studio ceramics. Works will range from functional coffee cups and bowls to figurative sculpture, non-representational sculpture and multi-media. Work explores color, shape, texture, composition, juxtaposition, narrative and irony. 458-5517

4. BARRISTER WINERY 1213 W. Railroad Ave. PAINTINGS | Ben Joyce’s “Abstract Topophilia” shows his unconventional approach to landscapes. Joyce uses emphatic color and distinctive materials such as oils, resins, woods and acrylics to mark hand-cut canvases in attempt to reunite people with their memories and inspire them to new ones. Live music by Lonesome Lyle Morse. 993-9310

5. BERNARDO-WILLS ARCHITECTS 153 S. Jefferson St. PAINTINGS | “Landscapes to Lemons” features new work by Kathy Gale, paintings of every day objects leaning towards impressionism. 838-4511

6. JOSEFINE’S SALON CONCEPTS 154 S. Madison Ave. #102
PHOTOGRAPHY | This exhibit will be a collection of photos created by Kris Ogren and Jeremy McClintok. The display will include photos from Josefine’s modern 1930-style shoot and also the artist personal favorites. 979-5290

7. MUSIC CITY BUILDING 1011 W. First Ave.
MIXED MEDIA | At Terrain 2011, the region’s rising artistic talent will be on display in the form of painting, sculpture, interpretive dance, poetry readings and pop music. 869-2320

8. AVENUE WEST GALLERY 122 S. Monroe St. STITCHING | “The Kimono” featuring Lee McLeron’s stitched images of the kimono from the Momoyama period, 1560 AD to today. Kimonos inspired by the novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, reproductions of Edo period kimonos and contemporary designs representing the seasons are included. Music by Gary Burris on guitar. 838-4999

9. GRANDE RONDE CELLARS 906 W. Second Ave. MIXED MEDIA | Lea Keohane uses mixed media to explore her subconscious mind all the way from whimsy to the dark edges of sleep in this show entitled “Wild Pieces.” 455-8161

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| Ric Gendron’s vivid paintings of musicians have graced the outside of the Ruby Lounge for the last year. A sample of his other works, which fuse contemporary music and Native American cultural traditions, will be on display Friday night only. Live music. 534-5805

11. NYSTROM OLSON INC. 912 W. Sprague Ave. LIGHTING | Bill and Karma Simmons will show their beautiful 7-foot-tall outdoor lamps based on favorite classic work of art and objects of nature using recycled steel and well casing in this exhibition titled “Two Sides of 2Simmons.” 443-2218

12. THE STEAM PLANT GRILL 159 S. Lincoln St. PAINTINGS | Darrell Sullens will display his emotional oil paintings. 995-9745

13. CHASE GALLERY City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. MIXED MEDIA | Artists from the membership organization Northwest Designer Craftsmen — including artists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska who work in fine crafts such as clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber, and/or mixed media — are represented. Work by Gina Freuen, Carol Gouthro, Patty King, John Killmaster III, and many others are on display in this exhibition titled, “Confluence.” Music by Canned Music. 625-6050

14. LOFTS AT RIVERPARK SQUARE 809 W. Main Ave. #310
| Photographs by Michael Cox create this show “Fall to Winter.” This collection is inspired by the beauty of the changing seasons. 939-7850

15. RIVER PARK SQUARE 808 W. Main Ave.
| First Night Spokane “Rising Stars” showcasing the best and the brightest performing arts groups and visual artists from Spokane Public Schools and Gonzaga University. 979-4813

16. STA PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR 701 W. Riverside Ave. MIXED MEDIA | First Night Spokane “Rising Stars” showcasing the best and the brightest performing arts groups and visual artists from Spokane Public Schools and Gonzaga University. 979-4813

17. CRESCENT COURT 707 W. Main Ave.
| First Night Spokane “Rising Stars” showcasing the best and the brightest performing arts groups and visual artists from Spokane Public Schools and Gonzaga University. 979-4813

18. SECOND SPACE GALLERY 610 W. Second Ave. PAINTINGS | Evening Glow: Paintings by Kim Matthews Wheaton. 847-3501

19. BARILI CELLARS 608 W. Second Ave.
MIXED MEDIA | “My Brother’s Keeper,” featuring Nicholas Sironka, is a Kenyan batik exhibit, which depicts images of Maasai Culture. Live music by Sound Travel. 995-4077

| Jaquan Tracy, a local artist who teaches painting at Center Point, has gathered 40 acrylic paintings done by her clients at the agency that will be displayed during the run of The Boys Next Door, a play about mentally challenged men living in a group apartment. They may be viewed until 7:15 pm. 954-7143.

21. BANK OF AMERICA LOBBY 601 W. Riverside Ave. MIXED MEDIA | First Night Spokane “Rising Stars” showcasing the best and the brightest performing arts groups and visual artists from Spokane Public Schools and Gonzaga University. 979-4813

22. ARTISANS’ WARES 211 N. Wall St., Ste. 200
| “Ravens and Witches” with paintings by Melissa Cole and Casey Lynch. Ravens witches, and other fall crafts in fiber or paper by local artists Wendy Zupan Bailey, Susan Burger, Kathryn Gray, Deborah Majewski and Sharon Ronning are also on display. Enter on Wall or through River Park Square on the skywalk level. 456-6030

| Chip Phillips’ photography shares his life-long love of the outdoors. Chip has won national awards and has work published in various national photography magazines. Music by the Blue Ribbon Tea Company. 928-7721

24. DODSON’S JEWELERS 516 W. Riverside Ave.
| LuAnn Ostergaard blends photography with threedimensional objects to create collages of breath-taking beauty. 624-4163

25. SEQUEL RESALE 413 W. Riverside Ave.
| Exotic collages by artist Valerie Horner. 768-7510

26. POTTERY PLACE PLUS 203 N. Washington St. CERAMICS | Laura Nichols: Sgraffito on porcelain and Keiko Von Holt: Western and Asian Watercolor. 720-0362

27. THE ONION BAR & GRILL 302 W. Riverside Ave. VESSELS | Rick Powe serves up a collection of fantastic functional wine holders. 747-3852

28. BREWS ON WASHINGTON 7 S. Washington St. PORTRAITS | Brittany Stodgell presents a humorous collection of paintings of famous deceased persons with an added Ace Ventura hairdo or Ned Flanders mustache. 795-8196

| The membergallery will be presenting Kurt Madison’s “Plight of Mind” and Carrie Scozzaro’s “G-Force.” (208) 659-2530


30. AREA 58 3036 N. Monroe St.
| Paintings, sculptures, digital images and clay works created by Diane Barron, Ildiko Kalapacs, Clancie Pleasants, Jo Fyfe, and Andrea Tuinstra. 327-0427

31. BRYAN OLIVER GALLERY Whitworth Lied Art Center 300 W. Hawthorne Rd.
| “Face to Face” features recent expressive portrait paintings by Bruce Herman. Herman paints to capture the internal essence of his subjects as well as the beauty of paint itself. 777-3258

32. CLEARSTORY GALLERY 1202 N. Government Way PHOTOGRAPHY | Jim Van Gundy’s show/installation, “Why Are You Here?, prods the viewer to consider this question personally and contemplate why he/she matters in the local environment as well as in the world at large. Music provided by Jim Van Gundy on djembe. 624-2678

33. GALLERY OF THUM 2910 N. Monroe St.
| “Celebrating the Artistic Life,” featuring Cecile G. Charles, Melinda Martin, Linda Malcom, and Denise Steen in a variety of media. Live music. 413-1489

34. JAN DESIGNS 2209 W. Fourth Ave.
| Jan Kruger, artist and calligrapher, will display over 100 calligraphed quotations, mugs, vases, handmade journals and greeting cards, baby albums and treasure boxes in her studio located in Browne’s Addition. 927-6882

|“Verses” features artists Melissa Lang and Stephen Rue. Also on display will be photographs by Manual Alvarez Bravo, Robert Doisneau, Alen MacWeeney and Garry Winogrand. 313-6611

36. E.J. ROBERTS MANSION 1923 W. First Ave. PAINTINGS | Sherri Thies, art teacher from Ferris High School, displays watercolor paintings from her collection. 486-8839

37. TINMAN GALLERY 811 W. Garland Ave.
|“Semblance,” by Tresia Oosting, will consist of recent mixedmedia sculptural works. 325-1500

“Ravens and Witches” | Melissa Cole

Melissa Cole may have been born in Oregon, but she was raised in London, Hong Kong and India, and her paintings are strongly influenced by native artists worldwide. Inspired by the use of bright colors and intricate patterns, she textures her images with lots of dots and distinct borders to convey a vibrant energy.

Cole graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in zoology, and she worked for the Peace Corps in environmental education, as a dive guide in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and as a naturalist guide in Baja, Mexico. So it’s not surprising that most of her paintings portray animals and their environments. She specializes in marine animals, like salmon, trout and koi but also enjoys painting birds, bears, rabbits and horses.

Cole’s work appears alongside Casey Lynch, Wendy Zupan Bailey, Susan Burger, Kathryn Gray, Deborah Majewski and Sharon Ronning.


“The Kimono” | Lee McLeron

While other artists approach canvas with paints and brushes, Lee McLeron reaches for a needle and thread. Brush strokes are replaced with careful stitching, which comes together to create canvases that, from a distance, she says, could be paintings. McLeron hails from the East Coast, where she says stitching is more ingrained in the culture, and she seeks to bring the tradition west through her artwork.

McLeron says she prefers to develop works in series, like her newest, “The Kimono,” which is based on the traditional Japanese garment. Inspired by the book Memoirs of a Geisha, McLeron’s exhibit has been two years in the making. Each piece is carefully sewn with silk thread to replicate the look and feel of an actual kimono. 

The beauty of the kimono, combined with the obvious detail McLeron pours into each piece (sometimes, she admits, she takes out more stitches than she puts in) are sure to make this an impressive exhibit.


Northwest Designer Craftsmen

A potpourri of functional and semi-functional art that ranges from the pop-culture-concerned papier-mache of Cheryll Leo-Gwin to the organic, slightly creepy basketry and wood assemblage of Judy Zugish, the Northwest Designer Craftsmen exhibit at the Chase Gallery features Western artists pushing the notion of craft in strange and surprising ways.

Begun over a half-century ago (1954), the Northwest Designer Craftsmen are a group devoted to the promotion of fine craft. They draw members from Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana (the Chase exhibit mostly features artists from Washington). Membership is open to artists who work professionally in metal, glass, fiber, clay, wood or mixed media.

Ceramacist Gina Freuen — who works in functional forms “stretched and twisted by fantasy” — is the lone Spokie in the show, which runs though Oct. 28.


Tenth Annual Archie Bray Exhibition

There are ceramicists, and then there are Archie Bray Foundation residents. The Montana institute is a haven for some of the most quixotic ceramicists in the world — and the owners of Kolva-Sullivan Gallery have long been fans of the Bray’s output.

This year, the work is no less impressive. The 10th local showing of Archie Bray residents spans a chasm of clay work, from the functional pots and cups of Nicholas Bivins and Kenyon Hansen, to the surrealist fusion of human and animal in Lindsay Pichaske’s work. What’s fascinating about Bray artists is how they can take a simple tea set and turn it into something subversive. Each artist creates irony and narrative with their work. And to think that each figure and teapot was once just a simple lump of clay.


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