Fall Arts 2018 | Visual Arts

Find striking visuals this fall in the Inland Northwest, from photography, to sculpture

Through Oct. 6


Queer culture and vintage photography: not two terms you'd typically associate. Yet for artists Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, historical photos were the ideal choice for exploring gender, nonconforming relationships and how context can create shifts in perception. The artists' strategies are a bona fide attempt to allow viewers to "put yourself in the picture," notes Prichard Gallery curator Roger Rowley. University of Idaho Prichard Gallery, free; Tue-Sat, 10 am-8 pm, Sun, 10 am-6 pm; visit prichardart.org (CARRIE SCOZZARO)

Through Dec. 4


If it's Tuesday in downtown Coeur d'Alene, artist Randy Palmer is having a party with his pens, pencils, paper and whomever walks in the door. Bring your adventurous spirit, your musical instrument — Open Draw sometimes results in jam sessions — and a snack (plus a grown-up if you're under 16). But talent or tools? Not necessary, nor is registration. Just show up. Emerge, free, Tues, 6-8 pm, visit emergecda.org (CAS)

Through Jan. 5, 2019


Modern-day hipsters got nothin' on Rodin, who rocked a bushy 'stache and full beard while creating sculptures that would become some of the most recognizable in history. While you can't see the most famous — both The Thinker and The Kiss reside in Paris — you can see 22 pieces on loan from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, plus three bronzes owned by Gonzaga. Gonzaga University Jundt Art Museum, free, Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm; visit gonzaga.edu/jundt. (CAS)

Sep. 25-Oct. 19


Bob Ebendorf works with found objects to construct elaborate jewelry with a narrative feel, while Fred Holcolmb is a painter recently exploring the landscape from the perspective of driving along Interstate 90. They'll kick off the fall art season at Spokane Falls Community College's teaching gallery with the mission to broaden our exposure to artwork, including individual artist drop-ins for discussions and tours. SFCC, free, Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-3:30 pm; Fred Holcomb visits Sep. 25 at 11:30 am; Bob Ebendorf visits Oct. 18 at 11:30 am; visit spokanefalls.edu/gallery for artist talk locations, gallery hours (CAS)

Oct. 1-Nov. 15


Menagerie, say the show's organizers, is a "collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition" but also "a strange or diverse collection of people or things." Both are true from this contemporary artspace that's motto is, "Life is weird. Making stuff is fun." Expect the unexpected with this show featuring the disparate works of Brian Deemy, CarliAnn Forthun, Grace June, Hannah Koeske, Ira Gardner, Julie Gautier-Downes and Reinaldo Gil Zambrano. Richmond Art Collective, free, opening reception Oct. 5, 5-8 pm; visit richmondartcollective.org (CAS)

Oct. 4-5


When you get so well known your event becomes a "thing," it's easy to forget why it all started: To showcase local talent and put your face in front of their work. To celebrate art, music and the awesomeness that is our region, which, this year, broke the record for the number of artists and submissions vying to take part. So, yeah, it's definitely a thing. Jensen-Byrd Building, Oct. 4, 6-11 pm, $25; Oct. 5, 5-12 pm, free; visit terrainspokane.com (CAS)

Oct. 4-Dec. 28


Even though this Spokane Arts-sponsored show features a whopping 36 artists, you might notice at least a subtle similarity in the works involved. Guest curator Mason Miles says in his show statement that he was drawn to works that were "fairly monochromatic, with splashes of color here and there." Doing so, he contends, reveals the "true essence" of the pieces. Expect an impressive array of works on your next visit. Chase Gallery, Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm, free (DAN NAILEN)

Oct. 5-27


Saranac Art Projects' member artists Lisa Nappa and Chris Tyllia investigate qualities of light in this exhibition. From the artists: "Reflection and refraction describe how waves (light, sound, heat, etc.) travel, interact and change our perception. This exhibition not only explores the aesthetics of these phenomena, but also emphasizes the importance of the subtle, quiet and calm reflections that can often lead to a deeper understanding of the world around us." Saranac Art Projects, free, Thu, 2-6 pm; Fri-Sat 12-8 pm; opening reception Oct. 5, 5-8 pm; visit saranacartprojects.org (CAS)

Oct. 6-Feb. 3, 2019


Named for a camera setting that allows for consummate detail and unabashed realism, the 1930s anti-establishment group calling themselves f/64 pushed back on the idea that photographs should look like drawings. View more than 40 works from five key members — Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Willard Van Dyke, Brett Weston and Edward Weston — who influenced photographers and photography for generations. Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, $5-$10 admission, Tue-Sun, 10 am-5 pm; visit northwestmuseum.org (CAS)

Oct. 19-21


Color, shape, pattern — all the elements you'd expect in a work of art, yet for quilters, there's an added bonus: functionality. For 40 years, this exhibition has showcased the latest and greatest in quilting, including 500 quilts by folks vying for top honors, vendor booths, a featured speaker (last year's show winner, Susan Smith) and a special exhibition of quilts inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, $10, Fri-Sat, 10 am-6 pm; Sun, 10 am-4 pm; visit wsqspokane.org (CAS)

Nov. 7-8


The beautiful thing about living near local colleges and universities is that they typically offer unique and thought-provoking programming — free! For 25 years, the Visiting Artist Lecture Series has been doing just that, with a series of artist speakers that let you get inside their head for an evening. Check out Portland-based artist David Eckard, who will blow your mind with his combination of visual and performing arts. SFCC, Building 24, free, Nov. 7, 11:30 am; Gonzaga Jundt Art Museum, Nov. 7, 6:30 pm; EWU Art Department, Nov. 8, noon; visit spokanefalls.edu/gallery (CAS)

Nov. 24


Whoever told you something was as much fun as watching paint dry has never been to a live painting event. What could be more magical than watching artists conjure a landscape from random shapes of color? At this popular one-day event, artists Kyle Paliotto, Joe Kronenberg, Abigail Gutting, Terry Lee and C. Michael Dudash, and more, will perform their artistic alchemy. Coeur d'Alene Galleries, free, 1-5 pm; visit cdagalleries.com (CAS) ♦

Newport Rodeo & Festival @ Newport Rodeo Grounds

Fri., June 25, 1-9 p.m. and Sat., June 26, 12-9 p.m.
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