Fall Highlights: Visual Arts

Fall Arts preview 2014

Through Sept. 27

There's always something worth laying your eyes on at Saranac Art Projects and September is a must-see. Larry Ellingson's Walls on Walls are hanging on, well, the walls of the gallery, and as the name suggests, the show is comprised of photographs of walls from around the world. The only promise Ellingson makes about the show: "No portraits. No landscapes. No kittens."Also on display is the work of Carrie Scozzaro, a talented multimedia artist who doubles as a longtime contributor to the Inlander's Culture and Food sections. Her show, In Relation To, puts an eye on the interpersonal relationships Scozzaro has either encountered or imagined, creating pieces with a playful and humorous touch. (MB) Saranac Art Projects, gallery open Thu, noon-5 pm; Fri-Sat, noon-8 pm

Through Sept. 27

For ceramic artist Josh DeWeese, pots are everyday items that bring art into our lives, adorning our homes, enhancing our experience with food and nourishing our soul and mind. DeWeese is a noted ceramic artist in the U.S. and abroad who served as the resident director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Montana for more than a decade and is currently an assistant professor of ceramics at Montana State University. His pottery collection will be the September featured exhibit at Trackside Studio. (JM) Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, open by appointment

Through Sept. 28

The colorless honeycombs resemble a giant beehive spreading uncontrollably across the floor. Look closer, and notice a tiny white house sitting atop the hexagonal undulations. Not far off, there's a miniature windmill perched next to a brownish mound. Made entirely of plastic bottles, "Talk to Me" by contemporary artist Ellen Driscoll is on display through Sept. 28 at the University of Idaho's Prichard Art Gallery in downtown Moscow. Alongside Driscoll's statement-making piece about waste and consumption are bodies of work by four other notable artists taking on big themes in tiny formats. (CS) Prichard Art Gallery, free admission, open Tue-Sat, 10 am-8 pm; Sun, 10 am-6 pm

Through Sept. 30

Accomplished sculptor and Gonzaga graduate Ryan LaBar features his interlacing and mechanical ceramic and porcelain pieces in an exhibit called "Folding." Shapes form into one another in a dynamic manner, giving the illusion of movement. LaBar has completed residencies in China, Poland, Bali and Denmark and now leads the LH Project, a residency program in Oregon. His work returns to the Inland Northwest with complexity and balance, at this always innovative downtown gallery. (MS) Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, entry by appointment

Oct. 1-Dec. 31

Louise Kodis' colorful textiles and banners have the ability to impact, make poetry and connect us to nature. Joining Kodis in a collaborative show is longtime friend and Spokane artist Gay Waldman, whose photography seeks to establish individuality through her images of abstracts, nature scenes and landscapes. For this show, Waldman has incorporated Kodis' woven fiber leaves into some of her pieces. This accomplished local pair showcases their collective bodies of work through the end of the year. (MS) Chase Gallery, open Mon-Fri from 8 am-5 pm

Oct. 3-Nov. 1

For decades after the 1886 book Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published, people have been fascinated with the idea of split personalities — one human capable of two distinct moral personas. Art based on this concept from the book, as well as the movie and TV series, will fill the Spokane Art School during a themed show juried by Ryan Hardesty, Curator of Art at the Museum of Art/WSU. See pieces in various media from artists in Eastern Washington, North Idaho and western Montana at the opening reception, Oct. 3 from 5-9 pm, and through the start of November. (JM) Spokane Art School

Oct. 3

This multifaceted celebration of Spokane's creative power has become an institution over the past few years, and the event's momentum has hardly slowed. But things have changed with Terrain, most notably that the night of music, ample visual arts (which are juried), performing arts and general good times has left the old Music City Building and crossed downtown to the Washington Cracker Co. building on Pacific Avenue. The plan is for Terrain to take on more of a year-round presence by setting up shop permanently at the location, adding a flair of coolness to a block of downtown that needed it. Look for the same impressive lineup of bands, artists and other attractions you've come to expect, and keep an eye on the Inlander for the music lineup. (MB) Washington Cracker Co. building, free, 5 pm-2 am

Oct. 3

Spokane's First Friday has become a routine for the city's culturally aware, but twice a year, galleries and other temporary art spaces take things up a notch for the Visual Arts Tour. As fall settles in, take this opportunity to test out that new scarf as you stroll downtown Spokane and other pockets of the city for a sampling of the region's visual and performing artists. For a complete guide to all the locations hosting displays and a handy map, check out the Oct. 2 issue of the Inlander. (MB)Throughout Spokane, 5 pm

Oct. 10-Nov. 2

Exploring "perceptual and optical collisions," artist Timothy Ely is inspired by the combination of beautiful landscapes and industrial roughness. He confronts the impossible in his new featured show as part of the Art From the Heart fall arts festival in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Opening night features a reception from 5-8 pm, and Ely gives an informal talk about the exhibit the following day at 1 pm. See how Ely embraces beauty in unassuming places. (MS) The Art Spirit Gallery, open Tue-Sat 11 am-6 pm

Through Dec. 13

As a child during World War II, Roger Shimomura was sent to an internment camp for Japanese Americans. The experience informed his artistic career, much of which is influenced by pop culture and features no shortage of racial commentary. In this show at Washington State University, Shimomura has placed himself in his pieces, all of which offer some sort of cultural commentary; in one, he's punching a bunch of Disney characters. In another, he's seen ripping open his dress shirt to reveal a Superman costume. In conjunction with the show, WSU is offering a series of lectures, film screenings and more. See museum.wsu.edu for a schedule of events. (MB) Museum of Art/WSU, gallery open Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm

Deck The Falls Festival @ Cutter Theatre

Sun., Dec. 4, 2-3 p.m.
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