click to enlarge Detail of a mural by Zemek in the Garland Art Alley.
Detail of a mural by Zemek in the Garland Art Alley.

If you take away one thing from our annual guide to the Inland Northwest's art scene, I hope it's the idea that art is for everyone. Even a cursory glance through the incredible array of art openings, live performances, readings and recitals quickly makes one realize that the idea of "art" as a stuffy pursuit best left to the so-called "elites" is nonsense. The rewards of experiencing and making art are there for all of us, and they don't require a top hat or tiara.

In this guide you'll find the most exhaustive list of art happenings imaginable. You'll meet amateur authors trying to break into publishing. You'll get a bird's eye view of the region's boom in public murals. You'll get a better understanding of creating diverse casts on our regional theater stages, read about what the 40-year-old Coeur d'Alene Symphony is doing to get much-deserved attention, and learn about locals involved in a Washington state apprenticeship program designed to preserve and expand folk arts and crafts.

See you out there.

— DAN NAILEN, Inlander Arts & Culture editor

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About The Author

Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine and The Oregonian. He grew up across the country in an Air Force family and studied at...