The 3rd annual Julyamsh Indian Art Show and Sale, featuring over 30 artists will be held Thursday, July 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Jacklin Arts & Culture Center (at The Old Church), 405 William Street in Post Falls’ historic district. A variety of sculpture, jewelry, paintings, and much more will be on display for viewing and purchase   
This event has become one of the JACC’s signature events; a cultural enriching experience, featuring treats like frybread, Native Americans dressed in full regalia, music, art raffle and refreshments. Internationally renown artists including George Flett and Richard Hill will be present to explain their creative techniques.

“The JACC Julyamsh event is an opportunity to build connections and community between cultures,” said Cliff SiJohn of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. “This event is a special preview of what the general public can experience at the Julyamsh Pow Wow Celebration the following weekend.”

For more information contact Jacklin Arts & Culture Center, 208-457-8950.

Behind the Scenes Gallery Owner Behind the Camera

Centerline, photography by Jim Kolva @ Kolva Sullivan, 115 S. Adams St., Spokane, Wa. Call 509.458.5517.

Jim Kolva wears a lot of hats, including businessman and gallery owner. He's passionate about art, especially ceramics, and--along with his partner Pat Sullivan--showcases both established and emerging artists at his Adams Street gallery. 

This month, however, the white-washed walls are wearing images by Kolva. About a dozen color photos, about 12" x 18" or so, all from one of Kolva's trips to New York City, Brooklyn in particular. "Centerline" is, literally, a depiction of the roadway: gritty, highly textured asphalt flanked by the familiar white stripe and, in various stages of decay, yellow paint.

They're interesting and well-mounted (so that the horizontal "stripe" appears continuous). If they were perhaps larger and a more matte finish (the gloss takes away from the focus on texture), they'd even evoke a Wow. As it is, the photos do exactly what the photographer did: elevate something common from off the ground and into our field of vision where we can't help but take stock.

Stroll Through Sandpoint's ArtWalk

Viggo Mortensen (devastatingly handsome Aragorn in Lord of the Rings) isn't the only reason to trek north to Sandpoint for ArtWalk. His work will be on display at Hallan's Gallery, the Ross Hall photography collection.

So if you need more reasons, there's a new show at the Power House called "About Faces." And there are more than 20 "galleries" participating, virtually all over town, including outdoor sculpture. 
For more info, check out preview or Pend Oreille Art Council's website.

Inlander Review: Palouse Pair

Rumor has it Inlander is going to upgrade its online version but until then here's the link to the review, minus the gorgeous images of Katherine Nelson's and William Turner's artwork. For that you'll need to get a current Inlander or go to Chase Gallery in Spokane to see the artwork up close and personal.

Art in the Community: Timberlake Creates 2008

It seems like forever since school ended and what a whirlwind those last few weeks are. Finally catching up on my "other" jobs: writing, the blog, my own artwork. Before I do, however, I need to share a post about something we do at Timberlake High School, where I teach. 

Timberlake Creates started last year as part of my Master's thesis project and involved coordinating an art show in the community. The idea was to link students with professionals, as well as address folks within the community who are, literally, in between student and professional...interested in art but not necessarily making a living at it (as much as anyone can make a living with their art!). The result was a juried art show that celebrated visual art, showcased our community, and returned recognition and prize money to area artists.

This year we have even more support from the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce and area businesses--especially sponsor Inland Northwest Bank, who donated $500 to first place prizes. The art show was up in Spirit Lake through June in 8 businesses, not including the library which is still exhibiting the "Heritage" category of artworks in honor of Spirit Lake's 100 year anniversary. 

The assortment of artists was terrific, including former students (now entering as adult community), fellow staff members, and parents of students both past and present. For some, it was the first time they'd entered a juried art show while for others, it was an opportunity to participate in a show that celebrated their own community. Check out the slideshow (below right) for artwork and winning entries.