Redtail Gallery, between Oak & 6th Ave., Sandpoint through May 10. (208.946.8066)
Like Vasco de Gama's overseas journey to India in search of the optimum spice trade route, painter Donald Fels journeyed to India to discover the riches of Indian signboard painting. The result is an exhibition that will show simultaneously at the MAC and at Saranac beginning May 2. The exhibit is the culmination of two Fulbright trips to India whereby Fels commissioned former billboard and sign painters to collaborate on signs he designed.
Congrats to Megan Murphy, a whirlwhind of energy and a driving force behind Saranac Art Projects, as well the founder of the web-based Artocracy.org. Her innovative website has been nominated for a "webby" award from amongst 10,000 entries, including the other five art sites nominated: National Gallery of Art collection of Edward Hopper works; oddwall, the site of artist Stephen Ensminger; Richard Serra's Sculpture, an online exhibit from the Museum of Modern art; and The Calligraphic World of Mi Fu's Art, presented by The National Palace.
"Honoring the Internet's Best" falls to the task of such prestigious International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences judges as "The Simpsons" creator, Matt Groening, performer David Bowie and movie producer Harvey Weinstein (Kill Bill, The Mist, and more).
Begun in 2005, Artocracy.org's mission is to "democratize the art world one print at a time" with downloadable free artwork, as well as works curated from more than 80 artists worldwide, some priced as low as $20.
To vote for Artocracy.org to receive People's Choice, check out the webby website.
The sign read "Art Show" with an arrow pointing to Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Same as the info printed on the postcard sent by the Coeur d'Alene Art Association hosting the annual event this typically atypically cool spring weekend. Although the parking lot was full enough and there'd be plenty of interesting work on view, this would be yet another event that would not receive press coverage.