Fall Arts Preview: Idaho Only

It's the last-ditch effort by area communities to host art shows and events before winter weather makes us all cabin creatures.

In Moscow, Idaho, ReUse/ReWork/ReCycle runs through October 30th at Third Street Gallery. It's one of many interesting art events going on there, often overlooked by the media here. Fed by University of Idaho, Moscow is a vital arts community alongside its across-the-stateline college town twin, WSU in Pullman.

For more information on what's happening in both these cities, call 208-883-7036 or e-mail us at kburns@ci.moscow.id.us or kgarrity@ci.moscow.id.us and ask for the Moscow Arts Update from 9/21/09 with loads of good info on arts, theater and even dance in the area. Or check out their webpage.

At North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, illustrator artist Elaine Green is showing work at Boswell Hall through October 30. If you've ever seen her lush, moody charcoal works--like Haven, above left--you know Green creates a window into an elusive world of shadow and light with every piece.

Nearby at The Art Spirit Gallery, Mary Farrell will be showing new work October 9-November 7. What I appreciate about the work from this Gonzaga University arts professor is her expressive drawing style. From the oldest figures studies in her earlier career to the surrealist floral studies that writhe across the page in bold, black strokes, Farrell's line qualities are simply vibrant.

The Jacklin Arts Center in Post Falls (405 William Street, Post Falls, ID at 208.457-8950) continues to make inroads into the local art scene with community-oriented events and art exhibitions. Mostly regional, not cutting-edge contemporary nor beyond the conservative, they are nonetheless hosting consistently good and various shows.

Through October 9th is the woodworking by Charlie Benson, Everett Best, Dan Chadwick, Russ Fairfield, Ron Gooley, Carl Herron, Dick Kurth, Jack Mellon, Greg Moffat, Jim Osmanski, Jerry Poindexter, Rick Riddle, & Dave Wallace. Watercolorists on hand include: Beverly Peterson, Wes Hanson, Jo Simpson, Ginger Rose, Jackie Jewett, Joanne Sandifier, Chris Twardowski, Colleen Buzolich, Marilyn Sullivan, Bobbi Wieber, Gail Johnson, Sharon Cummings, Sue Braun, Woleen Corey, Lois Bloomenfield, Janet Punte and Susan Jacklin.

Upcoming in October is Sally Machlis, a University of Idaho professor known for her assemblage pieces that deal with travel, information organization and processing, imagery and symbolism.