It's a little known fact that I graduated from this university but since I already had an undergrad degree in art, I only took my educational theory classes there; I never got to fully experience the art program. Too bad. I missed out on Lanny DeVuono, who has since gone south to Colorado, and on Ruben Trejo, who has gone north or wherever it is good souls go when they pass.

I'm happy to know at least a few of the instructors, however, both through Saranac Art Projects and writing for Inlander. And I always have the best intentions to get out to the gallery in the hinterlands of Cheney, Washington (ok, not the hinterlands but in the winter the drive from North Idaho seems especially long). Maybe I'll get out there over winter break!

In the meantime, here is a taste of Faculty Exhibition 2010, featuring:

Tom Askman
Mindy Breen
Greg DuMonthier
Adrian Freuen (shown above)
Jamie Hahn
Jenny Hyde (shown at right)
Lisa Nappa
Roger Ralston
James Scarcello
Garric Simonsen
Chris Tyllia

LocationThe Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art is located in the Art building, situated in the center of the fine and performing arts complex on the south end of the EWU campus.

Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed weekends and holidays.

Matt Frieburghaus
Curated by EWU's Jenny Hyde, Saranac Arts Projects presents ten artists selected to participate in an exhibition of cutting-edge digital media. 

Dave Beck
Jessica Westbrook
Adam Hinterlang
Richard O'Sullivan
Michal Brzinkski
Julian Palacz
Jason Bolte
Martins Rokis
Ron Lambert
Matt Frieburghaus

Richard O'Sullivan
The works include forms such as video, sound, digital print and animation. Digital_Matters will open on Dec 3 with a reception from 5 – 8 pm and run through Jan 1, 2011.

Jenny Hyde will present the works in the exhibition as well as discuss the use of digital media within fine art at Saranac Art Projects on Thursday Dec 9 at 6:30 pm.

About the Curator:
Jenny Hyde holds an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in New York and a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.  Her work has been part of numerous Media Art Festivals and exhibitions nationally and abroad. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Washington University.

About Saranac Art Projects:

Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 12- 5 pm, Saturdays 12 – 8 pm

Located in the Community Building at 25 W. Main Street

I still remember my first glimpse at a Timothy Ely manuscript. It looked like an ancient artifact, perfectly preserved, as if from a time capsule. The pages--hand-tooled and bound--were covered in enigmatic characters and illustrations, flowing throughout the book like a river. Images spilled over the margins and into one another, not chaotically but intelligent-design like, secret code meant to direct us to another place, perhaps even another time.

This is the work of Tim Ely, whose Line of Sight exhibition caps a series of smaller exhibitions this year at Gonzaga University and Coeur d'Alene's The Art Spirit Gallery.

At the Museum of Arts and Culture, you can expect the unfurling of the widest range of Ely ephemera to date. From the MAC's Ben Mitchell:

  1. Nearly 50 unique, hand-made manuscripts (he doesn’t call them “books”) covering over 35 years of his work, and, a 1957 work, his earliest unique book mad when he was a youngster. We have borrowed works from over two dozen public and private collections for the show, (but not any of those major names above because those intuitional loans are prohibitively expensive). 
  2. The centerpiece of the exhibition is an enormous graphic work—up to 20 feet wide and 10 feet tall—that Tim Ely will paint and draw directly onto the gallery’s south wall with a variety of projected forms, and with pigments, beautiful metal armatures, wire, and thread. This work, in essence an animated, open book, will exist only for the life of the exhibition. 
  3. A selection of the artist’s sketchbooks which he has been working in daily since he was an undergraduate student. 
  4. Over a dozen preliminary models for projects. 
  5. A selection of his book-making studio tools, many of which are antiques. 
  6. A selection of formative texts the artist has been referencing throughout his career, from as early as a mid-1950s pulp science fiction title that a teacher confiscated from him when he was a young student, to Tom Swift titles, comics, games, Isaac Asimov, Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, etc
  7. Our Solarium, adjacent to the gallery, will contain a graphic introduction to the extraordinary array of the subjects of his inquiry and art (see the attached Master List of Influences and Subjects), and photographs of the artist working in his studio. This component of the show will serve as a kind of map to Tim Ely’s unique mind.
Expect lots of media coverage, and a major fete at the opening, December 4.  And you'll want to see the site-specific installation Ely will be creating for the exhibition space. Truly a magnificent show.

Upstairs Downstairs: Kota Ezawa at University of Idaho, thru December 5

Kota Ezawa has made a name for himself by taking the names...and images...of others and digitially remixing them, much like the early rappers. The result is comic, but not comical; often the images are wry commentaries on such things as race, social justice, stereotypes, and pop culture.

If this exhbition, which runs through December 5 at University of Idaho's Prichard Gallery, were just the digital pieces for which Ezawa is best known, then a drive to Moscow might be a little much. However, this display includes watercolor, digital projections and film. Unfortunatley, no etchings.

From University of Idaho's press room:

“Kota Ezawa is very adept at sorting through the accumulation of images and selecting particular moments that speak to the place media holds in society,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery. “The way he transforms source images into their presentation format highlights the process by which images become part of our collective history.”

Ezawa focuses on the contrasting streams of information and media, and weaves together coherent and cohesive statements on the impact of media fragmentation. Images and videos become part of our consciousness through a continual sifting process. These images shape society's view of history and the importance of people or events in a given time period. Ezawa strips away the density of media information through a process of digital animation, heightening the importance of what remains.

This exhibition showcases the use of technology in parallel with traditional imaging techniques. It suggests there are alternative possibilities for the future, as long as the viewer can move beyond the blind submission of a surface reading of the images that bombard society every day and pay more attention to underlying content.

“There is a vapor-ish sense to all the images that swirl around us every day,” said Rowley. “A celebrity breakup, miraculous rescue or the latest crisis are kind of there, even when we aren’t looking. What Kota does gives significance to that presence and also accentuates the distance between us as receivers of images and the many forms of media producing those images.”

In addition to the exhibit, an artist talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. in the University of Idaho Teaching and Learning Center, room 040. Ezawa will discuss his previous work and his current projects.

Ezawa was born in Cologne, Germany. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and his master’s of fine arts degree from Stanford University. His solo shows include Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, Murray Guy in New York, N.Y., and the Hayward Gallery in London, England. Group exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art in New York, N.Y., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Calif., Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris, France, as well as a showing in the Fifth Seoul International Biennale of Media Art in South Korea and the 2004 Shanghai Biennale in China. Ezawa received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2003. Ezawa lives and works in San Francisco, Calif.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St., on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow.

Admission is free. Additional information is available at

Confidence of Value: Elaine Green

Drawing isn't that complicated an art. Marks on the page. Values here and there. Expressive line. It's the foundation of most other studio skills and most artists can do it passably well.

And then there's that rare species capable of doing it in a way that seems effortless, so confident in every mark, every line and, in the case of Elaine Green, ever her erasures and rubbed out suggestions of shape and form.

Once you embrace her images, you will see like an afterimage on a blistering sunny day. Green's images are ethereal. They are echoes of a sound you can't quite identify. Truly, as Frank Lloyd Wright said, less is more.

There's something about Picasso that just knocks me out. Maybe it's the bit of trivia I still remember from high school days about his prolific output: "Adding up all the works he'd made in his lifetime equated to more than 1 per day of his artist career." Whether or not this is true is another matter entirely; what impressed me most was the truth to the adage about the WORK in artwork.

I also have come to appreciate just how inventive Picasso was/is. He was able to converse fluently in numerous different, parallel and yet equally fascinating visual languages. Exceptionally skilled at realism, he nonetheless delved into the esoterics of abstraction, excelling the artform to a standard that has held up in modern times like few others.

And Picasso was also fluent in multiple media, which suits my style of artmaking (no, I'm not comparing myself to a Picasso) in that an artist does not have to/should not have to be defined by what they "do," meaning paint, sculpt, photograph, etc. The media is not the message or the measure of the man; an artist can (and I believe should) explore things from multiple vantage points.

So what if I almost got tossed from the Museum (not really) for snapping this photo? I was actually after the quote on the wall, not the image.

"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."

Art and science, to me, seem kissing cousins. Add religion and you have the trifold foundation of a whole lot of human thought and activity. So it interests me that Malcolm Renfrew is an artist and chemist (and researcher). I like the synergy of that kind of brain, that kind of artist. And these watercolors remind me of Charles Scheeler, which I've always liked.

Third Street Gallery is located at 206 E. Third Street, Moscow ID hours are M-F 8-5 pm.

For more information contact us at or or call us at 208-883-7036.

Saranac Arts Projects: Jamie Hahn and Roger Ralson

Roger Ralston: I am investigating the line between implicit and explicitly created. I have looked through a number of lenses to find and to search out the possibilities of seeing, and looking.

One way I search out possibilities is walking. I am documenting my experience of the walks, and have assembled these as meditations on the experience. Many times the walks include reflections, and wanderings into memory. In videos I am working on, I am searching for a method to enable these experiences to be viewed.

Jamie Hahn: Rhythm is a concept I've developed in my research of making interdisciplinary work. I'm interested in directing a sense of orientation as a figure (the viewer) transitions in response to the
ground (the environment). In four dimensions, time meets the moment to integrate with tactile and visual perceptual systems, shifting the figure to ground rhythm into a moment of difference within similarity.

Exterior surfaces merge with internal spaces of contemplation in an attempt to re-identify and reveal the transformative effect of moment-to-moment perception through still and moving imagery.

Dates: November 5-27, 2010
Reception: November 5, 5-8pm

Saranac Art Projects
25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA

12-5 Thursday
12-8 Friday
12-5 Saturday  

Gordon Wilson in November, Tinman

I like Gordon Wilson. He's got such a calming manner, an ever-present thoughtfulness in his face. Energy, yes, yet more of a constancy. That shows in his work, I think, although these images were a bit of a surprise. 

From his plein air experiences painting in Venice and Southern France, these are more exuberant, saturated, gooey with color and joy. 

Artist's Reception: 5-9pm

811 West Garland Ave
Spokane WA 99205

Visual Arts Tour Fall 2010

The Ninth Annual "Archie Bray" show at Kolva-Sullivan was definitely worth the slog through sooty, torn-up streets resulting from Spokane's current reinvention of the Second Avenue area. What these exceptional artists do with clay is nothing short of amazing, and a testimony to the necessity and vitality of structured or critical review of one's work.

Austin Stiegemeyer
They've struggled in the past with quality and capacity. Where some artists exhibiting might have really strong work, they didn't show enough to truly represent any range. Or the craftsmanship was sub-par, which can be true for any artist, even those who are studio-tested. This year, there were only a few works that truly fit the bill of "emerging" artist while many showed new talent that clearly were honing craft, content and concept. Some very good to really, really good stuff. 

I knew a fellow educator's son had work there (shown at right) but wasn't prepared for how strong his work was. Way to go Austin. I'd be thrilled to think he learned at least some of that from his high school art teacher, the incredibly-talented and so-much-more-even-tempered-than-myself, Mary Maxam.

And, following in no particular order, are other works that struck me. I could kick myself for not having a pen to write down names. But the images made an impression.

Listen to the Saranac Arts Project podcast of the Visual Arts Symposium

Saranac Symposium podcast PART ONE

Saranac Symposium podcast PART TWO

Click here to listen to the podcast of the Visual Arts Symposium from Saranac organized by our own Scott Kolbo. Good conversations.

Art in the Making in Coeur d'Alene, 2010

You might not think watching someone draw is all that exciting, but it is. It's the creative process unfolding, stroke by stroke. It's the sound of creativity, in exhalations, sighs, pauses and the scuffing and sliding across the page that results in the final image. It's the feel of creativity, and even more so, of technique, a kind of tension that exists in the delicate balance between artist and subject, and even the onlooking audience.

Art in the Making will take place in the Cda Resort Plaza and features artists like Victoria Brace, Terry Lee and Pat Parsons. 1-4pm, free admission. Sponsored by our friends at The Art Spirit Gallery.

And part of the overall arts festivities for Art from the Heart. For more info, click here.

Spontaneous Explosions of Art in Spokane

Right outside Kolva-Sullivan was this odd but wonderful display of portraiture. What a gift. Who cares where it came from?

Normally I don't go to Spokane for First Friday but the weather was fine and it was time. Glad I did. What a weekend of art!

Spokane the Arts Town? You betcha!

Last night the Saranac Arts Project cooperative gallery (25 W. Main) was host to the first-ever panel discussion on the state of the arts in Spokane. Great questions, probably more than answers, and great conversations about what is working and what still can be done to improve the visibility and viability of the visual arts in Spokane,

The panel consisted of Kolva-Sullivan owner, Jim Kolva, artist Chris Dreyer, artist/professor and KYRS Readymade Radio host, Bernadette Vielbig, and myself. It was moderated by Whitworth professor and fellow Saranac artist, Scott Kolbo. 

We had no idea how many would show and were pleasantly surprised to find both gallery sections filled with people who came to listen and contribute to the overall conversation. Even though I live in Idaho, I enjoy being part of the Spokane arts scene and continue to be impressed with how many varied avenues there are for artists:
  • Spokane Arts Commission, so ably commanded on a shoestring budget by Karen Mobley
  • RiverSpeak and other digital/online forums like it
  • Terrain, now in its third year and, judging by this year's work, a growing force in the emerging artist scene
  • Colleges and Universities, including Whitworth, WSU, EWU and definitely SFCC/SCC
  • A lot of spaces--both formal galleries and arts-supporting businesses--that encourage the arts
  • And the artists themselves, resilient as ever, doing everything from creating their own exhibition opportunities, to writing grants, to working with kids, to participating in events like the panel discussion. 

Wish North Idaho had something similar...

First Gonzaga, now Art Spirit: Michael Horswill

If you haven't seen Drawn to the Wall at Gonzaga yet, where have you been? Great exhibition. All interesting and powerful work.

And central to the space is Michael Horswill's mind-blowing stark charcoal "Earth Machines" image, part of ongoing work that will be shown in October at The Art Spirit Gallery.

There is something powerful that happens when a sculptor unleashes form in a two-dimensional way and that potency is exactly what Horswill's work brings. The tension in the line is like finely twisted wire, the density of charcoal is the cool weight of steel in your hand.

Through November 6.

I'm not a big fan of really abstract stuff, nor am I likely to get excited about colorfield work. But this is an exhibition I'd like to experience, surprisingly just based on this image (Music to My Ears) I received from Spokane Arts Commission.

There is more at work here than just color and shape; it feels strangely narrative. What intrigues me about this art--any art in fact--is when it feels like it is more than it appears. By that I mean that the artwork operates on several levels, such as close up versus far away, or both familiar and foreign. I'm drawn to that in-between-ness or sense of otherworldiness in some works, such as this one.

The Chase Gallery is located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane.  An artist reception will be held in conjunction with Visual Arts Tour, on Friday, October 1, 5pm to 8pm. Gallery hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I can still remember when modern furniture--sleek chrome, black leather, monochromatic color schemes--fascinated me. There was something so refined, so pure about the aesthetic. And something so utterly distant from how I actually viewed the world and how, it would turn out, I would shape my world through my art.

That nostalgic fondness for something high-level and utterly modern is what attracts me to Iole Alessandrinin and Ed Mannery's exhibition “As the Camera Sees It” at Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho. They're wizards with technology, literally conjuring form from nowhere using light, camera, and action.

As seen from the Soil Gallery's exhibition, Alessandri also works with narrative, which appeals to me, in the sense that there is an implicit event in her light and magic show. And Mannery is just plain out-here (in a good way) with stellar experience in..stars, actually: he was chief engineer for University of Washington's Apache Point telescope project. How cool does that sound?

Iole Alessandrini (SOIL Gallery)

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The gallery is closed Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St., on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow.

Admission is free. Additional information is available at

Palouse Call for Plein Air Artists

Ruth Pratt will be honored by Governor Otter for her longstanding involvement in the North Idaho arts scene, including Idaho Nonprofit Center, the Arts and Culture Alliance of Coeur d'Alene, Spokane Public Radio, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre and the Downtown Association, as well as numerous "big band" groups, and the Coeur d'Alene Library Foundation.

Click here for the Cda Press article.

This exhibition features short- and long-term resident work from the prestigious Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Here you'll see some of the most interesting and innovative work in contemporary ceramics from mostly emerging and some established artists.

October 2010 lineup at Tinman Gallery, Spokane

FRIDAY, OCT 1 – Harold Balazs, “Winding Down (Non-Billable Hours)” – Artist’s Reception from 5 to 9 PM.  Fresh from his retrospective at the MAC, iconic artist Harold Balazs will offer new paintings, small sculptures and works in enamel as part of the city-wide Visual Arts Tour.

Casey Klahn, “The Dramatic Landscape” – Artist’s Reception at Tinman Too from 5 to 9 PM.  Award-winning pastel artist CaseyKlahn will exhibit newpaintings in his New Color series, characterized

SATURDAY, OCT 2 – Deanna Camp – Calendar Signing – 1 PM.    Deanna Camp returns with a whole new collection of fanciful trout from around the world.  Trout so rare, we absolutely guarantee you have never seen one.  This year’s collection includes the German Short-Haired Trout, the Troutalope, and the King trout (complete with sideburns).


Saranac Art Projects will present an art exhibit, "Erickson/Kolbo: New Works," October
1-30, featuring the works of Jen Erickson and Scott Kolbo. An opening reception will be
held on October 1 from 5 to 8 pm as a part of the Spokane Visual Arts Tour.

Erickson’s drawings reflect her interest in scientific inquiries, visual information systems,
and how we form and filter personal memories. Activated by her signature process of
minimalist graphite mark-making, Erickson creates a visual language comprised of tiny
flying creatures and infinitesimally small zeros.

Kolbo’s drawings, prints, and video projections are filled with reoccurring characters and
humorously grotesque environments. His figurative work is primarily concerned with line
and tone and he often mixes hand drawn elements with photomechanical prints.

Located in the Community Building at 25 W. Main Street, SAP is a non-profit alternative
art space run by local artists and curators. Artist established, operated and supported,
SAP is a cooperative of 20-24 dedicated to supporting artists in Spokane since 2007.

Check out DRAWN to the WALL at Gonzaga

Click here for the link to my Inlander article. The show also features Michael Horswill, Louise Kodis and Ken Spiering.

Carolyn Stephens, from SFCC
Gordon Wilson, from Whitworth

I've written about both artists before. Victoria Brace's work (Daydreamer, right) really stood out to me several years ago when I saw her paintings amongst the flotsam of Raw Space, part of the come one-come all exhibition put on by Spokane visual arts organizers.

And Katherine Nelson's black-and-white landscapes and architectural scenes (Venetian Alley, left) just continue to amaze me with their graphic qualities and depth.

Both of these artists use light, space and unusual edge-work. Great show at The Art Spirit through October 2.

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour September 25

September 14th -- November 5th, 2010

Opening Reception -- September 14th, 5-6 pm, Lied Art Center

Lecture by artist in the Oliver Gallery -- September 14th, 6 pm

Gallery Hours 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m., Monday -- Friday. 10:00 am -- 2:00 pm Saturday (Closed on official college holidays)

For More Information about the exhibit or opening reception, please call (509) 777-3258.

If you've never seen the Ross Hall Collection of photos, now is a great opportunity when son, Dann Hall, joins Entree Gallery and Arbor Crest Wine Cellars for a special wine-tasting reception at Elkins Resort. 

Hall's photos graced the pages of the New York Times, National Geographic and Life Magazine through the 30's and 40's especially. His black-and-white photos of the Sandpoint and Priest Lake area are iconic, a visual treasure of the area and its inhabitants.
The event is September 10th, 5-7 pm. Dinner reservations following the reception can be made by calling Elkins Resort at 208 443-2432. 
The Entree Gallery, now at two locations, invites the public to view the work of these and over 120 regional artists on display. Hours for both galleries are daily, 10am-6pm. For more information, contact the Reeder Bay gallery at 208 443-2001, or the Coolin Bay gallery at (208) 443-2002.

TERRAIN Reclaiming Territory: Artists Needed

Terrain announces its 2010 call for artist’s submissions

Spokane, Washington - August 25, 2010 — Last year 3100 people piled into Spokane’s Music City building to view an exhibition of over 30 emerging local artists — some of whom had never shown in a gallery, coffee shop or public setting of any kind. In one night they gained the kind of exposure that takes years to achieve. 

For Terrain 2010, organizers are reasserting their commitment to highlighting this bubbling undercurrent of emerging local talent. We’d like to invite the region’s emerging artists to submit their latest work. 

In our two years of existence, Terrain has shown works of visual art, sculpture, fiber art, photography, graffiti, film and installation pieces ranging from trash mosaics to mini suspended aquaria with live goldfish. We’ve showcased pop bands, dance troupes and poets. We make no distinction between high art and low art — we simply want to showcase emerging artists with talent and fresh perspectives.

Please submit online at

Submissions are due to the website by September 10 at midnight. Artists selected will by notified by September 17. We will be jurying specific pieces of art, so please only submit pieces that are available for the event.

Terrain 2010 will take place at the Music City Building (1011 W. First Ave., Spokane) on Friday, October 1 beginning at 5 pm and ending at 1:30 am.

ABOUT TERRAIN: Terrain was conceived in 2008 by a group of young organizers obsessed with helping their peers get noticed by the art establishment. Their idea was to host a juried exhibition (which would carry credibility with the establishment) with the atmosphere of a pop concert (the event had an emcee and a half dozen local and regional bands and artists), with the intent of giving all ages of people, regardless of taste in art or music, an excuse to come together, make contact and facilitate art that stretches across traditional boundaries.

Terrain 2010 is going to be an incredible night of art, rock and community. Join us.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Luke Baumgarten at

Putting it on the Line: Carrie Scozzaro at Saranac with Lance Sinnema

For all that I write about OTHER people's art, this month I put it on the line and showed my own work. Check it out at the Saranac through September 25. Here are some photos from the day after the opening, which was great. Loved seeing so many friends and meeting new people. And always interesting to get reactions to my work!


 MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho's Prichard Art Gallery will showcase the artwork created by Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman, Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 12. A reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 27, from 5-8 p.m.

The exhibit will feature sculptures and ceramic artwork created by Gregg and Coleman. Inspired by the Asian influence and the use of mythical defense mechanisms used in art and architecture throughout history, the works exemplify how mythical sculpture has played a meaningful role in religion and life.

“We are emphasizing the aesthetic beauty over the purpose,” said Gregg.

The exhibit features pieces that utilize sculpted industrial brick with glazed ceramic adornment. Through the combination of ceramic techniques and architecture, Gregg and Coleman reinvent historical ideas and styles through sculpture.

“We are interested in how this technique can be scaled up and down and how it can be applied to permanent projects, public art and architecture,” said Gregg.

Gregg will teach a beginning clay course this fall at the University of Idaho as a visiting artist and will introduce students to the use of architectural ceramic. Gregg earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in ceramics from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in fine arts in ceramics from California State University, Long Beach. She has taught art and ceramics to children and adults.

“The exhibit is a wonderful way to meet the visiting artist in the Art & Design program,” said Roger Rowley, Prichard Art Gallery director. “Visiting artists add energy and vitality. Alexis’ presence will meet the needs of students interested in ceramics. The exhibit gives an opportunity for the university and community to understand what Alexis and Tanner bring to Moscow.”

Coleman draws inspiration from human relationships with natural surroundings and each other. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in sculpture from the University of Georgia.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The gallery is closed Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St., on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow.

Admission is free. Additional information is available at> .

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Glass at the JACC, Post Falls

Gallery at the JACC

Ongoing through September 10th
The  Glass Art & Jewelry Show with Paintings by Dixie Orzell and Kirk Barber: This show features glass artists Kim Huender, Cindy Summers and Louise Telford and jewelry artists Bonnie Cooper, Nancy Hansen, Mary Lou Hawks, Susan Jacklin, Kathy LeFrancis, Catherine Noble, Christine Owens, Patty Pierce and Laurie Schafer. The gallery is free and open to the public during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, and during special events; for more information call (208) 457-8950.
Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N William Street, Post Falls, ID,

Shaken Not Stirred: Martini Mixoff benefits St. Vincent ART ON THE EDGE

Mark your calendar. September 18, 2010 is the date for the second annual Martini Mix-Off, where yours truly (accompanied by Mr. Meat-and-Potatoes) will be a guest judge. 

This benefit (which involves imbibing alcohol for a good cause) will be held at the Eagles in Cda. Local bartenders and businesses from around the area will be competing for top-props as master mixologists while guests (for $45/ticket) will sample the wares of such places as 315 Tapas, Cda Casino and Bardenay. You can even dress up as your favorite James Bond character! 

Click here for more info.

A little about Art on the Edge:
Art on the Edge (AOE) is a FREE art program for community youth. In 1994, AOE was born in the shelters of St. Vincent de Paul to provide homeless children an opportunity to express themselves through art. Since then, our program has expanded to include all community youth ages 6-18 and worked with over 3500 children. We offer after school classes, a full summer program, public art and community art festivals. We believe healthy communities are supported by investing in art and children.

It's a collision of cosmic sorts: the collaboration between two supernovas whose artistic minds are really out there at times. The Art Spirit Gallery presents Tim Ely and Ian Boyden's collaborative exhibition entitled Squaring the Circle.


My collaborations with Ian Boyden seem to be the most natural of occurrences. I have collaborated before with other artists and often with success, but sometimes there is a forced sense with the collaboration as we are simply bringing a skill set to the project without really being in alignment. It has been a steep learning curve for me. Historically, as artists formed a base for individuality over say direction from the Church or Royalty, to work collaboratively has been regarded with suspicion.

Mr. Boyden and I share a surprising number of common fields of interest and as we converse and expand our knowing of each other, these overlaps often amaze and then divert us into new areas to examine. Where this amps into a new level our collaborative projects is that we engage in a conversation and then merge our various working methods into an aesthetic fusion. This fusion is intuitive, spontaneous and results in a material form, a painting or book at this stage, and we then notice this object being far more than the sum of its parts or the work of only two beings. I also take note of the fact that our wives and extended groups of friends and past collaborators impact our thinking so the group mind begins to patinate the work. We are the sum of all we have met. I love the ideas that come from a fertile conversation---always have, for when they reach conclusion or the car door slams, I am changed and inspired. In the collaborations the element of the unexpected carries a charge that cannot be rationalized or explained. Still we try. Ian works in a liquid dance of primary material. It resists reductionist analysis and criticism. It can only be observed and absorbed. Whether I begin a work or he does, what emergent forms that result defy our ability to project or predict an outcome.

There is also an equilibrium that I have discovered and a sense of surrender. As an individual and a humanoid, my inertial response is to be right all the time. So to surrender to the impulses of a joint project and to the ‘’art direction’’ of someone else is a very dynamic way to allow for the novelty of process to occur. Our new work speaks more to me of playing music together for a common track of sound than for our visual personalities to overcome the other. In a working fusion two soloists can merge as one voice. This one voice or one vision is one goal we share. We know that our individual marking methods can be picked out of the paintings as you would pick out a disagreeable vegetable from a salad. What does happen so successfully is that Ian’s methods can enhance a passage of mine and set up a dynamic or force of activity that take my mark and makes it ineffable and so new and unique to me. Things result that I could not draw. Dynamic equilibrium is a state of balance between continuing processes. I no longer regard process as having an end point but simply moving into a new stage of being with ongoing change. Once a painting is complete or finished in sense of classical physics or painting, things continue to occur. It moves across the country to a new museum, it gets dusty and exposed to the light from various sources. It may be stolen and worshipped as a diagram for the conversion of fate or it may be destroyed and be re-compounded into a new material in a land fill. Our role in the process of PROCESS is to be agents for this change and we seek to do it through awareness of place and time and local history and so Science adds ground to the central idea. We embrace the process in the vehicle we know best, which are the intuitive aesthetic philosophies of painting and bookmaking. We seek to fuse our hemispheric brains and to fuse our ability to effect change on the inky surface of a cellulose matrix.
-Timothy C. Ely

Expect extraordinary artwork by this dynamic duo.

Opens September 4, 2010.

Artists Studio Tour this weekend in Sandpoint

But if you miss it this weekend, there's always the following weekend!

Click here to go to their website for more information.

Art in the Community: Annie Stranger's Garden Art Mural

When she returned home recently for a visit, Annie Stranger--a CHS grad--was inspired to lend her graphic design talents to the new Kootenai Environmental Alliance's Community Roots program. Her five-part mural is now located on the wall alongside the land donated by her parents, Scott and Linda of Dalton Gardens, Idaho. Check out the link here.

It was a fitting set of bookends to the sense of nostalgia we have over class reunions.

Marilyn Lysohir's GOOD GIRLS exhibition

For Idaho artist, Marilyn Lysohir, the passion to recreate the figurative busts of every one of her 163 classmates from Sharon, Pennsylvania.

The exhibition, which opened at Washington State University and was recently at Missoula Art Museum, is currently at Kolva-Sullivan in Spokane.

That's where I was Friday evening for ArtWalk, before hightailing it across the stateline and up and over the mountain to join my partner at the Kellogg All-Class Reunion.

Having never been to my own class reunion and having taught in a school that is only ten years old, I was unprepared for the outpouring of community support.

Yellow and gold everywhere. Classes from as far back as the 1930's. Classic cars. Music. Open containers everywhere. Memorials to those who'd passed on. Class events, parades, and a trolley running from place to place.

Everyone looking and wondering, trying to figure out if they knew you and from where or how. And on Saturday night, the whole town was at the legendary Dirty Ernie's, with it's commanding view of the Teeter's Field down below and most of lower Kellogg twinkling in the distance.

With its mining/logging history, the Northwest often reminds me of my former home in Pennsylvania and thereabouts. And with the first day of school fast approaching, this was a good reminder for me that what I get to do--teaching--is as much about making art as it is helping make memories for my kids and my community.

Call for Glass & Jewelry Artists to Exhibit at the Gallery at the JACC

For Immediate Release:

The gallery at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center will feature glass art and jewelry art from Friday, August 20th through Friday, September 10th, 2010. Artists are encouraged to contact Louise Telford, Gallery Director of the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center for consideration in exhibiting their art in this show at (208) 457-8950 or

An artist’s reception will be held on the opening night of the show on Friday, August 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in celebration of the third year of “3rd Friday Artists Receptions” at the gallery at the JACC. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature wine tastings by Enoteca at $5 per flight (3 tastings). The gallery is also open during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and during other special events at the JACC.

The next show in our 2010 series will feature wood art, which opens on September 17th, 2010.

For a complete listing of events at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, please visit:

S-R Profiles Sandpoint's Arts Tour

It isn't often the Spokesman-Review (or any of the other area dailies) write about the area's extensive arts communities, so when they do, it's worth a nod.

Here is the link to the S-R article for Arts Tour Drive.