MOSCOW, Idaho – If you've been looking to own an original art piece, now may be your chance.

The University of Idaho's Prichard Art Gallery will feature an invitational exhibition Jan. 22 through Feb. 9. It will culminate with a live auction of the pieces on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the gallery.

“This year we'll have paintings, drawings, photography and a really great selection of wood turned objects,” said Roger Rowley, Prichard Art Gallery director.

The biennial Invitational Exhibition and Auction will feature work donated by more than 50 of the best local regional artists whom have previously exhibited at the Prichard. The artwork will range in content and form, and include: painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, pottery, photography and jewelry.

Participants include: Marilyn Lysohir, Brenna Helm, Tamara Helm, Jim Christiansen, Elaine Green, Bill Bowler, Ross Coates and Marie Whitesel. Northwest artists include: Sandra Deutchman, Kasey Keeler, Lara Swimmer and Stephen Tse.

An exceptional selection of woodturnings by nationally recognized artists including, Jim Christiansen, Christian Burchard, Virginia Dotson, Cindy Drozda, Dewey Garrett, Michael Hosoluk and Steve Sinner.

“If you have any interest in what are the most amazing things people can do with wood, then this is not to be missed. You’d have to travel a long way to have the selection of artists that will have work available at the Prichard Auction,” said Rowley.

An online catalog will be available the week of Jan. 25 and feature information about the auction items:; those unable to make it to the auction in person may submit e-mail bids in advance to the gallery.

A social will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Prichard Art Gallery. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be provided by Nectar and live entertainment. The live auction will start at 7 p.m. Tickets for the live auction are $10 per person and include a free glass of champagne or sparkling water. Tickets may be purchased at the Prichard Art Gallery and at Book People, 512 S. Main St., in Moscow.

Proceeds from the auction will help the Prichard Art Gallery organize “Kota Ezawa: Print Photography Film” – a one-person exhibit featuring works by the San Francisco artist.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Prichard Art Gallery.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 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

NIC faculty members to exhibit work in Corner Gallery

North Idaho College art faculty will display their work in the NIC Art Faculty Exhibit
Jan. 25 through Feb. 19 in the North Idaho College Boswell Hall Corner Gallery.

The exhibit features a wide range of two- and three-dimensional work, including sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics and mixed media.

NIC art instructors exhibiting work include Michael Horswill, Priscilla Cooper, Donna Bain, Robin Dare, Rachel Dolezal, Larry Clark, Phil Corlis and Allie Vogt.

Corner Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 for President’s Day. Admission is free.

Sandpoint Arts Alliance has a huge list of arts classes for youth through adult, including printmaking, jewelry, and sculpting from the figure.

Classes range from under $50 to a little over $100 for more complex or materials-intensive classes like stained glass. Instructors include a wide range of artists, including sculptor Mark Kubiak (who owns the Redtail Gallery in which the Alliance holds classes), and watercolorist Karen Robinson.

Check out their complete listing here, or sign up to receive their convenient email list. For more information, call (208) 265-ARTS or email

Harold Balazs at The Art Spirit: Letting Go

It's easy to be distracted by Harold Balazs, the legend. We're surprised to learn that he's in his 80s and still producing large volumes of work, including the 80 new pieces for his most recent show at Coeur d'Alene's The Art Spirit Gallery. We're curious about his ability to diverge from his trademark metal works into such media as enamel, woodworking, and drawing. And we are so amazed by his fortitude that we forget to talk about the art.

And the artwork is fascinating, as viable now as it was 20 or 40 years ago. That's the thing with true artists, perhaps; they usually improve over time as they hone their craft, reflect on their process and contine to refine their content. (Pardon my sounding a bit elitist by actually distinguishing amongst artists but, come one, I can think of at least a few local "artists" who would benefit from learning from Balazs' model).

The thing that comes across most in this latest body of work is a sense of letting go, a different kind of energy than his usual works, maybe even a transition. Balazs' lexicon of images is still abstract in places, yet at other times it's feeling much more gestural and unfettered. Energy. Yes, that's what I love about Balazs' work: it never fails to acknowledge the relationship between viewer and artwork, to engage us energetically, and to express itself with exuberance.

Harold Balazs, My World of Differents, through February 27. The Art Spirit Gallery, Cda, Idaho.

WSU Presents Pause: Art + Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Museum of Art at Washington State University will present “Pause: Art + Architecture” from Jan. 14 through April 3, 2010. The display will explore the relationship between fine art and architecture through photography, digital prints, video and sculpture.

The Museum will host an open public reception at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 followed by a presentation by the artist, Chris Larson, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The Museum will also host a reception and lecture for Seattle-based architect, Jim Olson at 6 p.m. March 3, with a lecture to follow at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

At the Root of Activism in Spokane

It's always amusing/irritating to hear people bash the Spokane cultural scene. Sure it's less diverse and less dense than Seattle. It lacks the dynamic art support of Portland or Tacoma. And in general the area is definitely more conservative than similar cities its size. Yet Spokane, from my perspective, is doing a lot of things right and continues to evolve not from the top down, but from the ground up, one person at a time.

From my perspective--in somewhat rural, decidedly more conservative and less arts-friendly northern Idaho--Spokane offers glimmers of hope in what one local artist recently described to me as an "art recession." Even though Lorinda Knight closed, Saranac Arts Project is still open and looking to support contemporary art and artists. A few other galleries have popped up here and there, like Gallery of Thum. Even though the little boutique-type spaces don't provide a fit for my art interests or my kind of installation-oriented artwork, they are a necessary and vital part of the overall spectrum of art venues in any thriving arts community. And larger, more venerable institutions like the MAC are holding on, finding ways to dig in even as the waves from the western part of the state crash harder upon them.

Then there's the grassroots element. Arts events like Terrain and websites like RiVerSpeAK are gaining momentum. Still evolving, but significant. Mostly from the 20, 30 and 40-somethings, with plenty of peripheral support from the web of organizations and activists who criss-cross Spokane in ways that I can only imagine from the outside, ways that do not exist here in North Idaho.

And folks are taking notice. Inlander mentioned some of the folks and events shaping the final few years of the most recently passed decade in their Decade in Review. KYRS' "Ready Made Radio" has been profiling some of the artists involved.

As a radio show developer/professor/artist, Bernadette Vielbig was the one who kept reminding me to check out RiVerSpeAK. Bernadette is passionate about art, an encyclopedia of knowledge and easily moving through discussions of the academic world, the street scene, arts in the inland northwest and what's going on outside our little northwest bubble.

From their website:


To nourish and sustain Spokane-area participation in the arts by providing a community forum for new and established local talent to SHARE THEIR WORK, COLLABORATE, FOSTER DIALOGUE, CONNECT TO OPPORTUNITIES, and BUILD COMMUNITY.


We strive to reach out to developing young talent in an effort to encourage their work and connect them to opportunities for growth in the community.
We seek to collaborate with local artists, organizations, and venues to organize local arts activities, events, and publications.
We envision the diverse artistic groups and individuals in the Spokane-area coming together in ways unexpected and unprecedented in order to enrich and strengthen our local community.

I signed up, read through the site with enthusiasm and am looking forward to seeing what they/we can do. Of course I'm an advocate for art so understand me when I say that even though all this is supporting the arts, that's not the most exciting thing. The most exciting thing for me is the energy and the activism of people, one at a time or collected together, face-to-face or via virtual technology. As a teacher, this is the most I can ever hope for: to motivate my students to want to DO something positive and constructive in any way they can. That's a good way to start the new year.

George Flett's Ledger Art: Tradition Meets the Narrative New

I did a project with my advanced art students recently called Altered Art. It was inspired by such things as the book, Altered Art (available from Amazon), which shows how artists often use printed objects--cards, maps, packaging, photographs--to convey something that either contrasts or complements the original object.

One of the artists whose work we lok at is George Flett (Spokane), who often works on ledger paper used to record transactions, including by the U.S. Government during the usurpation of American Indian homelands.

According to Wheaton College's website about George's art:
Ledger art is a traditional male American Indian art form, which began when Plains Indian warriors drew pictographic representations of heroic deeds and sacred visions on pages of ledger books, balance sheets, obtained through trade or capture.

That's the appeal of altered ability to turn things upside down, see things in multiple ways, and give us a more complex and layered sense of something seemingly simple--such as a piece of paper, or a record of transactions.

Flett's works will be on display at Moscow's Third Street Gallery through March 5th. Opening reception in conjunction with The Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Thursday January 21, from 5 – 7 pm.  Music will be provided by the UI Native American Drum Group.  United Way will also be present with their annual meeting, introduction of officers, board members and agency representatives.

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

For more information, contact or or call 208-883-7036 or visit

Saranac Art Projects and Main Market Co-op presents:

 “Learn With Us”
A two-day series of public events taking place in the Saranac Art Projects gallery during the current exhibition titled “Chicken Sh@#: Exploring Urban Ecosystems.”  Tobacco plants are blooming, chickens are laying eggs, seeds are sprouting, garbage is composting, and ideas are forming in this most alive and interactive exhibition featuring the work of Gabriel Brown and Rimas K. Simaitis.   Amidst this mid-winter bounty, and with the excitement of the soon to open Main Market Co-op, a small series of inspiring events are taking place:

Tuesday, January 19
Curt Ellis co-creator of the award-winning documentary “King Corn” will join us, and the chickens in the gallery to speak about his new film “Big River”.  This film follows up on “King Corn” (where he and a friend conventionally grew one acre of corn), by investigating the environmental impact of the pesticides and fertilizers.  A free showing of the film will take place at SCC’s Lair Auditorium that evening 1/19, at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, January 20
Local Workshops “Worm Bin workshop” on indoor composting by Mariah Mckay and “Chickens in the hood” on raising chickens in the city by Bea Lackaff
Film and Discussion “The Power of Community- How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions

For more information please contact or or call 509-844-6069 

Annual Faculty Exhibit at EWU Opens January 14

Silence #1, Jen Scott

Annual faculty exhibit highlights influence of Eastern Washington University artists: Tom Askman, Mindy Breen, Stephen Chalmers, Greg DuMonthier, James Greene, Nancy Hathaway, Jenny Hyde, Kristine Hwang, Elisa Nappa, Roger Ralston, Jen Scott, James Scarcello, Chris Tyllia.

Garric Simonsen All Over the Place


December 16, 2009

                        Contact: Karen Mobley
                        Arts Director
                        City of Spokane Arts Department
                        (509) 625-6050

Rick Singer’s Spokane Musicians exhibit
donated to Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

The Spokane Arts Commission is pleased to announce that local photographer Rick Singer’s recent Chase Gallery show Spokane Musicians, an exhibition of 182 individual and group portraits involving over 400 Spokane musicians, has been donated to the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture permanent collection.

Singer’s portraits honor Spokane’s incredibly talented musicians in a wide range of genres including classical, rock, folk, country, bluegrass, Irish, swing and vocalists.  Spokane virtuosos like Arnie Carruthers, Dennis Carey, and Patrice Munsell share space with contemporary musicians Cary Fly, Joe and Tera Brasch, and Dead Man’s Pants.

Singer’s exhibit Spokane Musicians has been donated to the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture permanent collection through generous donations by the artist and one dozen individual donors.

The MAC’s art curator, Ben Mitchell says, “Rick Singer’s portraits are stunning and full of depth, soul, and insight. This new suite of photographs, together with the earlier gift to the museum of the Spokane Artists and Art Patrons, is an invaluable record of Spokane’s cultural richness created by one of our most gifted photographers.”

Rick Singer has been creating photographs in Spokane for over 25 years and is best known as a superb portrait photographer.  Spokane Musicians represents another aspect of his work, showing off his terrific sense of humor and generous spirit, which brings out the best in his subjects.  Singer’s previous Chase Gallery exhibit, Spokane Artists and Arts Patrons, was donated to the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture permanent collection in 2007.

For more information about the Chase Gallery visit To learn more about Rick Singer, you may visit his website.

On display January 22 through April 14th. The postcard advertising the show features a Frank Stella lithograph, hinting at the "big names" of this show. Not cutting edge...more like Romare Bearden, Rbert Motherwell, Cindy Sherman (she was cutting edge in her time).

And some local names, like Lanny DeVuono and Michelle Forsyth. Quite a mix.

The Art of the Carrousel, 12/23/2009 to 2/28/2010

Artist Reception: Friday, February 5, 5-9pm. Art and artifacts celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of the Looff Carrousel.

"The 100 Year Anniversary of the Looff Carrousel will be celebrated with an exhibition of artifacts and artwork at the Chase Gallery, January 5th through February 26th, 2010. The Chase Gallery is located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane. An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 5th, 5 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 5:30 p.m. through the City Council meeting.

The Art of the Carrousel will include artwork by Michael Gass, Nona Hengen, Betty Largent, Loraine Krank and Jessie Swanson. The exhibit will also display artifacts from the Looff Carrousel, including several antique horses and figures. Horses and horses under construction by Mark Blomhagen will also be exhibited. A history of the Carrousel will be displayed, and brochures will be available.

Built in 1909, the Looff Carrousel located in Spokane’s Riverfront Park is one of only 154 operating, hand-carved carrousels from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is typically in the top 5, and has one of the highest numbers of riders of any carrousel. The Carrousel is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is considered to be the last operating carrousel created by Charles Looff."

From Spokane Arts website.

Come Feed the Chickens (No Sh**)

For immediate release:
Chicken Sh@# presents new and collaborative work from Gabriel Brown and Rimas K. Simaitis. The show will feature the day-to-day lives of four chickens, decomposing piles of garbage, and a self-contained bionic hydroponic growing system designed to cultivate grass within one’s own chest. Interactive elements will encourage visitors to sow their own seeds, and propose alternative uses for hubcaps. The exhibition provides a critical examination of the urban ecosystem by exploring DIY culture, waste, and alternative means of food production.

The opening is on New Years Eve at 7pm, and the show runs through January 30th. COME FEED THE CHICKENS!  And find inspiration from the new world of urban farming.