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.