June 18, 2010

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


“Spokane Reflections”
At the Chase Gallery
June 29th – August 27th, 2010

The artwork of Paul McKee will be featured at the Chase Gallery, June 29 through August 27, 2010.  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 First Friday, on Friday, August 6, 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.

Paul McKee
will present “Spokane Reflections,” a portrait of Spokane in paintings and sculpture based on reflections in downtown windows.  Since 2003, McKee’s work has based upon the reflections he sees in urban buildings.  He is attracted to how the strict grid of a window’s panes contrasts with a flowing, reflected world. “My art finds transcendence in the ordinary experiences of contemporary life. A glass box skyscraper seems ordinary, but it is really exotic when approached as if I’m outside of the culture that builds them.  I combine the sense of awe a newcomer might feel with the prolonged study only possible by a long-time resident. When I closely examine reflections in windows, I see the world anew, as if for the first time.”

 “This is an opportunity for Spokane to see itself in a fresh light,” says McKee, “Spokane offers a variety of architectural styles.  There are ornate masonry buildings such as the Davenport Hotel which reflect nicely in the mirrored windows of buildings like the Bank of America Building.”

Paul McKee holds a BA from Evergreen State College and has exhibited his work at the New York Fashion Academy, Seattle Academy of Fine Art, Blue Door Gallery, and North Seattle Community College Gallery.  His work “Sight (Collecting),” a painting on 18 canvases of a reflection in the Tacoma Art Museum is part of the permanent collection of the City of Kent.

Karen R. Mobley
Arts Director
City of Spokane
Spokane Arts Commission
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201-3333
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