The luminescent, contemporary paintings of Tom Wakeley will be featured at the Entree Gallery at Coolin Bay during the July 1-31 showing, “Light, Color and Priest Lake”.

Inspired by the Impressionists and 20th Century Modernists, the Priest Lake artist uses light, abstract shapes, palette-knife work and broad, loose brush strokes to create his regional landscapes and occasional still-lifes. For Wakeley, who prefers to paint on location, the application and textures of the paint itself is as important as the image in capturing a mood. 
Of Wakeley’s work, gallery owner Pam Martin expressed, “Tom’s work has evolved and moved into a whole new arena. He has captured the essence of Priest Lake.” 

Wakeley’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the region. The Coolin Bay gallery will host a reception for Wakeley on July 17, 1-3pm. 

At the Reeder Bay gallery, Sandpoint artist Janene Grende is featured in “A Walk In The Woods” showing July 1-31.
Huckleberry board games and nesting bears will be on display July 18, 11am-3pm. Paul Kuhlmann will display his metal works on July 24-25, 11-4pm;

Upcoming August shows include pastels by Monica Stobie, and watercolors by Priest Lake artist Betti Jemison.

The Entree Gallery, now at two locations, invites the public to view the work of over 150 regional artists. The gallery at Reeder Bay is located just two miles east of Nordman at 1755 Reeder Bay Rd, and can be contacted at 208 443-2001. The Coolin Bay gallery, located two doors from the Leonard Paul Store on Bay View Rd, can be contacted at 208 443-2002. July hours at both galleries are daily, 10am-6pm.

Shown: Morning Light (from Painter's Chair Gallery