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!

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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.

The Entree Gallery at Reeder Bay is currently displaying “Inspirations and Dedications”, featuring pastel on handmade bark paper, and bronzes, by Monica Stobie. The show, which runs August 1-31 at the Reeder Bay gallery, presents elements of ancient rock drawings, re-imagined by Stobie and created into unique compositions. The gallery will host an artist reception for Stobie on August 8, from 5-7pm.

As a high school art teacher, Stobie became fascinated by the rock art found on basalt cliffs and crags along the Columbia and Snake rivers. “The discovery of those old images was an awakening,” she says. “I was hooked.” The artist, who grew up near the Yakima Indian reservation and attended church services at its Catholic mission, says the tribal culture is very much a part of her, and is reflected in her work. Stobie has done extensive research on tribal cultures, petroglyphs and other rock art, and has visited sites throughout North America, Europe and Africa.

Her pastel images, reminiscent of the primitive work found on cave walls, almost glow against the background of the textured paper, which looks like rock, and holds the pastel color in its coarse fibers. The paper, handmade in Mexico from indigenous tree bark, is processed by a method believed to be the oldest paper-making process in the Western hemisphere. Stobie explains that it is this paper that becomes the primitive “canvas” for to the oldest art known to mankind.

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. Summer hours at both galleries are daily, 10am-6pm.

Kurt Madison's jewelry
Bernadette Vielbig's sculpture
Tinman Gallery reopened this past Friday to a packed house nibbling on scrumptious little chocolate cupcakes with a marshmallow-y topping instructing "Eat Me." Conrad Bagley handed out invitations to his Mad Hatter party upcoming in August and everywhere the mood was festive and bright (like the melon-colored walls of the newly remodeled space).

This is the second such themed exhibition at Tinman (last year was The Wizard of Oz) and a nice break from more formal or individual pursuits we see around town. Some of the work was exceptionally well done, high level and refined; other pieces were a bit schlocky and at least a few felt woefully underdone. All in all, though, there was a reasonable range of artists--including longtimers Lila Girvin and Harold Balazs, as well as an underrated assemblage artist, Larry Ellingson.

For the Inlander writeup, click here.
At the Gallery opening night

"The Dwight Merkel Sports Complex has completed renovation and will re-open Saturday, August 7th, 2010 at 10am. As a part of these improvements the Spokane Arts Commission and the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department commissioned artist David Govedare to enhance the site improvements. Two sculptures have been created 16 feet above ground, with the main body constructed of steel hoops mimicking movement. The sculptures are colorful, banner-like, playful and reflective of light.

The project is a part of the 2007 Bond Issue which was approved by voters with an overwhelming 68% “yes” vote.  The $42.9 million 2007 bond issue has funded the construction and development of a variety of aquatics and youth sports projects throughout the City of Spokane."

I think he should have redesigned the goal posts for the football stadium. Wouldn't it be more fun to watch the kicker send the ball into something more interesting than a the field goal posts? A sculpture of a gorilla with its arms up or a person doing a handstand, their legs becoming the goal posts. It could look like a version of a Japanese game show. Much more fun to watch...

Street performers in the background ranged from the Incan flute players to a young man playing classical fiddle with a folksy twist. Smells of fried food from various vendors wafting through the air. A trickle of tourists and locals becomes a stream, then a river, as the day warms up at Art on the Green, Coeur d'Alene's annual arts festival.

Kids are everywhere in all shapes and sizes, including on the beach, totally oblivious to the wonders of the art world unfolding in the tents and display booths along the pathway in the park or snaking around the edge of North Idaho College's grassy campus.

Scott Dodson's sand sculpture
We went early to this annual event, this indicator of August and summer winding down. School is not far off. Fall. Fewer people along the promenade. Only Idaho plates in the parking lot.

But for the first weekend in August, Coeur d'Alene shines. And we all fall in love with this place all over again. And maybe some newcomers, too, realize the charm of such a place. Sure it's crowded. But it's a festival. A celebration of the arts. And community. A chance to see old friends, like the parents of students and even former students themselves, including the one who excitedly showed me his first art purchase: an enamel by Allen and Mary Dee Dodge.

I told him he'd chosen well, then smiled to myself when I saw a lovely enamel by the Dodges included in the juried art show display. Their work with legendary enamelist Harold Balazs shows in this piece.

We bought some trinkets for friends--a great place for jewelry--and a few for ourselves. And we ate well (why go to Spokane for Azar's gyros when you know they'll be coming to you during events such as these!). But mostly we marveled at our good fortune for living in such a lovely area.

And then we went home and napped. Ah, summer.

Call for Arts Awards Nominations Due August 6

The Spokane Arts Commission announces an open call for nominations for the 2010 City of Spokane Arts Awards.  The 19th Annual Arts Awards will be presented in six categories during a public meeting of the Spokane City Council Monday, October 4th at 6pm. A reception will be held following the presentation to honor this year’s nominees and recipients. 

Individuals, organizations and businesses are encouraged to nominate candidates for these awards in the following categories: Individual Artist; Arts Organization; Arts in Education; Individual Benefactor; Business Benefactor; and Arts Community Leadership.

Arts Awards online nomination form is available at  Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 6, 2010.

For a complete list of past winners visit