First Gonzaga, now Art Spirit: Michael Horswill

If you haven't seen Drawn to the Wall at Gonzaga yet, where have you been? Great exhibition. All interesting and powerful work.

And central to the space is Michael Horswill's mind-blowing stark charcoal "Earth Machines" image, part of ongoing work that will be shown in October at The Art Spirit Gallery.

There is something powerful that happens when a sculptor unleashes form in a two-dimensional way and that potency is exactly what Horswill's work brings. The tension in the line is like finely twisted wire, the density of charcoal is the cool weight of steel in your hand.

Through November 6.

I'm not a big fan of really abstract stuff, nor am I likely to get excited about colorfield work. But this is an exhibition I'd like to experience, surprisingly just based on this image (Music to My Ears) I received from Spokane Arts Commission.

There is more at work here than just color and shape; it feels strangely narrative. What intrigues me about this art--any art in fact--is when it feels like it is more than it appears. By that I mean that the artwork operates on several levels, such as close up versus far away, or both familiar and foreign. I'm drawn to that in-between-ness or sense of otherworldiness in some works, such as this one.

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 Visual Arts Tour, on Friday, October 1, 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.

I can still remember when modern furniture--sleek chrome, black leather, monochromatic color schemes--fascinated me. There was something so refined, so pure about the aesthetic. And something so utterly distant from how I actually viewed the world and how, it would turn out, I would shape my world through my art.

That nostalgic fondness for something high-level and utterly modern is what attracts me to Iole Alessandrinin and Ed Mannery's exhibition “As the Camera Sees It” at Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho. They're wizards with technology, literally conjuring form from nowhere using light, camera, and action.

As seen from the Soil Gallery's exhibition, Alessandri also works with narrative, which appeals to me, in the sense that there is an implicit event in her light and magic show. And Mannery is just plain out-here (in a good way) with stellar experience in..stars, actually: he was chief engineer for University of Washington's Apache Point telescope project. How cool does that sound?

Iole Alessandrini (SOIL Gallery)

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 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

Palouse Call for Plein Air Artists

Ruth Pratt will be honored by Governor Otter for her longstanding involvement in the North Idaho arts scene, including Idaho Nonprofit Center, the Arts and Culture Alliance of Coeur d'Alene, Spokane Public Radio, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre and the Downtown Association, as well as numerous "big band" groups, and the Coeur d'Alene Library Foundation.

Click here for the Cda Press article.

This exhibition features short- and long-term resident work from the prestigious Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Here you'll see some of the most interesting and innovative work in contemporary ceramics from mostly emerging and some established artists.

October 2010 lineup at Tinman Gallery, Spokane

FRIDAY, OCT 1 – Harold Balazs, “Winding Down (Non-Billable Hours)” – Artist’s Reception from 5 to 9 PM.  Fresh from his retrospective at the MAC, iconic artist Harold Balazs will offer new paintings, small sculptures and works in enamel as part of the city-wide Visual Arts Tour.

Casey Klahn, “The Dramatic Landscape” – Artist’s Reception at Tinman Too from 5 to 9 PM.  Award-winning pastel artist CaseyKlahn will exhibit newpaintings in his New Color series, characterized

SATURDAY, OCT 2 – Deanna Camp – Calendar Signing – 1 PM.    Deanna Camp returns with a whole new collection of fanciful trout from around the world.  Trout so rare, we absolutely guarantee you have never seen one.  This year’s collection includes the German Short-Haired Trout, the Troutalope, and the King trout (complete with sideburns).


Saranac Art Projects will present an art exhibit, "Erickson/Kolbo: New Works," October
1-30, featuring the works of Jen Erickson and Scott Kolbo. An opening reception will be
held on October 1 from 5 to 8 pm as a part of the Spokane Visual Arts Tour.

Erickson’s drawings reflect her interest in scientific inquiries, visual information systems,
and how we form and filter personal memories. Activated by her signature process of
minimalist graphite mark-making, Erickson creates a visual language comprised of tiny
flying creatures and infinitesimally small zeros.

Kolbo’s drawings, prints, and video projections are filled with reoccurring characters and
humorously grotesque environments. His figurative work is primarily concerned with line
and tone and he often mixes hand drawn elements with photomechanical prints.

Located in the Community Building at 25 W. Main Street, SAP is a non-profit alternative
art space run by local artists and curators. Artist established, operated and supported,
SAP is a cooperative of 20-24 dedicated to supporting artists in Spokane since 2007.

Check out DRAWN to the WALL at Gonzaga

Click here for the link to my Inlander article. The show also features Michael Horswill, Louise Kodis and Ken Spiering.

Carolyn Stephens, from SFCC
Gordon Wilson, from Whitworth

I've written about both artists before. Victoria Brace's work (Daydreamer, right) really stood out to me several years ago when I saw her paintings amongst the flotsam of Raw Space, part of the come one-come all exhibition put on by Spokane visual arts organizers.

And Katherine Nelson's black-and-white landscapes and architectural scenes (Venetian Alley, left) just continue to amaze me with their graphic qualities and depth.

Both of these artists use light, space and unusual edge-work. Great show at The Art Spirit through October 2.

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour September 25

September 14th -- November 5th, 2010

Opening Reception -- September 14th, 5-6 pm, Lied Art Center

Lecture by artist in the Oliver Gallery -- September 14th, 6 pm

Gallery Hours 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m., Monday -- Friday. 10:00 am -- 2:00 pm Saturday (Closed on official college holidays)

For More Information about the exhibit or opening reception, please call (509) 777-3258.

If you've never seen the Ross Hall Collection of photos, now is a great opportunity when son, Dann Hall, joins Entree Gallery and Arbor Crest Wine Cellars for a special wine-tasting reception at Elkins Resort. 

Hall's photos graced the pages of the New York Times, National Geographic and Life Magazine through the 30's and 40's especially. His black-and-white photos of the Sandpoint and Priest Lake area are iconic, a visual treasure of the area and its inhabitants.
The event is September 10th, 5-7 pm. Dinner reservations following the reception can be made by calling Elkins Resort at 208 443-2432. 
The Entree Gallery, now at two locations, invites the public to view the work of these and over 120 regional artists on display. Hours for both galleries are daily, 10am-6pm. For more information, contact the Reeder Bay gallery at 208 443-2001, or the Coolin Bay gallery at (208) 443-2002.

TERRAIN Reclaiming Territory: Artists Needed

Terrain announces its 2010 call for artist’s submissions

Spokane, Washington - August 25, 2010 — Last year 3100 people piled into Spokane’s Music City building to view an exhibition of over 30 emerging local artists — some of whom had never shown in a gallery, coffee shop or public setting of any kind. In one night they gained the kind of exposure that takes years to achieve. 

For Terrain 2010, organizers are reasserting their commitment to highlighting this bubbling undercurrent of emerging local talent. We’d like to invite the region’s emerging artists to submit their latest work. 

In our two years of existence, Terrain has shown works of visual art, sculpture, fiber art, photography, graffiti, film and installation pieces ranging from trash mosaics to mini suspended aquaria with live goldfish. We’ve showcased pop bands, dance troupes and poets. We make no distinction between high art and low art — we simply want to showcase emerging artists with talent and fresh perspectives.

Please submit online at

Submissions are due to the website by September 10 at midnight. Artists selected will by notified by September 17. We will be jurying specific pieces of art, so please only submit pieces that are available for the event.

Terrain 2010 will take place at the Music City Building (1011 W. First Ave., Spokane) on Friday, October 1 beginning at 5 pm and ending at 1:30 am.

ABOUT TERRAIN: Terrain was conceived in 2008 by a group of young organizers obsessed with helping their peers get noticed by the art establishment. Their idea was to host a juried exhibition (which would carry credibility with the establishment) with the atmosphere of a pop concert (the event had an emcee and a half dozen local and regional bands and artists), with the intent of giving all ages of people, regardless of taste in art or music, an excuse to come together, make contact and facilitate art that stretches across traditional boundaries.

Terrain 2010 is going to be an incredible night of art, rock and community. Join us.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Luke Baumgarten at

Putting it on the Line: Carrie Scozzaro at Saranac with Lance Sinnema

For all that I write about OTHER people's art, this month I put it on the line and showed my own work. Check it out at the Saranac through September 25. Here are some photos from the day after the opening, which was great. Loved seeing so many friends and meeting new people. And always interesting to get reactions to my work!


 MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho's Prichard Art Gallery will showcase the artwork created by Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman, Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 12. A reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 27, from 5-8 p.m.

The exhibit will feature sculptures and ceramic artwork created by Gregg and Coleman. Inspired by the Asian influence and the use of mythical defense mechanisms used in art and architecture throughout history, the works exemplify how mythical sculpture has played a meaningful role in religion and life.

“We are emphasizing the aesthetic beauty over the purpose,” said Gregg.

The exhibit features pieces that utilize sculpted industrial brick with glazed ceramic adornment. Through the combination of ceramic techniques and architecture, Gregg and Coleman reinvent historical ideas and styles through sculpture.

“We are interested in how this technique can be scaled up and down and how it can be applied to permanent projects, public art and architecture,” said Gregg.

Gregg will teach a beginning clay course this fall at the University of Idaho as a visiting artist and will introduce students to the use of architectural ceramic. Gregg earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in ceramics from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in fine arts in ceramics from California State University, Long Beach. She has taught art and ceramics to children and adults.

“The exhibit is a wonderful way to meet the visiting artist in the Art & Design program,” said Roger Rowley, Prichard Art Gallery director. “Visiting artists add energy and vitality. Alexis’ presence will meet the needs of students interested in ceramics. The exhibit gives an opportunity for the university and community to understand what Alexis and Tanner bring to Moscow.”

Coleman draws inspiration from human relationships with natural surroundings and each other. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in sculpture from the University of Georgia.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 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> .

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Glass at the JACC, Post Falls

Gallery at the JACC

Ongoing through September 10th
The  Glass Art & Jewelry Show with Paintings by Dixie Orzell and Kirk Barber: This show features glass artists Kim Huender, Cindy Summers and Louise Telford and jewelry artists Bonnie Cooper, Nancy Hansen, Mary Lou Hawks, Susan Jacklin, Kathy LeFrancis, Catherine Noble, Christine Owens, Patty Pierce and Laurie Schafer. The gallery is free and open to the public during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, and during special events; for more information call (208) 457-8950.
Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N William Street, Post Falls, ID,

Shaken Not Stirred: Martini Mixoff benefits St. Vincent ART ON THE EDGE

Mark your calendar. September 18, 2010 is the date for the second annual Martini Mix-Off, where yours truly (accompanied by Mr. Meat-and-Potatoes) will be a guest judge. 

This benefit (which involves imbibing alcohol for a good cause) will be held at the Eagles in Cda. Local bartenders and businesses from around the area will be competing for top-props as master mixologists while guests (for $45/ticket) will sample the wares of such places as 315 Tapas, Cda Casino and Bardenay. You can even dress up as your favorite James Bond character! 

Click here for more info.

A little about Art on the Edge:
Art on the Edge (AOE) is a FREE art program for community youth. In 1994, AOE was born in the shelters of St. Vincent de Paul to provide homeless children an opportunity to express themselves through art. Since then, our program has expanded to include all community youth ages 6-18 and worked with over 3500 children. We offer after school classes, a full summer program, public art and community art festivals. We believe healthy communities are supported by investing in art and children.