From his plein air experiences painting in Venice and Southern France, these are more exuberant, saturated, gooey with color and joy.
Artist's Reception: 5-9pm
TINMAN GALLERY LLC
811 West Garland Ave
Spokane WA 99205
The Ninth Annual "Archie Bray" show at Kolva-Sullivan was definitely worth the slog through sooty, torn-up streets resulting from Spokane's current reinvention of the Second Avenue area. What these exceptional artists do with clay is nothing short of amazing, and a testimony to the necessity and vitality of structured or critical review of one's work.
ON TO TERRAIN
I knew a fellow educator's son had work there (shown at right) but wasn't prepared for how strong his work was. Way to go Austin. I'd be thrilled to think he learned at least some of that from his high school art teacher, the incredibly-talented and so-much-more-even-tempered-than-myself, Mary Maxam.
And, following in no particular order, are other works that struck me. I could kick myself for not having a pen to write down names. But the images made an impression.
Saranac Symposium podcast PART ONE
Saranac Symposium podcast PART TWO
Click here to listen to the podcast of the Visual Arts Symposium from Saranac organized by our own Scott Kolbo. Good conversations.
You might not think watching someone draw is all that exciting, but it is. It's the creative process unfolding, stroke by stroke. It's the sound of creativity, in exhalations, sighs, pauses and the scuffing and sliding across the page that results in the final image. It's the feel of creativity, and even more so, of technique, a kind of tension that exists in the delicate balance between artist and subject, and even the onlooking audience.
Art in the Making will take place in the Cda Resort Plaza and features artists like Victoria Brace, Terry Lee and Pat Parsons. 1-4pm, free admission. Sponsored by our friends at The Art Spirit Gallery.
And part of the overall arts festivities for Art from the Heart. For more info, click here.
Normally I don't go to Spokane for First Friday but the weather was fine and it was time. Glad I did. What a weekend of art!
- Spokane Arts Commission, so ably commanded on a shoestring budget by Karen Mobley
- RiverSpeak and other digital/online forums like it
- Terrain, now in its third year and, judging by this year's work, a growing force in the emerging artist scene
- Colleges and Universities, including Whitworth, WSU, EWU and definitely SFCC/SCC
- A lot of spaces--both formal galleries and arts-supporting businesses--that encourage the arts
- And the artists themselves, resilient as ever, doing everything from creating their own exhibition opportunities, to writing grants, to working with kids, to participating in events like the panel discussion.