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Seeking: Ric Gendron’s lost paintings

Curator Ben Mitchell is putting together an ambitious traveling retrospective exhibit of the works of Spokane artist Ric Gendron. Click here for a previous column detailing how this exhibit died during the MAC's financial crisis and was then miraculously revived.

Yet neither Mitchell nor Gendron can track down four powerful and uncommonly important paintings that, by any measure, should be included in the exhibit. These are part of Gendron's dark “Indian Boarding School Series,” which were a prominent part of a 2002 exhibit at Whitworth University. They were later displayed for sale at the Tinman Gallery in Spokane.

There were five paintings in the series. Gendron knows what happened to only one of them, “Inside Looking Out.” He was frustrated that it didn't sell, and he needed a new canvas, so he painted over it.

The other four? Nobody, including Gendron, has a record of where they ended up. Mitchell suspects they are hanging in homes somewhere.

I'm posting photos of the four paintings here. If anyone out there owns them and knows where they might be found, they should contact Ben Mitchell at bennett.d.mitchell@gmail.com.

These are particularly important pieces because of the Indian boarding school theme. Gendron is an enrolled member of Colville and Umatilla tribes. His mother was sent  from her home on the Colville Reservation to Indian boarding schools in DeSmet, Idaho and Chemawa, Ore.

The depth of emotion he brought to this subject is evident.

See some Pollock, Warhol, Johns at WSU

The Washington State Museum of Art has won a $10,000 grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation for an upcoming exhibition and book project titled, “Works on Paper: American Art 1945-1975.”

It will run at the museum from October through December and will include works by Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra and Andy Warhol, to name just a few of the 52 artists.

In other words, it's a chance to see works by many of the biggest artists of the era.

A full color book, produced by the museum, will accompany the exhibit.

Swinging through ArtFest

Just completed a circuit of ArtFest at Coeur d'Alene Park in Browne's Addition.

I say “circuit” because this year, the 140 art booths are arranged in a giant circle, which makes it easier to stroll through this  juried art festival without missing anything. 

The Brent Edstrom Trio was playing some tasty jazz and people were beginning to gather in the wine-beer garden.

If you can make it this weekend (it runs through Sunday), I would highly recommend it. Be sure to check out ElkFest, too, outside The Elk, just a few blocks away. The Camaros. a great local band, were about to take the stage when we walked by.

By the way, Coeur d'Alene Park is in Spokane, not Coeur d'Alene. Not that that's confusing or anything.

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