All aboard! The first Spokane Visual Arts Tour of the year gets under way tonight at 5 with a round of 19 galleries full of art for you to enjoy. Some even have arranged for their featured artists to receive you.
Spokane Transit Authority (STA) offers an inexpensive way to skip the driving/parking hassle. For just one thin, wrinkled dollar, you can buy a ticket in advance at the Bus Shop in Sherwood Mall that will get you a bus ride to selected galleries. Buses leave from Spokane Art School, N920 Howard, between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m.
Among the downtown participants, Visions Art Gallery (W826 Sprague) presents hand-painted silk jackets and framed artwork by Lois Kirkwood and Jan Juday. AIA Spokane (W335 Sprague) invites you to see “Award Winning Architecture.” And Momentum Gallery (N221 Post) features a double-venue exhibit, “Photonational: A Microsurvey of Current Trends in American Photography.” Its second section is on view at Momentum’s mother ship, Spokane Art School, where the new darkroom also will be open for viewing.
At Cheney Cowles Museum (W2316 First) in Browne’s Addition, make a bid on very special handmade valentines and stand by for “Works of Heart,” the annual fund-raising exhibition and auction, happening Saturday. In the back gallery, the museum also presents “Eye to Eye: Portraits from the Permanent Collection.
“Corbin Art Center (W507 Seventh) welcomes you to see botanical monotypes by Christina Davis and wildlife watercolors painted by Marilyn McIntyre. Also note the west parlor’s rediscovered pocket doors as you enter the mansion.
Off the evening’s bus route but certainly worth the drive on your own, the Eighth National Computer Art Invitational at Eastern Washington University’s art gallery in Cheney will stay open during tour hours so you may see the amazing images produced via computer these days. This show gets better every year.
Koehler Gallery on the Whitworth College campus presents art from Africa, recently donated to the permanent collection by Clyde and Annie Matters.
Spokane Falls Community College also is keeping late hours in the hope you will swing out there to enjoy work by Harrington artist Les LePere, There is “Art in Earth.”
Other stops on the tour include Douglas Gallery (S121 Wall), Global Folk Art (W1401 First), BB Gallery (W208 Sprague), Gonzaga University’s Ad Gallery, Chase Gallery at City Hall, Colburn’s Gallery (W203 Riverside), Hot Flash of America (S112 Cedar), Pottery Place Plus and MadKat Gallery at the Flour Mill and Metro Mall Gallery (W929 Sprague).
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