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Versatile Prutzer shows his wild side

"Indian Tiger, First Impression" by Charles Timothy Prutzer is showing at the Art Spirit Gallery. Courtesy of the Art Spirit Gallery (Courtesy of the Art Spirit Gallery / The Spokesman-Review)

The light-infused paintings of Colorado Springs artist Charles Timothy Prutzer line the walls of the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene.

The monthlong show, “Capturing the Wild,” features a series of Prutzer’s recent wildlife and landscape impressions.

Prutzer, who works extensively en plein air (in the open air), renders his subjects in their natural environments rather than painting from photographs in a studio.

He says that “snapshots” don’t contain the “spirit or honesty” captured en plein air.

“Working in watercolor, oil, acrylic and graphite,” says gallery owner Steve Gibbs, “Prutzer’s work shows remarkable range.”

Meet Prutzer in the gallery, 415 Sherman Ave., on Friday between 5 and 8 p.m. as part of Coeur d’Alene’s Second Friday ArtWalk.

Coeur d’Alene ArtWalk

Other Lake City art galleries and downtown businesses celebrating the visual arts on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. include:

•Angel Gallery of Fine Art and Antiques, 423 Sherman Ave.: Marcella Rose, new “Northwest Spirit Series” oil paintings, and Lupe Payne, sculpted clay suns and moons.

•Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene Resort Lobby: Works by Howard Terpning, one of the best-known contemporary Western artists.

•Devin Galleries, 507 Sherman Ave.: Oil paintings from Hawaiian impressionist Anna Good, whose use of color and heavy palette knife technique gives each canvas a dimensional quality.

•Frame of Mind Gallery and Framing, 119 N. 2nd St.: Raku pottery by Bill Meehan, and paintings by Carrie Stuart Parks, Carl Funseth, Barbara Peretti, Jim Carkhuff and Nona Hengen.

•JD Gray’s Jewelry Design, 210 Sherman Ave.: Sculptured jewelry by Jon Gray and new works by Denise Bartlett.

•The Northwest Artists, 217 Sherman Ave.: Pine needle baskets, earrings and corn husk dolls by Alice Nelson. Crafts, photography and watercolors by gallery artists.

•The Painter’s Chair Fine Art Gallery, 223 Sherman Ave.: Kaleidoscopes by Will Smith and contemporary dichroic glass sculptures by Toland Sand. Live music.

•Story Woods Gallery, 206 N. Third St.: Unique blend of furniture and art. Reclaimed wood that tells a story. Featured artists are Richard Perdomo and Reggie Correll.

•Studio 107, 107 N. Fourth St.: Works by Mary Lehner and Kathy Blunk.

•Summer’s Glass, 211 Sherman Ave.: Funky fun, colorful fused glass works by local artists. Free fused glass workshop.

Downtown restaurants featuring art include Barrel Room No. 6, Brix, The Beacon, Cricket’s Steakhouse, Pita Pit and The Wine Cellar.

Sandpoint art fair

Sandpoint continues to vibrate with fresh original art throughout downtown and live concerts at Memorial Field.

In addition to the self-guided gallery artwalk, the 35th annual Pend Oreille Arts Council Arts and Crafts Fair returns on Saturday and Sunday.

It all takes place in City Beach, where more than 110 artists and crafters will set up their tents.

“Visit the demonstration booth to watch the artists in action, sharing their techniques,” says POAC Executive Director Kim Queen in an e-mail.

“Bring the whole family to the children’s art booth, which will feature clay, painting, sculpture and face-painting for kids up to age 12,” she says.

Artists throw open their booths on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will find an assortment of painting, photography, pottery, fiber, jewelry, glass, woodwork and metal objects.

Entertaining during the fair will be Sandpoint Violin Academy, Backstreet Dixie, Bridges Home with Dave and Tami Gunter, Kathy Colton and the Reluctants, Natalie Miller and the Jazz Brats, and the Sisters of Selket Belly Dancers.

All proceeds from the event help with year-round visual and performing arts activities and educational programs in the Sandpoint area.

Liberty Cafe

“Summer Fun: A Different Way,” on view in the Liberty Café during August, features the bright and lively watercolors of longtime friends Emma Randolph and Edie Dunlap.

“Edie and I have known each other since our children were toddlers,” says Randolph, “and we’ve been like sisters ever since.”

That family feel continues throughout the show with additional artwork on display by Randolph’s three daughters.

Look for collage pastels and small watercolors by Sally Randolph Yorke of Spokane; computer-generated images by Sharon Randolph of Concord, N.H.; and three-dimensional clay wall hangings by Leslie Randolph of Salt Lake City.

The cafe, adjacent to Auntie’s Bookstore at 404 W. Main St., is open daily.

Entree Gallery

The intimate Entree Gallery at Priest Lake is showing “Life Style-Art Style” with the raku ceramics of Spokane’s Jill Smith and metal/cement work of her son, Sean Smith, during August.

They are also displaying a combination of Jill Smith’s raku tiles set in Sean Smith’s metal framework coffee tables, serving table and altar.

Jill Smith has been throwing pots for decades and continues to enjoy getting into her Clayfox Pottery studio.

“I find it still satisfies my soul to create beautiful pieces of artwork that can bring visual enjoyment to people,” she writes in an e-mail.

Other activities at the gallery include:

•Jewelry maker Aurin Panepento is at the gallery today from 11 to 5 p.m.

•Potter Ryan Longmeier will demonstrate his art on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

•Painter Dana Wylder will demonstrate her landscape painting on Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Entree Gallery is two miles east of Nordman, Idaho, on Reeder Bay Road. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (208) 443-2001.

Catch ‘Paintings’ at NIC

Margaret Coe and Mark Clarke’s exhibition, “Paintings,” opens Monday and runs through Sept. 14 in the North Idaho College’s Corner Gallery in Boswell Hall.

Coe’s paintings are characterized by dramatic composition and complex color tensions.

Clarke’s work reveals a deep love of the Northwest landscape. His heightened brooding quality distinguishes his work.

Both Coe and Clarke have been painting and teaching art for more than 20 years.

There is a gallery walk with the artists on Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a slide lecture at 1 p.m. and a closing reception at 5. The exhibit is sponsored by The Citizens’ Council for the Arts.

Boswell Hall, 1000 W. Garden Ave., is on the NIC campus in Coeur d’Alene. Stop by weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Ceramic works

Harpers, a contemporary craft gallery in Wallace, is showing fine ceramic art by Gil Harrison and Will Richards through Sept. 3.

The shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 410 Sixth St. Call (208) 512-1797 for addition information and directions.

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