Lee’s vibrant works open at NIC gallery

The large-scale, energetic paintings by Terry Lee may challenge the intimate setting of the Boswell Hall’s Corner Gallery on the North Idaho College campus.

Opening Monday is “An Abbreviated Retrospective: Expressions in Color,” featuring the canvases of the Coeur d’Alene artist.

Lee paints in an intense, vigorous style influenced by early 20th century Fauvist artists Henri Matisse, Henry Manguin and Eugene de Mathan, frequently filling his canvases with pulsating oranges, cobalt blues, purples and yellows.

He is known for his vibrant, expressive renderings of North American and African wildlife and European scenery.

Lee’s “big, bold and bright works jump off the wall from across a gallery,” wrote Michael Scott-Blair in a recent edition of Wildlife Art magazine.

“I do my best to create a sense of energy and action,” says Lee in a news release.

“I capture emotional moments using color and light, sweeping brush strokes and bold swaths of color, drawing the eye into the scene,” he adds. “I want the viewer to feel the intense light and heat of the sun, creating atmosphere and mood.”

A gallery walk with the artist will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a slide lecture at 1 p.m. in Boswell Hall, room 102, and a reception at 5. The show runs through Oct. 26.

Boswell Hall, 1000 W. Garden Ave., is on the NIC campus in Coeur d’Alene. Stop by weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Sports at MAC

“Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers,” featuring memorabilia from history-making athletes in more than a dozen fields, opens Saturday at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

The exhibit includes such items as a signed Babe Ruth baseball, one of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s yellow jerseys, Billie Jean King’s tennis outfit and Muhammad Ali’s boxing robe.

Basketball great Bill Russell will appear at a special evening program on Nov. 3 to discuss the significance of sports in American history. Tickets for the event are $15, through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

The exhibit continues through Jan. 1 at the museum, 2316 W. First.

It was developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The MAC has been a Smithsonian affiliate since 2001.

‘Uncommon Objects’

An exhibition of “Uncommon Objects,” featuring ceramic sculpture from Montana’s Archie Bray Foundation, is under way in the Spokane Falls Community College Art Gallery.

On display are the remarkable clay creations of recent Bray artists-in residence Andrea L. Marquis, Joseph Pintz and Melissa Mencini.

The Bray Foundation in Helena is a unique environment where, for more than 50 years, “artists from around the world (have) come to spend concentrated time pursuing new directions,” according to the exhibit brochure.

Marquis, who was a Bray resident artist for two years, makes functional and sculptural porcelain figurative work that deals with “themes of touch and temporality.” She is in graduate studies in ceramic art at Alfred University in Alfred, NY.

Pintz’s sculptural and functional work “explores the role that domestic objects play in fulfilling our needs on a physical and emotional level,” states the brochure.

The focus of Mencini’s ceramic sculpture is historical and antique medical devices. She has exhibited at Spokane’s Kolva Sullivan Gallery and is teaching at Eastern Washington University.

Today at 11: 30 a.m., Mencini will speak about her work in the SUB Lounges A/B. A reception follows in the Fine Art Department, Building 6 on the college campus, 3410 Fort George Wright Drive.

On Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m., Pintz makes a visit to the SFCC campus to talk about his work during a gallery walk.

View the work in the free gallery Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition is up through Oct. 19 and is free to the public.

Other galleries

“An opening reception for the Pend Oreille Arts Council’s new exhibit is Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the council’s gallery in the Power House, 120 Lake St. in Sandpoint.

“POAC’s Own: A Mixed Bag” is the fifth annual show featuring works by council members, including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and basketry.

The exhibit is on display through Nov. 25. For more information call (208) 263-6139 or visit www.artinsandpoint.org.

“Local artists Stacy Lee and Ben Joyce will be featured in an open house Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Main Street Yoga, 20 W. Main.

There also will be a team-taught yoga class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and light, healthy snacks and beverages. For more information see www.mainstreet yogaspokane.com.

“Pottery by Barry Crutchfield and landscape pastels by Richard Bogan are on display until Oct. 30 at the Colville Chamber of Commerce, 121 E. Astor in Colville. Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed during the noon hour for lunch).


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