Visual Arts Tour will feature wide range of elements

THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

Some stops on the Fall Visual Arts Tour will have interactive elements, too.

The 38-stop tour – starting with opening receptions Friday night and continuing with exhibitions and events Saturday – offers the chance to view work as varied as landscape photography, jewelry made of metals gathered from trash bins and demolition sites, and collages inspired by “Twin Peaks.”

At Barili Cellars, 608 W. Second Ave., they’re serving wine along an exhibition of paintings by Debbie McCulley. Community-Minded Television, at 25 W. Main Ave., Suite 310, will open its “virtual studio” to the public. The Fox Theater will open its doors and offer tours so people can see the “cool visual landmark that is the Fox” without buying tickets, said Karen Mobley, arts director for Spokane. Musicians will be playing at many venues.

And some venues will feature artist demonstrations, allowing glimpses at artists’ techniques and processes. Among them: Ceramic artists Jeff Campana and Mel Griffin will demonstrate their techniques in a workshop Saturday at the Clay Connection, 714 E. Sprague Ave.

The two will be part of a contingent from the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, who’ll exhibit work at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams St., Suite A.

Campana uses a wheel to create pots, then dissects and reassembles them to create “exquisite shapes,” said Jim Kolva, of the gallery. Griffin paints animal forms on pots, using the clay as canvas.

“It’s a great opportunity to see a variety of work by people who are going to be nationally or internationally prominent in the art world at some point,” Kolva said.

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