The Spokane Art School is getting a permanent home – the space occupied by the Tinman Gallery in north Spokane.
Gallery owner Sue Bradley sold the space at 811 W. Garland Ave. to the school, she said Tuesday. The gallery will remain open through July, and Bradley will continue to serve on the art school’s board of directors.
The decision to close the gallery was “bittersweet,” Bradley said. She enjoyed working with artists, but she won’t miss the retail aspects of running the gallery, which opened in 2003.
The Spokane Art School closed its doors in 2008, selling its downtown building and putting the money it had left into an endowment fund. It reincorporated in 2012 as a nonprofit institution and offered some classes in various spaces. They included artist studios, parks, community centers and the former Tinman Too space, next to the Tinman Gallery and also owned by Bradley.
The school will expand into the adjoining Tinman Gallery space with “On the Road,” a show of work by 30 local artists based on the book by Jack Kerouac, according to a news release. The public is invited to a reception at the school from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1.