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  • Lind sees connections among us

    On singer/songwriter Dirk Lind’s Facebook page, he has two small sentences under the “about” heading that read “I eat life and poop music. True story.” That is Lind in a …


  • For Ginger Oakes sculpting is ‘instinctual’

    For sculptor Ginger Oakes, her artistic journey began like the main character in the 1977 Steven Spielberg film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Who can forget the scene where …


  • The Verve: Zahner, Avenue West plan First Friday events

    Dian Zahner has always been an artist. In elementary school, she drew and submitted her creations to contests. Her first win was a poster contest in third grade.


  • Works of political, social art started early for John Thamm

    When artist John Thamm was in first grade at Opportunity Grade School, he often found himself gazing out the window, especially when a train went by. It was during World …


  • The Verve: Making art creation his craft

    In a garage in Medical Lake, machinery and tools have taken over. There is a planer – a woodworking machine for making boards of equal thickness – table and miter …


  • The Verve: Love of horses inspires Randi Evans

    Randi Evans is an artist who visually shares the things that sustained her through her childhood. She found solace the first time she picked up a pencil, and the first …


  • Closed in 2008, Spokane Art School rallies as nonprofit

    If art changes the world, then the world changes art, too – including the stuff it’s made of as well as the way we learn to make it. When the …


  • Jeffrey Loyd experiments with colors to trigger emotions

    Artist Jeffrey Loyd does not do foliage, portraits or land, sky and seascapes, at least, not in the obvious fashion. Rather, he captures the feelings that come with those things.


  • Spotlight: Chicago artist Kaczynski featured at SFCC, EWU

    Chicago sculptor and installation artist Kelly Kaczynski will be exhibiting her work and discussing it in Spokane beginning this week. Kaczynski is the featured artist in a dual show – …


  • River Artist Studio Tour helps fill void left by Inland Crafts

    In the unsteady business of fine arts and crafts, the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour strives for balance. Saturday’s self-guided tour will span the studios of five artists who …


  • Painting offers outlet for Cavin’s active imagination

    When Vicky Cavin was first introduced to art in elementary school, she was more than a little intimidated. She couldn’t draw and her color choices were frowned upon, so she …


  • Tinman hosts artist’s first show in 20 years

    Ken Spiering is one of the most visible artists in Spokane. His large public art pieces are scattered around town, and include Riverfront Park’s “The Childhood Express,” aka the Radio …


  • Festival of ‘beauty in unlikely places’

    West Central is a neighborhood known for its share of crime, addiction and poverty, but a group of individuals is hoping to change the general consensus by showing that amid …


  • Spotlight: Spokane doctor named to state arts commission

    Spokane physician Bassem Bejjani has been appointed to the Washington State Arts Commission. He joins two other Eastern Washington appointees on the 23-member panel – Mark Anderson of Walla Walla …


  • The Verve: Mixed-media messenger

    Artist Nikai Birchler has a lot to say, and his work is his soap box. Birchler creates poetic images in a multitude of mediums, beginning with a mark or a …


  • The Verve: Movie tells a ‘nonzombie’ tale

    He walks down the middle of a quiet street. The camera follows him from behind. His gait is sluggish, and his clothes haven’t been changed for what looks like weeks. …


  • Artist donates 30 works for land preservation fundraiser

    There are champions among us; people within our community and the surrounding areas who fight for our right to enjoy what we so often take for granted – nature. From …


  • Gianna Morrill’s fashions can take abuse with flair

    Some kind of covert operation has been taking place at Gianna Morrill’s South Hill home over the past few months as she prepares for the Runway Renegade fashion show next …


  • Local artist finds herself through creating

    When you spend time with artist Debbie McCulley, it is not hard to imagine her as a younger, hipper Martha Stewart. Her work really is all about the nurturing of …


  • Painters enjoy art, wine at Van Gogh and Merlot

    Intently painting a large sunflower on an 11-by-14 canvas, Vickie Moxcey takes brief respites to sip her glass of riesling. Moxcey is learning to paint during the Van Gogh and …


  • McLeron paints with needle, threads

    Lee McLeron’s creations include geometric designs, abstracts, butterflies, flowers and foliage. Her tools are needles and her palette overflows with many types and hues of thread. One piece, a rendition …


  • Rachel Mace creates stylish clothing from discarded items

    Rachel Mace creates trash couture, repurposing the discarded into gorgeous wares – beautiful and unique like the women who wear them. “It’s important for women to feel beautiful,” she said.


  • The Verve: Artist appreciates little things

    In the eighth grade, artist Kirsten Stobie was diagnosed with a heart condition called vasovagal syncope. Simply put, she faints easily. Not life threatening – unless she happens to faint …


  • Rediscovering art proves key when cancer, crisis hit

    Jan Foland hangs out on street corners in a bad part of town with drug dealers and addicts, maybe a few prostitutes, and some gang members. Foland’s motivation is simply …


  • Her art flourishes despite Parkinson’s

    When Joan Waters retired from her job as a draftsperson at Avista Utilities in 2008, she wasn’t looking forward to retirement. It was her diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease, combined with …


  • He turned life into song

    The mutts, Baxter, Rockie, Bandit and Otis, miss having a yard to run in. They have been with Charlie Lee for years and now, they patiently wait for the bus …


  • Set designer Peter Hardie has earned farewell bow

    At the curtain call, the actors are always the ones soaking up the applause. Yet sometimes the people behind the scenes – the ones who build the scenes – should …


  • Schoolmates create portraits of seniors

    In June 2011, a group of student artists from Deer Park High School joined in an experimental artist circle. The group, led by Tyler Schuh, wanted to learn more about …


  • Watercolor society members exhibit at Chase

    Paintings of cake pops, tea cups, thimbles and ski boots line the walls of the Chase Gallery in Spokane City Hall. The rich russets of a Southwestern landscape glow and …


  • The Verve: Bellmore has passion with array of outlets

    Standing outside the northwest Spokane home, it is obvious that an artist lives there. A piece of wood hangs from the roof of the porch. On it is a hand-painted …


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