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Treasure Hunting

At Pink Salvage Gallery, art is in the bag

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)
(Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

What Chris Lynch has created by stitching vintage, shabby and sometimes quirky oil paintings onto canvas tote bags, is the most practical form of wearable art; pretty to look at but made to be used.  With repurposed women’s leather belts as handles and straps, no two bags are alike.

I stopped by Pink Salvage Gallery last week and Chris was just setting up the art-bags in her tiny vault/showroom. Displayed within elegant vintage frames, the bags look like the little works of art they are.

Chris is as creative with needle and thread as anyone I know. I included a photo of her folding-chair slipcovers created from vintage aprons in a 2005 Treasure Hunt column in the Spokesman-Review’s HOME insert, and every time I chat with her she has a new project going. This is one of my favorites.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about antiques and collectibles and the love of all things vintage. Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement and she is The Spokesman-Review's female automobile reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. Cheryl-Anne is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."