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Local Artists Honored With Awards, Grants

Nina Culver Correspondent

Four Inland Northwest artists have been recognized by Artist Trust, a non-profit organization committed to supporting Washington state artists.

Wendy Franklund Miller, Spokane, was among 11 artists statewide to receive the Presidents’ Award. The group’s past presidents select artists to honor based on their artistic talents and commitment as community members. Each receives $1,000.

Artist Trust also awarded $1,200 GAPs, Grants for Artist Projects, to Spokane visual artist Mary Farrell and poet Anita Endrezze, and Thomas Arthur, a choreographer from Palouse.

Silver Spurs reunion

The Silver Spurs, one of America’s oldest youth folk dance groups, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a reunion, Aug. 1-3.

More than 450 members have been contacted, said organizer June Dickmann, “but we know there are thousands more of them out there.”

Few records exist before the mid-1980s, and Dickmann hopes participants from that time will contact her for reunion information.

Reunion organizers want to locate all dancers, teachers and others affiliated with the dance group. Anyone interested in attending, or who knows of a past member, is asked to call the Silver Spurs office, 533-9966.

Ballet master teaching classes

Shamil Yagudin, ballet master of the Bolshoi Ballet, will teach a classical ballet workshop at The Academy of Dance, 14214 E. Sprague, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The workshop is open to dancers of intermediate and advanced levels. Cost of the workshop is $15 per day, or $90 for the week. To register, call the academy at 922-3023 before Monday’s first session.

Summer art in CdA

The Citizen’s Council for the Arts in Coeur d’Alene is sponsoring The Summer Art Institute, a series of workshops taught by professional artists and teachers. The event is part of the Lake City’s annual Art on the Green.

Unless otherwise noted, the three-hour classes will be MondayThursday, July 28-31.

Watercolor Workshop: Ken Spiering, creator of Riverfront Park’s Radio Flyer Wagon, Bloomsday posters and the bronze mountain lions at the STA Plaza, will conduct a one-day session emphasizing seeing, reflecting and pooling on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; cost is $40.

Vocal Workshop: Robin Marks, vocalist and body/mind therapist, will teach how to unlock the voice, gain confidence and experience the joy of singing on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9 p.m.; cost is $40.

Community Art Forum: Harold Balazs and Tommy Griffin, sculptors/ artists, will lead a three-day symposium on “Creating Art in Public Places” Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; cost is $50.

Special Reading: Workshop instructors will give readings and narratives of their works at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the North Idaho College Library.

Festival poster winner

Bonnie Shields has been named Poster Artist for the 1997 Festival at Sandpoint.

Shields, a professional artist since 1973, has lived and worked in Idaho since 1980. She is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist whose work has appeared in books and on greeting cards and postcards.

The poster - depicting this year’s mascot, a character called Moozart - will be unveiled at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, at Sandpoint’s Old Power House, 120 E. Lake.

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