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Spokane Arts Commission tabs new members

The Spokane Arts Commission has selected six new members and elevated a current member to the role of chairman.

The new members are Ginger Ewing of Terrain and Window Dressing; Garret Daggett of Ecova; Derrick “D.O.” Oliver of ETailz; Chase Ogden from Eastern Washington University; Rebekah Pepiton-Wilkins of Central Valley High School; and Rick Eichstaedt of the Center for Justice.

Meanwhile, Spokane artist Dean Davis, who has an exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Culture running through June 28, assumed the chairmanship of the commission in January.

The commission is charged with promoting and enhancing the “quality, accessibility and presence of the arts in Spokane,” according to a news release.

Kathy Swehla of Land Expressions was approved for a second term. She and the new members will work with existing commissioners Melissa Parker, Mariesa Stokes (Anthem Inc.), Karli Ingersoll (the Bartlett), Jean Klundt (Klundt Hosmer), Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak (Gonzaga), David Buescher (HDG Studios), Sandra Kernerman (KSPS) and Jim Kolva (Jim Kolva Associates) on the board. Commissioners are appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council for three-year terms.

For more information on the work done by Spokane Arts, visit

Musicians team up for trumpeter friend

Mike Lenke is a longtime Spokane trumpeter now facing some serious health issues. To lend a hand, a group of local musicians are taking the stage at the Bing Crosby Theater tonight to lend a hand.

The Big Band Swings for Mike Lenke show will begin at 6 p.m. at the Bing, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Your $22 admission gets to a seat to hear performances by the Master Class Bing Band, under the direction of Mark Stephens, as well as Heather Villa, Kathleen Cavender, Abbey Crawford, Nicole Lewis, Peter Rivera, Sammy Eubanks, Robert Vaughn, Pat Barclay, Chris Rieser and Dave Green.

Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, visit

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