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Spokane Arts will honor Gibbs with Mobley award

Steve Gibbs, owner of the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, is receiving a lifetime achievement award from Spokane Arts.

Gibbs will receive the Karen Mobley Arts Impact Award on Nov. 5 during the Create Spokane Costume Ball and Arts Awards.

Gibbs will be the second recipient of the award, created last year in honor of Mobley, a longtime Spokane arts advocate and artist who for years headed the city of Spokane arts department.

He is being honored for his hard work fostering arts throughout the Inland Northwest, said Ellen Picken, the Spokane Arts program manager. “He’s affected many people in the arts in the region,” she said, and his reach extends well past the state line.

None of the nominees for the third annual arts awards, held as the culminating event of October’s Create Spokane arts month, knows who wins until the night of the event, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Washington Cracker Co. Building, 304 W. Pacific Ave., in downtown Spokane. Spokane Arts is announcing Gibbs’ award early, Picken said, because he has such a strong network, and “we want to give his family and the community time to make plans to come and see him honored.”

Tickets to the costume ball are $25, available at

Carolyn Lamberson

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