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Saturate covers city in events: Arts events in April celebrate diversity

By Audrey Overstreet For The Spokesman-Review

Here are highlights of Saturate events and venues during the month of April:

A Spokane Theater Arts Council Town Hall Meeting will open up discussions about diversity in local theaters and performances. All actors, dancers, musicians and artists are welcome to join the conversation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at David’s Pizza at 803 W. Mallon Ave.

A Diverse Voices Writing Group meets once per month for adults and teens to promote diverse voices in story-telling. 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy.

The Saturate group show kicks off First Friday with six artists of color working in the Inland Northwest across a wide variety of mediums: Jiemei Lin, Jeff Ferguson, Geetha Alagirisamy, Antonio Romero and Azzah Sultan. Their collective works include paintings, prints, photographs, video installations, fiber arts and ceramic pieces. Artists’ reception is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. There will also be an artist talk at the gallery at 5:30 p.m. April 30.

RGZ Prints, in partnership with Terrain, presents the first Spokane Print Fest, a one-day event celebrating all things printmaking, including techniques, live artist demos and work for sale from printmakers throughout the region. There will be a corresponding Terrain Gallery exhibition, called “Tangible Gestures,” of the works of 35 printmakers, both local and national. The exhibition will highlight an array of printmaking styles including relief, intaglio, silkscreen and lithography. Opening from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday at 304 W. Pacific Ave. For information about the $50 printmaking workshops on Saturdays in April, go to

Keiko Von Holt will exhibit works that reflect her Sumi-e watercolor style as well as Japanese calligraphy, and porcelain and art collage. At Kress Gallery, River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave.

Check out the dynamic and highly textured clay works of sculptor James McLeod at the Clay Connection, 714 W. Sprague Ave. First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Pattie Reiko Osebold, one of the founding members of Avenue West Gallery, will display her collages done in origami style as well as her sculptural Japanese dolls. First Friday reception is April 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. 907 W. Boone Ave.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture still has the fascinating exhibition, “As Grandmother Taught,” celebrating the work of three Plateau women alongside historic material from the museums’ permanent collection. Leanne Campbell, HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull and Bernadine Phillips share their time-perfected techniques passed on through generations of indigenous cultures. MAC, 2316 W. First Ave.

The “Shades of Me” annual art show featuring the works of local and regional artists of color will feature women’s organizations, businesses, artisans, crafters, and “inspirers.” Organized by Every Woman Can. Held April 6 and 7 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St.

Blac Rabbit is a band steeped in the hip hop culture, who taught themselves how to play guitar and write songs based off the Beatles. The band performed their Beatles covers for spare change on the New York City subway system until 14 months ago, when they were filmed, uploaded and made viral. They now tour globally and will release their full debut album soon. Tickets are $12-$15. April 17, 8 p.m., the Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave.

Saranac Art Projects will host the site-specific installation, “il·lu·mi·na·tion,” by the three artists of the Portal Collective: Shantell R. Jackson, Roin Morigeau and Asia Porter. First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

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