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MAC moves ArtFest online, cancels Mother’s Day Tour of Homes

Tanya Rice checks out artwork by Maia Leisz during ArtFest on May 31. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Tanya Rice checks out artwork by Maia Leisz during ArtFest on May 31. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture announced last week that ArtFest, typically an outdoor event, will become an online juried show and art sale from May 29-31, while the Mother’s Day Tour of Homes will be postponed until May 8-9, 2021.

“With the City of Spokane unable to approve permits for large public events scheduled in May, and possibly beyond, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the many other arts festivals and special events moving into summer or early fall, we will proceed with a reimagined ArtFest Online 2020 and save the Mother’s Day Tour of Homes for next year,” executive director Wes Jessup said in a news release. “The health and safety of our thousands of participants is still of concern.”

ArtFest Online 2020 will feature arts and crafts from jury-selected artists. The pieces will be presented gallery-style, and there will be links to view more of each artist’s or creator’s work. The pieces in ArtFest Online will be available for purchase.

More information about this free event and the artists featured in the show will be posted in the near future at

The Mother’s Day Tour of Homes will feature the homes that were supposed to be part of the 2020 event. ArtFest 2021 will take place in Browne’s Addition from June 4-6.

Until further notice, the MAC’s exhibitions and facilities will remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning Tuesday, patrons can take an online walk through “Pompeii: The Immortal City” by visiting the museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

On Thursday, the MAC will present the online program “Living With the Dead: Urbanism in the Roman Suburb” at 6:30 p.m. Registration for the event is available through the Lectures and Events calendar at

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