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Artist, her daughter plan to take part in studio tour

On Sept. 15 and 16, six artists on the South Hill will open their homes to the public during the ninth annual Spokane Town and Country Studio Tour. At each stop on the self-guided tour, artists will be exhibiting their wares in a variety of media including painting, pottery, photography, wearable art, and sculpture. Four of the studios have been on the map before, but two are opening their doors for the first time. “Opening my home studio just sounded like a great way to meet other artists and to share what I love about art,” said watercolorist Joy Gruenewald. “Spokane has an incredible arts community.”

Sharing art and home

On Sept. 15 and 16, six artists on the South Hill will open their homes to the public during the ninth annual Spokane Town and Country Studio Tour. At each stop on the self-guided tour, artists will be exhibiting their wares in a variety of media including painting, pottery, photography, wearable art, and sculpture. Four of the studios have been on the map before, but two are opening their doors for the first time. “Opening my home studio just sounded like a great way to meet other artists and to share what I love about art,” said watercolorist Joy Gruenewald. “Spokane has an incredible arts community.”

Artist finds her own way

Karen Swanson is the kind of artist who questions authority. She’s not a lawbreaker by any means, but when it comes to the so-called rules of art, that’s another story. Her first act of defiance occurred at the age of 5 when a student teacher announced to a classroom full of impressionable, budding artists that the sun “should go in the corner.” Swanson looked around and, sure enough, on every piece of paper, the sun was in the upper right hand corner.

Artist finds her own way

Karen Swanson is the kind of artist who questions authority. She’s not a lawbreaker by any means, but when it comes to the so-called rules of art, that’s another story. Her first act of defiance occurred at the age of 5 when a student teacher announced to a classroom full of impressionable, budding artists that the sun “should go in the corner.” Swanson looked around and, sure enough, on every piece of paper, the sun was in the upper right hand corner.

The Verve: Movie tells a ‘nonzombie’ tale

He walks down the middle of a quiet street. The camera follows him from behind. His gait is sluggish, and his clothes haven’t been changed for what looks like weeks. He grunts and makes strange noises. Someone screams in the distance. He turns slightly, and it becomes obvious that he has been in some kind of an altercation and he apparently lost. He’s dead and sipping a “brain freeze” through a straw. He drops the cup and continues on in search of some kind of sustenance – brains or love.

Movie tells a ‘nonzombie’ tale

He walks down the middle of a quiet street. The camera follows him from behind. His gait is sluggish and his clothes haven’t been changed for what looks like weeks. He grunts and makes strange noises. Someone screams in the distance. He turns slightly and it becomes obvious that he has been in some kind of an altercation and he apparently lost. He’s dead and sipping a “brain freeze” through a straw. He drops the cup and continues on in search of some kind of sustenance – brains or love.

Artist donates 30 works for land preservation fundraiser

There are champions among us; people within our community and the surrounding areas who fight for our right to enjoy what we so often take for granted – nature. From 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21, in the lobby of the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. in downtown Spokane, some of these champions will offer an inside look into their operations with an exhibit and fundraiser. The exhibit will feature 30 paintings completed in the past three months by artist Wes Hanson. The work represents landscapes and Inland Northwest Land Trust conservation easements in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

At nature’s bidding

There are champions among us; people within our community and the surrounding areas who fight for our right to enjoy what we so often take for granted – nature. From 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21, in the lobby of the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. in downtown Spokane, some of these champions will offer an inside look into their operations with an exhibit and fundraiser. The exhibit will feature 30 paintings completed in the past three months by artist Wes Hanson. The work represents landscapes and Inland Northwest Land Trust conservation easements in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Gianna Morrill’s fashions can take abuse with flair

Some kind of covert operation has been taking place at Gianna Morrill’s South Hill home over the past few months as she prepares for the Runway Renegade fashion show next Saturday after the 10th annual Garland Street Fair ends and the block party begins. “We’ve been keeping it under wraps,” she said. “Let’s just say it’s different from my usual designs. It’s a concept collection with a twist on empowerment.” This is her first collaboration with her boyfriend Casey Reynolds.

Gianna Morrill’s fashions can take abuse with flair

Some kind of covert operation has been taking place at Gianna Morrill’s South Hill home over the past few months as she prepares for the Runway Renegade fashion show next Saturday after the 10th annual Garland Street Fair ends and the block party begins. “We’ve been keeping it under wraps,” she said. “Let’s just say it’s different from my usual designs. It’s a concept collection with a twist on empowerment.” This is her first collaboration with her boyfriend Casey Reynolds.

Local artist finds herself through creating

When you spend time with artist Debbie McCulley, it is not hard to imagine her as a younger, hipper Martha Stewart. Her work really is all about the nurturing of the creative muse and following a passion. “I got to a point where I decided I wouldn’t say ‘someday’ anymore,” she said and “someday” became “now.”

‘Art for Radio’ gives visual element to spoken-word ideas

On Main Avenue in downtown Spokane, there are two nonprofit organizations motivated to expose others to things that are often overlooked by mainstream media. KYRS-Thin Air Community Radio broadcasts from 35 W. Main Ave. Dozens of DJs spin every type of music imaginable and voices lead relevant discussions, all heard on 92.3 and 88.1 FM or streaming online.

Artist, musician Annie Libertini loves to inspire

Artist Annie Libertini is unassuming, quiet and inquisitive – attributes that speak loudly through her work, which is mysterious and captures the subtle nuances of man and nature. Inspired by mythology, fairy tales, history and the natural world, Libertini liberates herself through an array of media, creating stunning works of art that pay homage to the world around her.

Beyond the mask

Artist Annie Libertini is unassuming, quiet and inquisitive – attributes that speak loudly through her work, which is mysterious and captures the subtle nuances of man and nature. Inspired by mythology, fairy tales, history and the natural world, Libertini liberates herself through an array of media, creating stunning works of art that pay homage to the world around her.

McLeron paints with needle, threads

Lee McLeron’s creations include geometric designs, abstracts, butterflies, flowers and foliage. Her tools are needles and her palette overflows with many types and hues of thread. One piece, a rendition of Mount St. Helens that at first glance looks like a painting, was selected by the Embroiderers Guild of America to travel to galleries and museums across the country.

Fine art of embroidery

Lee McLeron’s creations include geometric designs, abstracts, butterflies, flowers and foliage. Her tools are needles and her palette overflows with many types and hues of thread. One piece, a rendition of Mount St. Helens that at first glance looks like a painting, was selected by the Embroiderers Guild of America to travel to galleries and museums across the country.

The Verve: Artist appreciates little things

In the eighth grade, artist Kirsten Stobie was diagnosed with a heart condition called vasovagal syncope. Simply put, she faints easily. Not life threatening – unless she happens to faint in a less than favorable setting – the condition is triggered by things like stress, pain and heat.

Rediscovering art proves key when cancer, crisis hit

Jan Foland hangs out on street corners in a bad part of town with drug dealers and addicts, maybe a few prostitutes, and some gang members. Foland’s motivation is simply to soften hearts and make room for God; we can all agree – even if you’re not a believer – there are a lot of hearts that need softening. “What it’s really all about is ‘we’ not ‘me,’ “ Foland said. “Together, we can find salvation, share our stories, and realize that hope is alive and well.”