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Balancing act: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture leadership strives to emphasize ‘art’ and ‘culture’

The first time Freya Liggett noticed a job opening at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, she let it pass on by. Not only was she enjoying her role as the longtime manager of the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, but the MAC’s ever-revolving door of leadership over the past several years would give anyone pause. After the hiring of Wes Jessup as the MAC’s executive director two years ago, came a feeling that things were looking up for Spokane’s 100-year-old cultural institution. The next time a position came up, this time as the MAC’s new curator of history, Liggett jumped at the chance to join the team. She has been on the job for two months.

He did it his way: Art Spirit Gallery celebrates Harold Balazs with January show

“I Did It My Way” opens tonight at the Art Spirit Gallery and runs through Feb. 2. The exhibit will feature more than 130 pieces representing the seven decades of Harold Balazs’ work, including new paintings from 2017. Enamels, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and mixed media assemblages will be on display.

Watercolor artists from the Spokane area and beyond bring their talents to annual juried show

The diversity of watercolor painting itself is taking center stage at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, in a striking show full of bold strokes and intricate line work. “I hate using the word ‘eclectic,’ ” said Vicki West, chairwoman of the Spokane Watercolor Society’s 2017 Annual Juried Show on now through Oct. 29 at the MAC. “Eclectic is the only way to describe the diverse content, techniques, applications and subject matter. This show has everything.”

Balazs show features new, old works

The famed Spokane artist, whose large-scale pieces dot public spaces around the region, will exhibit vibrantly colored enameled works, paintings, drawings and mixed media works. Some are new and some date back to the 1950s.

Fly fishing niche extends Valley painter’s audience around the globe

Imagine an artificial fly floating on the surface of a stream with ripples of light dancing around it. Capture the image on canvas, and then reach out to the people who are passionate about catching fish on flies. Now you know what keeps Spokane Valley artist Tom Hanson busy these days.