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James Hill, a cyclotron engineer in Spokane, was driving his car and “chomping on nuts” when his tooth fell apart in his mouth. He pulled over. A fast call to his dentist’s office secured an emergency appointment, where he learned a wisdom tooth that emerged when Hill was 37 had put so much pressure on another tooth that the tooth died and decayed. A hard nut was the last straw, and the tooth shattered.
For 100 years, historic Hillyard has celebrated with a festival. For the centennial edition of the Hillyard Festival, organizers went all out. Car shows. Fireworks. Live entertainment. Free swimming. Vendors galore. All of it designed to draw visitors from around the Inland Northwest.
Through September there will be an art show at Second Space Gallery, 610 W. Second Ave., unique to our area. Commodity is at the bottom of the list of reasons for the event. “Creating art as a commodity is not my primary goal as an artist. Making art that doesn’t need to complement a living room gives me so many more possibilities of objects and images that I can use,” said artist Dani Pavlic. “I create art that has a clean, shiny aesthetic to draw in the viewer. The concept of art is the focus of the work.”