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Breaking the rules: With show at Kolva-Sullivan, Shana Smith exhibits the works that matters to her

Standing in her garage-turned-studio with soaring ceilings and white walls in Spokane’s Nevada/Lidgerwood area, oil painter Shana Smith conveys ideas rapid-fire, like a machine gun. She hunts for meaningful words like an archaeologist digs for ancient artifacts. Her appetite for finding not only the right images to paint but also the right words to use is voracious and deliberate. Take the words she has chosen as the titles for the more than three dozen paintings she has created for her new show, “Perceptions of an Artist,” opening this Friday at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery.

Artist Dan McCann’s assemblages subject of EWU retrospective “A Look Back”

Dan McCann’s works of art are curated collections of sorts. He assembles objects for display, placing them inside shadow boxes that he encloses with glass fronts. Inside the boxes are three-dimensional worlds, or arrangements of McCann’s making. His mini-universes and tableaux are sometimes pleasant, often frightening, and almost always strange.