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‘Moody, broody’ beauty

His studio is half a garage behind his house, with the door wide open to sun, lawn, quiet and dandelions in Peaceful Valley. He keeps painting after the sun goes down, with lights aimed at the canvas or paper on his easel. He paints every day, but if he makes a plan for a day’s work, it’s vague. Maybe he’ll paint a skull today, or maybe an Indian guy.

‘Moody, broody’ beauty

His studio is half a garage behind his house, with the door wide open to sun, lawn, quiet and dandelions in Peaceful Valley. He keeps painting after the sun goes down, with lights aimed at the canvas or paper on his easel. He paints every day, but if he makes a plan for a day’s work, it’s vague. Maybe he’ll paint a skull today, or maybe an Indian guy.

Book Notes: Tinman party will celebrate Gendron book

“Rattlebone,” a 128-page full color hardbound book collecting some 80 works by Spokane artist Ric Gendron, will be celebrated with a release party on Oct. 19 at The Tinman Gallery. The book is being published by the University of Washington Press in conjunction with a traveling exhibit of Gendron’s work that will debut at the Missoula Art Museum on Nov. 2.

Native Americans from across country gather at Julyamsh

Two familiar faces from the small screen made an appearance this weekend alongside members of the Flathead, Nez Perce, Spokane, Navajo and other tribes at the 15th annual Julyamsh Powwow in Post Falls. R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere, from the History Channel show “Swamp People,” spoke Friday about hunting alligators and living off the land in Louisiana. The pair spent hours autographing pictures, shirts and booklets and posing for photos with eager fans Saturday afternoon.

Spotlight: Acclaimed classical guitarist LeFevre to perform Friday

Michael LeFevre, an award-winning classical guitarist and professor at Walla Walla University, will perform Friday at the Holy Names Music Center. LeFevre will present the premiere of “Sonata” by Bryan Johanson, an Oregon-based award-winning composer. He also will play works by Jorge Morel, Leo Brouwer, Marco Pereira in addition to J.S. Bach’s BWV 995.

Before Gendron’s work hits museum circuit, it lands at Tinman

Beginning this fall, the works of accomplished local painter Ric Gendron will spend two years touring Western and tribal museums around the country. The last local showing of Gendron’s work until the tour’s end opens this week at the Tinman Gallery in the Garland District.

One man’s vision saved by another’s

Spokane artist Ric Gendron knew it would be a “once in a lifetime” exhibit, the kind most painters can only dream about. It was a major retrospective of Gendron’s art, scheduled for February 2012 at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. It would be accompanied by a full-color coffee table book. Both would be funded by a $30,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Spotlight: Hotel Ruby set to unveil Gendron’s musician portraits

Look, up in the sky, it’s …. art, looming 30 feet high in downtown Spokane. It’s a large-scale reproduction of local artist Ric Gendron’s portrait of country legend Hank Williams, mounted on the side of the Hotel Ruby at First Avenue and Lincoln Street.