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Artist’s work explores dualities, connections

Multidisciplinary artist Chrissa Walker Chorvat creates in a no-holds-barred fashion with a proclivity for commentaries on sex and war – things that, to her, are closely related.

Artist finds peace – and lullabies – in paintings

Carol Schmauder drew and painted in oil in her youth. She gave it up while raising nine children because it was hard to “find a place to put oil paintings to dry without little fingers smearing them around.”

The Verve: Arts in the classroom critical at East Farms STEAM school

Last Friday, dozens of children and their families attended an art show called “A is for Art” in the Seehorn Building of the Steam Plant. The exhibition included more than 400 works of art created by elementary students from East Farms STEAM Magnet School in the East Valley School District. Along with a handful of volunteers, teacher and resident artist Sami Perry hung the work in one day, anticipating an excited crowd. They weren’t disappointed.

Short plays come ‘Fast and Furious’ at Stage Left

On Saturday and Sunday at Stage Left Theater, the audience is advised not to blink during the theater’s third annual staged readings of 1- to 3-minute-long plays. “Fast and Furious” includes more than 35 plays written by local and national playwrights.

Artist uses works to cultivate community

Livingston’s Spokane exhibit opens Thursday at the Richmond Art Collective’s new gallery space in the historic Richmond Building, 228 W. Sprague Ave.

The Verve: Artist’s work inspired by her world travels, reflect human condition

“I live out my dreams, my fears, and my experiences through my art. It is a lifelong study of the human condition and of my own condition,” Melanie Lieb Taylor said. “My art is my travels, my childhood, my family and friends, enemies and heroes. It is the product of my hopes and an outlet for intense emotions and moments that have no words.”

The Verve: Aryn Lindsey Fields is moving with purpose into the life of an artist

Aryn Lindsey Fields likes running through fields of clay. Though she paints, sketches and makes lithographs, clay is her medium of choice. Working in a studio on the South Hill that was designed to be a garage, she hand-forms 3-D portraits. “I enjoy creating personalities,” she said. “I want the viewer to look at one of my faces and wonder what they are thinking, what their history is.”

Verve: Artist paints through her emotions

“Art is my therapy,” says Sierra Dawson. “With each brush stroke, I leave behind a piece of me. When I reach for my paintbrush, music speaking to me in the background, all of my thoughts are put on mute. Whether I’m feeling happy or sad, I deal with it though painting or a different artistic medium.”

MAC hosts Watercolor Society exhibit

The Spokane Watercolor Society’s annual juried show has a new home at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Starting Sept. 30, paintings will be on display in the Helen South Alexander Gallery in the Cheney Cowles Center.

Moksha’s world music offers contemplative sound

Moksha’s instrumental tones, sounds and beats leave a listener with room for thought. The music is like a painting of sound. The group’s name means “freedom from the differentiated, temporal and mortal world of ordinary experience,” and its sound is anything but ordinary.

The Verve: With arts degree, artist now focused on mastering technique, fundamentals

Max Marlett, 23, is an emerging artist who will most likely be emerging for quite some time. “It is once the artist has experimented enough to become comfortable with their style and skill that they can begin on the quest of their artistic endeavor,” he said. “You have to embrace who and what you are as a painter and a person. There is a lot to say, and that changes as you journey through your career.”

The Verve: He lets his music do the talking

Some people might describe singer/songwriter Matthew Joseph Hughes as shy. Soft-spoken, he often looks like a deer in the headlights when you’re speaking to him, almost as if conversation pains him. That all changes when he picks up one of his guitars, first hopping onto his kitchen counter to strum a few chords, then moving into the living room where he sits cross-legged on the floor with his guitar in his arms and begins to sing. This is the kind of conversation he’s good at – heartfelt experiences set to melodies.

EWU student present art in the 1st, 3rd dimensions

At Object Space, 1818 1/2 E. Sprague Ave., the work of more than a dozen Eastern Washington University art students occupies the space. The artists are all students of the Studio Art Program who took the Senior Capstone course that focuses on the professional practice of a fine artist.

Art that heals war wounds

Styrofoam heads and shoes can tell stories. Art therapist Lila Dielke knows because she’s heard them and, though she’s often brought to tears, she is certain that healing is possible.