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UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:23 a.m.

Towering art piece adds color to downtown’s newest public space, the West End Plaza

Seattle-based artist Susan Zoccola was inspired by the plaza’s location on what was once known as auto row.


Difference Makers: Taking art to the streets of Spokane

Karen Mobley isn’t that well known to the general public, even though she was a longtime city department head. Her work remains on display all over town, even if it …


Browne’s Addition statue’s missing head found in neighbor’s safekeeping

A Good Samaritan who said she snatched a wobbly head off a statue of Anna Browne, the namesake of Browne’s Addition, prompted several hours of searching in the neighborhood Wednesday …


Birthday party celebrates Riverfront Park’s Garbage Goat

Typically, when someone is said to have “inhaled” a piece of cake, it’s not meant to be taken literally. But the 40th birthday party Saturday afternoon for Riverfront Park’s garbage-eating …


The Verve: Mobley’s upbringing in Wyoming shaped her love of nature

Karen Mobley shares simple pleasures, fleeting thoughts, moods, experiences, and memories of people, places, and things that have, in some way, left their mark on her. To return the favor, …


The Verve: Mobley’s upbringing in Wyoming shaped her love of nature

Karen Mobley shares simple pleasures, fleeting thoughts, moods, experiences, and memories of people, places, and things that have, in some way, left their mark on her. To return the favor, …


Spokane Arts Fund names Shannon Roach as executive director

The Spokane Arts Fund traded a paintbrush for a microphone Tuesday when it announced its new executive director, Shannon Roach. Roach, who will take over on Oct. 1, comes from …


Spokane City Hall mural’s removal brings criticism

Art inspires passion. And that’s not always good, especially if it involves scraping a 30-year-old photo from a basement wall in City Hall without following protocol.


Spokane arts director Karen Mobley steps down

The woman who has overseen Spokane’s public art program for the past 15 years is returning to her studio. Karen Mobley, who spent most of that time as head of …


Sculptures over Freya Street deemed unsafe in high winds

The future of three colorful sculptures that moved in the wind on the Freya Street Bridge is in limbo as officials debate an unexpected engineering challenge. The artwork by local …


Don’t deprive Spokane of a true cultural hero

Message to the flying monkeys running this city: Keep your budget-balancing claws off Karen Mobley. Getting rid of Spokane’s arts director would be an artless blunder.


Finding culture another home

Spokane Arts Director Karen Mobley says that by the end of the year she’ll likely be out of a job. Her bosses won’t go that far. Nothing has been finalized, …


City tries to save Expo ’74 sculpture

Plans to remove a sculpture created for Expo ’74 have been put on hold while city officials explore options to save it. Spokane Arts Director Karen Mobley said Tuesday that …


City tries to save Expo ’74 sculpture

Plans to remove a sculpture created for Expo ’74 have been put on hold while city officials explore options to save it. Spokane Arts Director Karen Mobley said Tuesday that …


‘Bone’ sculpture leaving play area

A piece of Expo ’74 history is up for grabs. The Spokane Park Board voted unanimously Thursday to remove an unnamed sculpture by Charles W. Smith from Riverfront Park.


Park Board gives up Expo sculpture

An Expo ’74 sculpture will be removed from Riverfront Park, but could be saved if an institution or interested person pays for its removal and can maintain it as a …


City ready to toss Expo-era sculpture

When noted Pacific Northwest artist Charles W. Smith was creating a sculpture in what became Riverfront Park, he was often asked what it represented. “Nothing,” he told a Spokane Daily …


Three finalists for airport director named

Spokane International Airport will have a new director by March 1, and improved traffic flow sometime in 2012, if events follow timelines discussed Wednesday by airport board members. These are …


Education Notebook: Two schools win award

The state Superintendent’s Office recently honored two North Side elementary Title I schools for their commitment to students and their exceptional hard work. A press release from Spokane Public Schools …


Landmarks: Art stands out at Fire Station 3

Fire stations in and around Spokane – and, frankly, in other cities, as well – not only serve their communities with fire suppression services and responses to medical emergencies, but …


Adkison remembered as ‘one of the best around’

One of Spokane’s most prolific and accomplished artists is being remembered for her relentless pursuit of her artistic vision. Kathleen Gemberling Adkison died on Aug. 3 in Spokane at the …


Getting There: New airport art lets imagination take flight

The newest installation of public art at Spokane International Airport is described as “a flock of alluring, complex, three-dimensional floating shapes.” Spokane Arts Director Karen Mobley goes on to say …


Young artists brighten underpasses with vibrant murals

Not all art is found in galleries or museums. In fact, motorists and pedestrians who travel through the railroad underpass on Fourth Avenue, east of Sunset Boulevard, have a visual …