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UPDATED: Mon., May 4, 2020

Spokane spray-paint artist Daniel Lopez captures COVID-19 experience with new mural

Daniel Lopez said he’s been called the area’s “edgy Bob Ross,” but instead of featuring little trees, his newest creation showcases rolls upon rolls of toilet paper and a red …


Ferris senior Conor Closson wins writing contest with ‘Why I Do the Dishes’

For Ferris High School senior Conor Closson, things changed after he read Anne Rice’s “Interview With a Vampire.” Beforehand, Closson said he wasn’t a big fan of reading or writing, …


Shawn Vestal: Creative community faces ‘catastrophic’ challenges to survive

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been harsh in many parts of the community, and especially so for many arts organizations. Across the board, large stalwarts like the Spokane …


Artists look to the community for a helping hand

With an extended date of quarantine release set for May 4, Spokane artists are facing an unprecedented challenge with one simple solution: You. Ginger Ewing, co-founder and executive director of …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Spokane Arts raising funds for struggling artists amid pandemic

A local arts group is working to assist artists who’ve lost business and musicians who can’t perform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sacajawea seventh-grade artist wins city access cover design contest

Students 18 and under were invited to participate in a Wastewater Access Cover design contest and they responded in droves, with 280 students of all ages submitting designs in the …


Spokane Arts announces Chris Cook will serve as city’s next poet laureate

Spokane Arts announced Wednesday that Chris Cook, who has published two books of poetry and has been an active member of the Spokane poetry community for decades, is the new …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

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.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Instagram Spokane: Local businesses are picturing profits with social media platform

More and more Spokane businesses and organizations are finding ways to incorporate the visual platform into their marketing strategies.


Saturate: Shantell Jackson seeks to amplify positive messages in her work

Jackson will be among more than two dozen local artists of color who are participating in this year’s Saturate, a citywide collaboration calling attention to Spokane’s diverse yet under-recognized artists.


Saturate covers city in events: Arts events in April celebrate diversity

Here are highlights of Saturate events and venues during the month of April.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

Arctic artist: Trépanier travels into Canadian wilderness for his works

An artist can encounter tough obstacles when putting brush to canvas. But plein air painter Cory Trépanier’s challenges rise to another level altogether. For the past decade Trépanier, 50, lugged …


Winter Wonderland: Local artists shine in Spokane’s Winter Arts Tour

There are more than 35 venues and 200 artists – including actors, poets, filmmakers, painters, photographers, ceramicists, sculptors, fiber artists, and musicians – participating this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson, Spokane Arts launch Poetry at the Podium

Poetry at the Podium will give more than 30 poets a year the chance to read a poem at council meetings during the time set aside for “Words of Inspiration.”


Color me Spokane: Artist Matt Smith brings a taste of the river to Stevens Street underpass

With help from Spokane Arts, local artist Matt Smith completes public mural along the Stevens Street BNSF underpass.


Gallivanting galleries: First Friday showcases what Spokane art scene has to offer

Spokane’s galleries, wineries and shops throw open their doors every First Friday to welcome visitors seeking some needed respite.


Spokane Zine Fest honors small but mighty medium

The second annual Zine Fest brings 20 artists to the Bartlett on Saturday.


Spokane celebrates its arts scene with the October Arts Month

All the leaves may be turning brown, but Spokane’s local arts scene is sprouting more creativity than ever. Dozens of happenings are popping up this season at art galleries, theaters, …


City of words: ‘I am a Town’ project brings poetry to Spokane streets

In a dozen spots throughout the city, passers-by can come across fragments from poems about Spokane places, matched to the particular locations to which the poems refer. The public arts …


Riverfront Park art piece gets Park Board approval

The nearly unanimous panel voted Thursday afternoon to begin design and construction of “Step Well,” a public art piece designed by Boston-based artist and architect J. Meejin Yoon. The final …


Spokane Arts Grants Awards funds artistic reach

Today, Spokane Arts announced its first round of Spokane Arts Grants Awards for the year, with nine local artists or arts organizations receiving a total of $40,150 in aid from …


Design of signature art for revitalized Riverfront Park set for vote

The full Spokane Park Board will vote later this month on a design and location for “Step Well,” architect and artist J. Meejin Yoon’s sculpture for Riverfront Park. The MIT …


Rachel Dolezal paintings prompt flap between downtown Spokane library, artist

Anthony Stevenson said he should have been able to display artwork from former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal during a Black History Month exhibition at the downtown library. Library officials …


Saturate: Citywide effort aims to raise the profile of artists of color

Second annual arts event is tied to Black History Month and the annual Winter Visual Arts Tour.


Spokane’s next poet laureate is Mark Anderson

The 29-year-old, who grew up in Mica, an unincorporated community between Spokane Valley and Freeman, founded Broken Mic, the long-running performance poetry open mic, held Wednesday nights at Neato Burrito …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Lead artist releases preliminary art designs for Riverfront Park

J. Meejin Yoon, who is working with a half-million-dollar budget for public art as part of Riverfront Park’s redevelopment, introduced four preliminary designs at an open house held last week. …


Spray-paint muralist adds Altamont Street art to Spokane’s underpass galleries

Daniel Lopez, 35, was inspired by the finches he saw when he first moved to downtown Spokane to paint the birds now swooping beneath the highway in East Central Spokane.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017

Spokane Arts Grants Awards will fund movies, music, art classes and more

More than half of this round’s winners had applied previously, but did not succeed with their first try.


‘Meet the Makers’ documentary series puts spotlight on Spokane creators

Episode two of Spokane Arts’ “Meet the Makers” documentary series profiles pop-rock trio Friends of Mine.


Spark, SpIFF, Saranac among winners of arts grants

The total 2017 grant funding available to be awarded is $85,000, spread across four rounds of grants. The funding comes from the city’s admissions tax, a portion of which is …