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Sunday, October 13, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Zentangle helped artist overcome grief

Everyone knows how detrimental stress can be to the body and soul. So often we forget to stop and smell the roses. Loretta West has a “pill” for that. It’s …


Artist hopes works stir up faith questions

Jeremy Vermilion, 32, is a man of few words. When asked where he grew up, he is quick to admit, “I’m not sure I ever did.”


Artist’s journey back to painting

J.D. Pederson grew up in a tight-knit, poor Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago. “There were block parties every summer, and we would share food and laughs with our Puerto Rican …


Restricted by illness, Melvin discovered art

At a home with acreage, surrounded by tall trees in Newman Lake, something’s brewing. Sometimes you can smell it; some kind of chemical mixed with a hint of pine. Upon …


Portraits offer challenge to artist Paul Van Roy

Artist Paul Van Roy grew up in Omaha and started drawing in preschool. In junior high and high school, he won many awards for his ability to artistically capture what …


Artist’s work has place for almost everything

Lisa Maddux’s North Side home looks like a magical cottage from the outside. The small A-frame structure is heavily shaded and intricate twig fencing runs along one side, past an …


Local artist refuses to stick to one art form

Chris Komski, 27, doesn’t care what he’s doing, as long as it has something to do with art. “In every aspect of my life, art is present. It’s figuring out …


Art is means of illustrating human impact

In a mix of realism, abstract and impressionism, done in acrylic paint, ink or water-based mediums on canvas or paper, Megan Broughton speaks her mind. Sometimes she manipulates pieces of …


Art helps Preston face shadows, find freedom

Donna Preston started thinking about becoming an artist when she was 4, after her father told her she was good at coloring. Preston hung on to her father’s every word, …


Unbounded energy

Donna Preston started thinking about becoming an artist when she was 4, after her father told her she was good at coloring. Preston hung on to her father’s every word, …


Artist’s works capture awe of simple wonders

This weekend in a small house across the street from the Spokane River in Peaceful Valley, a handful of artists will exhibit their work. The house has been converted into …


Artist will display works with pieces by her late mother

In a back porch converted into an art studio in North Miami Beach, Sonya Schwartz painted and sketched when time allowed. It seems she leaned toward figurative studies of women …


Artist’s ‘visual journal’ covers range of emotions

Debbie Hanks never intended to be an artist. But her thoughts, dreams and struggles needed a place to go, so she set them free in acrylic paint and mixed-media, reflecting …


Women’s gallery will feature works of male artists, too

Manic Moon and More, an artist emporium at 1007 W. Augusta Ave., oozes with the feminine spirit and, like the moon, the gallery is always changing. With 30 or so …


The Verve: Book’s heroes are kids

Jessica Rising travels every day, either hanging on to the wings of her imagination or sliding through a portal in the bathtub drain. Her recent “vacation” took place in Nil, …


Artist uses STEAM to create her works

On a hillside near Green Bluff, there is round-the-clock activity; people are splitting and stacking wood, and stoking the fire of the anagama (Japanese term meaning “cave kiln”). There aren’t …


Artist shares her life – warts and all – in her work

Artist Nikki Freeman’s life should be a novel – the kind you can’t put down, filled with twists and turns, tragedy, scandal, and skeletons that, rather than stay in the …


Benson’s mural at Central Food reflects affection for Spokane

Brothers Cain and Todd Benson recently created a love letter to Spokane – a 77-foot-long mural in Greenstone Homes’ Central Food building in Kendall Yards. The mural has adults and …


The Verve: Surroundings fuel her passion for art

Oana Barac-Matei was born in Romania. At age 6, she came to Spokane with her family for political freedom. Shortly after moving here, she was introduced to coloring. “One of …


Jewelry designer incorporates articles of past in her designs

Behind a secret door in the back of Glamarita, 911 ½ W. Garland Ave., is a long hallway with warm fabric draped on the walls. At the end of the …


Jim Rea’s artwork reflects resilience, permanence

Artist Jim Rea knows all too well the fragility of the human body; his has been broken many times. His artwork reflects the opposite of fragility. With a chisel and …


Connie Stout’s mosaics extensions of her caring

Connie Stout’s hands and heart are one; she creates simply because her heart beats. Her work is an extension of her love and caring for others.


White uses his art to release his inner thoughts

The first 21 years of artist Sam White’s life were filled with trials and tribulations. Born in Seattle, White said he grew up in an abusive household; a scar on …


Ritchie’s artwork looks beyond form of face

Sculptor, photographer and multimedia artist Sheri Ritchie is a bit of an alchemist – she creates tangible and thought-provoking things out of mud mixtures and fleeting thoughts. Clay and simple …


Artist Waddington mixes messages with her work

If you were an amateur philosopher who gazed at Haley Waddington’s paintings, met the artist and then flipped through a notebook filled with images of her work, you just might …


Many people took part in raising this free-spirited artist

Jan Wendt’s art reflects a free-spirited nature. Inspired by fantasy, nature and a little bit of rock ’n’ roll, her mixed-media creations capture dreams and a world of “what ifs,” …


Painter mines emotions with striking images

Tannea Zollinger’s work transcends the surface on which she paints as well as the images she chooses; she wants her work to evoke a memory, a feeling or allow the …


Lind sees connections among us

On singer/songwriter Dirk Lind’s Facebook page, he has two small sentences under the “about” heading that read “I eat life and poop music. True story.” That is Lind in a …


The Verve: Handmade is way to show love for Elise Bozzo

Elise Bozzo will blush if you call her an artist. “I call myself a craftsperson,” she said. “I’ve never purchased a gift from a big store; either I make something …


For Ginger Oakes sculpting is ‘instinctual’

For sculptor Ginger Oakes, her artistic journey began like the main character in the 1977 Steven Spielberg film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Who can forget the scene where …