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He turned life into song

The mutts, Baxter, Rockie, Bandit and Otis, miss having a yard to run in. They have been with Charlie Lee for years and now, they patiently wait for the bus …


He’s turned life into a song

The mutts, Baxter, Rockie, Bandit and Otis, miss having a yard to run in. They have been with Charlie Lee for years and now, they patiently wait for the bus …


Creating is her passion

Pamee Hohner’s introduction to art was a paint by numbers set given to her by her grandmother at age 9. She has been making art ever since. “I love to …


Flying Spiders creative, eclectic, fun

The Flying Spiders, a hip-hop orchestra, are pretty fly; failure to groove is not an option. Watching them perform can cause a spontaneous rising of the arms and an, all …


Ho Lan uses art, music to brighten lives

Ho Lan’s motivation comes from the desire to spread peace. Whether she’s singing, playing the guitar or percussion, composing a song, painting or even conversing with a friend or stranger, …


Secrest’s art captures natural beauty, serenity

Kathleen Secrest’s oil paintings and pastel drawings are all about nature. On her website, she explains, “I paint to see more closely, and I hope my observations will help others …


Scott sees – and creates – outside the box

Jen Scott’s work is visually stunning. From her photography and mixed media pieces to her fashion line, Scott’s creations exemplify thinking outside the box. The roots of her endeavors grow …


Lyman’s encaustic work on display during RAW event

Using the ancient medium called encaustic (to burn in), Ara Lyman applies layers of wax to wood. Dipping her brush into a palette of colored, melted beeswax, she uses a …


For Art Jacobs, creation is an immersive ‘soul experience’

Art Jacobs’ name suits him. From the depths of his soul, he is an artist. It began at the age of 16 when, without formal training, he created portraits of …


The Verve: Freeman Wamsley opens her own public practice

Sometimes a work of art just makes a viewer ask, “Huh?” Nontraditional artist Bridget Freeman Wamsley is OK with that. “The purpose is to take an issue, an idea or …


Couple have been exploring art together since they met

Artists Alice and Chuck Harmon met over the phone. She was in Missoula, and he in Spokane. The company she worked for did business with the company he worked for. …


Witherspoon paints her visions of love, happiness

Gay Witherspoon grew up on Long Island, N.Y. Her grandmother painted in oils and her father was a draftsman. He was a pilot who drew pictures of airplanes but after …


Bagge’s creations are meant to challenge mainstream ideas, culture

Jason Bagge is a street artist. He doesn’t live on the street and peddle his art for loose change. Rather, he has his finger on the pulse of the street, …


Ravencraft paintings turn heads; viewers scratch them

Artist Sean Ravencraft is on a quest. His pursuits include understanding history, the roots of humanity and struggles with depression. He studies ancient man’s anthropomorphic figures and cave paintings where …


The Verve: Bellmore has passion with array of outlets

Standing outside the northwest Spokane home, it is obvious that an artist lives there. A piece of wood hangs from the roof of the porch. On it is a hand-painted …


Artist has ‘up-cycled’ her life along with her art

A few years ago, Barbara Hawkins stepped off the merry-go-round. Realizing that sometimes you have to forfeit the race in order to really win, she quit the manual union job …


Former graphic artist has eased into freer style

Lisa Waddle is an emerging artist who has been emerging for years. It began in her youth when her grandmother bought her large boxes of art supplies for Christmas. Waddle …


Emerging artists offer diverse views

Through Feb. 28, five emerging artists are showing their work at The Elk Public House, 1931 W. Pacific Ave., in Browne’s Addition. Kyle West has been setting up art exhibits …


Piper Swaney’s journey led her to Asian-inspired art

Piper Swaney keeps a diary, a visual diary, representing her emotions in oil paint. She often asks herself why she is bringing forth a certain image and months later, she …


Piper Swaney’s journey led her to Asian-inspired art

Piper Swaney keeps a diary, a visual diary, representing her emotions in oil paint. She often asks herself why she is bringing forth a certain image and months later, she …


The Verve: EWU student gets creative in hard times

While fairly common, depression is not a subject of casual conversation. Still, whether diagnosed or simply experienced, many of us have had exposure. Medication might dull dark thoughts, but artist …


Teen rapper releases pent-up feelings through music

At 17, Aubrey Major, a senior at West Valley High School, is ahead of the game. While many of her peers are still seeking their own forms of expression, Major …


Deubel explores range of emotions with her art

Christina Deubel’s earliest memory of a medium conducive to creative expression is that flat pencil used by carpenters. Her grandfather was a carpenter, and he would sharpen the pencil with …


Exhibit will feature EWU undergraduate art students’ visions

Accessible through Luxe Coffee House, 1017 W. First Ave., is a ballroom-size space. Called De-Luxe, the space is gearing up for its first large art exhibit, hosted by a group …


Jennifer Gray’s art looks beyond appearances

When Jennifer Gray smiles, her eyes twinkle and it looks like she knows something; within her lies the answer to a simple yet abstract concept: happiness. Even her artwork seems …


Creating is therapy for painter with painful past

Karie Cooper is another example of the healing power of art. Her firsthand knowledge in the healing and therapeutic value of art has led her to the path of art …


The Verve: Hess continuously seeking new themes, media

Janet Hess exudes the kind of joy a child experiences in a toy store; she is curious and constantly inspired by the world around her. “I want to do unpredictable …


The Verve: Distance puts Palmer’s paintings into place

Charles W. Palmer has a MacGyver-ish way about him; after spending time with him you’ll come to realize that he could probably get by with a roll of duct tape …


Octogenarian potter shares product of lifelong love of clay

Adam Scoggin first found creative joy painting in elementary school, building in high school shop class and developing film in a darkroom through his 20s. With a bachelor’s degree in …


The Verve: Her memory is her muse

If you hear strange sounds coming from the garage attached to Stephanie Sammons’ Liberty Lake home, she’s in there using saws and drills, deconstructing found objects and reconstructing them. When …