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Wednesday, October 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Medical Lake man drawn to a life of art

Dennis Smith seems to have no trouble finding inspiration for his paintings and ceramic creations. He has a lake and all of its beauty practically in his backyard and over …


The Verve: Spokane entertainer draws from Persian culture

Yasmine Cortier is proud of her Persian culture though it hasn’t always been that way. She sings about it in her song “Persian Conversion.” “Since childhood, my life has been …


VISUAL STORYTELLER

Deanna Camp believes that being an artist, in whatever form, is just another aspect of humanity. “Humans have an innate need to express themselves to other humans in some way. …


Michael Larsen sculpts his own style

In the garage of his home on Spokane’s South Side, Michael Larsen chips away at a large chunk of bird’s eye maple. The shape that is emerging is twisting and …


Artist molds eggshells into art

The egg can symbolize many things, including birth and new beginnings, fragility and strength. As a child, Sherry Wilson was enthralled by eggs. Her uncle had a book of birds’ …


Bejjani finds art, beauty everywhere

Collista Bejjani sees art wherever she goes. “The woman in the yellow dress sitting on the red bench at the bus stop, the white tree next to the white church, …


Memories shine through her paintings

Emma Randolph has been an artist for 72 years. She grew up in Sandy, Utah, in a household where singing, sewing and painting were the norm. Randolph, 86, picked up …


The Verve: A shrieking success

About a year ago, a couple of teenagers were listening to music. They began jotting down words they heard. “Shrieks” was a good word, so was “impaled” and Shrieks of …


Coop converted into chick’s haven

Punkin the beagle exits the main house through a doggy door and trots across the yard on the path embedded with paving stones. She enters the coop, not to harass …


The Verve: Spokane Valley artist creates fanciful fairies

Susan Burger has a lot of friends, ones she met as a child in the pages of the “Golden Book of Elves and Fairies” (Jane Werner and Garth Williams, 1951). …


Spokane artist takes playful approach

Michele Mokrey owned the Artist’s Tree Gallery for six years, where she displayed an eclectic mix of art in many mediums. The gallery, at 828 W. Sprague Ave., was filled …


Artist paints with a positive stroke

There is a striped cat camouflaged in a cluster of birch trees and a vintage truck in a field of tall grass. Two empty deck chairs enjoy the view of …


Spokane Valley artist’s creations inspire smiles

Painting discovered Timothy Hauser at West Valley High School. “I fell into it on the first day of art class,” he said. Hauser’s art teacher recognized something in him and …


Packed with emotion, Spokane artist’s work resonates

Jody Young sits in a coffee shop, sketching and writing in her notebook. She is fueled by the busy chatter and movement around her. She overhears a conversation and becomes …


A love of art, a family legacy

Stanley Wood never really expected much to come of his creative habits, his paintings and his musings that took the form of a children’s book and one of poetry. He …


Al Blum creates sculptures from machinery

The Flaming Breasted Horned Eagle Owl, perched on the archway that leads to Al Blum’s Otis Orchards property, is a visitor’s first indication that a creative soul lives there; the …


Spokane Valley artist’s energy fills her work

When you meet Carmen Murray, she might ask you to hold your arm up, pointed toward the sky at about a 50-degree angle. She’ll put her hand near the top …


The Verve: Couple share creative force

Dirk and Helen Parsons became artists when they were young. Helen Parsons was presented with a cigar box filled with sewing paraphernalia when she was 8 and began sewing anything …


The Verve: A shop is their studio, their canvas a car

“Man heaven,” if there were such a thing, would probably be very similar to Davis Pro Shop on Spokane’s North Side. Or, if heaven is too strong a word, perhaps …


An outlet for infinite possibilities

When Connie Janney was growing up, her Christmas trees were not the norm. One year it was tumbleweeds, and another it was blue with plastic fruit. “My mother has always …


Artist takes viewer across threshold of the mundane

A door is just a door and a window is just a window. Or are they? Darlene Pucillo’s series of oil paintings called “Portals” are linear yet flowing depictions of …


The Verve: Artist shows anything is possible

Lynnette Lawrence never really decided to be an artist; it just happened like walking, talking, and finding one’s self eventually does. “I was born into a family of artists and …


Artist and her work emerging from the dark

She sat on her mother’s lap. “She was stroking my hair from the top of my head to the middle of my back and I was trembling,” Elizabeth Collier said. …


Artist Susan Downes shares talent, works

Some artists are driven to make a living off their craft while others find a profession far removed from their creative expressions in order to fund their artistic urges. Some …


The Verve: Custom cars, flaming toilet seats all part of Ray Corder’s work

Ray Corder is a “guy’s artist,” if there is such a thing. He became the artist he is when, as an impressionable youth, he laid eyes on a rebuilt,pimped-ut ’55 …


Holly Stone a young artist for life

Pablo Picasso once said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Holly Stone is an artist who will, in all likelihood, …


The Verve: Holly Stone a young artist for life

Pablo Picasso once said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Holly Stone is an artist who will, in all likelihood, …


Object Space Gallery features cutting-edge art

Artist Salvador Dali is remembered for his bizarre images as well as his antics. Once he delivered a lecture wearing a deep-sea diving suit explaining “I just wanted to show …


Max Brown’s feelings control his creations

When Max Brown was 8, he moved from Seattle to Deer Lake, north of Spokane, where his father built a house. “The house itself was a work of art. It …


Max Brown’s feelings control his creations

When Max Brown was 8, he moved from Seattle to Deer Lake, north of Spokane, where his father built a house. “The house itself was a work of art. It …