Mark your calendars for October 7 and 8, 2011 for one of the biggest nights of the year for arts in Spokane. The biannual Visual Arts Tour will be happening, sponsored by The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Spokane Art Supply and the Spokane Arts Commission. Over 30 venues in the downtown and nearby areas will be displaying local art and hosting receptions. Think of it as a First Friday x10. Not only are art galleries opening their doors, but architecture firms, wineries and theaters. Take your friends and enjoy an evening out on the town. All venues will be open Friday, October 7 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Some will be open on the 8th as well.
Avenue West Gallery
122 S. Monroe, 509-838-4999
“The Kimono” featuring Lee McLeron’s stitched images of the kimono from the Momoyama period -1560 AD to today. Kimonos inspired by the novel, “Memoirs of a Geisha,” reproductions of Edo period kimonos and contemporary designs representing the seasons are included. Music by Gary Burris on guitar.
3036 N. Monroe, 509-327-0427
Paintings, sculptures, digital images and clay works created by Diane Barron, Ilidiko Kalapacs, Clancie Pleasants, Jo Fyfe, and Andrea Tuinstra.
211 N. Wall St., Ste. 200, (enter on Wall or through RiverPark Square on the skywalk level) 509-456-6030
“Ravens and Witches” with paintings by Melissa Cole and Casey Lynch. Ravens, witches, and other fall craft in fiber or paper by local artists Wendy Zupan Bailey, Susan Burger, Kathryn Gray, Deborah Majewski, and Sharon Ronning will also be on display.
608 W. Second Avenue, 509-995-4077
My Brother’s Keeper, featuring Nicholas Sironka, is a Kenyan batik exhibit which depicts images of Maasai Culture. Live music by Sound Travel.
1213 W. Railroad Avenue, 509-993-9310
Ben Joyce’s Abstract Topophilia shows his unconventional approach to landscapes. Ben uses emphatic color and distinctive materials such as oils, resins, woods and acrylics to mark hand cut canvases in attempt to reunite people with their memories and inspire them to new ones. Live music by Lonesome Lyle Morse.
Bernardo-Wills Architects, PC
153 S. Jefferson, 509-838-4511
“Landscapes to Lemons” features new work by Kathy Gale, paintings of everyday objects leaning towards impressionism.
Brews on Washington
7 South Washington, 509-795-8196
Brittany Stodgell presents a humorous collection of paintings of famous deceased persons with an added Ace Ventura hairdo or Ned Flander’s mustache.
The Brick Wall Photographic Gallery
530 W. Main/Skywalk, 509-928-7721
Chip Phillip’s photography shares his lifelong love of the outdoors. Chip has won national awards and has work published in various national photography magazines. Music by the Blue Ribbon Tea Company.
Bryan Oliver Gallery
Whitworth Lied Art Center, 509-777-3258
“Face to Face” features recent expressive portrait paintings by Bruce Herman. Bruce paints to capture the internal essence of his subjects as well as the beauty of paint itself.
Chase Gallery at City Hall
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., 509-625-6050
Artists from the membership organization Northwest Designer Craftsmen , including artists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska who work in fine crafts such as clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber, and/or mixed media, are represented. Work by Gina Freuen, Carol Gouthro, Patty King, John Killmaster III, and many others are on display in this exhibition titled, “Confluence.” Music by Canned Music.
1202 N. Government Way, 509-624-2678
Jim Van Gundy’s show/installation, “Why Are You Here?, prods the viewer to consider this question personally and contemplate why he/she matters in the local environment as well as the world at large. Music provided by Jim Van Gundy on djembe (drum).
516 W. Riverside, 509-624-4163
LuAnn Ostergaard blends photography with three dimensional objects to create collages of breath taking beauty.
1311 W. Sprague Ave., 509-624-5350
Sarah Greener’s unique and whimsical style and method of applying multiple layers of mixed media to canvas create these bright and expressive images. Harp with Julie Smith.
Gallery of THUM
2910 North Monroe, 509-413-1489
“Celebrating the Artistic Life” featuring Cecile G. Charles, Melinda Martin, Linda Malcom, and Denise Steen in a variety of media. Live music.
Grande Ronde Cellars
906 W. Secnd Ave., 509-455-8161
Lea Keohane uses mixed media to explore her subconscious mind all the way from whimsy to the dark edges of sleep in this show entitled “Wild Pieces.”
Hotel Ruby and Sapphire Lounge
901 W. First Ave., 509-534-5805
View Ric Gendron’s vivid paintings of musicians have graced the outside of the Ruby Lounge for the last year. A sample of his other works which fuse contemporary music and Native American cultural traditions will be on display Friday night only. Live music.
Interplayers Professional Theatre
174 S. Howard, 509-954-7143
Jaquan Tracy, a local artist who teaches painting at Center Point, has gathered 40 acrylic paintings done by her clients at the agency which will be displayed during the run of “The Boys Next Door”, a play about mentally challenged men living in a group apartment. They may be viewed until 7:15 p.m.
Irimi Arts and Antiques
112 South Cedar St., 509-879-4619
The gallery hosts a collection of lighting, art, and household items from the Art Deco period. Live music.
2209 W. 4th Ave., 509-927-6882
Jan Kruger, artist and calligrapher will display over 100 calligraphed quotations, mugs, vases, handmade journals and greeting cards, baby albums, and treasure boxes in her studio located in historic Browne’s Addition.
Josefine’s Salon Concepts
154 S. Madison #102, 509-979-5290
This exhibit will be a collection of photos created by Kris Ogren and Jeremy McClintok. The display will include photos from Josefine’s modern 1930 style shoot and also the artist personal favorites.
Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone, 509-313-6611
“Verses” features artists Melissa Lang and Stephen Rue. Also on display will be photographs by Manual Alvarez Bravo, Robert Doisneau, Alen MacWeeney, and Garry Winogrand.
Kolva Sullivan Gallery
115 South Adams St #A, 509-458-5517
Tenth Annual Archie Bray Resident Artist exhibition represents the best of emerging talents in American studio ceramics. Works will range from functional coffee cups and bowls to figurative sculpture, non representational sculpture, and multi-media. Work explores color, shape, texture, composition, juxtaposition, narrative, and irony.
Lofts at Riverpark Square
809 W. Main #310, 509-939-7850
Photographs by Michael Cox create this show “Fall to Winter” This collection is inspired by the beauty of the changing seasons.
Nystrom Olson Inc.
912 W. Sprague, 509-443-2218
Bill and Karma Simmons will show their beautiful seven foot tall outdoor lamps based on favorite classic work of art and objects of nature using recycled steel and well casing in this exhibition titled “Two Sides of 2Simmons.”
The Onion Bar and Grill
302 W. Riverside, 509-747-3852
Rick Powe serves up a collection of fantastic functional wine holders.
Pottery Place Plus
203 N Washington, 509-720-0362
Laura Nichols: Sgrafffito on porcelain and Keiko Von Holt: Western and Asian Watercolor
E.J. Roberts Mansion
1923 W. First Ave., 509-486-8839
Sherri Thies, art teacher from Ferris High School displays watercolor paintings from her collection.
Saranac Art Projects
35 W. Main Ave., 208-659-2530
The member-gallery will be presenting Kurt Madison’s “Plight of Mind” and Carrie Scozzaro’s “G-Force.”
Second Space Gallery
610 W Second Ave., 509-847-3501
Evening Glow: Paintings by Kim Matthews Wheaton
413 W. Riverside Ave., 509-768-7510
Exotic collages by artist Valerie Horner
The Steam Plant
159 S. Lincoln St., 509-995-9745
Darrell Sullens will display his emotional oil paintings.
1011 W. First, 509-869-2320
The regions rising artistic talent will be on display in the form of painting, sculpture, interpretive dance, poetry readings and pop music.
811 W. Garland Ave., 509-325-1500
“Semblance,” by Tresia Oosting, will consist of recent mixed-media sculptural works. She will also be leading an “Altered Book Workshop” (on Friday only) which will teach her mixed-media techniques of collage, painting and layering by showing how to alter a book into an object of art that sells a new story.