This year’s Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour will feature a variety of mixed media creations ranging from oil and watercolor painting to glass and leather work by 48 local artists. The tour starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday at several locations.
Participating locations include Denise Steen Studio (15409 N. Little Spokane Drive), Victoria Brace Studio (15413 N. Lantern Lane), Gina Freuen Studio (15205 N. Shady Slope Road), Jill Smith Studio (15221 N. Shady Slope Road) and Collista K Studio (21415 N. Panorama Road).
In honor of this year’s studio tour, local artist Sheila Evans has created an original oil painting that will be featured as the official poster for the 2021 tour. A limited number of posters will be available for purchase. $ 50 in each location of the studio tour. Profits will be donated to Spokane Public Radio.
“Sheila Evans has captured the general spirit, artistic vision and creativity of all of our artists into a beautiful and extraordinary work of art,” said LSRAST co-founder Gina Freuen. “He will be cherished and admired for years to come. “
Organizers will adhere to CDC guidelines for masking and social distancing at all studios. Parking and entry are free. For more information, visit littlespokanestudios.com and call Freuen at (509) 981-2279 or email him at [email protected]
Value of art discussion
Inspired by a recent talk given by Bradd Skubinna, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Spokane Falls Community College, Dog & Pony gallery owner Christopher Russell will lead a discussion aimed at answering the question: “Why do art when it isn’t. not considered an important part of the local culture?
Located in a private exhibition space on South Hill, the discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“To some, the answers may seem obvious or intuitive, but at the same time, it might not be something that has been put into words,” Russell said in an email. “Explaining why we make art is fundamental to sustaining any long-term practice.
“There are a multitude of common answers to this question, but those answers most likely come from people with access to patrons, galleries and publishers – their logic may or may not be tailored to Spokane’s specific circumstances. “
To register for the discussion, contact Russell at [email protected]