Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour Goes Virtual


The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour, now in its 13th year, will be a virtual event next month due to COVID-19, co-founder Gina Freuen announced on Wednesday.

The show opens September 26 at 8 a.m. on with more than three dozen participating regional artists.

“While we all miss the show this year in the scenic Little Spokane River Valley, fantastic artwork will always be available online,” Freuen said in a press release.

“Art uplifts the spirit, and those who visit this year’s show will see original works of art by professional artists who celebrate, reflect and inspire our world.”

To make this year’s event even more special, 50 signed, limited-edition posters created by artist and Little Spokane River Tour group director, Victoria Brace, will be available for $ 50 each. All proceeds from the poster sale will be donated to Spokane Public Radio.

The following artists participate in the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour. Performers are from Spokane, unless otherwise noted.

Participating painters are Victoria Brace, Lisa Brown, Sheila Evans, Debbie Hughbanks (Loon Lake), LR Montgomery, Megan Perkins (Deer Park) and Linnea Tobias.

Jewelers appearing on the studio tour are Ruly Deen, Kris Howell, Robin Kahn, Amy Mickelson and Jill Smith.

The potters participating in the event are Gina Freuen, Chris Kelsey, Jill Smith and Will Richards (Underwood).

The tour includes photographers Mike DeCesare, Larry Ellingsen and Gay Waldman. Ellingsen and Waldman will also present 2D multimedia work, as will Linda Malcom, Patti Osebold and Wendy Zupan.

Osebold, Bill Cleaver (Vashon), Rick Davis, Dan Droz and Denise Roberson will bring 3D mixed media and sculpture to the event. The tour also includes works of glass, wood and stone by Sam Bates (Evans), Katie Patten and Leonard Tinnell (Missoula), Jim Talley (Deer Park) and Martin Waidelich (Spokane Valley).

Featured fiber artists are Nan Drye, Victoria Julian-Gray (Sequim), Malcom, Michele Mokrey, Ute Monjau-Porath (Beaverton) and Roberson. The tour will also feature the leatherwork of Marilyn Bacon (Kalispell), Monjau-Porath and Dan Sterrett.

All sales of works of art go to artists. The virtual exhibition and the links to the work of each artist will remain active until the end of the year.


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