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The summer exhibit is open now at the Chase Gallery! Stop by the gallery to see Summer Daydreams, featuring artists Amanda Caldwell, Seiko A. Purdue, and Kenneth Susynski. The gallery is always free and open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays). The show includes a fiber installation by Purdue, oil paintings by Susynski, and drawings and paintings by Caldwell.
Join us for First Friday receptions at the gallery on August 2 and September 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. (no reception July 5). All three artists will take part in a lunch-hour Artist Talk on Friday, September 6, to be held in the gallery. Learn more about the gallery and the exhibit at




4 TO 7 P.M.

Open Call for Poetry at the Podium!

Spokane Arts, in partnership with Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson and Spokane City Council, currently has an open call for Poetry at the Podium, an opportunity for poets to read their work at City Council meetings. After the Pledge of Allegiance, during Words of Inspiration, each poet will represent Spokane poets and writers by reading a single poem in front of the Council. This call will be ongoing throughout 2019 and will offer 30+ poets the opportunity to read. Interested poets are asked to submit a single poem, less than three minutes in length, for review and approval. Please email with any questions. For further information and to submit, click below.

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Learn how to write an effective press release to share information about your art shows, performances, events, and more from local Spokesman Review contributor and arts writer Audrey Overstreet. Spokane Arts is offering this free professional development workshop open to performers, arts organizers, and artists of all disciplines. In addition to learning best practices for writing a press release, we’ll also share contact information for local arts writers, editors, and publications.


Join us for the second Artist Meet Up in this new Spokane Arts series of professional development events Tuesday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m, at The Bartlett. Meet the folks that run The Bartlett and the new Lucky You Lounge and learn their process for booking shows and events. We'll also discuss how place influences art! How does where you are influence the music you make, the work you create, the creative decisions you make?
Future Artist Meet Ups (in venues including music & performance venues, libraries, and museums) will cover topics of interest to a wide range of artists and performers, such as exploring how social media fits into artist's lives and communities, creating productive studio and practice habits. Every Artist Meet Up is open to artists at every point in their career and across disciplines. Bring a friend, come and make a friend, and join in the conversations!

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“Rooted and Soaring”

New artwork by Shani Marchant and Lea Anne Scott Lake

Sponsored by City of Spokane and Spokane Arts

Artwork on both the north and south ends of the University District Gateway Bridge was installed this week by Garco Construction as part of their finishing touches on the overall bridge project.  “Rooted and Soaring” are two iconic, polished steel structures. These works will be dedicated in a bridge ceremony planned for Tuesday, May 7 from 1-2 p.m. More details on the ceremony and associated community activities will be available soon.  

The sculptures were designed by Spokane artists Lea Anne Scott Lake and Shani Marchant during the design phase of the bridge. Shani Marchant is a Spokane painter and artist known for watercolors and oil paintings. Her artistic partner on this project, Lea Anne Scott Lake, passed away in 2015. Prior to her death, Lea Anne created numerous public art works around the U.S. 

Art selection was facilitated by Spokane Arts in cooperation with the City of Spokane in 2014.  The Art Selection Committee for the University District Gateway Bridge included members of the University District Board, WSU Riverpoint Campus Administration, the bridge engineering team, landscape architects and the Spokane Arts Commission.  

Karen Mobley, who administered the art selection process on behalf of Spokane Arts, observed that the sculptures are “abstract work based on two concepts which are the titles of the pieces. Rooted is about weight. Soaring is about movement. The character of the piece is about the materials; the shine of the steel and reflective qualities which allow the viewer to see themselves and the surroundings. The two shapes echo one another.” 

Public art in the city of Spokane is administered and maintained by Spokane Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, in coordination with the city of Spokane. In addition to the new sculptures at the University District Gateway Bridge, Spokane Arts recently partnered with the Public Facilities District to install new artwork in the lobby of the First Interstate Center for the Arts, featuring multiple hanging sculptures designed by local artist team Bill & Karma Simmons. This spring, community members will also see 25 new art wraps designed by local artists on utility and electrical boxes, as well as the installation of three new murals by Spokane Arts before the end of the year.


We need your feedback! Spokane Arts is getting a new website! Since our organization’s role is to support and promote arts and culture in our region, we want this site to be both a resource and tool for local artists, as well as a way to showcase the excellent work being accomplished to the wider community. To reach these goals, the firm we're teamed up with to design the site (HKW) would like to hear more from YOU about what you think is most important, and how the website can be useful to the many audiences we serve. Please take a few minutes to share your input through the website survey (link below).

Filmed and directed by Chase Ogden with Spokane Film Project

Stay tuned for four films a year on social media, and the Spokane Film Project’s Vimeo page.