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Mar. 30, 2023: An Artist Triptych

This week's TA(P) profiles Mallory Battista & Lisa Soranaka, Simon DeVille and Mel the Maker

This week's episode of the Thursday Arts (P)review — where the "p" is parenthetical because we look both forward and back — features the following three area artists or artist pairs:

  • Mallory Battista and Lisa Soranaka, resident artists at The Hive. Their concrete and mosaic sculpture "Sun Shine Through" is entering its final stages of completion. The artists' ultimate goal is to have "Sun Shine Through" installed as a public gateway sign between Spokane's Emerson-Garfield and North Hill neighborhoods.
  • Acrylic fine artist Simon DeVille, a former interior designer who has since carved out a niche as a "live painter." He can now often be found painting outdoors, usually in front of supermarkets, where he makes public engagement a part of his creative process.
  • Book artist Mel Antuna Hewitt, aka Mel the Maker. With works like "Grown Up's First Alphabet" and "Unintelligible Life," she's reimagined the format and the mechanics of the traditional book. Her artist books are inventive combinations of form and content. Her work will be on display as part of the 2023 Spokane Print Fest.

The Thursday Arts (P)review airs every Thursday at 12pm on KPBX with a roundup of arts-related news and information from across the Inland Northwest.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director
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