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Courtesy of Terrain

One of Spokane’s annual downtown events is returning this year after taking 2020 off because of Covid. We’re not talking Hoopfest. We’re talking Terrain’s seventh annual art bazaar that celebrates local art and artists.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author and next Hagan Series speaker, Hilton Als. We’ll also meet Gatie Nicario-Geelan, artist and recent immigrant to Spokane from the Philippines. Music is from another of the families who contributed to our latest Kids’ Concert.

Courtesy of Quiero Flamenco

The governor’s announcement that Spokane County will stay in Phase 3 brought sighs of relief to some venues and artists. But many in the arts say it will do little to help the arts.

Most performing art groups have been completely shut down for the entirety of the pandemic, and have been holding out for Phase 4 of the governor’s re-opening plan. That, however, seems farther away than ever as the state rides a fourth wave of coronavirus cases.

So, for now, they're making due.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we welcome Karen Mobley, whose paintings are part of a new three-woman show opening soon at Spokane’s Terrain Gallery We’ll also get an update from Art Spirit Gallery owner Blair Williams on repairs to that flood-damaged space. Dan Webster has a review and we’ve got some music from pianist Melody Puller

This week on Northwest Arts Review, we celebrate the notorious (and fun) poetic form, the limerick, as well as meet artist Ryker Murdock. Music is from EWU students and their latest Second Tuesday Piano Bench program.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini’s guest is muralist Daniel Lopez. Jim Tevenan talks

again with music therapist Kim McMillin, and Dan Webster is Stayin’ Alive with his review of a new Bee Gees documentary. Music is from Floating Crowbar, the band for our upcoming KPBX Kids’ Concert.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, Chris Maccini welcomes Spokane author, Sharma Shields, I introduce emerging artist Robin Milligan, and Dan Webster has a review a recent HBO offering, The Little Things. In honor of the just past Presidents Day, our music if from the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest.

This week’s NWAR features two hopeful conversations about regional music as we check in with SSO MD James Lowe and Music Conservatory of CDA Executive Director Julienne Dance. Also, Chris Maccini continues his series of talks with the latest Spokane Arts Award grantees, this time welcoming writer and illustrator, Chelsea Martin. And the Clarion Brass provide some sonic seasonal cheer.

This week’s Northwest Arts Review celebrates the latest round of grants from Spokane Arts as Chris Maccini talks with one of the recipients, artist, writer and yoga instructor Donell Barlow. Also, Jim Tevenan introduces emerging artist Tayler Jakeway, and Dan Webster has a movie review for us. We’ll also have music from two of our favorite pianists, Archie Chen and Rhona GouldsonChen.

NWAR is back from a Thanksgiving holiday with three guests from the world of literature and the arts as Chris Maccini welcomes Lydia Boss, program manager at Artists’ Trust of Washington, I’ll chat with ceramic artist Gina Fruen about the new Cup of Joy show at the Trackside Gallery, and Verne Windham shares his conversation with public radio icon Garrison Keillor.

Northwest Arts Review returns from a pre-election hiatus with a literary and visual arts focus. Chris Maccini talks with Spokane author Jess Walter about his new novel, The Cold Millions, and we’ll take a virtual trip to the Wallowa Valley to learn about the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, OR. Dan Webster drops by for a film review, too, and we celebrate our return with some spirited music from the EWU Wind Ensemble, led by Patrick Winters.

This week, we focus on visual arts, catching up on the health of the local art scene with Spokane Arts Executive Director Melissa Huggins and previewing another innovative Art on the Go event happening this weekend with organizer Morgan Walters. Dan Webster checks in with a film review and we enjoy a bit of poetry, courtesy of frequent SPR guest, Mike Aleman. Our music is from a visit by the Pan Pacific wind ensemble last January.

Today, two positive and I think uplifting conversations: we meet Diane Sherman, a Spokane artist who merges yoga, journaling, painting and drawing into her work, teaching, and way of living. We’ll also check in with cellist and director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival Kevin Krentz, whose creativity has been more than stretched in these difficult times. Music is from the 2017 Methow Valley Music Festival.

These days, we're all adapting to COVID-19 realities, artists and arts entities included. Two stories of change and adaptation are featured on this week's NWAR: A tale of a unique way of keeping visual art alive in the Spokane area that seems to be morphing into a new tradition called Art on the Go, and the story of a philosophical approach to the cancellation of a popular music festival that springs from a musical metaphor--the Grand Pause.

This week on Northwest Arts Review we'll learn about how two significant arts organizations are both coping with current pandemic realities and planning for an uncertain future as we hear from Blair Williams from Coeur d'Alene's The Art Spirit Gallery and Emily Paris-Martin from the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra. Also, we'll have a chance to learn a bit about the connection of art and Native American culture from Terry Cross, Founding Executive Director and current Senior Advisor of the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

Today, three different aspects of and approaches to dealing with the COVID-19 crisis from three different perspectives, that of a major regional museum director, the general director of a regional opera company, and a local artist who has organized a unique way for artists to display their work in these days of gallery closures. Sebastian Bach’s music is featured today, as recorded here at KPBX by Yulia Gorenman and Melody Puller.

Our focus this week remains on the COVID-19’s disruptive effects on the arts at all levels and in all dimensions. We’ll spend time with Methow Valley artist and art teacher Erik Brooks and Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe. Dan Webster drops by to share another visual diversion for this homebound time, and we’ll hear from Nathaniel de la Cruz, another of the CdA Symphony Young Artist winners.  

This week on Northwest Arts Review, a mix of poetry, music and dance, plus a movie review. Poet Brooke Matson talks with Chris Macinni about her newly published collection of work and Gonzaga dance professor Suzanne Oestersmith chats with Verne Windham about the state of dance programs in the university setting, Jim Tevenan's guest is Dr. Jody Graves, who brings her great musicality and enthusiasm to a discussion of the upcoming Spokane jazz Orchestra celebration of George Gershwin's music. And we have a film review from Nathan Weinbender.

Two young, emerging artists, going by the noms d'art of Gemma Lou and Implicit Imagery, came to our SPR studio for a conversation about their art, their inspirations and their aspirations. Here is part of that conversation, along with samples of their work.

Melissa Cole's "New York Connection" exhibit will be at the Marmot Art Space in Kendall Yards starting First Friday, May 3rd at 5:00-8:00. She will also be giving a short lecture and slide show in the gallery Thursday, May 2nd at 5pm, speaking about her inspirations.