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Artist Shelly Gilmore’s exhibit “Fabricated Imagination”

Date: April 3 – 24
April 2- 24

“Fabricated Imagination” art by Moscow Idaho Artist Shelly Gilmore at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn. The Exhibit continues until April 24.

Gilmore’s creations of reclaimed discarded automotive, farm, and industrial treasures will delight the audience. Gilmore creates functional items like lamps made from pistons, alternators, sewing machines, and more. Her mythical outdoor art is delightful from small pieces to larger-than-life-size creatures.

“Projects pop into my mind when I stumble upon parts and pieces, and the dreams don’t stop until I cut, weld, braze, and shape the scraps into treasures”

-Shelly Gilmore

You may have seen some of her public installations at the Neil Library in Pullman, Moscow Library, and the 1912 center in Moscow. She has been featured on Northwest Public Broadcasting from Welder to Artist.

Canoe Wave

Engineer and sculptor Christopher Fennell welded over 50 used canoes together as a tribute to Lewis and Clark and the Nez Perce Tribe. The sculpture, installed in 2010, is 64 feet long and 24 feet high.  The mural of rippling water and swimming fish behind the sculpture creates a lovely backdrop for this most unusual and dramatic piece! Floating in a pond nearby is a companion piece: two waterlily fountains, also made from canoes.

Canoe Wave is at the northwest edge of Lewiston, overlooking the Snake River.  The best view is when driving the Hwy 12 bridge from Clarkston into Lewiston. You can park behind Art Beat and walk around the sculpture.

Where

103 Main St., Lewiston, ID

 

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Codger Pole

This 65 foot chainsaw memorial was sculpted in 1988 by Jonathan LaBenne to commemorate a 50-year football grudge match. The match involved players in a 1938 epic high school football game between the Colfax Bulldogs and the St. John Eagles. The Spokane Historical Society offers a great description of the game and the pole that commemorates it on its website.

Where

324 South Main St. Colfax, WA 99111

Contact

http://explorecolfax.com

 

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Colfax Fish Fence

The “fish fence” project beautifies the chain link barrier fence along the South Fork of the Palouse River that runs through Colfax, Washington. 3,700 fish were created by students and citizens throughout Whitman County. WSU Students put the fish on the fence along the river downtown.

Where

Along the river behind the US Bank branch (101 N. Main St.) and the Whitman County Library (102 S. Main St.) Colfax, WA 99111

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Hands Up Mural

Artists Karen Rohn and Shogo Ota stand before their mural “Hands Up” on the north side of the Moscow Hotel in Moscow. The mural was commissioned by the ACLU to commemorate its 25th anniversary in Idaho. It was completed in October 2018.

On Third St., downtown Moscow.  Can be seen from the south side of Third, across from Wells Fargo bank.

Helio-Terra

“Helio-Terra,” 2012, Wren Welcome Garden, created by Robert M. Horner.  Helio-Terra is a mass of locally quarried earth that is compacted into a form resembling a seed.  The geometry of artwork is gesture towards the agricultural heritage of Moscow, as well as the grain towers that flank the site.  The seed is a concentration of nutrient that gives forth the energy necessary to yield future sustenance, and thus serves as a metaphor for the community of Moscow.

Helio-Terra is at the south entrance to Moscow, at the intersection of State Highways 8 and 95.

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Moscow Artwalk Thurs. May 19th!

Moscow Artwalk is one of many events that foster the region’s cultural ecosystem. Since its beginning in 2004, the event has become a highlight of the Palouse by celebrating the wealth of artistic practice in the region. The 2021-2022 Moscow Artwalk season includes visual, literary, performance, and culinary arts offerings at business and non-profit locations throughout the community on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October – May. The season finale on June 16, 2022 features artist and host location offerings along with music, food, and performance art on Main Street.

https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/189/Artwalk

Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute Nature Center

Art, nature and sustainability intersect at the PCEI Nature Center. Artistic features such as outdoor sculpture are incorporated into the landscape of the 26.2-acre grounds. Visitors can watch the sun set over Moscow from the timber-frame Artist Studio, discover PCEI’s wetlands with young nature explorers, and look for animal tracks and mosaics along the accessible pathways. Wander and explore on your own, or schedule a guided tour.

Where & When
1040 Rodeo Drive, Moscow, ID 83843
Open daily, dawn to dusk (office hours Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm)

Contact
Call 208.882.1444
Email info@pcei.org
pcei.org
Find them on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

SIGN-UP FOR PALOUSE PLEIN AIR 2022

PALOUSE PLEIN AIR: September 5 – 15, 2022

Palouse Plein Air is an annual painting event that takes place every September, with experiences including painting workshops and a juried exhibition at the Third Street Gallery inside Moscow City Hall.

Historic Moscow, Idaho and the beautiful Palouse are the perfect destination for plein air artists, and the annual Palouse Plein Air painting event connects artists with the region’s landscape and arts culture.  French for “open air,” the phrase “plein air” (pronounced plen-air) describes the act of painting outdoors. The outdoor experience on the Palouse is particularly rich, as its rolling hills, rivers, mountains, fields, farms, and homes tell the long history of the landscape.

Guided by the vision of the Moscow Arts Commission and University of Idaho art professor Aaron Cordell Johnson, Palouse Plein Air began in 2010, and the event continues to grow. A collaboration of community partners makes this growth possible; the City of Moscow Arts Department and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture work together to make a great event for artists and art lovers alike.

April 29 – September 1

Registration will be available online via Submittable. No emailed or paper registrations will be accepted. The registration form is available below, or by clicking this link: https://moscowarts.submittable.com/submit

For more information click here.

Spring Art Exhibits at the Libey Gallery

Spring Art Exhibits at the Libey Gallery

The Libey Gallery invites the community during the month of April to visit two new exhibits by Colfax artist Lynnea Vantrease and Kennewick photographer Nancy Richter.

Lynnea Vantrease, a self-taught painter enjoys painting the outdoors from florals to landscapes using mainly oils and acrylics. She hopes that through her work one feels inspired to slow down and enjoy simple beauty. The inspiration and theme for her current exhibit, “Walk with Me” is the chance for her to share how she sees the world.

“Perfectly Palouse” photography exhibit by Nancy Ritcher was inspired by the beauty of the Palouse. Since Nancy was 12 years old, she always had a camera to record people and places, flowers and weathered paint, animals and events. It is her love of clouds that inspired her to start wandering the back roads of the Northwest looking for land to match the clouds.

The Libey Gallery is located in The Bettie Steiger Center adjacent to Colfax Library. The gallery open hours are Monday-Friday 10:00 am to 6 pm and Saturday 1:00-5:00 pm.

The Homecoming

A recent addition to Moscow’s public art portfolio, “The Homecoming” is located on the couplet of North Main and C streets. Tacoma-based artists, Jennifer Corio and David Frei were impressed by the rolling hills of the Palouse and wanted to be sure to incorporate elements that pay tribute to this unique landscape.  The birds symbolize the welcoming culture of Moscow, a “sense of slowing down, of coming home,” and the social connectivity that makes Moscow a special place!

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THIRD STREET GALLERY EXHIBIT UN-FANCY

Don’t miss the latest group show at Third Street Gallery Un-Fancy which closes on April 8th. Check out the wonderful work by an eclectic group of artists! Maybe you’ll even fall in love with a piece to purchase. Moscow’s Third Street Gallery is a great supporter of local and nonlocal artists and has been active since September 1997.

“Un-fancy is an exhibition dedicated to nice, simple, ordinary things. This show is about the humble beauty of plain-spoken objects and situations. Inclusive of 26 visual and literary artists residing in the Palouse region, Un-fancy features mundane or utilitarian media, subject matter, and content. As an offering to the viewer to contemplate commonplace objects and situations, Un-fancy is a space to reconsider the familiar.”

Exhibition: January 20, 2022 –  April 8, 2022
Reception: January 20, 2022 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F

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