My Artrepreneur Program Registration Open

To help artists build a sustainable life in the arts, City of Moscow in partnership with the Idaho Commission on the Arts offers My Artrepreneur Program™, an art-centered business development program taught by working artists. The program is offered in one location each year, rotated around the state. Artists are invited to register for the 2022 course, which will be held in Moscow, in partnership with the Moscow Arts Commission. Artists will attend four workshops and pair with a mentor artist to develop their art as they build a kit of 35 essential tools for an art-centered business.

Workshop 1 – March 12 & 13

Workshop 2 – May 14 & 15

Workshop 3 – July 9 & 10

Workshop 4 – September 10 & 11

Saturday sessions are 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sundays are 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. All classes will be held at Moscow City Hall in the Council Chambers, 206 E. Third Street, Moscow ID. More information about the program experience and registration is available at: https://arts.idaho.gov/map/.


Moscow has a new Poet Laureate

The City of Moscow and Moscow Arts Commission has selected its 2021 -2024 Poet Laureate.  Stacy Boe Miller has been a resident of Moscow for over ten years. She holds an MFA from the University of Idaho. She has both nonfiction and poetry published in several journals, and she teaches poetry workshops annually in several, local schools. She serves on the board of High Desert Journal.  She begins her term on Oct 1, 2021.

To learn more about the next Moscow Poet Laureate and to view her work, visit stacyboemiller.com.


Palouse Plein Air exhibition at Moscow Contemporary

Join the City of Moscow, Moscow Contemporary, the Prichard Art Gallery and the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture at an opening reception and awards ceremony showcasing artwork created during the annual Palouse Plein Air painting competition, Fri., Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m.

The reception and exhibition at Moscow Contemporary, located at 414 S. Main St., will celebrate the act of painting outdoors and the landscape of the Palouse. Artists will be busy painting on-site at various locations throughout Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman and Benewah counties from Sept. 9-16 (there is still time to register as a participating artist)

“Palouse Plein Air brings local and regional artists together to make great work about our area.” Aaron Johnson, University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture assistant professor, said. “We get to see what inspires individual artists about the place where we live.”

The 2021 Palouse Plein Air painting competition will be juried by Jared Shear. Shear received a degree in Animation from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1997 and has exhibited in various gallery and museum shows throughout the northwest.

The exhibition will remain open to the public Sept. 17-Oct. 17. For gallery hours, contact Moscow Contemporary.

“If you don’t paint the Palouse you can still come to the show and see what was created in one week,” Johnson said.


There is always something happening at Lindsay Creek Vineyards!

August 6th: Live music with Daniel Mark Faller
August 7th: Live music with Nicolas Vigil
August 12th: Outdoor Games Night, 6 to 9pm
August 13th: Kelly Woelf Fellowship, 6 to 9pm
August 14th: Live Music with Fatt Jazz
August 19th: BINGO! Doors open at 6, Games start at 7.
August 20th: Live Music with Upside Rudy
August 21: Live Music with Paradox
August 26th: Corks for a Cause supporting Lewis Clark Christian School
August 27th: Kelly Woelf Fellowship
August 28th: Outdoor Concert Series featuring The Katz Band

16th Annual Floriade in Palouse

The Bank Left Gallery, Bistro & Bakery and Downtown businesses  present the 16th annual Floriade – interpretation of art through flowers & nature.
June 19 from 10-3
Come and walk throughout downtown Palouse and enjoy nature inspired gifts, local art, farm to table food, and gardens. Or take a stroll and pick up a picnic lunch basket or pastry at The Bank Left and eat by the parks or by the river.
The Floriade 2021 in Palouse will feature:
*Garden installations and plant sale at Open Eye
*Fabric art at Grammy G’s
*One of a kind whimsical designs at Swale
*Original Victorian Epergnes at Linda’s Whimseys
*Nature & floral installations at Bank Left Gallery
*Selene Santucci new oil paintings at Bank Left Gallery
*Floral artistry from Pullman Dissmore’s at Bank Left Gallery
*Photography and garden art by Louanne Deerkop at Bank Left Gallery
*Garden to table luncheon or picnic lunch basket at Bank Left Bistro Bakery
*Art Walk Palouse and more. . .

Congrats, Julene Ewert!

The City of Moscow and Farmers Market Commission just announced that Julene Ewert, a trail guide artist and one of 2dnw’s graphic designers, has been selected to create the visual design toolkit for the Moscow Farmers Market.  This special design project is intended to serve the brand identity of the Moscow Farmers Market. Ewert will work closely with Community Events Division staff to create a style guide and program graphics that are complementary to existing City of Moscow branding. The graphics and style guide will be used to create a comprehensive visual look for this historic community event.  Julene demonstrated the ability to create a design toolkit which will bridge the Moscow Farmers Market’s identity as a beloved past-time for both locals and visitors, while also recognizing its history as a leader in developing the region’s food system.  Congrats, Julene!  We love your work and can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Visit the Art By Julene trail guide listing and Julene’s website to see more of her spectacular work!


2021 Farmers Market Poster Selected

It’s official!  The work of Megan Biggs will be depicted on the 2021 Moscow Farmers Market season poster. A limited number of signed copies of the finalized poster will be available at the Moscow Farmers Market while supplies last. And remember, opening day of the Moscow Farmers Market is May 1 and continues every Saturday through October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Moscow on Main Street and Friendship Square.  Congratulations, Megan!


April Poetry Relay

Mark your calendars for the upcoming April Poetry Relay, coming to a computer screen near you, April 15 at 7 p.m.
Join us for a digital evening of poetry, featuring original creations from area poets Ron McFarland, Ed Flathers, D’Wayne Hodgins, and current Moscow Poet Laureate Susan Hodgins. The event will be hosted by poet and University of Idaho professor, Michael McGriff. The evening will also feature music from the Palouse Jazz Project, a faculty sextet at the Lionel Hampton School of Music.
To reserve your free ticket, visit https://bit.ly/2021aprilpoetryrelay.
For more information about the participating poets, the April Poetry Relay, and the Moscow Poet Laureate program, visit: https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/217/Poet-Laureate.

Shuttered Venue Operations Grant

Are you a theatrical producer, talent representative, venue promoter or do you operate a live venue, live performing arts organization, movie house or cultural institution and have been impacted by COVID-19? Register for SBA’s webinar on Thursday, January 14, at 3 p.m. ET, for a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program included in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act. Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program.

About this Event

Join this webinar for a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program included in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program. In total, the Economic Aid Act allocates $15 billion for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants. This webinar will provide introductory information about the grants, who can apply, how potential organizations can prepare, and other detail re: eligibility and applications.
This webinar will provide introductory information about the grants, who can apply, how potential organizations can prepare, and additional details re: eligibility and applications. 

This webinar is at Thursday, January 14, at 1 p.m MST. . You can register HERE. 

Promotion and Preservation: Best Practices in Rural Destination Management Webinar

Building community resilience through rural innovation entrepreneurship from Penn State Extension. Free webinar for anyone to view.



Watercolors by the Palouse Watercolor Socius at the Dahmen Barn

Nov 5 – Nov 29
11-5 Thursday thru Sunday

The Palouse Watercolor Socius Fall Show and Sale has something for everyone from large paintings to small paintings in a variety of styles, local landscapes, whimsical paintings that will make you chuckle, local landmarks and beautiful still life all in watercolor.

Artisans at the Dahmen Barn ~~~ 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, WA 99179




Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies at WSU Museum of Art, May 26, 2020 – March 19, 2021

Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based, multi-media artist. She worked with Dale Chihuly as a studio assistant for eight years and became independent in 2003. The exhibition Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies begins within a video gallery featuring a trilogy of films created over the past five years. Equal parts performance documentation and cinematic experience, the videos reveal the dramatic potential of simple gestures made in extraordinary settings. Moving into a second gallery, visitors will encounter a room-sized installation with pulsating glass orbs. These firefly-like forms conjure the artist’s childhood memories, but also through their irradiation, connect us to nuclear histories both far and near.

May 26, 2020 – March 19, 2021 | Exhibition currently open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 p.m


New art exhibit “The Vote: 100 Years” now showing at Libey Gallery, Colfax

“The Vote: 100 Years,” an acrylic collage exhibit by Colfax artist Nancy Rothwell, is now showing at the Libey Gallery at Colfax Library. In these new works, Rothwell reviews the influence of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote when it was ratified in 1920.

Rothwell’s show reflects on the social and political events of 100 years ago in the United States, and reminds us of the courage it took for women to stand up for their belief that all women should be given the right to vote.  In this exhibit, she uses visual symbols such as roadmaps and house keys to comment on the long, difficult struggle that women faced and the bravery they showed during years of agitation and protest.

Rothwell’s show runs through January 2021. Libey Gallery at Colfax Library is located at 102 S. Main Street. Hours are Mondays – Wednesdays 10-5, Thursdays – Fridays 10-6, and Saturdays 1-5.  For more information visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call 509-397-4366.

More of Rothwell’s work can be found on her website at www.nancyrothwell.com.


Moscow Farmers Market Ranked 15th in the Nation

The American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration voting period closed on Sun. Sept. 20, 2020. Final standings were announced last week, recognizing leading markets based on the number and type of endorsements each received. More than 1,250 markets participated in the celebration. The results from this year’s celebration ranked the Moscow Farmers Market as the 11th best farmers market nationwide, third in the Pacific Region, and second in Idaho.

The Moscow Farmers Market has placed in the top 20 farmers markets nationwide since 2015, and this year marks its highest national ranking yet.

The City of Moscow thanks the many individuals that voted in this year’s American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration. Mark your calendars for next year’s celebration which will open mid-June 2021.

The Moscow Farmers Market, and its contactless option, the Motor-In Moscow Farmers Market, will end the 2020 season on Oct. 31.

For regular updates about the Moscow Farmers Market and its vendors, find us on Facebook @MoscowFarmersMarket or visit www.ci.moscow.id.us/197/Farmers-Market.


Libey Gallery in downtown Colfax reopens to the public

Art enthusiasts can once enjoy the photography, painting and sculptural exhibits at Libey Gallery in downtown Colfax. Located in the Bettie Steiger Community Center, adjacent the Colfax Library, the gallery is now open to the public Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday and Friday 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays 1-5 p.m.


Entry to the Gallery is offered via the library front door at 102 S. Main Street.  Artists currently showing and selling their works in the gallery are Gabriella Ball, Vicki Broeckel, Ken Carper, Dan Codd, Bob Krikac, Sharon Lindsay, Tom Mohr, Molly Rice, Marla Robbins, Russ Robbins, Nancy Rothwell and Carrie Vielle.


Due to Coronavirus and related mandates, a number of safety measures are in place in the gallery. Guests are required to wear facemasks, browsing time is limited to 15 minutes when busy and social distancing is being enforced. A maximum of 10 people are allowed in the Gallery at any one time while classes, community programs and facility rental are not permitted at this time.


For more information about the reopening of Libey Gallery or Whitman County Libraries, call (509) 397-4366; visit the library’s website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us or like us on Facebook.




BlackBird Owner Karen Rohn Reveals Ruralite Coyote Story

Local artist Karen Rohn, who owns BlackBird at the Depot in Potlatch, Idaho, was interviewed by the Partnership for Economic Prosperity as part of its Latah 411 podcast. Watch this interview, and learn about the “Ruralite” coyote image, Karen’s art, and more. BlackBird at the Depot is a shop in Potlatch, Idaho that specializes in locally made products and vintage finds and is curated by Karen Rohn. Visit BlackBird to buy a gift or find that just right item to add to your collection, Karen is constantly changing it up, bringing in new ideas, so visit often!


Congrats Clearwater Canyon Cellars on Wine Award!

Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston, Idaho, is earning regional recognition for its wines. Its 2018 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carménère from Washington won the award for best red wine at the 2020 Cascadia International Wine Competition. The winery was also recognized as Wine Press Northwest’s 2020 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. Karl and Coco Umiker in Lewiston, Idaho, worked with Phinny Hill Vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills to produce the 2018 Carménère, which came very close to taking the best-of-show honors, as well.



Online Art Show at the Libey Gallery

While Libey Gallery in The Center at Colfax Library remains closed due to Coronavirus, the library has posted its first online art show. The show can be viewed on YouTube or click the small red You Tube button at the top of the Library’s website.

While this first show features a sampling of artwork and photography by various artists, future segments will showcase artists talking about their work, their influences, style and more. Artists showing in the gallery include Gabriella Ball, Vicki Broeckel, Dan Codd, Ken Carper, Bob Krikac, Sharon Lindsey, Tom Mohr, Marla Robbins, Russ Robbins, Nancy Rothwell, and Carrie Vielle.

Reopening of Whitman County Library and The Center are pending Safe Start guidelines from the Washington Governor’s Office. In the meantime, visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us or contact the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 for information and services.


Support St. Gertrude’s Creates

The Sisters of St. Gertrude’s are turning COVID-19 lemons into creative lemonade through their new St. Gertrude’s Creates Kickstarter campaign.
In normal times, the Monastery of St. Gertrude welcomes people for retreats, services, concerts, lectures, museum and Inn visits, and walks up their beautiful forested hill. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to this, so the sisters are planning other ways to share their hospitality through creative expression.
Support their Kickstarter campaign to help them fill the Monastery’s income gap and the sisters will share a poem, a song, an artwork or crafted creation, an art class, and even a future visit to our monastery home.

Idaho Author’s WWII Historical Book Available on Audiobook

Traveling over the holidays? Here’s some entertaining and thought-provoking listening.

E.M. (Lizzie) Sloan’s captivating historical nonfiction book, When Songbirds Returned to Paris (Fawkes Press 2016), is now available as an audiobook on most audio platforms. This riveting WWII story is revealed as a conversation between Lizzie and Cecily Lefort, her relative and Special Operation Executives secret agent in France. The innovative exchange revives the life of a spy in animated narration by three professional actors: Kelly Quinnett, Gabi Plumm, and David Harlan.

Listen to a sneak preview of When Songbirds Returned to Paris

Follow E.M. Sloan on Facebook.

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