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Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
|View 'Exhibit Spokane' at the Jundt Art Museum|
The exhibition "Exhibit Spokane," featuring works drawn from Gonzaga University's permanent collection, will open in the Arcade Gallery of the Jundt Art Museum on Aug. 15. Work by Spokane area artists in a variety of mediums will be on display through Nov. 14.
Included in the exhibit are ceramic works by Lee Ayars and Gina Freuen. Ayars describes his sculpture as taking "the shape of a dream." The clay takes its form from a jumble of the artist's childhood remembrances, like the New York skyline, a family portrait, or a garden. Freuen's fantastical teapots combine the utility of the vessel with the whimsy of oddly shaped components and textures. The exhibit also features abstract landscape paintings by noted artists, Lila Girvin and Kathleen Gemberling-Adkison.
The large oil on canvas "Out There" by Lila Girvin was painted in the months following the death of her beloved son Matthew, who died in a helicopter accident while on a mission for UNICEF. Considered one of the major modernist painters to emerge from Eastern Washington, Kathleen Gemberling-Adkison's painting shows her avid interest in the outdoors.
Using tools of various trades to create line and shape, Wendy Franklund-Miller's multi-layered "Belief #9," exemplifies the labor of love that is encaustic painting. Kay O'Rourke, primarily known as a painter, also makes sculpture from found objects by combining storytelling and myths. O'Rourke paints her own narrative with the oil on canvas work "Ulysses."
Jeweler/sculptor Jody Sahlin mixes materials of metal, bone, and stone to produce her exquisite jewelry. Sculptor Rubén Trejo combines three different mediums of metal, paint, and found objects in his sculpture "Cruciform #94" to honor his late mother.
Through the use of exaggeration, simplification and expressive line, artist/educator Jeanette Kirishian's lithograph conveys her interest in non-western cultures. Scott Kolbo, a printmaker/ instructor at Whitworth University uses an inkjet printer to create an illustrated narrative of 10 prints in book form.
Robin Dare's humorous lithograph, "Attack Boot," a twist on American pop culture, and a large woodblock print combining the landscape and figure by Gonzaga printmaking Professor Mary Farrell, round out the exhibition.
A free public reception for the artists will be held from 6-7:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1.
The museum's exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon- 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed Sundays and school holidays. For more information, please call Karen Kaiser, assistant curator for education at (509) 313-6613.