FALL ARTS: Visual Arts Events | Fall Arts | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest


Check out @lil_coyote on Instagram, then check out contemporary illustrations by Chad “Little Coyote” Yellowjohn in real life. This talented young artist, from ancestral Shoshone-Bannock and Spokane lines, is the modern face of regional art activism, including recent depictions of various Indigenous peoples dancing while wearing a gas mask. In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, Yellowjohn hosts an artist talk and performs a ceremonial grass dance on October 10 from 11:30 a.m. (weather dependent) outside Building 6 . Spokane Falls Community College Fine Arts Gallery, open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., free, sfcc.spokane.edu (CARRIE A. SCOZZARO)


For this local artist, his man’s waste is indeed a treasure trove ripe for inspiration and creative interpretation. As a multidisciplinary artist, Krista Brand focuses on exploring our relationship with urban waste and plastic waste. By incorporating materials found in parking lots, sidewalks and other places into art, these familiar disposable objects can take on new meaning for the viewer. When she’s not making art — like the pieces featured in her solo show this fall at the Bryan Oliver Gallery in Whitworth — Brand is an Academic Coordinator and Professor of Art at Washington State University. An opening reception (5-6pm) and artist talk (6pm) for “Periphery” are scheduled for Tuesday, September 27. Whitworth Bryan Oliver Gallery, open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free, whitworth.edu/art-and-design (CHEY SCOTT)


Her works look cute, but beware the bite of social commentary, which artist and Whitworth University art professor Katie Creyts is incorporating into a new series exploring the interaction between humans and animals. “We push cultural needs towards the natural and alternatively want authentic, idyllic nature to be available for our enjoyment,” says Creyts, who layers and fuses glass to create intricate and visually compelling pieces. “My work engages this pleasure in seeing works of art, the ‘traps’ of materials and color, animals and decoration, but visual cues are placed to sting deeper contemplation.” North Idaho College Boswell Hall Corner Gallery, open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., free, nic.edu (CASE)

UNTIL JAN. 7, 2023

Maybe you’ve already stopped by the Jundt Art Museum on the Gonzaga campus, or maybe not. Either way, its current exhibit, “New for You,” is for all museum visitors, old and new. The exhibition features pieces from the Jundt collection that have never been exhibited before. Even though the museum has been open since 1995, its vast art collection seems endless, brimming with surprises in every gallery. Jundt Art Museum, open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, gonzaga.edu/jundt (MADISON PEARSON)

SEVEN. 29-NOV. 3

Using digital collages and paint, Emily Somoskey creates art that is truly out of this world. It looks like viewers have been taken to another plane where their surroundings don’t quite make sense. Although originally from Ohio, the artist currently works as a visiting assistant professor of art at Whitman College in Walla Walla. In this show, Somoskey explores the ways in which humans simultaneously experience physical and mental space. EWU Gallery of Art, open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., free, ewu.edu/gallery (deputy)

OCT. 1-31

Few artists at The Art Spirit Gallery benefit from a true solo exhibition; most monthly exhibitions feature at least two to three artists, and sometimes four to five. But Mel McCuddin is special in so many ways, including his instantly recognizable style (if you left the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, you probably did so under the watchful eyes of McCuddin’s painted characters) and his longevity. McCuddin has exhibited at The Art Spirit for 25 years since the gallery opened, and has been painting for more than twice as long. Correction: had been. McCuddin’s 2022 solo exhibition is his last. The Art Spirit Gallery, open Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free, theartspiritgallery.com (CASE)

OCT. seven

The Inland Northwest has no shortage of art museums, and these two ongoing exhibits at Washington State University’s Pullman Campus are packed with beautiful visuals and rich culture. “Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs” shines a light on Washington’s agricultural scene and features photographs that span 11 years through the rise of labor and protest movements. Guest curator Lipi Turner-Rahman shares her process for selecting Nash’s photographs for exhibition in a guided conversation. Meanwhile, Juventino Aranda presents his art related to the social, political and economic struggles of late capitalism and notions of the American dream in “Hope Mucho Tiempo Pa Ver”, which translates to “I waited a long time to see”. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, guided conversation 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., reception 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., free, museum.wsu.edu (deputy)

OCT. 7-29

Call it a supermoon! The New Moon Gallery is hosting “Orbiting Misfits”, an invitational exhibition featuring over 70 artists from Spokane and Seattle, curated by former Spokane artist Tim Lord, known for his fantastical paintings and eclectic style. Alongside this, the gallery is also celebrating its 10th anniversary with a private party during the First Friday Art Walk (RSVP to luna@newmoongallery.art by October 3 to secure your spot). The birthday party will spill out of the Sprague Avenue gallery space and onto a newly renovated outdoor space with drinks and food available for purchase. New Moon Gallery, open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free, manicmoonandmore.com (CASE)

OCT. MARCH 9-12, 2023

Lila Girvin’s name might be familiar to anyone involved with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (when it was the Cheney Cowles Museum) or the Spokane Symphony, the two organizations for which she served on the board of directors. ‘administration. But Girvin’s interest in the arts goes back much further and is much more personal. Girvin has been painting since the 1950s and although she has shown her work locally, the MAC’s featured exhibition is the first time modern audiences will be treated to a large number of Girvin’s ethereal abstract paintings. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Third Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., northwestmuseum.org (CASE)

OCT. 7-JAN. seven

A defining moment in Pamela Caughey’s life and career was a catastrophic fire in 2016 that destroyed her home and studio in Hamilton, Montana. Caughey has since rebuilt her artistic practice creating paintings with a combination of acrylic paint, wax and pigments. Caughey shares her practice with viewers through classes and YouTube videos that encourage experimentation and free-form creativity. Learn more about its process in this comprehensive exhibition originally planned before the pandemic shutdown. Moscow Contemporary, open Tue-Fri 12pm-5pm and Sat 10am-1pm, free, moscowcontemporary.org (CASE)

NOV. 29-JAN. 27

Towards the end of the semester, students and visitors to North Idaho College will see the thought-provoking artwork of Megan Atwood Cherry, former NIC teacher turned Moscow City Art Program Manager. His new series, “Precious Cargo”, combines painted wood, stone and fiber. “While the works are somewhat laden with improvised and urgent methods of construction, the calming of surfaces with paint suggests care, consideration, and possibly celebration,” Cherry writes in her artist statement. To learn more, attend the free artist talk on November 29 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a free reception. North Idaho College Boswell Hall Corner Gallery, open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., free, nic.edu (CAS) ♦