Thursday, December 11, 2003


`Clocks, Crows and Dominoes' at Tinman

Julianne Crane
Staff writer

Chris Giffin's domino clock, made from recycled materials, is on view at Tinman Artworks.

Chris Giffin's funky, functional clocks, made from recycled materials, are part of the current show at Tinman Artworks in the Garland District.

"Clocks, Crows and Dominoes" combines Giffin's three-dimensional crafts with the two-dimensional, illustrative paintings of Tim Lord.

If you've wandered through ArtFest or Inland Craft Warnings, chances are you are familiar with Giffin's work, if not her name.

Giffin's signature homeware pieces include wall and desktop clocks made from found materials such as dominoes, bingo cards and cameras. She also creates earrings, pins and pendants using dice, painted tin and typewriter keys.

Spokane's Lord is showing four new, large acrylic paintings that depict crows playing dominoes.

"Tim's work is full of complex personal imagery as well as a more universal iconography" said gallery owner Sue Bradley in a news release. "The crow here is the trickster, the games player and possibly an echo of the ravens who were the Nor
se god Odin's wise companions."

This is Giffin's first gallery show in Spokane. Her studio and home are in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Meet the artists at a reception Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. The show is open for viewing through

Jan. 2, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

`For the Child in All'

After a two-month run at the Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, Debbie Hughbanks is back at the Pacific Flyway Gallery during December with a variety of acrylic, pastel and mixed media works.

"For the Child in All: Artwork for Everyone" includes a new series of local critter and farm animal paintings, giclee reproductions and cards.

Along with Hughbanks' paintings and prints, the gallery is featuring colored pencil pieces by Tom Bowman, pastels by Marian Flahavin, paintings by Ethelynn Coleman and small bird pastels by Bev Blumel.

An artist's reception is Saturday between 1 and 3 p.m. in the gallery, 313 E. Sprague Ave. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Moscow's `Winter Solstice'

Visual interpretations of the season highlight the second annual "Winter Solstice" show opening Friday at the Third Street Gallery in Moscow, Idaho, with an artists' reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The 28 Pacific Northwest participants include Moscow artists Leo Ames, Louise Barber, Audrey Barr, Bill Blair, Adrienne Boland, Celia Boland, Kalen Boland, Jean Korus, Emily Meyer, Pam Peterson, Jennifer Rod and Linda Wallace.

Other Idaho artists are Sayra Adams of Harvard, Lynn Hagen of Troy, Katherine Jones of Challis, Ludmilla Saskova of Deary, Dale Tucker of Lewiston and Helen Grainger Wilson of Potlatch.

From Pullman are artists Valerie Boydo, Tom Clements, Dac Gilliksen and Kevin Nibur. Other Washington artists are Patti Bezzo Fox of Seattle, Shelly Haas of Harrington, Debbie Hughbanks of Loon Lake and Kelly Wiltermood of Grand Coulee. From Oregon comes Kathryn Becker of Newberg.

The gallery, 206 E. Third St., opens its doors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Faculty show at Prichard

While in Moscow for the "Winter Solstice" opening, walk a couple of blocks to the Prichard Gallery for the annual University of Idaho Faculty Exhibition.

This year's exhibition presents the work of 17 area artists and designers from the UI departments of art and design, architecture and landscape architecture. The exhibit includes a wide range of mediums and styles.

Artists showing their work are Bill Bowler, Ryan Belnap, Shauna Corry, Glenn Grishkoff, David Giese, Lynne Haagensen, Delphine Keim-Campbell, John Larkin, Anjel Luna, Marilyn Lysohir, Sally Graves Machlis, Dan Mullin, Kurt Rathmann, Melissa Rockwood, George Roberts, Bill Woolston and George Wray.

An opening reception is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, 414 S. Main St. The work can be seen through Jan. 14.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Dec. 21. Beginning Dec. 22 through Jan. 3 the gallery will be open 1 to 6 p.m. The gallery will be closed Christmas Eve through Dec. 26 and New Year's Eve through Jan. 2.

Urdahl's wildlife art

Wildlife sporting artist Rick Urdahl is having his 24th annual Christmas Show on Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. at his Cheney studio, 105 Sixth St.

Urdahl has been a fixture on the Western and wildlife art show circuit throughout the West for more than two decades. He specializes in realistic game birds and sport fishing scenes.

Born and raised in Montana, Urdahl had the Bridger and Tobacco Root mountain ranges as his stomping grounds. The watercolorist continues to paint scenes on location at his summer retreat on the Madison River near Ennis, Mont.

"I've been fortunate to sell everything I've painted for the past 25 years," says the third-generation artist, "so it's been a pretty good life."

Urdahl's work is also part of the December holiday show at the Old Hotel Gallery in Othello, Wash.

Other holiday shows

• Painter/sculptor Paul Kuhlmann is having an open house for his "Happy Holidays of America" show Friday between 6 and 8 p.m. at Kuhlmann's Kreations, 1205 E. Crown Ave.

• New Morning Glass Studio, 110 S. Bridge St. in Palouse, Wash., is celebrating the season with an open house and glass-blowing demonstrations on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday hours through December are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• A Christmas show featuring works by a variety of Idaho artists is on display at Northern Lights, Inc., 321 Chevy St., Sagle, Idaho. View the work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Ceramic works by the Spokane Potter's Guild are on view through December at 1404 N. Fiske St.

Sandpoint art shows

• There's still time to see the mixed-media works of Kami Blood in the Sandpoint mayor's office in City Hall, 1123 Lake St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

• The Mouse Country quilts of Terrie Kralik are on display through Dec. 31 at the county commission office in the Courthouse Building, 215 S. First St. View the work between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• The contemporary fine art Chris Kraisler Gallery, 517 N. Fourth Ave. is showing its regular artists through December. Look for work by Stephen Schultz, David Kraisler, Michael Speaker, Barry Tinsley and Bill Barrett. For hours, call (208) 255-4170.

• Jill Davies is showing her marquetry work at the University of Idaho Extension Office, 4205 S. Boyer St. The work is up through Jan. 7 and can be seen Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

Other galleries

• Lebrie Glass Studio, 111 N. Post St., is showcasing the work of Inland Northwest Glass Guild members. Stop by to see ongoing lampwork demonstrations. The new studio is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

• Shannon Marie Hickman's paintings are hanging in the Met Art Gallery through Dec. 28. View the work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, or during performances for ticketholders.

• During December the oil and pastel paintings of Brenda Bauer, Lily Whitney and Catherine Clark are on display at Clark's Creations Gallery, Highway 200, Clark Fork, Idaho.

•The Visual Arts column appears every Thursday. Send information about art openings and events two weeks in advance to Julianne Crane, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5435; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail:

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