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Art Spirit Gallery reintroduces the region to the work and story of artist Ernest Lothar

April 26, 2019 - Carrie Scozzaro

 

Art history has forgotten Ernest Lothar, whose contemporaries — artists like Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee — fled Nazi Europe for America, converging mostly upon New York City, and forming the canon of so-called exile artists whose works are now celebrated in the annals of art history. But Lothar's escape from Hitler's juggernaut was circuitous, bypassing metropolitan art centers for many years. Though he made a significant body of artwork, illness and other circumstances conspired to dim his rising star in the art world for more than 60 years.

An upcoming exhibition at the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene reintroduces Lothar, sharing not only his artwork, but also his compelling story.

"The story excited us in equal amounts as the artwork," says gallery owner Blair Williams. "We get approached often by artists and families of artists and we consider ourselves fortunate that way." More often than not, though, the artwork people share with them is not a good fit for the gallery, she says.

 

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In The Studio: Joyful Collaboration

July 3, 2018 - Carrie Scozzaro

Ever since meeting in the fiber arts department at the Kansas City Art Institute 44 years ago, Mary Dee and Allen Dodge have been joyful collaborators. Together, they’ve raised a family, run a business and developed complementary art careers.

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An Interview with Carla O'Connor

September 5, 2017

Lately I’ve become obsessed with artist interviews! Long hours alone in the studio can be very isolating and lonely, and online artist interviews are a great way to connect with other artists from across the globe. I always gain some new insights and a deeper understanding of the creative process as I listen to someone else’s ideas, thoughts, and working process. I love hearing what other artists have discovered and experienced and how they deal with the challenges involved with finding clarity, a personal voice and vision, and balancing everyday life with a life in the arts. I often come away feeling refreshed and invigorated knowing that I’m not the only artist who struggles with those challenges. And I’m comforted because I find that I’m also not alone in feeling frustrated by the fact that the art journey I began so many years ago still hasn’t led to anywhere that I can really count on. The struggle remains. As artist Ken Kewley said, “The secret of painting needs to be discovered everyday. Secrets only work for a little while.” And most artists agree that those secrets are only found by working on our work.

Recently, I summoned up the courage to ask one of my friends and all-time favorite artists, Carla O’Connor, if she would be open to being interviewed for my blog. I’m extremely grateful to Carla for replying, “bring on the questions!” And I’m very excited to share her answers with all of you today.

 

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Viky Garden - Figurative Painter

April 1, 2017

Since the age of 15, Viky Garden has consistently depicted herself as the central subject of her work. This singular practice offers a framework to explore personal and universal aspects of the female experience.
www.vikygarden.com

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Sheila Evans- The Making of Enamel Bird Tray

November 1, 2016

Watch one of our favorite enamel artists create one of her bright and creative trays! You can watch HERE

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Sheila Evans- The Making of Enamel Fox Tray

November 1, 2016

Watch one of our favorite enamel artists create one of her bright and creative trays! Watch HERE.

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Harold Balazs Sculpture Rings

September 29, 2016

Spokane artist Harold Balazs had a crazy idea.

While creating the steel sculpture Spokane Public Radio had commissioned for the Fire Station No. 3 Courtyard, he realized the different components would ring with different tones when gently struck. Why not get a few percussionists to “play” the artwork?

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Michael Horswill- the making of "Trilogy"

September 23, 2016

Check out this video of Michael Horswill's process of creating "Trilogy," a public art sculpture for the City of Coeur d'Alene.

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Michael Horswill- "Evolution of Good Intentions"

September 23, 2016

KSPS PBS Northwest Profiles, "Drawn to Draw," a television documentary featuring Michael Horswill's "Evolution of Good Intentions," a monumental charcoal drawing, with four other regional artists shown drawing on twelve-foot walls at Gonzaga University's Jundt Art Museum.

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Michael Horswill- interview for Portrait of a Town series

September 23, 2016

Check out this Portrait of a Town interview of Michael Horswill with Barbara Mueller, one of the first one hundred people to tell their stories representing the "heart and soul" of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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