First Friday: OCTOBER! Katie Creyts and Jeff Huston

September 30, 2015 § 1 Comment

It’s a big night!

Here is our contribution

Free of charge, opening reception:

Friday October 2, 2015 through October 31 FREE OPENING RECEPTION Friday, October 2, 2015. 5-9 pm

Katie Crytes

Katie Creyts has, for this exhibition: CoHabit, been working on graphite drawings and glass etchings of woodland animals cohabiting with humans. The imagery fractures the once symbiotic relationship, as the animals appear dislocated.


Jeff Huston The Saranac Art Projects is pleased to present new works by Jeff Huston. This work explores white male masculinity and its adverse effects on minority groups through video and concrete sculptures.

This Week @ Saranac Art Projects: Last week for MAC show & Fresh w/ Hannah Koeske

September 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Painting with construction

Painting with construction by Lance Sinnema

Our exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is coming to a close. This weekend is the last weekend and Saturday is a FREE day provided by STCU. It’s a great time to go and see some work we have up in the space.

At the top of this post is a piece by Lance Sinnema. These are paintings he reworks, and wraps using text as a comment on seeing.


This is a single image from Jeff Huston’s piece, a video about the idea of work. Layers of video are projected on a collection of core footings, like the foundation of a porch.

Ceramic Bowls

We also have Fresh  in our space. This is an exhibit of new faculty from around the area. Some of them have been members of our gallery. We are delighted to have their work in our space.

We are always free and open to the public. Come by this week and take a look at what is up in the gallery. Don’t forget Hannah Koeske’s collection of paintings and drawings in our small space. She has a set of her cereal  box drawings on the white wall, and her paintings reveal interesting dialogs.

Hannah Koeske

This week we are open from:

2-6pm on Thursday, with Dan McCann sitting the gallery,

Noon – 8 pm Friday, with Chatham from Noon to four, and Jeff Huston from four to eight, and

Noon – 8pm Saturday, with Carrie Scozarro from noon to four, and Aryn from four to eight pm.


Two Great Shows for the Saranac: the MAC and Fresh with Hannah Koeske

September 5, 2015 § Leave a comment


Lisa Nappa Ceramic on Steel shelves Each shelf: 8"h x 12"w x 8"d

Lisa Nappa
Ceramic on Steel shelves
Each shelf: 8″h x 12″w x 8″d

We wold like you to remember, Saranac has two venues for this month. We are at the MAC, Browne’s Addition. We have a show there of 16 of out members showing work. The works are diverse, because we are also a diverse collection of artists. We approach working in different ways, and through different materials. It shows in the show at the MAC. The MAC is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. There is an admission charged. They will be closed on Labor Day. The show closes on the 20th of September.


We also have a show of FRESH in the gallery at the east end of Main Avenue by Division. 

Cyano print on cloth

Fresh is a show of new-ish faculty in the area. We are open from noon to eight today. We don’t charge an entry to come see the work. You are also welcome to come look as you go the the Magic Lantern Theater of the Saranac Public House across the hall from us. 

Hannah Koeske has some wonderful drawings in the gallery. The drawings have a light, delicate quality to them. Some narrative is wove into the images. They have a haunting beauty we are not sure how to put a name to describe the images.

Hannah Koeske

First Friday: Fresh and Hannah Koeske @ 5-9pm

September 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

First Friday @ 5-9pm:

Fresh and Hannah Koeske

Hannah Koeske

We have an opening reception this evening! First of the fall. We are looking forward to exhibiting a new collection of drawings by Hannah Koeske. Hannah has some very nice large drawings in the gallery for this evening. We would love to have you come and take a look.

FRESH is an invitational of the new artists at our various area universities. This is a university town. We have five colleges represented: Gonzaga, EWU, NIC, SFCC and Whitworth. Each has a new member or three. Some might not seem new, but they have new positions within their departments and are more secure than before. Others are returning to fill positions opened in the last year.

Come and see the work. Say hello to us and visit a bit. There is music downtown, and it’s a busy weekend.

We’d love to see you this evening.

Last days of Ryan Desmond’s Show

August 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36", 2015

acrylic on canvas,
24″ x 36″,

Last Days: Today and Tomorrow

Ryans Desmond’s show ends on Friday of this week. He is having a reception at the gallery for the show, and as a way to have informal conversations, about the work.

We are always having those conversations. It’s part of the fun of looking at art.

We think the time is right to see the work, and think about what painting is, and how it works. Ryan has been working in Richmond, VA for the past couple of weeks on painting projects. We are not talking houses, either. But, works. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see the works Friday night!

Come on by, and have a visit.

Digital collage, Patina and Acrylic on Metal. 20" x 16", 2014.

Digital collage, Patina and Acrylic on Metal.
20″ x 16″, 2014.

MAC Exhibit

July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

We are happy to be mentioned in the Spokesman Review today!

We are so happy. And there will be a reception in a week as well! Look for cards in the mail and from our members.

Spokesman Review

Bradd Scubina Installation

MAC Reception: Friday, July 31 @ 5-7PM

July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

MAC opening Card

Saranac Art Projects

Reception: 5-7 PM @ the MAC

This is in recognition for our exhibit at the MAC, in Browne’s Addition. Sixteen artists fro  our group have works in the show. Some of us have seen the show. Some are going to be surprised. Everything is beautiful. We are thrilled!

Come and celebrate with us!

It’s free!

That’s always nice.

ceramic elements with inlay slip

ceramic elements with inlay slip


Ryan Desmond Shows Broad Skills and Humor

July 30, 2015 § 1 Comment

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015

acrylic on canvas,
24″ x 30″,

Have you thought of leaving a couch out in the winter, and seeing what happens? Ryan, shows us one side of the end.

We love this work!

It’s funny. It looks at painting as a way of thinking, not only about painting, but about looking, and experiencing the world. How do you structure the world? What are you experiences, and how does this structure your understanding? And Expectations?

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015

acrylic on canvas,
24″ x 30″,

Laboratory pieces from the residence

June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

We think this is going to be a fascinating exhibit to explore. We are sure this is a huge space contained in a small couple of pieces of hardware. We can’t wait. Because we can explore while we sit the space. No lines then.

Tonight might be different.

Friday! Reception!

June 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

Jo Quetsch and the resident artists from the Laboratory have a reception on Friday!


Last Day for Bernadette Vielbig & Robert Fifeild’s show

May 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Chair for performance

Chair for performance

If you have been waiting, or have missed the other performance piece Bernadette has done this month,


is the last in the series, and the last of the show.

This is a combination of ideas gleaned from the past twenty five to forty five years of exploring what art can be.

Today, Bernadette is doing Eat It or Throw It.

The image is the chair Bernadette is going to be sitting in, and the candy on the floor suggest items offered for her to eat…….

or throw!

The performance is from 2 to 6.

Bernadette is then sitting the gallery from six to closing at eight.

Today: Bernadette and the Theremin Dance!

May 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

We have been a bit wrong about today’s performance. Only a bit, though.

Bernadette will be dancing and performing in response to the tones played on the Theremin, Not playing the instrument.

That is your place in the performance!

We would like you to engage the instrument, and through this we are looking forward to Bernadette’s interpretation of the tones.

On hand to help you navigate the ideas this afternoon is Dan McCann. He is fascinated by the possibilities of audio.

This will be very interesting!


Today: Lisa Nappa and Roger Ralston Sitting

May 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Piano-keys&stringsToday, Lisa and Roger are siting the space.
Bernadette’s Maelstrom and Pivot by Robert Fifield are up in the space. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s performance of “Dancing with the Theramin” by Bernadette. That is from 2-6pm.



Opening: NOW!

May 1, 2015 § Leave a comment



Bernadette has new works! We are open, and we are welcoming everyone to come by and see Bernadette’s new pieces.

Open until 9, so you can come by when everyone else has closed.


Maelstrom opens on Friday

April 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

We have a reception on Friday, from 5-9pm.

Bernadette Vielbig has a dandy collection of works, a redirecting of materials and objects into new directions.

We would love to see you at the reception. It’s free of charge and open to the public.

Come see the work!

The Living Room: a game of looking

April 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

looking for the images from the clues in Jenny's The Living Room installation.

looking for the images from the clues in Jenny’s The Living Room installation.

We have a grand, playful set of games in the gallery:

Jenny Hyde’s The Living Room, and 

Tobe Harvey’s Phi.

Both works explore ideas, and enable you to look for links between experience.

Jenny’s work is a collection and construction of images from a living room. You can look over her construction as a way of looking and spinning through a space. She has constructed a large wall piece from images printed onto cloth. The cloth has been sew together to make a massive wall piece. The images have been knit together from views in the Living Room. Looking at the images you spin around , investigating the space, and what the room contains.

The images are not placed in a linear structure, but knit, one butting up against the other. They are panoramic images made through knitting. Sometimes we have a bit of vertigo as we look at the whole of the construction. But look at the shoes, and that has grounded us.

Jenny has also provided a set of post cards. These are playing cards to enable you to look at the image for specific objects. You can check off the objects, and Jenny has provided ribbons for you to win. As you fill-out and check off the items  you find, you earn discounts on other images in the gallery. You can buy a segment of the larger construction, as an individual print, at a discounted cost.

It’s all great fun. Some of us have gotten a couple of great pieces.

Today we are open from noon to eight.

This afternoon, Carrie Scozzaro sits the space from noon to four.

This evening: Dan McCann is in the space from four to eight.

We know they would love to have folks visit. It’s going to be a delightful day, and warm.

We also know there are loads of folks from around the country and the state for a couple of meetings, and lots of conversations. We invite you to come by and visit our project space.

Come say hi.




Today: Jenny Hyde And Tobe Harvey

April 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

First Friday: Jenny Hyde and Tobey Harvey!

April 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

First Friday:

Tobe Harvey: Phi

Phi is body of work created using the technique of collage
and direct painting. The materials I used are canvas, paper, oil paint,
photographs, watercolor, ink, and pencil. The work depicts unexpected
combinations of form on formats of circles, squares, and golden spirals.

Jenny Hyde: Living Room

The Living Room, an exhibition by Jenny Hyde is an art show
and interactive game all at once. For the past year, Hyde has been
documenting the house she grew up in, taking photographs of everything in
the individual rooms in a meticulous way. The multiple photographs are
stitched together digitally and then physically to create a large scale
immersive image that is close to life size. This work is part of an ongoing
investigation of American landscape.

And there is a game!

But you have to ask Jenny for an invitation to play the game! She has them printed out, and there are special places to have checked off if as you find things in the documentation.

Don’t miss out!


FREE OPENING RECEPTION Friday, April 3, 2015. 5-8 pm

Friday April 3, 2015 through Saturday April 25



This week @ Saranac Art Projects

March 19, 2015 § Leave a comment


This week is a nice period of time for us.

We have Kate Vita and Nancy Hathaway showing work in the gallery.

Here is one of Nancy’s pieces. They are layers of work. Some if the image seems to be obscured from, maybe drawing. Part of the whole is the hand made paper, with inclusions.

We love looking at them, and thinking about what is going on as Nancy ,makes the pieces. A recurring question is what the layers suggest. Sometimes, they seem like Chinese scroll paintings. The middle passages between dramatic scenes. Or maybe they are references to Turner’s paintings and his romantic quality. Maybe after the images have been filtered through our contemporary experience.


This week, we have some delightful folks sitting the gallery. You can muse with them as you look at Nancy’s images.

Thursday: Hannah sits from noon to five pm.

Friday: Dan McCann sits from noon to four, and is followed by Lance.

Saturday: Margo Casstevens and Kurt Madison sit the gallery.

Everyone would be great to visit with while you are in the gallery.

Tell us what you see in Nancy’s paper constructions!

And just across the hall is the Saranac Pub, too.

Kate VitaPortrait

The subtle work of working

March 12, 2015 § Leave a comment


There is a subtlety to working that comes out, only after the work has been done. Our two  current shows deliver on the idea of practicing and daily work. Kate Vita set a goal of a painting a day, and the work involved in the task shows itself in the paintings in the gallery. They are delightful works engaging the light we have here. Kate is looking at the segments on the world we see. They are isolated parts, but they are the quick glimpses of light, color, and form that are a daily delight.

Nancy Hathaway has been casting and working with paper a while. These are fascinating. They have a delicate coloring. The paper itself frames the soft yellow of the core. But the core also holds threads of red and yellows.  Nancy writes about them as drawings. They have a nice drawing quality to them.  The surfaces are a fascinating texture.


Last week for Lisa and Margo’s show

February 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ball in Float series

It’s been a very short month. Many of us seem to be just waking from the winter, and here is a set of images to welcome you into the spring.

You can see the work in the gallery, but this is the last week.

Yes! that means Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the last times for these pieces in the gallery!

Many have sold! Our members talked about what a delightful time they have had sitting the show, and looking at the delicate pieces, poised to lift into another land. They seem like monumental forms, isolated in their places. We have been lost in reflection on the pieces. Very nice!

We also dip back and forth into the video space, drawn by the quiet music calling to us. The images of lines are mesmerizing. In our conversations with Margo, we can see her floating in the water, wondering and delighted by the floating of air up from below her.

Such a wonderful show of work. Come by!

Thursday: Cory Sits,

Friday: Ryan Desmond starts the day, noon to 4; and Jenny Hyde is in for the evening, 4-8pm.

Saturday: Hannah sits from noon to 4, and Bradd finishes the week and show from 4-8.

Come on in. We’d love to talk with you, or just sit and listen to the music as it plays through the space.

ceramic elements with inlay slip

ceramic elements with inlay slip

Very Nice Visitors Today

January 29, 2015 § 1 Comment

First Movements

We had a very nice conversation with folks as they passed through the space this afternoon. The Feminist Club from Lewis and Clark High School stopped in after they were at KYRS. We had a delightful conversation with them about the work, working, and art.

Another couple came through as they were thinking about going to the movies this weekend at the Magic Lantern. They were excited to see Kurt’s paintings, and gave us some insights into how they are painted. Milk as a mild mask in some of the paintings.

Some backed goods floated through the space, as another visitor walked through and looked.

All in all, a very nice day.

More on Friday this week, and Saturday too!

Center Piece and Sumi

Last weekend for Kurt and Roger’s Show

January 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Regular Poly's

We have had a long month, but it’s coming to a close.

We’d like to remind you of the show in the space now, before it leads. This is the last weekend for Kurt Madison’s and Roger Ralston’s show.

The sumi works and mobiles leave the space after Saturday.

Lisa Nappa is sitting on Thursday until five.

Ryan Desmond sits from Noon to Four on Friday.

CArrie sits Saturday from Noon to four, and then,

Nancy is in the space to close out the show.

Come see the work.

We’d love to visit.


Kurt’s Sumi Paintings

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Kurt Madison

We would like to invite you to take a look at this and other Sumi works in the gallery.

Kurt has collected together a wonderful collection of works, and they are in the gallery.

Today, We are open from Noon to Eight.

We think you will enjoy the show.

Kurts Red work

Friday: Jenny, Bradd and Hannah welcome you

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment


We love this image from Kurt!

It makes us think of going skiing. This weekend we think we are going to se some of that! Some of us are alpine and some are nordic skiers.

Some like to stay here in town and look at the frosting on the mountains as it piles up, awaiting for the spring, and summer.

We are welcoming the snow,


In the right places.

You can see the paintings today from noon to eight. 

Jenny is in today from noon to four.

Bradd sits from four to six, and then

Hannah is in from six to eight.

Come and take a look.

Three figures


Have you been by?

January 22, 2015 § Leave a comment


We would love to see you when you are in the area.

Please, come and see what we have up. 

It’s grand!

Small moves

Extra days: December 23rd & 24th

December 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Gallery View

We have extra days for the Small Works Sale!

December 23rd and 24th are extra days!

Bernadette is sitting the 23rd, from noon to sometime later (after 5 be are sure)

Roger and Lisa are sitting the gallery from noon to 5 on Christmas eve.

That’s next week though.


Jenny Hyde is sitting Thursday from Noon to Five, then

Nancy Hathaway is in on Friday, Noon to Four, and

Jeff Huston is in from Four to Eight, Friday.

Saturday has Carrie Scozzaro in the afternoon, from Noon to Four, and

Hannah finishes the week from Four to Eight.

Kale Magnet

Eat you veggies!


Wonderful Collection! Great Time!

December 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

Drawings and Materials Bradd Scubinna

Drawings and Materials
Bradd Scubinna

We had a slue of folks in the space last night, and then today, folks swept through on their way to the movies at the Magic Lantern. It’s been a steady stream of interested folks.

We are open a bit more for this month. Those working in the colleges are signing up for more time in the gallery.

Coma by and see the work.

Bradd dropped off some new work today. Roger has a couple of new things in the space as well.

But, if you wanted Bernadette’s Walking Totem/ Cane Shoe last and nails, it’s too late. Should have gotten that last night!

Bernadette Veilbig, Doll with teeth

Bernadette Veilbig,
Doll with teeth

Closed for Thanksgiving, But open for Friday!

November 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Homage o' Peaches

We send you an enthusiastic Thanksgiving offering of a day filled with what you need:

Family, or none;

Excitement and loads of energy, or quiet and reflection;

 And grand resolve as we move into the formal holidays of celebrating light and life, renewal and energy.

This week we are open on Friday and Saturday.

Friday: Kurt Madison and Margo Casstevens are in the gallery from noon to eight.

Friday, Bernadette Y Vielbig sits the space from noon to four, then

Bradd Skubinna sits from four to eight.

It’s a great show, and if you are out in the neighborhood, Stop in and have a visit with the work.

Alter to Real Estate Photography

Dan does homage to John Cage

November 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Homage to Cage

We would like to thank Dan McCann for the installation in the gallery. He has done a fantastic job constructing a reflective space.

This is beautiful.

Check out Bradd’s drawings

November 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Bradd has a wall of amazing drawings. It looks like a collection of work for the past year. But it also looks like longer too.
It’s delightful.


Masks are the Thing: Saturday 1-3 pm

October 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Kibble Painting

Masks are the thing for this Saturday, October 25th

If you have some interest, we have a mask workshop for this Saturday, from 1-3 pm.

Lance and Hannah will be helping with the mask, and solving problems as you articulate what you would like to be, other than yourself, of course. Imaginations are opne, and so is the possibility of what  can be done.

Come and see the excitement. Join in! Bring the little people to enable us to see their vision of the world.

We love that part.

It’s the best!

Ideas without Place

We look forward to seeing you this afternoon!

Tobe Harvey for a free workshop on Saturday October 11th @ 1 PM!

October 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

Match boxes by Tobey Harvey. Small Works sale December 2013

Match boxes by Tobey Harvey.
Small Works sale December 2013

Join Tobe Harvey for a free workshop on Saturday October 11th at the Saranac Art Projects Gallery.

From 1-3 PM Harvey will demonstrate his watercolors on matchboxes for the public. The first 8 participants will get supplies to make one to keep for themselves.

All materials will be provided, the public is welcome to watch even if not participating.

This is free & open to the public, no pre-registration, but rather a first come, first served workshop open to ages 8 & up.

Interested in Membership?

August 28, 2014 § 4 Comments


We are looking for new members.

If you are interested in working with a group of artists in the Spokane area,

Interested in Contemporary Art, and the directions Contemporary Art can move in the Spokane area:

We’d love to have a conversation.

Take a look at our application package.

Membership Information

Or come and visit us and we can fill in some details.

This week’s sitters

October 5, 2015 § Leave a comment


We are open this week.

Sitting on Thursday: Dan McCann: rom 2 to 6pm.

Friday: Lisa Nappa & Roger Ralston: Noon to 8pm.

Saturday: Margo Casstevens and Kurt Madison rom Noon to 8pm.

Come visit and see what we have.

Katie Crytes

Julie Gautier-Downes showing at The Brick Wall Gallery

September 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

One of our members: Julie Gautier-Downes is showing at The Brick Wall Gallery this month.

She has an opening on Friday. We think her work will be well worth a visit on Friday.

The reception is until 8:30.

The space is just east of Macy’s in the Bennett Block.

For more information check: The Brick Wall Gallery

Last week of Hannah Koeske and Fresh

September 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hannah KoeskeWe know you have been thinking the weather has turned and it’s time for something.

We have one week left of warmth, and we would love to have you come by and see Fresh. It’s an invitational of the new faculty in the area. We have a wonderful collection of works.

But it’s the last week!

painting on board

We are open Thursday from 2 – 6pm. Ellen Pitkin is sitting on Thursday. She’s always a delight to talk with about what is going on around the area.

Friday is Roger Ralston and Lisa Nappa. They are in the space.

Saturday (the last day for the show!) Lance and Tobe are sitting.

Then that is the end of the show!

Cyano print on cloth


Workshops at the MAC:

September 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

Margo has a workshop in casting paper at the MAC.

It coincides with the Saranac exhibit we have there. Margo has lots of experience with paper casting!

She will go over a number of the things you will need to enable you to cast paper.

Check the MAC web site for registration and details.

This is an exciting workshop.

You should check it out.

Kurt makes Figures

September 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

PolyCromed Figure


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