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Jumping Off – Opening Reception at The Art Spirit Gallery
January 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 11 from 5 – 8 pm. Everyone is welcome. Meet the artists and celebrate the new year. The show runs through February 2.
This show is sponsored by The Bluebird: A Midtown Eatery and Syringa. We thank these fine local restaurants for their continued support of the arts in our community.
About the Artists
Pat Siler – Pullman, Washington
Pat Siler’s professional career as artist and educator spans for more than five decades. The January exhibit at The Art Spirit Gallery showcases the artist’s breadth of talent and large mix of media types, including paintings, ceramics, stencils, and woodcut prints, cumulated over the past half century. Inspired by the German expressionism movement of the early 20th century, vintage comic book art, Asian brush art, and Mexican muralists, Siler’s work subtly exposes the essence of everyday commentaries of everyday people. “I’m sure of the relevance of art by its persistent presence in human culture,” states the artist. “I’m not so sure of the significance of my observations and creations but the challenge is always there and so is the mystery of creation.”
A Professor Emeritus at Washington State University, Siler taught in the fine art department for thirty-three years. Siler’s art is collected around the world and has been exhibited in numerous museums around the country, including the WSU Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, the Seattle Art Museum, The New Museum in New York City, The American Craft Museum in New York City, the Boise Art Museum, and the Chicago International Exposition.
Tanden Launder – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
In the upcoming exhibit at The Art Spirit Gallery, local multidisciplinary artist Tanden Launder displays current mixed media work featuring well-known characters that reflect his passion for Americana. Each piece includes a conglomeration of vintage books and documents, found objects, and various mediums. “My interest and appreciation for Americana started in boyhood, stemming partially from reading many biographies. Those books now serve as the part of the collage material I use to build up the layers on my art.” When creating, the artist focuses on what he calls “the draw,” or the part of the artwork that initially captures viewers’ attention and then draws them to the details of smaller images and text. According to Launder, “The intention is to have an art piece that rests easily in a space but isn’t a simple study.”
Launder wears many hats in his hometown of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. A brilliant entrepreneur and small business owner, Launder possesses an innovative flair that positively infiltrates the community at large.
Please join us for the show opening in downtown Coeur d’Alene.
The artworks in the exhibition will be on our website beginning Tuesday, January 8 at http://www.theartspiritgallery.com/exhibitions.