"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

SUMMER is here, and with it the season of Art Events ~ many of them outdoors as you can see by the image of me with Harry Milke (to the right) at the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars Art & Glass Fest.

The painting I'm holding here, "Gathering at the Gatehouse (Arbor Crest)" portrays the iconic rock structure with artists selling their work around it. This year, the scene is being used on posters and ads to promote the upcoming late August event. I am thrilled and so very grateful that the winery chose my artwork. It is an incredible honor. See the poster on my Welcome page.

PROLIFIC YEAR ~ 2016 was my most prolific year ever. I created 20 paintings (eight of these were commission pieces) ~ including the Arbor Crest piece pictured here.

This year after a bit of a slow start, I've completed six works so far (half of them commissions). Two have already been unveiled, with others scheduled throughout the summer and early autumn season.

"Gathering at Gonzaga Prep" was unveiled at Prep's annual benefit auction in mid-March ~ creating a lot of interest and earning a tidy sum for the school. Al Falkner, retiring Gonzaga Prep president after 43 years, shared that, "As far as I know, you are the first artist to ever paint our school." See it on my Spokane page. The second one, "Kindred Spirit Kitties," a portrait of two cats nestled in a bed of tulips, was introduced at April's Traditional English Tea benefitting The Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens. See it on my Puget Sound page.

I just finished a month-long exhibit at Barrister Wine Cellars where I had 53 pieces honoring Spokane and the Inland Northwest on display in eight groupings. At my last appearance there, owner Greg Lipsker shared:"...I just wanted you to know that the Bozarth Mansion piece sold this evening. People were just blown away ...at the detail of your works. You capture the essence of Spokane (WA) and people feel so connected... they absolutely love your work..."

A HEARTFELT THANK YOU to all the businesses who've featured my work at their art venues and in their shops and galleries. And to my wonderful patrons and commission clients ~ please know how grateful I am for your very kind and generous support.

 

PLEASE NOTE ~ This page changes frequently as events are added and information is updated. Look for news on upcoming art fairs, First Fridays and more as they unfold in 2017. Here is my list of events to date:

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

 

 

PITTYPAT GALLERY & V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) LIST

NOW OPEN!

PittyPat Gallery has been closed since the end of 2016 for refurbishing and re-stocking. January through May are also traditionally the months when I create a large part of my NEW 2017 collection. Pittypat Gallery is now open through the end of 2017.

The walls mirror much of the artwork that is featured on this SUMMER 2017 edition of my web site. The artwork highlights the fun activities and beloved settings this season is so famous for.

In my gallery, I have a huge selection of framed and unframed originals, canvas reproductions, fine paper prints, blank art cards, magnets and more available for purchase. Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information ~ plus details on commissioning paintings and sketches.

V.I.P. MAILING LIST ~ To be on my V.I.P. list (Very Important Patron), please contact me at 206.406.1409 (talk or text).

I send out a small handful of postcards either in digital or "hard copy" with a list of my spring/summer and fall/winter/holiday schedules ~ sometimes with special savings at upcoming artfests or at private events in the gallery.

Note ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I absolutely never share your personal information.

SPOKANE'S BROWNE'S ADDITION

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE (THE MAC) ~ Everything I have at this beautiful gift shop honors Spokane and the Inland My prints, cards, calendars and more have had a home in the gift shop since it opened over a decade ago.

This "must see" full-service Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is a regional museum set in Spokane's oldest neighborhood of Browne's Addition. Its address is amidst some of Spokane's oldest and most venerable mansions. The MAC's Campbell House and others on the block are the very fine work of famed Spokane architect Kirtland K. Cutter.

Grace Campbell donated her three-story mansion to the community for use as a museum. For years, what was once an elegant residence operated as the Cheney-Cowles Museum. The adjacent coach house was filled with an extensive taxidermy collection.

In the late 1990s, the museum expanded and became the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. The three-building campus included a new modern building designed to house the exhibits, cafe and gift shop; a library with an extensive collection of archived historic photograph (reproductive services for a very nominal fee); and the third structure, the completely restored Amasa Campbell mansion.

FEATURED EXHIBIT ~ The "Titans of the Ice Age ~ Mammoths and Mastodons" exhibit opened a short while ago. Other local exhibits highlight our area's Native Americans, the history of old Spokane including the city's massive 1889 fire, historic Natatorium Park and more.

 

SPOKANE'S SOUTH HILL

THE SOUTH MONROE ACE ~ The South Monroe Ace has the largest collection of my fine art cards and magnets in Spokane ~ nearly 200 Inland Northwest settings.

The display is conveniently located by both of the store's front check-out stands ~ great for perusing when you're waiting in line to pay for those hammers and nails ~ or biding your time while your husband decides on which lawn mower to purchase.

This 90-card rack revolves with the seasons. You'll find dozens of images featuring settings from all of over the Inland Northwest including Spokane's downtown corridor, Browne's Addition, the South Hill, Inland Northwest City and County Parks, the Spokane Valley and North Idaho's "Panhandle." You'll also find a small selection of cards celebrating seasonal holidays.

The ACE collections includes settings and subjects encompassing historic residences from all neighborhoods, schools (including several of Gonzaga Prep University and a new one of Gonzaga University), churches, landmarks, unique settings like the Garland Milk Bottle, park settings, bridges, gazebos, boats and lake cabins ~ plus artwork of children and pets.

Ace has everything for your home & garden ~ including history books about the early days of Spokane and nearby Mount Spokane.

 

SPOKANE'S LOWER SOUTH HILL

SILVER SPOON TEA HOUSE ~ Spokane's charming Silver Spoon Tea House is located in the historic Levi Monroe Mansion on the lower South Hill Cannon Hill neighborhood. Reservations are required for guests visiting this classic Queen Anne Victorian three-story.

The inviting tea room takes up the entire main floor and offers a gracious, elegant atmosphere for its guests. The inviting tables are set with fresh flowers, white linens, fine china, crystal and silver.

Etageres and buffets offer pretty one-of-a-kind gift items. My revolving rack of fine art cards of assorted Spokane settings sits among these. My three seasonal (fall, holiday and spring/summer) portraits of the Monroe Mansion are hanging on the south wall of the main tea room. The second floor of the Monroe Mansion features two rooms decorated with different color schemes. Overlooking 6th Avenue to the north is a delicate, feminine room, decorated in soft blue, white and mauve.

The room on Walnut facing Walnut features deeper, richer tones of gold, green and crimson. These are available for private parties like wedding and baby showers, birthday and anniversary celebrations and other gatherings.

In addition to hosting teas and special events, owner Sylvia is also an accomplished interior designer and seamstress. She decorated the entire mansion, including creating the sumptuous brocade window coverings hung throughout.

An afternoon with friends spent drinking tea and partaking of Sylvia's delicious homemade goodies is a treat for both the palette and eyes!

 

DOWNTOWN SPOKANE

THE DAVENPORT HOTEL ~ The downtown Davenport Home Store offers a selection of my art cards featuring all the favorite Spokane settings that both locals and guests love.

These include the Davenport Hotel, Spokane Club, skating and summer scenes at Manito and Cannon Hill Parks, landmark homes in Browne's Addition, Saint John the Evangelist, Marycliff High School, Holy Names Academy, four images of Gonzaga University plus images of Louis Davenport family settings.

The shop features an absolutely stunning selection of gifts plus unique items for the home including bath/spa, tabletop decor, gourmet cook books, utensils, entertaining and much more.

KING COUNTY'S EASTSIDE

ARTISTS' CO-OP ~ Western Washington artists' co-op on King County's Eastside is in the start-up stage. Look for more information on this page as arrangements unfold.

 

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ARTWORK OR CONTENT?

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