"BELIEVE there is always, always, always a way. When you have exhausted all possiblities, remember this ~ you haven't." ~ Thomas Edison
I LOVE my home town in Eastern Washington State. Spokane is a special city with a cozy small town feel. Charming vintage homes, majestic landmarks and beautiful parks in every neighborhood ~ there is SO much inspiration here. I have a little sign at my art event booth that reads, "Give the Gift of Spokane Memories." Folks here have lots of fond memories~ and I'm doing my best to re-create as many as I can in the friendly "AMERICANA' style.
EASTER, MOTHER'S DAY and FATHER'S DAY ~ With so many family holidays falling in this wonderful season, fine art can be the PERFECT gift for someone special. For gift ideas, see the list of venues below and the What's New page of this Spring web site.
MY CREATIVE TIME ~ Spring is my creative time when I take advantage of this season's slower pace to work on NEW paintings I will be debuting later this year. I have several commissions that came my way as a result of my very busy 2017 Winter art season. This Spring has been a prolific creative time!
25TH CALENDAR ANNIVERSARY ~ This is a BIG milestone year for me as the 2019 calendars I'm working on mark my 25th ANNIVERSARY of creating them.Visit my Calendar page later on in the season to lean about the special editions to be released this year.
Last year has come and gone ~ but I would be remiss if I did not give a HUGE thank you to Merrilee Lindaman (Lindaman's Bistro) for hosting my 22-piece December exhibit, "THE HEART OF WINTER." I also want to say thanks to Kathy Luden and Jim Van Loben Sels (Arbor Crest Cellars), Heidi Sawyer (Kendall Yards), Greg Lipsker (Barrister Winery), many other generous event hosts, local vendors (see the list below) and dozens of loyal patrons who helped make last year's fine art season such a success. I am SO grateful to all of you!
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 2018. Here is my list of events pencilled in on my calendar so far ~
NOTE ~ Find more art events listed on this page as the 2018 season unfolds.
PITTYPAT GALLERY & V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) LIST
PITTYPAT GALLERY (CLOSED) ~ For a while longer, my gallery is closed. Spring is my creative time when I'm working on design projects, renovating my gallery, planning my upcoming season ~ and of course, painting NEW canvases to add to my collection.
When OPEN, my gallery offers a huge selection of:
Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information and to learn about commissioning original paintings and sketches.
.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). Twice a year, I send postcards in digital email format or hard copy via U.S.P.S. These feature NEW artwork images and list the schedule of my Spring/Summer events and my Fall/Winter /Holiday ones. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming artfests and private PittyPat Gallery events.
NOTE ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I NEVER share your personal information.
COMING IN SPRING! THE NEW CAROUSEL GIFT SHOP AT RIVERFRONT PARK & TWO DAVENPORT HOME STORES (ONE AT EACH DOWNTOWN HOTEL)
The historic hand-carved Looff Carousel has been packed away in storage since the renovation of Riverfront Park was approved by Spokane voters. Late this spring, this glorious gem will be reassembled and offered to the public again in its new dedicated building for all Spokaneites and visitors to our city to enjoy.
My artwork will be featured in the gift shop in this amazing new protective structure that will allow the beloved carousel to be enjoyed by thousands for years to come.
Look for details on its opening in early May on the web site above and in Spokane's Spokesman-Review newspaper.
The downtown Davenport Home Store will offer a selection of 24 of my art cards that revolve with the seasons featuring Folks will also find the NEW 5th Edition of Spokan and Washington State perpetual-life journals ~ each filled with 44+ images featuring a different theme each month.
Settings include The Historic Davenport Hotel, the South Hill Davenport family residence and their summer Flowerfield home on the Little Spokane and the Davenport Fountain at Manito Park; landmarks like the Spokane Club and Review Building; local park scenes from Manito, Cannon Hill, Riverfront, Riverside and Mount Spokane; plus historic churches and schools like Saint John the Evangelist, First Presbyterian, Saint Al's, Lewis & Clark, Marycliff, Gonzaga Prep, old North Central, Holy Names Academy and images of Gonzaga University.
This handsome upscale metropolitan hotel near the INB Performing Arts Center, Spokane's Convention Center and Riverfront Park just opened a Davenport Home Store as well. The
Settings include Spokane's Riverfront Park and clock tower, the Looff Carousel, Monroe Street Bridge, the Spokane Club, Review Building, the Steam Plant, the historic Flour Mill ~ and more!
This shop will also carry the famous Davenport mattresses plus a selection of gifts for the home similar to the shop in The Historic Davenport Hotel on Post Street.
NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE (THE MAC) ~ Everything I have at this gift shop honors Spokane and the Inland Northwest. My prints, cards, calendars and more have had a home in the gift shop since it opened well over a decade ago.
The "must see" MAC is a regional museum set in Spokane's oldest neighborhood. Browne's Addition still has many venerable mansions of Spokane's early wealthy. The Amasa Campbell House and others are the fine work of Spokane architect Kirtland K. Cutter.
Grace Campbell donated her home to Spokane and it became the Cheney-Cowles Museum. The coach house had an extensive taxidermy collection.
In the late 1990s, the museum added two more contemporary structures and changed its name to the MAC. The three-building campus included a main structure for exhibits, a cafe and gift shop; the second, a library with archived historic photography (reproductive services at a nominal fee); and the third, the restored Amasa Campbell mansion.
FEATURED EXHIBIT ~ "TITANIC" ~ The exhibit opened in November and runs through spring. It's a huge national favorite with folks fascinated by the devastating loss of what was thought to be the "unsinkable" ocean liner. Other local exhibits highlight our area's Native Americans, old Spokane including the huge 1889 fire, beloved Natatorium Park and more.
57TH & REGAL UPS STORE ~ I do a lot of business with this UPS Store as they are one of two local printers that handle most of the commercial printing I can't manage at my own digital studio. This includes a high end printer with expanded technology that creates my canvas NEW reproductions. These are remarkably similar to my original paintings, but produced for a fraction of the cost ~ perfect for patrons who want the look and fee of canvas without the substantial expense a collector would expect.
Like other UPS neighborhood outlets, the 29th & Regal store also packs, ships, faxes, and more. Plus it offers mailboxes for those who want the ease of a street address without having their mail delivered to their homes. Manager Kyle Baker does a great job meeting his customers' challenges. He and his staff go the extra mile to get the job done right.
The store is now offering customers a small collection of my art cards (15 scenes that revolve with the four seasons). Look for my NEW 2019 25th ANNIERSARY calendars here later in the season.
THE SOUTH MONROE ACE ~ The South Monroe Ace has the largest collection of my fine art cards and magnets available in the Inland Northwest. This grouping includes 200+ Iocal settings featured throughout the year. Over with 70+ of these are from the South Hill alone!
The 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."
During the holiday season, the theme is largely Christmastime with dozens of familiar Spokane and Inland Northwest images available for purchase.
Find my NEW 2019 25th ANNIERSARY calendars here later in the season.
The display is conveniently located by both of the store's front check-out stands ~ great for perusing when waiting in line to pay for Christmas lights and other decorations ~ or biding your time while your husband decides on which snow blower to buy.
MANITO SHIPPING COMPANY ~ This business is indeed a full-service shipping company offering notary services as well ~ but equally important is the uniquely eclectic selection of merchandise on hand.
The displays are filled with greeting cards (from silly to vintage to profound), mugs, prints and more from local area artists (including myself), unexpected gift items for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list who already have everything, a small enticing collection of antique items, furniture ~ and more. You never know what you will find here, but few shoppers leave the Manito Shipping Company empty handed.
The store now carries the 4th Edition of my Washington State Journals. These spiral-bound perpetual-life 8-1/2 inch square books have 44+ full-color images. Each month features artwork of a different setting or community from all over Washington State. There is also a short history and photo accompaning each painting.
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!
KING COUNTY'S EASTSIDE
NEW locations are "in-the-works" for the Seattle and Snohomish areas.
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