"At least once every WINTER, I take a moment to sit alone in the dark living room, illuminated only by the lights of the Christmas Tree." ~ M. Hendley
GIVING THANKS, MAKING MERRY AND WATCHING SNOWFLAKES FALL . . .
This page highlights all the art on display at Lindaman's Bistro on Spokane's South Hill this WINTER. Three of these pieces are NEW this year. The exhibit celebrates themes of GIVING THANKS, MAKING MERRY and WATCHING SNOWFLAKES FALL. Beneath each group, find stories about the settings with details, histories and websites (where available) for each work.
28 RECENT WORKS ~ Click here on the NEW 2017-2016 Art Collection pdf to see "thumbnails" of all NEW paintings created during the last two years. Three are featured on the "2017 HEART OF WINTER COLLECTION" below and many others throughout the Puget Sound, Spokane & More Paintings pages.
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GIVING THANKS • Two Spokane's Most Beloved Churches on the South Hill (2 Paintings)
"Snowfall at Saint Augustine's" (THE SOUTH HILL • SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
When I grew up in Spokane, my first twelve years were spent at Saint Augustine’s where my family attended Mass and grade school on Spokane’s South Hill. What is now the school building functioned as the church, school and convent for decades, but in the 1940s, Father (later Monsignor) Stephen P. Buckley drove the fund-raising for a new church.
Designed by the John W. Maloney architects, Walter G. Meyers & Son contractors built the church. They used brick veneer and Indiana limestone for the exterior with a cornerstone of red carnelian granite from Minnesota.
Bishop Charles C. White dedicated the new church on October 1, 1950. Later Father Buckley had landscaped terraced gardens added to honor the Seven Sorrows of Mary ~ creating a remarkably beautiful setting.
I completed this artwork to commemorate the 100th birthday of the parish in 2014. Monsignor Buckley left Saint Augustine’s in 1968 and years later my husband and I purchased the brick bungalow where he spent his retirement years (this was the view from the front porch). I pictured my sisters and our sweethearts enjoying the nativity scene that always decorated the corner of Bernard and 18th Avenue at Christmastime.
"Evening at Saint John the Evangelist" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEBER 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The dream of Right Reverend Edward Makin Cross (Third Bishop of Spokane), the project was begun in 1925 by architect and parishioner Harold C. Whitehouse on property that once housed Spokane dynamo Frances Cook's Victorian mansion on the brow of the South Hill. Whitehouse was also responsible for two whimsical Benewah Creamery buildings and the Hutton Settlement Orphanage buildings in Spokane Valley.
This majestic Gothic-style cathedral was French-influenced. Its exterior was constructed of stone from Tacoma, Washington, and the interior with sandstone from Idaho (the nave) and limestone from Indiana. Work on the building project proceeded through most of the 1920s.
The cathedral always prided itself on opening its doors to everyone ~ as its carvings and stain-glass windows included symbols of many faiths. It was built to be a “house of prayer for all people.”
MAKING MERRY ~ Settings Created Especially for the Holidays, Homes Dressed in Christmas Splendor, Neighbors Caroling and Ice-Skating ~ and More (12 Paintings • 3 NEW!)
NEW! "The Christmas Carousel (Looff)" (DOWNTOWN, SPOKANE, WA • JULY 2017 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • X10-INCH)
20 Years after the original artwork was created, this painting was reworked for Michael Bagley’s carousel-themed tree offering in Spokane’s 2017 Christmas Tree Elegance.
This carousel (SpokaneCarousel.org) carried hundreds of riders in merry circles for decade upon decade in both Natatorium and Riverfront Parks. I.D. Looff finished this glittering merry-go-round in 1909, which was elaborate in every detail with dozens of multi-sized mirror panels and 180 sparkling lights. Too expensive for Nat at a price of $20,000, Looff struck a special deal. If the park would allow his son Louis Vogel to run the carousel and other concessions on a percentage basis, Looff would ship the carousel to the park as a wedding gift for his daughter Emma.
When the Nat Park closed in 1968, its property developed into a trailer park, the carousel was dismantled and stored. With the opening of Spokane’s World Fair, Expo '74 at 100-acre Riverfront Park, one of the most anticipated events was the re-opening of the carousel ~ not just for viewing, but for riding.
Highlight ~ Recently, the merry-go-round was once again put in storage as a new protective structure (one of several ambitious Riverfront Park improvements) was begun to showcase the grand old girl.
"The Crescent Window at Christmastime" (DOWNTOWN, SPOKANE , WA • PAINTED JULY 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Crescent Department Store was THE place to shop when I was a youngster growing up in Spokane, Washington.
It opened in 1889, the year of the big Spokane fire that virtually destroyed the greater downtown area. The store served faithfully (nearly a century) until 1988 when it was sold to the F&N (Frederick & Nelson) Acquisition Corporation.
Our annual tradition, as it was with many Spokane families at the time, was the yearly visit to the downtown Crescent Department Store for pictures with Santa Claus. I was six when this photo was taken ~ and my sisters and me were dressed in red plaid taffetas created by my mother Sally. After photos, we always stopped by the signature animated store window which was filled with lights, baubles and figures (Santa, his elves and more) that moved in time to Christmas music.
Highlight ~ At the 2014 Arbor Crest Art & Glass Festival, one of the men responsible for the animated Crescent Store window stopped by to take a look at this artwork. He recognized the elves and colorful candy confections as some he had created decades ago ~ sharing stories with me and clients at my booth about his 30+ years at the beloved department store.
The Campbell family’s focal point was the library on the main floor of their three-story home. Located left of the entryway, it was finished in rich dark oak echoing the woodwork in the hallway. Dark beams set off the ceiling in the library and the handsome carved Gothic arch over the fireplace.
This room provided the family with a warm and inviting place for casual relaxation like listening to music, reading and playing board games. The Campbells also hosted parties and dances here, as well as more formal events like weddings and funerals.
Highlight ~ On June 27th, 1917, the library was festooned with baskets of blossoms to host the wedding celebration of Amasa and Grace Campbell’s only daughter Helen to William Powell.
NEW! "South Hill Snowmen (Rockwood Bakery)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2016 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Three whimsical snowmen punctuate the charming portrait of this beloved icon a half block east of Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill.
Whether the weather was chilly as pictured here or warm for al fresco dining on the deck of the historic 18th Avenue setting, the Rockwood Bakery has always been full of loyal patrons.
For folks with a sweet tooth and discerning love of good coffee and tea, from the day it opened, the Rockwood Bakery has been a favorite.
When my sister’s fiancé was working on the hardwood floors in our nearby vintage bungalow, he breakfasted every single morning here.
Highlight ~ the structure once served the neighborhood as a small grocery store in the early 1900s and was the first market to offer its customers meat lockers to freeze their large quantity purchases.
NEW! "Pretty Parker Place (Grombacher-Herrick)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2017 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11x14-INCH)
The historic Grombacher-Herrick House (commonly know as the Dr. Parker House) was built in 1924 on West Shoshone by Joseph J. Lorenze, who lived less that a block away.
Several significant families lived here, among them the Grombachers (music shop owners who also managed the Liberty Theater), the Herricks (Milwaukee Lumber Company and Palouse Oil & Gas) and the Winklers (Wm. Winkler Paving Contractors).
But the fifth owners were the most well known. Dr. Robert Parker and wife Jeannie (Marcella) moved into the 2-1/2 story in 1956 and stayed for six-plus decades ~ raising their family of seven children. The Parker House was a classic brick Tudor-Revival with a steeply pitched gabled roof, narrow multi-paned windows and stucco cladding. These strong architectural elements were reminiscent of charming, comfortable English/European residences ~ indicative of the development of homes overlooking Cannon Hill Pond from the 1920s to the 1940s.
For decades, Dr. Parker hosted caroling in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve ~ opening his home afterwards to friends and neighbors. Guest of honor Saint Nicholas (possilby a local firefighter) stopped by the crowd with a bag of treats for the kiddos. Former neighbors remember this annual tradition fondly.
Highlight ~ In the last few years of her life, Jeannie Parker joined my mother's weekly bridge group. One special spring, I treated the ladies to tea at the Silver Spoon Tea House at the Monroe Mansion (pictured below).
”Merry Christmas at the Monroe Mansion" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2014 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This three-story Queen Anne was built in 1902 on 6th Avenue in Spokane’s Cannon Hill neighborhood and was home to the Levi Monroe family for over 50 years.
Spokane was a “railroad” town, so many successful businessmen were able to build grand homes like this. He worked for years for the Spokane Chronicle and later served as the secretary for the Spokane Chamber of Commerce.
During the Great Depression, he was the assistant to James Sullivan, director of the Columbia Basin Commission, which allowed Levi to become involved on the federal, state and local levels with the planning of Grand Coulee Dam.
When I painted this piece, the residence was serving folks as the elegant Silver Spoon Tea House (SilverSpoonTeaHouse.com). I pictured the owner/proprietor Sylvia Erickson with her granddaughter in front of the festively decorated tea house as guests made their way up the sidewalk for a break after a morning of Christmas shopping.
”Ninth Avenue ~ Ice Skater Ball (Comstock-Shadle House)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Spokane has always been a sports lovers’ playground during the snowy winter months. With snow on the ground for several months, skiing, sledding and ice-skating topped the list.
Several city ponds and nearby lakes scattered throughout Spokane County froze over whenever the temperatures dropped into the teens, some with huge stone outdoor fireplaces for hardy outdoor merrymakers ~ thus the “Ice Skater Ball” theme.
I pictured my husband and me on the frosty front walkway flanked by a friendly snowman with ice skates dangling from his arms. Note the frozen pond and blazing fire behind the mansion.
Highlight ~ This handsome Tudor Revival house was one of four similar Comstock-Shadle family homes on Ninth Avenue. Acclaimed architect Willis A. Ritchie, who also designed the ornate Spokane County Courthouse, created the plans for this mansion built in 1910 for James and Elizabeth Comstock.
NEW! "Shimmering Snowfall on Cannon Hill (Hawley House)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11x14-INCH)
Designed by Whitehouse and Price, this remarkably pretty Colonial Revival-style clinker brick residence was built on the corner of Stevens and Shoshone in 1926 overlooking Cannon Hill Pond. It was believed that Hawley owned an oil company and he had this home created for his family. A later noteworthy resident was Dr. Harcus of Harcus & Aspray Radiologists (Spokane’s first large radiology practice).
When I finished the painting, neighbors shared that current owners had recently given the place an extensive “facelift” ~ with attention to every detail. I painted this with a “skating” theme. Spokane always enjoyed four distinct seasons, so in winter, Cannon Hill pond frequently froze, beaconing folks of all ages to spend the day on the ice. Girls twirled and did their best to skate backwards without losing their balance while boys engaged in some very spirited hockey matches.
Highlight ~ in the 1950-60s, older students from nearby Saint Augustine’s School spent lunch hours skating here as there was a shortage of playground in those days.
”Snow-Covered Cozy Craftsman" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2015 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This artwork was a creative reworking of a detail of the “Fine Fall Finish” large “neighborhood” painting (two other houses plus this one) I completed several years ago.
Needless to say, the first painting had an autumn theme, but here, I’ve converted the season to winter ~ adding twinkling stars in the early evening sky and a dusting of snow on the 1937 Craftsman.
Friendly neighbors with youngsters perched on shoulders or seated on “Flexible Flyers” had stopped by for a quick “hello” on their way to Manito Park’s coasting hills off Grand Boulevard ~ a treacherous icy slope for older kids and a gentle slope for the much younger ones. There was still an hour or two of magical fun to be shared by all in this scene.
Highlight ~ Nearby Saint Augustine's Church (pictured at the top of this page) has been an icon in the neighborhood since September of 1950 when Monsiqnor Stephen P. Buckley, who was pastor of the parish, spearheaded its design and construction. Upon his retirement, Buckley purchased this bungalow and retired there with his housekeeper.
"Lighting Up the Lincoln House" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2014 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Christmastime in Spokane! Fond memories have always warmed my heart remembering holidays spent on the South Hill. This charming cottage on Lincoln Street across the street from Cannon Hill Park was the home my parents Joe and Sally Simpson brought me to as a newborn.
During our family’s short stay there, one of the coldest winters on record dumped nearly four feet of snow in our neighborhood. That December, my sister Marilee and I were outside for days on end playing in it. I’ve pictured us in this scene as toddlers working on a snowman while our parents decorated our cottage. We loved the multi-colored lights, but our favorite was a light-up Santa face that my dad positioned above the front door. This artwork was revised from a much earlier painting completed in 1987.
Highlight ~ At an event at Manito Park benefitting the Spokane Symphony last summer, my gal pal Molly Robert Hannan introduced me to a friend whose parents purchased this cottage from mine. She too remembered a magical stairway that unfolded and dropped down from the living room ceiling.
”Flying South Over Spokane Falls" (DOWNTOWN, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Not only did famed architect Kirtland K. Cutter create dozens of beautiful homes and handsome landmark buildings in Spokane, he also leant his design flair to other projects.
This work portrayed the majestic Monroe Street Bridge, which spanned the river at the west end of downtown Spokane. In 1910, John Ralston, Spokane’s city engineer and designer of the grand bridge, invited Cutter to design its decorative handrails and lookout stations, which featured life-size reliefs of bison skulls. This photo here showed the bridge just after its construction.
It was a remarkable project. In the background was another famous landmark, the Washington Water Power Post Street Substation. Cutter designed that massive brick and basaltic rock industrial building just one year before in 1909.
Highlight ~ WWP’s (now Avista) first president F. Rockwood Moore gave Cutter one of his very first residential commissions ~ a stunning home off Seventh Avenue between the D.C. Corbin House and the F. Lewis Clark Mansion. Sadly, it was demolished during the last years of the Great Depression because of the expense of its upkeep.
”Dallying at The Davenport" (DOWNTOWN, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
I gave this artwork a late 1940s timeframe, painting Louis M. Davenport's legendary hotel in the heart of downtown Spokane as it looked decades ago. To the right is the Pennington Hotel and at the forefront, Davenport’s luxurious restaurant.
Designed by famed architect, Kirtland K. Cutter, the Davenport Hotel (TheDavenportHotel.com) (TheDavenportHotel.com) opened in 1914 to become an icon on Spokane’s skyline for decades.
With Davenport’s death in 1951, the hotel was sold to the company that owned Seattle's grand Olympic Hotel, but it gradually declined and finally closed 1985. After years of neglect and possible demolition, Walt and Karen Worthy purchased it in 2000. After countless hours of renovation, restoration and careful attention to detail, they reopened the grand “lady” in 2002, giving Spokane and all of its visitors back this truly remarkable treasure. (Photo courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.)
Highlight ~ After Mass most Christmas Eves, Doug and I visit the Davenport's Peacock room for a celebratory holiday brandy.
WATCHING SNOWFLAKES FALL ~ Spokane and Inland Northwest Parks at their Snowy Finest with Folks Skiing at Mount Spokane and Sledding and Skating at Manito and Cannon Hill Parks (6 Paintings)
"Fun & Frolic at the Manito Fireplace" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
At the west end of the Manito Park’s Duck Pond (also known as Mirror Lake), a massive basaltic rock fireplace was built in 1955 as a memorial to Lt. Lawrence Rist, an Air Force officer who was killed in action in the Korean War.
For decades growing up in Spokane, my parents took our family ice-skating during the winter months on Manito Pond. At that time the city and local fire department took pains to keep the surface smoothly groomed for skaters. There was nearly always a fire blazing for folks who were chilled and in need of warming up and a hot beverage.
I filled this scene with family and friends enjoying the day.
Highlight ~ The Friends of Manito stewardship (TheFriendsOfManito.org) organization recently paved the long-time gravel pathway that bordered the pond, creating a much more user-friendly walkway for folks to enjoy in all seasons.
This piece pictured Manito Park’s (TheFriendsOfManito.org) sledding hill on the corner of Grand Boulevard & 18th Avenue as it looked in the late 1950s. I painted friends and family enjoying a crisp winter day at the park after a fresh snowfall ~ something folks in the neighborhood have done since 1904 when the beloved park was established.
In 1959, my parents gave me an aluminum “Flying Saucer” for Christmas. All of us kids had our “Flexible Flyer” sleds, but these metal discs were the latest thing! We sat down in the center, crossed our legs, grabbed the leather handles on both sides ~ and prayed we didn't hit a tree on the way down because steering was out of the question.
There were two sides of this sledding hill ~ a smaller one near the picnic shelter for the younger set and a larger one adjacent to the street that the bigger kids poured buckets of water on to speed up the ride. This sheet of ice guaranteed a VERY treaherous, swift trip to the bottom!
Highlight ~ Last winter when Doug and I were walking our neighborhood, we stopped by the park to watch the kids on the hill. Amazingly, one of them had a disc that looked just ike my original "Flying Saucer" ~ proving that what goes around does indeed come around!
"Cavorting on Cannon Hill Pond" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Cannon Hill Park was created just west down the hill from Saint Augustine’s Parish where I attended grade school. There was little property for playgrounds in the 1950s-60s, so in winter, the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders were allowed to skate on the pond during recess. The boys played hockey and the girls twirled and skated backwards (we all dreamed of joining the “Ice Capades”).
The site of the Washington Brick & Lime Co. in the 1880s (used for many South Hill homes), when the clay deposits ran out, the Adam’s family (relatives of John Quincy Adams) donated 13 acres for Adams Park, later named for real estate developer A.M. Cannon.
In 1910, the famed Olmsted brothers designed the park, including a large pond with basaltic rock bridges, two pergolas and a wading pool for children ~ no longer in place.
This work is filled with family and friends ~ including the Roberts, McCarthy and Shelledy kids. The Shelledys lived in the brick two-story shown overlooking the pond.
Highlight ~ I've always loved this picturesque neighborhood filled with truly lovely homes. To date I've not only painted this pond, but four pretty residences that overlook it.
"Vista House View" ~ (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This artwork portrayed the historic Vista House on a gorgeous sunny day with friends, family and a group of eager young S.S.R.A. racers (Spokane Ski Racing Association) in the scene.
Located at the summit of Mount Spokane (MountSpokane.com) near the top of the #1 chairlift, this unique granite stone cottage was the design of Spokane architect, Henry C. Bertelsen.
It was built during the Great Depression in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) who was headquartered at Riverside State Park on Spokane’s North Side.
It was constructed to blend with its stunning, natural setting. Renovated in 2002 by Mount Spokane State Park, once again it opened its doors to the public on Sundays and holidays, offering light fare and a huge, friendly fireplace.
"Historic Francis Cook Cabin" ~ (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece portrayed Francis Cook’s Cabin, which was built in 1904 on the west side of Mount Spokane (MountSpokane.com) overlooking the Spokane Valley. Francis Cook was known as the “Father of Mount Spokane State Park.” When he died in 1920, he transferred his considerable property there to the county with the understanding that it would be a park for everyone to enjoy.
In 1933, the State Parks & Recreation Commission oversaw the enlargement of his original cabin. They replaced the collapsed roof, built a deck and lunch counter for skiers and added living quarters for the park’s superintendent.
In 1940, Federal funds built a handsome new ski lodge near the cabin, but a horrific fire destroyed it completely in 1952. A decision was made to move the facilities to the less windy east side of the mountain and the Cook Cabin public ski area closed for good in 1955.
Highlight ~ The area where these two historic settings were located decades ago has become a favorite area for exploring by hikers.
"The Old Mount Spokane Lodge" ~ (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK, WASHINGTON • PAINTED JANUARY 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Opened in 1940, the Mount Spokane (MountSpokane.com) Lodge was a huge upgrade to original developer’s Francis H. Cook’s rustic cabin. It served the fledgling ski area of Mount Spokane State Park with dining rooms, fireplaces, a lounge, dormitory and a waxing room for skis (pictured above).
In 1952, this handsome Craftsman-style lodge was about to reopen with a sprawling three-story addition when it exploded into flames, killing one of two on-site workmen and leaving nothing but ashes and rubble.
As nearly everything was gone, a decision was made to move the ski area to the less windy east side of the mountain for the public to use going forward.
Highlight ~ During World War II, the lodge served personnel from nearby military bases. The Alpine ski instructors were German and Austrian internees paroled to the FBI in Spokane for the duration of the war. (Image courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture.
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