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March 2016 – Jan Designs

The Guest Artist Show for the month of March will feature Jan Kruger and her new collection of works…

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Artist Jan Kruger combines the art forms of Acrylic painting and the bold marks of Calligraphy to create one of a kind art pieces.

Jan is a regular Visiting Artist in our gallery. We are excited to be showing her special collection for the month of March at the Guest Artist Show. Come and meet her at our First Friday Reception on March 4, 2016 from 5-10 PM

 

 

Tumbling-lettersJan was first introduced to Calligraphy during high school and she has continued to study in many design and calligraphy courses since then including classes at The Spokane Art School,   The Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, and many Calligraphy conventions and workshops including a year long study in Seattle in 1995.

Calligraphic lettering has many other uses than the manuscript writing of the Middle Ages.  It has become an art form all its own.  Calligraphy today combines many other types of art such as handmade paper, paper marbling, collage, watercolor painting, gold leafing, and acrylic painting.  Many of these different art forms can be seen in Jan’s artwork as she combines her love of color and painting with letters to design one-of-a-kind art pieces.

Jan has exhibited at The Spokane Art School, The Corbin Art School, Show of Hands Gallery, Northwest Artist’s, and various banks, libraries and wineries.

She has been a member or guest artist at Pottery Place Plus for many years.

Jan is the owner of    Jan designs, a graphic design firm started in 1979 located in North Spokane.  There she produces one -of-a-kind calligraphic artwork as well as a line of verses and sayings, dream books, canvasses and greeting cards.

She is also the author of a published book.

To see more of Jan’s collections visit her website.

GRAND RE-OPENING TONIGHT! OUR REMODEL IS COMPLETE!

We are so excited to be getting a fresh clean look! We have been in our current location for quite a few years and everything was getting worn out and our remodel is complete!

 Come see what our new space looks like at our…

Grand Re-Opening

First Friday, February 5, 2016

We are proud of our Spokane community that believes in the arts and local small business. We are honored by the support that made these changes possible.

Hope to see you there!

February 2015 – Dan Wallat & John Rokus

Our February Guest Artists have a variety of works that is sure to be of interest to everyone. Come by the shop First Friday, February 5th to meet each artist personally and see their exclusive works! Remember, they will be here all month…

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Dan Wallat

Dan has lived in the Spokane area all his life. His connection with nature was formed from years spent backpacking, camping, and fishing in the Northwest. He enjoys painting his favorite images from the locations he’s visited. Since his retirement in 2012, he’s been studying oil painting under local western artist, Joe Kronenberg. He continues to strive to improve as an artist in capturing the natural beauty around us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Rokus SculptureJohn Rokus does steel sculpture – you have to see it to believe it! Sophisticated and fun all at the same time!

This is what John tells us about himself:

Born native to Oregon in 1971.
Lived in most of the western states, Portugal and Cape Verde Islands.
Lifetime avid creator and recycler.
God fearing Father of 3 and Husband of 1 true love.
Steel, Stone and all things everlasting are my favorite mediums.
Sound, movement and esthetics are found in my works which range from Harmonics to Hot Rods.

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The majority of my inspiration comes from the desire to create that which has never been created before.

January & February 2016 – Garden Party Fibers

imageJuaquetta Holcomb is back this year for the months of January and February with her wonderful handspun yarns and garments. You can find her frequently in the shop on weekends with her wheel spinning and fleece being spun into her beautiful skeins of yarn.

imageJuaquetta says: I learned to spin in the early 1990’s while living in Minnesota. I have been teaching knitting and sewing my entire life, with a Home Economics degree from Iowa State University providing a good foundation. I taught myself spinning for a few years, and then as spinning became more popular I took many workshops from famous teachers in spinning special fibers, different techniques and dye workshops.

Now living outside Spokane Washington my spinning has grown into a business I call Garden Party Fibers, this reflects my favorite place to spin, out in my gardens overlooking the mountains of north Idaho. I use wool, alpaca and mohair from local sheep growers.

imageA typical day finds me home washing wool, immersing it into roasters of colorful dyes. Most yarns I use only a picker for processing before spinning on my Louet wheel. This minimum processing helps preserve the beauty of the fiber and keeps the colors distinct. Each skein is about 3 hours work and most are put into 105 yard skeins.

imageThese yarns can be found at many yarn shops, local NW art festivals and weekends I set up my booth at the Kootenai County farmers market in Coeurd’Alene Idaho. I have designed many unique garment patterns for you to knit or crochet with these rustic yarns. My yarns have inspired many to take up their needles and knit again. Knitters can’t wait to knit with these unique rustic yarns and spinners find themselves experimenting with some rustic yarns of their own.

You can contact me at:

Email: Yarn@GardenPartyFibers.com

Website: GardenPartyFibers.com

Etsy: GardenPartyFibers.etsy

Phone: 509-290-0151