Denny Carman and Christina Deubel on the 2nd to 3rd Floor Landing

The Liberty Gallery currently has some available pieces by local artists Denny Carman and Christina Deubel on the landing between the 2nd and 3rd floor.

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Artapalooza at the Liberty

We have teamed up with Art Chowder and Flootie to bring you another fantastic art show at the Liberty Building.

ARTIST RECEPTION

First Friday October 6th from 5-8pm.
30 Local Artists on Display.
Live Music by Starlite Motel.
Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres.

We are excited to give you a sneak peek at some of the artwork that we will have on display!  This is by no means all of it, stop by on First Friday and say hello to the artists and take a look at all of the stunning work throughout the Liberty Building.

Chuck Harmon Abstract Acrylics

WE ARE PLEASED TO INCLUDE ABSTRACT ACRLYICS BY ARTIST CHUCK HARMON IN OUR UPCOMING FIRST FRIDAY FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY ARTIST RECEPTION ON OCTOBER 7TH.  STOP BY AND SEE CHUCK’S WORK ON THE 2ND FLOOR PLUS THAT OF OVER 20 OTHER FLOOTIE ARTISTS.

Chuck took a few minutes to tell us about her work and background, learn more about her in the brief interview below:

Describe your work in 100 words

I like to blend acrylic colors, and then enhance what appears with mediums.  Recently I’ve begun to cover my acrylic abstracts with resin.  The folks that stopped by the Spokane Studio Art Tour in September saw some examples of that work.  When I’m not doing abstracts, I like to do landscapes.  Of course, sometimes an abstract will become a landscape.

What’s your creative background?

My creative background has to do with singing, and writing (mostly news and ad copy, during a 9 year broadcasting career) After a 30 year career in financial services (writing financial plans), I retired in 2008 and started painting.   I learned from my wife Alice,and other well-known artists around Spokane.

Do you have a favorite local artist that inspires you?

There have been many local inspirations, so I won’t mention one and leave out another.  I won’t be at the opening of this show, because I’ll be in Denver spending some time at the Clyfford Still Museum (look him up – he’s got Spokane connections).  His work inspires me. 

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Responses – I was hanging a show at Craftsman Cellars in Kendall Yards, and three women were watching.  One of my pieces didn’t have a title.  I asked them to be my “think tank” and come up with something.  They really got into it, and after about 20 suggestions, my little 8×8 became “Sunburst.”

Be sure to check out more of Chuck’s work on FLOOTIE.
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Stop by to see Chuck’s work in person at the Liberty Gallery on October 7th from 5-9pm for our Artists Reception “Flootie at the Liberty.”  Live music, local drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be available plus the artwork of over 20 artists through out the Historic Liberty Building.

Ginny Brennan Watercolor Paintings

We are pleased to include these fabulous watercolor paintings by artist Ginny Brennan in our upcoming First Friday FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY artist reception on October 7th.  Stop by and see Ginny’s work on the 2nd floor plus that of over 20 other FLOOTIE artists.

Ginny took a few minutes to tell us about her work and background, learn more about her in the brief interview below:

Can you describe your work and creative background?

Watercolor painting has been part of my life for over 20 years and I am primarily self-taught.  I have been fortunate to have attended many wonderful watercolor workshops and classes across this great country with absolutely the most talented teachers.
My art life began while growing up in Sunny Southern California into a very colorful and artistic family.  I’ve also had the fortune to live in other beautiful west coast cities.  Also moving around the Pacific Northwest allowed me to see a darker greener side of nature and I truly appreciate the beautiful dew and forest greens.  Residing in the central US in Chicago instilled in me an urban appeal for painting buildings and lastly thriving in Southwest Virginia, rural Appalachia, where there is natural beauty abound.
My joy in studying the work of Winslow Homer, Charles Reid, as well as English Artist, Richard Taylor and other well know artist, allows me to continue to develop my understanding of this medium.  I currently belong to Spokane’s River Ridge Association of Fine Art.  I also belong to Spokane Scribes and am very thankful for having previously belonged to two co-ops; the Arts Depot, Abingdon, VA and the Seahurst Art Gallery, Burien, WA.
The uncertainty and excitement of watercolor successes and failures keeps me striving for an even better composition or capturing a great light or finding just the right color.  I am always searching for a beautiful landscape, a great human interaction, or a lovely flower.

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What role do you think the artist have in society?

Artist can play an important part by bringing to life current events, unjust ways, or by capturing history, as well as successes and failures.  Artist can also foster beauty and happiness with their creativity, playing off their own imagination and surroundings to the delights of viewers.
How has your work changed over time?
I have concentrated on watercolor as my primary art form, however, I create acrylic art, encaustic art and recycled-upcycled art.
Do you have a favorite local artist that inspires you?
I was fortunate to work with Susie Short, Watercolorist in Seattle.  Susie now resides in Texas.
Where do you look for inspiration in creating your work?
Having resided around the country, I find outdoor natural beauty inspires me.  I do also like to paint buildings after living in Chicago twice and studying watercolor building painting by English Artist, Richard Taylor.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
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What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I’ve worked with friends and clients painting from their own photos and love having them be pleased to hang my art in their home.
Be sure to check out more of Ginny’s work on FLOOTIE or her WEBSITE.
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Stop by to see Ginny’s work in person at the Liberty Gallery on October 7th from 5-9pm for our Artists Reception “Flootie at the Liberty.”  Live music, local drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be available plus the artwork of over 20 artists through out the Historic Liberty Building.

Steven Scroggins LIFE CYCLES Series

Our next artist, Steven A. Scroggins will be sharing his LIFE CYCLES Series of paintings with us for our UPCOMING FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION OCTOBER 7TH  “FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY.”  STOP BY AND SEE these large vibrant works of art on our second floor.

Steven has this to say about this particular series:

We mark cycles and seasons of our lives  with calendars, clocks, births and deaths.

Our heart beat and blood flow, are a constant reminder of our rhythmic existence.
This reality stimulates and intrigues me as an artist.

The Life Cycles series explores the movement and interplay of these passing moments.

Be sure to check out more of Steven’s work on FLOOTIE or his WEBSITE.
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Stop by to see Steven’s work in person at the Liberty Gallery on October 7th from 5-9pm for our Artists Reception “Flootie at the Liberty.”  Live music, local drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be available plus the artwork of over 20 artists through out the Historic Liberty Building.  All works will be on display through January.

Rebecca Lloyd

The Liberty Gallery is pleased to welcome our next artist and founder of Art Chowder Magazine, Rebecca Lloyd.  Rebecca’s paintings create a sense of calm while simultaneously invigorating your senses.   These stunning pieces WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN OUR GRAND STAIRCASE FOR OUR UPCOMING FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION OCTOBER 7TH  “FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY.”  STOP BY AND SEE Rebecca’s work, in addition to over 20 other artists.

We took a few moments to ask Rebecca about her artwork and the creation of Art Chowder Magazine:

Describe your work in 100 words?  

I often like to transform and simplify images using a series of flowing lines and color harmonies in order to create a fluid, clean, and unconfined look. The pieces included in this exhibition are a part of my Movement Series and they are inspired by the landscapes of the Palouse region.

What’s your creative background? 

For as long as I can remember I have loved to create.  I was accepted into my first art exhibition at the age of nine, at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon.  Since then I have continued to pursue my passion and I have been fortunate to have opportunities to display and sell my work around the world.

What role do you think artists have in society? 

I believe it’s an artist’s role to strive to communicate ideas, feeling and emotions effectively through their work.  I personally like to visually share a sense of joy and beauty within most of my art.  Artists often have the opportunity to help others see and experience things in a new way and therefore, need to be mindful in what they choose to create.

 

How has your work changed over time? 

TremendouslyWhen I first started painting I did it solely as a personal emotional outlet.  Then when people began to show interest in my work I decided to start the journey to find my own style.  It wasn’t until I moved to India and had the unique opportunity to paint daily for extended periods, that I truly began to find the styles that now form the foundation for my works.

Do you have a favorite local artist that inspires you? 

I am fortunate to be in contact with a tremendous number of local artists.  Every time I meet artists and learn more about their art, I can almost always find something to be inspired by.  Some artists inspire me with their technical skill, others with their creativity and others with their personal stories.  I truly value art, and because of this, I think I have understanding and appreciation for all artists whether emerging or established in their career.

Where do you look for inspiration in creating your work?  

I am heavily influenced by what is happening around me.  As I look back over my artwork from the past decade it is similar to viewing a visual journal of my life.  For example, shortly after my second child was born, I completed a series of children’s paintings, while living in Fiji I found myself inspired to paint the people and landscapes of the country.  The one consistent inspiration I have had even from a very early age is that of the human form.  I especially love painting female portraits with a strong emphasis on capturing emotions within the eyes.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?   

I once had a solider share a story of his time spent during war in response to one of my pieces.  His interpretation obviously wasn’t my original inspiration, but I felt overwhelmed that he found his own story within my work.  I love discovering the reactions of others to my art because it helps me grow and see my work in new ways. 

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What jobs have you done other than being an artist? 

One surprising job I’ve had was working in the bush of Alaska as substitute teacher.  One of my favorite jobs to date was working as a cake decorator for an amazing custom cake studio like the ones you sometimes see featured on television.  I also founded the arts magazine, Art Chowder, for which I am still currently employed as the Editor and Creative Director.

What spurred you to create a magazine?

This is a difficult question to answer because like many things in life there is often not just one thing that leads to an event.  I would say that some of the primary factors leading to the creation of Art Chowder magazine would be first that I am an artist, and that I understand some of the struggles artists can face when striving to gain authentic exposure.  My goal was to create a platform for all artists whether emerging or established to share their work and truly reach their local community and beyond.  I saw a need and I hoped that maybe I could fill it.  I truly believe art is meant to be seen; shared and enjoyed this was a driving force behind getting this publication off the ground. 

Was it initially just you doing all of the work? 

Yes.  I put out the first two issues and nearly completed the third entirely on my own.  Everything from setting up the actual business, to writing stories, taking photographs, interviewing artists, marketing, advertising, and distribution.  Not to mention, the complete graphic design and the creative layout necessary to complete the magazine.   I also designed the website.  It was pretty insane.  I was walking about 10 miles on every day that I made deliveries, in addition to commuting back and forth between Pullman, Moscow, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene.  It was a huge undertaking.

How did the community respond to the magazine? 

I was shocked at what an overwhelming response I received.  I actually received regular emails from strangers just writing to say thank you. Shortly after the initial release I was featured in the local business section of the paper.  Honestly, it felt surreal, and I think I may have been too busy to even fully absorb it.  It made me really happy to know artists were actually gaining real exposure from the magazine and that the community was taking notice. When a stranger contacting me about a piece of my own art that was for sale in the second issue, that was really solidified it.  We met up and I sold that piece of art. The moment changed the way I saw what I was doing.  I knew first hand it was working.  It was a great feeling.

How has the magazine changed since the inclusion of Flootie? 

Dean is a great person to be on a team with.  His business, Flootie shares many of the same values and visions that I had for Art Chowder.  He loves art and he genuinely care about artists. When Dean purchased the magazine some changes where introduced including offering subscriptions along with an increase in the scope of content.  Our goal is to continue to improve with each issue.  The magazine continues to gain momentum and we are in the final stages of completing our 1stAnniversary issue.

Be sure to check out more of Rebecca’s work on FLOOTIE or her WEBSITE.
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Stop by to see Rebecca’s work in person at the Liberty Gallery on October 7th from 5-9pm for our Artists Reception “Flootie at the Liberty.”  Live music, local drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be available plus the artwork of over 20 artists through out the Historic Liberty Building.

Nicholas Sironka ~ Maasai Batik Artist

The Liberty Building is always pleased to bring Sironka back into the building.  At one time he even had a studio space with us and we miss having his kind nature and thought provoking stories at our disposal on a daily basis.  So now we settle for him sharing his brilliant artwork with us.  Take some time to get to know the man behind these heart felt batik works of art.
Describe your work in 100 words.
I paint on white canvas or cotton fabric material using a technique known as batik.  This art form originates from Java in Indonesia, and involves an alternating application on hot wax and cold water fabric dyes on the material to create my paintings. All my paintings are geared to helping tell about my Maasai culture and every facet that I portray in accompanied by a written caption to enhance greater understanding of the subject I am presenting. I am also a story teller and teach classes in batik as well as giving lecture presentations on the Maasai culture in schools, colleges and universities.
What’s your creative background?
In my youth I dabbled in water colour and mostly in oil painting. I have not had formal training in art, and have chosen to work in batik as I felt that this was a very much ignored technique in the art world. I have for over 25 years now been able to perfect my technique in the wax and dye application process and have had the privilege of being invited to hold workshops and lectures on both batik art and Maasai culture presentations to countless schools, colleges and universities here in the United States and in Europe as well.
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What role do you think the artist have in society?
I believe that “Art is society, and society is the ingredient from which art is created!” Art is a mirror of society from many dimensions, and hence the saying, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!
I may not at times understand that which may attract another in art out there. Nor do I expect everyone to embrace MY art. But it is important that even as we do not have similar tastes for artistic expression, we must all strive to find a place in our hearts to seek an understanding of and to embrace all creative work!
How has your work changed over time?
I believe that batik art is a very difficult form of creative expression. To be able to understand how hot wax flows from different sizes of paint brushes onto the canvas, and the impact or not that cold wax can have on fabric as I paint has helped me transition from what I would call a batik artist to a master of my talent!
I have also enhanced the amount of detail that my paintings have had and in so doing have justified the elevated but very much affordable prices on my paintings.
Do you have a favorite local artist that inspires you?
I have several. Gordon Wilson, has a style with his brush strokes and color choices that continue to baffle me! Other great artists that I can name right away are Katherine Nelson, Karen Mobley, Christina Doubel, Glenice Moore and photographer Jesse Swanson!
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Where do you look for inspiration in creating your work?
My work is inspired by my surroundings. Most of my life is now embedded in American culture, and what I experience here helps me share the reciprocal cultural experiences of my people the Maasai.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I have a strong love for acting! I have had the privilege of acting in a few major movies back in Kenya, and am still pursuing the possibility of entering the world of movies! I have also worked as an art therapist at a local hospital here in Spokane, and working with children in the cancer ward touched my heart for life!
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I remember very fondly being asked to present my art to the then first lady of South Africa, Merike DeKlerk, and presenting another two paintings by request of the US Embassy in Kenya, to former first lady of the US, Roslyn Carter, and to Mimi Gates, when the two visited Kenya in 2006.
Be sure to check out more of Sironka’s work on FLOOTIE.
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Stop by to see Sironka’s work in person at the Liberty Gallery on October 7th from 5-9pm for our Artists Reception “Flootie at the Liberty.”  Live music, local drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be available plus the artwork of over 20 artists through out the Historic Liberty Building.

Debbie Hughbanks Western Paintings

The fantastic works of Debbie Hughbanks will be on display in our grand staircase for our upcoming First Friday artist reception OCTOBER 7TH  “FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY.”  Stop by and see this piece in addition to a few other pieces from her western style artwork collection.

Take a few minutes to get to know the woman behind these pieces:

Describe your work in 100 words.

I am a professional artist specializing in wildlife, equine & domestic animal paintings, as well as figurative and western themed pieces. Painting most often in pastel or acrylic I also like to explore other avenues including scratchboard and mixed media work. I am passionate about the creation of art and find inspiration all around me in my studio located in northeastern Washington State. I am fascinated by animals, nature and interesting people so there is never a shortage of subject matter to spark my creative flame.

What’s your creative/artistic background?

I regularly participate in national and international juried shows and have been fortunate to receive awards along the way for my pastel and acrylic work. I am honored to have been featured in several art publications, including “Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow” and “The Contemporary Art of Nature MAMMALS.” I am a Signature and Emeritus Member of Women Artists of the West (WAOW), a Signature Member of both Artists for Conservation (AFC) and the Northwest Pastel Society (NPS), as well as an active associate member of International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) and American Women Artists (AWA).

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How has your work changed over time?

When I first started out as a full time artist I often felt I had to see one painting through start to finish before moving on to the next piece. I don’t feel that way any longer. I now really enjoy having different pieces in different stages of completion around me . . . and enjoy the freedom to move back and forth between them.
One thing that has not changed, however, is my passion for the subjects I choose to paint. That has only gotten stronger!

Where do you look for inspiration in creating your work?

I only have to look outside my studio and into the natural beauty of my surroundings to find my inspiration, because my inspirations come from the animals, people and nature that I love. I find I am passionate about these things and I want to be able to share them with others through my work.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

My husband and I used to own a travel agency. I ran it while he still had another job. In the late 1990’s we had taken a trip to the Southwest and gone through some galleries there when my husband asked why I didn’t paint very much anymore. I answered that I really didn’t have the time since I was running the agency. We decided right then that if the opportunity ever presented itself we should sell the travel agency so that I could devote myself to painting full time. Someone came into my office about two weeks later and wanted to buy it! We decided it was a definite sign. I have been a very happy, full time artist ever since.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

My hope is that the joy I feel in the creation of each piece will come through to those who view my art and that something in a particular painting will speak to each viewer on a very personal level. When that happens and the viewer or purchaser of one of my pieces shares that response with me it is extremely special to me. Who could ask for more as an artist?

Be sure to check out more of Debbie’s work on FLOOTIE, her WEBSITE, or FACEBOOK.
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Stop by and say hello to Debbie at the Liberty Gallery on October 7th from 5-9pm for our Artists Reception “Flootie at the Liberty.”  Live music, local drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be available plus the artwork of over 20 artists through out the Historic Liberty Building.

Tracy Dupuis ~ Cityscape Paintings

Our next artist, Tracy Dupuis,  is a self taught artist specializing in Realistic and Fauvist style fine art painting.  She creates  vibrant compositions of intricately placed strokes of bold color.  Tracy is most known for her “Cities of Color” large scale acrylic on canvas paintings. Come see her vibrant work for THE OCTOBER 7TH ARTIST RECEPTION “FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY.”

Take a few minutes to get to know the woman behind these pieces:

Describe your work in 100 words.

My work usually begins with a Photoshop painting I create from my photographs. I piece together compositions, then begin the process of running small sections at a time trough several filters until I achieve the best look. Once I am satisfied with the overall look and feel of the electronic painting, I use it as a reference to paint onto a canvas or panel.  The look I try to achieve is similar to what I see looking at the world through near-sighted vision but with super-saturated color and an electronic painting feel.

What’s your creative background?

My creative background began at childhood and has evolved through self education and practice over a lifetime.

What role do you think the artist has in society?

The artist has many roles in society.  Collectively the artist meets the needs of a society by bringing people together through visual arts, performance arts, music, literary art, and the list goes on.  Artist’s create the centerpiece of life by bringing beauty, provoking thought, telling the stories, facilitating the gatherings, raising the funds for worthy causes and generally helping to make life more enjoyable.

How has your work changed over time?

My work has changed in many ways over time, I notice finer detail in my work resulting from more careful study of the subjects from which I am creating. Another change is that I spend more time trying to be a disciplined, professional artist. Over the past year my focus has been to build my brand so I can be more effective to help raise funds to benefit worthy causes.  In 20I6, like many artists, I made donations of artwork and of time for area beautification and citizens rights projects.  As I look to the future my plans are to help children of abuse and children with life threatening circumstances to have a better life, that is how I will fullfill my need to be helpful and to have real pride in what I do.

Do you have a favorite local artist who inspires you?

At least five local artists rushed my brain, all for separate reasons or styles. Since you have asked for one it will have to be Todd Benson of “Todd and Cain Benson”.  When I arrived in Spokane I was amazed by the gorgeous and professionally executed “Benson brothers murals”. The murals immediately gave me the thought that this place is serious about art.  Since then, I have noticed many wonderful, professionally executed murals by many fabulous artists which I find to be very inspirational.

Where do you look for inspiration in creating your work?

I daydream often, I’m inspired by vivid colors and by the photos I take wherever I go.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Many of the jobs I have held were hands-on and somewhat creative in nature. One of my favorite jobs was being an interior technician on a private jet in the upholstery department.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Some of the most memorable responses I have had to my work are those like, “You have really capured the essence of this subject”.  I am also very flattered and astonished when an organization or group of people choose to use my artwork to help represent an event or a product for public consumption, it’s an amazing feeling that causes me to feel very grateful.

Be sure to check out more of Tracy’s work on FLOOTIE
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Stop by and say hello Tracy at the Liberty Gallery on October 7th from 5-9pm for our Artists Reception “Flootie at the Liberty.”  Live music, local drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be available plus the artwork of over 20 artists through out the Historic Liberty Building.

Nate M O’Neill ~ Layers of Passion

Nate O’Neill is another artist that is no stranger to the Liberty Building.  You can find his work on permanent display in our grand staircase.  Nate is a prolific artist who’s passion for what he does shines through in his work.  We look forward to seeing what new creations he will be sharing with us for the OCTOBER 7TH ARTIST RECEPTION “FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY.” In the mean time, take a moment to get to know the man behind these thought provoking pieces.

Describe your work in 100 words:

My work is a layered experience.  If you find yourself looking in one area of a piece…the rest was simply meant to get you there.  I hope that you (the viewers) feel emotionally moved, moved to be inspired.

What’s your creative background?

Playing with the mediums as much as possible.  My art has saved, progressed and formed me.

What role do you think the artist have in society?

Artists rolls are the most crucial of all.  They alone can capture the essence of the times, the heart of a people, the truth of our state of being and hope to become.

14423993_1193452604053508_1225392762_oHow has your work changed over time?

My work has developed in it’s layered presentation and meaning.  I feel I know my mediums well.

Do you have a favorite local artist that inspires you?

In truth… my buddy Chris McCray inspires me.

Where do you look for inspiration in creating your work?

My inspiration comes from everywhere outside of me, as well from the endlessness within me.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I’ve had some truly humbling responses to my work.  When someone smiles and cries at the same time, that moves me.

Be sure to check out more of Nate’s work on FLOOTIE
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Stop by and say hello Nate at the Liberty Gallery on October 7th from 5-9pm for our Artists Reception “Flootie at the Liberty.”  Live music, local drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres will be available plus the artwork of over 20 artists through 3 stories of the Historic Liberty Building.