I LOVE my home town in Eastern Washington. Spokane is a special community blessed with a cozy small-town feel. Charming homes, majestic landmarks and beautiful parks in every neighborhood ~ there is SO much inspiration here.
A favorite banner that hangs over the entrance to my art event booth reads, "Give the Gift of Spokane Memories." Folks here in the Pacific NW have lots of those. I am doing my best to honor as many as I can in the friendly "Americana" style.
OOPS! BEST LAID PLANS ~ THE HOLIDAYS are normally when I ramp up my participation in a number of seasonal art events after spending earlier months of the year adding NEW works to my collection. Traditionally, I'VE have begun with the Art & Glass Fest in late August and ended in mid-December with the Manito Country Club Holiday Marketplace.
However, this year, my season changed because I took a bad spill on a dew-covered hillside at my niece's wedding and broke several bones in my ankle. I missed September's Annual Art in Bloom Exhibit and hosting my booth at SPA Tour of Homes in Corbin Park ~ although I had a small exhibit there.
MY CHRISTMAS SEASON ~ Instead, I have just 3 HOLIDAY ART FAIRS on my calendar (1 at a private club, so not open to the public).. Plus, the artwork above of "Cavorting at Cannon Hill" (above) is on display at Christmas Tree Elegance (Tree #5 on the Mezzainine of the Davenport Hotel).
Even though it's been months, my mobility is still limited. The silver lining is that I am able to work on three commissions for dear friends that are due by Christmas. Blessedly, even though my life is spent on a scooter these days, I can still do what I LOVE! You'll find a handful of NEW works at the Art Fairs ~ plus many are also featured in my three 25th Anniversary 2019 calendars. Visit my Calendar page for details.
This page CHANGES FREQUENTLY as events are added and information is updated. Please look for news on upcoming HOLIDAY ART FAIRS, First Fridays and more as they unfold in 2018. Below is my list of events for the balance of my season ~ November through the end of December.
NOTE ~ Find more art events updated and listed on this page as the 2018 Holiday Season unfolds.
PITTYPAT GALLERY & V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) LIST
PITTYPAT GALLERY (OPEN Late November ) ~ My gallery is closed for the next few months while I recover from my badly broken ankle. It will open again for the Holiday Season in late November by invitation and appointment. Guests and patrons will find a generous selection of:
Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information about available items and to learn about commissioning original 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).
Twice a year, I send postcards in digital email format or hard copy via the U.S. Mail. These feature NEW art images and share my schedule of Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter /Holiday events. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming artfests and private PittyPat Gallery events.
NOTE ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I absolutely NEVER share your personal information.
The historic hand-carved Looff Carousel was dismantled and stored for months when the recent renovation of Riverfront Park was approved by Spokane voters. In late June, this glorious gem was carefully reassembled and offered to the public again in its new dedicated park structure for all locals and visitors to our city to enjoy.
You'll find my 25th Anniversary "Special Spokane Settings" 2019 Calendars with my painting of the Looff Carousel on the cover ~ plus a card rack filled with dozens of Inland NW scenes that revolve with the seasons in the Carousel Gift Shop.
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!
NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE (THE MAC) ~ Everything I have at this gift shop honors Spokane and the Inland Northwest. My framed prints, cards, calendars, magnets and more have enjoyed a home in The Mac 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 is still filled with 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 featured an extensive taxidermy collection for years.
In the late 1990s, the museum added two more contemporary structures and abreviated its name to "The MAC," short for Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. The three-building campus includes the 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 stunningly restored Amasa Campbell mansion.
See the image of the NEW "Christmas at the Campbell Coach House" in the "Campbell House Servants' Rooms" section of the Browne's Addition pdf.
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 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 57th & 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 my art cards (15 scenes that revolve with the four seasons) and three NEW 2019 25th ANNIERSARY calendars.
LINDAMAN'S BISTRO ~ This beloved bistro in the shadow of the South Hill's Saint John the Evengelist Cathedral is a favorite with folks from nearly every neighborhood in our community.
Lindaman's food is fabulous with dozens of delicious, flavorful items to choose from. Entrees, salads and desserts are offered to clients "cafeteria style" ~ ready to eat in mere seconds. The bistro also offers a full bar including special selections of beer and wine that change frequently.
To make the dining experience event better, Merilee Lindaman invites several artists each year to display their work on the huge brick wall of the east side of the historic building. I have exhibited at Lindaman's Bistro twice ~ once at Christmastime 2017 and once during late Spring 2018. Look for my card rack there during the upcoming 2018 Holiday Season.
A LITTLE HISTORY ~ Built before Saint John the Evanglistl was erected, this small, but decorativ brick beauty hosted a number of merchantiles over the decades before becoming the Lindaman's Bistro in 1984. One of my clients remembers that her grandfather owned the first one store with his brothers after emigrating from Italy. Her grandmother shared that the shopkeepers and his employees avidly watched as the grand church gradually took shape in the early 1900s.
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 Christmas ~ with dozens of familiar Spokane and Inland Northwest images available for purchase.
Find my three NEW 2019 25th ANNIERSARY calendars featured here throughout the rest of the year.
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.
SILVER SPOON TEA HOUSE ~ This truly lovely classic Queen Anne started out as a traditional English Tea House with all the trimmings when first opened by Slyvia several years ago. About five years ago, I treated my mother's bridge foresome to high tea as a special Christmas treat ~ Sally Simpson, Jeannie Parker, Dolorest Allers and Geneva Maloney. It was an unforgetable afternoon of being completely spoiled by exquisite service and several courses of delectable goodies.
The second floor of the Monroe Mansion also offered two rooms decorated with had richer tones of gold, green and crimson. Sylvia rented these for private parties like wedding and baby showers, birthday and anniversary celebrations and other gatherings. She decorated the entire mansion, including creating the sumptuous brocade window coverings hung throughout. After being closed for about six months, it's nice to see that this establishment is open again ~ better than ever!
Since then, Sylvia has taken her business in a broader direction, adding stunning antiques and gifts in several rooms. She also has plans to open a small art gallery where she hopes to feature a collection of my paintings of homes, landmarks, churches and parks from the nearby Manito and Cannon Hill neighborhoods. Stay tuned for these NEW developments.
KING, PIERCE, SNOHOMISH COUNTIES & MORE!
NEW locations are "in-the-works" for Western Washington.
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