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Fall 2006 Report 

North Idaho

Timber Stand Gallery Represents Western Artist

Timber Stand Gallery of Sandpoint recently announced that the gallery now represents Martin Grelle, a native Texan who specializes in Western-style art. The 52-year-old self-taught cowboy artist is nationally acclaimed for his Western genre paintings and has been a member of the National Center for American Western Art's Cowboy Artists of America since 1995.

To see work by Grelle and other Timber Stand artists, visit www.timberstand.com. The gallery is located at 334 N. First Ave. in Sandpoint.

Coeur d'Alene Art Auction Breaks Sale Record ... Again

In last fall's issue of Idaho Arts Quarterly (September 7, 2005), we reported in our North Idaho Report about a record-breaking sale of a Charlie Russell painting at the Coeur d'Alene Art Auction in Reno. Russell's oil painting entitled Piegans, one of the rare major examples of his work to appear at auction, went for a record $5.6 million.

This year, the record the auction has broken isn't just one for the price of an artist's work--although they did that again, too, with a $1.5 million price tag on a 1981 Howard Terpning painting entitled Search for the Renegades--but also a Coeur d'Alene Art Auction best for sales generated at a single auction event. At this July's auction, the CAAA sold 276 items for a total of just over $27 million, beating last year's take of $21 million in four hours.

The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction is the largest art auction in the U.S. specializing in Western and wildlife art and was started 20 years ago by partners in Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. The business is run out of Hayden, but the Hayden office wasn't able to accommodate the auction's growing size and they moved the sale itself down to Nevada.

Update on Lake City Playhouse's New Name

We reported in the last issue of IAQ's North Idaho Report (June 7, "Community Playhouse Searches for New Name," Leslie Mitts) that the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene was searching for a new moniker and putting it up to the public to decide the matter. In a recent press release, the new name was revealed ... as the old name.

As LCP puts it, "Due to an overwhelming response from the public, the Lake City Playhouse has decided to keep our name the same. Though a few votes came through for other choices, the vast majority of votes told us the current name was perfect and no change was necessary." The group felt a name change was necessary in order to signal that the though the theater is still around, it has new people and new goals for community theater. "[LCP's] board of directors decided last spring to let the public change the name of the theatre, in part to aid the public understanding that the Playhouse has been reborn in many ways. But the community has told us, you don't need a name change to accomplish that task."

To those who are wondering if LCP's board of directors is just trying to jerk people around with their will-they, won't-they name shenanigans (who do they think they are, Prince?), chalk it up to a well-intentioned plan better thought.

Lake City Playhouse's New Executive Director

The name's the same, but Lake City's personnel are in flux. In August, LCP announced that its board had hired Brian Doig to be the theater's new executive director. Doig isn't new to LCP; since 2003, he has performed in and directed several LCP productions, worked on fundraisers, served on its board of directors and still represents LCP on Coeur d'Alene's Arts and Culture Alliance.

Doig has prior experience in theater administration. He served as the managing director of San Diego's Teatro Majica Mascara before coming to Idaho in 2003. He holds an undergraduate degree in voice from Angelo State University and a graduate degree in arts administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and after graduation he served as General Manager/Artistic director of Main St. Theatre in Dallas-Fort Worth, until moving back to his hometown of San Diego.

Just One More Thing About LCP ...

... and then that's it--promise. (Can we help it if they have a lot going on?)

For those of you with design know-how and experience, Lake City Playhouse is seeking costumers for their 2006-2007 season. Interested sartorial whizzes should contact LCP at 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, (208) 667-1323, www.lakecityplayhouse.org.

College of Art and Architecture at U of I Re-Opens

After a four-year period of budget-blamed closure, the University of Idaho's College of Art and Architecture, part of the college since 1981, is open again. Special dedication ceremonies will take place on September 7 and 8.

The college was forced to re-open because the state's Board of Education deemed the closure (during that time it was enfolded with the school's College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences) to be in violation of its policies.

As part of the College of Art and Architecture's rebirth, it's getting a facelift, too, with a remodel slated to begin next summer.

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