North Idaho Report 

999,998 ... 999, 999 ... 1,000,000!

When someone asked the question, "What does one million look like?" the Moscow School District and the Prichard Art Gallery decided finding the answer would be a great way to converge art and science, and the Million Bead Project (MBP) was born.

The MBP has been a two-year project that in answering the question above, has provided a basis for examining the numbers that surround us. With the help of 22 neighboring schools, community groups and volunteers and the direction of artist Jeanne Leffingwell, answering the question has generated creative dialogue. Groups involved in the process included schools from Lewiston and Latah counties, Eastern Oregon, University of Idaho, the Whitworth College International Student Program, and members of Lewis-Clark Service Corps/Americorps. The MBP is an excellent example of the use of the arts in an academic setting as participants created an aesthetically pleasing design of their own making. At the same time, everyone involved was part of a larger collaboration and were engaged in a process that connected ideas in math, science, social sciences and everyday life. The MBP provided a fulcrum point for thinking about numbers and quantities relative to art and design and the skills necessary to excel in those areas.

Opening reception Friday, June 15, 5-8 p.m. Exhibition runs through July 21. Prichard Art Gallery, 414/416 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-885-3586, www.webs.uidaho.edu/prichard.

Dancing in the Streets

In its 24th year, the annual Festival at Sandpoint promises a good time whether you live in the area and look forward to hanging out with your neighbors, or are looking for a great summer getaway.

Last year, musical performers included the likes of Etta James and Susan Tedeschi, David Gray and Jackie Greene, Tanya Tucker, Spokane Symphony Hollywood Pops, Nickel Creek and Dick Dale.

This year, you can wine and dine on Festival Street and listen to the sounds of the Spokane Symphony on August 2; LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, starring Jonny Lang on August 3; Lyle Lovett with Bearfoot on August 4; Family Concert on August 5; Robert Earl Keen with Reckless Kelly on August 9; Los Lonely Boys and Jackie Greene on August 10; Josh Ritter and Madeleine Peyroux on August 11; and Mark O'Connor and the Spokane Symphony on August 11.

August 2-12, season pass for all eight concerts is $169 (plus tax and city parks fee); individual tickets range in price from $29.95 to $54.95; the Family Concert on August 5 is only $5 per person. Memorial Field, 855 Ontario St., Sandpoint, 888-265-4554, www.festivalatsandpoint.com.

"Can I have your autograph?"

Have you ever loved a song, or a book or a piece of art so much—and then had the pleasure of meeting the person behind the creation? Well, Mick Jagger and Dan Brown won't be around, but many of the artists who live and create art in Northern Idaho will be.

This year, the Fifth Annual Artists' Studio Tour of North Idaho takes visitors on a scenic drive of beautiful Sandpoint and a chance to visit the work spaces of painters, sculptors, jewelry designers and more, including Catherine Earle, Barbara Field, Jean Herzel, Barbara Janusz, Leata Judd, Darlene Pfahl, Boots Reynolds, Lane Russell, Sue Savage, Shirley Scofield, Diane Simons and Jessica Townsdin. For more information on these artists and the art tour, visit http://arttourdrive.org.

July 20-22 and July 27-29, 208-268-7748, http://arttourdrive.org. Sandpoint.

North to Moscow, We're goin' North, The rush is on.

According to the Web site www.moscow-arts.org, there is so much artistic creativity and activity going on in Northern Idaho, that you could plan several family vacations around the art events alone and stay busy from the day school lets out until the day it starts up again.

Visit the Web site, and you'll find information on the Moscow Arts and Culture Alliance, which "represents over 20 diverse organizations dedicated to the cultural vitality of the Palouse Region of North Idaho and Eastern Washington. Organized in 2003 under the auspices of the Moscow Arts Commission, the Alliance recognizes the role arts and culture play in our community's quality of life and its economic health." Their mission is to be an "advocate for the arts and culture on a local, state, national and international level; form partnerships and share resources in the development of quality arts and cultural programming; and provide the community with timely information about arts and cultural events and activities."

You'll also find a calendar of events which includes entries on family events like the 2007 Appaloosa Fest (exhibit grand opening, horse rides, games and activities at the Appaloosa Museum, June 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2720 W Pullman Rd., Moscow, 208-882-5578, www.appaloosamuseum.org), There's information on the 2007 Art Walk, at which local businesses host an artist, and his or her artwork is displayed from June through September. You'll also find information on the Moscow Farmer's Market located at Jackson Street Parking and Friendship Square in historic downtown Moscow. The market opened May 5 and runs each Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon through September, with wares from local farmers and artisans and music by some of Moscow's finest.

www.moscow-arts.org

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