North Idaho Report 

Art Spirit Gallery's 10th Season

As IAQ hits the stands the first of September, Art Spirit Gallery in downtown Coeur d'Alene is right smack in the middle of its 10th season. The 2007 season has thus far hosted new works by 13 artists whom the gallery represents, 15 clay artists in the eighth annual Clay Invitational, and shows by oil painting and wood carving artist Robert Grimes and book forms artist Morse Clary, and on September 8, the nearly month-long show by Colorado Springs, Colo. painter Charles Timothy Prutzer closes. On September 14, a joint show featuring mixed media and oil painting artists Harold Balazs of Mead and Mel McCuddin of Spokane, Wash., opens with an artists' reception during the Downtown ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Balazs, who is known for his public art works throughout the Northwest, creates metal works combining nebulous and geometric shapes, and enamel work, including a 30-foot mural that originally hung in Seattle's Kingdome before being moved to the King County Administration building after the Kingdome's demolition. Opening October 12 is a show by Spokane artist Mary Farrell, whose prints and watercolor paintings have earned her awards and grants from Gonzaga University, Washington State University and the city of Cincinnati. Katherine Nelson, a Colbert, Wash., charcoal and encaustic artist shows November 9 through December 1. The season ends with an invitational featuring 30 artists with work smaller than 12 inches. The Ninth Annual Small Artworks Invitational opens December 7 during Downtown ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. and closes December 31.

For more information on the gallery, the shows or the artists represented and featured at Art Spirit Gallery, visit TheArtSpiritGallery.com. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-765-6006. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday.

Artists Co-op Rounds Out the Year

For 10 years, the Northwest Artists Cooperative has operated a store a stone's throw from the banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene, selling handcrafted items by 16 member owners, as well as other artists and artisans from Idaho, Washington and Montana. Through September 30, Vern Judkins­—who has been carving wood for more than 45 years in addition to casting sculpture and jewelry in bronze, silver and gold for almost 25 years—exhibits some of his larger sculptural pieces, including his exotic wood cutting boards.

The month of October features feather mask and jewelry crafter Carol Sinclair, whose work is described as "unique combinations of primitive and contemporary design," as well as the works of more than 40 different Northwest artists.

Start holiday shopping in November with the cooperative's holiday exhibition. From November 1 to 30, one-of-a-kind gifts from Northwest artisans and fine artists will be on display, including paintings, crystal and glass hangings and fine woodwork.

Starting December 1 and ending the year will be work from stained glass artist Joan Schilling of Spirit Keeper Glass, and Pullman, Wash., watercolor artist Andy Sewell.

Northwest Artists Cooperative, 217 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 208-667-1464, nwartist.com.

Take in a film ... or the whole festival

Hopefully, you've picked up this edition of IAQ as it hits the stands, otherwise you may miss the Lakedance International Film Festival in Sandpoint, Idaho, September 9 through 16. Never heard of it? How about the Idaho Panhandle International Film Festival? Last year's inaugural IPIFF in August was one-time filmmaker Fred Greenfield's 68th birthday gift from his son Trevor. This year, the festival has not only changed its name, but also added another two days to the schedule.

Despite the new moniker's similarity to the famous Sundance Film Festival, festival director Trevor Greenfield stresses that he is not interested in creating a mini Sundance, preferring instead to blaze his own trail with a passel of newly discovered talent in tow.

This year's festival lineup includes an art show hosted by Gary Lirette, as well as the monthly meeting of the newly created Kootenai & North Idaho Film & Video Entertainment Society, which will be open to the public. Paul Brand of Pretty Good Productions in Post Falls conducts a workshop on the basics of editing film, industry veterans discuss the latest news in the Northwest film industry, and of course, the festival features lots and lots of films.

For a detailed schedule of events, more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, visit Lakedance.com. Lakedance International Film Festival in Sandpoint. Sept. 9-16. Times and prices vary.

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