North Idaho Report 

Up and Coming at the Prichard

Since 1987, University of Idaho's Prichard Art Gallery has been pushing the artist envelope in Moscow. With a mission to be a leader in the presentation of contemporary visual arts in the Northwest, the Prichard Art Gallery has lined up a series of exhibitions this winter that span the creative continuum from the practical aesthetics of architectural design to works from the Boise Art Museum's 2007 Idaho Triennial.

In December and January, the Prichard presents the "Art, Design and Architecture Faculty Exhibition." University of Idaho faculty showcase their talents outside the classroom with their latest and greatest work in their area of speciality, be it mixed-media, watercolor, pottery or architectural design. The show opens Friday, December 7, with an artists' reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The work will be open to the public until Saturday, January 19. On January 25, work to be auctioned off as a benefit for the gallery will go on display. The live auction occurs Saturday, February 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. And for the folks up north who weren't able to see Boise Art Museum's 2007 Idaho Triennial while it was at the capital city's official house of fine art, the exhibit will open at the Prichard Wednesday, February 20, with an exhibition reception that night from 5 to 8 p.m. The Triennial exhibition runs through Friday, April 4.

Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St., 208-885-3586,

Imani Winds Blows North

In the world of classical music, where repertoires are often composed of music that's several centuries old, Imani Winds is shaking things up. Founded in 1997, the New York City-based wind quintet was created by the group's flutist, Valerie Coleman, who found some of the group's members by calling Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music to find "young, hot, musicians of color" who would be interested. Ten years later, Imani Winds' repertoire includes not only traditional classical music, but original compositions from the quintet rooted in African, Latin American and European music. Last summer, the group earned high acclaim for its "Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot," an original score about the life of renowned entertainer Josephine Baker. While on tour this winter, Imani Winds makes several stops in Idaho, including one at the University of Idaho.

March 4, 7:30 p.m. $8 U of I students, $10 students, $15 seniors, $18 general. University of Idaho Auditorium, Moscow. For tickets, visit March 6, 8 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint, 208-255-7771 or 208-263-9191.

Le Big Mac

Located in Spokane, Wash., the Mac, as it's known, houses all kinds of interesting work. The exhibit "Olmstead Brothers: Designing Spokane Landscapes," examines the work done by the brothers' Boston-based landscape design firm in the early 20th century. The Mac celebrates the reopening of the historic Fox Theater with an exhibition that covers the theater's original grand opening. "River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia" closes January 6, 2008, but opening January 4 is "In Focus: Merrily Tompkins, Down to the Nitty Gritty," featuring objects found over three decades, including sculptures, metal works and jewelry. On February 4, "Samuel Colt: Arms, Art and Invention" opens with a retrospective on the gunmaker Samuel Colt. "Contest Ground: The Landscape Redrawn" opens February 23, using a variety of media to explore humanity's tenuous relationship with the natural world.

Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave., 509-456-3931,


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