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Watercolors: Foliage/ Stuff and Nonsense or What's Right With This Picture?

  • Presented By: Avenue West Gallery
  • Dates: March 1, 2019 - March 30, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Avenue West Gallery
  • Phone: (509) 838-4999
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • overview

    The art of two Montana natives. now living in Spokane, is exhibited during March at Avenue West Gallery, 907 W Boone. The work of featured co-op member Ladd Bjorneby focuses on nature with “Watercolors: Foliage.” Guest artist Tom Quinn presence “Stuff and Nonsense, or What's Right With This Picture?” The artist’s reception is First Friday, March 1, from 5 to 8 pm.

    Ladd Bjorneby was born and raised in Kalispell, He cannot remember when he was not drawing, painting, or taking photos. He obtained a biology degree from Pacific Lutheran University while continuing to study art. He started grad school at the University of Washington in forestry before entering the seminary to become a Lutheran minister. Both art and the love of outdoors continued to be strong influences. Ladd's design was chosen in a competition to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. He designed subsequent logos for the fiftieth anniversary of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and for Glacier's seventy-fifth anniversary. His work has been shown in several galleries in Montana, the Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition in Yakima, the Spokane Watercolor Society juried show, Art on the Green juried show and the Jundt Museum's landscape exhibit. He’s worked in oils, acrylic, and watercolors.

    In Great Falls, Montana, Tom Quinn grew up surrounded by art but mostly that of the Old West by such as Charles M. Russell and Frederick Remington. He says he “found there was more to art by the time he attended Gonzaga University and spent his junior year in Florence, the home of Michelangelo and Botticelli. There he became enamored of the serene beauty of Renaissance painting”.After obtaining his degree in art history from Gonzaga, he went on to the Art Institute of Seattle to pursue a career as an illustrator. Here in Spokane Quinn may be best known for his murals but he has illustrated four books and several magazine articles, draws caricatures at parties and conventions, and teaches drawing and painting at the Spokane Art School and Corbin Art Center in addition to painting. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Spokane, Seattle, and Portland. He works mostly in acrylic and oil. He “likes to show what's absurd but not impossible, to take the ordinary out of context, and turn the familiar into the strange.”