Gallery exhibits Palouse scenery

Winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $300, pieces also for sale



Emily Adams’ “Patchwork Barn” is one of 33 entries for the Inspired Palouse juried exhibit. Adams made it with pastel on sanded paper and says it was initially a sketch for a larger painting.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen editor-in-chief

The Colfax Arts Council will host its second Inspired Palouse juried exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at The Center gallery near the Colfax Library.

CAC Secretary Emily Adams defined a juried exhibit as artwork reviewed by a panel of judges who then decide which piece deserves an award.

CAC President Debby Stinson said one of the jurors is Ryan Hardesty, a curator at the WSU Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Other jurors include Carrie Vielle, a clinical assistant professor at the WSU interior design program, and local artist Henry Stinson.

She said cash prizes for the artists include $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. There will also be a $100 prize for the People’s Choice Award, which is selected by the public who visited the exhibit from Oct. 22 through Friday. Award recipients will be announced at 6 p.m.

Stinson said artwork in the exhibit is also for sale and the works range from $50 to $950.

She said the piece that won second place in last year’s exhibit was Mike Herpel’s “Migrating Upstream,” which was a three-dimensional sculpture that consisted of oil paint on wood. She said his piece differentiated itself from the rest.

“He took a unique view on the Palouse,” Stinson said. “He made these sculptures reflective of the Palouse landscape.”

She said the exhibit showcases different mediums of art like tapestries, photographs, traditional oil paintings and wooden sculptures. All of the pieces encompass the same theme — the beauty of the Palouse.

Adams said The Center gallery used to be a local drugstore. The Colfax Library took ownership when the owner died and turned it into a cultural center for events. The most recent addition to The Center is gallery lighting for the exhibit.

Stinson said this exhibit differs from other art events because it provides a sample of artworks from artists in Colfax which draws in support from community members.

“The whole town comes out to these little things,” Stinson said.

Adams said having an array of mediums can make it interesting and harder for jurors to judge. The exhibit can also encourage artists to step out of their comfort zone.

“[The exhibit allows] people to stick their toe in the water and produce some art of their own,” she said.

Stinson said the event also allows people to have real-life connections with artists, which is incomparable to something that would be seen on a phone.