Art HourSep 17, 2020
A message from the hosts
Kate Lebo - author
Kate does many things--she writes poetry and essays, she bakes delicious pies, she works for art organizations. And she has just published a book of essays-- "The Book of Difficult Fruit." Hear her talk about her life and her process on today's show.
Luke Baumgarten - Range Media Journalist
Luke's biography is such a snapshot of the region. He grew up in Colville, went the GU, wrote for the Inlander for almost a decade, co-founded Terrain, started Fellow Coworking, and started Range Media about a year ago. (That's a long list, but we even left out a bunch of stuff!) Hear about what he's doing now, and how he got here.
Pivot storytellers - Out of the Ashes stories from their March 11 event
Storytellers Susie LaBarre, Ella Kerner, Sherry Miller, and Ross Carper shared their stories on a livestream event on March 11. The theme was Out of the Ashes.
Daniel Lopez - painter and muralist
Daniel Lopez talks about moving to Spokane, getting clean, and painting murals in Spokane. His show of oil paintings will be at the Wonder Building, 835 N Post St, tomorrow and Saturday. Find his work at www.godffiti.com.
Matt McCormick - documentary filmmaker and educator
Gonzaga University film professor Matt McCormick discusses the magic of film festivals (especially Sundance, for which his films have been selected four times), the craziness of the cold war, and how graffiti removal can be a subconscious art. [originally run on 2/27/2020]
Chelsea Martin - author and artist
We discuss Chelsea's book of essays (Caca Dolce), her new novel, her art school experiences, and the hope kids can give us.
Mika Maloney - Program Manager at Spokane Arts
In which we discuss Spokane Arts, and all the cool things its doing. And apricot desserts.
Mark Robbins - actor and comedian
Mark talks with us via zoom about how lazy he is, baring his soul during his comedy sets, how lazy he is, his stint as the Northern Quest guy, and how lazy he is.
Leyna Krow - writer
After discussing Leyna's amazing fortune in selling her story "The Sinkhole" to Hollywood, we talk about her slow creep northward from Orange County to Spokane. And we use the word "weird" a whole lot.
Chris Cook part 2 - Neighborhood poet
Chris discusses his collaboration with his daughter, comedian Kelsey Cook, as well as his new project, In the Neighborhood.
Rajah Bose and Ellen Picken of Factory Town
Bart Templeman - Woodworker and free spirit
Bart has pieces for sale at the downtown Spokane store From Here.
Chris Cook - Spokane's Poet Laureate
Pivot's Unintended Stories
We are running this episode again to announce a new event (with the theme "Out of the Ashes") scheduled for February 25, 2021. Go to pivotspokane.com for details!
Jango - hip hop artist
Inland northwest hip hop phenom Jango joined us at Bottle Bay Brewing to discuss his past, his progression, and his amazing work ethic. Catch this guy before he blows up!
Norman Robbins - recording artist
Nathan Weinbender - Music and Film Editor at The Inlander
Nathan discusses his favorite interview, the new Rolling Stone top 500 albums, and his story about two new local streaming concert series.
Jess Walter - author of "The Cold Millions"
68: Art on the Go! with Morgan Walters, Braelan Lee, & Denny Carman - artists and promoters
Listen to our conversation in windy Olmstead Park as we discuss planning the first Art on the Go event in 10 days. We also discussed their art, and plans for upcoming events.
67: Jaime Stacy - musician, author, and educator
Jaime discusses her upcoming books, her early years as a music prodigy, and her organization SWAG that works with at-risk young women.
66: Shawn Vestal - journalist & fiction writer (or fiction writer & journalist)
Shawn talks about: getting his first column at eighth grade in the Twin Falls, Idaho newspaper; whether he considers himself a journalist or fiction writer foremost; and the new challenges of writing his new novel set in the 1800s.
65: Erin Pringle - author of the new novel "Hezada! I Miss You"
64: Jackie Caro and Ginger Ewing from Terrain
This show originally aired in September of 2019
63: Sironka - visual artist and educator
Sironka came to Spokane twenty years ago from Kenya, and he has been teaching and making art here ever since. He recently made the news for his participation in the Black Lives Matter mural downtown. He made the news again soon thereafter when his letter, the "A", was defaced by vandals. Hear him talk about his inspiring journey, and how, paradoxically, the vandals reaffirmed the power of paint.
62: Karen Mobley - artist, writer, and consultant
To honor the publication of her book of poetry, Trial by Ordeal, we will replay our conversation from last year. Mobley served as the Arts Director City of Spokane (Spokane Arts Commission) from June 1997 to October 2012, and has been a part of many other important aspects of the burgeoning Spokane arts scene. She's also a wonderful artist and writer in her own right, and she can tell a heck of a story. Find out more about her at karenmobley.com.
61: Reinaldo Gil Zambrano - printmaker and arts educator
Zambrano recently contributed to the Black Lives Matter Mural in downtown Spokane. With that in mind, we are replaying the conversation we had last year. in which he discussed teaching, printmaking, and the theme of home in his art
60: Chris Bovey - graphic designer, printmaker, and protector of the Ming Wah sign
59: Shantell Jackson - visual artist and poet
Shantell reads two of her poems, and we discuss how being eager to try new things leads to the danger of saying yes too much. This episode was originally run in March.
58: Bryan Bogue - musican and educator
Hear Bryan discuss 45 years with the Spokane Symphony, the similarities between teaching middle school and college, and what it's like working with Super Sparkle (hint: he got to play the marimba.)
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57: Brandon Johnson - visual artist
This is an encore presentation of one of our first episodes. Brandon is participating in the Black Lives Matter mural project downtown, so we thought it would be a good time to revisit our chat with him.
56: Lance Paullin - actor, comedian, and painter
Lance discusses painting shoes, exploring the infinite space of his mind. and cursing in front of children. To see his work, visit www.lancepaullin.com.
55: Photographer Adam Schlüter discusses the George Floyd protests in Minnesota
Adam Schlüter was in Minnesota to photograph a wedding. When he woke in his hotel on May 29, he opened his window to see plumes of smoke. He rushed to the scene to document the event, and ended up staying almost a week longer than he had planned. On our show, Adam discusses what he encountered. You can see his photographs at his website, Hello From a Stranger.
54: Max Harnishfeger - musician (Super Sparkle, Water Monster, Cathedral Pearls)
53: Karli & Caleb Ingersoll - musicians & owners of Lucky You Lounge
Hear the owners of The Bartlett and Lucky You Lounge discuss how they started, how they met, the kickass LYL menu, and what they think Spokane needs to do to take the next step as a music city. (rerun from last June)
52: Pivot Spokane Storytellers - Fish Out of Water (part 2)
Hear five storytellers share their stories. Erik Viking, Tracy Simmons, Mary Stover, Anthony Rupp, and special guest Nichole Mischke share their stories. For more information, visit email@example.com
51: Pivot Spokane Storytellers - Fish Out of Water (part 1)
Hear six storytellers share their "Fish Out of Water" story. Alyssa Bashor, Karen Darling,Ben Faulkner, Susan Lundstrom, Travis Naught, and Eamonn Neff share their stories. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org
50: Adam Schluter - Photographer
49: Winners of Pivot's "Unintended" story contest
48: Melissa Huggins - Executive Director of Spokane Arts
Melissa discusses what artists can do to get help in this environment, and what you can do to help artists. We also get a guest appearance from her dog Sophie!
47: Proudest moments - various artists
Eight artists tell the story of their proudest moment...when they felt as if they had made the right decision. As if they had "arrived." As if all the sacrifice had been worth it. Hear Vanna Oh, Darrin Huff, Melissa Cole, Sam Ligon & Kate Lebo, Jess Walter, M. Tinley, Sarah Waisman, and Jessica Earle tell their stories.
46: Obstacles - various artists
45: My First Time - various artists
Nine artists tell the story of the first time they went public, or went BIG, with their art. Punsmith Annica Eagle, artist Larry Ellingson, chef and musician Travis Tveit, actor Sarah Waisman, musician Matthew Hughes, artist Chad Brazill, musician Norman Robbins, comedian Deece Casillas, and artist Hannah Pomante tell their stories.
44: Shantell Jackson - poet and visual artist
Shantell reads two of her poems, and we discuss how being eager to try new things leads to the danger of saying yes too much.
43: Matt McCormick - documentary filmmaker and educator
Gonzaga University film professor Matt McCormick discusses the magic of film festivals (especially Sundance, for which his films have been selected four times), the craziness of the cold war, and how graffiti removal can be a subconscious art.
42: Paul Manoguerra - Director/Curator of the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University
In which we discuss the two current exhibitions currently running at the museum - A Grand Tour: Images of Italy, and 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment: Prints by Women. We also discuss what it means to put an exhibition together, and how someone even gets into this line of work (hint: he majored in history). We end by discussing a fascinating upcoming exhibition of local works created during the Great Depression by the WPA.
41: Tracy Poindexter-Canton - mixed-media artist
Tracy discusses her current exhibit inspired by Toni Morrison, her transition from creative writing to nonfiction writing to visual art, and how she's a total Virgo.
40: LauraLee White and Beth Robinson - "Nudes and Landscapes" show at La Resistance gallery
We discuss how the gallery sprouted from a no-good very bad day, why oil paint is so good to work with, and how art sometimes just needs to be dark (and loud) [and fast]
39: Sharma Shields - writer
In which we discuss her novel in progress (The Tower), how monsters often take human form, how we should never miss an opportunity to be kind, and how important it is to be loved by your fifth grade teacher.
38: Dan Spalding - musician, developer, and painter
In which we give free advertisements to multiple businesses, explore the role of serendipity in life, and discuss the need to squint to see clearly.