May First Friday – Gordon Wilson – Italian Hilltowns, Etc…


WHO: Gordon has taught generations of painters here in Spokane. He is the chair of the Art Department at Whitworth University. He knows a thing or two about how to create great art!

WHAT: Gordon has spent many a summer with his wife in the famed hilltowns of Tuscany and Umbria in Italy. Together, they grab their brushes and easels and head out into the city to meet the locals and to paint in the town squares the scenes before them. Yes, it can get pretty windy. Ask Gordon about it!

WHAT ELSE: If you’ve seen those massive murals on the Ruby Hotel then you recognize Ric Gendron. We’ll also have works by Alfredo Arreguin and Ruben Trejo (both have work in The Smithsonian), Rick Davis, Jim Dhillon, Michael Dinning, and Bend artist Ken Roth and local favorite Melissa Cole.

WHEN: First Friday, May 4th, 5-8pm.

WHERE: First Friday happens throughout the Kendall Yards Business District, but has always been centered at Marmot Art Space (1202 Summit Pkwy, in Adams Alley, right across the alley from Craftsman Cellars).

WHY ATTEND: It’s another amazing art party in Kendall Yards! This is the best night of each month, a great opportunity to get out of the house and visit with your neighbors in Spokane’s most exciting neighborhood. Come for the art, stay for the food and drink! Or vice versa. You choose – either way you’ll have a great time!

WHY ELSE: Our newest neighbor, Maryhill Winery just opened recently – 5,000 sq. ft. of wine, along with a beautiful view of the Spokane River Gorge. Great excuse to visit them. Never been to Boutique Bleu, our new women’s clothing boutique? Friday is a great day for that! Core Pilates and William Grant Gallery & Framing all host artists as well. Why not have a glass of wine at Craftsman Cellars while you check out their artist? Of course, Brainfreeze Ice Creamery, Central Food, Veraci Pizza, Wandering Table, Nectar Wine & Beer, will all be happy to see you, too!

MORE: Veraci Pizza, on the house!

MORE: Kids are always welcome.



FUTURE ARTISTS: Marmot Art Space hosts incredible local artists and amazing local projects – a healthy mix of established and emerging artists, and when we have sponsorship (or when we’re able to do so because the community has been purchasing lots of art) projects that help to make Spokane a better place to visit, work, live, love, strive, and play.

The community will continue to play a role in suggesting artists and projects – not just the artistic community, but voices from the entire community will be heard. Marshall will have the final say. We are not currently seeking artists, as the response has been enormous already and 2018-2020 is almost completely booked. Are you an artist? Here’s an article that can help you to understand more about how to make it as an artist: Artist Tips

When we decide on an artist, we’re looking for the total package: a person who is not just hugely talented, but also a wonderful human being – honest, positive, hard-working, caring, open and more than anything, someone willing and able to collaborate. Any show at Marmot is a collaboration between Marshall and the artist. Any artist that we choose to work with must understand the benefits of collaboration and be prepared to put in the time, energy, care, and attention that will result in an amazingly successful show. The focus is not just making and mounting the art, but to the entire collaborative process, an undertaking that draws on our distinctive talents and creates something singular and remarkable in the process. Both the artist and Marshall have unique skill sets and we’re excited to see the magic that is the natural result of two talented people working off each other’s strengths.

Are you interested in showing your artwork? We’ve got most of 2018-2020 already booked, but opportunities sometimes come up for the right person. Have you been doing an incredible job building your following? Do people love, love, love your work and just can’t wait to be around you? Have you put in the work to get to a point where you’re clearly far better than 95% or more of artists? We suggest you read this article very, very carefully: What Galleries Look For In Artists, then follow it’s many suggestions. If at some point you want to email us, please search around for the way to email us. If you’ve read the aforementioned article, this will make total sense; if it doesn’t, check out the article again. We didn’t write it, but it is an amazing article. Hope to see you soon!