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Ryan Sanders

My name is Ryan Sanders. I am the owner and artist at Alcove. Through out my life I’ve worked in several different fields. From emergency medical services to video games. Recently life has brought me to a point where I am doing something that I’ve always longed to do. I’ve started a business where I get to sculpt, fabricate, mold, cast, and paint all sorts of wonderful, weird, bizarre creations. Because each piece is handmade, no two will ever be the same.

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Alexander Antonio Manzoni

Alexander A. Manzoni has been writing poetry & prose for over twenty years. In September 2014, he moved to Spokane, Washington, from Newfield, New Jersey. He can be found featuring at arts events in the Spokane-C.D.A. area. Publishing credits include: verse-virtual.com, everwritersresource.com, FIVE Poetry Magazine, In-Parentheses, PicturesofPoets.com and Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology. He is the host of the “Manzoni in the Morning” spoken word podcast and is the election correspondent for Headline Poetry: https://lineriderpress.com/headlinepoetry

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Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a multidisciplinary visual artist residing in Spokane. His main passion lies in painting, but can never do one thing for too long without experimenting and moving into a new direction. Be it subject matter, medium, scale, style, or any combination of these elements, he aims to experience the thrill of the new. He believes the real fruit of creating art is in the basis of invention (combining old elements in new ways to make something unique). He is currently creating large-scale indoor installation works and murals throughout the NW.

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Spokane Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dancers

Bon Odori is the “Beauty of Japanese Dance”. We are a traditional Japanese dance group that loves to perform as well as teach Japanese folk dances to audiences, wearing colorful traditional kimonos or yukatas. This style of Japanese dance is performed during the Obon Festival, a Japanese festival time of Gathering, Gratitude and Celebration. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom that honors the spirits of one’s ancestors and has a 500 year history. Our instructor is Jacqui Pierce, a 14-year student of Wakahisa-kai Asian Traditional Dance & Music Foundation, Inc. We are accompanied by vocalist Narong who sings traditional Japanese folk songs.