Painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, screenprinting, photography, architecture, textiles, crafts, and so much more. If you love the visual arts, don’t miss First Fridays, presented by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. Find your new favorite gallery via our interactive art map. 

Event: October 19
Artist Lecture: Tracy Petre Walker

Artist Tracy Petre Walker will discuss her artistic process and artwork from”Life and Time” on display at the SFCC Fine Art Gallery Sept. 21-Oct. 19. Tracy Petre Walker received her BA and MA from Central Washington University in 1995 and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. She is currently a Professor at Columbia Basin College where she teaches painting, drawing, illustration, and art history. Her work explores societal concerns seen using symbolic imagery, vivid color, and complex composition. She has shown both regionally and nationally including solo shows in Wenatchee, Ellensburg, and Shoreline.

Event: September 21
Life and Time

Artist Tracy Petre Walker presents a body of artwork that explores universal themes seen within our society through the use of symbolism, archetypal imagery, and stereotyping. These topics examine daily life, current events and social concerns that are interpreted through the use of complex compositions, distorted imagery, and the layering of both space and meaning. “Life and Time” on view at the SFCC Fine Art Gallery through October 19, 2023.

Rachel E Strauch

Rachel Strauch is an artist based in the Inland Northwest. Her work uses nature, the human body, and intense complimentary colors to depict themes of mental health, growth, and vulnerability. Strauch enjoys observing the world around her, taking experiences from her own life and others and turning them into art. Like observing, she enjoys teaching art, and worked as a teacher’s assistant in a drawing class at Whitworth University in January 2022. Strauch has recently exhibited her work at the Bryan Oliver Gallery and Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. Find Strauch’s work on Instagram and TikTok and at

Heather iDE

I wanted to share with you some recent photography work that I had done. These photos have been enhanced, painted, and texturized to create a unique and beautiful effect that can be appreciated by those who have their sight as well as those who are visually impaired. The digital enhancements have brought out the colors and details in the photos, making them even more stunning than they were before. The painted elements and texturizing add a touch of artistic flair, giving the photos a truly one-of-a-kind look and feel. For those who are visually impaired, the textures in the photos can be felt and explored with their hands, allowing them to experience the art in a different way. The use of color and contrast in the photos also makes them accessible to those with low vision. Overall, I am thrilled with how these photos turned out, and I am excited to share them with a wider audience. I believe that the digital enhancements, painting, and texturizing have really elevated the photos to a new level, making them even more special and memorable for everyone who experiences them.

Mo Stach

Hi, I’m Mo! I’m a self-taught artist who recently started painting again (after a 15 year hiatus) to help de-stress from my technical day job. Drippy florals and colorful abstracts are what I have been gravitating towards most with my artwork. A goal is to display my work locally, and I would love to one day design a book cover, beer can label, and get into some large-format painting. I would also love to assist/volunteer with mural and other large art installations, if anyone needs a hand! After growing up in the South and previously living in NYC and Denver, I currently reside in Spokane, Washington, with my partner and two furry helpers. Besides painting, in my spare time I enjoy traveling, reading, volunteering, and mountain sports.

Feel free to contact me via email, or check out my portfolio via my website or Instagram (@MoStachStudios)!

Brandon Michael Parker

Hello! My name is Brandon aka BpzSculpts and I am a polymer clay artist that was born and raised in Spokane. I have been sculpting for about 7 years with different mediums, but mainly Polymer Clay. My work takes the cute and conventional and makes it ugly and weird. The intention isnt just to make the viewer uncomfortable but also to make them pause and think about what they are looking at/where this thing might have came from or what it can do, bringing it to life in their mind. My work can be viewed on Instagram found above, and can be purchased on my Etsy:

Event: September 30
Sweet 16 for the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

Spokane, WA) The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour turns Sweet 16 in 2023, and the milestone event will showcase the art of 50 artists, on Saturday, September 30, at five studios, located in the stunning Little Spokane River Valley. “When we started the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour 16 years ago, we had no idea that we would receive such tremendous support year-in and year-out from art lovers throughout the Spokane area,” co-founder Gina Freuen said. “Artists share their vision, but art collectors sustain the vision through their encouragement and support.”The 2023 outdoor show will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., at the studios of Gina Freuen, Jill Smith, Victoria Brace, Maggie Andersen, and Colista Krebs. The studios are close enough to one another, making it convenient to visit the artists at all five studios, while doing it against the backdrop of a beautiful, Fall day, in one of the most idyllic settings in Eastern Washington. The Little Spokane River studio artists share their creative visions through a variety of mediums: painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, and resin; sculpture; clay and pottery; jewelry; glass, wood; fiber arts; clothing, costumes and garmenting; photography; printmaking; ceramics; leather; gauche; stone; paper arts such as collage and Origami; and tapestry bags.This year’s show will include fan favorites, artists who are beloved and collected across the Spokane area and around the country, as well as emerging artists making their mark through memorable, creative expressions.