The Chase Gallery is located on the lower level of the Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The gallery is always free and open any time City Hall is open, generally Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed holidays). Join us for First Friday receptions the first Friday of each month, from 4 to 7 p.m. There is no reception in July due to Independence Day. Spokane Arts curates 4 shows a year in the gallery, following an open public call for art submissions.
Love the art? Want to take it home?
You can purchase artwork at the Chase Gallery! Prices are present on the tag, however artworks not for sale are clearly marked “NFS.”
For purchasing, please email Mika.
Joe Hedges: Hypercombines
JANUARY 3 – MARCH 25
For all its convenience, resources, and novelty, for many the smart phone has also brought constant distraction and stress. This is among many themes explored in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Chase Gallery by Pullman-based artist Joe Hedges. Hedges’ “Hypercombines” are part oil painting on canvas and part new media sculpture. As he writes in his artist statement for the exhibit, he is “seeking to contribute to a contemporary dialogue about the role of art, the influence of the internet and the boundary between digital and physical realms.”
The exhibition, opening with a First Friday reception on Friday, January 3, contains oil paintings as well as screens and digital devices, often juxtaposing the two approaches to art-making in such a way as to call attention to our inability to focus on events right in front of us. For example, in the piece Island Hopping (image below), a beautiful ocean landscape is rendered in oil paint but is obscured with a glowing tablet screen containing Google search results of ocean water. Other works similarly present landscapes or figures, but with interruptions or foregrounding of contemporary tech. The effect is that the viewer may have difficulty focusing on the painted scene, just as many smart phone users have trouble focusing on the scene or subject at hand due to the constant barrage of notifications and the addictive properties of social media and screen-based entertainment.
Hedges will be at the Chase Gallery for an Artist Talk on February 7 as part of Spokane’s Winter Arts Tour, from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by live music from harpist Kathyn Kinney, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Joe Hedges (b. 1980) is an intermedia artist who has developed an expansive practice that weaves together oil painting, new media, web art, installation etc. His projects often explore the effects of digital technologies on human experience. Currently an assistant professor of painting/intermedia at Washington State University, Hedges lives and works in Pullman and shows his work internationally.
OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 26: JJ HARTY, KAT SMITH, JACKIE TREIBER
From the artists:
“Everyday life is understood better through more fully interacting with these unnoticed and ignored objects and spaces found in the world around us.”
“Collages walk the line between poetry and visual art, using both words and images to tell a story, to coax new meaning from the texts.”
“The stories in this collection fulfill a longstanding need to build narratives from women’s perspectives.”
JULY 1 – SEPTEMBER 25: AMANDA CALDWELL, SEIKO A. PURDUE, & KENNETH SUSYNSKI
Featuring three regional artists each working in their own distinct styles and in a range of mediums, the work all shares an evocative, dream-like quality. Fiber artist Seiko A. Purdue installed her fiber piece, Berry Grove, in the Chase, stringing the lightweight fabric structures from the ceiling slats above. The installation is surrounded by the large oil paintings by Seattle-based artist Kenneth Susynski and the paintings and drawings of Spokane artist Amanda Caldwell. All three artists were at the gallery for the September First Friday reception, on Friday, September 6, as well as for a lunch-hour Artist Talk.
“I have been investigating various ways to connect East and West through my hands, ideas, and actions, being a Japanese artist in the US for more than 20 years. ”
— Seiko A. Purdue
APRIL 1 – JUNE 26
SATURATE is a city-wide collaboration calling attention to Spokane’s diverse yet under-recognized artists of color. For the entire month of April, many arts venues large and small will simultaneously feature artwork, curatorial projects, and performances led by people of color. Your participation, and every artist and venue joining in, will help deepen the conversation on race, identity, and culture in our city and beyond. Join in the conversation and enjoy the diversity of work at every venue.
For more details on SATURATE, and to submit your work for consideration for exhibition please head to our SATURATE page.
Explorations XVI: Student Invitational
JANUARY 2 – MARCH 27
Our region is home to five college art programs, each with its own emphasis, from conceptual to technical art. The Chase Gallery is proud to present the biennial group exhibition Explorations XVI, featuring the work of art students nominated by faculty from Whitworth University, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College, and North Idaho College. The artwork on display showcases a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, videography, and mixed media.
Eastern Washington University: Madeline Hanson, Timothy III, Tayler Parkin
Gonzaga University: Celeste Hatfield, Alex Lee, Melina Palomba
North Idaho College: Sydney Croteau, Daniel Siemens
Spokane Falls Community College: Brandon Johnson, Olivia Reit, Lydia Wallace
Whitworth University: Melissa Jones, Hannah Pomante, Kathleen Smith