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Spokane’s contemporary art scene is as solid as ever, with events such as the city’s popular First Fridays contributing to the growth and evolution of both galleries and artists. From excellent museum-quality collections to cutting-edge photography, here are the best galleries to visit for lovers of modern and contemporary art in Spokane, Washington.
Established in 2003, Avenue West Gallery is another cooperative gallery where local and regional artists promote and sell their art. At any given time there are approximately 20 artists showcasing a diverse mix of art of varying media from pottery to fine art, wire sculpture to photography; with these, and many other art forms, visitors will certainly find something of interest. As with other galleries in Spokane, they also participate in First Friday each month by showcasing an artist part of the organisation, or a guest artist. Past exhibitions included artworks by painter Adam Henawy, a refugee from Darfur, and photographs by Bowen Parker who focuses on landscape and macro photography.
Avenue West Gallery, 707 W. Main, Suite B11, Spokane, WA, USA, +1 509 838 4999
The Chase Gallery is located in the Spokane City Hall. Showcasing local and regional artists who specialise in contemporary and traditional works, this space is actually a community exhibition area run by the Spokane Arts Commission. Featuring paintings, photographs, sculpture, and other mediums, they host several group or two-person exhibitions each year. Past shows included Birds in Art, which explored birds in a variety of artistic media and Drawing, which focused on drawing and its lines, strokes, and gestures. Chase Gallery has a permanent collection as well, with select pieces displayed throughout City Hall.
Chase Gallery, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA, USA, +1 509 321 9614