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Remembering Ed Harri

July 8, 1946 – March 1, 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the passage of Ed Harri, an exceptional man who, with his wife Pat, has co-owned Wenaha Gallery for 26 wonderful years.
Ed loved people, cars, life, and art. A quiet man, he was an exceptional listener, and when he spoke, it was after much thought and deliberation. He is incredibly missed by all.

Featured Artist Showcase

On a weekly basis we highlight art from artists we love here at Wenaha Gallery in Dayton. Come by anytime to view new works.

Cathy Gottschalk

Watercolor Paintings

Idaho painter, Cathy Gottschalk, paints all different varieties of subjects, but her favorite medium to paint with is watercolor. Ranging from wildlife to landscapes, and ocean scenes to domestic animals — Cathy Gottschalk has a little bit for everyone.

Read the article on Cathy Gottschalk here: https://wenaha.com/watercolor-wonder-art-cathy-gottschalk/

Cathy Gottschalk’s art event will be on display
through Monday, October 18 , 2021

Merrilyn Reeves

Pottery

Reeves has created hundreds of pots using a wheel very similar to the one on which she threw her first pot. She also experiments with hand building and alternate throwing forms, using porcelain, stoneware, and earthenware clays in a variety of applications. The learning curve, like the wheel itself, is constantly turning, and each project is an opportunity to learn more about the medium: Moisture content in clay varies widely, and if it’s too firm or too soft, it won’t throw right. Glazes, too, are finicky, and must “fit” the particular clay, with both expanding at about the same rate to result in a good, durable glaze without major defects.

Read the article on Merrilyn Reeves here: https://wenaha.com/pottery-functional-clay-merrilyn-reeves/

Merrilyn Reeves’s art event will be on display
through Monday, October 25 , 2021

What a great gallery!  I am impressed by the way you display the art.  The ambiance makes you want to stay.  I like the mix of national artists and local artists.  You have something for everyone – the serious art collector and the casual visitor.  The small gifts remind me of an excellent museum shop.

The Wenaha Gallery feels like a second home to me. I always feel welcome when I come through the door; I’m not just another customer whose money they’re after, they really care.  In my personal experience with the gallery the staff bent over backwards to make me happy and this kind of quality is as valuable as the fine art they keep.

The client-centered service approach provided by Wenaha Gallery included much curiosity about what each piece of art or photography meant along with the history or story behind each piece.  The owners and staff took the time to understand not only the vision I had for each piece but wanted to understand the intended space, environment and lighting.  Their level of expertise about color provided fruitful conversation about each individual piece and the different framing/matting options.  The creative opportunities that arose between my vision, their vision, and their expertise lead to a custom conservation framing experience. The owners and staff working across the state in Dayton, WA were very creative and timely in conducting effective communications by knowing when best to use the phone, email, texting and/or social media.  In the end, the framed memories are inspiringly beautiful, preserved and even more meaningful.

I have been coming to the Wenaha Gallery for several years and every time I walk in the door, there are new items to admire, new artists to view and interesting people to meet.  The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and both able and willing to discuss any of the artists and their art.  From time to time I have had the Gallery frame some of the artistic pieces that are family heirlooms.  The care that they take to understand the piece, its history, and where I want to place it in my home adds to the pleasure of doing business with them.  When they are finished, the frame has become part of the artistic piece.  When I am in Eastern Washington, the Wenaha Gallery is a certain stop.

The framing memories project all started with the decision to develop a will and a desire to eventually will my meaningful art and/or photography to family and friends.  The experience with Wenaha Gallery would provide me with not only the most treasured framed memories but the most treasured experience.

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