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Beads, Beads, and Beads -- The Jewelry of Mary Calanche

It sounds like one of those alarming math story problems people avoid if they possibly can: "How many beads -- of all sizes, shapes, and colors -- fit into a 12 x 20 storage shed, with room left…

Florist and Painter -- Watercolor Art by Deborah Bruce

The major rule about crossing the Grand Canyon on a tightrope -- assuming that there is a list of rules somewhere -- is that you don't stop in the middle. Not an option. And while creating a…
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The Quest to Quilt -- Fabric Art by Catherine Little

Many people, when they undertake a project unlike anything they've ever done before, prefer to go gently, starting small, picking up skills, and learning from little mistakes that are quickly fixed. And…
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Digital Revolution -- The Enhanced Photographic Art of Gay Waldman

The great thing about the digital revolution is that Gay Waldman can now wash clothes in her laundry room. For years, the Spokane artist -- who creates digitally enhanced photographs through Adobe…
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Simple Living and Joy -- The Watercolor Art of Ellen Heath

Much of life's most profound philosophy shows up on dish towels. Most of us have seen a sunny little potted flower image on fabric, with "Bloom Where You Are Planted," written in script underneath.…
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Bright Color and Happy Dreams -- Watercolors by Suzi Vitulli

Artists are their own worst critics. Intense, determined, passionate, sometimes frustrated but obstinately tenacious, professional artists know full well what they are doing -- most of the time. "One…
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Glass Fusion -- Vintage Wave and Coral Bowls by Gregory Jones

While the question, "What is art?" isn't about to be satisfactorily resolved anytime soon, what it takes to make and be an artist is less ambiguous: Determination. Curiosity. And the willingness…
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Beautiful Obsession: Watercolors and Music by Roy Anderson

There's something to be said about being obsessed. The strong focus and concentration required to acquire and finesse a skill demand time, practice, thought, and . . . obsession. For Walla Walla…
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Native American & Pioneer History: The Paintings of Nona Hengen

It's easy to forget that, for most of history, there were no cameras. So when we see a movie of an historical event, or an illustration, or a painting, we rely upon the artist's interpretation of…
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Animal Lover -- Horse & Wildlife Paintings by Debbie Hughbanks

She was the little girl who was certain, every year, that she would get a horse for Christmas. That she lived in town was no obstacle to Debbie Hughbanks, who now, as a grown-up, specializes in…
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New Year's Resolution: Enjoy Artisan Soap from Azure Mountain

The New Year's Resolution has been around for a long time. Purportedly, ancient Babylonians started the process 6,000 years ago with promises to their gods to return borrowed items and pay off their…
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Community Giving -- All Year Round

Life happens. And while there are other, more expressive ways of voicing this observation -- some singularly  inappropriate for the family newspaper -- the intimation is the same: people lose their…