Each month for First Friday, Downtown Spokane prints a limited number of collectible posters from a local artist. Your free poster can be picked-up at the Visit Spokane Visitor’s Center inside Riverfront Park on First Friday and throughout the month. Meet the selected artists below.
September 2019 Poster Artist | Collette Vergon | Little Artist With Big Creativity
Vergon has had a deep-seeded passion for art since childhood. Today Vergon considers herself an artist in bloom, constantly exploring new mediums, developing new skills, and continually pushing to improve. Vergon works primarily in colored pencil and pen but dabbles with clay work as well. Vergon’s work include everything from cartooning, stippling, sketching, caricature-style to portrait work. Her current passion is drawing from vintage photographs and exploring graffiti works.
August 2019 Poster Artist | Elena Collins | Bear
Local artist of Cuban heritage. Known for unique eccentric perspective and aspect. Collins started photography in 2001 and became a large canvas artist in 2015 after some life altering experiences. Collins approaches life with even more depth now. Like her page on Facebook at EZArt Gallery.
July 2019 Poster Artist | Mallory Battista | Creative Creatures
Mallory Battista is a visual artist and writer currently preoccupied with comics and ironwork. Her work with the local blacksmithing club Columbia Fire & Iron was recently awarded a SAGA grant, which expanded their ability to teach blacksmithing to the Spokane community. You can see her blacksmith every Friday at the Emerson Garfield Farmers Market and find her comics in the quarterly Spokane Sequential and on her website www.mallorybattista.com.
June 2019 Poster Artist | Janie Edwards | Feisty Robin
Edwards has been a Studio Art Tour participant from 2013-2017 and formerly showcased at her own Galley at the Spokane Marketplace. Edwards is inspired by her garden and paints what she find’s in her own backyard. Edwards began painting in 2000 when she was gifted a set of watercolors for Christmas and won Honorable Mention at the Spokane Watercolor Society’s Show in 2017. A collectible poster of her work can be found at the Visitors Center inside Riverfront Park.
May 2019 Poster Artist | Holly Schmehl | Lilac City
Holly Schmehl is a watercolor and modern calligraphy artist of two years. She started creating to relieve stress and anxiety as an unexpected stay at home mom. It turned out to be one of the best life experiences, allowing her to find art again. She focuses on creating custom keepsakes that will last a lifetime.
April 2019 Poster Artist | Stacie Boyer | It’s Good to be Home
Boyer is Co-Owner of The Art Lab Spokane – a creative venture that hosts mobile art classes along with designing and painting murals. Stacie is a multi-dimensional artist who has studied at The Rocky Mt. College of Art & Design and The Art Institute of Seattle. She works primarily in Illustration and graphic design. In addition to her design and painting work, Stacie has illustrated three children’s stories. Find out more about Boyer and her work at www.TheArtLabSpokane.com.
March 2019 Poster Artist | Alice Harmon | First Friday Shoppers
Considered a surrealistic painter, Harmon has taken instruction for 30 plus years but considers herself mostly self-taught. Harmon’s work can be seen in the New Moon Gallery.
January 2019 Poster Artist | Ryker Murdock | Maiden Voyage
Murdock was born and raised in Southeast Idaho on a Ranch outside of Blackfoot. Growing up he was surrounded by vast landscapes of desert, mountain and farmland, which probably contributed to the type of art he prefers to create. He has been the artsy type his whole life, only recently moving to Acrylics as a primary medium.
December 2018 Poster Artist | Vicki West | Passing Time
West is a lifelong painter, painting and teaching professionally for over 20 years. She is a signature member of Spokane Watercolor Society and recent member American Women Artists. West has been presented with countless awards, solo and group shows, public art and print recognition in Artists’ Marketing Resources Magazine. West’s work will be in exhibit at William Grant Gallery in June of 2019, and she has painted one of the fiberglass hearts benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, currently on display in downtown.
November 2018 Poster Artist | Diane Covington | Watching Squatch
Born in 1961- Covington an emerging acrylic painter who tells stories in bold, strong colors of bold, strong indigenous women. She paints in memory of her paternal grandmother who was an artist, a teacher of Spokane tribal culture and language, and Diane’s first and lasting influence. This artist’s regalia-clothed figures preserve ancient traditions, explore contemporary issues, and imagine a future where indigenous ways of knowing and being are respected, accepted, and manifested.