Art in Spokane will be covered in full detail for you today and our opening section will discuss the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Spokane art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
We have written plenty of other posts on the Pacific Northwest that you can look through here.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Spokane
For the best local art galleries and museums in Spokane you can head to:
- Northwest Museum of Arts at 2316 W First Ave
- Jundt Art Museum at 200 E Desmet Ave
- Avenue West Gallery at 907 W Boone #C
- Saranac Art Projects at 25 W Main St
- Brick Wall Photographic Gallery at 524 W Main Ave
- Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery at 115 S Adams St
- The Kress Gallery at 808 W Main Ave
- Chase Gallery at 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
- Terrain Gallery at 304 W Pacific Ave
- Marmot Art Space at 1202 W Summit Pkwy
- New Moon Art Gallery at 1326 E Sprague Ave
- Spokane Gallery at 409 S Dishman-Mica Rd, Spokane Valley
The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is open from 10am to 5pm every day but Monday and was founded in 1916 as the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest serving over 100,000 people each year. The collection of Plateau Indian artifacts is the world’s greatest with about one million objects including fine art, artifacts, papers, pictures, and material culture from the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
The Jundt Art Museum is open from 10am to 4pm every day but Sunday and holds the University’s increasing permanent collection of around 5,000 pieces as well as unique, temporary art exhibitions. Throughout the year the museum displays works in a variety of media by local, regional, national, and international artists.
As a local artist co-op showcasing a variety of media and styles created by some of the area’s most talented creators Avenue West Gallery displays a variety of genres from 11am to 4pm Thursday through Saturday including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings along with photographs, prints, wood works, sculptures, greeting cards, pottery, and glass.
Saranac Art Projects is open Thursday through Saturday as a non-profit cooperative that aims to support and educate artists as well as their communities while also generating a thriving contemporary culture.
Spokane’s only gallery dedicated solely to photography is The Brick Wall which you can visit from 10am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.
Having launched in 2006 Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery is both a working ceramic studio and an exquisite sales gallery with monthly ceramic shows. Local clay artists Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore have studios at Trackside as the gallery houses their work as well as that of showing partner Gina Freuen and you can see all they have to offer from 11am to 5pm Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4pm on Saturday.
The Kress Gallery is open from 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday with a 2,650 square foot multi-purpose room on the third level of River Park Square that is adjacent to the dining terrace. It is home to a rotating collection of art from local schools and universities and is designed to accommodate community events, non-profit, and professional group meetings.
The Chase Gallery is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday exhibiting works that engage the public, change people’s perspectives on current topics, promote innovative artwork, and create a forum for people of all backgrounds to communicate their perspectives.
Terrain’s annual events feature hundreds of artists and draw tens of thousands of visitors plus they also have a retail storefront showcasing the work of over 70 local artists in addition to a gallery space, an art-driven beautification program, and a professional development program called Creative Enterprise for artists and creative entrepreneurs.
The fashionable new Kendall Yards district is home to Marmot Art Space which is a fine art gallery that you can check out from 3pm to 6pm Friday and Saturday.
The New Moon Art Gallery is open from 11am to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday and was formed in 2012 as a collective that features work by local artists and craftspeople from the Inland Northwest that are quirky and colorful. They have a wide selection of original works and handmade crafts.
Spokane Gallery is a top artisan gift gallery in the region filled with many handmade goods.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you need some new materials or supplies go to art stores in your area like:
- Spokane Art Supply at 1303 N Monroe St
- Chess Ceramic & Supply at 4609 N Nevada St
- Art Salvage at 1925 N Ash St
- Michaels at 7630 N Division St
- Joann at 2801 E 29th Ave
- Beattie Artworks at 22 w Mansfield ave, Spokane Valley
Spokane Art Supply was founded in 1954 and is delighted to be a local family-owned art center that offers practically every supply product you’ll ever need for all media at great pricing and from a large assortment.
Having been in business for over 40 years Chess Ceramic & Supply is delighted to offer the highest quality ceramics, materials, and services.
Art Salvage is a non-profit that collects, organizes, and distributes abandoned and unusual items to artists, students, educators, and creators of all kinds.
You can also buy a number of watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media paintings with prices starting at $100 at Beattie Artworks which has a wide range of local art materials for sale.
You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels and Joann in Spokane have to offer.
Shows & Events
There are some great art shows, events, and festivals near you like:
- Spring Arts & Crafts Show in March
- ArtFest Spokane in June
- Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair in September
- Valleyfest in September
Every year the Spring Arts & Crafts Show kicks off the new season as over 300 creators show off their latest works in nearly 80,000 square feet of event space. Whether you are interested in pottery, metal work, glass, jewelry, paintings, or just about anything else you can expect to find it there.
For a fun three-day festival of art and fine craft that has become an annual event in the Pacific Northwest don’t miss ArtFest.
The Bellevue Arts Museum conducts one of the largest and most prestigious arts and crafts fair in the Pacific Northwest. The BAM Arts Fair features works by hundreds of juried artists on a unique e-commerce platform created by The Garrigan Lyman Group which is a strategic digital consultancy.
Valleyfest is hosted each September at Mirabeau Point Park, Plantes Ferry Sports Complex, and CenterPlace Regional Event Center where you will find live entertainment for the entire family, the opportunity to connect and have fun with friends, and a chance to acknowledge the skills of area youngsters will all be going down.
Don’t forget about the downtown First Friday Artwalk that kicks off the first weekend of each month and the Queer Art Walk that we are discussing further in that section.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you want to buy something new or learn the real value of something in your collection you can go to art dealers and appraisers in your area like:
- Pottery Place Plus at 203 N Washington St
- Prints With A Past at 421 W Riverside Ave
- Van Etten Fine Art at 626 N Best Rd, Spokane Valley
Pottery Place Plus sells blown, fused, and stained glass, fiber arts, and a variety of jewelry in addition to handmade candles and bath items. Two-dimensional works include photography of this beautiful city and its surroundings, oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, and mixed media.
Original antique prints like engravings and lithographs of botanicals, natural history prints, children’s prints, sports prints, landscapes, maps, fashion prints, and much more are sold at Prints with a Past.
Van Etten Fine Art Gallery specializes in selling Americana classical nostalgic paintings as well as famous Sheldon Van Etten works and personalizing art for you.
Not much is better than walking around outside on a beautiful day and seeing some unique art:
- Spokane Arts at 601 W 1st Ave #1001
- Terrain Spokane at 304 W Pacific Ave
- Spokane Queer Art Walk at 499-397 E Wellesley Ave
- First Friday Artwalk at 10 N Post St #400
- Valleyfest at 10814 E Broadway Ave, Spokane Valley
Spokane Arts is a non-profit that partners with public and private entities to build and support the arts near you.
Terrain Spokane is a pioneering non-profit building community and economic opportunity for the artists, makers, and culture creators of the Inland Northwest.
Work by more than 20 LGBTQIA+ artists are showcased at Spokane’s annual Queer Art Walk which is a free city-wide event that is self-guided.
First Friday is designed to showcase the downtown art and retail scene where stores and restaurants feature artists, musicians, exclusive activities, product launches, and specialty food and beverage on the first Friday of each month.
Sculptures & Statues
Another good way to enjoy nice weather would be to check out some of these statues and sculptures in your area:
- The Joy of Running Together at 720 W Spokane Falls Blvd
- John Monaghan Statue at 1002 W Riverside Ave
- Abraham Lincoln Statue at 906-924 W Main Ave
- Rotary Fountain at 507 N Howard St
- Fallen Astronaut Hero at W Spokane Falls Blvd
The Joy of Running Together is a public work created in celebration of the annual Bloomsday Run that consists of 40 life-sized people, all of which are poised in the motion of running.
Sigvald Asbjornsen built the John R. Monaghan Monument in 1906.
The Abraham Lincoln Statue was erected in the middle of downtown near the intersection of Monroe Street and Main Avenue where Lincoln stands 12 feet tall and has a ten-foot base.
Rotary Fountain is a sculpture by local artist Harold Balazs that features 40 upper ring jets, 10 sculpture jets, 48 mister jets, 8 aeration jets, and 5 boulder jets that recirculate into a 3,000 gallon holding chamber.
In 2005 the Heroic Fallen Astronaut statue was unveiled as Michael Anderson kneels in a space suit with one hand holding a space helmet and the other releasing a dove toward the Opera House.
Spokane Art Classes
Whether you need lessons for kids or are an adult who wants to grow his skills you have some options. Some of the best Spokane art schools and classes near you can be found at:
- Spokane Art School at 811 W Garland Ave
- Corbin Art Center at 507 W 7th Ave
- Pinot’s Palette at 319 W Sprague Ave
- Urban Art Co-op Pottery at 3209 N Monroe St
The Spokane Art School in your area founded in 1968 as a non-profit organization that provides quality art education taught by experienced creators while also putting on general public art workshops in a range of studio genres.
Delivering affordable, high-quality fine arts and crafts programs for children and adults for over fifty years Corbin Art Center has programs that are designed to promote cognitive, creative, and personal development in small courses so that participants receive maximum attention from the instructor.
Take-home paint kits, virtual events, and in-studio workshops are available at Pinot’s Palette where anyone can be an artist and enjoy being creative. These might be a little more casual than some of the lessons but you can make a joyful, creative, and colorful work of art in two or three hours while listening to excellent music and sipping on your favorite beverage from their bar.
The Urban Art Co-op is a ceramic studio for the community where clay workshops for adults and children over the age of 12 are available and they also organize special events such as date evenings and private parties.
Studios For Rent Near You
Unfortunately we don’t know of any local art studios renting out space right now, if you do please mention it in the comments so we can add the info to this page, thanks.
Some of the most highly recommended places to go for Spokane art framing are:
- Bartlett Gallery & Framing at 2525 E 29th Ave #5
- The Great Frame Up at 8701 N Division St
- William Grant Gallery & Framing at 1188 W Summit Pkwy
- Frame It Today at 2803 W Garland Ave
- Artistic Framing & Whistle Stop Gallery at 3007 N Park Rd, Spokane Valley
Bartlett Gallery & Framing is a great place to bring your prized family heirlooms for custom framing in your area. Their large collection of high-quality frames and mats are priced to fit any budget, come in a variety of styles ranging from classic to contemporary, and are guaranteed to complement your artwork.
The Great Frame Up offers high-quality bespoke framing that reflects your individual style and personality. There are hundreds of mat and frame sample options to choose from and they are experts at shadowboxing and conservation framing.
Customer service and high-quality picture framing are the key priorities at William Grant Gallery.
Frame It Today offers frame and mounting options for a variety of items as well as presentational concepts and problematic picture hanging scenarios. They also feature a vast selection of custom frame alternatives including over 1,000 wood and metal frame options and hundreds of different types of mat boards in a variety of colors, textures, and fabrics.
Whistle Stop Gallery and Artistic Framing create custom framing and offer limited edition artwork and handmade products.
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We did our best to cover the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area that you may want to check out.
Feel free to use the comments to share your own local tips or to let us know if you think we got anything wrong. We hope you enjoy your time at the best Spokane art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.