Spokane Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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We hope that everyone that has found our blog is ready to dive deep into the local Spokane art scene. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be broken down in depth on this page.

We will get the ball rolling by jumping right into the best Spokane Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer. Following that we will tell you about the best art stores in town where you can find all the supplies and materials you need.

The top shows and events throughout the year will need to get their own section as well. You may prefer to go on an art walking tour or check out some of the most creative statues and sculptures around town when the weather is nice.

Art classes and lessons in your area will definitely get a shout out and there are classes for both kids and adults that are available. Some of you may want to skip the lessons and rent an art studio near you right now. Framing shops, dealers, and appraisers will also be discussed as the post progresses.

Be sure to stick around for the local art map towards the end if you want to see where all these venues are located. 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:

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture was founded in 1916 and is 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 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.

Avenue West Gallery, a local artist co-op, showcases a variety of media and styles created by some of the area’s most talented creators. Oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media paintings, and various photographic types are among the genres. Prints, wood works, sculptures, greeting cards, pottery, and glass are also on display at the gallery.

Saranac Art Projects is a non-profit cooperative that aims to support and educate artists as well as their communities, while also generating a thriving contemporary culture. The Brickwall Photographic Gallery is Spokane’s only gallery dedicated solely to photography.

Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, which opened in 2006, 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.

The Kress Gallery is a 2,650 square foot multi-purpose room on the third level of River Park Square, 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 exhibits 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.

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 (Creative Enterprise) for artists and creative entrepreneurs. Marmot Art Space is a fine art gallery in the fashionable new Kendall Yards district.

The New Moon Art Gallery 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 area filled with many handmade goods.

Materials & Supplies Near You

When you need some new materials or supplies go to art stores near you like:

Spokane Art Supply, founded in 1954, 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. Chess Ceramic & Supply has been in business for 41 years and are 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. Spokane Pottery Supply is a local company that offers clay, glaze, equipment, lessons, parties, workshops, and other services.

Beattie Artworks has a wide range of art materials for sale. You can also buy a number of watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media paintings with prices starting at $100.00.

You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels and Joann near you have to offer.

Shows & Events

There are some great art shows, events, and festivals near you like:

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. ArtFest is a three-day festival of art and fine craft that has become an annual event in the Pacific Northwest.

The Bellevue Arts Museum conducts one of the largest and most prestigious arts and crafts fair in the Pacific Northwest. The BAM Arts Fair featured works by 132 juried artists on a unique e-commerce platform created by The Garrigan Lyman Group, a strategic digital consultancy.

Valleyfest is hosted each September at Mirabeau Point Park, Plantes Ferry Sports Complex, and CenterPlace Regional Event Center. Live entertainment for the entire family, a chance 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 near like:

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.

Prints with a Past sells original antique prints like engravings and lithographs of botanicals, natural history prints, children’s prints, sports prints, landscapes, maps, fashion prints, and much more.

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.

Walking Tours

Not much is better than walking around outside on a beautiful day and seeing some unique art:

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.

Spokane’s annual Queer Art Walk showcases work by more than 20 LGBTQIA+ artists. It 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 the 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. The piece 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 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:

The Spokane Art School, founded in 1968, is a non-profit organization that provides quality art education taught by experienced creators. It also provides general public art workshops in a range of studio genres.

Corbin Art Center has been delivering affordable, high-quality fine arts and crafts programs for children and adults for over fifty years. The programs are designed to promote cognitive, creative, and personal development, and courses are kept small so that participants receive maximum attention from the instructor.

Sip’n Paint is a studio that offers step-by-step workshops both online and in-person. As the name suggest there may or may not be some adult beverages available.

Take-home paint kits, virtual events, and in-studio workshops are available at Pinot’s Palette. Anyone can be an artist and enjoy being creative so you can make a joyful, creative, and colorful artwork 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.

Painting With Twist does not require any creative or artistic abilities because it is all about connecting with friends over a glass of wine, your favorite munchies, and a night of laughter while learning how to paint. It is fair to say that Painting With A Twist, Sip’n Paint, and Pinot’s Palette are on the casual side, but that doesn’t mean you won’t learn a thing or two from their instructors.

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.

Framing

Some of the most highly recommended places to go for Spokane art framing are:

Bartlett Gallery & Framing is a great place to bring your prized family heirlooms for custom framing. 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. Just so you know we have also written about:

Have Fun Enjoying The Spokane Art Scene

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 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 it else you plan to do with the info.

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