Saturday, October 18, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Ben Joyce invites the viewer to transcend their experience of place through a radical new use of structure, form and elements. Ben has always felt compelled to share his artistic talents; from a young age, his study of form and space led to architectural works completed in the US by his early 20's. Then, while studying fresco, sculpture and color in Florence, Italy, he began his search for a new expressiveconnection to Place. He was struck by the Europeans strong Pride of Place, and their Love of the places they live. During this time, he mainly painted traditional landscapes, realistic in approach. The frustration came, when he’d paint over 40% of his work to create a perspective. For all his devotion to his Artwork, he desired to imbue an emotional recognizance particular to each individual.
Combining the Love of Place and the structure of landscape one could travel through, Abstract Topophilia™ was born. Ben realized in painting from a birds-eye vantage point, it would force the viewer to connect to the piece on a personal level, and experience an personal odyssey through the piece.
Ben’s work is constantly evolving, with his first Abstract Topophilia™ creation completed over 13 years ago. Since then, his work has found its home in a myriad of public and private collections both in the United States and abroad. Google Earth has invited Ben to create an annual 6 month exhibit in their corporate headquarters. They effervesce about Ben's ability to bring life and emotion to the static images they study everyday. Ben shows throughout the country from New York City to Chicago, Miami to San Francisco; and, he is always refreshingly amazed that the connection to Place is universal. Ben just completed the artwork for 18 transit stations in Las Vegas, depicting the stunning topography of Southern Nevada. His private commissions have been created for some of the biggest celebrities and most prominent corporations across the globe; a recent commission of three pieces were for a private 737 Boeing Business Jet, a complimentary setting for his work.
Ben currently lives in Spokane, WA.
Photos are from the Joyce's 7th Annual show at Barrister Winery.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Her father has a distinct fine art style that evokes romance and grandeur. Despite growing up around all those paints and brushes, Hayley had no plans to follow in her father’s footsteps.
|“Bugle Boy,” acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, by Hayley Shortridge-Gabriel|
|Photo Credit: Spokane Life|
“In Search,” wood soda-fired coffee pot-style vessel, 16” x 11” x 5”, Gina Freuen
|Convergences (2003), a collaborative sculpture by Ian and Jennifer Boyden|
Monday, July 7, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
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|Ready to bake|
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
the ring and the dress
|Photo Cred: Green Wedding|
The ring is often the sign that an engagement is official. Couples who lean toward the nontraditional may want to select a vintage ring. Finders Keepers, on Second Avenue in downtown Spokane, offers wonderful estate jewelry, including wedding rings. Some of the vintage rings that owner Deena Caruso carries are adorned with diamonds and precious gems. Several are consignment pieces. Dodson Jewelers, on Riverside Avenue, is a fourth-generation family-owned store. Its extensive selection includes estate jewelry from several important design periods—Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Mid- Century Modern—as well as contemporary rings. Many of these fine pieces have been passed down through several generations, and if the history associated with a piece is available, Dodson Jewelers includes it. www. finderskeepersboutiques.com, dodsonsjewelers.com
|Jaime Johnson Photo Cred JJE|
From elegant hotels to casual outdoor spaces, the venue sets the tone for any wedding. The setting provides ambiance, conveys the level of formality or informality, and establishes the “feel” of the event. When it comes to location, some couples may prefer to work with an event planner. Jaime Johnson, of Jamie Johnson Events (JJE), is a wedding choreographer and party planner extraordinaire. She and her team interpret a couple’s style, and then help create a memorable, personalized event. Johnson has earned the reputation as the Spokane area’s go-to planner. From traditional weddings to unconventional ones, her company does it all. They collaborate with a trusted network of photographers, florists and caterers to ensure that the couple will have the perfect start to their “happily ever after.” www.jaimejevents.com
With its old-world elegance and stunning architecture, downtown Spokane’s Davenport Hotel is perfect for those who want to have their wedding in a timeless setting. The adjacent, newer Davenport Towers and the quaint Hotel Lusso are part of the Davenport Hotel Collection and provide additional options for the big day. The Davenport specializes in weddings: its attentive, experienced wedding staff is prepared to make any couple’s wedding dreams come true. The Davenport Flower Shop, tucked off the main hotel lobby, creates stunning arrangements for weddings. This romantic hotel is truly a premier one- stop shop for planning and celebrating that special day. www.davenporthotelcollection.com
Blackwell House is a stately luxury hotel, rich with character. The historic building in downtown Coeur d’Alene has been tastefully restored to its original grandeur. With its sophisticated charm, it evokes the feeling of a fine family home. It has a spacious kitchen and dining area, and it is ideal for large garden weddings and receptions. The home’s interior is also perfect for intimate indoor weddings. www.blackwellboutiquehotel.com
Located in the historic Browne’s Addition, the Roberts Mansion is a bed and breakfast and event center within walking distance of downtown Spokane. The home has been thoughtfully restored in a way that celebrates its Victorian heritage. All-inclusive wedding plans can be prepared for intimate gatherings inside the mansion, with room for larger outdoor celebrations by the luxurious gazebo. www.ejrobertsmansion.com
|Photo Cred: Attic Event Rents|
A great way to add personality to a wedding is to create a one-of-a-kind setting. For example, couples can rent repurposed furnishings and restyled accessories from The Attic, a vintage rental company based is Hayden, Idaho. The Attic provides brides, photographers and stylists with props and antique furniture for weddings, events and photo shoots. The Attic owner, Alisa Lewis, is a connoisseur of classic, hard-to-find items. Whether a couple is looking for old church pews for
an outdoor ceremony or dozens of mason jars for fresh-cut reception flowers, touches from The Attic ’s delightful collection can add distinction and charm. www.atticrentals.com
A retro photo booth is another way to give a wedding a shot of personality, as well as provide added enjoyment for guests and the wedding party. Spokane-based Flat Four Photography, owned by Jordan and Whitney Tampien, offers fun photos with props that range from glamorous to zany. Photos can be black and white or color. www.flat4photography.com
|Photo Cred: aNeMone|
Couples who want clever party favors should consider candles from Dandles Candles. Dandles illuminates events with scented candles in creative, custom containers. The company was born on the kitchen countertops in the small apartment of local television personality Dana Haynes. She and her friends enjoyed spending Sunday afternoons pouring candles. From the kitchen to the garage to the current home studio, Dandles Candles continues to grow. Haynes makes high- quality soy candles in an array of containers that can be tailored to the décor of nearly any event. Dandles candles are available at various boutiques and salons throughout the Pacific and Inland Northwest. www.dandlescandles.com
In recent years cupcakes have become a stylish dessert. No longer associated just with children’s birthday parties, they have found their way into posh soirees and wedding receptions. Sweet Frostings, a blissful bakeshop in downtown Spokane, has seen an increase in “cupcake wedding cakes.” Sometimes they accompany a traditional wedding cake. Sometimes they are used in place of it. Cupcakes make an eye- catching display, they are easy to serve and eat, and they can be decorated to fit a wedding’s theme or colors. www.sweetfrosingsbakeshop.com
Many couples head to Las Vegas to get married in a festive casino environment. But couples in the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Walla Walla area do not need to go that far to find large, first-rate resort- style casinos. The region is home to two that are fully prepared to handle all-inclusive weddings and receptions.
Northern Quest Resort & Casino, located in Airway Heights, Washington, is a super-sized venue that features a luxury hotel, high-end spa, world-class casino, fourteen diverse dining and lounge options and a variety of event spaces that can accommodate any size wedding. www. northernquest.com
Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, has undergone numerous renovations throughout the years. The result: a true destination resort. In addition to world-class gaming, there are six restaurants, a resort-style hotel with the largest day spa in the Northwest, a top-rated golf course with the stunning backdrop of the mountains and nearby lakes. www.cdacasino.com