Prichard Art Gallery to Host Invitational Exhibition and Art Auction, Jan. 22-Feb. 6

Thursday, January 21 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – If you've been looking to own an original art piece, now may be your chance.

The University of Idaho's Prichard Art Gallery will feature an invitational exhibition Jan. 22 through Feb. 6. It will culminate with a live auction of the pieces on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the gallery.

“This year we'll have paintings, drawings, photography and a really great selection of wood turned objects,” said Roger Rowley, Prichard Art Gallery director.

The biennial Invitational Exhibition and Auction will feature work donated by more than 50 of the best local regional artists whom have previously exhibited at the Prichard. The artwork will range in content and form, and include: painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, pottery, photography and jewelry.

Participants include: Marilyn Lysohir, Brenna Helm, Tamara Helm, Jim Christiansen, Elaine Green, Bill Bowler, Ross Coates and Marie Whitesel. Northwest artists include: Sandra Deutchman, Kasey Keeler, Lara Swimmer and Stephen Tse.

An exceptional selection of woodturnings by nationally recognized artists including, Jim Christiansen, Christian Burchard, Virginia Dotson, Cindy Drozda, Dewey Garrett, Michael Hosoluk and Steve Sinner.

“If you have any interest in what are the most amazing things people can do with wood, then this is not to be missed. You’d have to travel a long way to have the selection of artists that will have work available at the Prichard Auction,” said Rowley.

An online catalog will be available the week of Jan. 25 and feature information about the auction items:; those unable to make it to the auction in person may submit e-mail bids in advance to

A social will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Prichard Art Gallery. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be provided by Nectar and live entertainment. The live auction will start at 7 p.m. Tickets for the live auction are $10 per person and include a free glass of champagne or sparkling water. Tickets may be purchased at the Prichard Art Gallery and at Book People, 512 S. Main St., in Moscow.

Proceeds from the auction will help the Prichard Art Gallery organize “Kota Ezawa: Print Photography Film” – a one-person exhibit featuring works by the San Francisco artist.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Prichard Art Gallery.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery is closed Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St., on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow. Admission is free. Additional information is available at

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