Prichard Art Gallery to Host Invitational Exhibition and Art Auction Jan. 24 – Feb. 8

Wednesday, January 15 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery is offering the public a chance to own an original work of art, while at the same time supporting the Prichard’s exhibitions program, during its invitational exhibition Jan. 24 – Feb. 8. It will be followed by a live auction of the artwork on Saturday, Feb. 8.

“Our art auction will provide an opportunity for the Moscow community to support the mission of the Prichard Art Gallery,” said Roger Rowley, Prichard Art Gallery director. ”It acknowledges that Moscow is indeed ‘The Heart of the Arts.’”

The Prichard will feature works by more than 65 regional and national artists in an invitational exhibition. The live auction will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Prichard Art Gallery with hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by Nectar, with live entertainment by James Brownson. The auction will start at 7:45 p.m.

“This year, we’ll have paintings, drawings, photography, a great selection of wood turned objects, with a number of watercolors by artists from this summer’s juried watercolor exhibit and its juror Nancy Stonington,” said Rowley.

The biennial Invitational Exhibition and Auction will feature work from artists that have previously appeared at the Prichard. Featured national artists include Michael Hosaluk, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Catherine Thayer. Featured regional artists include Marilyn Lysohir, Brenna Helm, Tamara Helm, Bill Bowler, Ross Coates, Sandra Deutchman, Colleen McNutt and Lara Swimmer. There also will be a selection of work by Idaho artists including Jim Budde, Reba Robinson and Rena Vandewater.

The artwork will range in content and form, including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media works, pottery, photography and jewelry. An exceptional selection of woodturnings by nationally recognized artists including Jim Christiansen, David Ellsworth and J. Paul Fennell provides a particularly unique offering at the Prichard auction.

“Between the woodturners, exceptional regional artists and the national artists who are donating work, this is not to be missed,” said Rowley. “You’d have to travel a long way to have the selection of artists that will have work available at the Prichard auction.”

An online catalog of this year’s pieces is viewable at Those unable to make it to the auction in person may submit email bids in advance beginning Jan. 27 to

Tickets for the live auction cost $15 per person and include a free glass of champagne or sparkling water. Tickets may be purchased at the Prichard Art Gallery and One World Café, located in downtown Moscow.

Proceeds from the auction are invested in the Prichard Art Gallery’s exhibitions program. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Prichard Art Gallery.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 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 Street and Main Street in downtown Moscow. Admission is free. Additional Information is available at

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