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Philanthropy SPOTLIGHT The Go Red For Women luncheon on Feb. 22 at the Spokane Convention Center united supporters for a day of empowerment, education and fundraising to fight heart disease and stroke. The event featured keynote speaker Joey Traywick – an educator, nurse and exercise physiologist who delivered a hearthealthy message of encouragement – and raised $150,000 for the American Heart Association. Bottom:GoRed keynote speaker Joey Traywick as “Wellvis.” Right: Go Red For Women Luncheon Chair Elaine Couture with the previous chairs Helen Andrus and Peg Currie. Photos by Paul Morgan Photography.

A collaborative effort of the West Central Community Center and Northeast Youth Center, this year’s Building Dreams—Bright Futures for Our Kids brought local people and resources together to raise the most money in event history to support critical programs at area community and youth centers. The event at the Lincoln Center included a meal and silent and live auctions, and recognized Tom Johnson, President and CEO of STCU, for his commitment to local youth and our community. Bottom: Ruth Ann and Tom Johnson. Right: Staff and guests of event sponsor ITRON. Photos by Heather Stokes Photography.

The third annual Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame recognized local individuals, both living and historic, for their contributions to the city on May 2. The breakfast banquet at the Davenport Hotel raised funds to support the business and entrepreneurial services at Spokane Public Library. From left: Hall of Fame inductees Betsy Cowles, Rich Hadley, Jim Sheehan, Tom Armitage, Paul Redmond, Dr. George Schneider, Moritz Kundig and David Dutton. Bottom: Key to the City. Photos by Sean Girard.

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West Side Story - 71st Anniversary Gala Spokane Civic Theatre,

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YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon

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OUTSIDE inspiration By Theresa Tanner Style shouldn’t sacrifice comfort. That’s why we love the selection of colorful and functional shoes at The Walk Shoppe this summer! Whether you’re looking for a shoe to get you through a walking trip, everyday use or special occasions, these leather-bound beauties will keep your feet in working (and walking) order.

Cascade of Color Impeccably hand-crafted leather in a variety of hues and styles, JAFA Boots & Shoes suit numerous occasions. A flat sandal in navy or a closed-toe in sunflower yellow work with capris, skirts or shorts for a more casual look as you breeze through the park or farmers market. For a fancy but fun affair, we love details on these aqua and pomegranate heels with a retro wooden sole.

Natural Neutral We get a kick out of leather in its natural state, especially when it can look so different in unique designs from Tamaris. With a thick, white sole, the Alis peep toe in cognac punch leather has a sporty touch. And while the t-shaped Sisu sandal is perfect for a beach day, drama reigns with the Vivie sandal, which mixes a chunky heel with a strappy gladiator sandal.

Serpentine Sparkles Take a closer look at the patterns of both the Taos Carousel 2 in silver and the Dansko Sophie in turquoise. A subtle snake print with a hint of shine make these heeled sandals the perfect pick for a woman who wants to show off her adventurous side.

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Get to know local jewelry artisan Amber Johnson and spot her goods around town. When did you begin making and selling jewelry? I started Coy Jewelry close to two and a half years ago, although I have been making jewelry since adolescence. Working from my home has always appealed to me. I love the freedom and flexibility to be both an artist and homemaker.

What are your favorite textiles to work with? I work mostly in bronze and brass and incorporate natural stones as much as possible. Very recently I have begun working with thick bronze wire that can be hammered and shaped into focal pieces as well as lovely hairpins.

Where can people buy your items locally? You can find Coy Jewelry in Spokane at Fringe and Fray, The Boulevard Mercantile, Lucky Vintage & Pretty Things, Artimesia (a hidden gem located in the Spokane Women’s Club), and also at Tiffany Blue II in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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Festive colors and accessories for relaxing days at the lake and exciting summer nights around town By Theresa Tanner

Shoulder Surprise Cut-out shoulders are hot right now, and a hint of skin catches the eye with this otherwise modest, billowy blouse with a soft pink hue. A looser top balances out with extra fitted shorts that probably don’t meet school dress codes…lucky for us: school’s out, sun’s out!

Ready to Romp The one-piece is back again this summer with an evolving silhouette: off the shoulder, one strap, bell sleeves, floor-length overlay. But we like the drama of this sultry deep v-neck romper in bright coral that can be dressed down for a hip, daytime music festival or glammed up for date night with a bold, turquoise statement necklace.

Patchwork Power A cute halter with a fun pattern is tailor-made for a day at the beach. Complete your carefree look with a wide-brimmed sun hat to protect your pretty face from those harsh UV rays. Add a chunky bangle for some sparkle.

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A Sense of Belonging Many country clubs changing focus, but still provide luxury benefits

By Joe Butler

There are plenty of reasons to join a country club, but the Hayden Lake Country Club sums it up nicely: it’s your home away from home. Membership still offers plenty of privileges here, at least among those who love something as simple as guaranteed tee times on a well-maintained golf course, or wait staff that treats your family, well, like family.

Hayden Lake Country Club Networking opportunities, great golf on an 18-hole course, and impressive scenery have defined this lakeside attraction for more than 100 years. Considered the first golf course in Idaho, it has become a nice getaway for Washingtonians and Idahoans. Membership levels include all privileges, social/tennis or junior/senior golf. Access is also available to a private beach, marina, hotel rooms and tennis courts.

Manito Golf and Country Club The club began in 1917 and moved to its current South Hatch Road location eight years later. Golf and general membership options are available, and include access to the scenic course, clubhouse, pool and dining options. One of its claims to fame was hosting the PGA Championship in 1944.

The modern CC walks a fine line between not changing a blade of grass (or a policy) from “how it’s always been” and adapting to changing interests from new or prospective members. Non-members may also want to pay for the occasional privilege of playing the course or trying the kitchen once in awhile. “You have to be innovative,” said Bob Castle, general manager of the Kalispel Golf and Country Club, a semi-private establishment in north Spokane. “But you still have to make sure you’re serving your members.” The Kalispel Tribe purchased the private Spokane Country Club in 2015, which had been around since 1898. Its new status has made it more accessible to the community; today, anyone can visit and dine. But members also get protected tee times; pool and fitness facility use; discounted food and drinks; event space; and access to club pros. There are several membership levels available, including social, family and corporate. The bulk of the area’s non-municipal golf courses are semi-private, but a few exclusive country clubs can be found.

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BIONIC PERFORMANCEGRIP GOLF GLOVE The intricate details of this high-tech accessory are too numerous to list in full. Just know that this Cabretta leather glove improves club feel with “broken-in comfort” and a Terrycloth towel lining to manage hand moisture. We think Steve Austin himself would be mighty impressed. Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The latest and greatest in technology to improve golf game By Theresa Tanner

BUSHNELL PRO X2 RANGEFINDER Eliminate some guesswork on the greens, and invest in a laser rangefinder to gauge your drive. With Slope-Switch Technology, PinSeeker with JOLT Technology and Dual Display Technology, this high-end Bushnell rangefinder does just about everything except hit the ball. Available at Wide World of Golf.

OAKLEY HOLBROOK™ POLARIZED SUNGLASSES Providing 100 percent UV protection with optical clarity at every angle, your eyes will stay focused on the ball with these classic sunglasses. Plus, lightweight O-Matter™ stress-resistant frame material provides all-day comfort, from the links to the clubhouse. Available at Wide World of Golf.

NIGHT FLYER CL LED GOLF BALL Especially useful when the summer days grow shorter, but your golf game is just getting started! The ball is illuminated upon impact and stays lit for about 10 minutes until it’s struck again, so you’ll also be motivated to improve that hustle across the greens. Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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By Joe Butler and Theresa Tanner

Summertime means our literature needs to accompany us on all sorts of adventures. The season calls for lighter fare, literally and figuratively, something that you can pull out while waiting for a plane or at the beach, or something you can accidentally douse with sunscreen or iced coffee. Enjoy a few new titles that will satisfy your thirst for stories, wherever you journey this summer.

The Spokesman-Review is pleased to announce a new hardcover coffee-table book: “Images of Greater Spokane: A Pictorial History of the Early Years in Spokane and Spokane County.” This beautiful heirloom-quality book will feature a glimpse of Spokane from the early years to 1939 through stunning historic photos. We are thrilled to include photos from our readers, in addition to photos carefully selected from the following organizations we are delighted to partner with: Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane Public Library, Cheney Historical Museum, Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, Kennedy Library at Eastern Washington University, Rockford Area Museum and Historical Society, Fairfield Museum. Pre-order your commemorative book now and save $15.00 off the $44.95 retail price.

The Marsh King’s Daughter Karen Dionne, Penguin Random House

Yes, it’s inspired by a lesser-known Hans Christian Andersen tale, and no, there’s absolutely no cheery singing nor inspiring messages to let anything go. Instead, readers get a gripping, suspenseful page-turner about a woman who lives with her family in a swamp and must track down her biological father when he escapes from prison.



You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me Sherman Alexie, Little, Brown and Company

After publishing numerous collections of poetry, short stories and novels, the Northwest author’s latest work is a memoir. Following his mother Lillian’s passing in 2015, Alexie began to confront the conflicting attributes that occupied his memories – “beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated” – in this raw meditation on family, loss and forgiveness.

Swell Jill Eisenstadt, Lee Boudreaux Books

Thirty years after her debut, “From-title Rockaway,” Jill Eisenstadt returns to Queens’ summer retreat with both new and familiar characters. Manhattanites Sue and Dan Glassman may have got more than they bargained for with their fixer-upper beachfront house that may be haunted when the previous owner, 90-year-old Rose, returns, suitcase in tow.

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This collection of short stories by the New York-based poet and author is the first book published under “Girls” collaborators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s new imprint. Follow seven stories about the ChineseAmerican experience from the perspective of young women for a sympathetic and intimate depiction of adolescence, isolation and the need to belong.


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Relax outside at great venues with live music By Theresa Tanner

Arbor Crest Cliff House Summer Concerts The beautiful sunset views over downtown Spokane and Spokane Valley make outdoor concerts at Arbor Crest the perfect place for a picnic date, complete with awardwinning wines and draft beer by Square Wheel Brewing. Sponsored by Washington Trust Bank, concerts range from jazz to pure country, from classic rock to big band swing. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! May 4-Sept. 28. Admission for Thursday’s “Pairings by the Patio” is $5 per person and Sunday’s “Concerts on the Cliff” is $10 per person; punch cards worth $100 in admission are available for purchase in the Tasting Room for $80.

Northern Quest’s Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts Each year, the Airway Heights resort and casino raises the bar for its annual concert series, bringing some of the biggest and most beloved rock, hip-hop and country music acts to the stage. Alice Cooper kicks off the season, with a range of fan favorites to follow, from Sublime to Donny & Marie to Toby Keith. June 18-Sept. 15. Ticket prices begin at $45.

The Gorge Amphitheatre The central Washington venue on the Columbia River is a must-visit location for music lovers, especially in the Northwest. The home to annual festivals like Sasquatch, Paradiso and Watershed, the Gorge will also host John Mayer, Zac Brown Band and Guns N’ Roses this summer. May 26 - Sept. 17. Single concert ticket prices begin at $17 plus fees.

Kendall Yards Rock the Nest As if you needed another reason to visit the Kendall Yards Night Market! Not only does the weekly Wednesday market feature fresh produce, pre-made foodstuffs and other artisan products, but you can enjoy a lively soundtrack provided by a variety of Northwest musicians, plus Nashville-based The Harmaleighs on Aug. 2. July 5-Aug. 9, 7:30-9 p.m. Free admission.

The Festival at Sandpoint In its 35th year, the annual musical festival on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille celebrates music in all its forms. Whether you’re a fan of classical (Spokane Symphony), reggae (Iration and The Wailers) or some good, ol’ classic rock (George Thorogood), this 10-day festival runs the gamut. Plus, the Family Concert on Aug. 6 is a great way to introduce kids to the amazing world of music, and a steal at $6. Aug. 3-13. Ticket prices begin at $44.94; season pass available for $299.

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Journey to Eat, swim and groove your way across the Caribbean island By Dan Webster

As residents of the PaciďŹ c Northwest, we have fairly easy access to great tropical vacation sites. Hawaii is one, Mexico another; even Southern California boasts its charms. But if you want to make the extra effort, the Caribbean offers a perfect blend of sights, sun and foods. And to many travelers, Jamaica ranks among the Caribbean’s most popular tourist locations. My wife, Mary Pat Treuthart, recently toured Jamaica with a couple of friends. In the following edited interview, she shares her top memories.

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Answer: Nearly everyone I know from the East Coast has visited Jamaica, but I had never taken the opportunity. So when one of my work colleagues was a Fulbright scholar in Kingston for 10 months, another colleague and I decided to visit her. Question:

What did you experience versus what you expected? Answer: I guess I expected to find more overt poverty. There is crime, mostly gang-related, as well as political turmoil. But we felt comfortable, even traveling independently. The capital city Kingston is surrounded by mountains, so the setting is wonderful. The people were very welcoming. For the casual tourist, Kingston and the whole country have a lot worth seeing. Question:

What are some of the things you most liked about Kingston? Answer: National Gallery of Jamaica:The collection is really lovely. It’s organized kind of chronologically, so you can walk through it and get a good sense of Jamaican history – pre-Colonial, Colonial up to the current day. Edna Manley, the wife of Jamaica’s former Chief Minister, has a number of compelling sculptures. And the paintings truly capture the diversity that is Jamaica. Bob Marley Museum: Of course, you have to go to the Bob Marley Museum, which is located on the site of his former residence. It’s not exactly like Graceland (Elvis Presley’s former home in Memphis), but the concept is the same. It’s partially homage, and it’s partly historical, political and musical. You have to go on one of the organized 75-minute tours, which they offer regularly throughout the day. Kingston Craft Market: It’s an indoor crafts market. You’ll find stalls of people selling all sorts of homemade goods. You can get souvenirs at good prices, and it’s interesting to talk to the people. Devon House: This was the house of a man (George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire) that is perfectly preserved in a park-like setting. It’s a historical site that also has a famous bakery and ice cream parlor (Devon House I Scream) that everybody goes to, tourists and locals alike.



Answer: Throughout the entire country there are these great hole-in-the-wall jerk chicken places. There’s one chain called Scotchie’s. Some places are more upscale, like the Sweetwood Jerk Joint, which is sort of a traditional Caribbean barbeque. But honestly, we ate jerk chicken at a variety of locales. It’s ubiquitous, and it’s great everywhere. Other things we ate included curry goat, ackee (a pear-shaped fruit) and salt cod, which was not my favorite; a veggie dish called callaloo, rice and peas, bammy (a cassava flatbread), Jamaican patties, plantain chips, Blue Mountain coffee and, of course, Red Stripe beer. I grew particularly fond of the peanut cakes made with sugar and ginger.

Answer: Gorgeous. Caribbean beaches are so wide and sandy, and the water is turquoise blue. We stayed in the middle of this area known as Seven Mile Beach, in a place called Country Country Beach Cottages, perfectly lovely little cottages with great breakfasts. The beach was really flat, so you could walk basically forever. The swimming was ideal, you can snorkel at Half Moon Bay, take glass-bottom boats, go sailing. Question:

And you went to the famous Rick’s Café?

You took a day trip with a company called Roughneck Tours to the Blue Mountains

Answer: It’s the traditional thing to do. It’s touristy, but it’s beautiful. The locals dive off the cliffs and platforms. The sunsets are breath-taking, and the reggae music was classic. An alternative would be Catcha Falling Star, a cliff-side resort that has no beach but an amazing view and a good restaurant called Ivan’s.

(the longest mountain range in Jamaica, featuring the highest point, 7,402-feet Blue Mountain Peak).



Answer: The owner, Nicolas, picked us up in a fourwheel drive vehicle, and it was about a 10-hour tour. We stopped for lunch, he had some snacks for us, and we lingered at various points to take photos and do a little walking. We really liked that the vehicle had a sound system that Nicolas used to play different types of Jamaican music. He was really knowledgeable about Caribbean history, so he gave us a lot of background information. And he was willing to craft an individualized tour around what we wanted. The Blue Mountains are where the coffee comes from, so we saw lots of coffee farms, and the area is just scattered with waterfalls. Question:

Afterward, you traveled to Negril Beach. How did you get there? Answer: Typically, people take the Knutsford Express bus, which runs among all the different locales in Jamaica. We opted to hire a private driver (which can be arranged online) because we wanted to stop and do a more leisurely tour.

You spent your last full day in Montego Bay. What was it like? Answer: It’s a beautiful venue. We didn’t get a good sense of it because the day was cloudy and overcast. We had a tasty meal at the Pelican Grill. And because it was raining, we went to see a movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” which in Jamaica turned out to be a fully interactive experience with the kids in the audience. Question:

So you’re sold on Jamaica as a winter vacation destination? Answer: I think if you’re going to the Caribbean, Jamaica is an excellent choice. It’s relatively easy to get there, and it was a perfect contrast to the snowy Inland Northwest.

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What we really liked on the drive to Negril Beach was a forested area south of the town of Ocho Rios called Clockwise from top left: Mural at Bob Marley Museum; Fern Gully. It goes on forever with this canopy of huge Cook at G&B Jerk Centre, a roadside stand outside the ferns and beautiful overgrowth. In fact, some people John Crow and Blue Mountains, and one of numerous spots who get off cruise ships in Ocho Rios hike there across the expanse of Jamaica that serves jerk chicken; because it introduces you to all the native plants, Young women enjoying Devon House I Scream, a noted Kingston ice creamery; A popular eatery established in birds and so forth. 1974 that offers a cliffside alternative to Negril’s Seven Mile Beach; and Silver Hill Falls, one of many waterfalls in the Blue and John Crow Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photos by Mary Pat Treuhart.


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With an abundance of lakes and rivers throughout the Northwest, ďŹ shing is a natural pastime. And while popping down to the water with your pole and ďŹ shing license on a sunny Saturday is swell, the expertise and experience of a guided ďŹ shing trip is a real adventure. If you’d like to get out of your comfort zone, consider a few regional guided ďŹ shing tours available through late summer (or next year).

SPEYWATER FLOAT TRIP Oregon-based Fly Water Travel organizes y ďŹ shing trips around the world, but a multiday oat along the Grande Ronde, a Snake River tributary outside of Troy, Ore., known for its late season steelhead, is enticing. Not only do you get ďŹ rst-class instruction in spey casting – especially helpful for those new to the skill – but you get a scenic tour of the northeastern Oregon landscape with a full campsite ready for you each night. Cost is $2,400 per person for a 4-night/4-day package which includes accommodations and meals, camping gear, guided ďŹ shing, ies and leaders. 

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History and architecture on display at the Founding Father’s favorite retreat By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

There is a place in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where little-known history and unexpected beauty come together. While Thomas Jefferson, the nation’s first Secretary of State, second Vice President and third President, is most closely associated with his beloved Monticello, few people know he built another house in the rolling countryside just outside of Lynchburg, VA. Poplar Forest, named for the stand of poplar trees on the property, was built on the 4,000-acre plantation inherited from his wife Martha’s father in 1773, before her death in 1782. Construction began in 1806 and Jefferson was on hand to participate in the laying of the foundation. As building continued, even when he was away, Jefferson was intimately connected to the construction, corresponding frequently with the builders, many of whom were slaves living on the property. He traveled to the site whenever possible to evaluate its progress. With the end of his presidency and his retirement in 1809, at the age of 65, Poplar Forest finally became Jefferson’s personal retreat and sanctuary, shared only with his family and a few intimate friends. In the years that followed Jefferson continued to design elaborate and productive gardens and was often joined there by his granddaughters for extended visits that sometimes lasted for months. He



continued to return to Poplar Forest for more than a decade until old age and poor health kept him away.

are included in the story of Poplar Forest, where archaeologists have excavated five slave cabins.

Jefferson made his last trip to Poplar Forest in 1823. After his death in 1826 at the age of 83, his grandson, Francis Eppes, inherited Poplar Forest but sold it to a neighbor two years later. For decades, its history was almost completely unknown to the rest of the country, including many living in the surrounding area; the house was a private residence, which survived numerous extensive and extreme renovations and even significant damage by fire.

The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest continues to work to purchase the remaining parcels of land surrounding the house to completely secure the property.

Poplar Forest’s history and national significance remained a virtual secret for generations. It wasn’t until the 1980s, when development encroached, that the beautiful and fragile estate—the house, two surviving outbuildings and 50 acres—was purchased from private homeowners, organized and set aside. Today, a National Historic Landmark and nominated for UNESCO status, Poplar Forest draws tourists and history lovers from around the world. Intensive and painstaking research has led to restoration work by master craftsmen. Ongoing architectural and archaeological work reveals not only a window into the mind of Jefferson but provides important information about the plantation and its habitants. The lives and contributions of the slaves who lived on the property

Stepping into the interior is worth the drive, about four hours from D.C. There is a stark and elegant beauty in the rooms at Poplar Forest and Jefferson’s love of architecture and symmetry are evident everywhere. Light streams through the long, narrow skylight in the dining room, illuminating every corner of the octagonal structure. In the parlor, a campeachy chair—a design Jefferson had copied from a chair he saw in Mexico because it was comfortable for his long frame and eased the pain from arthritis as he aged—faces tall windows filled with a view of the landscape. Standing in his bedroom, it is easy to imagine Thomas Jefferson there, perhaps writing late into the night, relishing the warmth of the fireplace as he worked in the place he loved so much.

- Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about travel and lifestyle from her home in Spokane.



Poplar Forest is open daily, mid-March through December 30 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (the last tour leaves at 4:05 p.m.). Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Also open for selfguided tours on weekends, mid-January through midMarch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special on-site events are held at Poplar Forest throughout the year, including a July 4 celebration marking the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the personal retreat of its author. Barrels, Bottles & Casks tours are held several times each year, and feature guided tours of the house with unique beverage tastings. More information is available at

Top: Independence Day celebration. Middle, from left: A bust of Thomas Jefferson; Poplar Forest exterior; and Jefferson’s writing desk. Right, from top: Jefferson’s Campeachy chair; and craft beer tasting event. Photos courtesy of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.

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By Theresa Tanner As much fun as it is to visit galleries in search of new artists and their works, it really is the height of luxury to own a custom, one-of-a-kind piece that was created just for you. Commissioning an artist for a private collection or public display requires a balancing act between both the artist and the patron. Kay O’Rouke, a local artist who primarily works in oil paintings in the style of narrative realism, advises both patrons and artists to have an understanding of the desired result, and an expectation that the artists is capable of meeting the patron’s requests. “If they are choosing an artist, then they like what that artist does,” O’Rouke said. “You can’t make them paint like some other artists.”

Local photographer Dean Davis has also produced someone else’s vision in his many years as a commercial photographer. He has always taken photos for personal enjoyment, but began pursuing it as fine art in 2008. “I can’t believe I waited that long,” Davis said. “The only person that you have to please is yourself, and I’m certainly my own worst critic.” Davis’s self-directed projects have led to more exposure and commercial work, but he recently had a piece commissioned based on an image featured in a “Shot of the Week” email that Davis sends each week. “She said, ‘You know those lightbulbs you did? I want you to do them with pears. I’d like three of them, and I’d like them to be big.’”

O’Rourke prefers working on self-directed pieces because much of her inspiration comes from her personal experiences, and she doesn’t always have an emotional connection to a commissioned piece that is someone else’s vision.





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Davis likes using this treatment for commissioned pieces because it can last for thousands of years, versus 150 or so for a standard print. “For a commissioned piece, I have even higher expectations for myself. It’s going to hang on someone’s wall for the rest of their life, and maybe be passed on to someone else,” Davis said.

If you’re interested in commissioning a local artist, the Spokane Arts website ( includes an Artist Roster with website and contact information of numerous artists.

“He allowed me to find the story, that was the best part of it,” O’Rourke said. “I felt really connected to it, you could feel the emotion in the work.”


Eventually they landed on a triptic that the client liked and Davis applied an encaustic treatment to the photographs, an ancient art medium that involves melting beeswax with damar resin and applying layers to the photograph to create depth and texture.

O’Rouke also notes that it’s important for artists and patrons to have a contract with explicit terms to protect both parties, and that artists are compensated appropriately for their work. Unless specified in the contract, the copyright of the art belongs to the artist, and the work cannot be reproduced without their permission.

For a recent Kendall Yards project, commissioned by developer Jim Frank, O’Rourke produced 30 paintings in a series called “The River Remembers,” which told the story of the Spokane River gorge from the Ice Age until Expo ’74. She was reluctant at first, but the freedom of the project allowed her to create that personal bond.


Davis went produce shopping, buying pears of all shapes, colors and sizes. He experimented with the placement.

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THE POOL PLUNGE Is it time for an in-ground pool?

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If you love the idea of cooling off in your own in-ground pool this summer, the best person to contact is a good Realtor. Just kidding … but it probably is a smidge easier to find a luxury home with a pool already in place, rather than diving into the installation process yourself. But if you’re dreaming of swimming in your current backyard, the Spokane area offers a variety of pool specialists ready to assist in your custom pool.

municipal permits, plus permission from your neighborhood/homeowner association. The City of Spokane requires that home pools more than 18 inches deep be enclosed with at least a 4-foot gated fence, and be inaccessible to children. Engineering assistance may also be needed to make sure your backyard can accommodate your desired size or type of pool, along with any electrical and plumbing needs or underground cables that could be disturbed.

Gunite material offers unique shapes, but requires annual draining and continued repairing/ replastering of any cracks. Steel wall vinyl lined pools or engineered concrete vinyl can be installed faster for less cost. Fiberglass pools can also be installed quickly and require less regular maintenance, especially in areas with colder winters. Mission creep. The pool itself and any equipment warranties may have fixed costs, but it’s easy to add more to the project specs, especially if the pool is going to become a focal point of the backyard. Beyond the required fencing and safety features, plus any pool toys, extras could include improved drainage, landscaping, a deck, furniture, lighting and maybe even a better barbecue.

A few things to consider before breaking ground… Understand the commitment. A pool is a permanent addition that requires year-round upkeep. While above-ground pools can be sold if they ever lose their luster, it’s more challenging to dispose of in-ground ones. Get approval. This doesn’t just mean consensus among household members. Adding a pool may require

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June 2017



A TAIL-WAGGING GARDEN From flowers to veggies to mulch, here’s what you need to know to create a beautiful, pet-friendly garden.

By Lisa Iannucci CTW Features

Your pets love to spend time outside in the yard, but your garden might not be the friendliest place for them to explore. There are hazards in those gardens, such as poisonous plants and pesticides. “Just as you would puppy-proof your house, you should do the same for the garden,” said Karen Bush, author of “Dog-Friendly Gardening: Creating a Safe Haven for You and Your Dog” (Hubble & Hattie, 2012).

PLANT PRECAUTIONS Assess your garden for any potential plant problems. “Some plants, like Lily of the valley, sweet peas and azaleas, are poisonous to both dogs and cats,” said Julie Bawden-Davis, founder and publisher of Healthy Houseplants and a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener. “Depending on the animal, they might go straight to a toxic plant.” That includes what’s planted underground too; onions are toxic to dogs. Other plants that can be dangerous to your fur babies include grape and avocado. “If you like to grow veggies, it is best to either grow them out of his reach (cherry tomatoes and strawberries can do well in hanging baskets for example) or in an area securely fenced off,” Bush said.

Bush also suggests making an area specifically for the dog to do his business. “Teach him how to use it,” she said. “Keep a watering can on hand and dilute every single pee you spot your dog doing to avoid lawn burn. Do not give your dog anything which interferes which his urine ph.”

BUGS Of course, everyone wants a beautiful lawn that’s green, luscious and bug-free, but spraying pesticides to destroy the creepy crawlies can do more harm than good, especially to your pets. “Some bugs are destructive, but more than 97 percent of them are beneficial to gardens,” Bawden-Davis said. “You don’t need to use that many chemicals. Hot water will kill weeds and insects.” “Don’t use weed killers,” Fornari said. “If [pets] walk on the ground, it can get into their systems if it’s applied to the lawn.” Finally, if you already have a garden filled with plants that are dangerous to your pets, consider building an enclosure for the plants to keep the animals from getting inside.

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If you have a small garden, Bowden-Davis recommends making pathways the width of a wheelbarrow for your pet. “Pets do like to follow pathways,” she said. “That way when they are out romping, they aren’t going to romp into something.”

PET-SITTING DUTIES C.L. Fornari, a garden communicator and author of “Coffee for Roses … and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening” (St. Lynn’s Press, 2014), says the biggest problem isn’t garden plants. “It’s bored animals,” she said. “If you have a puppy that you left outside unattended, the puppy is going to chew on things.” Fornari says to prevent your pets from chewing in your garden is to give them something that keeps them busy, like rawhide bones or chew toys. Many insecticides and weed-killing chemicals are harmful to pets. Experts suggest using hot water instead.





Create an inviting space for out-of-town visitors with an elegant guest room

By Theresa Tanner

While a vacation to an exotic locale is enticing, many people use the kid-friendly summer vacation schedule to spend more time with family or close friends who have scattered across the globe. Whether it’s over a long weekend or even a few months, make your guests feel especially at home with upscale accommodations in your very own home.

Décor Your guests will spend most of their time in the space resting, so don’t overwhelm them with too much visual stimulation. Rooms with soft blue hues are said to be the most calming. Sunny yellows and earthy greens are also excellent choices to create a happy and relaxing atmosphere. Whatever you do, avoid purple or red (too jarring), dark gray or brown (depressing!) and stark white (too much like an office).

Amenities Having guests stay with you doesn’t mean they should miss out on the hotel experience. Display a tray in the room or the nearby guest bathroom with an assortment of locally made toiletries for their use, like Orange Thyme Bath Apothecary olive oil soaps and Sister Sky shampoo and conditioner. Books by local authors and about local history on a bedside table are another special touch.

Storage A guest room that is seldom used often becomes a dumping ground for unneeded items in spare closets and dressers. While company may expect to find rarely used or seasonal items in their space, make sure they have enough room for their own belongings; keep at least one drawer per person empty in a bureau, and use closet dividers to separate their hanging clothes from your winter coats.

Cleanliness Well, obviously! Freshly laundered – perhaps even new – sheets should dress the bed, and have a second set to replace after a week of use. Same goes for towels. Keep spare trash bags in the bottom of receptacles for easy replacement, and check in daily to see if your guests need anything to make their stay more comfortable.

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