Layers of Light and Lush Velvety Charcoal

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene will open a show of new work by Victoria Brace and Katherine Nelson on Friday, September 10 with a reception from 5-8 in conjunction with the Coeur d’Alene 2nd Friday Downtown ArtWalk.  This show runs September 10 – October 2.  Everyone is welcome at this family friendly event!
On Saturday, September 11, Katherine Nelson will give a charcoal demonstration from 1-3:00.
This show is sponsored by 315 Martinis, Tapas and Dinner at The Greenbriar Inn.  We thank them for their casual fine dining and support of the arts in our region.
Hours through September: Open 7 days a week from 11-6.
Call (208)765-6006 or visit our website at
Katherine Nelson    
Victoria Brace
Sculpting with layers of light and shadow…that’s what Victoria Brace does in her oil paintings, which for Katherine Nelson happens in her lush, velvety charcoal drawings.
“I need to be able to improvise at any stage of the process,” explains Brace, a native of Russia who has been exhibiting in the Northwest since 2004. “I tend to work on the entire canvas, so it’s more like layers upon layers of alla prima paintings, where shapes keep shifting and re-adjusting and colors may change dramatically, until I hit the right note.”
For Nelson, the process begins with photographs, especially the architecture of Europe, like Brussels where she’d been living for several years before returning home to her beloved Palouse. Nelson is well-known for her vivid images of Eastern Washington’s wheat fields, which have enough mystery to “let the viewer complete what may be happening,” said Nelson. It’s a similar approach to her new work, which she describes as a film noir approach that expresses “something to do with the mystery of the night.”

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