2nd Annual MAC
Holiday Artist Studio Tour

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Visit eight local artists in their studios - see where they create and how they work. Art available for sale.

End your day at Ben Joyce's new downtown studio for a reception that includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres, Barrister wines for purchase, live music from Ron Kieper Jazz, and a drawing for either a private 2-day blacksmithing lesson with Steve McGrew or a Stan Miller portrait watercolor.

Tour: 10 am - 4pm
Reception 4 pm - 6 pm

$20 Tour and reception
$10 Tour only

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Online Ticket Order Pick-up

Tickets are available for pick-up at the museum starting November 1.
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 5pm and Thursday Nov 15th, 10 am – 8 pm.
Main museum building at 2316 West First Avenue. Parking is free.

Event Day – December 1

On December 1, you can pick-up tickets at the museum or one of the following studio locations:

  • Ben Joyce: 806 West Third Avenue, Spokane, WA  99201
  • Stan Miller: 3138 East 17th Avenue, Spokane, WA  99223
  • Kevin Kirk: 7225 South Cedar Road, Spokane, WA 99224

Tickets will also be available for purchase on December 1 at the museum and these three studio locations only.  Please visit the studios only on December 1st from 10 am – 4 pm.  Artists will not be providing tickets before the event.


The reception will be held at Ben Joyce Studios, 806 West Third Avenue, Spokane 99201. Entries for the drawings will be available there.

For questions please contact:

Meet the Artists

Christy Branson

While studying at Boise State, Christy’s painting professor told her to find her thing. She wasn’t sure what that was but did know she wanted to ‘paint large.’ The bigger the better. In 2013, Christy discovered encaustic art. Exploring this ancient art form changed her artistic direction. For Christy, the medium lends itself to what she has to say in a way that no other art medium can. Heavily influenced by her environment, landscapes emerge frequently in her work.

Karen Ciaffa

Karen has degrees in Art History and Philosophy from Boston College - her early love was sculpture. After working as a book designer and Master Gardener in New Orleans, she relocated to Spokane in 2006 and began working with jewelry. Karen uses fine and sterling silver wire and sheeting. She forges, shapes, weaves, solders, patinates and finishes each piece using traditional hand tools and techniques. Adding the technique of Lost Wax Casting her love of sculpture and all things botanical are united. The result is an exploration of scale, patina, and botanical form in silver.

Ben Fife

Westward Leather Co. was established in 2014, as the culmination of Ben’s passion for creativity, art, history, and functional design came together. Leather has the beauty to tell a story. It can be tough and durable or supple and elegant. It can be shaped, molded, carved, and sculpted. It is a timeless canvas to work with.  Ben focuses on elegantly simple designs while implementing durable construction techniques. Sourcing some of the finest leathers in the world, he produces heirloom quality goods made for daily use, aimed to last a lifetime.

Ben Joyce

Studying in Italy, Ben observed the Italians' love of place and realized mankind’s relationship with place runs deep. He transitioned from traditional landscapes to create landscapes that allow the viewer to live in the present and the past, infusing the pieces with the memories that gives us each our own unique connection. In 2002, Abstract Topophilia was born, which translates to “Love of Place.” Ben creates pieces with his signature “broken frame”, allowing the connection to place to expand beyond the painting’s edges.

Kevin R. Kirk

Kevin is an abstract expressionist artist. His art education began in Spokane under the tutelage of artist Herman Keys, continuing his training at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Conceptually his work is influenced by such artists as Franz Kline, Pierre Soulages, Clyfford Still, and Jackson Pollock. Mr. Kirk has won 1st place awards in the Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival and has served on the Spokane Arts Commission.  He is known for his large canvases and expressive, powerful style.

Steve McGrew

Steve McGrew began blacksmithing 13 years ago, and over the past eight years has taught blacksmithing and knife-making to over 400 students. He is President of Columbia Fire and Iron, the association that represents blacksmiths and knife makers in the Columbia basin; and has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Blacksmith Association. Steve received the Royal Photographic Society's Monaghan Award for contributions to 3D photography and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Hologram Manufacturers' Association.

Stan Miller

Stan Miller was born in South Dakota and moved to Spokane in 1966. He has a degree in Applied Arts/Commercial Art from Spokane Falls Community College.and has been painting full-time since 1973. Stan is the recipient of many major national and international watercolor awards, including  first place in The Artists' Magazine International Competition and Grand Prize in the Watercolor Artist Magazine National Competition. He has exhibited internationally and has been accepted twice into the American Watercolor Society's International Exhibition in New York City, most recently in 2017.

David Wang

David Wang works with oil pastels and pen-and-ink. His pastel subjects range from interpretive portraits of Spokane landmarks such as Dick’s Hamburgers, Riverpark Square, and the Garland Theater, to meditative abstracts based on Scripture passages. His pen-and-ink works are realistic renditions of architectural subjects. David is a professor of Architecture at Washington State University.


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