3rd Annual MAC
Holiday Artist Studio Tour      



Saturday, December 7, 2019

Tour: 9 am - 3 pm
Visit seven local artists in their studios on this self-driving tour. See where they create and how they work. Art available for sale.

Reception: 3- 5 pm
End your day at Barrister Winery (on Railroad Avenue) and mingle with the artists, enjoy live music from Ron Kieper Jazz, wines for purchase, and a drawing for either a fine art photograph from Ira Gardner or a plein air oil painting lesson from Kathleen Cavender. Reception guests are also invited to our sponsor recption from 5-7 pm, courtesy of Uptic Studios and Doric, Inc.

$20 Tour and reception
$10 Tour only

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Questions? Contact
Visitor Services at visitor.services@northwestmuseum.org  or
(509) 456-3931
Carolyn Black at carolyn.black@northwestmuseum.org or
(509) 363-5322
Michele Dionne at michele.dionne@northwestmuseum.org or
(509) 363-5357






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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 15, 10 am – 8 pm.
Main museum building at 2316 West First Avenue. Parking is free.

Event Day – December 7

On December 7, you can pick-up tickets at the museum or at one of the following studio locations:

  • Larry Ellingson: 2714 East 11th Avenue, Spokane, WA  99202
  • Ira Gardner: 228 West Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA  99201
  • Wendy Zupan: 2704 South Stone Street, Spokane, WA  99223

Tickets will be available on December 7 at the museum and these three studio locations only.  Please visit the studios only on December 7th from 9 am – 3 pm.  Artists will not be providing tickets before the event.


The reception will be held at Barrister Winery, 1213 West Railroad Avenue in downtown Spokane. Entries for the drawings will be available there.

Reception ticket holders are also invited to the sponsor reception from 5-7 pm at Uptic Studios, 152 S Jefferson St #101, Spokane (around the corner from Barrister Winery).

Meet the Artists

Hazen Audel

Hazen Audel was born and raised in Spokane. He inherited his artistic nature and skills from his father who is an illustrator, and he was taught to paint, draw, and sculpt at an early age. He began his career as a text book illustrator, then started Hazen Audel Artworks LLC, which focuses on large scale architectural and public metal sculpture. He recently reached a world-wide audience with his National Geographic Television program Primal Survivor in which he showcases and practices traditional building and crafts as well as undergoing exhaustive cultural adventures living with remote tribes and traditional peoples. When in Spokane, he invests much of his time building a new art studio and multiple work spaces in the Palouse countryside, where he can create larger sculptures and offer classes in ceramics, drawing and painting, silversmithing and jewelry, metal and woodworking.    

Kathleen Cavender

Kathleen Cavender, a Spokane native, is a fourth-generation professional artist currently working in oils and pastels. Her artwork has hung on the walls of fine art galleries all over Washington state, Oregon, and California as well as in Chicago, New York City and Washington DC. Her paintings have been shown in the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy, and many art museums and corporations have added her work to their collections. Kathleen has been the recipient of several art awards and grants and has been a featured artist in many national and international art publications. Although Kathleen no longer gives art instruction out of her studio, she continues to teach plein air painting throughout the summer months.

Larry Ellingson

Larry Ellingson makes mixed media visual art – a kind of additive sculpture – combining assemblage, painting, photography and fabrication. He had his first fine art gallery show in Spokane in 2008. He is also a sound artist, composing, performing and producing music utilizing electronics and found sound for corporate videos, television and radio commercials, in addition to presiding over operations at Inland Audio Visual since the early 70s. Since his retirement in 2011, he has shown his art at area galleries, art shows and First Friday events.

Tim Ely

Tim Ely began making books a long time ago in order to satisfy a need to see certain of his ideas brought into the world. He finds the form of the codex book from antiquity forward exhilarating. Tim has found that by utilizing a consistent definition of the book as a form and continuously reexamining and exploring this, he's come to a general understanding of what it means to build manuscript books. He is ‘trying on for size’ what it is to reject terminology like ‘’art’’ or ‘’creativity’’ in favor of experiential aspects of this physical craft. What does it mean to carve a cover board or thin a bit of leather just so? These experiences provide a sense of meaning for him that were a long time coming, but carry with them finding surprises and uncovering the unexpected. 

Ira Gardner

Ira Gardner has been a photographer for over 30 years and is nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. He has taught photography, multimedia, and documentary video production for over 20 years at SFCC and served as chair of the Applied Visual Arts department for eight years. Ira has also served on the board of directors for the Richmond Art Collective and Spokane Film Project. This work represents the culmination of the last 30 years of his life experiences. He spent the beginning of his career asking questions with his camera and telling stories about the people and places he got to know. The last several years have been devoted to exploring a way to transcend social and political turmoil by connecting with the natural world and the wisdom it has to offer. 

Suzanne Ostersmith

Suzanne is a dance/theatre/visual artist who finds ideas expressed through the movement and shapes created by the body to serve like words in a universal language. She is an Assistant Professor in the Theatre and Dance Department and Director of the Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts Programs at Gonzaga University. As a choreographer and theatre director she also works to create the same power of kinetic communication in her visual art work. Her belief in the power of the body to convey deep truth informs the creative inquiry in her work in drawing and painting, primarily in acrylics and watercolors.


Wendy Zupan

Capturing the magic and whimsy of playful memories within her mixed media illustrations and sculptures is the essence of Wendy Zupan's work. Fairytales, fanciful realities, detail and color are at the heart of it all, influenced by Victorian illustrators, old toys and objects she loved as a young girl. She has lived in Spokane for most of her adult life, graduated from EWU with a minor in art, and has shown her work in several local/regional galleries, the former Inland Crafts, and has held numerous shows in her art studio on the South Hill. On hiatus from her artwork for the last several years, she now returns to the land of Oz.


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