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Art Hour

By Mike Malsam and Eric Woodard
Mike Malsam and Eric Woodard interview artists from around Spokane and the inland northwest.
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22: Deva - arts promoter/agent

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May 22, 2021
Kate Lebo - author
Kate does many things--she writes poetry and essays, she bakes delicious pies, she works for art organizations. And she has just published a book of essays-- "The Book of Difficult Fruit." Hear her talk about her life and her process on today's show.
April 22, 2021
Luke Baumgarten - Range Media Journalist
Luke's biography is such a snapshot of the region. He grew up in Colville, went the GU, wrote for the Inlander for almost a decade, co-founded Terrain, started Fellow Coworking, and started Range Media about a year ago. (That's a long list, but we even left out a bunch of stuff!) Hear about what he's doing now, and how he got here.
April 15, 2021
Pivot storytellers - Out of the Ashes stories from their March 11 event
Storytellers Susie LaBarre, Ella Kerner, Sherry Miller, and Ross Carper shared their stories on a livestream event on March 11. The theme was Out of the Ashes.
March 18, 2021
Daniel Lopez - painter and muralist
Daniel Lopez talks about moving to Spokane, getting clean, and painting murals in Spokane. His show of oil paintings will be at the Wonder Building, 835 N Post St, tomorrow and Saturday. Find his work at
March 05, 2021
Matt McCormick - documentary filmmaker and educator
Gonzaga University film professor Matt McCormick discusses the magic of film festivals (especially Sundance, for which his films have been selected four times), the craziness of the cold war, and how graffiti removal can be a subconscious art. [originally run on 2/27/2020]
February 26, 2021
Chelsea Martin - author and artist
We discuss Chelsea's book of essays (Caca Dolce), her new novel, her art school experiences, and the hope kids can give us.
February 19, 2021
Mika Maloney - Program Manager at Spokane Arts
In which we discuss Spokane Arts, and all the cool things its doing. And apricot desserts.
February 05, 2021
Mark Robbins - actor and comedian
Mark talks with us via zoom about how lazy he is, baring his soul during his comedy sets, how lazy he is, his stint as the Northern Quest guy, and how lazy he is. 
January 29, 2021
Leyna Krow - writer
After discussing Leyna's amazing fortune in selling her story "The Sinkhole" to Hollywood, we talk about her slow creep northward from Orange County to Spokane. And we use the word "weird" a whole lot.
January 22, 2021
Chris Cook part 2 - Neighborhood poet
Chris discusses his collaboration with his daughter, comedian Kelsey Cook, as well as his new project, In the Neighborhood.
January 08, 2021
Rajah Bose and Ellen Picken of Factory Town
Muralist Ellen Picken and photographer Rajah Bose discuss their recent marriage, their recent work, and how their talents and temperaments complement each other.  Factory Town Ellen Picken Murals Commercial and Editorial Photography from Rajah Bose
January 01, 2021
Bart Templeman - Woodworker and free spirit
Bart has pieces for sale at the downtown Spokane store From Here. 
December 26, 2020
Chris Cook - Spokane's Poet Laureate
We are posting this, just our third show, to help promote Chris's In the Neighborhood project. Go to the link for more information. 
December 18, 2020
Pivot's Unintended Stories
We are running this episode again to announce a new event (with the theme "Out of the Ashes") scheduled for February 25, 2021.  Go to for details!
December 11, 2020
Jango - hip hop artist
Inland northwest hip hop phenom Jango joined us at Bottle Bay Brewing to discuss his past, his progression, and his amazing work ethic. Catch this guy before he blows up!
November 20, 2020
Norman Robbins - recording artist
Hear Norman discuss his new live streaming series from Neato Burrito, his recording process, and his multiple music projects. Plus, hear new songs from BaLonely and his new project Deathlines.
October 22, 2020
Nathan Weinbender - Music and Film Editor at The Inlander
Nathan discusses his favorite interview, the new Rolling Stone top 500 albums, and his story about two new local streaming concert series.
October 15, 2020
Jess Walter - author of "The Cold Millions"
Jess discusses his new novel, The Cold Millions, while nursing a half-Manhattan.
October 08, 2020
68: Art on the Go! with Morgan Walters, Braelan Lee, & Denny Carman - artists and promoters
Listen to our conversation in windy Olmstead Park as we discuss planning the first Art on the Go event in 10 days. We also discussed their art, and plans for upcoming events.
October 01, 2020
67: Jaime Stacy - musician, author, and educator
Jaime discusses her upcoming books, her early years as a music prodigy, and her organization SWAG that works with at-risk young women.
September 17, 2020
66: Shawn Vestal - journalist & fiction writer (or fiction writer & journalist)
Shawn talks about: getting his first column at eighth grade in the Twin Falls, Idaho newspaper; whether he considers himself a journalist or fiction writer foremost; and the new challenges of writing his new novel set in the 1800s.
September 03, 2020
65: Erin Pringle - author of the new novel "Hezada! I Miss You"
Erin talks about her upbringing in small-town Casey, Illinois, and the influence it had on her wonderful novel "Hezada! I Miss You." She also sprinkles in some references to Faulker, Hawthorne, and Bergman. You can find out more about her at 
August 27, 2020
64: Jackie Caro and Ginger Ewing from Terrain
This show originally aired in September of 2019
August 20, 2020
63: Sironka - visual artist and educator
Sironka came to Spokane twenty years ago from Kenya, and he has been teaching and making art here ever since. He recently made the news for his participation in the Black Lives Matter mural downtown. He made the news again soon thereafter when his letter, the "A", was defaced by vandals. Hear him talk about his inspiring journey, and how, paradoxically, the vandals reaffirmed the power of paint.
August 13, 2020
62: Karen Mobley - artist, writer, and consultant
To honor the publication of her book of poetry, Trial by Ordeal, we will replay our conversation from last year. Mobley served as the Arts Director City of Spokane (Spokane Arts Commission) from June 1997 to October 2012, and has been a part of many other important aspects of the burgeoning Spokane arts scene. She's also a wonderful artist and writer in her own right, and she can tell a heck of a story. Find out more about her at
August 06, 2020
61: Reinaldo Gil Zambrano - printmaker and arts educator
Zambrano recently contributed to the Black Lives Matter Mural in downtown Spokane. With that in mind, we are replaying the conversation we had last year. in which he discussed teaching, printmaking, and the theme of home in his art
July 30, 2020
60: Chris Bovey - graphic designer, printmaker, and protector of the Ming Wah sign
Listen to Chris discuss how he got into printing, the backroads route to Coeur d'Alene, and the legendary Sam's Pit (and other stuff as well).  Read about his efforts to save the Ming Wah sign here. 
July 23, 2020
59: Shantell Jackson - visual artist and poet
Shantell reads two of her poems, and we discuss how being eager to try new things leads to the danger of saying yes too much. This episode was originally run in March.
July 16, 2020
58: Bryan Bogue - musican and educator
Hear Bryan discuss 45 years with the Spokane Symphony, the similarities between teaching middle school  and college, and what it's like working with Super Sparkle (hint: he got to play the marimba.) Click here to help the Spokane Symphony musicians by donating.  Click here to see Social Distance Diaries videos. Click here to find out about lessons from a union musician. 
July 09, 2020
57: Brandon Johnson - visual artist
This is an encore presentation of one of our first episodes. Brandon is participating in the Black Lives Matter mural project downtown, so we thought it would be a good time to revisit our chat with him. 
July 02, 2020
56: Lance Paullin - actor, comedian, and painter
Lance discusses painting shoes, exploring the infinite space of his mind. and cursing in front of children. To see his work, visit 
June 25, 2020
55: Photographer Adam Schlüter discusses the George Floyd protests in Minnesota
Adam Schlüter was in Minnesota to photograph a wedding. When he woke in his hotel on May 29, he opened his window to see plumes of smoke. He rushed to the scene to document the event, and ended up staying almost a week longer than he had planned. On our show, Adam discusses what he encountered. You can see his photographs at his website, Hello From a Stranger.
June 18, 2020
54: Max Harnishfeger - musician (Super Sparkle, Water Monster, Cathedral Pearls)
Max discusses his bands, his creative process, and his early EP of songs about bugs.
June 04, 2020
53: Karli & Caleb Ingersoll - musicians & owners of Lucky You Lounge
Hear the owners of The Bartlett and Lucky You Lounge discuss how they started, how they met, the kickass LYL menu, and what they think Spokane needs to do to take the next step as a music city. (rerun from last June)
May 28, 2020
52: Pivot Spokane Storytellers - Fish Out of Water (part 2)
Hear five storytellers share their stories. Erik Viking, Tracy Simmons, Mary Stover, Anthony Rupp, and special guest Nichole Mischke share their stories. For more information, visit
May 21, 2020
51: Pivot Spokane Storytellers - Fish Out of Water (part 1)
Hear six storytellers share their "Fish Out of Water" story. Alyssa Bashor, Karen Darling,Ben Faulkner,  Susan Lundstrom, Travis Naught, and Eamonn Neff share their stories. For more information, visit
May 14, 2020
50: Adam Schluter - Photographer
In which we discuss guerrilla-style photography in Utah, the value of being uncomfortable and always having a passion project, and whether Mike is a journalist. Check out Adam's website Hello From a Stranger for some amazing photographs.
May 07, 2020
49: Winners of Pivot's "Unintended" story contest
Pivot Spokane asked people in the region to tell a true story, without notes, related to the theme of "Unintended." 19 people entered, and here are the winners of the contest. Pivot is launching another contest around the theme of "Fish Out of Water" today with $300 worth of prizes, so go to to find out how to enter. If you would like to see all the entries, you can find them on Pivot Spokane's YouTube channel
April 30, 2020
48: Melissa Huggins - Executive Director of Spokane Arts
Melissa discusses what artists can do to get help in this environment, and what you can do to help artists. We also get a guest appearance from her dog Sophie!
April 17, 2020
47: Proudest moments - various artists
Eight artists tell the story of their proudest moment...when they felt as if they had made the right decision.  As if they had "arrived." As if all the sacrifice had been worth it. Hear Vanna Oh, Darrin Huff, Melissa Cole, Sam Ligon & Kate Lebo, Jess Walter, M. Tinley, Sarah Waisman, and Jessica Earle tell their stories.
April 09, 2020
46: Obstacles - various artists
This week we have eight storytellers discussing the obstacles they have overcome (and one storyteller discussing last week's theme of the first time  they went public with their art). Storytellers are comedian Jessica Watson, writer Kris Dinnison, journalist Leah Sottile, poet Brooke Matson, musician and poet Chris Cook, writer Ellen Welcker, musician and illustrator Chris Malsam, actor Sarah Waisman, and improviser Lawra Gosselin Harris.
April 02, 2020
45: My First Time - various artists
Nine artists tell the story of the first time they went public, or went BIG, with their art. Punsmith Annica Eagle, artist Larry Ellingson, chef and musician Travis Tveit, actor Sarah Waisman, musician Matthew Hughes, artist Chad Brazill, musician Norman Robbins,  comedian Deece Casillas, and artist Hannah Pomante tell their stories.
March 26, 2020
44: Shantell Jackson - poet and visual artist
Shantell reads two of her poems, and we discuss how being eager to try new things leads to the danger of saying yes too much.
March 13, 2020
43: Matt McCormick - documentary filmmaker and educator
Gonzaga University film professor Matt McCormick discusses the magic of film festivals (especially Sundance, for which his films have been selected four times), the craziness of the cold war, and how graffiti removal can be a subconscious art.
February 28, 2020
42: Paul Manoguerra - Director/Curator of the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University
In which we discuss the two current exhibitions currently running at the museum - A Grand Tour: Images of Italy, and 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment: Prints by Women. We also discuss what it means to put an exhibition together, and how someone even gets into this line of work (hint: he majored in history). We end by discussing a fascinating upcoming exhibition of local works created during the Great Depression by the WPA. 
February 21, 2020
41: Tracy Poindexter-Canton - mixed-media artist
Tracy discusses her current exhibit inspired by Toni Morrison, her transition from creative writing to nonfiction writing to visual art, and how she's a total Virgo.
February 07, 2020
40: LauraLee White and Beth Robinson - "Nudes and Landscapes" show at La Resistance gallery
We discuss how the gallery sprouted from a no-good very bad day, why oil paint is so good to work with, and how art sometimes just needs to be dark (and loud) [and fast]
January 31, 2020
39: Sharma Shields - writer
In which we discuss her novel in progress (The Tower), how monsters often take human form, how we should never miss an opportunity to be kind, and how important it is to be loved by your fifth grade teacher. 
January 25, 2020
38: Dan Spalding - musician, developer, and painter
In which we give free advertisements to multiple businesses, explore the role of serendipity in life, and discuss the need to squint to see clearly.
January 17, 2020
37: Dean Davis - commercial photographer
Hear Dean discuss flunking high school photography, getting deep into the blues when he was co-owner of Fort Spokane Brewery, and buying his first $25,000 six-megapixel(!) digital camera. Also, he curses twice, so we got to use the "censor" button for live broadcast for the first time!
January 10, 2020
36: Amanda Mead and Rita Vigil - hosts of I Don't Know Her podcast
In which we discuss the 15-20 hours of total work that go into each hour of the podcast, small-town radio in Plentywood, Montana, and the difficulty in pronouncing the word "exhibition."
January 03, 2020
35: Mike Beegle - documentary filmmaker
Mike discusses his film "The Freed" about the history of rock climbing in Spokane, editing a video for the Zac Brown Band, and whether or not YOU should go to film school.
December 20, 2019
34: Madeline McNeill - body philosopher, singer/songwriter, author, playwright
Hear us discuss how Madeline created an artistic world based on her body philosophy. Don't know what that is? We didn't either. Listen to find out the fascinating backstory.
December 13, 2019
33: Larry Ellingson - visual artist and songwriter
In which Larry discusses MIDI, junk, and how a crappy teacher nearly killed his artistic ambitions.
December 06, 2019
32: Matthew Hughes: singer/songwriter with Atari Ferrari and Automatic Shoes
In which we discuss meeting your heroes and the importance of having a point of view when writing songs.
November 28, 2019
31: Rachel and Mike Lenz of Unit 55
Rachel and Mike discuss how they create the stories for their escape room, Unit 55, and how to keep those stories unique and fresh.
November 22, 2019
30: Melissa Huggins - Executive Director of Spokane Arts
Hear Melissa discuss all the cool things Spokane Arts is doing in the community.
November 07, 2019
29: Kim Long - visual artist
Kim Long discusses the her creative process, as well as her upcoming First Friday show in December.
November 01, 2019
28 - Melissa Dziedzic & Marc Anthony - live radio revivalists from Spark Central
We talk to Melissa, program manager at Spark Central, and Marc, volunteer extraordinaire, about Spark Central, writing, and stirring baskets of leaves with a plunger.
October 18, 2019
27: Eliza Catastrophe - songwriter and musician
Hear Eliza discuss her upcoming album release, her songwriting process, and her upcoming triumph on American Idol. She sings a few tunes too!
October 04, 2019
26: Jackie Caro and Ginger Ewing from Terrain
Jackie and Ginger discuss Terrain, community, and the toll tiling takes on your hands and wrists.
September 20, 2019
25: Brooke Matson - poet and executive director of Spark Central
Brooke discusses publishing her book, growing up in Yakima, and drops a curse word!
September 13, 2019
24: Interactive artists from Laboratory
Kryston Skinner, Mick Burson, Nicole Chochrek, and YeJeong Mutter discuss their work, their residencies at the Laboratory, trains, air quality, and neuroscience. 
September 05, 2019
23: Sid Al-Thumali and Anna Smith - Traveling Theater Company for Wayward Artists
Sid and Anna discuss theater in unorthodox spaces like the Baby Bar, future work at Terrain 12, and getting artists paid!
August 30, 2019
22: Deva - arts promoter/agent
Deva discusses the the arts collective Shades of Me, and invites you to Dinner with Shades (but fellas, you best wear a jacket). [Forgive the crappy audio quality for the first 30 seconds or so.]
August 23, 2019
21: Liz Rognes - musician, writer, teacher, and founder of Girls Rock Lab
Liz Rognes discusses powerful girls, sad songs, and being happy.
July 25, 2019
Episode 20 - Henry McNulty, Spokane Civic Theatre's Music Director
Hear Henry discuss his current play "Spring Awakening," whether Spokane is a theater town, and what instrument unites the play's string quartet and punk rock elements.
July 19, 2019
Episode 19 - Karli and Caleb Ingersoll - owners of The Bartlett and Lucky You Lounge
Hear the owners of The Bartlett and Lucky You Lounge discuss how they started, how they met, the kickass new LYL menu, and what they think Spokane needs to do to take the next step as a music city.
June 29, 2019
Episode 18 - Young Brians - iconic Spokane band
Hear Young Brians reflect on 30 years in music and discuss their upcoming reunion show.
June 28, 2019
Episode 17 - Chris Bovey - printmaker at Vintage Prints
Listen to Chris discuss new prints available at the upcoming Bazaar, the backroads route to Coeur d'Alene, and the legendary Sam's Pit (and other stuff as well).
June 21, 2019
Episode 16 - Mark Anderson, Spokane’s poet laureate
Listen to Mark Anderson discuss being Spokane's poet laureate, read two cool poems, and explain why he doesn't have an Instagram (yet)  [photo: Dean Davis]
June 14, 2019
Episode 15: Matt Bogue - Unifest director, musician, and graphic designer
We talk to Matt about Unifest, his band Laminates, graphic design, Portapotties and heavy metal.
June 07, 2019
Episode 14 - Musician Vanna Oh!
Hear a great interview with Vanna Oh!, and a couple of great tunes to get you ready for Volume!
May 31, 2019
Episode 13 - Underwater photographers Melissa and Brandon Cole
The Coles tell us about their adventures taking photos of marine wildlife around the world. 
April 25, 2019
Episode 12 - Reinaldo Gil Zambrano - arts educator and printmaker
Reinaldo talks about teaching, printmaking, and the theme of home in his art.
April 19, 2019
Episode 11 - Nic Vigil of Milonga
Hear our talk with Nic, and listen to him sing a few songs live in studio!
April 12, 2019
Episode 10 - Travis Tveit - chef at Iron Goat and drummer for Indian Goat
Hear our conversation with Travis Tveit, head chef at Iron Goat, who just won a local cooking contest and will head to Anaheim (all expenses paid) to compete in the western regionals. He is also the drummer for Indian Goat, local two-piece rock band. Hear two of their songs on this episode, and learn some organization techniques while you're here!
April 05, 2019
Episode 9 - Tiffany Patterson and Derrick Freeland
Local artists Tiffany Patterson and Derrick Freeland
March 28, 2019
Episode 8 - Comedians Deece Casillas and Phillip Kopczynski
In which we discuss dead audience members, crippling alcohol addiction, and assistant crack whores.
March 21, 2019
Episode 7 - Brandon Johnson
In which we discuss art, college wrestling, the military, hip hop, and guerrilla art in Eastern Europe.
March 14, 2019
Episode 6 - Pledge Drive with Jennifer LaRue
In which the hosts beg for money over and over while discussing what makes a marriage work and why drugs aren't really addictive.
March 08, 2019
Episode 5 - Bart Templeman - woodworker and punk rocker
Bart Templeman, owner of Dare Designs, talks about Earthships, 20-foot slabs of wood, and pinning dolls to his new suit.
March 02, 2019
Episode 4 - Karen Mobley
Karen Mobley served as the Arts Director City of Spokane (Spokane Arts Commission) from June 1997 to October 2012, and has been a part of many other important aspects of the burgeoning Spokane arts scene. She's also a wonderful artist and writer in her own right, and she can tell a heck of a story.
February 22, 2019
3: Chris Cook - musician, poet, and teacher
Musician, poet, and all-around good guy Chris Cook.
February 15, 2019
Episode 2 - Keleren and Michael Millham
Local musicians and music educators talk about their craft and their history.
February 09, 2019
Episode 1 - Jennifer LaRue
The very first episode of Art Hour!
February 07, 2019