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Owen McAuley Retrospective

Owen McAuley Retrospective

September 3 – 24, 2021

Opening reception: Friday, September 3, 2021, 5 – 8 PM

Owen McAuley was an artist who lived in Cheney, Washington. He grew up in Cheney and attended Eastern Washington University, where he received a B.F.A. in in painting and drawing in 1995. He subsequently lived and worked in Seattle until 2000, when he moved to Austin, Texas to pursue his M.F.A. in painting and drawing, and exhibited work in numerous venues there. He received his M.F.A. in 2003 and then moved to New York, where he lived for the next decade, making and showing his work in addition to working in Robert Longo’s studio.

Upon returning to Cheney after leaving New York, Owen began to create a body of work heavily influenced by his physical surroundings and the Eastern Washington landscape. Typically, mundane subjects such as wheat fields, buildings and powerlines took on new life in his paintings and drawings. Often, a narrative hum beneath the surface of the picture, yet even imagined scenarios are made enthralling by the current of realism binding all of his work.

Owen drew inspiration from frequent walks and drives in the country around Cheney. Though he rarely worked directly from a photograph, he took and kept many as source material. His studio was littered with post-it notes, sketches and printouts; some notes were reminders for camera and light settings, others contained ideas for titles or directions to himself for what a picture needed. His house was a veritable art factory: the studio was one of both art and photography, as photographing his work had become a science, and an entire back room was devoted to framing and packaging. He took on the role of instructor in recent years as well, teaching classes for the Spokane Art School in addition to private lessons.

Owen’s work has been shown across the U.S. and is represented in numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe. His work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings and Juxtapoz, among others.

Spokane Art School Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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The Spokane Art School Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday

10 – 5

Upcoming Exhibit


2021 Spokane Watercolor Society Juried Member Show

October 2021

Opening reception: Friday, October 1, 2021, 5 – 7 PM

Kitty Bendixen-Park

Sara Cate

Carrie Dugovic

Janie Edwars

Amalia Fisch

Kim Gardell

Joyce C. Gruenwald

Julie Hopkins

Nancy Huck

Gail Johannes

Gina T. Judy

Kelly Knouff-Burk

Mary Lou Martin

Diana Postlewait

Karen Robinette

Bonnie Williams

Gay Witherspoon

Juried by Molly Murrah

I have always loved making art. I started drawing and painting at a young age and continued taking art classes through high school and college. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree.

After graduation, I moved to NYC and began working as an assistant at several design companies, eventually becoming a professional graphic designer myself. I juggled my time between design and fine art until 2017 when I turned to art full time. However, my graphic design background continues to be a huge asset for me as an artist and instructor.

Teaching students to paint in watercolor is now my passion… I love seeing their expressions when they experience the absolute “magic” of this amazing medium. My favorite subject to teach is portraits, but my ongoing classes cover all subjects.

I am a Signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and served as President in 2013-2014. I will again be president in 2020-2021. NWWS is considered one of the top watercolor societies in the country. If you would like to know more about the society, click here.

Annual Ornament and Small Works Show 

November – December 2021
Sondra Barrington
Charlie Beck
Liz Bishop
Autumn Bunton
Hannah Charlton
Karen Ciaffa
Jodi Davis
Roger DuBois
Janie Edwards
Jo Fyfe
Kathy Gale
Shannon Haight
Kris Howell
Kit Jagoda
Bill and Kathy Kostelec
Collista Krebs
T Kurtz
Lindsey Merrell
Amy Mickelson
Karen Mobley
Karmen Naccarato
Dina Natale
Alice Nelson
Laura Novak
Tresia Oosting
Patti Osebold
Megan Perkins
Tom Quinn
Jerri Shepard
Lisa Soranaka
Lauri Tesch
Linnea Tobias
Scott Thompson
Laura Truitt
Gay Waldman
Kay West
Lynn Whitman

Past Exhibits

Open Space – Mariah Boyle

August 6 – 27, 2021

Sanctuary Life – Kit and Pete Jagoda

July 2 – 30, 2021

Pleurotus Vestitus – Lisa Soranaka

June 3 – 26, 2021

Wonder Wall – Roger DuBois

May 6 – 28, 2021

Seasons of Spokane – Megan Perkins

April 1 – 30, 2021

Outside In – Owen McAuley

March 4 – 26, 2021

Ars Gratia Artis – Tom Quinn

February 4 – 26, 2021

Ornament and Small Works Show 2020

November – December 2020

Mother Daughter: Hannah Pomante – Spokane Art School Artist in Residence

October 2 – 30, 2020

Short Story: Works by Mary Farrell Opening at the Spokane Art School

August 7 through September 26, 2020

Alternative Finishes – Spokane Watercolor Society

July 10 – 31, 2020

Long Shadowz Fade to Black & White – Robert Charloe

February 7 – March 25, 2020

Annual Ornament and Small Work Show – 2019

November 8 – December 23, 2019

Oh Heavens! – T Kurtz

October 4 – 25, 2019

An Extended View – Laura Truitt

August 2 – September 27, 2019

Current II – Mariah Boyle

August 2 – September 27, 2019

2019 Area High School Show

Juried by Jamie Nadherny

June 5 – July 26, 2019

Charlotte Bigelow – Cheney High School

Cora Cashmere – Freeman High School

Teyonia Craft – On Track Academy

Jasmine Daily – Cheney High School

Christopher Dawson – Cheney High School – Honorable Mention

Erin Dougherty – Gonzaga Prep

Kaila Emtman – Mount Spokane High School

Gillian Janda – Mount Spokane High School

Bailey Johnson – Mount Spokane High School

Candence Keller – Mount Spokane High School

Kitana Klingback – Mount Spokane High School – 1st Place Winner

Michael Legkobit – Freeman High School- Honorable Mention

Caitlin Martin – Gonzaga Prep

Bella Mazza – Gonzaga Prep

Moira McLaughlin – Cheney High School

Tyler Mosset – Freeman High School

Mary Neale – Freeman High School

Shonto A. Pete – Cheney High School – 2nd Place Winner

Ceinwyn Phipps – Gonzaga Prep

Sarah Schlegel – Gonzaga Prep – 3rd Place Winner

Brandon Shaffer – Cheney High School

Tegan Shipman – On Track Academy

Grace Thompson – Mount Spokane High School

Eva Ulrichsen – Gonzaga Prep

Jaiden Wagner – Gonzaga Prep

Integration – Jamie N. Nadherny

April 5 – May 31, 2019

My Delicate Flower – Daniel Lopez

February 1 – March 29, 2019

Ornament and Small Works Show 2018

November 9 – December 22, 2019

Aesthetic Contraption – Larry Ellingson

October 5 – 26, 2018

Avoid the Struggle, (a book of fear) – Dan McCann

September 7 – 28, 2018

Area High School Exhibition

July 6 – August 31, 2018

Juried Show by Robert Fifield

Keenan Avery-Carpenter – Honorable mention

Eleanora Becherini

Athayla C. Begay – 1st Place

Katelyn Bumbeck

Ada Cashmere

Chloe Daniels

Donna Finger

Ericka Flory

Emily Freeman

Stuart Gibbs

Xzandre Jean-Francois

Ashley Jensen – Honorable Mention

Bailey Johnson

Hope Johnson

Laura Jones

Namida Amy Kangvanwanich

Hunter Koss

Halle Kuhar-Pitters

Hailey Landkammer

Jamie LeMieux

Savannah Lindsley – Honorable Mention

Avery Matson

Teigan Mikkelsen

Alexa Miller – 2nd Place

Andrew Nordhagen

Mia Puzzo

Annika Readel – 3rd Place

Ashley Runge

Rachel Schupp

Katelyn Tippett

Reluctant Compromise – Joseph Tomlinson

May 4 – April 27, 2018

Alchemy for Cells and Other Beasts – Maya Zeller and Carrie DeBaker

March 2 – April 27, 2018

The Art of the Darkroom: film photography with Bill and Kathy Kostelec

January 12 February 23, 2018

 Ornament and Small Works Show

November 3 – December 23, 2018

Crawl Space – Karen Kaiser

October 6 – 27, 2017

Dreamscapes : Sketchy Memories – Ken Spiering

August 4 – September 29, 2017


Water Color; Between the Cascades and the Rockies

June 2 – July 28, 2017

 Cleave, Stick and Split – Lenora J. Lopez Schindler & Richard J. Schindler

April 17 – May 26, 2017