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Pleurotus Vestitus - Lisa Soranaka

Pleurotus Vestitus – Lisa Soranaka

Lisa Soranaka is a ceramic artist living in the Inland Northwest. She received her BFA in ceramics from Central Washington University in 2009, and her MFA in ceramics at Washington State University in 2013. From the Seattle area originally, Lisa has shown her work in galleries across the country. Lisa teaches for Gonzaga University and the Community Colleges of Spokane. Additionally, Lisa has worked on public projects such as the Temporary Window Murals for Nordstrom in Downtown Spokane, and the Railway Underpass Mural, in conjunction with Spokane Arts. For more updates and information, you can visit her website,

The series Pleurotus, is specifically an investigation of my love and fascination with decoration in our culture, and the line between beauty, excess, and consumption. Within this work I also contemplate ideas about what beauty is, how it is defined, and why it is important. I have since expanded upon that idea in Pleurotus Vestitus, I combine ceramic forms with apparel and dress forms, to specifically relate to the body and what happens when we apply these ideas of beauty to them. I am specifically interested in where the quest for beauty becomes harmful, and the decorative shell consumes oneself. When one becomes just a decoration, is it still truly beautiful?

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Upcoming Exhibit

Spokane Watercolor Society

October 2021

Past Exhibits

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