Archive for March, 2010

The Enchanting World of Coeur d’Alene artist, Rhea Giffin, at The Bank Left Gallery & Bistro

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Bank Left Gallery – Featured Artist this month.html

Come and celebrate a weekend of the enchanting world of Rhea Giffin’s Papier Mache designs April 9,10 and 11 as part of the WSU mom’s celebration at The Bank Left Gallery & Bistro. This nationally acclaimed artist will exhibit her pensive and dreamy new papier mache sculptures.  Opening reception with the artist is April 10 from 1-5 with live music and chocolate tasting featuring drinking chocolates from around the world.
Following the reception, there will be a French dinner from 5-8 at The Bank Left Bistro as part of the art & culture series.
This exhibit runs from April 9-April 28
Art exhibit free to the public
Chocolate tasting with lunch: $12.00 per person
Chocolate tasting with French dinner: $18.95 per person
For more information visit our web site at or call 509-878-8425/878-1800

Nelson Duran
The Bank Left Gallery of
Fine Art & Design
100 S Bridge
Palouse WA 99161
509-878-1800 Bistro/tea room

Artist Bio: Rhea Giffin 

 Bringing papier mâché to unexpected expression, sculptor and writer, Rhea Giffin , creates thoughtful art with broad appeal.

 Rhea is an accomplished Northwest artist most known for her papier mâché/mixed media sculpture since the birth of her “storybowl” series in 1997.  She has since gone on to create a multitude of figurative, imaginative and representational sculptures, large and small.  “There is a distinctly playful and profound way this work engages people of all ages and class” she says. “Ít seems to touch a place of innocence or nostalgia.”  Her collectable works have been exhibited in local galleries and select juried shows across the country.  She has been featured in many publications worldwide, including the soon to be released 500 Cabinets Lark book and the 2008, 500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional and Innovative Designs, Lark book that is scheduled to release a revised mini version in 2010.  Her sculpture “Bobbing for Answers,” recently received a Citizens Council for the Arts juried show honorarium and The Brooten Purchase Award  .. Ms. Giffin co-founded and has been the director of The Northwest Papier Mâché Artists’ Guild since 2000 . An organization of professional artists interested in exploring and reclaiming the fine art potential of this ancient art form.


                        “Beyond the medium is the art itself.  Within each piece is a celebration, a question and a desire for hope and connection with all life and the complex world we share.”  — Rhea Giffin