Archive for October, 2010

Sherri Ballman – NWPMAG Member

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Eastern Washington artist Sherri Ballman loves to use papier mache to express her artistic ideas. Whether her sculptures are just for fun, or designed to make one think, she takes pleasure in the fact that she’s using materials that, if not used in her artwork, would probably end up in a landfill. These materials include old tools and broken machines, along with various kinds of papers. She blends a variety of textures and paint to make her sculptures more realistic and homogenous. Sherri enjoys transforming “junk” into beautiful works of art that will be valued for many generations.


Sherri Ballman-"Tarnished Torso"-16x8x8 inches


Sherri Ballman-"Not Forgotten"-19x24x9 inches


Sherri Ballman-"Ki"-memorial urn


Sherri Ballman-"Ki"-memorial urn-back view


Sherri Ballman-"Simon"-detail

Sherri Ballman-“Shire”-38x16x5 inches

                                       To see more of Sherri Ballman’s work link to or select NWPMAG link from menu on top of this page.

Winsome Words and Curious Birds

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
A Cheerful selection of mixed-media hand-sculpted, sometimes slightly kinetic words chosen to evoke nostalgia, humor and appreciation for an abundant, yet seemingly diminishing collective vocabulary. Curious birds give tribute to communications that succeed beyond and in spite of words.


Rhea Giffin-"Up"

Rhea Giffin-"Up"

Rhea Giffin-"Hi"

Rhea Giffin-“Hi”


Rhea Giffin-"By"

Rhea Giffin-"By"

Rhea Giffin-"Zippity"

Rhea Giffin-"Zippity"

Rhea Giffin-“ThankYou”

Rhea Giffin-"Worm"

Rhea Giffin-"Gadzooks"

Rhea Giffin-"Both"

Rhea Giffin-"And"

Rhea Giffin-"Shh"

Rhea Giffin-"Smooches"

Rhea Giffin-"Amok"

Rhea Giffin-"We"

Rhea Giffin-"Us"

Rhea Giffin-"Absurd"

Rhea Giffin-"Cat"

Rhea Giffin-"Curiouser"

“Mel’s Friend” Moves to Canfield Middle School Library

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Rhea Giffin visits Canfield Middle School

Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene was given the Opal Brooten Purchase Award at the 43rd Annual Art on the Green Festival held on the grounds of North Idaho College.  The school’s selection committee enthusiastically chose “Mel’s Friend,” a mixed-media papier mache cairn sculpture by Rhea Giffin.  The sculpture is an homage to Mel McCuddin’s painting titled “Marker.” Go to the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene or view link:  Giffin waived the amount of purchase that extended beyond the award given by Citizens’ Council for the Arts so that the school could receive the sculpture.

To show their gratitude, art teacher, Mrs. Wing invited Ms. Giffin to give an informal demonstration to Canfield’s 3-d art class students who are working on their own papier mache projects.  Spokesman-Review photographer Kathy Plonka also attended. See links: 

Canfield art student admires "Mel's Friend."

Ms. Giffin Demonstrates some techniques Ms. Giffin Addresses Canfield Art Students

It’s 3pm, Do You Know Where Your Art Is?

Thursday, October 7th, 2010


"Its3pmDoYouKnowWhereYourArtIs"posterCheryl Burchell Gallery presents papier mache mixed media sculpture by Sherri Ballman, Rhea Giffin and Cheryl Metcalf October 1 – 30, 413 1/2 Sherman Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 208.765.2739, 2nd Friday Artwalk and artist reception October 8th, 5-8pm

Little Spokane River Artists Studio Tour a Big Hit

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Read Jennifer LaRue’s comments in the Spokesman-Review