If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that next week and in the weeks hereafter, you will read and respond to PPAC in Weekend Coffee Share on Natalie the Explorer’s blog.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m watching the snowflakes silently slip down through the pine trees outside my office window – even though they don’t show up in my picture. A few of them gently hit the fence and form white beads of chilled moisture. I’m sitting warm inside with my photos from the Spokane House. I hope you enjoy them, too.
LAST WEEK’S FABULOUS BLOGGERS
With all the other challenges, even public and street art, I thank all the bloggers who participate in the Photographing Public Art Challenge. Please honor these bloggers with your visits this week.
- CEE’S PHOTO CHALLENGES – ADVICE FROM A PUMPKIN – HAHAHA
- EAT, PLAY, LIVE – PAINTED BUTTERFLY BOX
- EKLASTIC – HORSIN’ AROUND WITH ART!
- GERIATRI’X’ FOTOGALLERY – ARTISTIC WOODEN BENCHES AT THE BEACH
- MIDDLETON ROAD – COLORFUL MURAL BEHIND THE BUS SHELTER
- MY CAMERA & I (2) – REVISITING THE EVER-CHANGING HOSIER LANE AND OTHER FABULOUS SIGHTS IN MELBOURNE
- MY CAMERA AND I (2) – MURALS ON THE WAY TO THE STORE
- NATALIE THE EXPLORER – 80-FOOT MOSAIC WALL ART
- PHILOSOPHIAS – MURAL OF MUSHROOMS IN GLASGOW
- PHILOSOPHY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY – FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY PAINTINGS OF CHILDREN
- TRAVELS WITH ALI – REMINISCENT OF THE “SOUP NAZI” ON SEINFELD – THE BUTCHER NAZI (JUST A MURAL FOLKS DON’T BE AFRAID)
- WIDE EYES WONDERINGS – JILL O’LANTERN
- WIND KISSES – SHOE ART IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!
- WOOLLY MUSES – A FOUNTAIN BETWEEN ESCALATORS
- WOOLLY MUSES – THE INSIDE OF A GLAMOROUS HOTEL IN DUBAI
This week will be my last PPAC as your hostess. Although I need to step back, I love this challenge and all of you who post beautiful art from around the world. You have become true friends over nearly a year and a half – the life of this challenge. Natalie the Explorer has generously offered to continue as the host for PPAC as a part of her popular regular link party – Weekend Coffee Share beginning next week, November 11th. You are invited to post your photographs of public art from Friday morning until Sunday at midnight Eastern Time.
IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #PPAC
- There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
- Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
- Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
- The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
- Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here.
- Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
- Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!
For More Ideas about PPAC…
These early-bird participants (posted by Wednesday at noon) might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.
YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE
- BRASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHY – BEAUTIFUL WALK AROUND BATTLE ABBY
- EKLASTIC – THE WHISTLING BROTHERS
- GERIATRI’X’ FOTOGALLERY – INTO THE MOUTH OF A BIG FISH!
- HORSE ADDICT – MODERN-DAY HORSE HEROES
- MAMA CORMIER – FABULOUS SUPERHERO MURALS WATCH OUT FOR THE LASER BEAM!
- MY CAMERA & I (2) – LOVELY WALK IN CURTAIN SQUARE
- NES FELICIO PHOTOGRAPHY – MURALS AT CENTRAL SQUARE IN CAMBRIDGE
- ONE MILLION PHOTOGRAPHS – SHRINE OF ST. TERESA
- PHILOSOPHY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY – VERY GORGEOUS EAGLE
- PHOTOGRAPHIAS – WEIRD GLASGOW SCULPTURE – A MAN WITH THREE EYES!
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – THE SIGHTS ALONG THE TRAILS NEAR SPOKANE
- SPACE STORIES BY GIFT – POKEMON SIGHTSEEING AT ITS BEST
- STILL RESTLESS JO – HOLEY PEOPLE!
- THE DAY AFTER – WOODSTOCK PUMPKIN PATCH
- WOOLLY MUSES – ELEGANT HOTEL LOBBY – BURJ-AL-ARAB
- THE NATURE OF THINGS – QUILT OF BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS IN ROCKFORD
My Choices for PPAC #70 Spokane History Murals
Visiting Terri Webster Schrandt was the first time I had been to Spokane. It was great visiting Terri in her new home and seeing how well she has integrated herself into the community.
Terri had just been hired by the local newspaper to do some feature articles on a regular basis. One of her first articles, written about a local artist who restored the murals on the Spokane House, inspired one of our day’s activities.
A band of Spokane Indians lived where the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers came together. They traded and socialized in their village with other Columbia Plateau tribes. By the early 1700s before the Europeans had reached that far west, the Spokane tribe had acquired horses.
In 1807 David Thompson, a geographer and fur trader for the Northwest Fur Trading Company of Canada explored the area. Friendly tribesmen met him and presented him with horses and pelts. Three years later he sent a clerk from the Canadian company to build the Spokane House in the village of the native tribe.
If you can read the fine print, the Spokane House operated from 1810 to 1826 by which time the fur trading operations merged with their competitor, the Hudson Bay Company, and moved their main headquarters. Jaco Finley, who had built the Spokane House continued to live there with his family.
According to Terri’s article, the Spokane House Interpretive Center was established in 1966. The original murals were painted in 2005 by a team of painters in consultation with tribe members. After much consultation with a park ranger and members of the Spokane tribe, the artist Terri interviewed, Shaun Deller restored the murals in 2019.
As you can see from the colorful backpacks lined up around the building, The Spokane House is a popular location for local field trips. We chose not to interrupt them in order to tour the inside of the small building. Another day.
Ongoing on Always Write
See you next Friday for PPAC on Natalie the Explorer’s site.
- Upcoming and ongoing topics for WQW
- November 9: Holiday: Veteran’s Day
- November 16: Travel: Memorable Trips
- November 23: Holiday: Thanksgiving, Gratitude
- November 30: Abandoned or Artistic Buildings/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
Now it’s your turn.
I hope you are inspired to find your own unique art as you travel around with your camera this week, or rummage through your archives. Feel free to double dip and support your own favorite challenges along with PPAC. Have a wonderful weekend!