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Harold Balazs Exhibit

Date: January 15, 2017 Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Event Description Upcoming Exhibition at The Art Spirit Gallery
Since the 1950’s, the work of Mead artist Harold Balazs has been displayed in galleries, homes, churches, colleges, banks, and public spaces around the nation.
Now at age 88, the longtime artist is continuing his work and preparing for an upcoming show at The Art Spirit Gallery – ‘One More Time,’ as he said this year. “Of course he’s said that every year for the last five” said owner/curator Steve Gibbs, with a smile. 
This year’s show will include over 100 pieces representing every decade of Harold’s work. Enamels, paintings, drawings, mixed media assemblages, and more will be included. “We are excited to see two of Harold’s early works – featured in the book ‘Harold Balazs’ published by University of Washington Press,” said Blair Williams, gallery assistant. “Nutcracker, and Homage to Pablo Picasso are just two of the amazing pieces that will be included in this show.”
His work can be appreciated by both the seasoned Harold devotee, as well as new young art enthusiasts. “We are excited to see the number of young patrons beginning to follow and collect Harold’s work,” said Kasey Davis, gallery assistant. “With a variety of price points, all are welcome to join the Harold fan club.”
Images of work from this show will be posted on the gallery website at Noon on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.
•        People can call or email the gallery, beginning at this date and time, to place their name first in line to purchase one specific piece.
•        Patrons must be present at the opening reception, no later than 6 pm, to purchase the work – otherwise it will be released to the next person in line.
For more information, call The Art Spirit Gallery at (208) 765-6006.
Balazs describes his life’s work with these words:  “I make stuff because it is better than not making stuff.”  Fortunately for Balazs faithful followers and collectors, this prolific artist is still making stuff.
The Art Spirit Gallery has been proud to represent Balazs since 1997.
About the Artist
In the Northwest, Harold Balazs is a household name.  And for those who have explored the region in the past six decades, chances are great they’ve been touched by his large-scale public art pieces that populate plazas, schools, parks, libraries, government offices, and college campuses.  Metal sculptures, concrete reliefs, enamel murals, walls of carved wood and brick reflect the breadth of the artist’s creativity and decorate cities throughout Washington from Seattle to Spokane.  Others dot the landscape in Oregon, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. 
Perhaps his most famous pieces are found in Spokane in Riverfront Park, former site of Expo ‘74.   Chosen as the primary artist for the world’s fair in 1974, Balazs created a 32-foot sculpture derived of twenty concrete panels and patterned after a Japanese lantern that dazzles visitors and illuminates at night.  Centennial Sculpture, a curious and playful tangle of stainless steel completed in 1982, floats in the Spokane River.  Balazs’ latest masterpiece for the park is the giant Rotary Fountain, a series of sprinklers and spouts supported by five 24-foot steel columns he co-created in 2006.  Also famed as a leading liturgical artist, Balazs has created art – including carved doors and altars, enamels, and stained glass - for more than two hundred churches and synagogues in the region since the 1950’s, including Spokane’s St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and Unitarian Universalist Church.
Balazs can take responsibility for public art in Washington in more ways than one.  Shortly after earning his bachelor degree of arts from Washington State University in 1951, where he was viewed as one of the top students of his program, Balazs served three terms on the Washington State Arts Commission and helped establish the Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) that facilitates the acquisition, placement, and stewardship of artwork in state-funded building projects throughout Washington.  To date, more than 4,500 artworks are sited throughout the state for public enjoyment thanks to AIPP.
An Icon he is.  Over his extensive and productive career as an artist, Balazs has received notoriety throughout the country and has been honored with a plethora of prestigious awards, including the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architectural Craft, the Creative Achievement Award from the Enamellist Society, the Seattle Metal Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from the Gonzaga University School of Law.  His work is displayed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  And in 2001, Lloyd Herman, founding director of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, hand selected Balazs for Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s Living Treasures video series. Also, Balazs’ contributions to the field were celebrated in a major retrospective exhibition in 2010 organized by the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and documented in a 160 page book published by the University of Washington Press.
Born in Westlake, Ohio, a short distance from Cleveland, Balazs learned the art of metal working from his father, a sheet-metal worker and air-conditioning repairman.  His mother, a woman who valued the arts, enrolled the budding artist in art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Here Balazs became enamored with enamel panels and vowed to practice the same art form one day.  And that he did.  Today Balazs resides on seven acres of paradise in Eastern Washington with Rosemary, his wife and devoted art assistant of 65 years.
Feb. 10 – Mar. 4, 2017
Jerri Lisk – Acrylic paintings on aluminum
-Opening Reception: Friday, February 10 from 5-8 pm
-Artist Talk: Saturday, February 11 at 1pm
Mar. 10 – Apr. 8, 2017
Chris Bivins & Shelle Lindholm – Mixed media masks & colorful encaustics
-Opening Reception: Friday, March 10 from 5-8 pm
-Artist Talk & Demonstration at the gallery: Saturday, March 11 starting at 1:00 pm
Apr. 14 – May 6, 2017
10 Gallery Artists – Frank Boyden, Michael de Forest, Catherine Earle, Mary Farrell, Robert Grimes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Michael R. Lee, Tyree Riggs, Valerie Seaberg, Shannon Troxler
-Opening Reception and ArtWalk: Friday, April 14 from 5-8 pm
May 12 – June 3, 2017
Victoria Brace, Lindsey Meyers Carroll, and Cary Weigand – oil paintings, charcoal drawings, and figurative clay sculptures
-Opening Reception and ArtWalk: Friday, May 12 from 5-8 pm
June 9 – July 8, 2017
Allen and Mary Dee Dodge – metal sculpture and enamel works by these local favorites
-Opening Reception and ArtWalk: Friday, June 9 from 5-8 pm
July 14 – Aug. 5, 2017
20th Anniversary & 200th Show of The Art Spirit Gallery
– works by many of the artists who brought us to 20 years
-Opening Reception and ArtWalk: Friday, July 14 from 5-8 pm
Aug. 11 – Sept. 2, 2017
Dan McCaw & Sons – highly respected contemporary impressionists
-Opening Reception and ArtWalk: Friday, August 11 from 5-8 pm
Sept. 8 – Oct. 7, 2017
Del Gish – classic oil painting
-Opening Reception and ArtWalk: Friday, September 8 from 5-8 pm
Oct. 13 – Nov. 4, 2017
Mel McCuddin – unique figurative oil painting
-Opening Reception and ArtWalk: Friday, October 13 from 5-8 pm
Nov. 10 - 25, 2017
Sheila Evans & Elaine Green – enamel on copper and charcoal
-Opening Reception and ArtWalk: Friday, November 10 from 5-8 pm
Dec. 1 – Jan. 6, 2018
19th Annual Small Artworks Invitational – smaller than 12” by 30 artists
-Opening Reception: Friday, December 1 from 5-8 pm
-Downtown ArtWalk: Friday, December 8 from 5-8 pm

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