Rethinking Downtown Exhibit to Open February 1

Rethinking Downtown Exhibit to Open February 1

Rethinking Downtown Exhibit Opens February 1

Work by Patrick Brown-Hayes, Kelsey Grafton, Noah Kroese, Rob McKirdie, and Susan Pettit intended to challenge viewers sense of downtown Lewiston’s vitality, community and environment

Contacts:           Courtney Kramer, Executive Director, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston 208-790-1148 

Date:                  January 29, 2019

Lewiston, Idaho— Community members are invited to the unveiling of the “Rethink Downtown” exhibit this Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, 415 Main Street. The artists reception will begin at 5:30 pm and is free and open to the public.

“Rethink Downtown” features the work of five artists commissioned by Beautiful Downtown Lewiston Revitalization Corporation (BDL) to lead citizen engagement in creative place-making thanks to an “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The work challenges community members to reconsider downtown Lewiston’s sense of community, vitality and environment. Community members who view the exhibit will be asked to provide feedback via a survey during the exhibit, which will inform the development of the Lewiston Downtown Master Plan.

Artists were selected through a call for art in the fall of 2018. A panel of community members reviewed the artist submissions and selected the following artists to provide work for the project.

Patrick Brown-Hayes

As a full-time instructor for Washington State University, Patrick Brown-Hayes’ greatest passion is watching people commit to making their dreams a reality. Brown-Hayes currently teaches a multitude of courses related to fashion, including illustration and rendering, photography and advertising, portfolio design, aesthetics and omnichannel retailing.
Prior to teaching, Brown-Hayes worked for 15 years in the private and public sectors of fashion and business where his roles included corporate consultant, studio director, art director, creative director, photographer, photo editor, stylist, production designer, graphic designer, visual artist, video producer and video editor. I have worked in Seattle, LA, Dallas, Miami, NYC, and Europe in mass market ready-to-wear, high fashion and hospitality.

In addition to work, Brown-Hayes loves outdoors, photographing personal work and traveling. He is especially drawn to artisan type work that involves building things with his hands. He enjoys studying, reading, learning new skills and spending time with his family, including his wife of 13 years and three beautiful daughters.

An avid road-tripper, Brown-Hayes finds great satisfaction in making time for long drives every year for personal reflection. His longest drive thus far is 3,563 miles round trip experiencing the entire west coast of the United States while sleeping out of his car and tent.

Kelsey Grafton

Kelsey Grafton, a Lewis-Clark Valley native, is active in the arts community throughout the region. Her passion and investment in growing downtown Lewiston into a vibrant cultural center is stimulated by her love for her two children and what she desires for their immediate and future growth, opportunity and enrichment.

A graduate of Lewiston High School, she received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, in 2001. She spent ten years in the Seattle area and traveled the globe experiencing diverse cultures before returning to the LC Valley to be with her family.

Grafton is an award-winning artist and illustrator who has served as the Exhibit & Programming Coordinator at the LCSC Center for Arts & History for the past four years. She is currently seeking her Masters of Fine Art through the College of Art & Architecture at the University of Idaho.

Noah Kroese

BDL commissioned Noah Kroese, owner and entrepreneur of Korese Illustrations in Moscow, to design drink coasters featuring fourteen different whimsical designs that have been engaging restaurant patrons in a lighthearted discussion about downtown Lewiston since late 2018.

Each coaster features one of fourteen different questions about downtown Lewiston’s business mix, transportation pattern, and potential for residential and commercial development. The anonymous responses are being used by the consulting team to develop the Lewiston Downtown Master Plan.

Completed coasters will be displayed at the LCSC Center for Arts & History.

Rob McKirdie

Rob McKirdie has taught classes in Drawing, 3D Design and Sculpture at Spokane Falls Community College since 2015. He works with primarily wood and metal integrating found and fabricated objects together. His artistic practice focuses on mold making, fabrication, and metal casting. Rob earned a BS in Sculpture and a BFA in Studio Practices in 2011 from Portland State University and an MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. Rob has shown his work locally and nationally in galleries and museums.

Susan Pettit 

Susan Pettit designs her work to color our world with light, love, and hope. She is the author and illustrator of “Color My World,” a 31 Day Devotional on Hope and Encouragement, which has been offered at international trade shows and is in several bookstores in the Lewis Clark Valley. Ms. Pettit also paints original watercolors and acrylics of color, calligraphy, and flowers on paper and canvas.

Click here for additional information about the Lewiston Downtown Master Plan.