News Release

Spring exhibits, final Local Artist Spotlight to open Friday at CAH

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History (CAH) will open its final Local Artist Spotlight of the 2014-15 academic calendar along with two other exhibits on Friday and will feature the work of Joel DeTray and the Stephen Lyman Memorial Children’s Art Exhibit.

DeTray’s “Off the Press” will be displayed in the Main Gallery of CAH, accompanied by “DRAMATIC MOMENTS: Frederic Remington, Early Engraving, 1982-1983” in Gallery III. And upstairs, the Stephen Lyman Memorial Children’s Art Exhibit will be shown in Galleries V and VI, accompanied by the “Pet Portrait Project” by Grantham Elementary Grizzlies’ Arts Program in Gallery VII.

The opening reception for all four exhibits is from 5-7 p.m. throughout the building. They will run from April 10 until May 23, 2015. All galleries are open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Docent tours can be scheduled by calling the Gallery at 208-792-2243.

“Off the Press” is a compilation of inspirations, artistic mediums, techniques and personal exploration throughout the artist’s career. The work is primarily Intaglio Prints, linocuts (linoleum block cuts), and monotypes. DeTray’s career as an artist began during his sophomore year of high school in 1967. This is the first exhibit of DeTray’s work in several years, as he has focused on his career as a gemologist, designing and selling custom jewelry through his retail jewelry store, Joel DeTray Jewelers since 1989. Joel retired from his retail operation last October and reestablished the business as his studio, DeTray Jewelry Co. & Art.

Accompanying DeTray’s exhibit is a collection of vintage Harper’s Weekly engravings by Frederic Remington from the private collection of Lee Silliman of Missoula, Mont. These images were integral in launching Remington’s illustration career, and provided the platform from which he evolved into one of the West’s most famous fine art painters. The images not only document Remington’s rise to prominence and wealth, but also chronicle the violent events in the closing decades of the western frontier era. Many of the images in Silliman’s collection demonstrate Remington’s skill in rendering the horse in motion.

Silliman is a retired high school physics, chemistry and mathematics instructor. He was also the part-time photo archivist for the Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation in Deer Lodge, Mont., for 26 years. Silliman will provide a lecture on Saturday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Arts & History to discuss the Remington collection.

In upstairs galleries V and VI, the Center presents the Stephen Lyman Memorial Children’s Art Exhibit, an event of the 2015 Dogwood Festival, and held in honor of the late Stephen Lyman, who passed away in 1996 after a hiking accident in Yosemite National Park. Lyman was an explorer who specialized in painting the most elusive moments in nature.

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade were invited to enter their Dogwood Festival themed artwork through their respective schools. All artwork uses the Dogwood flower/tree as inspiration. Area schools participating in the exhibition include: Orchards, Whitman, McGhee, Webster, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Monarch Academy, Culdesac, Northwest Children’s Home, and Children’s House Montessori School.

Accompanying the Lyman Memorial exhibit upstairs is the Grantham Elementary School Grizzlies’ Arts Program (GAP). The GAP program was initiated to offer Grantham students equal opportunities in access to the arts, and to provide a safe, in-house option for after school activities.

DeTray’s “Off the Press” exhibit is brought to CAH by sponsorship from …and BOOKS Too!, LCSC Graphic Communications, and Diana Ames and Alan Marshall. The Lyman Memorial Art Exhibit is sponsored by Charles and Diana Brown. All exhibits are brought to the Center through grants from US Bancorp, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Center at 415 Main Street, or call 208-792-2243.