COEUR d’ALENE — Local community arts organization Emerge is hosting its second INK! Print Rally in the parking lot of its Coeur d’Alene gallery on Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m.
This unique event features a steamroller and hand-carved wood panels to create one-of-a-kind prints on large pieces of fabric. Each panel is inked by a local artist, then rolled and revealed at the event for all to see.
"INK! truly is a one-of-a-kind event for the community,” said Emerge executive director Jeni Hegsted. "This year, we’ve partnered with some of our higher education institutes, like Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho, to make this an educational experience as well as an entertaining one. Emerging print artists get to work right alongside more experienced artists to create art right before everyone’s eyes on a huge scale."
Event participants include six regional colleges and universities, local businesses and community organizations. Interactive printmaking booths with activities will be available for all ages. Local artisans and makers, food trucks and a beer garden will also be on site.
All of this is set to live music from local bands Hobo Hangout, the Bitch Fits and the Newman Band. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s theme is "Resilience: How Individuals, Communities and Environments Adjust to Challenging Events, Adversity and Natural Processes." The showcased prints will reflect processes of adaptation and how resilient knowledge can be used to support well-being.
“The theme coincides with the process of steamrolling panels of carved wood,” Hegsted said. "We put a huge amount of weight and physical stress upon the fabric, ink and wood to create a piece of art that speaks of the artist, and hopefully speaks to the viewer."
It is the mission of Emerge to provide free and affordable arts education to youth and adults in the community. The funds raised during the INK! Print Rally will be used to maintain printmaking equipment for the Emerge classroom, offer scholarships and provide needed resources to underwrite diverse art education. All event proceeds benefit the Emerge community arts program.
Emerge is located at 208 N. Fourth St. in Coeur d'Alene.
For info, visit www.emergecda.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.