The 2016 Democratic National Convention

20160726_007765 BW COVERLiving in the Inland Empire of the Pacific Northwest we hear President Obama talk about hope and we see glimpses through the national media and online communications that a change is coming but it has not yet hit our corner of the northwest. The Democratic Party, progressives, the Socialist Alternative and churches have little to show in the way of diversity other than tokenism.  Seeing the Republican Party’s convention and their choice of Donald Trump as presidential candidate makes one lose hope in the future of America.

The 2016 Democratic Convention showed what democracy can be when color is added. Taking these pictures inspired this visual communicator and I hope looking at them will inspire you too.



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I dedicate these images to Anderson Stoakley Lloyd, my 8 year old grandson.  I want to thank Diane Lloyd, my wife, my support and technical assistant; Sandy Williams and the Black Lens News; Pastor Percy Happy Watkins and New Hope Baptist Church; and Philadelphia cousins Ramona Rousseau-Reid and Joseph Reid.

Frank Ponikvar Passes

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Artists Communication Pallet members will miss the daily posts of artist Frank Ponikvar of Spokane, Seattle, Hawaii and Montana, one of the founding members of 123 Arts, publisher of the Art Paper, who just passed away. He will be missed by family, friends, and many on Facebook. There will be a memorial service in Spokane in a month or so.

When we met for coffee each week we would discuss what we could do with our time in retirement besides creating more art and filling up our studios. We would put our ideas on the table. These ideas ranged from starting an art school with a different curriculum to developing a place where artists could hang out and drink coffee and maybe play cards. I was always pushing to get started trying one of the ideas and he would return to sipping coffee and say “What will be will be.” One of his dreams was returning to living on his boat.

Does Rachel’s Life Matter?

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There is nothing new about scandal in Spokane. Black voices have been bought off, driven to suicide, chased out of town or marginalized for years. Co-opting goes on continuously.

As for the current scandal, I could care less what Rachel’s ethnicity is. She has been a strong advocate for civil rights, social justice and issues of gender. She is a superb artist. I support her in her advocacy and speaking out on issues. The Spokane Black community has not had a representative voice since Eileen Thomas was president of the NAACP in 1998. Rachel did not seek the presidency of the Spokane NAACP but was recruited to run for the office.

Many people are talking about honesty and integrity. Let’s have the IRS look over their tax returns. Let’s have access to their emails and telephone conversations. Let’s check out their pedigrees. And where have all the investigative journalists been on important issues?

Spokane African Americans love their symbolism: hearing the “I Have a Dream” speech, wrapping up in kente cloth, wearing their dred locks and Easter bonnets.  But on substantive matters Black leadership has been absent without leave in the Spokane community for many years. None of the university and city multicultural specialists and advocates have spoken out on the issues with the fervor of Rachel Dolezal. None of the African American History teachers and historians have spoken out on contemporary Black issues in Spokane.

We left a vacuum and Rachel Dolezal and the young college students that she inspired stepped in to fill it with the support of a few progressive community activists and Unitarians.

I plead with those with a sincere interest in the issues that Rachel has championed to keep on fighting. I would suggest that the NAACP Monday night meeting be the largest in the history of the Spokane chapter and that we support Rachel. I solicit the support of MORE white people to walk in our shoes. I welcome MORE white people to share the oppression of Black America.

Two important perspectives on the issue of Black identity:

Rachel Dolezal exposes our delusional constructions and perceptions of race

Rachel Dolezal’s deception: her ‘black’ identity doesn’t make sense – or make her black




Chip Thomas Photographer: Exhibit SFCC Oct 27 – Nov 21

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Spokane Falls Community College Fine Arts Gallery Bldg 6 3410 W Ft George Wright Dr. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

James “Chip” Thomas moved to the Navajo nation in 1987 to work as an Indian Health Services Physician, where he continues to work and live. During this time he taught himself black and white photography and has been documenting the people of the Navajo nation ever since. Chip has always been interested in street art, graffiti and guerrilla art tactics and taken part in the practice of billboard corrections. Influenced by urban graffiti artists of American cities and street artists in Brazil, Thomas, a.k.a. Jetsonorama, creates his own version of activist art on the Navajo Reservation.  Full article and photographs


Educator & Sculptor Joe Daugherty Passes

Passed away August 27, 2013. Memorial service followed by reception Monday September 2 at 10:00 am Cheney United Church of Christ 423 N 6th St. Cheney WA.   Online guestbook at

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Obituary from the Spokesman Review August 31, 2013.

Cheney lost a friend and an artist with the death of Joseph C. Daugherty August 27 2013. He was born in Uhrichsville, Ohio, May 24, 1921. He appreciated growing up in this railroad town where everyone was a friend. He was the artist of the Senior Class Annual and Drum Major of the band for his high school. He graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Fine Arts in 1939. After serving three years in the U.S. Navy, he began teaching art in Woodland, California. Here he met and married a fellow teacher.

As with so many ex-military, he returned to college. His three years in the graduate art program at the University of Oregon included the creation of 13 sculptures. He also appreciated having a class with the world-famous artist, Alexander Archipenko.

In 1959 he joined the faculty of E.W.W. where he valued his many years working with the varied students who attended the school. He also created a facility for bronze-casting in the art building which reflected his work in a new media. Wherever he lived, he fashioned an area where he worked, creating sculpture.  At last, in 1964, the house he designed and had built included a permanent studio.

Among his many interests, he enjoyed spending time in good conversation and was a wonderful story-teller. He entertained listeners with recollections of his travels and past, filled with details provided by his amazing memory and sense of humor. He also loved music, especially the music from the swing/big-band era, and spent many happy hours listening to his favorite compositions. He was, above all, thoughtful, kind and courteous.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years Joan; and son Kevin, of Cheney; and daughter Colleen and husband Ken Floyd, of San Diego.  Also living are his sisters Ann Baxley of San Marcos, California and Clara and husband John Updike of Muncie, Indiana. Also adding to relative wealth are nephews Brian and Bruce Baxley, California, and Phil and Tom Updike, Indiana, and niece Carolyn Dehner, Ohio.

A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held on Monday, September 2, at 10:00 am at the Cheney United Church of Christ, 423 N. 6th Street, Cheney, Washington 99004. Online guestbook at Cheney Funeral Chapel, Cheney, WA.


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Rwandan Artist in Spokane

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INEMA Arts Center SHOWS In Spokane

Viewers came to see the art of Emmanuel Nkuranga and to meet the artist. Visitors who came found a story about Emmanuel, his mission and the children of Rwanda who are changing their lives with art. (click on text below to enlarge)

Art with a Mission

View Photos Of The Art Lovers

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