(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
David McMillin wins contest to have permanent installation downtown…
The primary export of Chewelah might quickly become art.
Spokane has seen its share of art from the town formerly known as Fool’s Prairie for quite some years. David Govedare’s Bloomsday Runners are perhaps one of the most iconic works of art in the city, and once occupied his property outside of Chewelah.
Now close by, Chewelah-artist David McMillin is having his art displayed permanently on signal boxes at Spokane Falls Boulevard and Wall Street across from Riverfront Park. McMillin won a local competition to have his art cover the boxes, and hired Digital Printworks to create the boxes “skin” with his artwork.
“It’s awesome that it’s directly across from David Govedare’s work and now you have two Chewelah artists having their art displayed in Spokane,” McMillin said.
McMillin grew up in Chewelah and went to college at Whitworth University. He lived in the D.C. area for several years while teaching in Virginia and was tasked at the Kennedy Center to work on arts and integration before he moved back to Seattle and, as a grad student, he was asked to work with teachers on art an integration.
McMillin spent 15 years in Seattle and eight of those teaching at UW-Bothell. He now does some teaching at Jenkins Junior-Senior High School.
The signal box art isn’t the only art by McMillin to be featured in Spokane. The Lilac City also hosts a “First Friday” art walk and McMillin will have roughly 12 art pieces featured in the Powell Gallery at E. 123 Second Ave. on April 7 from 5-11 p.m.
Much like Chewelah’s “First Thursday Art Walk” organized by Trails End Gallery, local Chewelah artgoers can go to Spokane, eat, drink and check out McMillin’s art pieces — many of which were featured during the First Thursday Art Walk he was featured in earlier this year.