How to buy art while helping children in need

Have you heard that for the month of May the money received from art sales at the Liberty Building will be donated to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery? We are very excited to be involved in this fantastic event and wanted to take a moment to introduce you to the organization behind this event, C.H.Arts. C.H.Arts was founded by Denny Carman and Tracy Dupuis Roland and the event this Friday is the culmination of their hard work and dedication to our community.

We sat down and asked them a few questions about this philanthropic organization.

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What inspired the creation of C.H.Arts?

Denny ~ C.H.Arts mainly came to be, because both Tracy and myself wanted to help kids in our community. And we figured the best way to help, was through the Arts somehow, so we started C.H.Arts.

What brought you and Tracy together on this project?

Denny ~ Tracy was showing her work for me at the Blue Door and she mentioned that she wanted to figure out a way to help kids in our community with her art, and I told her I would love to be involved. So we got together and just started brain storming on what we could do, and started C.H.Arts.

How has the community responded to this event?

Tracy ~ We were overwhelmed by the generosity of Shannon Ahern; Owner of the Liberty Building to offer to host our inaugural art sale at the Liberty Gallery free of rent and commissions. The in-kind donations made by Christina Deubel to Curate the show, praise by Mayor David Condon, donated advertising by Art Chowder, Hotel RL, Spokane Talks Online, Art Hour, Spokane Arts, the donation of refreshments by Yokes, Egger’s and Art Seed, and of course the very generous artwork donations by the CHARTS artists!

Denny meets Mayor Condon

Denny meets with Mayor David Condon about C.H.Arts

What do you have planned for the future of C.H.Arts?

Denny ~ We plan on moving forward with C.H.Arts and helping other organizations that care for Children. We want to raise more funds, but we will have to sit down to make more decisions for C.H.Arts and the best way to move forward. I want C.H.Arts to grow in the future and help as many kids as we can.

Stop by Friday May 5th from 5-9pm to see all the fantastic art on display throughout the Liberty Gallery.  Remember all artwork sold will be a 100% donation to Vanessa Behan!  This is the perfect time to pick up a piece of work from one of your favorite local artists!

See list of participating artists HERE


Santa at the Liberty Building!! And so much more!

Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas with the Liberty Building!

All activities Free for the whole family!

The fun kicks off at 5pm.
– Holiday Ornament Workshops happening in both Uncle’s Games (Downtown Spokane) and Pottery Place Plus
– Drawings for Prizes of handmade goods created by the members of Pottery Place Plus
– Get your Elfin Sparkle on in Beautiful Grounds
– Enjoy a cookie provided by Auntie’s & Pottery Place
– Cocoa provided by Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie
– Classic Christmas Storytime held in Auntie’s Bookstore
– Enjoy Christmas Carols from Lewis and Clark High School’s 4th and Stevens Choir
6:30 – 8:00
– Our Old World Style Santa Claus will join the party to mingle with children of all ages. Get an old fashioned peppermint stick from one of his Elves and feel free to snap your own picture with Santa

Tag your photos of the Libery Building Old Fashioned Christmas using hashtag #LibertySanta and you will be entered into a prize for gift certificates from each of our retail merchants.

What is Auntie’s Angel Tree?

Give the gift of reading to a local child in need.

It is that time of year again when Auntie’s beloved Angel Tree towers above the bookstore.  It is always a wonderful site to walk into the Liberty Building and see everything decorated for the Holidays but we wanted to make sure that you know the details of the ornaments found on our tree.


Auntie’s Bookstore owner John Waite puts the angel on the top of the tree while the one and only “Auntie” holds the ladder for him.

The angels that you see covering the tree are Christmas wishes from local children in need, waiting for you to fulfill them.  Auntie’s has been hosting the Angel Tree since they first moved into the Liberty Building (That was over 20 years ago).  The tree has grown and so has the need.  This year Auntie’s has over 500 Angels on the tree!  That is 100 more than last year & a lot of children waiting on books.  Auntie’s needs your help to make all of these wishes come true.  Stop by anytime in the next couple of weeks and choose a name from the tree and buy the coordinating book or make a donation to the cause.

Fun Fact:  The Liberty Building, originally named the Kemp and Hebert Building, has a rich history in Christmas tradition and legend has it that the Christmas trees in those early days filled the entire atrium and you could reach out and touch the branches from the upper floors.  That would be quite the sight to behold!

Beautiful Grounds ~ Coffee Revitalized

Our friends at Beautiful Grounds are excited to re-open the espresso side of their shop on Monday the 22nd.  They had taken a brief pause to update the coffee shop using your feedback and they are excited to show you the improvements that they have made.

What’s New?

  • Friendly, knowledgeable, new staff.
  • Earlier hours, opening at 7am, to satisfy your early morning pick me up.
  • New food options featuring grab and go style healthy snacks and baked goods.
  • Whole bean coffee by the pound from local Roast House.

Stop on in this week to meet the new staff and pick up a tasty caffeinated beverage!

June First Friday – Uncommon Art & Car Show

The Liberty Building is proud to present our Uncommon Art & Car show on June 3rd First Friday in downtown Spokane.  We have an incredible selection of art!  Everything from metalwork, assemblage art, pin-striping, paintings and photography will be packed into four stories of our historic building. Plus don’t forget to check out some awesome custom cars in our north parking lot!
We will also be rocking out with local band, The Usual Suspects!

We will be doing a write-up on each of our featured artists.  Check out the discussion on our EVENT PAGE to follow along & learn more about these unique creators.

Travis Chapman
Dan Martin
Jeni Cook
Von Dago
Don Belcher
Kay West
Denny Carman

Live Music:
The Usual Suspects

Party with Auntie’s this Saturday!

Spokane’s favorite bookstore is celebrating big time this weekend!

Stop by Saturday to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with them.  They have TONS of awesome, unique and fun things for the whole family!  You aren’t going to want to miss this line up!

Saturday April 30th – ALL DAY

9:30am – 11:00am: Joseph Haeger, author of LEARN TO SWIM, will unicornbe available to draw you bad animal pictures. You don’t want to miss this!

Bad Animal Drawings with Joseph Haeger

10:00am – 11:30am:  We all have a friend that absolutely loves Jess Walter. Now is your chance to earn some SERIOUS BFF points by having Jess leave a text or voicemail message for your friend. Or maybe you’d like him to record your voicemail greeting!
Jess Walter Ghostwrites Your Texts

10:00am – 2:00pm: That curious little monkey will be roaming the store on Independent Bookstore Day! Stop by, say hi and take a picture with him! Meet Curious George!

12063850_10153993007059417_6437480480749775213_n11:00am – 12:00pm: Comprised of roguish, independent women, Picaresque is drawn together by a mutual respect for the work, practice, art, and play of dance. The troupe’s aesthetic conjures a world of wit and grace informed by cosmopolitan, bohemian, and modern strains. Their spirit acknowledges the world’s complexities and responds to them with a bump of the hip and a wink of the prankster’s eye. Picaresque

11:30am – 1:30pm: Aleta Wiedenman will guide you while making magical origami hearts that beat yet slip into books as markers and/or into envelopes as greetings, just in time for Mother’s Day. Origami with Aleta Wiedenman

12:30pm – 1:30pm:  Professional and internationally awarded accordion player, Sam Thomas, will be performing during our Indie Bookstore Celebration! Sam Thomas, Accordion Player Extraordinaire

247227_1571390985283_6591046_n 1:00pm – 3:00pm:  Ooh La La Henna will be in the store to help us celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. All of their work is hand done, using organic henna with a lavender base. Check out their beautiful work. Ooh La La Henna Body Art

1:30pm – 300pm:  You know your pet is the best pet ever, but shouldn’t everyone else know it, too? Show Sarah Hulse, author of BLACK RIVER, a photo of your pet (you know you have about 5,000 of them on your phone) and she’ll write a short book jacket-style “blurb” effusively praising Fido or Fluffy! S.M. Hulse Blurbs Your Pet

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Rani Iyer will be presenting her new book, DANCING HEART, during our Indie Bookstore Day Celebrations. Rani’s presentation will be accompanied by a traditional Bharatanatyam dancer! This event will be a winner with all ages!  Reading and Dance with Rani Iyer

2:00pm – 4:00pm:  Rachel Clark is the author The Blackfish Prophecy (just released on Earth Day), and Karen Savory is the book’s illustrator. Both make their homes in the Pacific Northwest and they’re delighted to be part of Auntie’s Indie Day.  They’ll have the newly-released books, as well as Karen’s fascinating block cut process to view and learn about on the mezzanine. The novel–set in Washington state—depicts a gripping story involving wild orcas, a mystical bond between humans and whales, and the impacts of orcas in captivity. Her book has received praise from Dr. Jane Goodall, David Kirby, author of Death at SeaWorld, and Tim Zimmerman, Associate Producer and Co-Writer of BlackfishSigning – Rachel Clark & Karen Savory

10330397_10153993175899417_4285915215966965054_n3:00pm – 5:00pm:  What should you make for dinner? Does this dress make me look fat? Should I marry this woman? Should I buy THE SASQUATCH HUNTER’S ALMANAC? (Yes.) These are the important questions Sharma is ready to answer. Ask Sharma!

3:00pm – 4:00pm: You like books. You like tattoos. You like Kris Dinnison. Meet Kris Dinnison, author of YOU AND ME AND HIM. Say hi, then let her tattoo you. Okay…place a temporary tattoo on you.  Free temporary tattoos featuring your favorite lines from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a chance to join Litographs’ attempt to create the world’s longest temporary tattoo chain! Inked by an Author with Kris Dinnison

guysdolls3:30pm – 4:00:  Join the Spokane Civic Theatre as they sing songs from their upcoming show, Guys and Dolls! Spokane Civic Theatre

4:00pm – 5:00:  What makes Indie Bookstores special? People like Hannah! Come down to buy Hannah’s coloring book and meet the girl who made it all happen. Signing with Hannah of Hannah’s Creation Coloring and Activity Book

slam_17:00pm – ?:??:  If you missed the cut for the 2016 Finals, the 2016-2017 season starts early this year! Spokane Poetry Slam is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day with a fully-sanctioned poetry slam! It’s a full slam, with the regular rules, and one extra point awarded for world premiere poems in the first round!
Sign-Ups at 6:30, slam begins at 7:00. Cost to compete is $5. Prize: $50.
 Spokane Poetry Slam with Isaac Grambo – $50 Prize!

Discounts throughout the day (Valid ONLY April 30th, 2016):

  • Auntie’s discount cardholders will receive 15% off their entire purchase. Don’t have one? Sign up for $10 a year!
  • Post a photo of the items you want to purchase on Instagram or Twitter tagging us @auntiesbooks AND using the official hashtag #BookstoreDay to recieve 15% off your entire purchase.
  • Bring your Auntie’s reciept to Uncle’s Games, Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie or Beautiful Grounds for 10% off!


“Do you like the scent of a freshly minted book?  How about the page-turning delight of encountering the dream of new worlds, new people, and new visions of life?  Are you one who wonders where your next great adventure may come from?  If so, then you are like me and thousands of other booklovers in the exquisite Inland Pacific Northwest and we want you to be a part of the Auntie’s Bookstore family!  Come join us Saturday April 30th for Independent Bookstore Day at Auntie’s Bookstore.  The shelves at Auntie’s are lined with books that will transport you.  The staff are among the very best booksellers in the country: they’re kind, knowledgeable, they love to read, they’re not pushy, and they can place you in a book that just may change your life forever! Auntie’s has been a foundation stone of the profound upsurge in the arts in Spokane over the recent years, and on the last Saturday in April, you can personally meet many of the top writers in the area such as Jess Walter, Sharma Shields, Kris Dinnison and many more!  Research shows people who read have greater empathy, they make the world more caring and more alive!  Your presence helps Auntie’s today and into the future, and helps make Spokane one of the great literary sites in the American West. Come see us, stock your pockets and shelves with great reads, and enjoy a day devoted to the love of beautiful books.”

–Shann Ray, author of American Copper: A Novel, American Masculine:Stories, and the poetry collection,Balefire