A special flare for art and culture add yet another spice to the mix that is the Lewis-Clark Valley. Year round, one can indulge in many unique and specialized events. Live performance theatre has a special place in the hearts of the Valley residents, which they graciously love to share with visitors and guests.
Lewiston Civic Theatre, housed in the Historic Anne Bollinger Performing Arts Center, originally constructed in 1907 as the Lewiston Methodist Church. The award-winning theatre produces musicals, plays, workshops, Readers Theatre and art exhibits.
Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History , housed in the beautifully restored historic building in downtown Lewiston, is Idaho’s second largest exhibition space and is home to Lewiston’s turn-of-the-century Chinese Beuk Aie Temple. The Center features local, regional and nationally-renowned artists, and also houses readings, lectures and special events each year. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm. Admission is free.
Valley Art Center displays work by local artists, conducts art seminars and classes, and hosts special events. The Lewiston and Clarkston High Schools and Lewis-Clark State College offer several outstanding theatrical performances throughout the year. The Washington-Idaho Symphony holds a regular season including six concerts.
Some of the newest pieces can be found in downtown Lewiston. Enjoy the fountain in front of the Lewiston City Library, the benches and bike racks that double as art and the mosaics on the 5th Street pedestrian bridge.
The North Lewiston Gateway Project, provides artwork that can be appreciated as you drive into Lewiston from the north and east. Artists David Govedare and Keith Powell created a series of statues depicting the meeting of Lewis and Clark and the Nez Perce people. Three bronze statues, created by Shirley Bothum, depict Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacajawea. They are located at the intersection of Highway 12 and 21st Street.
In the center of Lewis-Clark State College campus is a representation of the explorers meeting Chief Twisted Hair. The wooded setting depicts the Clearwater region with waterfalls and native plants. Other bronze figures include Nez Perce women gathering food.
The Tsceminicum sculpture is located on the Lewiston side of the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers. It interprets Nez Perce mythology with a symbolic Earth Mother figure whose body sustains all forms of life, and from whose hands the rivers run. The wildlife and legends depicted on the east-facing wall are those of the Clearwater River and its tributaries; on the west face are those of the Snake River. The central “Trickster” character of Indian legend, Coyote, keeps watch from the north end of the wall.
Other art include a bronze statue of Sacajawea at Lewiston’s Pioneer Park. Water flows from the bowls in her outstretched hands in the summer months, into a pool guarded by four bronze coyote statues. Brackenbury Square, on Lewiston’s Main Street, features a modern sculpture fountain of connected rings with three bronze children playing in the pool of water. Tribune Plaza, a public area created by the Lewiston Tribune, features a bronze sculpture of long-time local newspaper reporter Tom Campbell. In 1973 Don D. Joslyns was commissioned to create the bronze of a Nez Perce warrior on an Appaloosa horse entitled “Indian Summer 1974”, located at the Nez Perce County courthouse.
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