A hanging tapestry by Louise Kodis shows off her color, texture, and shaping techniques

Gardener, chef,
textile artist

keys to inspiration
Leaves, flights of insects and birds, the glory of changing seasons

spokane fave
“Gypsygarden”, which she has tended at her house for the past 30 years, Gonzaga’s Jundt Art Museum, and Saranac Art Projects


Words by Megan Carroll (’18)
Photo by Zack Berlat (’11)

Step one: Think in profound colors.

This is one of seven parts in 30-year Spokane resident Louise Kodis’ handwritten formula for success. Gonzaga’s Jundt Art Museum Gallery displayed 40 years of her hanging fabric works this summer.

“I am inspired by my garden and its leaves, blossoms, trees, stems, wings and feathers,” Kodis said.

Louise Kodis

“Louise Kodis: Hanging by a Thread for Forty Years” was part of the Jundt’s “Close In” exhibition series, an initiative featuring work from regional artists.

Redrawn preliminary sketches, models and proposals for commissioned public art surrounded Kodis’s colorful banners. Her art is featured in local and regional
buildings, including Spokane International Airport, Spokane Convention Center and Boise Airport.

“The objective is to make something strong and durable,” Kodis said.

After growing up in Harrington, Washington, and attending Washington State University, Kodis moved to Spokane and quickly became one of the area’s most
beloved artists. She says the city’s landscape and seasons have influenced her art. Since 1986, she has won five awards for her work, including the Spokane Art Commission’s 1999 Artist of the Year Award and the 2015 YWCA Woman of Achievement in Arts and Culture award.

Kodis also participated in Spokane’s Allied Arts Organization and served on the board of statewide arts advocacy program Artist Trust. She was a founding member, board member, chair and contributor to “Inland Craft Warnings,” an annual juried fine crafts exhibition and sale, for 29 years.

At the Jundt, visitors received a taste of Kodis’ three favorite “ingredients” in her work: color, texture and mystery.

“I want to share the joy of the outdoors and nature. I want people to look at my art …and imagine a feeling or a memory,” Kodis said. “You don’t particularly see insect wings or clouds. You don’t particularly know what I was thinking about. I want it to be that way viewers can have their own experience.”

Learn more about Louise Kodis and see more of her art here


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