Spokane restaurants team up with local artists

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 9 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane restaurants and businesses were partnering up with local artists to bring in customers in March.

Restaurant employees said some customers come in just to see the artwork. The owner at South Perry Pizza said it is a business strategy that promotes the community.

"My work isn't going to be in a gallery or a museum. If it wasn't for Gordy's,  people wouldn't see my work other than my close friends,” said artist Jo Quetsch.

Some of Quetsch’s artwork is on display at Gordy’s Café. She said she is not in it for the money.

“It's just a hobby, I couldn't make a living out of this I don't think,” said Quetsch.

It is a way to get some exposure for other artists.

"At any given point in a month 2,000 people see their art,” said the art coordinator for Gordy’s, Heidi Blehl.

Gordy’s on the South Hill is one of the many businesses that features a new artist every month. It is a strategy the restaurant has used for years to bring in more customers.

“Now we have a new clientele who say ‘who's going to be the artist this month?’ They're excited,” said Blehl.

The owner at South Perry Pizza said some customers come in just to see the artwork. It is a growing partnership between artists and businesses.

"It helps her because it gets her name out there and it also helps me because they came in and had dinner,” said owner John Siok.
 

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