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Registration is now open through Nov. 20 for “Dear Moscow,” the upcoming exhibition at the Third Street Gallery located in Moscow City Hall.
This mail art exhibition commemorates the 110th anniversary of Moscow City Hall’s construction while honoring the building’s former use as a post office. This exhibition, planned over the course of the past two years in anticipation of the anniversary, is now even more timely as people seek creative ways to connect with one another safely.
Artists frequently employ the Postal Service as a collaborator in the delivery of their works, making mail art the perfect medium to express appreciation for the history and community of Moscow, Idaho.
Professors at the University of Idaho College of Art + Architecture have collaborated to write an introduction to the history of mail art. This will be provided to each artist upon registration along with a simple set of instructions for participation, letter paper, and a stamped envelope.
All community members are encouraged to participate-- regardless of skill level--and share their writings and illustrations exploring what they love most about Moscow.
Current residents of Latah, Nez Perce, Whitman, and Benewah counties are welcome to contribute. Former residents of the same counties are also invited to participate. Along with individual registrations, a representative may register for a group (e.g. classroom, family, business, organization).
Letters may not contain advertising, religious references, sexual content, political partisanship, disparaging words directed at a class of people or a specific individual, defaming language, expletives, intimidation, or have obscene content. All letters are subject to review by City of Moscow staff for content in compliance with these guidelines.
To register as a participant for “Dear Moscow,” visit http://bit.ly/dearmoscow. The deadline to register is Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m.
The Third Street Gallery is a space for art in the heart of downtown Moscow. City of Moscow Arts Staff and members of the Moscow Arts commission have worked together to create artistic direction for the Third Street Gallery since the gallery’s beginnings in 1998. The gallery features works in a wide range of media, subject matter and content while presenting a curatorial vision open to all cultures and art forms. By including the work of established and emerging makers from the Palouse and the broader Inland Northwest, the Third Street Gallery celebrates the creative excellence of the region in a well-loved public space.
The Third Street Gallery features artwork on the second and third floors inside Moscow City Hall. The building was designed by architect James Knox Taylor in 1911, and was formerly the Moscow Federal Building. Entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as a Second Renaissance Revival brick building, the structure now houses City offices and meeting spaces such as the City Council Chambers. The Third Street Gallery is an essential part of this building, as it brings art into the center of civic life in the City of Moscow.