When we think of the visual arts in Idaho, we tend to think of the thriving, packed arts communities in and around Boise and Sun Valley. And while it is true that those places act as Idaho's arts nerve centers, there are also quite a few artists and art galleries up North. Perhaps the vibrant splendor of North Idaho's outdoor environment serves as inspiration, or maybe that rural, removed territory is exactly what the artistic mind needs. But whatever the reason, many galleries dot the panhandle landscape. Take notice.
Here are a few of the galleries serving Idaho's upper regions:
The Art Spirit Gallery
The Art Spirit Gallery exhibits a combination of well-established emerging artists from the Northwest. Each month, the gallery changes its exhibit and puts up a new featured artist or show of original work. The featured artist's exhibit is approximately half of the main gallery and the remainder contains the work of the other 30 artists represented by the gallery. Opening receptions are held at the Art of Spirit Gallery on the second Friday of each month from April through November and on the first Friday of December, in conjunction with the Coeur d'Alene downtown ArtWalks. Opening receptions provide the community with the opportunity to view the gallery's art, meet the artists and socialize. Gallery artists include Steve Adams, Jenny Andersen, Chris Antemann, Harold Balazs, George Carlson, Morse Clary, Peter Cox, Don Ealy, Mary Farrell, Gina Freuen, Terry Gieber, Elaine Green, Robert Grimes, Glenn Grishkoff, Michael Horswill, Mauricio Lasansky, Mel McCuddin, Katherine Nelson, Dan Pinkham, Joseph Raffael, Steve Sauer and Valerie Seaberg.
The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., on Friday evenings until 9 p.m. or by appointment. 415 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene, 208-765-6006. www.theartspiritgallery.com.
Art Works Gallery
Art Works Gallery was established in 1995 by a group of local artists who wanted to cooperatively display and sell their own work. Today, Art Works has a membership of some of the finest artists and craftspeople in the region, from Idaho, Montana, Washington and British Columbia, working in widely varying media, including oil paintings, baskets, watercolors, sculptures, jewelry, metal work, cards, gourds, tiles, calligraphy, photography, pottery, fine furniture, handmade soap, cut stone, enameled copper, pressed flowers, fused glass, blown glass, stained glass, turned wood, inlaid wood, carved wood, silk paintings and hats. With a gallery located in the heart of downtown Sandpoint, Art Works aims to provide its artists unique opportunities for exhibiting to the largest local and visitor audience possible. Artists who might be unable to afford gallery space on their own are able, through this cooperative effort, to co-own a fine gallery in Sandpoint. Art Works Gallery will jury in new members and represents other artists on a consignment basis when space is available. The gallery is associated with the Pend Orielle Arts Council.
Open seven days a week. 214 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, 208-263-2642. www.sandpointartworks.com.
Chris Kraisler Gallery
Dealing in contemporary fine art, the space occupied by the Chris Kraisler Gallery features new artworks by nationally known artists who produce "extreme art." Extreme art is defined by the gallery as art that continually challenges mainstream contemporary thinking, rejects established notions and draws inspiration from all of art history. Gallery artists include Bill Barrett, David Kraisler, Stephen Shultz, Michael Speaker, Barry Tinsley and Allie Kurtz Vogt.
517 N. Fourth Ave., Sandpoint, 208-255-4170. www.kraislergallery.com.
The Coeur d'Alene Galleries
Owned by Mike and Lisa Overby and located in the lobby of the Coeur d'Alene Resort Hotel since 1986, the Coeur d'Alene Galleries specializes in American western and sporting paintings and fine art prints from the 19th and 20th centuries. Featuring artists such as Eliza Barchus, Edward Borein, Sheryl Bodily, Belmore Browne, Harley Brown, Roland Clark, Eanger I. Couse, Michael Coleman, Jules Dahlager, Thomas A. Daly, Nick Eggenhofer, John Fery, Luke Frazier, Charles Fritz, Philip Goodwin, Earl E. Heikka, Frank Hoffman, Lynn Bogue Hunt, Frank T. Johnson, Sydney Laurence, Dan Parker, Edgar S. Paxson, Bert Phillips, Ace Powell, Carl Rungius, C.M. Russell, Tom Sander, Janeen Schissler, Conrad Schwiering, Bob Scriver, O.C. Seltzer, Brett Smith, Theodore Smith, Glenn Swanson and Howard Terpning. Besides selling artworks, the gallery also seeks quality artwork for consignment and sales.
The Coeur d'Alene Resort, Suite A, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d'Alene, 208-667-7732. www.cdagalleries.com.
The Corner Gallery
Located inside Boswell Hall on North Idaho College's main Coeur d'Alene campus, The Corner Gallery offers several exhibits throughout the year, spanning a variety of mediums. This year's exhibits have included "Take Your Seat," an exhibit of education-themed paintings by Spokane art teacher MacKenzie Hawley, ceramic sculptures by Lee Ayars, an NIC student art exhibititon and an NIC student graphic design exhibit. The free gallery is open to NIC students and community members.
Open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1000 W. Garden, Coeur d'Alene, 208-769-3277. www.nidc.edu.
Devin Galleries i one of the country's premier fine art galleries, featuring nearly 7,000 square feet of museum-quality artwork, including original paintings, bronze and stone sculpture, contemporary art glass, limited edition prints, wood and ceramic vessels, jewelry and more. Artwork ranges from realism and impressionism to contemporary and abstract and features artworks from such contemporary artists as Yuri Gorbachev, Ovanes Berberian, Tim Cotterill, H. Leung, Thomas Leung, Chester Fields, Rosetta, Ramon Parmenter, Terry Lee, J. Nelson, Janice Darr Cua and Annika Hemminge. With a specialty in helping build fine art collections in a variety of tastes, the gallery is also available for group tours, private showings and can host other events by appointment.
507 Sherman, Coeur d'Alene, 208-667-2898. www.devingalleries.com.
The Entree Gallery
Pam and Jim Martin opened this gallery in 1977 in their garage and the "entry" of the previous garage area coined the name of the gallery. "Entry" is spelled "Entree" in honor of the multitude of trees at Priest Lake. The Entree Gallery represents over 100 local and regional artisans and craftsmen and offers a variety of artworks, ranging from oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings to sculpture, clay, glass, jewelry, textiles and hand-crafted furniture. All of the gallery's artworks are the product of well-known local, national or international artists. The Entree Gallery sponsors monthly feature shows and frequent receptions and demonstrations where artists can be met. The public is always welcome to attend. The gallery also hosts events on the gallery grounds.
Open daily from May through October. Personal consultants and private showings are available by appointment. 1755 Reeder Bay Rd., Nordman, 208-443-2001. www.entreegallery.com.
The Hallans Gallery
Dann Hall, son of the late Ross Hall, is curator of "The Ross Hall Collection" and owner of the Hallans Gallery, where the collection is exhibited. Ross Hall's photography was featured in nearly all of the major periodicals of the 1930s and '40s and was honored by Eastman Kodak as one of the preeminent photographers in the country. Thousands of Ross Hall's negatives have been edited to unveil the spirit of the American Northwest, on display at the gallery.
202-1/2 S. First Ave., Sandpoint, 208-263-4704 or toll free at 1-888-HITHALL. www.rosshallcollection.com.
Painter's Chair Fine Art Gallery
Owned by Stephen and Cathy Shortridge, this gallery offers original and limited-edition paintings, sculptures and glassworks by over 30 nationally renowned contemporary artists. With soft color and light treatments, many still-lifes, landscapes and figures, the gallery's artists include Stephen Shortridge, Steve Barton, Manaz, James Coleman, Brian Davis, Daniel F. Gerhartz, Michael Godard, Gonzalez, Vladimir Kush, Thomas Stiltz, S. Sam Park, Felix Mas, Kathleen Hooks, Li Yan/Liu Derun, Steve Quartly, Tina Palmer, Rob Gonsalves, Mitch Baird and Terry Gilecki; glassworks by Stuart Abelman, Richard Satava, Charles Lotton and Daniel Lotton; sculpture by Martin Eichinger, Danny Edwards and Marian Flahavin. The Painter's Chair also offers home and office art consultations and presentations.
223 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene, www.painterschairfineart.com.
Northwest Artists Cooperative
Northwest Artists was started in Spokane, Washington, by a couple of individuals who wanted to create a forum for the display of local and regional artists and to promote the area as a cultural center, give artists an outlet to market their work and build a greater sense of community through the arts. The gallery is filled with arts and crafts by artists from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana. Media are varied, and include oils, watercolors, batiks and photos of Northern Idaho, as well as pottery (both functional and decorative), blown, fused and stained glass, jewelry and woodwork. In addition, you can request the commission of artwork by special ordering based on your requirements and have the cooperative's artists bid on it.
Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 217 Sherman, Coeur d'Alene, 208-667-1464. www.nwartist.com.
Prichard Art Gallery
Established in 1982 as an outreach facility of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, the Prichard Art Gallery aims to be a leader in the presentation of contemporary visual arts within the Northwest and seeks to encourage experimentation through the support presentation of new works by emerging and established artists. Through its exhibitions, outreach and related educational programming, the gallery is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the university community, the Palouse region, the state of Idaho and the Northwest region. The Prichard Art Gallery hosts seven to nine exhibitions annually and provides the community with a full spectrum of the arts, including fine arts, architecture and landscape architecture. Ceramics, photography, glass art, fine craft, computer art, folk art and installation art are exhibited, along with the traditional arts, painting and sculpture. The University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery serves over 13,000 visitors annually, including approximately 2,000 students from area and regional schools. The gallery's docent program conducts guided tours for elementary and secondary school students and the gallery provides a forum for lectures, presentations and panel discussions. In addition to a full-time director and part-time assistant, the Prichard Art Gallery is staffed by students from the University of Idaho.
Open Monday through Saturday. 414/416 S. Main St., Moscow, 208-885-3586. www.uidaho.edu/galleries/.
Third Street Gallery
The Third Street Gallery is located on the second and third floors of Moscow's beautifully renovated and historic City Hall. The gallery regularly exhibits the works of local and regional artists for the enjoyment of the city's residents and visitors to the community.
Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 206 E. Third St. (at Moscow City Hall), Moscow, 208-883-7036. www.ci.moscow.id.us.
Timber Stand Gallery
This gallery specializes in western, wildlife and landscape paintings from artists of the Northwest. The Timber Stand Gallery is an established art gallery that looks to enhance and grow the economic and cultural opportunities in the community. Besides art, the gallery also provides custom framing, restoration and appraisals, as well as other fine art, like jewelry and sculpture. Gallery artists include Robert Bissett, Charles Ellithorpe, Kathleen Hooks, Stephen Lyman, Jon Shaver, Howard Terpning and Mike Wise.
334 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, 208-263-7748 or 1-800-607-7748. www.timberstand.com.