Meet the Galleries
Hazel Hall describes local mural art
The Random House Webster’s College Dictionary defines a gallery as “a room, series of rooms, or building devoted to the exhibition, and often the sale, of works of art,” amongst other definitions. “Buildings devoted to the exhibition... of art,” have become a Sandpoint area tradition, in a somewhat non-traditional area – the art of wall murals. In this continuing story of Sandpoint galleries, step outside with Hazel Hall and visit one manifestation of outdoor art – and outdoor galleries. TG
Foster’s Crossing- Corner of Fifth Ave. and Cedar in Sandpoint
The train mural at Foster’s Crossing is a joy to everyone passing by. When Bill Templin, owner of the Used Book Store in Foster’s building, thought of the idea he asked Robin Du Crest (director of the Little Theater at the time) to help him. Together, they conceived the train stop idea, and then gave the idea to Gordon Vale of Spokane, silhouette man, who is completely blind.
He first tore out the figures for confirmation, and then drew them on the wall, causing consternation for those unknowing he was blind as he was looking around everywhere but at his work. Others assisted with the train part and in the high places.
Those who helped paint were Debra Anderson, Tia Sarsoz and Bill Templin – it was completed 19 years ago and is still as much fun as the first time one saw it.
Park Place – 330 N. First Avenue, Sandpoint
The mural at Park Place does a subtle job of advertising Eve’s Leaves, which is located on the other side of the mural wall at 330 N. First, and enhancing the little park the Dalbys have made for all to enjoy as they walk about town. On Saturdays you may hear someone singing, or playing an instrument. There could be anything from an orchestra to a style show – this is sponsored by the Pend Oreille Arts Council and funded by uptown businesses and individuals.
The mural was designed and painted in 1984 by a well-known local artist, Doug Jones. All these years Park Place has been a restful and fun little nook.
Pend d’Oreille Winery- 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint
The mural painted on the side of Pend d’Oreille Winery always pleases the senses as you pass by afoot. It pleases because of the blend with the surrounding yard and vines. The mural was drawn for the brewery, which used to be located there, with its hops, but those have been replaced with grape vines, to signify wine.
This eclectic and skillfully done artwork was painted by local artist Diane Schuppel and her friend, Leif Olson.
All Seasons Garden Center – Hwy. 200 in Kootenai
If you’re headed east to Montana, take time to visit the incredible sunflower mural on the side of All Seasons Garden Center just off Hwy. 200 in Kootenai. Painted by local artist Maria Larson, also known for the wonderful paintings she creates on store windows throughout town for events, the mural is a bold, beautiful splash of color that beautifully signifies the business it graces.
East Bonner County Library- 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint
In the children’s section of the East Bonner County Library you will be drawn to a huge wall mural that takes you right into the Secret Garden. What a wonderful way to introduce children to both books and imagination. The mural was painted by Diana Schuppel.
Belwood’s Furniture- 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint
On the side of Belwood’s Furniture at Third and Cedar is a landscape of Bonner County, painted on MDO board. This was a Sandpoint Mural Project, produced and painted by Diana Schuppel and Berry Donaldson. Several years ago Diana painted the Festival Poster – a whimsical and beautiful piece of art. It seems art knows no end to what Diana can do, what she has done, and what she will do. Thank you, Diana.