Meet the Galleries - Part 2
The 'rest of the story' on art in Sandpoint
Let me remind everyone again about the Artist Studio’s countryside, self-guided tour. There’s only one month left – pick up a brochure telling about the tour at selected local businesses, or at the POAC office in the Old Powerhouse in Sandpoint.
If you go into Cabin Fever, located in the historic Farmin Building at the corner of Cedar St. and Second Avenue, you will be surrounded by tempting textures, sights and smells.
Rebecca McLeod, the owner, says she has crafted the store around the black and white photographs of renowned Idaho photographers Ross Hall, Steve Snyder and David Stocklein, creating an atmosphere of high style and civilized rustic for the northwest.
Not long after Duane and Verna Mae Davis bought the Ross Hall Studio in the 1960s, they moved both the photographic studio and the gallery to the lower level of their home at 423 Riverside. Duane has since passed away, but Verna Mae still handles Duane’s diverse and artistic photographs by appointment.
The Hallans Gallery
The Hallans Gallery was founded by Dann Hall in 1990 to create, explore and perpetuate the works of Dick Himes and Ross Hall. The photography of those artists spanned the period from 1906 through 1980.
Dann’s work studio and gallery is located at 202½ First Avenue (located between Coldwell Banker Realty and the Hydra restaurant). However, most of his black and white photographs are displayed at Artworks Gallery, Cabin Fever and Timber Stand Gallery, all in Sandpoint. (Note: as of 2011, the Hallans Gallery is now located next to Hen's Tooth Studio at 323 N. First in downtown Sandpoint)
Located at 502 Church St., Eklektos is owned by the Healeys and has a small gallery displaying paintings by local artists and others. Eklektos is often a part of the POAC-sponsored Art Walk.
The Paint Bucket
You might think it’s just a paint store, but the Paint Bucket, located at 714 Pine Street and owned by the Stevensons, has an upstairs gallery and frame shop.
Now located on McGhee Rd, across from the Coldwater Creek warehouse, Wonderland Studio not only displays owner Bob Gregson’s photography on the walls, but often displays other local artists. Wonderland is often a part of Art Walk. (As of 2011, Wonderland Studio is located in the Bonner Mall)
Panhandle Art Glass
Patricia Barkley does extraordinary work with glass – from the tiniest article to huge windows. A former Festival at Sandpoint poster artist, Barkley works in both stained and beveled glass. Her studio is located at 514 Pine St.
Hope Memorial Community Center
The community center for Hope, Idaho often features art displays, lessons and lectures. Hope has established itself as an “art-appreciative” village.
The Gallery – Clark’s Creations
Recently opened on Hwy. 200 in Clark Fork, Clark’s Creations is owned by artist Catherine Clark. She plans different functions, including camps for local youth. (As of 2011, this gallery is closed)
Although not a gallery, you cannot pass by the Hope Peninsula without remembering the Kienholz Gallery, which was opened in the early 80s to give this area a taste of “different” art. It was sponsored with a Guggenheim grant. I can't remember how different the art was in the big, plain gallery, but I do remember Ed Keinholz, who is probably the most well-known artist to live in this area. A worldwide name, Keinholz was a much-appreciated satirist in Europe, and a controversial “redneck” in the United States.
This unusual and kind man made metaphors and satirisms from old junk, junk, junk. One hundred and twenty of his works are displayed in New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art.
Mr. Keinholz died in 1994, and though we may not have any of his art displayed locally, we have both him and his soul, which was buried with his old, Packard automobile right in the side of the hill above Hope.
The gallery has not been open for two years, but is used occasionally by Nancy Keinholz for her private use.
The Pend Oreille Arts Council Gallery in the Old Powerhouse in Sandpoint hosts artists with new exhibits every six weeks. The range of art spans the whole gamut, from architecture, furniture, ironworks, the finest of jewelry, fiber weavers, miniature paintings, glassware, pottery, china, baskets, calligraphy, wood carving, quilts and paintings in all mediums – and even more.
In addition to this, they sponsor the “changing of art” in the Sandpoint Mayor’s office, the University of Idaho Extension office, and the Bonner County Commissioner’s office, along with Northern Lights in Sagle. This is a tremendous amount of work and demonstrates a lot of skill in arranging. Northern Lights just featured a quilt display that was awesome. I would wager to say that there are enough artful quilts in the area to reach all the way to Boise.
Although they are not galleries, per se, many local banks, restaurants, professional offices and motels hang the work of local artists.
So, my dear friend Hazel LaMoreaux... if you would return to “Our Town” today, 40 years after you made the statement, “What this town needs is the arts,” well, you got it.
Hazel LaMoreaux, with help, began the first 40 years of the arts in Sandpoint in the old Maund building on south First Avenue next to the Ross Hall Studio.
In closing this tribute to the growth of galleries in Sandpoint, let me quote Elaine Amsterdam who, after years of struggling with her gift of art – and responsibility with it – said, “(art) is not just something to hang over the couch, but it has to do with living acutely and living kindly and lovingly.”
With that standard, maybe we all can be artists.