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Larry Ellingson »

It's fun to make stuff that's interesting to look at. Finding new ways of seeing the commonplace seems like a good idea to me. Many of us daydream and wander through our imaginations. I bring back souvenirs.

Having been told in the 7th grade I had no artistic talent, I still went ahead and took a few college courses in art and music but never tried to graduate. In the 70s, I designed and produced silkscreen-printed products in my shop,...

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Dan Droz »

Our world exists in three dimensions; but there is a fourth, non-discursive realm: The Fourth Vortex. I create three dimensional works from salvaged items, especially abandoned musical instruments. I like used things; they capture the energy of those that have handled them before. Musical instruments are especially infused with effort, emotion and creativity and yet they are eventually abandoned. There is an existential message in this as...

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Sue Anderson »

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska Sue is the youngest of 6 children. She has been drawing ever since she could pick up a pencil. Drawing came naturally and without thought. As a child Sue followed Disney movies closely, fascinated with the fantasy and fairy tales, her imagination was launched. Through her young life Sue was commissioned to complete works and portraits by those admiring her talents. Upon seeing the Anime feature titled...

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Pamela Asher »

Pamela Asher is an artist that grew up in Phoenix Arizona where her father, a photographer and artist encouraged her art. It was however, her Uncle Chuck a Chelsea Hotel artist in New York who has always been her greatest inspiration. Although she has worked in a variety of mediums sculpting, printmaking and painting are what she enjoys most.

Pamela graduated from Arizona State University in 1979 with a degree in Art Education and a...

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Nick Bradley »

Nick Bradley is a local artist who creates unique art out of old iron parts and pieces. We are currently featuring his “Fullness of the Heart” Collection.

Over the past 30 years Nick’s day job has been repairing freight cars for the Union Pacific Railroad. He has combined his welding background, natural creative talent and access to iron parts, pieces and scraps to create some truly unique art. His motto is “upcycle, re-purpose,...

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Jacqueline Brewer »

Often times it is said that through the work of our hands flows the content of our character. It is a revealing of one’s heart and very core poured into something tangible.

Art is remarkable in its unique ability to manifest connection. Often times it brilliantly works to create a platform that evokes a broad range of emotions and brings us to a place of relatability. It draws you to the fundamental and raw experiences of existing....

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Elle Brown »

Elle Brown is best known for her unique one of a kind oil paintings that encapsulate her personality and flair. From the realism of breakfast to the abstract farm, Elle has always stayed true to her quirkiness by continuing to expand and do the next distinctive piece with a whole new appeal. If you were to compare her whimsical Van Goghnuts next to her Vintage Bicycle rarely would the eye see the same artist. Unless the...

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Beth Rich Brown (ThruBlueiis) »

Beth's favorite quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." Photography is the perfect way to carry "the beautiful" with us after we leave a place. Beth Rich Brown is a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho landscape photographer see the world Thru her Blue iis (eyes) and wants to share some of her favorite images with you and in turn

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Marae Carr »

It is easy to be inspired by the stunning Northwest. The water and trees. The mountains and sky. The reflections of one in the other. Marae Carr, a native of Idaho, interprets her colorfully abstract perspective using acrylics, oils, sharpies, paper and oil pastels. Her art comes from a surrender to the intuitive process of creating and setting intentional time to allow herself the freedom to go with the flow. It is fueled by a need to...

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Nicolette DeMoe »

Nicolette is a watercolor artist who lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She is also a wife, mother of three amazing children and a pharmacist. When she was young she discovered that she had a love of art ... especially watercolors. Now as an adult she looks to the paintbrush for relaxation and personal expression.

She was inspired to start painting again in the fall of 2015 thanks to a friends photograph from a fly fishing trip. The...

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Ricco diStefano »

Ricco was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. He was educated in fine arts at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver, Colorado and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. He worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and art director before finding his place as a professional painter. He now lives on an organic vegetable farm that he shares with his wife and two children in picturesque Hobart Washington just...

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Alissa Durling »

Alissa Durling is an artist based in the Northwest whose work primarily takes the form of abstract landscape paintings of personally significant locations. Her interest in and appreciation of the natural world can be traced back to her childhood, spent in the scenic small-town of Hamilton, Montana. Upon graduating high school, Alissa moved to Portland to attend the Oregon College of Art and Craft where she received her BFA in Craft with a...

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Nicole Eaton »

It's not just about making something with intricacy, admittedly, Nicole Eaton finds that working with metal has an element of control. Working as a clinical social worker most of her hours of the day, she is put under a magnitude of stress to perform to the best of her abilities while balancing taking care of two kids as a single mother; additionally running a business.

While adventurously traveling in various locations around the...

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Ken Hansen »

Ken is the artist behind Creative Woodworkings. When he retired at age 55 he took up carving wooden fish and that has turned into a 50 hour a week "hobby". Ken spends most days working with bandsaws and sanders creating unique salmon and trout. He uses many varieties of wood for his creation, but his favorites are buckeye burl, redwood burl and cottonwood burl. A "burl" is part of the root system of a tree and they are dug from the ground...

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Kevin Jester »

Kevin Jester spent the better part of 35 years here in Coeur d’Alene as an architect. The majority of those years were with Architects West and we love that if you walk out our back door you practically walk into their front door. This to say that he has been right here all along … and now we are thrilled to be able to have him join our Blackwell Gallery family.

The choice of which of his works to start with wasn’t easy, but we hope...

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Karen Kotlarz »

Karen Kotlarz has been a Spokane resident since 1997, having moved from the upper Yakima Valley. Married to husband Jeff for 25 years they have two amazing boys who are also creatively blessed (comes from two artistic parents). Karen has always had a creative spirit but only recently learned to weld. She loves to explore what she can make the metal do … that is one reasons abstract, free-form sculpture is so appealing to her because it...

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LK Artist »

LK is an artist with international roots. She fell in love with art and color in the amazing city of Barcelona Spain at an early age. Her passion for colors and gift for uniting them in a way that moves you to emotion when you walk into a room is what art is all about. To see the world through her eyes is to see a connection between the ordinary and the extraordinary. To her everything contains beauty and a message.

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Tanden Launder »

Tanden aims to create art that tells a story, pieces that grab your attention in bold imagery and slowly draw your intrigue as you pick up on snippets of detail. He wants you to get the feeling that there’s always more to find in a piece.

Tanden never had a TV growing up, so creativity was the lifeblood of his fun; He feel it was the end of a more wholesome age. Probably why a large group of his work is monochromatic with simple...

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Brad McDonald »

Brad is the artist and creative force behind 13 Crows Art, created in May 2016. He was born and raised in Mountlake Terrace, WA and now lives in Spokane, WA. Brad enjoys cooking, traveling, taking his Basset Hound Oliver on walks, hanging with neighbors and working in his shop.

Brad has a background in welding/fabricating adding accuracy and craftsmanship to tables, frames, etc. His work is primarily devoted to the creation of metal...

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Rustic Industrial Designs »

Rusty and Coco from Rustic Industrial Designs are husband and wife artisans that have embarked on the crazy journey of making new furniture the old fashioned way, by hand! Their products reflect the same opposites attract relationship as their marriage of over 20 years. On one side is their use of welded steel which provides efficient and enduring strength. On the other side is their incorporation of beautifully crafted wood, creating a...

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Jason Sanchez »

Jason Sanchez, one of our long standing International Award Winning artists here at the Blackwell Gallery, is a disabled American Veteran. We are so proud of him and his service to our country in the Army as well as all Veterans who have given so much.

The 37 year old artist is married with 4 children and lives here in Coeur d’Alene. We love the range of his artistic talent and are proud to showcase his acrylic and oil paintings as...

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Adam Schluter »

You may have read about Adam in the CDA Press. He is an outdoor-centric person who embarked on a journey to travel and camp along the Pacific Coast – starting at the tip of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and ending in Alaska. After a detour from Seattle to Glacier National Park brought him through Coeur d’Alene … you guessed it … he is now a member of the “Came Here on Vacation and Fell in Love with Coeur d’Alene and Moved Here” Club.

Adam is...

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Stephen Shortridge »

Stephen Charles Shortridge, the artist may be more familiar to you as an actor. During the seventies and eighties, Shortridge built an enviable career appearing in such well-known television series as "Welcome Back Kotter" and "The Love Boat". He co-starred with Debbie Reynolds on the ABC show "Aloha Paradise". He spent the year of 1987 playing the role of David Reed as part of the original cast on the CBS daytime soap opera "The Bold and the...

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Peggy Ann Thompson »

Peggy has a passion for art and her paintings are inspired by natures treasures, intuition, light and imagination. She has been painting since early childhood. Her mother was an amazing artist and she had a profound effect on her life as a painter. She was born and raised in the south and lived in Hawaii for 25 years before moving to Idaho in 2008. The dramatic changes and having the opportunity to experience the four seasons has helped...

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