Calendar

NOTE: Events are moderated and do not display immediately. If you need to make changes to an event, please email calendar@nifamily.com with the changes vs. submitting a new event. To keep this calendar as user-friendly as possible, please view the “Other Calendar Links” section to the right for multiple-day, recurring, or ongoing events & classes.

Jun
10
Sat
CDA Studio Artist Tour @ Arts and Culture Alliance
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

June 10-11, from 10 am-4 pm.
Visit 25 local artists at work in 12 studios in and around the Coeur d’Alene area and see the creative process in action. Fine artwork is on display and for sale including pottery, oil painting, jewelry, sculpture, metal art, drawings, acrylics, glass work and more.
Ticket includes entry into drawings at each studio. Visit each studio and enter to win one of two grand prizes.

Jun
11
Sun
CDA Studio Artist Tour @ Arts and Culture Alliance
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

June 10-11, from 10 am-4 pm.
Visit 25 local artists at work in 12 studios in and around the Coeur d’Alene area and see the creative process in action. Fine artwork is on display and for sale including pottery, oil painting, jewelry, sculpture, metal art, drawings, acrylics, glass work and more.
Ticket includes entry into drawings at each studio. Visit each studio and enter to win one of two grand prizes.

Jun
15
Thu
From the Heart Heritage Health Fundraiser @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for an intimate evening of food, fun, and fellowship.

Art Exhibit – Silent Auction – Tapas – Spirits

Jul
14
Fri
The Art Spirit Gallery Opening Reception @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Art Spirit Gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special exhibition showcasing over one hundred new works by dozens of the gallery’s artists. Enjoy a lively evening downtown Coeur d’Alene and meet the artists who have contributed to the community’s art scene over the past two decades.

Opening Reception: July 14 from 5-8pm in conjunction with ArtWalk sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance.

This month’s show sponsor is University of Idaho. We thank them for helping us create The Art Spirit Education Collaboratory – with a mission of teaching business of the arts.

Summer Gallery Hours: Seven days a week from 9-6

Aug
11
Fri
Dan McCaw and Sons Opening Reception @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Art Spirit Gallery is honored to showcase the works of highly respected Los Angeles contemporary impressionist Dan McCaw and his sons Danny and John. Collectively, the artists have been featured in over fifty national and international publications, including Southwest Art, ARTnews, American Artist, and Fine Art Collector. Coeur d’Alene is fortunate to have artists of this caliber.

Opening Reception: August 11 from 5-8pm in conjunction with ArtWalk sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance.

This month’s show sponsor is The Fish Folks. We thank them for their support of the arts in our community.

Summer Gallery Hours: Seven days a week from 9-6

Aug
19
Sat
Coeur d’Con @ Coeur d'Alene Public Library
Aug 19 all-day

Coeur d’con is a comic convention celebrating books, movies, games, manga, comics, and all of the many avenues of geek culture. Entrance to the convention is free , with local businesses, artists, and experts exhibiting and selling their goods throughout the library, offering a plethora of unique wares and perspectives on pop culture.
This event is organized, and hosted, by the the staff (and volunteers) of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Staff and volunteers offer a variety of themed crafts, games and other activities, with events for every age group throughout the day. All library-led crafts and activities will be free for participants.

Panels, Fan Meetups, Artists, Vendors, Fan Art Competition, Cosplay contest, general Cosplay greatness, Crafts, Books, Everything!

Visit our website at http://coeurdcon.weebly.com/ to sign up for stuff!

Oct
13
Fri
Mel McCuddin Exhibit- Opening Reception @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Art Spirit Gallery is thrilled to showcase over forty new works by well-loved figurative oil painter Mel McCuddin of Millwood, Washington.
Opening Reception: October 13 from 5-8pm in conjunction with ArtWalk sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance.
Artist Demonstration: October 14 from 11am – 1pm at The Art Spirit Gallery.
Show Sponsor: Fine Brewed. We thank them for their support of the arts in our community.
Fall Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 – 6
About the Artist
French poet Charles Baudelaire once observed that the “beautiful is always bizarre.” The legion of Mel McCuddin fans couldn’t have said it any better.
The growing popularity of the 85-year-old artist from tiny Millwood, Washington comes from his instantly recognizable “figurative expressionist” oil paintings that depict offbeat scenes in distinctive muted bruised hues.

In the World of McCuddin…

A tiny cowpoke rides a huge hog like a rodeo bull. A large blue woman bathers in a birdbath. Dogs and farm animals gaze from the canvas through human eyes. McCuddin’s playful and comic expressions showcase the human condition in all of its relatable farce and folly.

“There is a special buzz about Mel,” said Blair Williams, the owner of The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where McCuddin’s latest creations will be on exhibit from Oct. 13 through Nov. 4. Prolific despite his years, over 40 new “McCuddins” (an endearing term many of his fans use) will be on display. McCuddin found a warm home at The Art Spirit Gallery beginning in 1997, when the gallery first opened its doors and began to regularly show his paintings. “People from around the country make a pilgrimage here to view and purchase his paintings,” Williams continued. “Mel’s unique loose style and engaging compositions draw people in. They are crazy about his work.”

In contrast, the soft-spoken former dairy deliveryman harbors not a whisper of the weirdness seen on his canvases. Some “do think of my art as being a bit dark,” McCuddin conceded, “but I’m not that way at all. It comes from the paint.” A McCuddin is never premeditated. Rather, the subject matter emerges slowly through a process of applying coats of paint in a variety of colors with brushes, cloths, and even hands. McCuddin would use his feet if he thought it would advance the artistic outcome. “I begin a painting with no idea in mind, and at a certain point in the process of putting paint on the canvas, and idea will suggest itself,” he once explained. “Many of these ideas change and many are rejected until one seems strong enough to accept. My paintings, then, are essentially a record of the evolution of an idea.”
Upcoming Shows at the Art Spirit Gallery
Nov. 10 – 25, 2017
Sheila Evans & Elaine Green – Enamel on copper and charcoal
Opening Reception / Downtown ArtWalk: Friday, November 10 from 5-8pm
Show Sponsor: Le Danse, Presenter of Eugene Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker”

Dec. 1, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018
19th Annual Small Artworks Invitational – Work smaller than 12” by 30 artists
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1 from 5-8pm
Downtown ArtWalk: Friday, December 8 from 5-8pm

Jan. 12 – Feb. 3, 2018
Harold Balazs – Mixed media, Acrylic, Steel, and more
Opening Reception / Downtown ArtWalk: Friday, January 12 from 5-8pm
Show Sponsor: Bistro on Spruce

Nov
10
Fri
Elaine Green & Sheila Evans Opening Reception @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Art Spirit Gallery is honored to showcase new work from enamel artist Sheila Evans and charcoal artist Elaine Green.
Opening Reception: November 10 to November 25 from 5-8pm in conjunction with ArtWalk sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance.
Show Sponsor: Le Danse, presenter of the Eugene Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker. We thank them for their support of the arts in our community.
Fall Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 – 6.

About the Artists and this Exhibition

Inspiration can come in many forms – inspiration through religion, inspiration through people, inspiration through music. Spokane artists Sheila Evans and Elaine Green find inspiration in nature. And for the November exhibition, each expresses her love and respect for the natural world that envelops us all.

Animal welfare and the environment are two of artist Sheila Evans’ greatest passions. And in her new body of work, Sheila Evans pays homage to the animals with whom we share the earth. “My work serves as both a love song and an apology,” states the artist. “It’s a celebration of the animals’ grace and beauty tinged with sadness over our treatment of them and the environment in which they live.”

Evans received her BFA from Gonzaga University, and has called the Pacific Northwest home for the majority of her life. Accomplished in many mediums, including pastels and oils, Evans uses vitreous enamel on metal – a relatively new medium added to her repertoire – to showcase the birds and esteemed animals she respects. Some images are created on multiple small steel panels and are wired together to form larger, more intricate works. In Backyard Totem, for example, various animals, birds, and flowers occupy the main panel and join with the others to create a medley of backyard visitors. Other images are fired onto “re-intentioned” steel butcher trays, honoring the animals represented by changing the tray’s purpose. “I am drawn to enamel because of its challenge and durability. Unlike pastels and paintings, enamel pieces are as at home outside in nature as they are inside.”

Like Evans, Elaine Green uses art to communicate a message to the viewer. “Art is my way of looking at the world and representing it in such a manner to call the viewer’s attention to something that may not be otherwise apparent.” For November, Green will reveal her Beached series, inspired by a recent walk along the Oregon coast in which she sauntered upon a carcass of a beached whale. Various theories circulate as to why this is happening – the mass beaching of whales – but scientists don’t have a confirmed explanation. “With this series, I like the mystery, the displacement, and the human reaction of total disregard for what’s happening – perhaps a metaphor for things we do not wish to see.” In this body of work, Green incorporates scanned and printed images of various beach scenes – including St. Joe Beach, and uses charcoal to draw beached whales in space left intentionally void.

Born in St. Maries, Idaho, Elaine Green has spent the majority of her years in the Pacific Northwest and has earned degrees from area institutions – a CFA from Spokane Falls Community College, BFA from Eastern Washington University, and MFA for the University of Idaho. When discussing her diversity as an artist, Green credits her degree at Spokane Falls Community College for providing the opportunity to concentrate on art in all its forms. “It forced me to expand my art experience, exposing me to a variety of media in two and three dimensional formats. I discovered that I like it all, which makes it hard to limit myself.” To Art Spirit Gallery patrons, Green is most admired for her mystical, beautifully haunting charcoal drawings, many of which will be highlighted in November’s show along with the Beached series. According to the artist, “What I love most about charcoal is the absolutely visceral connection between my body and the image on paper. I like to use my hands to push charcoal around. It begins as such a wild mess and occasionally surprises me . . . that’s the best part!”

Nov
14
Tue
Art – Resume Writing @ Emerge Gallery
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn how to write a resume geared for the art world. Whether you are writing a resume for the first time or want help editing a resume you already have then this is the class for you. Megan Cherry will be teaching this class. She is an instructor at NIC with years of experience.

Dec
1
Fri
19th Annual Small Artworks Invitational Opening @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On the first Friday of December, The Art Spirit Gallery will open its 19th Annual Small Artworks Invitational, a unique holiday show with affordable pieces for gift giving. Over 200 new works by 30 regional artists will be featured. The opening reception will be from 5-8 on Friday, December 1. Everyone is welcome. Meet the artists and enjoy the holiday cheer. The show runs from December 1 through January 6.

A second reception will be in conjunction with ArtWalk on Friday, December 8, as The Art Spirit Gallery always opens this holiday invitational show a week early to allow more holiday shopping time.

This show is sponsored by CDA Arts & Culture Alliance. We thank them for their support of the arts in our region.

30 Participating Artists:
-Ruth Andre, Plymouth, CA
-Chris Bivins, Eatonville, WA
-Victoria Brace, Spokane, WA
-Jessica Bryant, Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Allen Dodge, Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Mary Dee Dodge, Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Mary Frances Dondelinger, Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Catherine Earle, Sandpoint, ID
-Kathy Gale, Dalton Gardens, ID
-Robert Grimes, Spokane, WA
-Chris Kelsey, Spokane, WA
-Tanden Laudner, Coeur d’Alene, ID
-Shelle Lindholm, Kalispell, MT
-Jerri Lisk, Boise, ID
-Mel McCuddin, Spokane, WA
-Teresa McHugh, Dalton Gardens, ID
-Dennis Meiners, Portland, OR
-Katherine Nelson, West Friendship, MD
-Laura Nuchols, Spokane, WA
-Carla O’Connor, Gig Harbor, WA
-Kyle Paliotto, Hayden, ID
-Claudia Pettis, Freeland, WA
-Aubrey Purdy Rude, Spokane, WA
-Sam Scott, Shoreline, WA
-Adam Shanley, Coeur d’Alene, ID
-A.L. Swanson, Helena, MT
-Shannon Troxler, Wilson, WY
-Sandra Trujillo, Milledgeville, CA
-Jeff Weir, Post Falls, ID
-Gordon Wilson, Spokane, WA
-Dale Young, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Jan
13
Sat
Harold Balazs: I Did It My Way — Opening Reception @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Jan 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Art Spirit gallery is proud to ring in the new year with local iconic artist Harold Balazs. Since the 1950s, Balazs’ work has populated churches, colleges, parks, and numerous public spaces around the country. This year’s show, I Did It My Way, features over 130 pieces representing the seven decades of Harold’s work, including new paintings from 2017. Enamels, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and mixed media assemblages will be on display, ready for purchase.

At 89, Balazs is hanging up his hat, ready to retire. Looking back on his life as an artist, he has no regrets, confident he did it his way.

Show Sponsor: Syringa and Bluebird Café. We thank them for their continued support of the arts in our community.

Winter Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9-6

Jan
25
Thu
Paint it Forward! to benefit Kootenai Humane Society @ Pinot's Palette
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This free-spirited painting features a beautiful dog in bold modern colors and abstract strokes. You can easily change the silhouette to a horse, cat, or other animal of your choice!

This month we are “painting it forward” with the Kootenai Humane Society! Proceeds from every seat will be donated to help out our furry friends.

Feb
9
Fri
Kathy Gale, Gordon Wilson, and Michael De Forest Opening Reception @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Art Spirit gallery is proud to showcase the new work of three accomplished artists of our region – oil painters Kathy Gale and Gordon Wilson and mixed media artist Michael de Forest. The opening reception will be held in conjunction with the ‘Chocolate Affair,’ presented by the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association. Join your friends and neighbors for both of these festive events.

Mar
9
Fri
Power of the Sketchbook: From Concept to Creation” – Robert Grimes, Victoria Brace and Glenn Grishkoff Opening Reception @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Mar 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rarely on public display, the artist’s sketchbook captures drawings and ideas that serve as the foundation of the artistic process. And, in the words of artist Glenn Grishkoff, “these small visual tidbits of time and space allow for greater intimate connections for the birth of concepts and developing a unique style true to oneself.” The Art Spirit Gallery is grateful to its three featured artists as they share a handful of their private sketchbooks for viewing in this special exhibition. The opening reception will be held in conjunction with Music Walk, presented by the Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance. Join your friends and neighbors for both of these festive events.
Show Date: March 9 – April 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9 from 5-8 pm in conjunction with Music Walk

Artist’s Informal Talk: Saturday, March 10 from 2 pm to 3 pm

Show Sponsor: Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater. We thank them for their support of the arts throughout our region.

Mar
10
Sat
Informal Artist Talk and Q&A with Robert Grimes @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for an informal artist talk and Q&A with featured artist, Robert Grimes! All are welcome.

Robert Grimes, mixed media artist – Spokane, WA
Robert Grimes is celebrated throughout the Northwest for his intricate, three-dimensional paintings on carved wood that take on the aesthetic qualities of both painting and sculpture. For this exhibition, in addition to creating new work Robert has unearthed a number of pieces from his personal collection to showcase.
Robert received an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University. The Art Spirit Gallery has proudly exhibited his work since it opened its doors in 1997.

Mar
17
Sat
Creative Conversations – Jessica L Bryant – The Wild Side of Artists in Residence @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us to learn about the wild side of artist residencies with local watercolorist, Jessica L Bryant!

Jessica L Bryant is a frequent Artist-in-Residence for the National Park Service and the 2018 AiR for the Idaho Conservation League. Wilderness/outdoor AiR positions offer adventurous artists the opportunity for unparalleled experiences that provide unique depth of knowledge and context of subject matter to inspire work. Jessica will talk about her current residency, focused on Idaho’s rivers that fall under the protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which was sponsored by Idaho Senator Frank Church and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. She will also share some of her experiences with the park service and the positive impact that AiR programs have for these natural spaces, the artist, the local community, and the artist’s home community.

A small sampling of Jessica’s diverse, often unexpected, experiences in residency for the NPS have included: assisting with a bison roundup, learning to identify and discover fossils in the field, spotlighting and trapping black footed ferrets for research (the most endangered land mammal in North America), working with scientists in the wilderness of Alaska’s Arctic lagoons, participating in sled dog training, field work with endangered Desert Tortoises, field education on highly protected archaeological sites, and countless miles of hiking across a vast diversity of ecosystems.

Apr
21
Sat
Creative Conversations: Young Voices in Art and Business @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Apr 21 @ 2:30 pm

Join us for an informal discussion on the arts in our community, featuring young leaders in art and business!
Leading the discussion:
Tanden Launder – Artist and Owner, Thrux Lawrence
Clancy Magnuson – Gallery Manager, The Art Spirit Gallery
Mason Miles – Curator, The Art Spirit Gallery
Corey Jeppesen, Founder, SeeJepp Creative Studio
Laurel Smith – Executive Director, Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center
Jeff Weir – Oil Painter

Nov
9
Fri
Bozeman Film Fest at the CDA Library @ Bozeman Film Fest to support the CDA Library
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Please join us at the CDA Public Library for a Film Fest promoting women producers and
artists. We will have three short films, and intermission and a film called Mankiller, a true story of a women activist,feminist and Cherokee Chief.

Nov
10
Sat
Book launch – In the Soft Moonlight by Donna Peltier Bain @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Local author, illustrator, and teacher Donna Peltier Bain launches In the Soft Moonlight, a beautifully illustrated collection of Haiku poetry. Intended for children of all ages, In the Soft Moonlight reaches the younger audience through colorful images and repetition of phrase while allowing adults to introduce a child to nature through the power of words and art. “One of my favorite ways to get children to open up and begin to enjoy reading is by working through poetry.”

Please bring family and friends to join Donna as she discusses and reads excerpts from In the Soft Moonlight. Books and prints and cards of each illustration will be available for purchase. The free event takes place at The Art Spirit Gallery, located at 415 Sherman Ave. on Saturday, November 10th from 1 – 3 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Feb
8
Fri
“Today”s Modern” Jerri Lisk + Maya Rumsey + Mark Lisk – The Art Spirit Gallery – Art Walk @ The Art Spirit Gallery
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm

The Art Spirit Gallery proudly showcases new work by Boise artists Jerri and Mark Lisk and local ceramist Maya Rumsey. Please join us for the opening reception Friday, February 8 from 5 – 8 pm in conjunction with Music Walk in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Everyone is welcome. Meet the artists and enjoy the festivities. The show runs through March 2.

This show is sponsored by Collective Kitchen and Global Kitchen. We thank these local restaurants for their continued support of the arts in our community.