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Swell Artist Collective is an open studio and Art Gallery located in Boise's historic downtown. Formed in November of 2015 and managed by artists Noble Hardesty, Stuart Holland, and Cody Rutty, Swell is located on the lower level of the Old Mercantile Building in Boise's BoDo district. 

By combining their individual artistic practices and ideas into a common space, the artists' mission revolves around creating a vibrant studio and gallery environment that is open to the public and intent on helping bolster the community's rapidly-growing arts culture. Swell will be host to both First Thursday and independently organized artistic events while maintaining hours of operation during which people can visit.   


Swell Blog. Stories about artists and artwork from the community. Swell Artist Collective and Art Gallery, Boise, Idaho.

Ed Anderson

Noble Hardesty


Ed Anderson is a contemporary fine artist and former Air Force officer transplanted to the mountains of Idaho from Minneapolis. His style has evolved from a lifetime with art and architecture. Bold lines and bright colors have come to define his compositions.

Cody Rutty

Noble Hardesty


A meticulous painter with a background in architecture, Cody Rutty creates amazing paintings and drawings inspired by fractal geometry and chaos theory.

Stuart Holland

Noble Hardesty


Stuart Holland's art focuses on ethereal charcoal drawings, exploring a crossroads where the physical and spiritual realms overlap, a powerful place of inner stillness amidst a world of entropic chaos.

Noble Hardesty

Noble Hardesty


If you've been to Bar Gernika in downtown Boise you've seen this piece by Noble Hardesty. Creating work non-stop, exploring taboo imagery without sacrificing humor or style, and serving you that delicious color palette, Noble's work feeds your eyes and your soul.

Jess Tornga

Noble Hardesty

Jess Tornga's illustrations range from lighthearted and playful to deeply emotive. This digital illustration was part of the Swell Seussed Invitational Artshow at the Visual Arts Collective in celebration of the master of nonsense, Dr. Seuss

Jessica Tookey

Noble Hardesty


Jessica Tookey creates drawings and paintings to uplift and inspire people to see the beauty that is all around and within. An ambidextrous artist, Tookey finds inspiration in the beauty of imperfection, and has been creating all of her life.

Jessie Swimeley

Noble Hardesty



Having a camera in her hands for over 30 years, Jessie Swimeley's brain is hardwired to find unexpected beauty, amazing color, or something totally out of place everywhere she looks. Her photography focuses on nature and how she sees the world.

Katy Rogan

Noble Hardesty


Katy Rogan's delectable illustrations are sweet yet pensive, illustrating Rogan’s propensity towards helping people feel a little bit better.

Julie Pegan

Noble Hardesty


Julie Pegan is an artist with a need to create. Her work illustrates a weird sense of humor nurtured by a childhood steeped in fantasy, whether it was literature, movies, or her own imagination.

Jay O'leary

Noble Hardesty


Jay O'leary is a painter and tattoo artist from Boise, Idaho. His bright, elaborate paintings and drawings are replete with lurid humor and vivid grit, urging the viewer to fasten their seat belt for a fast and bumpy ride through his chromatic mind.

Miss Cay

Noble Hardesty


Miss Cay is an acrylic painter and mixed media artist from the Pacific Northwest. Balancing absurdity and frightening imagery while creating playful and lively pieces, she is constantly pushing boundaries of subject matter, color, movement, and style.

Mark W. McGinnis

Noble Hardesty


Mark McGinnis' interdisciplinary approach to art has included paintings, artist's books, sculpture, printmaking, installation, video, performance, essays, and interviews. The research orientation of his work has led to series and projects of exploration and inquiry on a range of subjects.

Nicolet Laursen

Noble Hardesty


Nicolet Laursen's imaginative paintings illustrate moments, stories, and experiences from her daily life and travels abroad, inspired by stories she has collected from those she’s met along the way.

Pat Kilby

Noble Hardesty


Pat Kilby's paintings have been called 'quirky,' 'skewed,' and 'cartoony' and are always unique and colorful. He paints primarily landscape and cityscape paintings of Idaho and other locations in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

Jaki Katz Ashford

Noble Hardesty


Jaki Katz Ashford creates work that is prolific, critical, and beautiful. Never afraid to stray from difficult subjects she can make a critical piece that will bewilder, amaze, and challenge you at the same time.

Allen Gladfelter

Noble Hardesty


Allen Gladfelter draws comics to the delight of children and adults the world over. He’s a cartoonist, game artist, freelance illustrator, and storyboard artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Liz Flores

Noble Hardesty


Liz Flores is a visual artist born in California and based in Boise, Idaho. She utilizes photography to explore visual connections in everyday life, architecture, and objects.

Mike F. Dreher

Noble Hardesty


Mike Dreher is a comic artist and illustrator working traditionally and digitally. This fantastic piece was part of the recent Seussed Invitational Artshow at the Visual Arts Collective.

Amy Chen

Noble Hardesty


Amy Chen is a lifelong nature lover, who is continually inspired by the outdoors, especially the things you have to get close up to see. Many of Idaho's native animals, insects, and plants that recur in her artwork have a personal symbolic meaning rooted in childhood memories.